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Top 40 Songs This Week – April 16, 1983: Songs 10-1

April 18, 2014

Welcome to the conclusion of this week’s countdown. We have arrived to the top 10 songs in the country this week in 1983. If you missed the previous songs, you can catch up by checking out songs 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11. All of today’s songs may be very familiar to you. But, they are all great songs. Now, let’s Return to the week ending April 16, 1983, and count down the top 10 songs.

10.”Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” by Culture Club

Yes!! No, that’s not me being excited about this song. I was just answering the question. Culture Club falls into that “Wham!” category for me. They are both bands that I did not care for at the time that they were around, but I appreciate them more now. This song does bring back that ’80s nostalgia, but they had better songs. This was Culture Club’s breakout hit though. It reached all the way up to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it stayed for 3 weeks, from the end of March through the beginning of April. It was kept out of the top spot by the song that is still #1 this week.

9. “Der Kommissar” by After the Fire

Here is a classic ’80s song! This was first recorded by Falco in 1981. A year later, After the Fire recorded this song, and it became their only hit.

8. “Separate Ways (World’s Apart)” by Journey

One of my favorite songs by one of my favorite bands. Break out the air keyboards, and jam away!!

7. “One On one” by Daryl Hall & John Oates

Classic Hall & Oates song from a time when they were on top of their game.

6. “Hungry Like the Wolf” by Duran Duran

This is the first Duran Duran song I ever heard, and it is one of my favorites. It is yet another classic ’80s song. Great video too.

5. “Beat It” by Michael Jackson

What do you get when you combine the ultimate ’80s pop icon and one of the greatest guitarists who ever lived? Epic ’80s Awesomeness!!

4. “Jeopardy” by The Greg Kihn Band

Honestly, if your grandchildren or great grandchildren want to know anything about ’80s music, you could just show them this top 10 list! This is another classic ’80s song, and typical great ’80s video.

3. “Mr. Roboto” by Styx

I love Styx, and this is a fun song from the Kilroy Was Here album. Unfortunately, this caused a huge rift in the band that they could never recover from. The band started to move into a more keyboard oriented direction. This did not sit well with guitarists James Young and Tommy Shaw. Shaw ended up leaving the band for a while. He eventually came back. Then Dennis DeYoung was kicked out.

2. “Come On Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners

This was a huge hit for Dexys Midnight Runners. It was also their only hit in the U.S. They were much more popular in the U.K. This is another classic ’80s song, yet it does not have any synthesizers. This was such a huge hit for them that next week it actually unseats the upcoming #1 song.

1. “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson

This was “Billie Jeans”‘s 7th week in a row at the #1 spot. This was the second single released off of the legendary Thriller album. Since the first song released was “The Girl Is Mine”, I would say that it was “Billie Jean” that propelled Thriller to the status of best-selling album of all time and sealed Jackson’s status as an international pop icon.

Did you enjoy this week’s songs. We’ll be back next week. If you listened to The American Top 40 with Casey Kasem back in the day, you know that a popular spot in the show was the Long Distance Dedications. If you would like to make a long distance dedication, you can email them to me at returntothe80s@yahoo.com or returntothe80s@gmail.com. Feel free to have fun with them too. They don’t have to be serious. The only requirement would be to have the song be from the ’80s and earlier. In the ’80s Casey Kasem used to play some dedicated songs from the ’60s and ’70s. So, we could do the same here. So, until next week, Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.

Remember That Song – 4/18/14

April 18, 2014
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Hair’s to Friday!! Can you name the artist and song:

You know that I can hardly wait
Just to see you
And I know you cannot wait
Wait to see me too


Last Song: “you Might Think” by The Cars from Heartbeat City (1984)

Maybe you think i’m lucky
to have something to do
but I think that you’re wild
and inside me is some child

One of the greatest music videos of the ’80s:

Remember That Song – 4/17/14

April 17, 2014

Can you name the artist and song:

Maybe you think i’m lucky
to have something to do
but I think that you’re wild
and inside me is some child


Last Song: “Wait” by White Lion from Pride (1987)

Great job Frida (@carrjam94)!!

