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Top 40 Songs This Week – April 14, 1984: Songs 10-1

Welcome back as we wrap up this week’s Top 40 Countdown. If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out songs 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11. Well, I think this has been a great week of classic ’80s music. And as you will see, there are going to be no surprises in this top 10 today. They are all songs and artists that helped define the decade. So, let’s Return to the week ending April 14, 1984, and finish the Countdown.

10. “Jump” by Van Halen

Van Halen had been known for their hard driving guitar rock, led by Eddie Van Halen. But, it was this synthesizer based song that really brought Van Halen into the mainstream and gave them their only #1 single. “Jump” dominated the airwaves for a very long time, and the video was an MTV staple,

 

9. “Adult Education” by Hall & Oates

There’s nothing like  Hall & Oates to transport you back to the ’80s. This classic song was recorded for their greatest hits album  Rock ‘n Soul Part 1

 

 

8. “Hold Me Now” by The Thompson Twins

Here is another song that there could be no mistake as to which decade this was from.  I do have to admit that The Thompson Twins did drive me and my minor OCD slightly insane in that they were not only NOT related, but there were THREE of them! Ugh!! But, that does not take away from the greatness of this song.

7. “Here Comes the Rain Again” by The Eurythmics

This is one of my favorite Eurythmics songs. This is yet another song with that classic ’80s sound. Annie Lennox just has such an incredible voice.

 

6. “Miss Me Blind” by Culture Club

This was a time when Boy George and Culture Club were among the top artists of the music landscape. This was their third single released from the classic Colour by Numbers album.  This is another song and video that could come from no other decade than the ’80s.

 

5. “Automatic” by The Pointer Sisters

I love The Pointers. This song, led by Ruth Pointer’s deep vocals, is one of their several signature tunes. It was the second single released from their legendary Break Out album.

 

Now, we have reached the part of the countdown where we find out was topping some of the other charts this week.

The #1 Country song this week in 1984 was  “Thank God for the Radio” by The Kendalls.

Topping the R&B charts was “She’s Strange” by Cameo.

The best Rock  song in the country this week was our #15 song on the Hot 100 –  “You Might Think” by The Cars.

The #1 Dance tune was our #16 song on the Hot 100 – “I Want a New Drug” by Huey Lewis and the News.

For the 17th and final consecutive week, the #1 Album in the country was  Thriller by Michael Jackson. Next week it will be taken over by the Footloose soundtrack.

And the best Adult Contemporary song is also our #4 song on the Hot 100 this week:

4. “Hello” by Lionel Richie

Well, this is not one of my favorite Lionel Richie songs at all. But, it is good to hear once in a while. And now I can say that I’m not as creeped out at seeing this Lionel Richie sculpture from the video:  

as I was after I saw this recent I Love Lucy sculpture:

 

3. “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell

Speaking of creepy, this video was aired on MTV all the time. There is no way this song would be this high up the countdown if it wasn’t for Michael Jackson singing the chorus.

 

 

2. “Against All Odds” by Phil Collins

This iconic Phil Collins ballad came from the movie soundtrack of the same name. I still haven’t seen the movie yet, but love the song. The vocals and drums in this song are incredible.

1. “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins

Let’s dance!!! The king of ’80s soundtracks scored big time with this smash hit song. It is one of Kenny Loggins’ most identifiable songs, and won a Grammy for Song of the Year. Great way to end a countdown!


Well, I hope you enjoyed this week’s Countdown. I feel like I used the workd “classic” quite a bit. But, it was a appropriate. There were so many signature ’80s songs this week. What a great year of music! We’ll be back with a new countdown soon. In the meantime, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

 

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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.


Remember That Song: 10/23/14

Can you name the Artist and Song and complete the lyrics:

How come you’re always such a fussy young man?
Don’t want no Captain Crunch, don’t want no Raisin Bran
Well, don’t you know that other kids are _______ __ _____


Last Song: “Automatic” by The Pointer Sisters from Break Out (1983)

Your camera looks through me
With it’s X-ray vision
And all systems run aground

Albums of the ’80s: Pointer Sisters – Contact

When I was younger and not working yet, it was always a big deal to get an album or cassette – especially for a music lover like me. I think maybe my parents got sick of me listening to the likes of AC/DC, Def Leppard and Motley Crue, and wanted me to listen to more pop music. For Christmas in 1985, I got 2 new tapes! One was Emergency by Kool and the Gang (classic). The other was Contact by the Pointer Sisters, which turned out to be one of my favorites! Sure I still listened to my rock music. But I played this one over and over again. I had already loved the Pointer Sisters because of their more recent hits such as “Jump (For My Love)” and “I’m So Excited”. But I had never owned anything by them.

