Top 40 Songs This Week – October 22, 1983: Songs 20-11

Welcome back to the Top 40 Countdown. If you missed the previous posts, you can go back and check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. This has been a very good week so far, and today is no different. So, let’s Return to the week ending October 22, 1983, and continue the countdown.

20. “Big Log” by Robert Plant

I like most of Led Zeppelin’s music. This song was Robert Plant’s first solo hit. And it is soooo boring to me.

19. “Say Say Say” by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson

This song came out at the height of Thrillermania (I just made that word up). However, this song was not on Thriller. It was on McCartney’s fourth solo album, Tug of War. If this had been on the Thriller album instead of the McCartney/Jackson song “The Girl is Mine“, then it would have made the legendary album even better.

18. “Modern Love” by David Bowie

This is one of my favorite David Bowie songs. It is from the great Let’s Dance album, which reignited Bowie’s career.

17. “Tonight, I Celebrate my Love” by Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack

This is a really nice duet.

16. “If Anyone Falls” by Stevie Nicks

This is one of my favorite Stevie Nicks tunes. I think it is very underrated.

15. “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel

This was a fun song from Billy Joel’s classic An Innocent Man album. It is famous for it’s video, which featured Joel’s future wife Christie Brinkley.

14. “(She’s) Sexy + 17″ by The Stray Cats

Time for some Rockabilly! The Stray Cats are one of those bands that I didn’t appreciate when I first heard them. But, I like them a lot now.

13. “Tell Her About It” by Billy Joel

Well that didn’t take long. Here’s Billy Joel again! This was his first hit from An Innocent Man. I think this was the first Billy Joel song I was aware of. I’m sure I had heard his earlier hits before, but I didn’t know singers names at the time. Now that I was listening to my own music, and thanks to MTV, I became very well aware of Billy Joel.

12. “Suddenly Last Summer” by The Motels

There is just something about this song that is so mesmerizing to me. I love it! Very ’80s.

11. “The Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats

Speaking of being “very ’80s”, could this song have been released in any other decade? I think not! Totally ’80s sound, and a lot of fun. Not to mention, a crazy video. Any video that features a Maypole is a lot of fun!

That wraps up today’s list. We will finish up the countdown tomorrow with some classic ’80s tunes!

Remember That Song: 10/23/14

Can you name the Artist and Song and complete the lyrics:

How come you’re always such a fussy young man?
Don’t want no Captain Crunch, don’t want no Raisin Bran
Well, don’t you know that other kids are _______ __ _____

Last Song: “Automatic” by The Pointer Sisters from Break Out (1983)

Your camera looks through me
With it’s X-ray vision
And all systems run aground

Top 40 Songs This Week – October 22, 1983: Songs 30-21

Hi Everybody, welcome back as we continue this week’s countdown. If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check them out. We have a nice variety of awesome ’80s music today. So, let’s Return to the week ending October 22,1983, and move on with the countdown.

30. “Sitting At the Wheel” by The Moody Blues

I had never heard this song before. Or at least I don’t remember hearing it. I really like it! It has a nice ’80s sound.

29. “Love is a Stranger” by The Eurythmics

This song was originally released in late 1982, and did not perform very well on the charts. Then came along “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” and The Eurythmics got the world’s attention. “Love is a Stranger” was re-released, and was a lot more successful the second time around – peaking at #23 in November.

28. “Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive” by Men at Work

This is a fun song by Men at Work. It felt like the band was around forever. But, this 1983 hit would be their last in the US Top 40. They weren’t around for very long. But, they made quite the impact when they were around.

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

Laura Branigan has such an incredible voice. She did a great job with this song. It was written by Doug James and Michael Bolton. Yes THE Michael Bolton. “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” was first performed by Lisa Hartman as a music video on Knots Landing. Michael Bolton recorded his own version of the song, which became a hit in 1990. I still prefer Branigan’s version of it.

26. “Love is a Battlefield” by Pat Benatar

I love Pat Benatar, but this is my least favorite song of hers. I would have probably liked it more if it wasn’t played on MTV and the radio a few times an hour, every hour upon the song’s release.

25. “This Time” by Bryan Adams

While the last song was way overplayed, this song does not get enough airplay. I really like this song a lot, from Adams’ Cuts Like a Knife album.

24. “Far From Over” by Frank Stallone

I don’t remember watching the movie Staying Alive, but I’m sure this was the best part of it. I still love this song!

23. “Heart and Soul” by Huey Lewis & The News

I had never known that this song was a cover. It was originally performed by Exile in 1981. This was my introduction to Huey Lewis & The News, as this song was played often in those early MTV days.

22. “Promises, Promises” by Naked Eyes

This is a classic ’80s song.

21. “Cum On Feel the Noize” by Quiet Riot

I was a fan of rock music when I first started listening to my own music. I was already a fan of AC/DC and Ozzy at this point. But when “Cum On Feel the Noize” came out, there was no turning back! I could not get enough of this song. This was the first 45 I ever owned. And just before I started getting sick of this song, along came “Metal Health (Bang Your Head)“! My mind was blown. For quite some time, the only time I listened to pop music after that was if it happened to come on MTV, or if I was listening to the American Top 40.

That wraps up today’s list of songs. Are you guys liking this so far? The last song was the very first 45 I ever had of my own. Do you remember what yours was? We’ll be back tomorrow to continue the countdown.

Quote of the Day: Back to the Future

Marty McFly: Wait a minute. Wait a minute, Doc. Ah… Are you telling me that you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?

Dr. Emmett Brown: The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?

Happy 76th Birthday to Christopher Lloyd!!

Remember That Song: 10/22/14

Can you name the artist and song:

Your camera looks through me
With it’s X-ray vision
And all systems run aground

Last Song: “I’ll Be Over You” by Toto from Fahrenheit (1986)

Great job Jim!!

Remembering times gone by
Promises we once made
What are the reasons why
Nothing stays the same

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