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Top 40 Songs This Week (UK Edition) – July 12, 1987: Songs 40-31

Hi Lads and Lasses! We are way overdue for a new Top 40 countdown! This week, we will take another trip across the pond, to the UK. And if you are in the UK already, look out, here we come! This week, we will take a look at what the Top 40 songs were this week in 1987, in the UK. For those of us in the U.S., there will be some familiar songs. There will also be plenty of songs that didn’t hit it big in the U.S. As usual, you can click on the song title to get the YouTube video of the song, and you can click on the album cover to buy or listen to the song on Amazon. So, let’s Return to the week ending July 12, 1987, and get the countdown started!


40. “Jack Mix II/III” by Mirage

This is an electronic instrumental. I don’t listen to today’s EDM. Or maybe if I do hear it, I black out from the pain of that crap going into my ears. This song is OK since it has a small sample of “Axel F” in it.

39. “It’s Not Unusual (1987)” by Tom Jones

Apparently this song, a Carlton Banks favorite, had a resurgence in 1987. The Welsh Wonder (I just made that up) Tom Jones, originally had a smash hit with this song in 1965, when he was an unknown.

 

38. “Lifetime Love” by Joyce Sims

This is a pretty good freestyle song by Joyce Sims, who hails from Rochester New York. She never hit it too big in the U.S. This song did reach up to #23 on the U.S. R&B charts, but did not chart on the mainstream Billboard Hot 100. But, it reached up to #34 on the U.K. charts. She is still around, with her most recent album being released in 2014.

37. “Just Don’t Want to be Lonely” by Freddie McGregor

This song was originally recorded in 1973 by Ronnie Dyson, then made popular in 1974 by The Main Ingredient. This reggae version by Freddie McGregor became a huge hit in the U.K. reaching all the way up to #9.

 

36. “Scales of Justice” by Living in a Box

This was Living in a Box’s follow-up single to their self-titled single. It did not chart at all in the U.S., but reached #30 on the U.K charts. I’m really digging this song. It’s a very cool, upbeat song that sticks with you.

 

35. “Looking for a New Love” by Jody Watley

Here’s a song that hit it big everywhere. This was Jody Watley’s debut solo single. In 1987, she won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Originally, Watley was a member of Shalamar, who are huge in England. I still can’t figure out why they don’t have a huge audience here.

 

34. “Victim of Love” by Erasure

This song by the synth-pop duo, Erasure, was a huge hit in the U.K., reaching all the way to #7. It did not chart at all on the Billboard Hot 100. They would have to wait for “Chains of Love” the following year for that.

 

33. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House

This song was a worldwide smash hit for the Australian band. It was nominated for Best Group Video, and Best Direction at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, and earned the group a Best New Artist award. This song was also covered by Paul Young in 1991, and by Sixpence None the Richer in 2003.

 

32. “Songbird” by Kenny G

Time for a little smooth jazz. Definitely not my kind of music. But, I do appreciate it much more now than I did when I was 16.

 

 

31. “Jive Talkin'” Boogie Box High

What the hell?!?!? Why have I not heard of this version before? I love the Bee Gees, and love this song. But, I had never heard about this super group, Boogie Box High. It consists of guitarist Nick Heyward (of Haircut One Hundred), keyboardist Mick Talbot (of The Style Council), guitarist–songwriter David Austin, bassist Deon Estus, and a singer you may have heard of – George Michael!


Well, that wraps up today’s list of songs. What do you think so far? Any new songs you hadn’t heard before? Come back tomorrow for some more gems.

Top 40 Songs This Week (UK Edition) – March 6, 1983: Songs 10-1

Well, here we are. The Top 10 songs in the U.K. this week in 1983. If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out songs 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. There will be some very familiar songs on here for us in the U.S. However, there may still be some pleasant surprises. You can click on the song title to get to the song on YouTube, and you can click on the album cover to get the song from Amazon. Now, let’s Return to the week of March 6, 1983, and wrap up the countdown.


10. “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Musical Youth

While this British Jamaican reggae band had only 1 hit in the U.S. (“Pass the Dutchie”), they had several hits in the U.K. between 1982 and 1984. This was their second biggest hit, peaking at #6 on this U.K. chart.

 

9. “Love On Your Side” by Thompson Twins

Unlike Musical Youth, the Thompson Twins had several big hits in the U.S. But, this was not one of them. It did come close, peaking at #45. However, this was a top 10 hit in several other countries, including here in the U.K. where it peaked right here at #9.

