Top 40 Songs This Week – April 29, 1989: Songs 20-11

Welcome back to this week’s Top-40 Countdown! If you need to catch up, you can check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. Today has a variety of song styles. There are some ballads, freestyle dance, and rock songs. There is also a special dedication today. Some of these songs really take me back to my short time in San Diego. So, let’s Return to the week ending April 29, 1989, and continue the countdown with songs 20-11.

20. “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler

“Wind Beneath My Wings”, from the soundtrack of Beaches, would go on to become a #1 hit, and it won Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards of 1990. There was no avoiding this song. And if you somehow did not catch it by Bette Midler, then you probably heard it by one of the following artists who also covered this song:

Roger Whitaker (the first to release the song commercially), Colleen Hewett, Sheena Easton (I have this song on a Greatest Hits tape by her), Gary Morris, Kerry Ellis, Lee Greenwood, B.J. Thomas, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Patti LaBelle, Captain and Tennille, Joe Longthorne, Eddie & Gerald Levert, John Tesh, Judy Collins, Shirley Bassey, RyanDan, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, Sonata Arctica, Chyi Yu, Perry Como, Donald Braswell II, Sergio Franchi, Steven Houghton and Celine Dion. Also, Lou Rawls sang the song at the nationally-televised 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala on January 19, 1985, the day before the second inauguration of Ronald Reagan.

19. “Electric Youth” by Debbie Gibson

When I left for Boot Camp, “Lost In Your Eyes” was the big hit. When I got out, this second single, the title track from Debbie’s sophomore album was climbing the charts.

18. “Rock On” by Michael Damian

Upon my arrival in San Diego, one of the first things I bought was a Walkman. It was the kind that had a radio as well as a cassette player. So, I found the local radio stations, and this song was one that was constantly being played.
Michael Damian starred in the soap opera The Young and the Restless. He didn’t have the great singing career that fellow soap opera/musician Rick Springfield had. But, I liked this song. But, that may be because it brings me back to a time and place of beautiful weather and atmosphere.

17. “Cult of Personality” by Living Colour

This isn’t a bad song. I love the guitar in it. I do remember this one being overplayed though.

16. “Iko Iko” by The Belle Stars

This is a fun song. I don’t go out of my way to listen to it, but I enjoy it when it does come on the radio.

15. “Soldier of Love” by Donny Osmond

Along with Michael Damien’s “Rock On”, this song was in heavy rotation on the radio station I listened to in San Diego. Again, it may be due to the weather, but I really enjoyed this song too. It was a big comeback hit for Donny Osmond.

Special Dedication

Now it is time for a special dedication. I have not received any yet. Don’t forget, you can email them to me at returntothe80s@gmail.com or returntothe80s@yahoo.com.
Long time readers of this blog may remember the 30 Day Music Challenge series that I posted a couple of years ago. Since we have returned to a time when I was in school in San Diego, here is the article I posted about a “song that reminds you of someone“. This song goes out to the douchebag idiot in this story.

My New Purchase

After being in boot camp for around 8-10 weeks, the only music I heard was “Anchors Aweigh” (a million times). So when I got to San Diego, one of the first things I did was buy a Walkman, and some tapes. I even took time to stencil my name on the inside of the Walkman door. As for the cassettes, I bought mostly rock music such as Bon Jovi’s New Jersey, and Van Halen’s OU812. But, I also wanted music that would put me to sleep. I was not a Glenn Medeiros fan by any stretch of imagination. However, I had heard some of his music, and figured that would be perfect. So I bought Glenn Medeiros’ Not Me. And it worked. I would go to bed at night listening to my Walkman, and it would knock me right out.

A Storm is Brewing

The barracks that we slept in was full of bunk beds. I slept on the bottom bunk. One morning, my bunk-mate warned me that a scumbag, that was in our class, almost tried stealing my Walkman while I was sleeping. That pissed me off. So, I was hoping I would catch him trying it.

Thief!

