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Song of the Day: “Jump” by Van Halen

In celebration for topping the charts on this day in 1984, today’s Song of the Day is “Jump” by Van Halen. The single was released on December 21, 1983 as the lead single from the 1984 album. s early as 1981, Eddie Van Halen had written the keyboard part that would eventually become this song. It led to contention within the group as David Lee Roth thought it would look like they were selling out to get more radio play. Well it became their first and only #1 with Roth, and everybody loved it. Damn Eddie for making one of the most successful rock bands even more successful! But, using a synthesizer instead of a guitar as the lead instrument was a huge departure for Van Halen. When this first came out, and we heard those keyboards, many people felt Eddie was about a good a keyboard player as guitarist. However, halfway through the song, Van Halen reminds us that they had one of the greatest guitarists in rock as he played an incredible guitar solo.

Here are a few other fun facts:

  • 1984 was the first album recorded at Eddie Van Halen’s 5150 studio.
  • Eddie used the outro guitar solo at the very end of this song to come up with the idea for the intro guitar riff to Van Halen’s later hit, “Standing On Top (Of The World).”
  • In an interview with Mix magazine, Daryl Hall said that the Hall & Oates song “Kiss On My List” was an influence on this one. Said Hall: “[Eddie] Van Halen told me that he copied the synth part from ‘Kiss on My List’ and used it in ‘Jump.’ I don’t have a problem with that at all.”

The music video was nominated for three MTV Video Music Awards, and won “Best Stage Performance” for the video.

Remember That Song – 7/19/21

Can you name the artist and song:

I had to escape
The city was sticky and cruel
Maybe I should have called you first
But I was dying to get to you

Last Song: “Dreams” by Van Halen from 5150 (1986)

Great job sweetpurplejune and Craig (@cdennis0130)!!!

World turns black and white
Pictures in an empty room
Your love starts fallin’ down
Better change your tune

If you’d like to get the song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover below:

Remember That Song – 4/26/21

***Deep Track***

Can you name the artist and song:

Flyin’ high we never took the time
To stop and feel the need
Funny how those years go by
Changing you, changing me

Last Song: “Why Can’t This Be Love” by Van Halen from 5150 (1986)

Great job Adora (@Adora2000) and Erwin (@erwin_green)!!!

Whoa, here it comes
That funny feeling again
Winding me up inside

If you’d like to get this song from Amazon, click on the album cover below:

Return to the ’80s Trivia – 1/27/21

rtt80s trivia

Question: What was Madonna’s first Billboard Hot 100 number 1?

Question: Before this band settled on the name we all know, their previous band names were, The Broken Combs, The Space Brothers, The Trojan Rubber Company, and then Genesis. Upon finding out the latter name was already taken, they changed their name yet again to Mammoth.

Who did they become after Mammoth?

Answer: Van Halen



Remember That Song – 12/10/20

Can you name the artist and song:

Though I’ve tried before to tell her
Of the feelings I have for her in my heart
Every time that I come near her I just lose my nerve
As I’ve done from the start

Last Song: “Finish What Ya Started” by Van Halen from OU812 (1988)

Great job Adora (@Adora2000), Craig (@cdennis0130), and Lisa (@gabbyg89)!!!

If you wanna see other guys
Baby, I could let it slide

If you’d like to get this song from Amazon, click on the album cover below:

Remember That Song – 2/28/20

Can you name the artist and song:

We can steer, we can near
With Rob Dickins at the wheel
We can sigh, say goodbye Ross and his dependencies

Last Song: “Jump” by Van Halen from the album 1984 (1984)

Great job Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

You got it tough
I’ve seen the toughest around

If you’d like to get this song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover below:

Remember That Song – 10/11/19

Can you name the artist and song:

Break out of captivity
And follow me, stereo jungle child
Love is the kill, your heart’s still wild

Last Song: “Love Walks In” by Van Halen from the album 5150 (1986)

Great job Paul (@PaulRidley5), Nigel (@WBAnigel), and Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

Another world, some other time
You lay your sanity on the line

If you’d like to get this song from Amazon, click on the album cover below:

Remember That Song – 5/6/19

Can you name the artist and song:

Who’s gonna pay attention to your dreams
Who’s gonna plug their ears when you scream
You can’t go on thinking nothing’s wrong

Last Song: “I’ll Wait” by Van Halen from the album 1984 (1984)

Great job J-Dub and Miss Poppy Kox (@blondasabat)!!!

