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Aaron

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I liked around 24 songs on this one.

I think I mentioned it before, Emotional Rescue is my most hated Stones hit. Mick's vocals on that one annoy me so much.
 
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It looks like they have done this countdown before.

Ironic after discussion of Xanadu on several threads this countdown is littered with Xanadu songs.
 
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5.3 for me on this countdown. I never would have made it through.

16: ONE IN A MILLION YOU - LARRY GRAHAM
Lou's less successful brother?
#42 Pat Benatar "You Better Run"
#62 Peter Gabriel "Games Without Frontiers"
Both are shockers.
#72 Kings "Switchin' To Glide/This Beat Goes On"
That's too bad. It's such a fun tune(s).
#84 Genesis "Turn It On Again"
That's insane.
That one is pretty hurtful. Most of his stuff is not quite so pointed. Good decision on Al's part.
Agreed. That one stings a bit.
 
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Here's the full Weird Al quote:

Somehow Billy Joel heard a copy of it way back then. Some magazine show did a segment on Billy Joel, and they played him a little of the song, and he listened to it and… he had some kind of snide comment about it. I could tell I kinda hurt his feelings a little bit. I thought, Oh, gosh. You know… [Laughs] I didn’t wanna get on Billy Joel’s bad side. That’s maybe where my whole nonbiting thing started. I go through pains not to step on people’s toes or make jokes at their expense. If I can help it. I still do from time to time—I break that rule all the time. But my general policy is if you can get a laugh without stepping on somebody’s toes, that’s a better way to go. So that was part of it. I didn’t wanna hurt Billy Joel’s feelings.
 

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1982

40: BREAK IT TO ME GENTLY - JUICE NEWTON
39: THE ONE YOU LOVE - GLENN FREY
38: YOU DROPPED A BOMB ON ME - THE GAP BAND
37: MAKE BELIEVE - TOTO
36: BIG FUN - KOOL & THE GANG
35: VOYEUR - KIM CARNES
34: GLORIA - LAURA BRANIGAN
33: JUMP TO IT - ARETHA FRANKLIN
32: VALLEY GIRL - FRANK ZAPPA
31: NEVER BEEN IN LOVE - RANDY MEISNER
30: I RAN (SO FAR AWAY) - A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS
29: DO YOU WANNA TOUCH ME (OH YEAH) - JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS
28: WHAT'S FOREVER FOR - MICHAEL MURPHY
27: HOLD ON - SANTANA
26: KEEP THE FIRE BURNIN' - REO SPEEDWAGON
25: I KEEP FORGETTIN' - MICHAEL McDONALD
24: LET ME TICKLE YOUR FANCY - JERMAINE JACKSON
23: HOT IN THE CITY - BILLY IDOL
22: AND I'M TELLING YOU I'M NOT GOING - JENNIFER HOLLIDAY
21: BLUE EYES - ELTON JOHN
20: SOMEBODY'S BABY - JACKSON BROWNE
19: ONLY TIME WILL TELL - ASIA
18: YOU CAN DO MAGIC - AMERICA
17: THINK I'M IN LOVE - EDDIE MONEY
16: AMERICAN MUSIC - POINTER SISTERS
15: WHO CAN IT BE NOW? - MEN AT WORK
14: EYE IN THE SKY - ALAN PARSONS PROJECT
13: LOVE WILL TURN YOU AROUND - KENNY ROGERS
12: LOVE IS IN CONTROL - DONNA SUMMER
11: VACATION - THE GO-GO'S
10: TAKE IT AWAY - PAUL McCARTNEY
9: WASTED ON THE WAY - CROSBY, STILLS, & NASH
8: HURTS SO GOOD - JOHN COUGAR
7: HOLD ME - FLEETWOOD MAC
6: YOU SHOULD HEAR HOW SHE TALKS ABOUT YOU - MELISSA MANCHESTER
5: EVEN THE NIGHTS ARE BETTER - AIR SUPPLY
4: JACK & DIANE - JOHN COUGAR
3: ABRACADABRA - STEVE MILLER BAND
2: EYE OF THE TIGER - SURVIVOR
1: HARD TO SAY I'M SORRY - CHICAGO
 