A day or two later, I woke up with my headphones on, but something didn’t feel right. I felt the cord to the headphones and noticed that the Walkman was missing! All that was there was the Glenn Medeiros tape!! That douche stole my Walkman!!! I have no idea how I didn’t feel it being taken away.

Nobody Steals From Me and Gets Away With It!

Now, anybody who knows me would probably best describe my personality as being “reserved”. But, when somebody not only steals from me, but steals something music related, it awakens the beast. And, I also found out that he stole headphones off of another guy that was about 3 times his size. I kept my cool though. I knew exactly who stole it, and he slept on the top bunk a little further away from me.

I saw Douche was sleeping. So I climbed up on the side of the bunk that was next to him, and confirmed that he had my Walkman. So I reached over and grabbed it, and unhooked the headphones. I looked to see what tape he had in it. It was NWA or some other Gangsta Rap type group. I left the tape where the Walkman had been. I couldn’t get the headphones for the other guy though, because Douche was laying on his head on one of the earpieces. However, the Walkman itself was with it’s rightful owner! I was tempted to take the tape too, and leave the Glenn Medeiros one in it’s place. But I didn’t want to be a thief. I just wanted what was rightfully mine.

Would You Believe the Balls on this Guy?

Later on that morning, Douche actually confronted me, and accused me of stealing his Walkman! He even knew the price I paid for it. But, I had my stenciling on the door, and showed him. He said that I probably stenciled after I took it. But, we both knew what really happened. I said, “How do you think I knew where to get it from. Somebody saw you! That’s how!” He saw that the next time he opened his mouth, he was going to get the worst beating of his life, so he backed off. And everybody knew he also stole the big guy’s headphones, so I was also ready to still see some pummeling going on. But, much to my disappointment, big guy was a pansy. He was more of a teddy bear than a grizzly bear, so Douche got away with the headphones.

Gee, I didn’t See That Coming [Sarcasm]

Within the next week, Douche went AWOL. I know. I can’t believe such an upstanding citizen would do something like that, Right?! It turns out, he broke into some lockers, stole money, and got on a plane to New York. Shockingly, Douche came back a couple of weeks later. He was in the barracks, and our commander, who hardly came into the barracks, and found him. And dragged him out for good. I don’t know if he just got kicked out of the Navy with a Dishonorable Discharge, or if he got thrown in the brig/jail.

So, here’s to you Douche! When I hear Glenn Medeiros – and not Gangsta Rap – it reminds me of you!

14. “Sincerely Yours” by Sweet Sensation & Romeo J.D

They may have been Exposé Lite, but I liked Sweet Sensation. This song isn’t bad. But, I much prefer “Hooked On You“.

13. “Thinking of You” by Sa-Fire

Two Puerto Rican freestylers in a row! I love this song. And it was very appropriate for what I was going through at the time, being across the country from all of my friends and family.

12. “Rocket” by Def Leppard

Almost 2 years after the incredible Hysteria album was released, Def Leppard was still releasing singles from that album! That would be unheard of now. This is a great rockin’ song. It is one of my favorites from the album. This would be the last single released from Hysteria. The video is the last from the band with Steve Clark in the lineup.

11. “Room to Move” by Animotion

I had forgotten about this one. I like this song a lot too. I never saw the movie, but apparently this song was featured in My Stepmother Is an Alien.

I hope you enjoyed today’s list of songs. Did you have any favorites today? Either tomorrow or Friday, we will wrap up the countdown with the top 10 songs. I like the top 10 list. There are no songs on it that I’m sick of listening to. This may be 1989, but this is before “Love Shack” and “We Didn’t Start The Fire” was released, so you may rest easy.

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Remember That Song – 4/30/14

Here’s an easy one today – if you know the song.
Can you name the artist and song and complete the lyrics:

Good morning America how are you?
Say don’t you know me I’m ____ ______ ___


Last Song: “Modern Woman” by Billy Joel from The Bridge (1986)

Great job Jim!!

She’s got style and she’s got her own money
So she’s not another honey you can quickly disarm

Top 40 Songs This Week – April 29, 1989: Songs 30-21

Welcome back as we continue this week’s countdown. While there were several songs on yesterday’s list that I did not know, I know every song that is on today’s list. Let’s Return to the week ending April 29, 1989, and check them out.