So if you go away I know that I will follow
cause there’s a place inside my heart that tells me
hold out, hold out, hold out

Top 40 Songs This Week – April 16, 1983: Songs 20-11

April 16, 2014

Welcome back to this week’s countdown!! We’re getting down to the nitty gritty now. We will be covering songs 20-11. In case you missed them, you can check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. Today, we have a great list of songs. I like every song here, and I don’t think there are any here that have been overplayed lately. Let’s jump into it, and Return to the week ending April 16, 1983, and check out songs 20-11.

20. “I Won’t Hold You Back” by Toto

This is a great ballad by Toto. I did not recognize the title at first, but I remembered this song as soon as I heard the chorus. This is off of the Toto IV album, which also gave us “Africa” and “Rosanna“. Toto also had a little help on this song. The Eagles’ bass player Timothy B. Schmit performed the backing vocals during the chorus.

19. “Overkill” by Men At Work

Men At Work continued with their string of awesome hits in the early ’80s. This was the second single released off of their sophomore album, Cargo. This is a little slower pace than we were used to from Men At Work. Colin Hay’s vocals are outstanding.

18. “Back On the Chain Gang” by The Pretenders

Here is a classic hit by The Pretenders. “You cannot have the Pretenders’ first album! That’s mine.” Whoa, where did that quote come from!? And that’s OK anyway. This song is off of The Pretender’s third album, Learning to Crawl, which also had the hit “Middle of the Road“. Both that song and “Back On the Chain Gang” bring me back to the early days of MTV.

17. “Little Red Corvette” by Prince

Prince doesn’t want us to hear his music online, so I won’t promote it. But, you can enjoy this skit from In Living Color instead.

16. “Even Now” by Bob Seger

Here’s another song that I didn’t recognize from the title right away. I thought it sounded familiar. But, once the song came on, I remembered it and love it! While I liked his song from yesterday – “Shame On the Moon” – I like this song a lot more.

15. “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie

When it comes to reinventing yourself, David Bowie could give Cher a run for her money. This song (and album of the same name) was an introduction of David Bowie to a younger audience. Kids in 1983, like me, were not aware of Bowie’s career in the ’70s. But, this song put him back on the map. It would go on to become one of his biggest selling singles. I wasn’t too crazy about this song when it came out. But, this also brings me back to those fond, early days of MTV.

14. “I Know There’s Something Going On” by Frida

I had not known about this song until I came across it during the One Hit Wonders series in 2011. I loved it when I heard it, so it is now on my iPod, and frequently played. It also comes up quite often for me on the Song Pop game.
This may have been Frida’s only hit as a solo artist. But, you don’t need to shed a tear for her. She was a member of Abba, which had several hits. In 1982 ABBA was on an unofficial break, only for it to become a permanent break. During this “break”, Frida recorded her first solo album called Something’s Going On, which was produced by Phil Collins. This title track was the lead single from the album, and Phil Collins played drums and sang backup on the track.

13. “She Blinded Me With Science” by Thomas Dolby

Time to nerd out!! This is an ultimate, classic ’80s song.

12. “You Are” by Lionel Richie

This is Lionel Richie’s second song on the countdown (“My Love” was #37). I like this song even better. This is a fun, upbeat song. He would be just fine without The Commodores.

11. “We’ve Got Tonight” by Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton

Here is yet another Bob Seger song on this countdown. This one is not his version though. Seger wrote this song, and released it on his 1978 album Stranger in Town. It was a hit song for him, reaching number 13 on the U.S. pop charts.

In 1983, Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton did this song as a duet, and it did even better on the charts. It would reach number one on the Billboard Country Singles chart, number six on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, and number two on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. Bob Seger’s version is pretty good, but I prefer this one.

That wraps up the countdown for today. We will finish the top-10 either tomorrow or Friday. There are going to be some incredible songs on that list. Did you have any favorites here so far?

