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Top 40 Songs This Week: August 8, 1987 – Songs 40-31

It’s been far too long. At long last, we Return to the Top 40 countdown. This week, we’ll go back 30 years, and see what the 40 most popular songs were. At this time, I was getting ready to start my senior year of high school. I have a ton of great memories, and I loved the music back then. So, let’s Return to August 8, 1987, and check out songs 40-31 today. You can click on the song title to watch the video, and you can click on the album cover to buy/listen to the song from Amazon.


40. “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” by Whitney Houston


She did have it all, then lost it. And we lost one of the greatest voices of our generation. This is a beautiful, sad song.

39. “Wipe Out” by The Fat Boys and The Beach Boys


For all the haters of Beach Boy ’80s songs, I bet you’re begging for Kokomo now!

38. “Funkytown” by Pseudo Echo


In my opinion, this is one cover song that is as good as the original. This version is a little more rock than disco.

37. “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” by Michael Jackson and Siedah Garrett


A much overlooked tune from Jackson’s Bad album. A very nice duet.

36. “Mary’s Prayer” by Danny Wilson


No, Danny Wilson is not a person. It is a Scottish pop group. This is one of those songs that I had forgotten about until I just heard it for the first time in a while.

35. “Happy” by Surface


Finally, a Happy song I approve of! This R&B tune is way better than Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, which is a million times better than the recent song “Happy” by Pharrell.

34. “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake


When you hear the words ’80s Rock, this is one of the first songs that come to mind. Great song, and great video. So many of us teenage boys really wanted to be that car.

33. “Since You’ve Been Gone” by The Outfield


Future candidate of the Return to the ’80s podcast’s segment, ‘Play This, Not That.’ Sure, “Your Love” is a great song, but The Outfield has many other great songs, which never get played. This was one of them. It reached #11 and never gets played.

32. “Give to Live” by Sammy Hagar


This hit was off of the Red Rocker’s album I Never Said Goodbye, his only solo album released while he was with Van Halen. This is one of my favorites by him.

31. “Don’t Disturb This Groove” by The System


I love me some late ’80s R&B, and this is no exception.

And unfortunately, I will have to disturb this groove by stopping the countdown for today. We will be back with songs 30-21.


What do you think of this countdown so far? What were you doing this week in 1987? I’d love to hear from you.

Remember That Song: 4/4/16

Can you name the artist and song:

School girl sleazy
With a classy kind of sassy
Little skirt hangin’ way up her knee


Last Song: “Fool For Your Loving” by Whitesnake from Ready an’ Willing (1980) and Slip of the Tongue (1989)

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish)!!!

Don’t come running to me
I know I’ve done all I can
A hard loving woman like you
Just makes a hard loving man

1980 Version

1989 Version

Remember That Song: 3/7/16

Can you name the artist and song/lyrics:

____ ______ ____ ___
For the rest of my days
You have won my heart and my soul
With your sweet, sexy ways


Last Song: “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake from the albums Saints and Sinners (1982) and Whitesnake (1987).

Great job Jim (@JimVilk) and Andy (@andytorah)!!!

I’m just another heart in need of rescue,
Waiting on love’s sweet charity

1982 Version

The 1987 version we are more familiar with:

Remember That Song: 6/1/15

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

Crusin’ with my baby
Think we just might maybe
Find some ____ ____ ______ ___ _____


Last Song: “Slow an’ Easy” by Whitesnake from Slide It In (1984)

Oh, I can’t take no more
I wanna woman
She got a superstitious mind

Remember That Song: 3/9/15

Can you name the artist and song:

If this world makes you crazy
And you’ve taken all you can bear
You call me up
Because you know I’ll be there


Last Song: “Still of the Night” by Whitesnake from the album Whitesnake (1987)

Now I just wanna get close to you
An’ taste your love so sweet

Remember That Song – 2/18/14

Can you name the artist, song and lyrics:

__ ______ _____ __ ____
Somewhere in the twilight, dreamtime
Somewhere in the back of your mind


Last Song: “The Deeper The Love” by Whitesnake from Slip of the Tongue (1989)

I don’t mind, what you’re doing to me,
I don’t mind, ’cause you’re all I can see
I don’t mind, baby, you mean the world to me

