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Top 40 Songs This Week – March 9, 1985: Songs 10-1

Welcome back to this week’s Countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go ahead and check out songs 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. Well, I think this has been a really solid countdown this week. And there are going to be some ’80s classics in this Top 10. So, let’s Return to the week ending March 9, 1985, and wrap up this week’s countdown.

10. “Misled” by Kool & the Gang


Once again, a great way to begin the countdown today! This is one of my favorite Kool & the Gang songs. This was off of Kool & the Gang’s biggest selling album, Emergency.

9. “Sugar Walls” by Sheena Easton

I love Sheena Easton, but this isn’t one of my favorite songs by her. It does have that classic ’80s synth-pop sound though. This song was composed by Prince, and you can totally hear it.

8. “I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner

This classic power ballad by Foreigner was a #1 hit. It was also overplayed. But, after avoiding it for a while, it sounds good to me again.

7. “Neutron Dance” by The Pointer Sisters

This is a great fun song by the Pointer Sisters, with Ruth as the lead singer. It was included on their great album, Break Out. However, it’s inclusion on the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack may have helped it become a huge hit. The song went so perfectly with the awesome chase scene at the beginning of the movie.

6. “Too Late For Goodbyes” by Julian Lennon

This was Julian Lennon’s biggest hit. I could not get over how much he looked and sounded like his father, John. Back then, I was kind of hoping the Beatles would reunite, with Julian taking his father’s place. But, I could not even imagine the pressure he already must have felt. So, that may have been unfair to him. I kind of like this song, and it really brings me back.

5. “Material Girl” by Madonna

I do love me some classic Madonna! I even had a little crush on her back then. It was nice when she was relevant. By the way, did you know she has a new studio album out? I didn’t, until I just went to iTunes for something else. Oh well. After this song, Madonna would sometimes be called the Material Girl in the headlines of newspapers and magazines. She did have a hit with “Like a Virgin“, but I notice she was never called Virgin Madonna. Anyway, “Material Girl” helped play a big part in helping Madonna become a pop icon of the ’80s.

4. “California Girls” by David Lee Roth

I loved this song when it came out! I much prefer DLR’s rockin’ music, but this was fun. He always has the strangest characters in his music videos.

3. “The Heat is On” by Glenn Frey

Another ’80s classic! And another smash hit from Beverly Hills Cop. This song would top out at #2, being held off by this week’s top song. However, it is the highest U.S. charting solo single by any member of The Eagles.


Now is the time of the countdown where we find out what was topping the other charts this week in 1985.

Topping the Country charts was “My Only Love” by the Statler Brothers

Topping the R&B charts was our #34 song on the Hot 100 – “Missing You” by Diana Ross.

The top Rock song this week was our #25 hit on the Hot 100 – “Just Another Night” by Mick Jagger.

The top Dance tune was “New Attitude” by Patti LaBelle.

The top album was Make It Big by Wham

And the top Adult Contemporary song this week is our #2 song this week:

2. “Careless Whisper” by Wham! Featuring George Michael

This was George Michael’s first solo hit, although he was still performing in Wham! at the time. The song was on Wham!’s Make It Big album. This is one of those songs that I did not like at all when it came out. But, I like it now.

1. “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon

We have reached the top of the charts with this classic power ballad by REO Speedwagon. This was the first week of this song’s run as the #1 hit in the country. If you see any ’80s love song compilation, chances are very good that this song will be on it.


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Top 40 Songs This Week – March 9, 1985: Songs 20-11

Welcome back to this week’s Countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go ahead and check out songs 40-31 and 30-21.
Well, as Casey used to say, the smaller the number, the bigger the hit. As we move on down the countdown, we will find more and more true ’80s classics. I hope you are enjoying this trip down memory lane as much as I am. Now, let’s Return to the week ending March 9, and continue the countdown.

20. “Method of Modern Love” by Hall & Oates

M-E-T-H-O-D-O-F-L-O-V-E
Yes, we begin the countdown with one of the best duos of the ’80s giving you an earworm! This is a good song to have stuck in your head, but not when there are 9 more songs to go today!

OK, time for a palette cleanser.