So 26 years later, I thought I’d share this album with you. Unless you are a diehard Pointer Sisters fan, or if you just happened to own this album, you may not have heard most of these songs before. And not to beat a dead horse, I also wanted to show my gratitude to the Pointers for coming on my ship during Operation Desert Shield during Christmas week in 1990. Like all musicians, actors, and comedians who go out and perform for the troops, they will forever have my respect.

Well, here is 1985’s Contact. I hope you enjoy these songs as much as I do:

Twist My Arm

What a way to start an album! Being a rock fan at the time, I don’t know how much I would have liked this album if they had started it with a ballad. This song just jumps out right at you from the get-go.

Hey You

This song is a little slower, which isn’t a bad thing. I feel like the Pointers put a lot of feeling into this song. And their harmonies are incredible.

Pound, Pound, Pound

I like this song more now then I did make then. It is a very cool and upbeat song. But, one of my favorite songs followed this. So I would fast forward this to get to the next song. And anybody around my age knows what would happen. When I did the fast-forward, I would always catch the end of this song. Or sometimes I would fast forward a little too much. Then I would have to rewind, and still catch the end of this song. Now I appreciate this song much more. It’s a pretty good rocker.

Back in My Arms

This is either my #1 or #2 favorite Pointer Sisters song of all time. I think this should have been a hit. But it wasn’t a ballad, and it wasn’t a jump around and get excited song. The music is just incredible, and once again the harmonies are second to none. This song just soars.

Burn Down the Night

A great way to end the first side of the tape! A great rockin’ song, and great harmonies.

Bodies and Souls

This was the first song on side 2. Another good rockin’ song. It is almost like a continuation of “Burn Down the Night”.
Unfortunately, there is no video to be found online anywhere for this. So on to the next song.

Contact

See “Pound, Pound, Pound”. This song preceded my favorite song on the album. So I skipped this one a lot. However, It is still an outstanding song, and really like this one a lot.

Dare Me

This is my favorite song on the album, and it is the song that most people would recognize from this album. This is a great song for working out, or running to. And it is also a great song to get psyched to before a sports competition. I still love this song.

Freedom

This is the only slow song on the album. It is the ultimate R&B song. They have great voices, and once again, great harmonies.

Remember That Song – 11/5/13

Can you name the artist and song:

He soothes it right, makes it outta site
And everything’s good in the world tonight


Last Song: “I’m So Excited” by The Pointer Sisters

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish)!!

We’ll have a good time baby, don’t you worry
And if we’re still playing ’round, boy that’s just fine

Remember That Song: 1/24/13

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

You’re living in the past it’s a new generation
A girl can do what she wants to do and that’s
What ___ _____ __


Last Song: “Dare Me” by the Pointer Sisters in honor of Anita Pointer who turned 65 yesterday.

Great job Kids Inc Daily (@kidsincdaily)!!

I say you’re either a lover or you are a liar
So don’t you push too hard
You’re playin’ with fire

And courtesy of @kidsincdaily:

Remember That Song – 5/21/12

Can you name the artist and song/lyrics:

Johnny played guitar, Jenny played bass.
Name of the band is The Human Race.
Everybody tell me have you heard?
___ ____ ___ _____


Last Song: “Jump” by the Pointer Sisters

I’ll take you down, I’ll take you down
Where no one’s ever gone before
And if you want more, if you want more
More, more, more

Remember That Song? – 1/24/12

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

Every girl wants you to be her man, ooo, ooo, ooo, but I’ll wait, my dear, ____ ____ __ ____.
___ ___ ___ ____ __ _____ ___ _____ __ ____ ____ ____ __ __


Last Song: “I’m So Excited” by the Pointer Sisters in honor of Anita Pointer who celebrated her 64th birthday yesterday:

I want to squeeze you, please you, I just can’t get enough
And if you move real slow I let it go

Remember That Song? – 9/21/11

Can you name the artist and song and fill in the blank:

And then she lost her mind and did the ultimate

I asked her for Adidas and she bought me ____!


Last Song: “Neutron Dance” by the Pointer Sisters:

I don’t want to take it anymore
I’ll just stay here locked behind the door
Just no time to stop and get away
‘Cause I work so hard to make it everyday

Hits of 1985 – Horrible and Great

On September 6, 2009, Stuck in the 80s released their Horrible Hits of 1985 Podcast (Episode 178). Here is their list:

10. Walking on Sunshine – K.C. and the Sunshine Band
9. Neutron Dance – Pointer Sisters (vetoed by Steve)
8. All I Need – Jack Wagner (vetoed by Cathy)
7. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!
6. Wild Boys – Duran Duran
5. One Night In Bangkok – Murray Head
4. Some Like It Hot – Power Station (vetoed by Cathy and Steve)
3. Sea of Love – The Honeydrippers
2. We Built This City – Starship
1. We Are the World – U.S.A. For Africa

You can see the top 100 hits from Billboard that year.