30. “Your Mama Don’t Dance” by Poison

This isn’t my favorite Poison song by a long shot. It’s not bad either. Their remake of the 1972 Loggins and Messina hit was the fourth single released from the Open Up and Say…Ahh! album. My favorite Poison album, Flesh & Blood, would not come out for another year.

29. “Close My Eyes Forever” by Lita Ford & Ozzy Osbourne

I thought this song was a hit a little earlier than this. Man, what an incredible duo! I had never heard of Lita Ford until she released “Kiss Me Deadly“. I’ve been a fan ever since. Lita is also an incredible guitar player. And of course, I was always an Ozzy fan. Most male/female duets are poppy little love songs. While I do like a lot of those duets, this song was darker and edgier, and I love it!

Oh by the way, Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne are still putting out rockin’ music today. In 2012, Lita released her album Living Like a Runaway, which is awesome. And in 2010 Ozzy released Scream, which is really heavy and loud.

28. “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)” by New Kids On The Block

So, we go from the rebellious Runaway Lita Ford and the Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne to the New Kids on the Block! My ears just got whiplash! I was never into New Kids. They are from my neck of the woods, so I am happy for their success. But, I just can’t listen to them. “Hangin’ Tough” is somewhat bearable [editor’s note: maybe even that song isn’t bearable. I started listening to it when setting up this link, and couldn’t get halfway through it]. On the other hand, this song is just painful. I can’t listen to it. Sorry Jordan!
For the record, I love Donny on the show Blue Bloods. After seeing him in that, I cannot picture him being in a boy band.

27. “Seventeen” by Winger

Thanks to Beavis & Butt-Head, Winger (as well as Warrant) unfairly got labeled as a wuss band. I think Winger rocks. For crying out loud, he had been a guitarist for Alice Cooper! “Seventeen” is a really good rockin’ song

26. “Everlasting Love” by Howard Jones

This is one of my favorite HoJo songs. You can’t help but feel good when you hear this song.

25. “Girl You Know It’s True” by Milli Vanilli

Eeesh. Awkward! But c’mon now, if you think there have been no other lip synchers before or after Milli Vanilli, your kidding yourself. “Girl You Know It’s True”, and their debut album of the same name helped Milli Vanilli win a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. This hit song is also the one that exposed Milli Vanilli. While performing onstage live in front of an audience, the recording of the song “Girl You Know It’s True” played and began to skip, repeating the partial line “Girl, you know it’s…” over and over on the speakers. They continued to pretend to sing and dance onstage for a few more moments, then they both ran offstage (a move Ashlee Simpson would perfect some years later on Saturday Night Live).
An investigation began, and it was found that the real vocals were by Charles Shaw, John Davis, Brad Howell, and twin sisters Jodie and Linda Rocco. However Frank Farian (the creator of the band), felt that those singers lacked a marketable image. He then recruited Robert Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan, two younger model/dancers he found singing in a Munich club for a rehearsal. He felt that Pilatus and Morvan could provide the marketable image that the original singers lacked. He was correct, until it all blew up. Milli Vanilli were exposed as frauds and had their Grammy taken away.

Morvan and Pilatus moved to Los Angeles, California, and signed to the Joss Entertainment Group, where they recorded an album under the name Rob & Fab. It was only released in the U.S., which was the country most critical of them, so it flopped. They attempted another comeback in the late ’90s.

Frank Farian agreed in 1997 to produce a new Milli Vanilli album with Morvan and Pilatus on lead vocals. This all led up to the recording of the 1998 Milli Vanilli comeback album Back and in Attack. Even some of the original studio singers backed the performers in their attempt to bring back some of the fame that had been shed so quickly. However, Rob Pilatus encountered a number of personal problems during the production of the new album. He turned to drugs and crime, committing a series of robberies and ultimately serving three months in jail in California. Farian paid for Pilatus to attend six months of drug rehabilitation and plane tickets for him to fly back to Germany. On the eve of the new album’s promotional tour on April 2, 1998, Pilatus was found dead of a suspected alcohol and prescription drug overdose in a Frankfurt hotel room. Pilatus’ death was ruled accidental.