OK, now we can move on.

19. “Mr. Telephone Man” by New Edition

Before New Kids on the Block, New Edition was the big boy-band of the ’80s. This song isn’t too bad. It was written by Ray Parker, Jr.

18. “Only the Young” by Journey


Journey was one of my favorite bands of the ’80s, and I love this song by them. It was originally intended to be on the Frontiers album. But, it was pulled in favor of the songs “Back Talk” and “Troubled Child“. It eventually was included on the Vision Quest soundtrack, was released as a single, and cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

17. “Relax” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Frankie Goes to Hollywood, had a short,but great run in the ’80s. “Frankie Says” t-shirts were seen everywhere in the mid-80s.

16. “Easy Lover” by Philip Bailey & Phil Collins

What happens when you put together the lead singer of Genesis with the lead singer of Earth, Wind & Fire? Total awesomeness!! This fun duet won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Overall Performance in a Video and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals.

15. “Private Dancer” by Tina Turner


Tina Turner had an incredible comeback in the ’80s with her Private Dancer album. This title track was the 5th single released from that album. It was written by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, and was actually meant to be on their album Love over Gold. However, Knopfler felt that it wasn’t suitable for a male to sing, so it was not put on the album. Tina Turner took it and ran with it.

14. “One More Night” by Phil Collins


Phil Collins is back again – this time with a solo song. This would go on to be his second #1 hit (after “Against All Odds“). This is a nice slow song from his No Jacket Required album.

13. “The Old Man Down the Road” by John Fogerty

This was the lead single from John Fogerty’s comeback album, Centerfield. It became a top 10 hit, peaking at #10 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and was a #1 hit for three weeks on the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart. This song is just classic Fogerty.

12. “Lovergirl” by Teena Marie

As far as I’m concerned this is a very underrated song that does not get enough airplay. “Lovergirl” would be Teena Marie’s biggest hit, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

11. “Loverboy” by Billy Ocean

I love Billy Ocean, and this is a great, fun, upbeat song.


I hope you are all enjoying this countdown from the heart of the ’80s. On Friday, we’ll be back with the Top 10 songs. See you then!

Top 40 Songs This Week – March 9, 1985: Songs 30-21

Welcome back to this week’s Countdown! If you missed the first 10 songs yesterday, you can go ahead and check them out. Some of these songs bring back memories. At this time in 1985, I was in the second half of my freshman year of high school. I enjoyed making new friends in high school, but did not do too well in classes. While I was struggling with my studies, there were some awesome songs to lean back on and use as an escape. Let’s enjoy some of this music now, by Returning to the week ending March 9, and move on with the countdown.

30. “Jungle Love” by The Time

How about we start the countdown today with a little funk?!? The Time, led by Morris Day, was a pop-funk band which was put together by Prince. You can definitely hear the influence in this song. Not long after this, Morris Day left, and went on to a solo career. They would reunite and break up several more times over the years. Currently, they are known as The Original 7ven.

29. “I’m On Fire” by Bruce Springsteen


Oh boy, I’m torn on this song now. Before I started the Springsteen project (a.k.a. “Who’s the Boss?”), I would have said that a song with the word “Fire” in the title needs to have screaming in it.
[Possible Spoiler Alert: This song may or may not be on the Live 1975-85 album I’m reviewing right now. And I may or may not express that sentiment as my initial reaction on said review]
But, as I become a Springsteen student, I am beginning to like this song more each time I listen to it. I may not be on fire about this song, but I am warming up to it. What can I say? I guess what I’m trying to say is, if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change!

28. “Nightshift” by the Commodores

With this song, the Commodores finally showed that it may be possible to move on without Lionel Richie. It was their first hit after Richie went solo. “Nightshift” was written by the lead singer at that time, Walter Orange, (along with with Dennis Lambert and Franne Golde). It was a tribute to soul/R&B singers Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gaye, who both died in 1984. The Commodores won a Grammy Award in 1985 for Best Vocal R&B Performance by a Duo/Group for this song.

