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Top 40 Songs This Week: August 8, 1987 – Songs 20-11

Welcome back everybody! If you missed the previous songs, you can check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. I don’t know about you, but I’m loving the countdown this week! And as usual, if you want to watch/listen to the YouTube video, you can click on the song title. If you’d like to listen to/purchase this song from Amazon, you can click onthe album cover. Now let’s Return to the week ending August 8, 1987, and continue the countdown!


20. “Seven Wonders” by Fleetwood Mac


I love all of Fleetwood Mac’s stuff, no matter who’s singing. But, Stevie Nicks is definitely my favorite. She takes the lead on this awesome song from Mac’s final studio album with the classic lineup, Tango in the Night.

19. “It’s Not Over (‘Til It’s Over)” by Starship


This is my favorite Starship song. And just as Fleetwood Mac had come out with their final album with the classic lineup, No Protection was Starship’s final album with Grace Slick. So, I guess it was over for her.

18. “Kiss Him Goodbye” by the Nylons


I had never heard this version of the song in my life, and I never heard of this group. But, I’m loving this! This a cappella group covers the classic Steam song, “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,” here. And I think they do a helluva job!

17. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston


This is Whitney’s second entry this week. This song was the first single released off of her second album, Whitney. This song proved that her debut album was no fluke.

16. “Back in the High Life Again” by Steve Winwood


Even though Steve Winwood had been around for a while, this was the first time I was aware of him. Even though I was more into hard rock in these days, I did like all of Winwood’s music. He also gets a little help from James Taylor on backing vocals in this song.

15. “The Pleasure Principle” by Janet Jackson


Janet was staying strong as this was the sixth single released from her classic Control album.

14. “Rock Steady” by The Whispers


Seven years after the Whispers had cracked the top 20, with “And the Beat Goes On”, they had an incredible comeback with this awesome hit.

13. “Only in My Dreams” by Debbie Gibson


And so begins Paul’s huge ’80s crush!

12. “Don’t Mean Nothing” by Richard Marx


In the previous song, while I was crushing on Debbie, I forgot to mention that “Only in My Dreams” was her debut single. And now we have another debut single. Richard Marx was already a great songwriter. But, he went on a great run, in the late ’80s, as a performer.

11. “La Bamba” by Los Lobos


This is the song that I mumble and struggle to the lyrics…until the chorus. Then I can sing the shit out of it at the top of my lungs!


That wraps up today’s list. I would love to hear what you think of these songs, and these countdowns in general. We will wrap up the countdown on Friday.

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Remember That Song: 4/21/16

Can you name the artist and song:

All I needed was the love you gave
All I needed for another day
And all I ever knew


Last Song: “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship from No Protection and the Mannequin soundtrack (1987)

I’m so glad I found you,
I’m not gonna lose you
Whatever it takes to I will stay here with you

Remember That Song: 3/29/16

Can you name the artist and song:

I see the crystal raindrops fall and the beauty of it all
Is when the sun comes shining through


Last Song: “Sara” by Starship from Knee Deep in the Hoopla (1985)

Great job Brent (@jonbrent13)!!!

I’ll never find another girl like you
For happy endings, it takes two
We’re fire and ice, a dream won’t come true

Remember That Song: 10/31/14

Hair’s to Friday!

Can you name the artist and song:


He’s the wolf screaming lonely in the night
He’s the blood stain on the stage


Last Song: “It’s Not Over (‘Til It’s Over)” by Starship from No Protection (1987)

Great job Andrew (@andytorah)!!!

We don’t call the shots here
We don’t make the rules
We take what we get, get what we can

Remember That Song: 8/29/14

Hair’s to Friday!!

Can you name the artist and song:

I know you don’t really know me
I know you don’t really care to see me


Last Song: “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship from No Protection as well as the movie Mannequin (1987)

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish)!!!

Standing here beside you
Want so much to give you
This love in my heart that I’m feeling for you

Remember That Song: 12/20/12

Can you name the artist and song:

Now I don’t want you back for the weekend, not back for a day (no no no)
I said baby I just want you back and I want you to stay


Last Song: “It’s Not Over (Til It’s Over)” by Starship

Great job Kids Inc Daily (@kidsincdaily)!!

The odds are against us
They say we don’t stand a chance
But there’s no giving up, no giving in

And courtesy of @kidsincdaily:

Remember That Song – 5/16/12

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

Can’t stand the thought of you with somebody else
Got to have your love got to have it all to myself
I say yeah yeah yeah yeah
Want to be your _____ _____

Last Song: “Sara” by Starship (Great job @oldschool80s!):

Danger in the game when the stakes are high
Branded, my heart was branded while my senses stood by

Return of Return to the 80s

Hey Gang, sorry for the sudden absence. I was away on vacation last week, and was swamped with work, doing some major O.T. After spending an awesome weekend on Cape Cod (enjoying summer-like weather, but without the summer-like crowds), we went to Florida.

My wife and I spent our 10 year anniversary on Thursday at Disney. We did the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot. We had to leave there to go to the Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (where I proposed to my wife again, in front of Cinderella’s Castle).

Since we had to leave Epcot early, we missed Starship performing. But with youtube these days, we can still see the performances:

Jane

We Built This City

Daily Trivia – 7/18/11

Question: What is the last line of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?

A. “Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”
B. “Save Ferris.”
C. “Ferris Bueller, you’re my hero.”
D. “It’s over. Go home–go.”


Last Question: When it hit #1 with “We Built This City” in 1985, this group was on the third version of its name. What are the three names?

Answer: Jefferson Airplane. Jefferson Starship, and Starship

Jefferson Airplane was formed in San Francisco in 1965. They were pioneers in the psychedelic rock movement of the late ’60s. They performed in all three of the most famous American rock festivals of the 1960s – Monterey (1967), Woodstock (1969) and Altamont (1969) – as well as headlining the first Isle of Wight Festival. Two of their biggest songs were “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit”.

By the early ’70s, the band went through some changes. Members came and left, and in 1974, a new lineup that was formally reborn as “Jefferson Starship”. But, the band still had problems. Grace Slick’s alcoholism increasingly became a problem. It all came to a head in Germany in 1978 with 2 consecutive disastrous nights. On the first night, fans ransacked the stage when Slick and the band failed to appear. On the second night, Slick, in a drunken stupor, shocked the audience by swearing and making sexual references throughout most of her songs. She also reminded the audience that their country had lost World War II, repeatedly asking “Who won the war?”, and implied that all residents of Germany were responsible for the wartime atrocities. So, Slick was forced to resign fromo the band.

In 1979, Jefferson Starship found a new lead singer in Mickey Thomas. They then had a hit single with “Jane”. Grace Slick rejoined the band in 1981. In June 1984, Paul Kantner, the last remaining founding member of Jefferson Airplane, left Jefferson Starship, and then took legal action over the Jefferson Starship name against his former bandmates. The band briefly changed its name to Starship Jefferson while legal proceedings occurred, but ultimately the name was reduced to Starship.

Starship embraced the MTV age. in 1985, they released their Knee Deep in the Hoopla album, and had two #1 hits off of that album – “We Built This City” and “Sara”. In 1987, they had a smash hit with “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, which was featured in the movie Mannequin.

Grace Slick left Starship in 1988, going on to join the reformed Jefferson Airplane, for one album in 1989, before announcing that she was retiring from music. In November 2010, Mickey Thomas announced on his website that a new Starship album, Loveless Fascination, would be released in the summer or fall of 2011.