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1982

40: BREAK IT TO ME GENTLY - JUICE NEWTON
39: THE ONE YOU LOVE - GLENN FREY
38: YOU DROPPED A BOMB ON ME - THE GAP BAND
37: MAKE BELIEVE - TOTO
36: BIG FUN - KOOL & THE GANG
35: VOYEUR - KIM CARNES
34: GLORIA - LAURA BRANIGAN
33: JUMP TO IT - ARETHA FRANKLIN
32: VALLEY GIRL - FRANK ZAPPA
31: NEVER BEEN IN LOVE - RANDY MEISNER
30: I RAN (SO FAR AWAY) - A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS
29: DO YOU WANNA TOUCH ME (OH YEAH) - JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS
28: WHAT'S FOREVER FOR - MICHAEL MURPHY
27: HOLD ON - SANTANA
26: KEEP THE FIRE BURNIN' - REO SPEEDWAGON
25: I KEEP FORGETTIN' - MICHAEL McDONALD
24: LET ME TICKLE YOUR FANCY - JERMAINE JACKSON
23: HOT IN THE CITY - BILLY IDOL
22: AND I'M TELLING YOU I'M NOT GOING - JENNIFER HOLLIDAY
21: BLUE EYES - ELTON JOHN
20: SOMEBODY'S BABY - JACKSON BROWNE
19: ONLY TIME WILL TELL - ASIA
18: YOU CAN DO MAGIC - AMERICA
17: THINK I'M IN LOVE - EDDIE MONEY
16: AMERICAN MUSIC - POINTER SISTERS
15: WHO CAN IT BE NOW? - MEN AT WORK
14: EYE IN THE SKY - ALAN PARSONS PROJECT
13: LOVE WILL TURN YOU AROUND - KENNY ROGERS
12: LOVE IS IN CONTROL - DONNA SUMMER
11: VACATION - THE GO-GO'S
10: TAKE IT AWAY - PAUL McCARTNEY
9: WASTED ON THE WAY - CROSBY, STILLS, & NASH
8: HURTS SO GOOD - JOHN COUGAR
7: HOLD ME - FLEETWOOD MAC
6: YOU SHOULD HEAR HOW SHE TALKS ABOUT YOU - MELISSA MANCHESTER
5: EVEN THE NIGHTS ARE BETTER - AIR SUPPLY
4: JACK & DIANE - JOHN COUGAR
3: ABRACADABRA - STEVE MILLER BAND
2: EYE OF THE TIGER - SURVIVOR
1: HARD TO SAY I'M SORRY - CHICAGO
Would this be the first time the #1 song has gotten the Beavis treatment?
 
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Good 15
Okay 8
Bad 17

40: BREAK IT TO ME GENTLY - JUICE NEWTON

First time on the VJ? Hopefully the last.

39: THE ONE YOU LOVE - GLENN FREY

Nina said "That was Glenn Frey at #32 and before that was Juice Newton at #40". Uh, try 39.

32: VALLEY GIRL - FRANK ZAPPA

At the end of this song, my son said, "I didn't need that in my life." But hey I like it. For sher.

1: HARD TO SAY I'M SORRY - CHICAGO

I picked this one! I remembered from the last time they did '82 that this would be coming up soon. Not sure what the other two people I compete with chose yet.

Oh and this...



#44 Huey Lewis & The News "Workin' For A Livin'"
#46 Clash "Should I Stay Or Should I Go"
#92 Missing Persons "Words"
#100 Billy Squier "Emotions In Motion"


Shoulda made the 40

#70 Clocks "She Looks A Lot Like You"

No wikipedia entry (there's a different Clocks band on there, but not this one).