All that being said, I was never a fan of Milli Vanilli. The songs weren’t bad from that infamous album, but they weren’t great either.

24. “Eternal Flame” by The Bangles

This is a great ballad by The Bangles. This song and “Walk Like an Egyptian” are probably their most popular songs.

23. “Every Little Step” by Bobby Brown

Remember when Bobby Brown had talent? This song was off of his smash hit album, Don’t Be Cruel. It was all downhill from there, and he dragged Whitney down with him. But, in this moment in time (pardon the pun), Bobby Brown was brilliant and on the top of his game.

22. “Patience” by Guns N’ Roses

Speaking of being brilliant for a short period of time, this was a really good ballad by Guns N’ Roses.

21. “Stand” by R.E.M.

“Stand in the place where you live
Now face North”
And then you do the Hokey Pokey
Turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about!

“Now face West
Think about the place where you live
Wonder why you haven’t before”
And then you do the Hokey Pokey
Turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about!

“Now face North… ”

Did you like today’s list? I think this is going to get even better as it moves along.

Remember That Song – 4/29/14

Can you name the artist and song:

She’s got style and she’s got her own money
So she’s not another honey you can quickly disarm


Last Song: “She Bop” by Cyndi Lauper from She’s So Unusual (1983)

Well, I see them every night in tight blue jeans
In the pages of a Blue Boy magazine

Top 40 Songs This Week – April 29, 1989: Songs 40-31

Welcome back to a brand new week of the Top 40 Countdown. I am looking forward to this one. This week we are returning to 1989. If you remember, I left for Navy Boot Camp on February 21, 1989. It lasted 8 weeks. In late April, I left Boot Camp in Great Lakes, Illionois after a nasty winter, then went to “A School” (which is training for the actual job you will be doing) in San Diego, California. When I go on the plane, everything was brown and dreary. The first thing I saw when I got off the plane was a palm tree outside the window, along with beautiful blue sky, and the most perfect weather I have ever seen!
In those 8 weeks I was in Boot Camp, there must have been many songs that came and went, which I did not know about. And this week in 1989, I had not caught up on all the recently released music yet. So, there are many songs on this week’s countdown that I never knew about. This week’s songs will either be new to me, or they will bring me back to a great part of my life.
Now, let’s Return to the week ending April 29, 1989, and begin the countdown.

40. “Birthday Suit” by Johnny Kemp

I didn’t know Johnny Kemp had any songs other than “Just Got Paid“. Well I wasn’t missing much with this song. “Birthday Suit” was performed by Johnny Kemp for the soundtrack of the movie Sing, which I also had never heard of. While the song isn’t horrible, I’m not going to rush and buy it anytime soon.

39. “I Only Wanna Be With You” by Samantha Fox

I was a huge Samantha Fox fan, so I knew this song. I like this one a lot. It is a remake of the Dusty Springfield 1963 hit. Samantha Fox was not the only one to cover this song. It was also done by The Bay City Rollers in 1976 and by The Tourists, a band which included Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart pre-Eurythmics, in 1979. This was the band’s first, and biggest hit.
Samantha did an awesome job covering this on her third studio album, I Wanna Have Some Fun.

38. “Orinoco Flow” by Enya

Here’s an awesome New Age song!! Sail away, sail away, sail zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

37. “Voices of Babylon” by The Outfield

I’m awake, I’m awake!! As I wipe drool from the side of my face after that unexpected nap, check out this pretty good Outfield song. I do like “Your Love” more, but I do like this song. I didn’t know about this song until I listened to their greatest hits compilation, Big Innings.

36. “Through the Storm” by Aretha Franklin & Elton John

This song had gotten by me. I really like this one a lot!! I don’t like a lot of Elton John’s ’80s music. There are some that I like, but overall, I prefer his ’70s music. And I’m not a big Aretha Franklin fan. But the two of them together made an awesome song!