 

8. “Tomorrow’s (Just Another Day)” by Madness

Here is another group that did not make it big in the U.S., with only two Top 40 hits. In the U.K., Madness was huge! And so was the group Madness. (my Brit friends get it) I wish this song made it over here in the U.S. I love it! “Our House” can really get stuck in your head, and this could have done the same.

 

7. “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” by Bananarama

We should all know this song, at least from the original version by Steam. And any sports fan knows this song when their team is about to beat their opponent at home. This is a girl band version of it. I love everything Bananarama does. This was yet another song that did not hit big in the U.S., peaking at #101. But, it was a top 10 hit here, peaking at #5. This was the fifth single released from Bananarama’s debut album, Deep Sea Skiving.

 

6. “Too Shy” by Kajagoogoo

We all know this one, as it was a worldwide smash hit. It reached #1 in many countries, including the U.K. for 2 weeks. Not bad for a debut single from a debut album.

 

5. “Africa” by Toto

Another worldwide smash hit we all know. This is one of my favorites of the ’80s, and I still love it.

 

 

4. “Rock the Boat” by Forrest

Forrest is not known in the States. But we all know this song from the 1974 original by The Hues Corporation. Forrest does a great job with this. I wish it would have made it in the U.S. so I could hear it more often on 80s stations and shows.

 

3. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by the Eurythmics

OK, no more surprises as we go down the home stretch. This was the Eurythmics breakthrough song all over the world.

 

 

2. “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson

Maybe it’s possible that some of you may know this song. It was only a top 10 hit in every country in the world that has music charts, and was #1 in almost all of them. Not only was this a worldwide smash in 1983, but it became a huge hit all over the world once again when Jackson died in 2009. It wasn’t reaching the top spot again in most places. But, it was a top 10 hit just about everywhere.

 

1. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler

And here we are at the #1 spot! This song was written by Jim Steinman, who is best known for being Meat Loaf’s producer. This was Bonnie Tyler’s biggest hit, topping the charts in several countries. I love this song, and most Steinman produced songs.

 


This was not planned, but it is definitely fitting that “Total Eclipse of the Heart” is the #1 song. I got the idea of doing the Top 40 this week from the U.K., from a conversation I had with my best friend, who happens to be from Wales, which is where Bonnie Tyler is from. Bestie and I were talking about music. I had already known that there are a lot of songs that were huge in the U.K, but never made it here. But, this got brought to the forefront of my mind from our conversation, as I did not know some bands Bestie brought up. And there were singers I heard of, but didn’t know they were in a band. So, I thought it would be great to discover great new music.

I hope you all thought this was a good idea. Please let me know if you’d like to see more of these. I’ll be back with a new countdown in the near future. Maybe it will be from the U.S. or from the U.K.

Top 40 Songs This Week (UK Edition) – March 6, 1983: Songs 20-11

The countdown continues! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. Today, there are plenty more songs that I’m not familiar with, and a couple of songs I know, which both happen to be duets. As usual, you can click on the song title to see the YouTube video, and you can click on the album cover if you would like to get the song from Amazon. Now, let’s Return to the weeke of March 6, 1983, and continue this week’s U.K. countdown!


20. “Genetic Engineering” by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

This song peaked right here at #20, ending the band’s run of four consecutive Top 10 hits in the UK. If the synthesized talking sounds familiar to you, it is taken from a Speak & Spell. Even though this is totally different from “If You Leave”, I like this.

 

19. “Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

This song, from the film An Officer and a Gentleman, was a world wide smash hit. With this song, Cocker and Warnes were awarded the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. This song won also both the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

 

18. “High Life” by Modern Romance

This song makes me want to party on a tropical vacation.

 

 

 

17. “Hey Little Girl” by Icehouse

This song by the Australian group, Icehouse, peaked right here at #17. It was also a top 40 hit in the U.S. peaking at #31. I was not into New Wave back then, so this never crossed my radar.

 

 

16. “Change” by Tears for Fears

This was the band’s fourth single. It would eventually become the second hit from their debut LP The Hurting and second UK Top 5 chart hit. This is one of those songs that I didn’t think I knew, but remembered it when I just played it now.

 

15. “Get the Balance Right!” by Depeche Mode

This was the seventh single released by new wave legends, Depeche Mode. This is another song that I would not have cared for back in the day, but I love it now.