27. “Somebody” by Bryan Adams

Great song from the classic album Reckless. This song topped the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart and peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

26. “Solid” by Ashford & Simpson

The husband and wife songwriting-production team of Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson had their biggest hit, as performers, with this song. It would go on to peak at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

25. “Just Another Night” by Mick Jagger

I don’t usually like Mick Jagger’s solo stuff, but this is a good song. It was the first single released from Jagger’s debut solo album, She’s the Boss.

24. “Keepin’ the Faith” by Billy Joel

A year and a half after Billy Joel’s An Innocent Man album was released, he was still scoring some hits off of it. This would be the last single released from that album. This is a nice, fun song.

23. “Naughty Naughty” by John Parr

What a great rocking song! This was John Parr’s first hit in the U.S. In 1985, he and his band, The Business, toured with Toto. At the end of the tour, he was approached by super-producer David Foster, who requested Parr to record a song for the film “St. Elmo’s Fire“. And the rest is history.

22. “High On You” by Survivor

This hit came off of one of my favorite albums of the ’80s – Vital Signs. This wasn’t my favorite song from the album though. I feel that this song did get overplayed. But, years removed, I do enjoy hearing this once in a while.

21. “Save a Prayer” by Duran Duran

We wrap up the countdown today with an interesting song. “Save a Prayer” was released in the U.K. in August of 1982 from the album, Rio. It had not been released in the U.S. as a single. The video did get play on MTV, though. Then in 1985, a special U.S. version of the song was cut with the live version from the Arena album on the flip side. This live version hit the charts, and climbed all the way up to #16.


Well, that’s the end of the countdown for today. I hope you’re enjoying this week’s songs so far. They are just going to keep on getting better! So, please come back tomorrow as we continue the countdown.

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.

Top 40 Songs This Week – September 7, 1985: Songs 10-1

Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go ahead and check out songs 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. We will wrap up the countdown today. So, let’s Return to the week ending September 7, 1985, and check out the top songs.

10. “Pop Life” by Prince & The Revolution

I don’t remember this song. And since Prince doesn’t want us to listen to his music, we’ll listen to a different (and maybe better) song.

9. “You’re Only Human (Second Wind)” by Billy Joel

This song originally appeared on Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits album. A bit presumptuous if you ask me. But, he was right to include it on that album as it did indeed become a hit, peaking right here at #9.

8. “Don’t Lose My Number” by Phil Collins

This is a great song from Phil Collins’ classic No Jacket Required album. Some artists at this time, such as Phil Collins and David Lee Roth, told long stories in their music videos before the music actually started. This is one of those videos:

But, if you don’t have much time, but still want to listen to the song, here is a shorter version of the video that jumps right into the song:

I have been listening to Casey’s Top 40 on iHeart Radio lately, and I had forgotten that towards the end of every countdown, he would tell us what was topping the other music charts. So we’ll do the same here.

This week, at the top of the Country charts was “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me” by Rosanne Cash

This week’s top R&B song was “Saving All My Love For You” by Whitney Houston, which we have already seen at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 countdown.

This week’s top Rock song was another song we have already seen here at #25 – “Lonely Ol’ Night” by John Cougar Mellencamp

The top Dance tune was “Trapped” by Colonel Abrams

And this week’s top Album was Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits

7. “Cherish” by Kool & The Gang

And this week’s #7 song was also the #1 Adult Contemporary song. This is a nice ballad that was probably a popular wedding song at that time.

6. “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits

This is one of the most over-rated songs of the ’80s. The first 45 seconds of the song is outstanding. After that, I kind of space out. Much like Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer,” the only thing this song had going for it was it’s creative, groundbreaking video. But, it was a #1 hit for three weeks and won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1986.

Another reason that this song was such a big hit, and got tons of airplay was probably it’s reference to MTV. If I knew anything about writing music, I would write a song that mentions iTunes, YouTube, or Pandora. This would assure me a #1 hit. So any songwriters or musicians out there reading this – You’re Welcome. And don’t forget to mention me when you’re accepting your Grammy.

5. “Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams

Classic ’80s tune! This is probably Bryan Adams’ signature hit.

4. “Freeway of Love” by Aretha Franklin

This smash hit was the first single released off of the “Queen of Soul”‘s Who’s Zoomin’ Who? album. It won her a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. And that is Clarence Clemons, from Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, playing sax in the song.