I wrote a letter and told her these words
That meant a lot to me
I never sent it, she wouldn’t have heard
Her eyes don’t follow me

If you’d like to get this song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover below

Remember That Song – 3/20/19

Can you name the artist and song:

Shake up the picture the lizard mixture
With your dance on the eventide
You got me coming up with answers
All of which I deny

Last Song: “Feels So Good” by Van Halen from the album OU812 (1989)

Great job blonde as a bat (@blondasabat)!!!

Yesterday I saw my love light shine
Straight ahead in front of me
You never really know
When love will come or go

If you’d like to get this song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover below

Top 40 This Week – Week Ending November 5, 1988: Songs 40-31

Time for another Top 40 countdown! With Election Day tomorrow, I decided to go with the week of an Election Day from the 80s. I had already done 1984 for this week. So, we will go towards the end of the Reagan era. This Presidential race was George H. W. Bush against Michael Dukakis. This was the first election I voted in.

I had graduated earlier in the year, and was now attending Community College. Well actually, I was registered at the Community College of Rhode Island. However, I attended DG’s Arcade instead of actual college classes. 3 months later I was heading to Great Lakes, in the dead of winter, for Navy boot camp.

Now, let’s Return to the week ending November 5, 1988, and see what songs may have come on the radio in my 1981 Chevy Citation, on the way to the arcade.

As usual, you can click on the song title to get the YouTube video, and you can click on the album cover to check out this song on Amazon.

40. “Spy in the House of Love” by Was (Not Was)

This is a pretty good song with a funky beat. But, I spend the entire song waiting for them to burst out singing about walking a dinosaur.



39. “I’ll Always Love You” by Taylor Dayne

Taylor Dayne burst on to the scene in 1987 with her debut album, Tell It to My Heart. She was one of the hottest acts around in the late ’80s/early ’90s. This was the 3rd song released from her debut album, and first ballad. It got Taylor Dayne nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal, was also nominated for Best R&B Song.

38. “Time and Tide” by Basia

This song from Basia’s debut album of the same name, is her biggest hit.




37. “Small World” by Huey Lewis and the News

This is the title track of Huey Lewis and the News’ last album released release on Chrysalis. The album did not sell as well as the band’s previous albums, Sports and Fore!.


36. “True Love” by Glenn Frey

This forgotten gem (well, I had forgotten about it anyway), was released off the late great Glenn Frey’s third studio solo album Soul Searchin’.


35. “Finish What Ya Started” by Van Halen

According to the book, Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga, Van Halen’s OU812 album was complete (or so they thought), Eddie came up with the riff at 2 in the morning and went down to his then-neighbor Sammy Hagar to show it. Hagar let Eddie in, and the two played guitars in his balcony until they had a completed song.

34. “Dance Little Sister” by Terence Trent D’Arby

This is a pretty cool, funky song. I would have never listened to it back when it was originally released. That may explain why I don’t remember this song at all.



33. “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses

This is probably one of the most iconic hard rock songs of the ’80s.




32. “Domino Dancing” by Pet Shop Boys

This seems like a little different sound for the Pet Shop Boys. The music is a freestyle dance style. Before the vocals come in, this sounds like it could be a song by Exposé, Sweet Sensation, or the Cover Girls.


31. “Downtown Life” by Daryl Hall & John Oates

Hall and Oates seem to have a different perspective of the city than Guns N’ Roses! Even though Hall & Oates had their best years behind them as far as climbing the charts is concerned, this is a pretty good tune. If it was released in 1982, it may have been a bigger hit.

That wraps up today’s list of songs. Not a bad start. Come back tomorrow to check out songs 30-21.