Remember That Song – 4/16/14

April 16, 2014

Can you name the artist and song:

So if you go away I know that I will follow
cause there’s a place inside my heart that tells me
hold out, hold out, hold out


Last Song: “Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)” by Samantha Fox from the album Samantha Fox (1987)

I’ve been told time and time again
That you can’t treat love like a game
But I play rough with hearts that never mend
‘Cause some guys like you do the same

Top 40 Songs This Week – April 16, 1983: Songs 30-21

April 15, 2014

Welcome back to this week’s Top-40 Countdown! Today we will continue counting down songs 30-21. You can check out songs 40-31 if you missed them. Today is a mixed bag of songs. To be honest, when I first saw this list of 10 songs, I was a little skeptical. There are a few singers on here that are hit or miss for me, and I didn’t recognize the song titles by any of them. But, I was pleasantly surprised. And there are songs on hear that I love, so this isn’t a bad list today. Now, lets Return to the week ending April 16, 1983, and continue on to songs 30-21.

30. “Whirly Girl” by Oxo

I never heard of this song or band – even after hearing the song. It turns out that Oxo is a one-hit wonder, with this song being their sole hit. Meh.

29. “It Might Be You” by Stephen Bishop

This was the theme for the 1982 Dustin Hoffman movie Tootsie. This was nominated for an Academy Award (Best Original Song) in 1983. I love this song. And it really brings me back to this time period. Very nice.

28. “Fall In Love With Me” by Earth, Wind & Fire

I had never heard of this song before. I do like a lot of Earth, Wind & Fire’s music. If you like them, then you’ll like this song. They sound like a combination of Kool and the Gang and Chicago.

27. “Little Too Late” by Pat Benatar

If Pat Benatar ever made a bad song, I have not heard it. This song is from her fourth album, Get Nervous.

26. “Poison Arrow” by ABC

Time for some New Wave! I did not like New Wave too much back then, but I like it now. I like a few of ABC’s songs a lot, including this one.

25. “Shame On the Moon” by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

I was nervous when I saw this song on the countdown. There are a lot of Bob Seger songs that I don’t like, and I had not remembered this one. Then I realized that the songs that the I don’t like by him all have something in common – I liked them all at one point, until they got played to death. I cringe whenever “Old Time Rock N’ Roll” song comes on at every single wedding reception I’ve ever been to – including mine! And I’d rather be run over by a Ford truck over and over again than see a damn Chevy “Like a Rock” commercial!
As for this song, “Shame On the Moon”, it sounds like a Country song. I was liking it. Then when I heard the chorus, Ohhh blame it on midnight, ohhh shame on the moon, I remembered it. This is good one that did not disappoint.

24. “I’ve Got a Rock N’ Roll Heart” by Eric Clapton

Of course when I saw this song (which I had never heard of) on this countdown, my first thought was “What the hell!! Is he going to be on every countdown I cover!” And once again, it’s a song that is not “It’s In the Way That You Use It“. But Uh oh! There’s a twist! I actually like this one. I’m not overly excited about this song, but I was able to listen to the whole song. This kind of reminds me of old school Eagles when they sounded like Country.

23. “Twilight Zone” by Golden Earing

I always liked this song. Some people may know this song from it’s lyrics When the bullet hits the bone. This kind of reminds me of ’70s era classic rock.

22. “Solitaire” by Laura Branigan

This is my favorite Laura Branigan song. I think she was so underrated. “Gloria” got played over and over again, but she has so many other great songs, including this one. I was sad when she died from an aneurysm in 2004. She had such an incredible voice.

21. “Change of Heart” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

And we’ll close out today’s list with another song by somebody that’s usually either hit or miss with me.
This song isn’t bad. But, if it came on the radio I would probably change the station and see if there was something better on.

What did you think of today’s countdown? Did you hear songs that you had not heard before? The next 20 songs are going to be really good. It may be the best top 20 so far. We’ll Return tomorrow with songs 20-11.

Remember That Song – 4/15/14

April 15, 2014
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Can you name the artist and song:

I’ve been told time and time again
That you can’t treat love like a game
But I play rough with hearts that never mend
‘Cause some guys like you do the same


Last Song: “Never Thought (That I Could Love)” by Dan Hill from the album Dan Hill (1987)

Great job “Kickin’ It Old School” (@oldschool80s)!!

Can I touch you?
I can’t believe that you are real
How did I ever find you?

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