3. “We Don’t Need Another Hero” by Tina Turner

This is a great song by Tina Turner, which was the theme song for the movie Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. There is going to be another Mad Max movie coming out soon. If they want it to be a surefire hit, maybe they could get Tina to do the theme song for it.

2. “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis & The News

Besides being the first #1 hit for Huey Lewis & The News, this song was also featured in the blockbuster movie, Back to the Future. Not to make anybody feel old, but next year is going to be 30 years since Marty McFly went WAY, WAY BACK in time – 30 years back to 1955.

1. “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)” by John Parr

Movie soundtracks were the way to go this week! We finish up the top of the countdown with the third consecutive soundtrack song. This is a great rocker by John Parr, for the movie St. Elmo’s Fire.
Booga-booga-booga! Ah-ah-shoot me. Other than that stupid part, I loved the movie. And this theme song was a great song on an outstanding soundtrack.

Well, that wraps up this week’s countdown. I hope you enjoyed it. We’ll be back soon for a new week. In the meantime, Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.

Top 40 Songs This Week – September 7, 1985: Songs 20-11

Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go ahead and check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. Guess what day it is! It’s a day of great music! Let’s Return to the week ending September 7, 1985, and continue the countdown.

20. “What About Love” by Heart

What a great way to start they day! This was Heart’s big comeback hit, which made them one of the most popular rock bands throughout the rest of the ’80s. They also received a little help from Grace Slick and Mickey Thomas, co-lead vocalists of Starship at the time, as they provided backing vocals.
I love learning new things while writing for this blog. Today’s lesson is that this song is actually a remake. “What About Love” was originally recorded in 1982 by a Canadian group called Toronto (which I never heard of). This Toronto version is also outstanding. Man, I’m going to have to look more into that band! They sound good.
But, it was Heart who brought the song to worldwide fame, as it became their first top 10 hit in five years.

19. “Life In One Day” by Howard Jones

I had forgotten about this song. I like it a lot. And no, there is nothing wrong with your computer. The video is deliberately crazy. I don’t know if this is supposed to be artistic or not, but I find it very annoying. See for yourself.

Here is the album version so you can actually enjoy the song.

18. “Oh Sheila” by Ready For The World

I really enjoy this R&B dance song.

17. “Dress You Up” by Madonna

Kids, this one time, in the ’80s, Madonna actually had really good pop songs. Let’s Return to that time to listen to her final single released from the Like a Virgin album.

16. “Smokin’ In the Boys Room” by Mötley Crüe

This is a pretty good cover of Brownsville Station’s 1973 hit. It was Mötley Crüe’s first Top 40 hit. To this day, I have never take a drag of a cigarette (or anything else you can light up). But, I could relate to this song from living vicariously through my friends.

15. “Dare Me” by The Pointer Sisters

I love most of the Pointer Sisters’ songs, and this is one of my favorites.

14. “Never Surrender” by Corey Hart

This is an incredible, soaring, and inspirational power ballad.

13. “Shout” by Tears for Fears

This is one of Tears for Fears’ signature hits. They have other songs that I like more, but this is a good one too. It definitely has that classic ’80s sound.

12. “Freedom” by Wham!

This is one of my all-time favorite Wham! songs.

Here is the video. It takes a little over a minute to actually start the song.

11. “Invincible” by Pat Benatar

And we end today’s list with a great rock song by Pat Benatar. This was also used as the theme song for the 1985 movie, The Legend of Billie Jean.

Well, that wraps up the countdown for today. I loved today’s songs much more than yesterday’s. We’ll be back on Friday to count down the 10 biggest hits. See you then!

Top 40 Songs This Week – September 7, 1985: Songs 30-21

Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the first 10 songs, you can go ahead and check them out. Unfortunately for me, today’s list is not all that great. That’s bound to happen once in a while. There will be a few good songs though. So, let’s Return to the week ending September 7, 1985, and you be the judge.

30. “Every Step of the Way” by John Waite

I like John Waite, but this song is “meh.” I own his greatest hits album, which has 17 songs, and this is not one of them. That should say something.