35. “I Wanna Be the One” by Stevie B

I remembered this one! I May have heard it on the plane ride from Chicago to San Diego. This was Stevie B’s first American top-40 hit.

34. “Superwoman” by Karyn White

I had forgotten about this song. I was more familair with Karyn White’s hit “Secret Rendezvous“. This one isn’t bad.

33. “Where Are You Now” by Synch

I remembered this song when I saw the title. I would have never guessed the group’s name though. This is an interesting one. The band Synch was formed in the mid-80s. Lou Butwin was the lead singer. However, drummer Jimmy Harnen wrote “Where Are You Now”, and was afforded the chance to sing it. The song was released on an independent label in 1986. The song got some local airplay in the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania market. The band was then signed by Columbia records. By the time their album was recorded, Jimmy Harnen and keyboardist Chuck Yarmey were the only remaining members of the original lineup.

“Where Are You Now” is a power ballad by the Pennsylvania-based 1980s band Synch. Co-written and sung by Synch band member Jimmy Harnen, the song was initially credited solely to ‘Synch’ when it was first released in 1986. In 1989, the song was re-released under the name ‘Jimmy Harnen with Synch’. “Where Are You Now” peaked at #77, and the band was dropped by Columbia.

However, in 1989, the song gained huge popularity and received heavy airplay, prompting record executives to re-release the original (major label) recording of the single, now credited to ‘Jimmy Harnen with Synch’. WTG, a new label at the time, signed Harnen as a solo artist, and while the song was climbing the charts, he began recording a full-length release for the label. This time, the song reached all the way up to #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

32. “You Got It” by Roy Orbison

I had thought that this song was an old Roy Orbison song that was re-released after he died. But this was off of his 1989 album Mystery Girl. Fellow Traveling Wilburys bandmates, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, co-wrote the song and played instruments on the record.
When I hear Roy Orbison now, I can’t help but think of the boss I had just before I joined the Navy. He was a huge Roy Orbison fan. When Orbison died, my boss was really depressed for a while. My dad was also a Roy Orbison fan, although he didn’t take his death as hard. So, I grew up listening to Roy Orbison, and I like his music. This is a good song.

31. “A Shoulder to Cry On” by Tommy Page

I didn’t know this song, and never heard of Tommy Page. This sounds like a “teen idol” song.

What do you think of this countdown so far? I didn’t think it was bad. It does look like this is going to get even better. Tomorrow’s 10 songs are going to be a lot of fun, so please come back!

Remember That Song – 4/28/14

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

Well, I see them every night in tight blue jeans
In the pages __ _ ____ ___ ________


Last Song: “In My Dreams” by Dokken from Under Lock and Key (1985)

Great job John (@RipCurlRunner) and Frida (@carrjam94)!!

The Liebster Award

The first thing I ever won in my life was two 45s in a raffle – “Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club and “All Night Long (All Night)” by Lionel Richie. Now, thanks to RobbinsRealm I have won something else – a nomination for The Liebster Award!
I had never heard of this before. It is basically a way for awesome bloggers, with small followings, to recognize and promote each other. At a time when there are millions of bloggers out there, it does feel nice to be recognized.
I would like to thank RobbinsRealm for taking the time to read my blog and nominate me for this award.
And everybody should check out http://robbinsrealm.wordpress.com. He is a film and television buff, and writes outstanding articles. All the articles are awesome and insightful. A couple of my favorites are “Joan Fontaine – Hitchcock’s Only Oscar Winner” and an outstanding article about Philip Stone, the man who played Grady in The Shining“The Shining’s Delbert Grady – Philip Stone’s Most Famous Role”.

As with all blog awards there are certain rules that the recipient must follow.

1. Post the award on your site.

2. The blogger who has been nominated must link back to the person who nominated them.

3. The nominee must answer the eleven questions given to them by the person who nominated them.

4. The person who has been nominated must choose eleven bloggers who have less than 200 followers to answer a set of questions.