 

 

14. “She Means Nothing to Me” by Phil Everly and Cliff Richard

Cool song by two old school legends.The late Phil Everly was one of The Everly Brothers, and Cliff Richard was having a great career until The Beatles exploded on the scene. But he had a strong comeback later on. Cliff Richard is the third-top-selling artist in UK Singles Chart history, behind the Beatles and Elvis Presley.

 

13. “The Tunnel of Love” by Fun Boy Three

Very cool song! Fun Boy Three never made it big in the U.S., and were only around for a few years. But, they sound really good.

 

 

12. “Communication” by Spandau Ballet

I totally forgot about this one! I guess that can happen when the only song radio stations have been playing for the past 35 years is “True”. This was a top 20 hit in the U.S. as well. and it is way better than “True”!

 

11. “Baby Come to Me” by Patti Austin and James Ingram

Here’s one we all know! Upon it’s initial release, this song topped out at #73 on the U.S. charts. Then the song became the love theme for the character Luke Spencer on the popular daytime soap General Hospital. The song then became a #1 hit in the U.S., as well as a worldwide hit. It peaked right here at #11 in the U.K.


That wraps up today’s list of songs. I loved today’s countdown! What will tomorrow bring? Come back tomorrow, and find out what the biggest hits in the U.K. were this week in 1983. I guarantee you will know at least 1 song that will be in the top 10. Just look at the time period, and you know what album had been out.

Top 40 Songs This Week (UK Edition) – March 6, 1983: Songs 30-21

Welcome back as we continue this week’s countdown! If you missed songs 40-31, you can go ahead and check them out. This is a lot of fun discover new old music! It looks like there are 2 songs that I know today. The rest is a mystery right now. Hopefully there will be more pleasant surprises. So let’s Return to the week ending March 6, 1983, and find out! And don’t forget, you can click on the song title to listen/watch the YouTube video, and you can click on the album cover to purchase the song from Amazon.


30. “Oh Diane” by Fleetwood Mac

This single from the Mirage album, was a big hit in the U.K., but did not chart in the U.S. This Linsdsey Buckingham tune sounds like a ’50s song. It’s not bad. It can’t touch anything from Rumours, but it’s not bad.

 

29. “Drop the Pilot” by Joan Armatrading

I never heard of Joan Armatrading before. She had 3 Top 40 songs in the U.K., and none in the U.S. This is actually her highest charting single in the U.S. topping out at #78. I love this song! I need to listen to more of her music, and see why she didn’t hit it big. This definitely should have been a bigger hit in the U.S.

 

28. “We’ve Got Tonight” by Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton

Here is a familiar tune. It was a big hit in 1978 for Bob Seger, who also wrote the tune. But, Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton crushed it, making it a #1 hit in the U.S., and making it a world wide hit, including here in the U.K.

 

27. “Sign of the Times” by The Belle Stars

While this is considered to be The Belle Stars’ signature hit (according to Wikipedia anyway), I only knew them from their cover of “Iko Iko”. I like this one. It is a good pop song.

 

 

26. “Shiny Shiny” by Haysi Fantayzee

OK, I’ll admit that I was a little nervous bringing this video up on YouTube, thinking that with a name like Haysi Fantayzee, that I would have a stripper dancing on my work computer. Luckily, Haysi Fantayzee is a group and not a person. This is a good New Wave song, with a totally ’80s sound.

 

25. “Numbers/Barriers” by Soft Cell

While Soft Cell is basically know for “Tainted Love” in the U.S., they had a string of hits in the U.K. The double A-sided single “Numbers” / “Barriers” failed to reach the Top 20, breaking the duo’s run of five consecutive Top 5 singles in the UK. But, it’s still not too shabby, peaking right here at #25.

 

24. “You Can’t Hide Your Love From Me” by David Joseph

This is a very cool Funk song. But, I cannot find any information about this song or artist anywhere.

 

 

23. “Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)” by Wham!

Here is a song that made it over to the U.S. This is an awesome song, best known for being Wham!’s debut single.

 

 

 

22. “Rip It Up” by Orange Juice

Not to be confused with Oran “Juice” Jones, Orange Juice was a Scottish post-punk band. This would be their only Top 40 hit in the U.K.

 

 

21. “Waves” by Blancmange

I’m liking this song by this English synth-pop band. I feel like this could have been in a John Hughes film.