29. “Everytime You Go Away” by Paul Young

Ugh! A lot of people might like this song, but long-time readers of this blog know that I have my own reasons for not liking this song. The fact that Daryl Hall wrote this does score some points with me though.

28. “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free” by Sting

This is the second day in a row that we have a hit by Sting. I’m not much of a fan of him without The Police, and I like yesterday’s song, “Fortress Around Your Heart” better. Sorry, Sting. I used to love you with The Police, but now I’m going to have to set you free.

27. “Mystery Lady” by Billy Ocean

I love most of Billy Ocean’s songs. But, this is another one that’s just “meh” to me. I also have a Billy Ocean greatest hits album. Unlike John Waite, this song is actually on there. However, this song did not sound familiar to me, so I must skip over it when it comes on.

26. “There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)” by The Eurythmics

In the ’80s, I was not a fan of The Eurythmics. However, I love them now. This song did not sound familiar to me, so I got my hopes up thinking I was going to discover another gem that I missed the first time around. Unfortunately, this song joined the “meh” bandwagon with all the other songs on today’s list so far.

25. “Lonely Ol’ Night” by John Cougar Mellencamp

We have reached the halfway point of today’s list, and we have finally hit I song that I like. The further we got into the decade, the less I was liking John Cougar Mellencamp’s music. But, I really like this one. This was on his Scarecrow album, which is outstanding.

24. “Cry” by Godley & Creme

Well, that moment of glory was short lived. I’m bored again!

23. “Saving All My Love For You” by Whitney Houston

The countdown is saved!! This classic earned Whitney her first Grammy Award – Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The first time I remember hearing this song was when she performed it on Silver Spoons:

Here is the music video:

22. “Shame” by The Motels

This is another song that I did not know about. I like The Motels, so I was hoping that this would be a pleasant surprise. And this song did not disappoint!! We are ending strong.

21. “Take On Me” by A-Ha

And we wrap up with a true ’80s classic! This was already a good song. But, the video really made it’s popularity soar. The video killed at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards. It won six awards—Best New Artist in a Video, Best Concept Video, Most Experimental Video, Best Direction, Best Special Effects, and Viewer’s Choice.

Well, that wraps up today’s countdown. As disappointed as I was, it did end strong. And the momentum will carry over to the rest of the countdown. Tomorrow’s list of songs is going to be incredible, so I am psyched about that. Definitely come back, and check them out with me!

Top 40 Songs This Week – September 7, 1985: Songs 40-31

Hi Everybody and welcome back to another Top 40 Countdown. This week we will count down the 40 biggest hits in the country from the week ending September 7, 1985. We are smack-dab in the middle of our favorite decade. At this date, I was just beginning my sophomore year of high school. Honestly, that wasn’t my favorite high school year. Sure, my freshman year was nerve-wracking. But it was still exciting because it was something new. I finally came out of my shell by my junior year, and my classes were a little more fun. And my senior year…well, the end of school was in sight. And I didn’t need to take any math or science classes anymore, and got to take more fun classes like cooking and the brand new computers class. But, sophomore year was no-man’s land. I was settled in to high school and had all horrible classes. But, there was still some great music playing on the radio and MTV. So, let’s Return to the week ending September 7, 1985, and enjoy the hottest music this week.

40. “Spanish Eddie” by Laura Branigan

Great way to begin a countdown! I love Laura Branigan. She had an awesome voice, and I had quite the crush on her. I was sad when she died from an aneurysm on August 26, 2004. But, she left us with some great music, and this is among my many favorites of hers.

39. “I Wonder If I Take You Home” by Lisa Lisa, Cult Jam & Full Force

This was Lisa Lisa’s first hit. I had never heard of this one. This was just before Lisa Lisa broke through with the smash hit, “All Cried Out“. This song isn’t a bad freestyle song.

38. “I Got You Babe” by UB40 and Chrissie Hynde

Here’s a remake of the 1965 Sonny and Cher hit that really did not need to be remade.

37. “Do You Want Crying” by Katrina & The Waves

The only Katrina and the Waves song I had remembered was Walking On Sunshine. But, I like this song, which was a folloow-up, a lot. It really should get more airplay on the ’80s shows/stations.

