Welcome back as we continue this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. I’m liking these next 10 songs, so let’s Return to the week ending July 30, 1983 and check them out!
20. “China Girl” by David Bowie
David Bowie had a very successful reinvention in the ’80s with his classic album, Let’s Dance. This was one of the hits off of that album, reaching all the way to #2.
19. “Rock of Ages” by Def Leppard
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With those four words began my love of rock. The first time I heard this song, it just blew my mind. The guitars, the drums, the vocals. They just rocked my world. The whole Pyromania album was incredible. And how do they follow that album up? Oh, just this little album called Hysteria! Def Leppard is still packing in crowds at all of their concerts today. If you see them in concert, you will see that there are a lot of young fans as well as us old fogies. This just proves that Def Leppard music stands the test of time.
18. “Hot Girls In Love” by Loverboy
Typical awesome rocker from Loverboy.
17. “(Keep Feeling) Fascination” by The Human League
I love The Human League. They just have a flat-out classic ’80s sound.
16. “Cuts Like a Knife” by Bryan Adams
This is a very good song, early in Bryan Adams’ great string of hits.
15. “It’s a Mistake” by Men At Work
Men At Work had an incredible run in the early ’80s. Unfortunately after this song was released, the band would not have any more hits that would chart as high.
14. “Baby Jane” by Rod Stewart
This was when Rod Stewart was still good. Rod, please let the Big Band music go, and get back to your own original music!
13. “Come Dancing” by The Kinks
This was my introduction to The Kinks. I had no idea that Van Halen’s “You Really Got Me” was a cover of a Kinks song. And I had never heard of “Lola” until Nick said that he wanted it to be his wedding song with Mallory on Family Ties.
I remember getting sick of “Come Dancing” after a while. But years later, I like it again. It reminds me of vacationing in the Carribean.
12. “1999” by Prince
Prince doesn’t want you to hear any of his music unless you pay for it. Instead, I’ll play this (much better) song by another band that has a royal name.
11. “Maniac” by Michael Sembello
This was another song that I got sick of when it was first released. This was recorded for the 1983 movie, Flashdance. It would be nominated for an Academy Award. But, it would lose out to another song from the same movie – “Flashdance… What a Feeling” by Irene Cara.
However, this song still would go on to become a #1 hit for two weeks.
That wraps up today’s list. I hope you’re all enjoying this so far.
By the way, yesterday on the Facebook page, a reader informed me that there is a station on iHeart Radio called Casey Kasem’s 70s & 80s American Top 40. I did not have iHeart radio, but now I downloaded it to my phone. As I type this, I am listening to it. Right now it is wrapping up a year-end countdown. Guess which year? 1983!!! So check it out if yuo want to get your Casey Kasem fix.
We will finish up our countdown tomorrow. See you then!