 

 

 


That wraps up today’s list of songs. Lotso New Wave songs. I would have been uninterested back then, but I’m loving it now. We are already halfway through the countdown. What do you think so far? I’d love to hear from you. Come back tomorrow for the next 10 songs.

Top 40 Songs This Week (UK Edition) – March 6, 1983: Songs 40-31

Hi Everybody, as promised, we are back with another countdown this week! The twist this week is that this will be a Top 40 from the U.K. charts. I have a lot of friends from the U.K., so I wanted to do a little something for them. And I thought it would be pretty cool for those of us in the U.S. There were a lot of awesome songs in other countries that did not make it over here for some reason or other. I have a feeling that a lot of us will be discovering new music this week. And ’80s kids from the U.K. will get to relive their glory days. As usual, if you’d like to purchase the song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover. And to watch the video/listen to the song, you can click on the song title. So, let’s get to it, Return to this week in 1983, and begin this week’s countdown from the U.K.


40. “Garden Party” by Mezzoforte

Right off the bat, we a get a song like I have never heard on a U.S. top 40 countdown. The closest may be Kenny G. Mezzoforte is an instrumental jazz-funk fusion band from Iceland. This would actually be the band’s biggest hit, and would chart all the way up to #17 on the U.K. charts. I am loving this song, and it’s a great way to kick off this countdown.

 

39. “Maggie” by Foster and Allen

Foster and Allen are a musical duo from Ireland consisting of Mick Foster and Tony Allen. This definitely has an Irish feel to it. But, it also sounds like an old school country song.

 

38. “Joy” by Band AKA

Despite this band being from Los Angeles, I had never heard of them. This is little disco/funk tune.

 

 

 

37. “Fields of Fire (400 Miles)” by Big Country

This is the first band I know of so far. However, I have never heard this song. If you like the song, “In a Big Country”, then you will like this one. It has a very similar sound.

 

36. “Last Night a DJ Saved My Life” by Indeep

This is another U.S. based group (out of New York) that I had not heard of. This is a cool disco/funk song. Now I can see why I never heard of this song. While it would land all the way up to #13 on the U.K. charts, it topped out at #103 on the U.S. charts.

 

35. “Midnight Summer Dream” by The Stranglers

When I saw the band name, I was hoping this was a punk rock band. I was correct. However, at this time, The Stranglers decided to change direction, so this is more of a new wavey sound. The music itself sounds like it could come from a Tarentino film. But, the “singer” talks through the entire song. Then almost 5 minutes in somebody is singing the same lyrics in the background as the narrator who is speaking. No thanks.

 

34. “Christian” by China Crisis

This song brought this new wave band into prominence in the U.K. as it went up to #12 on the charts. This is good if you like slow new wave music. I would have hated it back in the day, but I’m liking it now.

 

33. “Soweto” by Malcolm McLaren

I’m kind of digging this song. I never heard of Malcolm McLaren, but he sounded like quite the character. He was a visual artist, performer, musician, clothes designer and boutique owner. He was best known for being the promoter and manager of bands such as the New York Dolls and the Sex Pistols. This song sounds like it has an upbeat reggae beat.

 

32. “Down Under” by Men At Work

The first song I know! Do I really need to say anything about this? I’ll just smile and give you a Vegemite sandwich.

 

 

 

31. “Run for Your Life” by Bucks Fizz

Great way to end today’s list! I thought this was going to be a cover of the Beatles classic. But, it’s a different song. It sounds like Abba covering an ELO song. Very cool! I may need to look more into this group.

 


Well, that was a very cool start of the week. What do you think so far? If you know any interesting facts about the artists we have seen here, please comment below. I’d love to hear from you, and be educated. It’s looking like we will continue the countdown on Wednesday. Hope to see you then!

Top 40 Songs This Week – February 28, 1987: Songs 10-1

Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11. This has been a great week of music so far, and it continues today. It was so good, that we will be coming back with another countdown next week, with a twist! We will Return to the top 40 countdown for the week of March 6-12, from the UK! I know there is a huge following here of folks from the U.K. So they will get to relive their past, and 80s fans from the U.S. may discover music that did not make it over here for one reason or another. But first thing’s first. Let’s Return to the week ending February 28, 1987, and check out the top 10 songs of this week.


10. “Ballerina Girl” by Lionel Richie

This was the end of Lionel Richie’s run in the ’80s. A sweet song to end it. Supposedly, it was written for Lionel’s daughter, Nicole.