Remember That Song – 6/15/12

Name the Artist, Song, and Complete the lyrics:

Some will win
Some will lose
____ ____ ____ __ ____ ___ _____


Last Song: “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake (Great job Jim!!):

And I’m gonna hold on
For the rest of my days
‘Cause I know what it means
To walk along the lonely street of dreams

Remember That Song -4/2/12

Can you name the artist:

Control yourself, love is all you need
Control yourself, in your eyes
Sanctify yourself, sanctify


Last Song: “Fool for Your Loving” by Whitesnake:

I’m so tired of trying, I always end up crying,
Fool for Your Loving no more

Here is the version most of us are familiar with:

Here is the original version from 1980:

Hits of the ’80s – Horrible and Great

Here is a wrap-up of the Horrible and Great hits of the ’80s. I threw all the songs from my previous lists of each year, and picked my least favorite and favorite songs of the decade.
So, this is basically a Greatest Hits compilation of the Hits – Horrible and Great series.

The Horrible Hits came quite easy to me, and fell right into place. My favorites were a little tougher. They are always rotating in and out. Since I love so much ’80s music, it is difficult leaving some songs off the list.
Well, without further adieu:

Horrible

10. If This Is It – Huey Lewis and The News

Stick with the up-tempo songs, Huey! I loved every song on the Sports album – except for this one. It’s slow, boring, and there’s no feeling in it.

9. Harden My Heart – Quarterflash

This is one of the most overplayed ’80s songs out there. I’ve heard this song more in the past couple of years than I did during the entire ’80s decade! And it’s not even on my iPod! This may not have made the list if it were not so overplayed. This song is a little to slow for me, but not slow enough to be a good ballad. I can’t change the station fast enough when it comes on the radio.

8. Two Hearts – Phil Collins

I love Phil Collins, but this was probably the most overplayed among his overplayed songs.

7. 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 yet again. Is this even a song? It is more like slow torture! Slow, slow torture.

6. True – Spandau Ballet

Ah, Ah-Ah-ah, AAAAAAARRRGGGHHHH!!! I can’t stomach this song. It is too boring, and it high on some kind of wuss factor. I’ll have to admit that it was funny seeing Steve Buscemi singing this song at the end of The Wedding Singer:

Unfortunately, since the song was included in the movie, it was also included on the movie’s soundtrack. Why didn’t they leave this song off, and put on “Do You Believe In Love”?

5. Stand – R.E.M.

This song is like a whiny “Hokey Pokey”. The only song I liked by R.E.M. was “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”, and then they disappeared.

4. Red Red Wine – UB40

Neil Diamond was a great songwriter. But, this was not one of his better songs, that’s for sure! I don’t know why it was remade, and I don’t understand why this was a hit. This is another song that comes on, and I can’t change the station fast enough.

3. Mandolin Rain – Bruce Hornsby and the Range

Bruce Hornsby has a unique sound on his piano. Unfortunately, every song I’ve heard by him sounds exactly the same. And they are all horrible. I can’t turn this song off fast enough as soon as I hear it.

2. The Girl Is Mine – Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney

Two of the greatest music artists of all time took the biggest dump on the biggest album of all time! Uggh, this song makes me want to rip my ears off and rip all the skin off my face! The “doggon” song bites the big one! Especially when they start yapping in the song. This song should be taken off of all copies of Thriller, and be replaced by “Say, Say, Say”.

1. Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

How can I be happy when this crap comes on the radio!? Don’t tell me what to do, Bobby McFerrin! I was perfectly happy until this song came on and annoyed the crap out of me. Ooooooo! There’s no instruments. He makes all the sound effects with his mouth! Impressive! If I want that, I don’t have to subject myself to this dreck. I’ll just put on some Police Academy to watch Michael Winslow.


Great

10. Lost In Your Eyes – Debbie Gibson

My favorite Debbie Gibson song. Even people who weren’t into the teen music, at the time, liked this song. It is still great today.

9. Hard Habit to Break – Chicago

I still love this Chicago ballad! This was in the middle of their comeback during the David Foster years. I got sick of “You’re the Inspiration”, but I never got sick of this song. Unfortunately, the band became known more for their ballads. Their rock songs are just as good. But, “Hard Habit to Break” is one of my all time favorite Chicago songs.

