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@IdRatherBeSkiing The Toronto song's opening riff sounds to me like a bastardization of the opening riff of Jesse's girl. High - low -middle. But when Toronto hits the verse it's even less bastardized - the guitar gets muted (just like Jesse's Girl) and the four first notes are the same. Just taking the concept that each riff has 4 notes, here's how it breaks down:

Jesse's = 44 22 33 (rest) 1 133 44.
Toronto = 44 22 33 (rest) 1 1 1 3 2 (then next time it's even closer) 44 22 33 (rest) 1 1 33.

Dock Of The Bay is a re-recording by Otis' sons. From the oh-so-reliable Wikipedia: "The Reddings was an American funk, soul and disco band, founded by Otis Redding's sons Dexter (bass and vocals) and Otis Redding III (guitar) together with Mark Lockett (drums, keys, and lead vocal)."
I don't play guitar and I have never heart the similarity. But maybe I am hearing the music not the tempo which might be more noticed by a guitar player.
 
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1989:

40: PUT YOUR MOUTH ON ME – EDDIE MURPHY
39: DRESSED FOR SUCCESS - ROXETTE
38: BABY DON’T FORGET MY NUMBER – MILLI VANILLI
37: CHERISH - MADONNA
36: EXPRESS YOURSELF - MADONNA
35: THAT’S THE WAY – KATRINA & THE WAVES
34: THE PRISONER – HOWARD JONES
33: COVER OF LOVE – MICHAEL DAMIAN
32: KISSES ON THE WIND – NENEH CHERRY
31: SOUL PROVIDER – MICHAEL BOLTON
30: ONE – THE BEE GEES
29: TALK IT OVER – GRAYSON HUGH
28: GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU – MILLI VANILLI
27: HEY BABY – HENRY LEE SUMMER
26: NO MORE RHYME – DEBBIE GIBSON
25: IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME BY NOW – SIMPLY RED
24: HOOKED ON YOU – SWEET SENSATION
23: I’M THAT TYPE OF GUY – L.L. COOL J.
22: HEAVEN - WARRANT
21: IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME – CHER
20: 18 AND LIFE – SKID ROW
19: HEADED FOR A HEARTBREAK - WINGER
18: LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME – BON JOVI
17: SHOWER ME WITH YOUR LOVE - SURFACE
16: TOY SOLDIERS - MARTIKA
15: KEEP ON MOVIN’ – SOUL II SOUL
14: SACRED EMOTION – DONNY OSMOND
13: ANGEL EYES – JEFF HEALEY BAND
12: FRIENDS – JODY WATLEY WITH ERIC B. & RAKIM
11: THE END OF THE INNOCENCE – DON HENLEY
10: SO ALIVE – LOVE AND ROCKETS
9: SECRET RENDEZVOUS – KARYN WHITE
8: BATDANCE - PRINCE
7: I LIKE IT - DINO
6: HANGIN’ TOUGH – NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
5: ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY – GREAT WHITE
4: DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU – GLORIA ESTEFAN
3: COLD HEARTED – PAULA ABDUL
2: ON OUR OWN – BOBBY BROWN
1: RIGHT HERE WAITING – RICHARD MARX
 

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Good 9
Okay 5
Bad 26

Heard this exact countdown two years ago AND the year before that. There are SO many better songs in the bottom 60 that will never make the top 40, than what's in the top 40.

My old comments:



39: DRESSED FOR SUCCESS - ROXETTE (The Look)
33: COVER OF LOVE – MICHAEL DAMIAN (Rock On)
32: KISSES ON THE WIND – NENEH CHERRY (Buffalo Stance)
31: SOUL PROVIDER – MICHAEL BOLTON (How Can We Be Lovers)
14: SACRED EMOTION – DONNY OSMOND (Soldier Of Love)


All (long forgotten) songs that only made the top 40 because the previous single was big.

23: I’M THAT TYPE OF GUY – L.L. COOL J.

Instead of playing the edited version, they just chopped out the second half of the line "and lick you in places that your boyfriend won't". Still had the full line "But when I screwed her you couldn't understand it" though.

17: SHOWER ME WITH YOUR LOVE - SURFACE



3: COLD HEARTED – PAULA ABDUL

My choice for the #1 song this week.

2: ON OUR OWN – BOBBY BROWN

Was almost my choice for the #1 song this week.

1: RIGHT HERE WAITING – RICHARD MARX

My friend's son's choice for #1 song this week.

Songs that won't make the top 40
#42 Chuckii Booker "Turned Away"
#51 Bad English "Forget Me Not"
#52 10,000 Maniacs "Trouble Me"
#53 Call "Let The Day Begin"
#55 Indigo Girls "Closer To Fine"
#57 John Mellencamp "Jackie Brown"
#58 White Lion "Little Fighter"
#64 Jets "You Better Dance"
#65 Billy Squier "Don't Say You Love Me"
#67 Cinderella "Gypsy Road"
#68 Doobie Brothers "Need A Little Taste Of Love"
#69 Saraya "Love Has Taken Its Toll"
#70 Waterfront "Nature Of Love"
#74 Bulletboys "Smooth Up"
#75 Cyndi Lauper "My First Night Without You"
#76 Stage Dolls "Love Cries"
#77 Adrian Belew "Oh Daddy"
#81 Outfield "My Paradise"
#83 Dion "And The Night Stood Still"
#84 Graces "Lay Down Your Arms"
#85 Aretha Franklin/Whitney Houston "It Isn't, It Wasn't..."
#86 Whistle "Right Next To Me"
#87 Information Society "Lay All Your Love On Me"
#88 Tangier "On The Line"
#90 Paul Shaffer "When The Radio Is On"
#92 Dead Or Alive "Come Home With Me Baby"
#93 Rick Astley "Ain't Too Proud To Beg"
#94 Guns N' Roses "Nightrain"
#95 Tora Tora "Walkin' Shoes"
#96 Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock "Joy & Pain"
#100 Robert Palmer "Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming"
 

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If I'm being generous, I might be okay with 10 of the songs. Not many favorites in the top 40. I like the Henley song, and the Love and Rockets one. A handful of others.
 
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Songs that won't make the top 40
#53 Call "Let The Day Begin"
#57 John Mellencamp "Jackie Brown"
Good songs. Better than almost all the top 40. But not popish enough. This is pretty clear indication why I did not listen to top 40 radio anymore by 1989.

If I'm being generous, I might be okay with 10 of the songs. Not many favorites in the top 40. I like the Henley song, and the Love and Rockets one. A handful of others.
4 good, 2 ok, the rest crap -- for me.
 
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I see a lot of songs that didn’t make the Top 40 that made me do a double take? Cinderella didn’t make the Top 40?? 10,000 Mainiacs? Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock? Shit ‘Joy and Pain’ was all over my Jr. High back in those days.
 
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1981/08/22

40: ROCK & ROLL DREAMS COME THOUGH - JIM STEINMAN
39: DOUBLE DUTCH BUS - FRANKIE SMITH
38: BETTE DAVIS EYES - KIM CARNES
37: TIME - ALAN PARSONS PROJECT
36: BREAKING AWAY - BALANCE
35: FOR YOUR EYES ONLY - SHEENA EASTON
34: I COULD NEVER MISS YOU (MORE THAN I DO) - LULU
33: THE ONE THAT YOU LOVE - AIR SUPPLY
32: EVERLASTING LOVE - REX SMITH & RACHEL SWEET
31: THE VOICE - THE MOODY BLUES
30: BEACH BOYS MEDLEY - THE BEACH BOYS
29: LOVE ON A TWO WAY STREET - STACY LATTISAW
28: HOLD ON TIGHT - E.L.O.
27: YOU'RE MY GIRL - FRANKE & THE KNOCKOUTS
26: DON'T GIVE IT UP - ROBBIE PATTON
25: THAT OLD SONG - RAY PARKER, JR. & RAYDIO
24: FEELS SO RIGHT - ALABAMA
23: STEP BY STEP - EDDIE RABBITT
22: FIRE AND ICE - PAT BENATAR
21: REALLY WANNA KNOW YOU - GARY WRIGHT
20: THE BREAKUP SONG - THE GREG KIHN BAND
19: IN THE AIR TONIGHT - PHIL COLLINS
18: COOL LOVE - PABLO CRUISE
17: THE STROKE - BILLY SQUIER
16: TOUCH ME WHEN WE'RE DANCING - THE CARPENTERS
15: URGENT - FOREIGNER
14: IT'S NOW OR NEVER - JOHN SCHNEIDER
13: ELVIRA - THE OAK RIDGE BOYS
12: HEARTS - MARTY BALIN
11: WHO'S CRYING NOW - JOURNEY
10: LADY (YOU BRING ME UP) - THE COMMODORES
9: (THERE'S) NO GETTIN' OVER ME - RONNIE MILSAP
8: QUEEN OF HEARTS - JUICE NEWTON
7: BOY FROM NEW YORK CITY - THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER
6: STOP DRAGGIN' MY HEART AROUND - STEVIE NICKS W/ TOM PETTY
5: JESSIE'S GIRL - RICK SPRINGFIELD
4: SLOW HAND - THE POINTER SISTERS
3: I DON'T NEED YOU - KENNY ROGERS
2: THEME FROM "THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO" (BELIEVE IT OR NOT) - JOEY SCARBURY
1: ENDLESS LOVE - DIANA ROSS & LIONEL RICHIE
 

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10: LADY (YOU BRING ME UP) - THE COMMODORES
They all need to do a better job fact checking. But Mark especially. He introduced this as something like "Commodores last top 10 hit off the last album with Lionel Richie". There a 2 facts wrong with this. 1) This was not the last top 10 off this album. ("Oh No" came after and was a #4 hit) 2) In 1985 the Commodores recorded "Nightshift" which reached #3 without Lionel Richie.
 

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Capitol Records producer and A&R executive John Palladino edited eight 1960s Beach Boys hits into The Beach Boys Medley. The medley craze began with Stars On 45 Medley, which reached number one on the Hot 100 in June 1981. Twenty-one songs appeared on the 12-inch single. The seven-inch edit included 10. Dutch record producer Jaap Eggermont, a former drummer with Golden Earring, assembled a group of studio vocalists and musicians and recruited the lead singers of four different bands to imitate the Beatles. Each song was recorded separately and Eggermont edited them together. Stars On 45 started a three-year medley craze which saw medleys of songs by the Beatles, the Hollies, the Four Seasons, ABBA, Stevie Wonder and Elvis Presley. There was also the Hooked On Classics album (1981), which set medleys of classical works to a disco beat and spawned five sequel albums and a Hooked On Swing album. Between 1989 and 1994, British group Jive Bunny & the Mastermixers had number-one hits in several countries with medleys such as Swing The Mood, Let's Party, That's What I Like and That Sounds Good To Me.

Here is the final Stars On recording, the Star Sisters' Andrews Sisters Swing Medley from 1984:

 
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Okay 4
Bad 27

39: DOUBLE DUTCH BUS - FRANKIE SMITH

My son and I: Give me a ho if you got your funky bus fare. HO! HO! HO!
My wife: What is wrong with you two?

3: I DON'T NEED YOU - KENNY ROGERS



1: ENDLESS LOVE - DIANA ROSS & LIONEL RICHIE

So my friend's old college roommate asked to join our 'guess the #1 song' game. He picked this song. My friend's son picked this song. And I picked this song. Unreal.

I almost went with "Best That You Can Do" (#51) but changed my mind at the last minute. I also considered "Bette Davis Eyes" (#38), "You Make My Dreams" (#45) and "Private Eyes" (not on the Hot 100, it enters at #68 next week). Again, I totally lucked out.

#65 Debbie Harry "Backfired"

Video directed by HR Giger. It's terrible.

#66 Jefferson Starship "Stranger"

I've been on a small Jefferson Starship kick for a while now. This song, "Jane", "No Way Out", "Layin' It On The Line" and "Find Your Way Back". Sometimes I'll throw in some Starship if I need a little cheese.

#89 Eric Hine "Not Fade Away"

Interesting! Early industrial alternative?

Won't make the top 40
#50 Gino Vannelli "Nightwalker"
#53 Squeeze "Tempted"
#55 Mickey Gilley "You Don't Know Me"
#56 Teena Marie "Square Biz"
#58 Santana "The Sensitive Kind"
#59 Don Felder "Heavy Metal"
#62 Icehouse "We Can Get Together"
#65 Debbie Harry "Backfired"
#66 Jefferson Starship "Stranger"
#67 Blackfoot "Fly Away"
#69 Andy Gibb "All I Have to Do Is Dream"
#70 Bernadette Peters "Dedicated To The One I Love"
#71 Nielsen/Pearson "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"
#73 Art Garfunkel "A Heart In New York"
#74 Michael Stanley Band "Lover"
#75 Cheryl Lynn "Shake It Up Tonight"
#78 Deniece Willians "Silly"
#80 Sad Cafe "La-Di-Da"
#88 Tom Petty "A Woman In Love"
#89 Eric Hine "Not Fade Away"
#91 Rush "Tom Sawyer"
#92 Debra Laws "Very Special"
#93 Styx "Nothing Ever Goes As Planned"
#96 Glen Campbell "I Love My Truck"
#97 Gary US Bonds "Jole Blon"
#98 Stars On 45 "Medley II"
#99 Pure Prairie League "You're Mine Tonight"
 

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They all need to do a better job fact checking. But Mark especially. He introduced this as something like "Commodores last top 10 hit off the last album with Lionel Richie". There a 2 facts wrong with this. 1) This was not the last top 10 off this album. ("Oh No" came after and was a #4 hit) 2) In 1985 the Commodores recorded "Nightshift" which reached #3 without Lionel Richie.
I thought MG said it was their last top 10 while Lionel was still in the group. I took that to mean this song charted, Lionel left, then "Oh No" charted. But I haven't verified that even this is true.

#96 Glen Campbell "I Love My Truck"
How could this not have been a hit with a title like that?
LOL! I almost commented on that song. I was going to say "This song title shows how far country music has come over the last 38 years. I could see a song charting today with the exact same name, and probably lyrics too!"
 

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I thought MG said it was their last top 10 while Lionel was still in the group. I took that to mean this song charted, Lionel left, then "Oh No" charted. But I haven't verified that even this is true.
I listened again and he said it was their last hit with Lionel. They didn't have another. Even if you give him benefit of the doubt on Oh No, Nightshift was clearly a top 10 hit without Lionel after he had left.
 

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I almost commented on that song [I Love My Truck]. I was going to say "This song title shows how far country music has come over the last 38 years. I could see a song charting today with the exact same name, and probably lyrics too!"
Brace yourself. Texas-born singer and stand-up comic Rodney Carrington had five top-30 country albums between 2000 and 2014. The first of those, Morning Wood, included a song that makes perfect sense the way he explains it: I'm Getting Married To My Pickup Truck.

 
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1985:

40: NO LOOKIN’ BACK – MICHAEL McDONALD
39: C-I-T-Y – JOHN CAFFERTY & THE BEAVER BROWN BAND
38: I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME – LISA LISA & CULT JAM WITH FULL FORCE
37: EVERY STEP OF THE WAY – JOHN WAITE
36: LIVE EVERY MOMENT – REO SPEEDWAGON
35: WHEN YOUR HEART IS WEAK – COCK ROBIN
34: STATE OF THE HEART – RICK SPRINGFIELD
33: ROCK ME TONIGHT – FREDDIE JACKSON
32: GLORY DAYS – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
31: SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU – WHITNEY HOUSTON
30: LONELY OL' NIGHT – JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP
29: CRY – GODLEY & CREME
28: TAKE ON ME – A-HA
27: THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) – EURYTHMICS
26: OH SHEILA – READY FOR THE WORLD
25: SHAME – THE MOTELS
24: MYSTERY LADY – BILLY OCEAN
23: DRESS YOU UP - MADONNA
22: YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) – DEAD OR ALIVE
21: WHO’S HOLDING DONNA NOW – DEBARGE
20: LIFE IN ONE DAY – HOWARD JONES
19: EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY – PAUL YOUNG
18: IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY, SET THEM FREE - STING
17: SMOKIN’ IN THE BOYS ROOM – MOTLEY CRUE
16: DARE ME – THE POINTER SISTERS
15: WHAT ABOUT LOVE - HEART
14: FREEDOM – WHAM!
13: POP LIFE - PRINCE & THE REVOLUTION
12: INVINCIBLE (THEME FROM “THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN”) – PAT BENATAR
11: DON’T LOSE MY NUMBER – PHIL COLLINS
10: MONEY FOR NOTHING – DIRE STRAITS
9: YOU’RE ONLY HUMAN (SECOND WIND) – BILLY JOEL
8: CHERISH – KOOL & THE GANG
7: NEVER SURRENDER – COREY HART
6: SHOUT – TEARS FOR FEARS
5: SUMMER OF ‘69 – BRYAN ADAMS
4: WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) – TINA TURNER
3: FREEWAY OF LOVE – ARETHA FRANKLIN
2: THEME FROM ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) – JOHN PARR
1: THE POWER OF LOVE – HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS
 

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Good 9
Okay 10
Bad 21

40: NO LOOKIN’ BACK – MICHAEL McDONALD
38: I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME – LISA LISA & CULT JAM WITH FULL FORCE
37: EVERY STEP OF THE WAY – JOHN WAITE
36: LIVE EVERY MOMENT – REO SPEEDWAGON
35: WHEN YOUR HEART IS WEAK – COCK ROBIN


I didn't recognize any of these. If I've ever heard them it was on a previous VJ and I've re-forgotten them.

33: ROCK ME TONIGHT – FREDDIE JACKSON

Obvious rip-off of Marvin Gaye "Let's Get It On". But then, Bobby Brown's "Rock Witcha" is an obvious rip-off of this song.

28: TAKE ON ME – A-HA

My friend's friend and son and I all picked the same song again for our guess of #1. This was my alternate choice.

10: MONEY FOR NOTHING – DIRE STRAITS

My friend's son's alternate choice. He wins again!

8: CHERISH – KOOL & THE GANG



1: THE POWER OF LOVE – HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS

This is the song all three of us guessed. Crazy. Twice in a row all three of us nailed it. I don't know how. As for just pulling up the chart (cheating) I can attest that I'm not doing it. And I really doubt my friend's son is because I've heard him talk about the VJ 40's for years. I've never met the other guy.

#68 Steve Arrington "Dancin' In The Key Of Life"

It's no coincidence this song title sounds a lot like a Stevie Wonder album, the guy is trying to sound like Wonder too.

#97 Beach Boys "It's Getting Late"

Excluding Kokomo, 80s Beach Boys was absolutely terrible. And this is no exception.

Will never reach the top 40
#49 Loose Ends "Hangin' On A String"
#54 Survivor "First Night"
#55 Mary Jane Girls "Wild And Crazy Love"
#57 King "Love And Pride"
#58 Foreigner "Down On Love"
#61 Billy Crystal "You Look Marvelous"
#62 Cheap Trick "Tonight It's You"
#64 Julian Lennon "Jesse"
#65 Y & T "Summertime Girls"
#66 Til Tuesday "Looking Over My Shoulder"
#68 Steve Arrington "Dancin' In The Key Of Life"
#70 What Is This "I'll Be Around"
#72 9.9 "All Of Me For All Of You"
#74 Amy Grant "Wise Up"
#75 Belouis Some "Some People"
#76 DeBarge "You Wear It Well"
#77 Tom Petty "Rebels"
#78 Patti LaBelle "Stir It Up"
#81 Bon Jovi "In And Out Of Love"
#82 Air Supply "Power Of Love"
#84 Urgent "Running Back"
#87 Eric Martin "Information"
#88 Maurice White "Stand By Me"
#89 Jesse Johnson "I Want My Girl"
#90 Romantics "Test Of Time"
#91 Limahl "Only For Love"
#93 Oingo Boingo "Weird Science"
#94 Chaka Khan "Through The Fire"
#97 Beach Boys "It's Getting Late"
#99 Sade "Your Love Is King"
#100 Go West "Call Me"