Top 40 Songs This Week – March 9, 1985: Songs 40-31

Welcome to the Return of the Top 40!!! And what a week to jump back into this! These were the biggest hits in the U.S. 30 years ago this week. There are going to be some true classics this week. Remember, you can click on the song title to see the video. This is going to be exciting, so let’s get to it, and Return to the week ending March 9, 1985, and begin the countdown.

40. “Along Comes a Woman” by Chicago

What better way to Return to the countdown than to begin with one of my favorite Chicago songs. Not only is this a fun, upbeat song, but the video is totally awesome! The first half is Indiana Jones-like, and the second half was influenced by Casablanca.

39. “The Boys of Summer” by Don Henley

Boy, summer does sound good about now! This classic Don Henley song went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. The video won the Video of the Year at the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards, and also won that year’s awards for Best Direction, Best Art Direction, and Best Cinematography.

38. “The Borderline” by Jeffrey Osborne

It’s always great to hear Jeffrey Osborne, who is from my home state of Rhode Island. This song is off of his 3rd album, Don’t Stop. I had never heard this song before. It is more uptempo than most of his other songs that have been released. I’m liking this one!

37. “Rhythm of the Night” by DeBarge

This is a very fun dance song by the family DeBarge. This song was written by legendary songwriter Diane Warren. This song reached all the way up to #3 on the Hot 100 charts, making it the biggest hit by DeBarge.

36. “Why Can’t I Have You” by The Cars

This was the fifth and final single released from the classic album, Heartbeat City. This is another song that I was unfamiliar with. This ballad isn’t too bad. Not one of my favorites by them, but not too bad.

35. “This is Not America” by David Bowie & Pat Metheny Group

This collaboration between David Bowie and the jazz fusion band the Pat Metheny Group, was recorded for the soundtrack to the film The Falcon and the Snowman – a movie I never heard of, which starred Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn. This has that classic David Bowie new wavey sound to it.

34. “Missing You” by Diana Ross

This is a nice song, written, composed, and produced by Lionel Richie as a tribute to Marvin Gaye, who had died earlier in the year. This is one of those songs that I remembered as soon as I heard it. This song was Diana Ross’ last major hit on the US pop singles chart, hitting the Top 10 in the spring of 1985.

33. “Take Me With U” by Prince & The Revolution

Well, I’m getting better at digging up these Prince videos! If you are new to these countdowns, Prince usually makes an appearance. However, he is about the only artist that does not allow their music on YouTube, or just about anywhere else on the internet, for that matter. So I normally substitute it with another song. The is the second Prince song in a row I was able to find. This song was the final single to be released from the Purple Rain soundtrack.

32. “Obsession” by Animotion

This awesome song is about as ’80s as you can get! I think I remember this synth-pop classic as the opening theme to one of the WWF shows. Hulk Hogan always comes to mind when this song comes on.

31. “Turn Up the Radio” by Autograph

Turn it up!! Now, we’re in my wheelhouse! This was the lead single released from Autograph’s debut album, Sign in Please. It would be their only Top 40 hit, reaching No. 29 in the Billboard 100. In 1985, Guitar Player magazine awarded Steve Lynch “Guitar Solo of the Year” for this song.


Well, that wraps up the countdown for today. It will continue tomorrow. Did you like these first 10 songs so far? Even though I was 14 at the time of this countdown, I only remembered about half of these songs. I would have thought it would have been more. Did you discover any new music here? Give me your thoughts on the countdown, and what you were doing at this time in 1985.

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7 thoughts on “Top 40 Songs This Week – March 9, 1985: Songs 40-31”

  1. Ah, March of 1985. I had just finished high school (graduated a semester early), so I was watching basketball, indoor soccer, USFL football and music videos when I wasn’t working at the Coliseum.

    That winter I went to the theater to see “2010: The Year We Make Contact” and it was snowing like crazy. On the way I heard “The Boys Of Summer,” and for some reason I always think of that instead of warm weather when I hear it.

    “Along Comes A Woman” is my favorite Chicago song! And “Take Me With U” is my favorite Prince song!

    I remembered that Bowie/Metheny video once I played it. Pat Metheny had a few songs featured on Night Tracks and VH1.

    Except for “Obsession,” this is a great list so far!

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    1. I forgot about 2010!! You know, I think I saw that one before I saw 2001. Was Roy Scheider in 2010? I think that was the one. I do like that Prince song. I never owned Purple Rain, and I don’t remember hearing that on the radio. I really like it! I do tend to like a lot of Prince songs, as long as & the Revolution is attached to his name.

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      1. Yes, Roy Scheider was the main character in “2010.” Loved that movie much more than “2001.”

        “Take Me With U” got some airplay. I remember that song being my favorite part of Prince’s concert when I worked it.

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  2. This list is loaded and you only have the first 10 here. I bought Chicago 17 on a field trip to Strasbourg, France and it has been on of my favorites ever since. Can’t wait for the rest of the list.

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    1. Yes, this is a really good countdown this week. I love Chicago 17. I love 16 just as much. This might sound weird though, but my favorite by them is Twenty 1. I was going through a lot at the time that it came out, and some of the songs were just so perfect with what I was going through. I like everything they do anyway. And they are incredible in concert.

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