This was a tough one for me. There were so many horrible songs from 1985, and there were so many great ones. But, I was finally able to compile my list, so here is my top 5 (or worst 5) of Horrible songs from that year:

5. Money for Nothing – Dire Straits

This is one of the most overrated songs of the ’80s. Sure, the video was different from anything else at the time. And MTV is mentioned in the song. This was the perfect storm for the video to play in a seemingly endless loop for a long time on MTV. This would have been my #1 for most horrible song, if not for the awesome guitar lick at the beginning of the song. Once that guitar part is done, I go off in a daze, and forget that it’s on.

4. Everytime You Go Away – Paul Young

I never cared much for this song at all. It was too boring for me. This song might not be on too many peoples’ lists of horrible songs, but I have a personal grudge against this song. As some longtime Return to the ’80s readers may know, I served in the military. The day I left, the recruiter picked me up at home to send me off to boot camp. I got in the car, and as we were pulling away, this song came on. Since this song mocked me, it is now on my Horrible list.

3. Solid – Ashford and Simpson

Typical song that lands on my Horrible list – boring and overplayed. I would have to turn off the radio whenever this song came on. I may be in the minority here, but I don’t like too many of this songwriting duo’s songs, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing”, and “I’m Every Woman”.

2. Smooth Operator – Sade

The Stuck in the 80s guys were told to keep this song off their Horrible list. It did sound like they wanted it on there though. So, I will place it on my list. Is this even a song? It is more like slow torture! Slow, slow torture.

1. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!

Ecchhhh. Wham! ranks right up there with Culture Club as one of my least favorite groups. The only song I don’t mind by them is “Freedom”, so at least there’s that. I wasn’t sure if “Wake Me Up..” or “Careless Whisper” would be my #1 Horrible song. Since this song is played the most on the 80s on 8 radio station, and on all radio stations that play 80s songs, “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” wins. Once you hear this crappy song, it sticks with you, whether you like it or not.

Here is my top songs from that year:

10. Loverboy – Billy Ocean:

I love Billy Ocean’s voice. This is a fun song.

9. Nightshift – Commodores:

This is a really good Commodore’s song without Lionel Richie. It’s a nice tribute about music legends.

8. St. Elmos Fire (Man In Motion) – John Parr:

This song is just as good as the movie. Great rockin’s song with a Joe Cocker feel to it.

7. What About Love – Heart:

Heart was at the beginning of their resurgence with this song. Great song, and Ann Wilson has one of the best female rock voices of all time.

6. Misled – Kool and The Gang:

Kool and the Gang may be best known for their party anthem – “Celebration”. But, their Emergency album is incredible, and “Misled” is perhaps the best of the bunch. Great rockin’ song.

5. Neutron Dance – Pointer Sisters

You can’t help but want to move to this song. “Neutron Dance” was the Pointer Sisters’ fourth top ten single in a row, which was on their album Break Out. It was also featured in Beverly Hills Cop. I love the Pointer Sisters, and this song is right up there among my favorites.

4.Crazy for You – Madonna

This was Madonna’s first ballad, which came off of the great Vision Quest soundtrack. This song was surrounded with controversy at the time. The Vision Quest soundtrack was on Geffen Records, and Warner Brothers had just released Madonna’s Like a Virgin album. Warner Brothers did not want “Crazy For You” released as a single, as it would take attention away from Like a Virgin. But Geffen producers Jon Peters and Peter Guber were able to convince Warner to greenlight the single. As a result, Madonna was able to prove that she had more talent than your typical attention-getting pop star. I believe that due to the fact that she could sing different styles of music, this song went a long way in making her an 80s icon.

3. I Can’t Hold Back – Survivor

This is one of my favorite songs by Survivor. This came off the great Vital Signs album, which was their first with lead singer Jimi Jamison. They had other hit songs from this album, such as “High On You” and “The Search Is Over”, but “I Can’t Hold Back” is my favorite. It was featured prominently in the recent movie “Paul Blart: Mall Cop“, which made it the best part of the movie.

2. Summer of ’69/Heaven – Bryan Adams

I had a hard time deciding which Bryan Adams song to throw on here, so why not add both? Summer of ’69 is a great rocker. I’m sure we can all relate to looking back at the “good ole days”, or you wouldn’t be reading this. And “Heaven” is a great ballad. It is a nice slow-dance song.

Summer of ’69
Heaven

1. Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds

The ultimate ’80s song from the ultimate ’80s movie. You can’t think of one without the other. It even has staying power as this song is played while the losing American Idols are being booted. This song does gte played alot, but somehow I cannot get sick of it.