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Top 40 Songs This Week – September 25, 1982: Songs 40-31

Hey Everybody, it’s been a while. I’ve been wanting to do a new Top 40 countdown, which is a popular feature on this site. The wait is finally over! This week, we’ll Return to the week ending September 25, 1982. At this time in 1982, I had just begun my dreaded Junior high school days – 7th grade. The one thing that got me through those rough times was the totally awesome music. So let’s get to it, and Return to the week ending September 25, 1982. Today we will be covering songs 40-31. If you are new to this series, I post 10 songs a day until we get to the top of the charts. If you want to listen to the song/watch the video, just click on the song title. And away we go!


40. “Let It Be Me” by Willie Nelson

The 83 year old music legend’s very first public appearance took place shortly after his 5th birthday where he recited a poem. He was so nervous before hand, that he picked his nose until it bled, earning him the name “Booger Red.”
This song, the second single from Willie’s Always On My Mind album, and is a cover of an Everly Brothers 1960 song.

39. “Heart Attack” by Olivia Newton-John

This song was released off of Olivia’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2. My mom owned the album, but I think I listened to it more than anybody else. While my mom watched the television shows she liked, such as Dynasty, I would sit at the stereo with headphones listening to this album, while I stared lovingly at Olivia on the album cover:

Oh, and the music was pretty damn good too.

38. “Oh Julie” by Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow’s heyday was in the ’70s. The best contribution Manilow made in the ’80s was that he was mentioned in one of the most popular quotes of the decade, delivered by Bender in The Breakfast Club: “Does Barry Manilow know you raid his wardrobe?”

37. “Holdin’ On” by Tané Cain

I had never heard of this song before, and like it a lot. Tané Cain sounds like a cross between Laura Branigan and Pat Benatar. If her last name sounds familiar, it’s for a good reason. She was married to Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain, who also happened to co-write and co-produce the songs on Tané’s self titled debut album, from which this song came. It was her only top 40 hit.

36. “You Don’t Want Me Anymore” by Steel Breeze

You Don't Want Me Any More by Steel BreezeThis is another pleasant surprise for me. I had never heard of this band or song. It is a good pop-rock song.

35. “Gypsy” by Fleetwood Mac

This Stevie Nicks song was a huge hit off of Fleetwood Mac’s Mirage album. It was intended to be included on Stevie’s solo album, Bella Donna. However, when her best friend Robin Anderson died of leukemia, the song took on a new significance and Nicks held it over for Fleetwood Mac.

34. “Don’t Fight It” by Kenny Loggins with Steve Perry

Forget Loggins and Messina. We needed more Loggins and Perry. Hey, neither of you guys have had any hits in years! Let’s make this happen!

33. “The One You Love” by Glenn Frey

This song was the lead single from the late, great Glenn Frey’s debut solo album No Fun Aloud.

32. “Hold Me” by Fleetwood Mac

fleetwood_mac-hold_me_s_5You may remember this band, Fleetwood Mac, from 3 songs ago. This one is a Christine McVie jam, with Lindsey Buckingham on the backing vocals. This was the first single released off of the Mirage album.

31. “You Dropped a Bomb On Me” by The Gap Band

Let’s get funky as we wrap up today’s songs! This electronic funk is totally ’80s.


That’s is all for today’s list. Did you have any favorites, or stinkers? What were you doing this week in 1982? We’ll continue the countdown tomorrow.

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Remember That Song: 4/30/15

Can you name the artist and song:

Now, there’s no looking forward
Now, there’s no turning back


Last Song: “Always On My Mind” by Willie Nelson (who turned 82 yesterday) from the album Always on My Mind (1982)

Great job Emma (@emmakwall) and Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

And maybe I didn’t hold you
All those lonely, lonely times
And I guess I never told you
I’m so happy that you’re mine

Here is another version that ’80s fans may appreciate. The year that Willie turned 70, he did a couple of concerts where he sang with many different singers such as: Steven Tyler, Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20), Sheryl Crow, ZZ Top, and Elvis Costello. And here he is with Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. This is a really good version.

And here is another ’80s version. This one is by the Pet Shop Boys. I do like how they made this their own:

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Remember That Song – 5/1/14

Can you name the artist and song:

My life was fine, yes, it was
(Life was fine)
‘Til she blew my mind


Last Song: “City of New Orleans” by Willie Nelson from the album City of New Orleans (1984)

Good morning America how are you?
Say don’t you know me I’m your native son

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Remember That Song – 5/1/13

Can you name the artist and song:

I’m just the average guy
I fooled around a little on the side
Never thought it would amount to much


Last Song: “Angel Flying too Close to the Ground” by Willie Nelson, who turned 79 yesterday

I knew someday that you would fly away for love’s the greatest healer to be found
So leave me if you need to I will still remember
Angel Flying too Close to the Ground

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Remember That Song – 5/1/12

Can you name the artist and song, and complete the lyrics:

I’m still in love with you
Stepped into my life from a bad dream
Making the life that I had seem ________ _____ ___ ___


Last Song: “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” by Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias (Great job Jim!!):

The winds of change are always blowing and everytime I tried to stay
The winds of change continued blowing and they just carried me away

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Daily Trivia – 4/13/12

Question: What brokerage firm’s name, when mentioned in TV ads, silenced entire rooms of people?

Last Question: What memorable song was a top-five hit for Willie Nelson in 1982, and for the Pet Shop Boys in 1988?