36. “No Looking Back” by Michael McDonald

Alright, I think I’m going to have to finally admit that I am a Michael McDonald fan. I keep saying that I never liked his music, but I love every song I play by him on these countdowns. Alright Michael, you win, you win! I had no idea that he did this song. I was only aware of the Kenny Loggins version, which I also love. This song was on the album of the same name, which was McDonald’s second solo album. Michael McDonald actually wrote this song with Kenny Loggins (and Ed Sanford).

35. “You Spin Me Around (Like a Record)” by Dead or Alive

This is classic ’80s all the way! It sounds like it could have been a hit earlier in the decade. Dead or Alive did not have too many hits, but the ones they had were really good.

34. “C-I-T-Y” by John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band

I may be a little partial on this, but I love this song by John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band, who are from my hometown.

33. “Dancing in the Street” by Mick Jagger and David Bowie

Here’s a remake of the 1964 Martha and the Vandellas hit that did not need to be remade.

Van Halen’s version wasn’t bad the first few thousand times I heard it. But I’m sick of it now. And it did not take long form me to dislike this Jagger/Bowie version.

32. “Fortress Around Your Heart” by Sting

This song isn’t bad. But, I much prefer Sting with The Police.

31. “Who’s Holding Donna Now” by DeBarge

I did not remember this song. A lot of music by DeBarge got by me. I like this song. It is a good R&B song.

Well, that wraps up the songs for today. What were you doing this week in 1985? Am I the only one that did not enjoy the sophomore year of high school? What were your best and worst years? We will continue the countdown tomorrow. See you then!

Top 40 Songs This Week – April 13, 1985: Songs 10-1

Welcome back to this week’s Top-40 Countdown! Today we will count down the 10 biggest hits this week in 1985. If you need to catch up this week, you can check out songs 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11 first. I think this is another good list. A lot of top-10’s have songs that have gotten played over and over through the years. But there are some songs on this list that I have not heard since the ’80s. Let’s take a look at the top 10 songs from the week ending April 13, 1985.

10. “Missing You” by Diana Ross

This is a nice way to start a top 10. This song does not get much airplay. I haven’t heard it in years. I already liked the song. But I just found out that the song was written, composed, and produced by Lionel Richie as a tribute to Marvin Gaye, who had died on April 1, 1984. Ross and Gaye were lifelong friends and label mates, having both joined Motown in 1961, and recorded a duet album together, Diana & Marvin, in 1973, later recording two more duets in 1978. Sadly, the day before his 45th birthday, Marvin Gaye was shot to death by his father. His death rocked the music world. This song is a classy tribute.

9. “Obsession” by Animotion

Classic ’80s song. And I can’t help but think of the WWF when I hear this song. I believe this was the theme song for one of the wrestling shows – either the WWF show that aired on Saturday mornings, or for their Saturday Night’s Main Event.

8. “Lover Girl” by Teena Marie

This was the “Ivory Queen of Soul”, Teena Marie’s biggest hit. I did not know this song until she died in 2010. She had a really good voice, and I like this song.

7. “Rhythm of the Night” by DeBarge

Here’s a guilty pleasure! I liked this song when it came out. Then it got overplayed and I could not listen to DeBarge anymore. Now I like it again, although it’s still not on my iPod. This is a fun upbeat song.

6. “I’m On Fire” by Bruce Springsteen

Meh. This was the fourth single released off of Springsteen’s blockbuster Born in the U.S.A. album. I expect a song with “fire” in it to be a rocker. This is kind of boring to me. At least it’s not as much of a snoozefest as “Streets of Philadelphia“.

5. “Material Girl” by Madonna

This was my favorite song from the Like a Virgin album. Madonna admired Marilyn Monroe, so the video was inspired by “Diamonds Are a Girl’s best Friend” from the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

4. “Nightshift by Commodores

This was the Commodores’ biggest hit after Lionel Richie left the band. This is the second song in the top 10 that paid tribute to Marvine Gaye. It also paid tribute to Jackie Wilson, who also died in 1984. This is another really good song.