9. “Big Time” by Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel had some groundbreaking videos in the late ’80s. Which means that they were on MTV every other song. Which also means that I couldn’t stand it! I was dreading listening to this again, but now I’m liking it a little more.

8. “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (to Party!)” by the Beastie Boys

You got my rock in your rap! You got your rap in my rock! What?! Mmmm, delicious. Two great genres that go great together.

7. “Respect Yourself” by Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis hopped on that actors-turned-singers bandwagon. And he did a very respectful job of it, in my opinion.

6. “Somewhere Out There” by Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram

At this time, I was too cool to watch cartoon movies. So, I’ve never seen An American Tail. But, I do love this song. Such a perfect duet with two incredible voices.

5. “You Got It All” by The Jets

Nice ballad from The Jets, written by Rupert Holmes (“Escape (The Piña Colada Song)”), and sung by 13-year-old Elizabeth Wolfgramm.

4. “Will You Still Love Me?” by Chicago

If Chicago is asking us if we will still love them after the departure of Peter Cetera, the answer is Yes!

3. “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” by Georgia Satellites

Between this, and Janet Jackson’s “Let’s Wait Awhile” earlier in the countdown, all we need to do is substitute Samantha Fox’s “Touch Me” with Jermaine Stewart’s “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off”, and we would have a perfect countdown for a Catholic school dance.

2. “Jacob’s Ladder” by Huey Lewis & The News

Hands down, this is my favorite Huey Lewis and the News song. “All I want from tomorrow is to get it better than today.” That’s all anybody can ask.

1. “Livin’ On a Prayer” by Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi had a huge hit with “You Give Love a Bad Name”. But, this ’80s anthem is the one that changed them forever. When you say the words “’80s music” to somebody, this is one of a handful of songs that would immediately come to mind. This is totally deserving of the #1 spot, and a great way to end the countdown.


That’s it for this week. I hope you enjoyed this countdown. Please let me know your thoughts. And as I mentioned earlier, we will be coming right back next week with the UK Top 40 from 1983. Until then, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

Top 40 Songs This Week – February 28, 1987: Songs 20-11

Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out 40-31 and 30-21. Here are some fun facts about 1987:

– Average Cost of new house $92,000
– Average Income per year $24,350.00
– Average Price for new car $10,3055.00
– 1 gallon of gas 89 cents
– The Food and Drug Administration approves anti-AIDS drug AZT.
– The First Criminal convicted using DNA Evidence Robert Melias in England
– Work on the Channel Tunnel joining UK and France begins
– Clive Sinclair launches the Z88 Portable Computer weighing under 2 LBS
– 1987 is shortened by 1 second to adjust to the Gregorian calender
– Disposable Contact Lenses became available for commercial distribution

Now, let’s Return to the week ending February 28, 1987, and continue the countdown.


20. “Brand New Lover” by Dead or Alive

You better spin me right round, baby, right round, or I’m gonna find a brand new lover. I know “You Spin Me Round” gets all the attention, but I like this song better. Very underrated New Wave song.

19. “Open Your Heart” by Madonna

Good song. Madonna never looked better. Creepy-ass video.

18. “Stop to Love” by Luther Vandross

The R&B legend crossed over to the mainstream charts with this awesome, upbeat song.

17. “I Wanna Go Back” by Eddie Money

This is a poignant song for us ’80s kids. But, no worries. Anytime you want to go back to the ’80s, you can come over here.

16. “Nobody’s Fool” by Cinderella

Speaking of going back, nothing brings me back more than a “hair band” power ballad!

15. “Let’s Wait Awhile” by Janet Jackson

Beautiful ballad, especially important amidst the AIDS crisis back then.

14. “I’ll Be Alright Without You” by Journey

The ballads continue. A lot of people gave Journey crap for their Raised on Radio album. But, I loved that album, and this was a great ballad off of it. I also liked the concert videos they released at the time, including this one.

13. “Love You Down” by Ready For The World

Once again, we have a song that I had forgotten about. We were in a really mellow mood at this time, as this is yet another ballad. Another awesome one, I may add.

12. “Mandolin Rain” by Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Eh boy. I can’t explain it, but for some reason I just can’t take this music. Although, back in 1987 I would have rated this a 1 out of 5, but now I give it a 2.

11. “Touch Me (I Want Your Body)” by Samantha Fox

Right back at ya, Samantha. Right back at ya. Although I was a huge rock fan back then, I did love all of Samantha Fox’s songs. There wasn’t a bad song on her first three albums. So, let’s sum things up:
Samantha Fox > Bruce Hornsby. There, I said it!