8. Down Under – Men At Work

This song was a breakthrough for Men At Work, and basically introduced the U.S. to Australia and vegemite sandwiches. This is a fun song, and Colin Haye has a great unique voice. The band had a great string of hits. Will they get back together already?!

7. Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran Duran

This song got a lot of people into Duran Duran. The exposure on MTV didn’t hurt either. I liked it when it came out because the video reminded me of Raiders of the Lost Ark. But, even without the video, the song itself is really good.

6. Like a Prayer – Madonna

This was Madonna at the peak of her career. This is my favorite song by her.

5. Here I Go Again – Whitesnake

This is a great song without the video. But, much like “At This Moment” is linked with Family Ties, “Here I Go Again” will forever be linked with the video and Tawny Kitaen. How many of us guys wished that we were that car?!? 24 years later I still love this song. It stands the test of time for me.

4. Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard

A perfect rock anthem. This is a fun song, that really rocks, and is still popular today. With all the great smash hits that Def Leppard has, this is one of the best.

3. The Living Years – Mike and the Mechanics

A really emotional song that packs quite a punch. Paul Carrack sounds great. The music and message are just awesome.

2. 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 get played alot, but somehow I cannot get sick of it.

1. Don’t Stop Believin’, Journey

“Don’t Stop Believin'” is one of my all time favorite songs, even after all these years. Everybody still gets into this song. And a new generation has even found it, as it became extremely popular from the television show Glee. Don’t Stop Believin’ this song will live on forever.

Music Video of the Week – 9/22/10

Today’s selection is in honor of David Coverdale’s 59th birthday today – the classic Whitesnake video Here I Go Again:

“Here I Go Again” was originally released on Whitesnake’s 1982 album, Saints & Sinners. But, the version we are all familiar with is the one that was re-recorded, and appeared on their 1987 album Whitesnake. The 1987 version hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 10, 1987.

The video was made memorable by Tawny Kitaen’s appearance, wearing white lingerie and prancing on the hood of Whitesnake lead singer David Coverdale’s Jaguar XJ and massaging him while he is trying in vain to concentrate on driving.

David Coverdale and Tawny Kitaen were married from 1989–1991. Most of us had seen Tawny Kitaen for the first time in the movie Bachelor Party as the bride-to-be of Tom Hanks’ character.

She became associated with the glam metal scene when her legs appeared on the cover of Ratt’s self-titled album.
Then, in ripped-up clothes, she appeared on the cover of Ratt’s Out of the Cellar. She also can be seen at the beginning of the Ratt video “Back for More” as the girl in the 50s-style skirt at the juke box.

In addition to “Here I Go Again”, Kitaen also appeared in Whitsnake’s videos for “Is This Love” and “Still of the Night.” In 1989, she appeared in video for “The Deeper the Love.”

She was co-host of America’s Funniest People with Dave Coulier from 1992 to 1994. But, then Tawny Kitaen became a mess. She was married to baseball pitching star Chuck Finley. In 2002, Kitaen was charged with committing domestic violence against him. Three days later, Finley filed for divorce. After a plea bargain, Kitaen agreed to “enter a spousal battery counseling program and avoid contact with Finley.” The couple was married for five years and have two daughters, Wynter and Raine.

Kitaen was one of the cast of the sixth edition of The Surreal Life, a reality television show on VH1, which began airing in March 2006.

In November 2006, prosecutors charged Kitaen with possessing 15 grams of cocaine in her San Juan Capistrano home in Orange County. They said her two children were home at the time, and Kitaen had given deputies permission for the search. In December 2006, she entered a six-month rehabilitation program in exchange for the dismissal of a felony drug possession charge.

Then in 2008, Kitaen appeared on the VH1 reality TV show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Shockingly, the show does not seem to help the celebrities that go there! On

September 26, 2009, Kitaen was arrested for driving under the influence in Newport Beach, California.

Whitesnake has slowed down over the years. But, in 2009, Whitesnake began touring with Judas Priest. In August of that year, David Coverdale suffered a vocal injury. The remainder of their tour with Judas Priest was cancelled. Then earlier this year, Coverdale announced that his voice seems to have fully recovered. He said that he is recording new demos, and hoping to release a new Whitesnake album.