5. When you are nominated, the only blogger you can’t nominate is the blogger who nominated you for the award.

With that, here are the questions that were presented to me:

1. Favorite vacation spot?
I have a couple that come to mind. In the continental U.S. it is Orlando, Florida. I am a big time Disney nerd, so The Magic Kingdom is one of my favorite places ever. It is great to feel like a kid again. The attention to detail in that place is incredible. I also love that there is constant music subtly playing. And the people that work there (cast members), or all very friendly and nice, and go out of their way to help you.

And if you want to slow things down, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to is St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The water is clear, and the whole area is very clean.

2. Favorite color?

Blue

3. Favorite dessert?

Gregg’s Death By Chocolate Cake

4. Favorite black and white movie?
“Twelve O’Clock High”
This is a great movie about leadership. When I was in the Navy, it was recommended that we watch this. Gregory Peck is at his best in this. It is about an air group that flew daytime bombing runs during World War II. The group was suffering from poor morale, and they were losing a lot of people. The commander was too nice and too close to his group to instill discipline. So Gregory Peck’s character, Brigadier General Frank Savage, is brought in to get the group in line. Here is a scene of the movie when General Savage arrives at the base, and wastes no time in laying the smackdown on these people.

5. Favorite superhero?

Damn, this is a tough one! It’s a tossup between Batman, Spiderman, and Captain America.
I was first introduced to super heroes with reruns of Adam West’s Batman. It was on every day at 4:00. Around that time in my life, another one of my favorite shows was The Electric Company (say it with me: “Hey you guuuuys!”). There was often a Spider-Man sketch on that show. So that introduced me to him. I then started to collect the Spidey comic books. This led to me getting into Captain America. That was probably my favorite comic super hero.

6. Favorite television show?
Another tough one! Right now it’s The Goldbergs. You know the show’s good when I can watch the reruns, and still laugh a lot. Arrow is another current show that is very well written. I also love Doctor Who. Fingers crossed on the next Doctor!
In the ’80s, I would say The A-Team, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Knight Rider, as well as the family comedies, The Cosby Show, Growing Pains, and Family Ties.

7. Favorite book?
“Centennial” by James A. Michener. I love the mashup of history and fiction, and I really enjoy stories that span generations.

8. Favorite Beatles song?
“A Day in the Life”

9. Favorite dog breed?
Mutt.

10. Favorite beverage?
Can’t go a day without my Dunkin’ Donuts medium iced coffee

11. Favorite nerdy franchise?
Star Wars. Hands down! [drops the mic]

The following are the bloggers I am nominating for the Liebster Blog Award, per the rules I am bound by. And every one of these bloggers are awesome and talented. You should definitely check them out, and subscribe to them.

http://williesun.com/

http://authordougmccoy.com/

http://glakia.wordpress.com/

http://elenamusic.wordpress.com/

http://wrestlingrecaps.com

http://discoverpastmusic.wordpress.com/

http://alntv.wordpress.com/

http://super80s.wordpress.com/

http://caragaleblog.wordpress.com/

http://oldschool.tblog.com/

http://megaworthit.wordpress.com/

I may have broken a rule there. I’m pretty sure the last two blogs I listed have more than 200 followers. But they both read all my posts, and comment quite often.
And while I’m at it, I would also like to give a special shout-out to my friend Jim Vilk. He has given me an incredible amount of feedback over the past several years. He does not have a blog, but he has written a book you can purchase on Amazon for as little as $5.69 – The Not-So-Great State Bird Debate

Now we’ll wrap this up with 11 questions I need to pose to the people I have nominated. I’ll use some of the questions from above.

1. Favorite vacation spot?

2. Favorite color?

3. Favorite black and white movie?

4. Favorite superhero?

5. Favorite Muppet?

6. Favorite television show?

7. Favorite book?

8. Favorite nerdy franchise?

9. Favorite Professional wrestler?

10. Favorite ’80s movie?

11. If you were in The Breakfast Club, which character would you be?

A. The Brain (Brian) – Anthony Michael Hall
B. The Jock (Andy) – Emilio Estevez
C. The Criminal (Bender) – Judd Nelson
D. The Princess (Claire) – Molly Ringwald
E. The Basket Case (Allison) – Ally Sheedy

And once again, thanks to the RobbinsRealm Blog for this award.