That wraps up today’s list of songs. I hope you’re still enjoying this countdown. Tomorrow we will find out what the biggest hits on the Billboard 100 were this week, 31 years ago. As usual, I would love to hear your thoughts on this music, and what you were doing at this time.

Top 40 Songs This Week – February 28, 1987: Songs 30-21

Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check them out. We were off to a great start yesterday. So, let’s Return to the week ending February 28, 1987, and see if it continues to be just as good.


30. “The Final Countdown” by Europe

Understandibly, this is Europe’s signature song. This is the epitome of ’80s rock, complete with keyboards, guitar, soaring vocals, and big hair. But, Europe is so much more than this song. They have several other great songs (just on this album alone).

 

29. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Corey Hart

This is the umpteenth version of this song. And I still haven’t heard a version I didn’t like. This is a slow ballad version.

 

 

28. “Candy” by Cameo

Time for some pop funk!

 

 

 

27. “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight” by Genesis

Another smash hit from the legendary Invisible Touch album.

26. “Talk to Me” by Chico DeBarge

I totally forgot about this one! I remembered it as soon as I heard it. This sounds like a Prince song.

25. “Change of Heart” by Cyndi Lauper

Very underrated song by Cyndi from her True Colors album.

24. “At This Moment” by Billy Vera & The Beaters

Thank you Family Ties! This 1981 tune got renewed interest and became a smash hit thanks to Alex P. Keaton and Ellen Reed slow dancing and ripping the hearts out of ’80s kids.

23. “Come Go With Me” by Exposé

Often imitated, but never duplicated, Exposé took the freestyle world by storm in the late ’80s. This was the 3rd single released from their classic debut album Exposure.

22. “Lean On Me” by Club Nouveau

Outstanding dance version of the 1972 Bill Withers classic. Club Nouveau’s version hit number 1 for two weeks, and won a Grammy award in 1987 for Bill Withers, as the writer, for Best R&B Song.

21. “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship

I still love this worldwide smash hit from Starship. It was featured in the movie Mannequin. Yesterday, in my opening segment, I mentioned having a girlfriend at this time. We went to see Mannequin in the theater. However, we were in the back of the theater making out most of the time, so I have no idea what happened. I’ll have to go check out that movie again.


That wraps up today’s list of songs. So far I’m loving it this week! How about you? Come back tomorrow as we continue the countdown.

Top 40 Songs This Week: August 27, 1983 – Songs 20-11

Welcome back to another installment of this week’s Top 40 countdown. If you missed the previous entries, you can check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. So far, it’s been a pretty good week. Let’s see if it continues. Let’s Return to the week ending August 27, 1983, and move on with the countdown.


20. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler


This smash hit by Bonnie Tyler is the second Jim Steinman song on this week’s countdown. This song still stands the test of time as I have heard it on several recent television commercials. And of course with the recent eclipse, the song has been getting even more airplay.

19. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Is King” by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)


In the ’80s, there was a lot of nostalgia for the ’50s and ’60s. This song has that old time sound.

18. “Take Me to Heart” by Quarterflash


It is so refreshing to hear a Quarterflash song that is not “Harden My Heart”. They have several great songs, and this is one of them.

17. “Hot Girls in Love” by Loverboy


A good rocker. Loverboy was on a roll throughout the ’80s. Then grunge happened.

16. “Don’t Cry” by Asia


Time for the Prog Rock supergroup Asia! I always loved this song and band. This song did get a ton of MTV airplay.

15. “Is There Something I Should Know” by Duran Duran

I still think this should be called “Please, Please Tell Me Now”. Duran Duran was the ultimate ’80s group. This song is classic, just like the rest of their early 80s music.

14. “Lawyers in Love” by Jackson Browne


This song got by me. I had never heard it before. It isn’t too bad. This title track from Browne’s seventh album was the highest charted song from this album, which also includes “Tender Is the Night” – which I have heard of.

13. “Human Nature” by Michael Jackson


This pretty song was the 5th single released from the legendary Thriller album. They must have broken the budget with all the previous singles, because there is no music video for this. This song was written by Steve Porcaro (the keyboardist from Toto) and John Bettis.

12. “Tell Her About It” by Billy Joel


This was the first single released off of Billy Joel’s album, An Innocent Man. I loved it when it came out. Then got sick of it as it played on MTV constantly. Then I missed it when the follow-up single “Uptown Girl” got overplayed even worse.