Won't reach the top 40
#43 Roberta Flack "I'm The One"
#44 Huey Lewis & The News "Workin' For A Livin'"
#46 Clash "Should I Stay Or Should I Go"
#47 Walter Murphy "Theme From ET"
#48 Afrika Bambaataa "Planet Rock"
#49 Steve Winwood "Still In The Game"
#53 Don Henley "Johnny Can't Read"
#54 Nicolette Larson "I Only Want To Be With You"
#55 Dolly Parton "I Will Always Love You"
#59 Ronnie Milsap "He Got You"
#60 Quarterflash "Night Shift"
#67 Sheena Easton "Machinery"
#70 Clocks "She Looks A Lot Like You"
#72 Motels "Take The L"
#73 Kansas "Right Away"
#74 Josie Cotton "He Could Be the One"
#79 Toronto "Your Daddy Don't Know"
#80 Alabama "Close Enough To Perfect"
#81 Robert Plant "Burning Down One Side"
#82 Spys "Don't Run My Life"
#84 Four Tops "Sad Hearts"
#88 Chris Christian "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing/You're All I Need to Get By"
#89 Bobby Caldwell "All Of My Love"
#90 Michael Stanley "When I'm Holding You Tight"
#92 Missing Persons "Words"
#93 Bill Champlin "Sara"
#94 Christopher Atkins "How Can I Live Without Her"
#95 John Schneider "In The Driver's Seat"
#99 Jerry Reed "She Got The Goldmine (I Got The Shaft)"
#100 Billy Squier "Emotions In Motion"
 

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#70 Clocks "She Looks A Lot Like You"

No wikipedia entry (there's a different Clocks band on there, but not this one).
But there is a youtube entry.



Won't reach the top 40
#44 Huey Lewis & The News "Workin' For A Livin'"
#46 Clash "Should I Stay Or Should I Go"
#53 Don Henley "Johnny Can't Read"
#79 Toronto "Your Daddy Don't Know"
#92 Missing Persons "Words"
My surprises for the week.
 

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But there is a youtube entry.





My surprises for the week.
I think the Clocks tune was more of a regional hit ( with that region being the Midwest ). I completely forgot about it until I was reminded of it a couple years back. The album was actually released on CD, somewhat surprisingly. I own it. But after seeing the video, I got a pretty good idea of why it never hit nationally. Yikes.

A little surprised that the Huey song wasn't a Top 40 hit, but it almost was.

Funny to see how "Words" was a Top 100 hit, because at the station I worked at it was a "red" category track - which meant it could only be played from 9pm-6am. Now you hear it all the time.

Overall, I was surprised by the number of songs in this 40 that we DIDN'T play where I worked, even though I started there just 2 years later. I counted at least 16 songs. But it was early enough in the decade that the formats where still pretty blended ( lotta Adult Contemporary in the 40, which would shrink as the decade went on ).
 

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I think the Clocks tune was more of a regional hit ( with that region being the Midwest ). I completely forgot about it until I was reminded of it a couple years back. The album was actually released on CD, somewhat surprisingly. I own it. But after seeing the video, I got a pretty good idea of why it never hit nationally. Yikes.

A little surprised that the Huey song wasn't a Top 40 hit, but it almost was.

Funny to see how "Words" was a Top 100 hit, because at the station I worked at it was a "red" category track - which meant it could only be played from 9pm-6am. Now you hear it all the time.

Overall, I was surprised by the number of songs in this 40 that we DIDN'T play where I worked, even though I started there just 2 years later. I counted at least 16 songs. But it was early enough in the decade that the formats where still pretty blended ( lotta Adult Contemporary in the 40, which would shrink as the decade went on ).

You used to not hear AC/DC until evenings. Now you hear it in the morning. They either threw away the rule book or no longer apply it to songs that have aged.
 
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That's true - a lot of the hard rock/metal stuff we played was night-time only. Stuff that was a legit hit song like "You Shook Me All Night Long" could be played in the daytime, but that was about it.
 
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I found some more information on the Clocks too:

From Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
Tribute site: The Clocks

It looks like "She Looks a Lot Like You" had an earlier recording. KY102 was a Kansas City radio station (based on what I could dig up).

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