Remember That Song – 4/25/14

Hair’s to Friday!!

Can you name the artist and song:

What can I say or do
You won’t come back, we’re through
I’ve realized too late
That, baby, your love has turned away


Last Song: “The Reflex” by Duran Duran from Seven and the Ragged Tiger (1983)

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

Another day to make my stand, oh-wo
High time is no time for deciding
If I should find a helping hand, oh-wo

Top 40 Songs This Week – April 23, 1988: Songs 10-1

Well, another week has gone by. We have reached the end of our countdown. I like last week’s 1983 Top-10 way more. But, there are some good songs here. If you need to catch up, you can catch songs 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11. Now, lets Return to the week ending April 23, 1988, and wrap up the countdown.

10. “Prove Your Love” by Taylor Dayne

Taylor Dayne burst on to the music scene in 1988 with “Tell It To My Heart“. She followed up that smash hit with another high energy dance track – “Prove Your Love”. A great way to jump into the top 10.

9. “Pink Cadillac” by Natalie Cole

Pink Cadillac” is a Bruce Springsteen song that was recorded during the Born in the U.S.A. sessions. This song did not make it on the album, but it did appear on the B-side of “Dancing in the Dark.”

However, this song was more successful when Natalie Cole covered it. I like Natalie Cole’s version better, even though I often confused it with Aretha Franklin’s “Freeway of Love“.

8. “Anything For You” by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine

This is a nice ballad by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine. It would go on to become their first #1 hit.

7. “I Saw Him Standing There” by Tiffany

This is the second cover song in the top 10 this week. And in both cases, the original was written and performed by males, and remade by females.

I Saw Her Standing There” is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and is the opening track on the Beatles’ debut album, Please Please Me in 1963.

Tiffany recorded this song for her huge debut album, and reworded the title to “I Saw Him Standing There.”
At the time that this song came out, Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now” (another cover song – this one from Tommy James and the Shondells) was being played to death. So this song was a little refreshing, until it got overplayed as well. I love Tiffany’s original songs better, but this wasn’t bad.

6. “Angel” by Aerosmith

Like every Aerosmith single that was released between the mid ’80s through the mid ’90s, this song got way way way overplayed. If you want to hear a good song from the Permanent Vacation album, check out “Hangman Jury” or their Beatles remake of “I’m Down“.

5. “Girlfriend” by Pebbles

This is a very good R&B song by Pebbles. This song was originally written for Vanessa Williams’ debut album, by Antonio “L.A.” Reid (Pebbles’ boyfriend at the time) and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, who were then currently still in their band, The Deele. They also provided the background vocals in the song.
Pebbles also had a hit with the song “Mercedes Boy” and sang the background vocals of Paula Abdul’s “Forever Your Girl“. Pebbles would eventually become a Christian minister under the name of Sister Perri.

4. “Wishing Well” by Terence Trent D’Arby

Meh. Not a huge fan of this song. What else is on?

3. “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” by Billy Ocean

Now we’re talking! I love Billy Ocean, and this is a good, fun song.

2. “Devil Inside” by INXS

Another really good song. I love the riff in this. This is one of INXS’s best known songs.

1. “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” by Whitney Houston

And we finish up this week’s countdown on a downer. I’m not saying this is a bad song. It’s actually a great song. What I mean by a downer is that it’s kind of a sad song, and I always feel heartbroken when I hear a Whitney song. So much talent thrown/snorted away.
But, instead of focusing on the negative, let’s enjoy this incredible voice.

I know last week’s countdown was better – at least the Top-10, anyway. But, I hope you enjoyed this week’s countdown. And don’t forget, you can send your Long Distance Dedications to returntothe80s@gmail.com and/or returntothe80s@yahoo.com. They can be serious or made up and fun.
We’ll be back next week with a brand new countdown. Until then, “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”