11. “The Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats


This is one of the more iconic songs of the ’80s. There is no mistaking which decade this song belongs to. And no, perverts, this isn’t about safe sex. This is an anti-establishment song. The following is from a very cool article from Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict. Sam Tweedle interviewed the writer/lead singer of Men Without Hats, Ivan Doroschuk. Sam asked Ivan about the origins of the song. Ivan explained that “The Safety Dance” is a protest against bouncers stopping dancers pogoing to 1980s new wave music:

The inspiration for the song was from back in the days when Punk and “New Wave” were starting off and the discotheques were still playing disco music. But every now and then they’d slip in Blondie’s Heart of Glass or Rock Lobster by The B-52’s. Well, obviously, anybody who was into that kind of music would rush on the dance floor and start jumping up and down and would bang into the guys trying to do their disco two steps. I got thrown out of a lot of clubs because of that. So that’s basically the origin. I was kind of mad that they wouldn’t let me dance if I wanted to, so I took matters in my own hands and wrote an anthem for it.


That’s it for today. There were some very familiar songs, and others that don’t get much airplay on ’80s radio these days. Let’s see what tomorrow will bring when we wrap up the countdown.

Top 40 Songs This Week: August 27, 1983 – Songs 30-21

Welcome back to this weeks Top 40 Countdown! If you missed the first 10 songs, you can go back and check them out. At the time of this countdown, I was about to enter my teen years. My 13th birthday was less than a week away. I would get my very own little black & white TV. It didn’t matter that I did not have cable on it. It was my very own TV, and I loved it.

What were you doing at this time in 1983? Now let’s Return to the week ending August 27, 1983, and continue the countdown.

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30. “Far From Over” by Frank Stallone

Oh, hell yeah! Great way to start today’s countdown! If I thought there were a such thing as a guilty pleasure, this would be one of mine. This is also one of many cases where a song from a movie was better than the movie itself. See, even in the ’80s we had crappy remakes and sequels. It’s not a new thing. The difference is that today’s movies don’t have awesome music like this!

29. “Dead Giveaway” by Shalamar


Before Shalamar went “Dancing in the Sheets” with Footloose, they had a hit with this song from their album, The Look, which was the last one to feature Jody Watley as part of the group.

28. “(She’s) Sexy + 17” by The Stray Cats


27. “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You” by Laura Branigan


I love Laura Branigan. She has a beautiful voice, and she was beautiful, period. I was so sad when she died in 2004. But, every time I hear this song, all that comes to mind is somebody coming to our school, before prom season, to explain the dangers of drunk driving. The speaker was talking about how his brother died in a drunk driving accident, and this song played for us. It was so sad, it made me want to drink.

26. “Making Love Out of Nothing At All” by Air Supply


A lot of Air Supply songs sound the same to me. There’s nothing wrong with that. But, there are some exceptions and this is one of them. And there is a good reason for this. It was written by Jim Steinman. Steinman wrote all of Meat Loaf’s biggest hits. There is another non-Meat Loaf Jim Steinman song coming up on this week’s countdown. And I love that one too. “Making Love Out of Nothing At All” is one of those ballads that I never got sick of.

25. “Rock of Ages” by Def Leppard


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And so began my love affair of rock music. And I have not looked back since. Def Leppard was a great band from the beginning, and they just kept getting better and better. They are still incredible in concert, and even released new studio album a couple of years ago. And unlike a certain contemporary of theirs who still puts out albums, and who shall remain nameless, Def Leppard can still rock your face off!

24. “Promises, Promises” by Naked Eyes


We can’t have an early ’80s countdown without a British New Wave band! This was Naked Eyes’ second hit, reaching up to #11.

23. “After the Fall” by Journey


Very underrated Journey song, off of the Frontiers album. I don’t even remember seeing this video on MTV.

22. “Flashdance…What A Feeling” by Irene Cara


One of my crushes! I love Irene Cara! She has several other great songs besides this and “Fame”. But, both “Flashdance…What A Feeling” and “Fame” still get me pumped up.

21. “Human Touch” by Rick Springfield


This is my favorite Rick Springfield song. My mom had the Living in Oz album (on vinyl of course), and I always listened to this song. Great way to finish things today!


That wraps up today’s list of songs. This is an awesome week of great music! Come back tomorrow as we check out the next 10 songs.