Answer: “Always On My Mind”

Willie:

Pet Shop Boys:

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Remember That Song? – 11/9/11

Can you name the Artist and Song:

Super highways, coast to coast, easy to get anywhere
On the transcontinental overload, just slide behind the wheel
How does it feel


Last Song: “City of New Orleans” by Willie Nelson:

Good morning America how are you? Say don’t you know me?  I’m your native son

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Hits of 1982 – Horrible and Great

On March 13, 2009, Stuck in the 80s released their Horrible Hits of 1982 Podcast (Episode 159). Here is their list:

10. Ebony and Ivory – Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
9. Hurt So Good – John Cougar
8. Waiting for a Girl Like You – Foreigner
7. Even the Nights Are Better – Air Supply
6. Love in the First Degree – Alabama
5. Blue Eyes – Elton John
4. Waiting on a Friend – The Rolling Stones
3. Young Turks – Rod Stewart
2. Hooked On America – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
1. Gloria – Laura Branigan

You can see the top 100 hits from Billboard that year.

Here is my top 5 (or worst 5) of Horrible songs from that year.

5. Waiting for a Girl Like You – Foreigner

I love Foreigner, but this is one of my least favorite songs by them. It’s too slow, boring, and whiny.
People tend to trash “I Want to Know What Love Is”, but at least that song has a choir to lift things up a little. I definitely prefer their rock songs, such as “Juke Box Hero”, “Long, Long Way From Home”, and “Feels Liek the First Time”. They should stay away from ballads. The only exception is “With Heaven On Our Side”.

4. Harden My Heart – Quarterflash

This is one of the most overplayed ’80s songs out there. I’ve heard this song more in the past couple of years than I did during the entire ’80s decade! And it’s not even on my iPod! This may not have made the list if it were not so overplayed. This song is a little to slow for me, but not slow enough to be a good ballad. I can’t change the station fast enough when it comes on the radio.

3. Chariots of Fire – Vangelis

This instrumental was a humongous hit. It was alright, but I think I will punish it for being associated with one of the most boring and overrated movies of all time. The movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture, which proves my point. The song also won an Academy Award for Best Original Score. So I guess I’m supposed to love it, but what can I say?

2. Cool Night, Paul Davis

I do like a lot of Easy Listening music – in small doses – but I really can’t make it through this whole song. I think I would rather rock out to some “Chariots of Fire”.

1. Blue Eyes – Elton John

One of my least favorite Elton John tunes. I haven’t decided which was worse, this or “Nikita”. The ’80s was not a very good period for Elton. I like “I’m Still Standing” and “Healing Hands”. Other than that, his worst ’70s were still better than most of his ’80s songs.

“Blue Eyes” is too boring for me. It feels like it should have more emotion than it does.

Here is my top 5 songs from that year.

5. Always On My Mind, Willie Nelson

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Willie Nelson is one of my all-time favorites. He wrote some old time country songs, such as “Crazy” (made famous by Patsy Cline), he’s played with Aerosmith (or I should say Aerosmith has played with him), and he has even played Reggae.
But he had an incredible ballad with “Always On My Mind”. He put a lot of feeling into this song, and it shows. I never get sick of this one. I don’t think I ever heard a bad version of this song, but Willie has one of the best versions.

4. I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll – Joan Jett and The Blackhearts

One of the greatest women of rock of all time. At the time, Joan Jett and Pat Benatar were just about the only rocker women on the radio. And they were among the best out of anybody at the time.
“I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” delivers on its name – it is pure Rock ‘N’ Roll. Great music and great attitude.

3. Edge of Seventeen – Stevie Nicks

I like Fleetwood Mac, and I love Stevie Nicks. While “Stand Back” was one of her biggest hits, this is my favorite by her. Stevie has a unique and powerful voice, and she really rocks it in this song. It was great to see the song get a resurgence when it was featured in the Jack Black movie School of Rock.

2. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

This was my favorite song when this came out. It really gets your blood pumping. If you played any sports, this song could get you ready for any game or match. When you hear the opening chords of the song, you know exactly what it is. “Weird Al” Yankovic’s parody of it – “Theme From Rocky XIII” – was even good. Actually, we are getting pretty close to having a Rocky XIII. I wonder if they would really use that as the theme song.

Survivor’s lead singer, Dave Bickler, was only around for the first album. The band continued to be successful after he left. Bickler is best known now for singing for the Real Men of Genius Bud Light TV and radio commercials.

1. Don’t Stop Believin’, Journey

There was a toss-up between this and “Open Arms”. While “Open Arms” pretty much set the standard for power ballads, “Don’t Stop Believin'” is one of my all time favorite songs, even after all these years. Everybody still gets into this song. And a new generation has even found it, as it became extremely popular from the television show Glee. Don’t Stop Believin’ this song will live on forever.

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Daily Trivia – 1/13/11

Question: What retailer unleashed the Discover card in 1985?


Last Question: What memorable song was a top-five hit for Willie Nelson in 1982, and for the Pet Shop Boys in 1988?

Answer: Always On My Mind

“Always on My Mind” was originally recorded by Brenda Lee in 1971, and was written by the songwriting trio of Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson Thompson. Elvis even recorded a version of it in 1972.

In 1982, one of my all-time favorite performers, Willie Nelson, released the song. It raced up to number 1 on Billboard magazine’s Hot Country Singles chart, and stayed on top for 2 weeks. The song also did very well on Top 40 radio, peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was Billboard’s number one country song for 1982. “Always on My Mind” won three Grammys (including Grammy Award for Song of the Year), and won the 1982 and 1983 CMA “Song of the Year”, and the 1982 CMA Single of the Year.

In 1987, Pet Shop Boys, best known for the song “West End Girls”, recorded a synthpop version of “Always on My Mind”. This version topped the UK charts for 4 weeks. It also peaked at number four in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1988, becoming the duo’s fifth and last Top 10 hit there.

And here is a great version of the song performed by Willie along with Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora at a concert that I believe was celebrating Willie’s 70th birthday. Vince Vaughn makes the introduction, and gives an interesting bit a trivia about Farm Aid: