80s0n8 Big 40 Countdown Schedule

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I knew Escape went back to #1, but I didn't realize it held the spot again all the way until Rock With You. Yeah, you're right, he was closer than I thought. One song off (like I was).
Well all the way was 1 week. Rock with you had a long run.


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40: AUTOMATIC - POINTER SISTERS
39: THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE - DAN FOGELBERG
38: ALMOST OVER YOU - SHEENA EASTON
37: THE DREAM - IRENE CARA
36: FOOTLOOSE - KENNY LOGGINS
35: GIVE IT UP - KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND
34: NIGHTBIRD - STEVIE NICKS
33: SOMEBODY'S WATCHING ME - ROCKWELL
32: THIS WOMAN - KENNY ROGERS
31: BANG YOUR HEAD - QUIET RIOT
30: TWIST OF FATE - OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN
29: SEND ME AN ANGEL - REAL LIFE
28: HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN - EURYTHMICS
27: GOT A HOLD ON ME - CHRISTINE McVIE
26: I WANT A NEW DRUG - HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS
25: NEW MOON ON MONDAY - DURAN DURAN
24: SAY SAY SAY - PAUL McCARTNEY & MICHAEL JACKSON
23: SO BAD - PAUL McCARTNEY
22: HOLIDAY - MADONNA
21: YA MO B THERE - JAMES INGRAM W/ MICHAEL McDONALD
20: THRILLER - MICHAEL JACKSON
19: MIDDLE OF THE ROAD - PRETENDERS
18: WRAPPED AROUND YOUR FINGER - POLICE
17: NOBODY TOLD ME - JOHN LENNON
16: I STILL CAN'T GET OVER LOVING YOU - RAY PARKER, JR
15: GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN - CYNDI LAUPER
14: AN INNOCENT MAN - BILLY JOEL
13: LET THE MUSIC PLAY - SHANNON
12: 99 LUFTBALLOONS - NENA
11: BREAK MY STRIDE - MATTHEW WILDER
10: I GUESS THAT'S WHY THEY CALL IT THE BLUES - ELTON JOHN
9: THINK OF LAURA - CHRISTOPHER CROSS
8: PINK HOUSES - JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP
7: RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT - LIONEL RICHIE
6: THAT'S ALL - GENESIS
5: JUMP - VAN HALEN
4: OWNER OF A LONELY HEART - YES
3: TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP - ROMANTICS
2: JOANNA - KOOL & THE GANG
1: KARMA CHAMELEON - CULTURE CLUB
 

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Good 15
Okay 10
Bad 15

38: ALMOST OVER YOU - SHEENA EASTON

Wow pretty sure I haven't heard this since the mid-80s.

37: THE DREAM - IRENE CARA

Pretty sure I've never heard this one before. The chorus reminds me of Neverending Story ... ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah.

5: JUMP - VAN HALEN

My friend's son's guess at #1. I almost picked this one.

4: OWNER OF A LONELY HEART - YES

My guess at #1.

2: JOANNA - KOOL & THE GANG



1: KARMA CHAMELEON - CULTURE CLUB

My friend's roommate's guess at #1.

#86 American Comedy Network "Breaking Up Is Hard On You"

A Bob Rivers Productions release - the "Walkin' Round In Women's Underwear" guy.

#91 U2 "I Will Follow (Live from West Germany)"

Originally released in 1980 (I didn't know it then). Released live in 1982 (I remember that one). Released live again in 1984 (I don't remember that).

Won't ever make the top 40:
#52 Jackson Browne "For A Rocker"
#56 Patti LaBelle "If Only You Knew"
#59 Rolling Stones "She Was Hot"
#60 Kim Carnes "You Make My Heart Beat Faster"
#62 Dolly Parton "Save The Last Dance For Me"
#63 Rick James/Smokey Robinson "Ebony Eyes"
#65 Musical Youth "She's Trouble"
#66 Billy Idol "Rebel Yell"
#67 Prince "Let's Pretend We're Married"
#69 Big Country "Fields Of Fire"
#71 Stray Cats "Look At That Cadillac"
#74 Night Ranger "(You Can Still) Rock In America"
#75 Headpins "Just One More Time"
#77 Motley Crue "Looks That Kill"
#78 BE Taylor Group "Vitamin L"
#79 Deele "Body Talk"
#80 Adam Ant "Strip"
#81 April Wine "This Could Be The Right One"
#83 Toni Basil "Over My Head"
#84 Evelyn Champagne King "Action"
#85 Jenny Burton "Remember What You Like"
#86 American Comedy Network "Breaking Up Is Hard On You"
#87 Cheryl Lynn "Encore"
#89 Patti Austin "It's Gonna Be Special"
#90 Bette Midler "Beast Of Burden"
#91 U2 "I Will Follow (Live from West Germany)"
#92 ABC "That Was Then But This Is Now"
#93 Bob Dylan "Sweetheart Like You"
#94 Blue Oyster Cult "Shooting Shark"
#95 Mink De Ville "Each Word's a Beat of My Heart"
#96 Dazz Band "Joystick"
#99 D Train "Something's On Your Mind"
 

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Won't ever make the top 40:
#59 Rolling Stones "She Was Hot"
#66 Billy Idol "Rebel Yell"
#81 April Wine "This Could Be The Right One"
These are surprises. That last not so much as they are Canadian.

#90 Bette Midler "Beast Of Burden"
Please tell me this is not the Stones song done by Bette Midler. Insert Bevus & Butthead here if so.
 
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I really thought this would have made it to about 20 or so.

I would have thought this would have made it to the top 10.

I didn't think it would break the top 40 with the buzz-saw guitar, but I thought it would have been close.
That Night Ranger one surprised me also, it was all over the radio during the 80's, and all over Classic Rock radio later.
 
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One thing I noticed about Alan Hunter's comment on "I Guess That is Why They Call it the Blues". I think this was probably the 3rd release from "Too Low For Zero" preceded by "I'm Still Standing" and "Kiss The Bride". Yet Alan said it was the debut. This makes no sense given "Too Low For Zero" was released in 1983. I check the billboard charts and see "I'm Still Standing" on the chart in the late spring. However, when I check Wiki I see "I Guess That Is Why They Call it the Blues" as the first release. I think this is in error unless they released that first in Europe or something. I guess we know where Alan Hunter does his research.
 
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MIDDLE OF THE ROAD - PRETENDERS

The absolute best driving song, EVER!!!

I have to be very careful not to bury the speedometer when this song comes on.

Been a favorite for years.
Funny, you didn't list it on your old thread. I think I'll resurrect it, there are a lot of songs to be added.
 

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I was just looking at the actual Billboard chart, Thriller is debuting this week in the Top 100 @ #20. It only attained a peak of #4 I think. With such a debut that is odd. It is also one of the biggies from the Thriller album and most of the other ones did reach #1.
 
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Billy Idol "Rebel Yell" #46 PEAK

Yeah this surprises me too, I thought the song was bigger than that. It also surprises me that "Eyes WO A Face" made #4. I had no clue that one was so huge. I woulda thought they'd both peak around #30 like "Flesh 4 Fantasy" did.

Night Ranger "(You Can Still) Rock In America" #51 PEAK

I woulda thought this would scrape the top 40 for a week and day.

Motley Crue "Looks That Kill" #54 PEAK

Sounds about right. But being the song that kicked their career into high gear, I woulda thought it woulda topped the Rock Chart. But nope, only reached #12. The bigger surprise, however, is that "Home Sweet Home" peaked at #89. I woulda bet money that song was a top 40 hit, but alas didn't even come close. Can't believe that one tanked, but "Smokin' In The Boys Room" went top 20. I woulda thought the opposite.

Bette Midler "Beast Of Burden"

Sure is the Stones! I remember the video back in the day featuring Mick Jagger. Bette stradles Mick and says something like "Stay and watch me perform your song!"

Elton John "I Guess That is Why They Call it the Blues"

I thought the exact same thing. I've seen many instances where their research relies exclusively on Wikipedia. "Standing" peaked in July 1983. "Kiss The Bride" peaked in October 1983. "Blues" peaked in January 1984. I knew he was wrong simply because I moved from NH to Mass at the end of summer 1983, and I remember listening to "Standing" in NH and "Blues" in Mass.

Michael Jackson "Thriller"

Yeah I was surprised when I learned "Thriller" didn't hit #1 too.
 

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40. LIVE MY LIFE (FROM THE FILM "HIDING OUT") - BOY GEORGE
39. TELL IT TO MY HEART - TAYLOR DAYNE
38. I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN - PRINCE
37. THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL - MICHAEL JACKSON
36. GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU - GEORGE HARRISON
35. GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR - BILLY OCEAN
34. TWILIGHT WORLD - SWING OUT SISTER
33. 835-5937 - SQUEEZE
32. ROCKET 2 U - THE JETS
31. (SITTIN') ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY - MICHAEL BOLTON
30. POP GOES THE WORLD - MEN WITHOUT HATS
29. BECAUSE OF YOU - THE COVER GIRLS
28. HYSTERIA - DEF LEPPARD
27. THE MAN IN THE MIRROR - MICHAEL JACKSON
26. I WANT HER - KEITH SWEAT
25. BE STILL MY BEATING HEART - STING
24. OUT OF THE BLUE - DEBBIE GIBSON
23. I LIVE FOR YOUR LOVE - NATALIE COLE
22. LOVE OVERBOARD - GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS
21. TUNNEL OF LOVE - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
20. ENDLESS SUMMER NIGHTS - RICHARD MARX
19. PUSH IT - SALT-N-PEPA
18. JUST LIKE PARADISE - DAVID LEE ROTH
17. EVERYWHERE - FLEETWOOD MAC
16. I FOUND SOMEONE - CHER
15. HAZY SHADE OF WINTER - BANGLES
14. NEED YOU TONIGHT – INXS
13. PUMP UP THE VOLUME - M/A/R/R/S
12. I GET WEAK - BELINDA CARLISLE
11. CAN'T STAY AWAY FROM YOU - GLORIA ESTEFAN & MIAMI SOUND MACHINE
10. I DON'T WANT TO BE YOUR MAN - ROGER
9. DON'T SHED A TEAR - PAUL CARRACK
8. NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP - RICK ASTLEY
7. SHE'S LIKE THE WIND - PATRICK SWAYZE (FEATURING WENDY FRASER)
6. SAY YOU WILL - FOREIGNER
5. HUNGRY EYES (FROM "DIRTY DANCING") - ERIC CARMEN
4. FATHER FIGURE - GEORGE MICHAEL
3. COULD'VE BEEN - TIFFANY
2. WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? - PET SHOP BOYS & DUSTY SPRINGFEILD
1. SEASONS CHANGE - EXPOSE
 

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Good 7
Okay 8
Bad 25

Exact same countdown last year. Meanwhile we haven't had an '82 countdown in over 4 months.

Not much new to say, old comments are here

4. FATHER FIGURE - GEORGE MICHAEL

My friend's son picked this one as his guess for #1

3. COULD'VE BEEN - TIFFANY



1. SEASONS CHANGE - EXPOSE

My friend's roommate picked this one as his guess for #1

[#61 George Michael "Faith"]

This was my guess. Wrong single, two months off. Whoops.

#76 Depeche Mode "Never Let Me Down Again"

Didn't know it then. Like it better than most of the songs on that top 40 now.

Won't reach the top 40:
#43 Dan Hill "Never Thought (That I Could Love)"
#51 Communards "Never Can Say Goodbye"
#54 Carly Simon "All I Want Is You"
#55 Buster Poindexter "Hot Hot Hot"
#60 Elisa Fiorillo "How Can I Forget You"
#62 Great White "Save Your Love"
#63 Prince "Hot Thing"
#64 Kane Gang "Don't Look Any Further"
#69 REM "It's the End of the World as We Know It"
#70 Steve Winwood "Talking Back to the Night (Remix)"
#71 Earth Wind & Fire "Thinking of You"
#76 Depeche Mode "Never Let Me Down Again"
#77 Stevie Wonder "You Will Know"
#80 Heart "I Want You So Bad"
#83 Glenn Medeiros "Lonely Won't Leave Me Alone"
#85 Cars "Coming Up You"
#86 Tommy Shaw "Ever Since The World Began"
#88 U2 "In God's Country"
#89 Pepsi & Shirlie "All Right Now"
#91 So "Are You Sure"
#93 Kiss "Reason To Live"
#94 Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle "Without You"
#95 Eurythmics "I Need A Man"
#97 Gene Loves Jezebel "The Motion Of Love"
#100 Georgio "Lover's Lane"
 

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My two cents: The 40 wasn't too intriguing for me. Most of the songs are pretty well known.


40. LIVE MY LIFE (FROM THE FILM "HIDING OUT") - BOY GEORGE
I totally missed this one.


Won't reach the top 40:

#43 Dan Hill "Never Thought (That I Could Love)"
I read an interesting article about him recently.


#55 Buster Poindexter "Hot Hot Hot"
I remember this video was heavy rotation.


#60 Elisa Fiorillo "How Can I Forget You"
I wasn't aware she had more songs like the 100.


#63 Prince "Hot Thing"
I wasn't aware this was released as a single. I don't think there was a video for this one.


#69 REM "It's the End of the World as We Know It"
I'm surprised this didn't make the 40.


#76 Depeche Mode "Never Let Me Down Again"
I'm really surprised about this one too.


#89 Pepsi & Shirlie "All Right Now"
I had no idea they charted in the US. They were backup singers for Wham.


#94 Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle "Without You"
This came before A Whole New World which is interesting.


#95 Eurythmics "I Need A Man"
This was cool song.


#100 Georgio "Lover's Lane"
He wasn't too talented.