3. “Crazy For You” by Madonna

Madonna’s on a roll! This is her second song in the top 5 this week. This song, along with the Like a Virgin album made Madonna an icon of the ’80s. I just recently wrote about this song in the Vision Quest Soundtrack article.

2. “One More Night” by Phil Collins

This is a nice ballad, which was the lead single off of Phil Collins’ great album, No Jacket Required.

1. “We Are the World” by USA for Africa

And we have arrived at the final song of the countdown! USA for Africa, or United Support of Artists for Africa, was comprised of 48 predominantly U.S. artists, led by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. How many of the artists in the video can you name? And what/who is your favorite part? And what the heck is Dan Aykroyd doing there!?! He should have at least dressed in his Elwood Blues outfit instead of having the nerdy Rick Moranis look!

Well, our countdown has come to a close. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have! We’ll be back next week with a new week and new year. In the meantime, Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.

Top 40 Songs This Week – April 13, 1985: Songs 20-11

Hey Gang, welcome back to the continuation of this week’s Top-40 countdown! I’ve been doing this for a few weeks now, and this is probably my favorite 10 so far. There isn’t a song on here that I don’t like. If you need to catch up this week, you can check out songs 40-31, and 30-21 first. Now let’s Return to the week ending April 13, 1985, and continue on with songs 20-11.

20. “Too Late For Goodbyes” by Julian Lennon

This was Julian Lennon’s biggest hit. Man, he looked and sounded just like his father! It would have been incredible if there was a Beatles reunion, and he replaced John. But, that would have been unfair to Julian. Unfortunately, Julian Lennon would not come close to the success that he had with this song. He did get nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1985 for this song, and the title track from his debut album, “Valotte“.

19. “High On You” by Survivor

Vital Signs was always one of my favorite albums. I love every song on it, which includes this one. I did like “I Can’t Hold Back” better, but this one seemed to get more airplay. This is still a really good song though, and it does bring me back to my freshman year in high school.

18. “Along Comes a Woman” by Chicago

Here is another one of my all-time favorite bands. This is one of my favorite Chicago songs. Unfortunately, that dastardly Radio mainly focused on Chicago’s ballads. Their ballads are great, but they have some awesome rock songs that you may not know about unless you bought the albums. “Along Comes a Woman” was the rare upbeat Chicago song that got airplay post-Terry Kath. I love this song, and the video is a lot of fun too, as they jumped on the Indiana Jones bandwagon.

17. “Some Like It Hot” by The Power Station

Wow, what’s going on here?! This is 4 songs in a row that I like! “Some Like It Hot” was the first single released from the supergroup’s debut album. I like Robert Palmer’s vocals more in this song than his solo work. Power Station also had former Chic drummer Tony Thompson, as well as Duran Duran’s John (bass) and Andy (guitar) Taylor.

16. “Just Another Night” by Mick Jagger

Here is another really good song. I had forgotten about this one. It was Mick Jagger’s first single from his debut solo album, She’s the Boss. I don’t think I’ve heard this song since it came out. Jagger’s solo work does not get too much airplay. I really like this one a lot.

15. “All She Wants to Do is Dance” by Don Henley

This is a good song from Henley’s classic Building the Perfect Beast album. This song was refreshing after getting pummeled to death with “The Boys of Summer“.

14. “Somebody” by Bryan Adams

This is one of my favorite Bryan Adams songs. This was on his incredible Reckless album.

13. “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon

Here is REO Speedwagon’s huge power ballad. It would be a #1 hit for three weeks in a row. I still like this song a lot.

12. “One Night In Bangkok” by Murray Head

I love this song every time I hear it. I still don’t have it on my iPod though. This song was written by Abba’s
Benny Andersson and Björn K. Ulvaeus, as well as Tim Rice.

11. “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds

And what a way to close out the countdown today! The ultimate ’80s song from the ultimate ’80s movie. You can’t help but be brought back to The Breakfast Club when this song comes on. This is the rare song that I like that gets overplayed.

Did anybody else like those 10 songs? You can Return tomorrow to catch the top 10 songs of the week. That list isn’t too shabby either. It’s going to be fun!