80s0n8 Big 40 Countdown Schedule

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40. FOREVER MINE - THE O'JAYS
39. I'D RATHER LEAVE WHILE I'M IN LOVE - RITA COOLIDGE
38. TRAIN, TRAIN - BLACKFOOT
37. RAPPER'S DELIGHT - SUGARHILL GANG
36. ROTATION - HERB ALPERT
35. ROMEO'S TUNE - STEVE FORBERT
34. HEARTACHE TONIGHT - EAGLES
33. HALF THE WAY - CRYSTAL GAYLE
32. POP MUZIK - M
31. YES, I'M READY - TERI DESARIO WITH K.C.
30. CHIQUITITA - ABBA
29. DEJA VU - DIONNE WARWICK
28. THIRD TIME LUCKY - FOGHAT
27. DAMNED IF I DO - ALAN PARSON PROJECT
26. TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME - SUPERTRAMP
25. SARA - FLEETWOOD MAC
24. DON'T LET GO - ISAAC HAYES
23. WAIT FOR ME - DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES
22. DON'T DO ME LIKE THAT - TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
21. NO MORE TEARS - BARBRA STREISAND/DONNA SUMMER
20. YOU'RE ONLY LONELY - J.D. SOUTHER
19. I WANT YOU TONIGHT - PABLO CRUISE
18. THIS IS IT - KENNY LOGGINS
17. I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER - PRINCE
16. JANE - JEFFERSON STARSHIP
15. BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME - DR. HOOK
14. HEAD GAMES - FOREIGNER
13. THE LONG RUN - EAGLES
12. CRUISIN' - SMOKEY ROBINSON
11. COOL CHANGE - LITTLE RIVER BAND
10. WE DON'T TALK ANYMORE - CLIFF RICHARD
9. LADIES NIGHT - KOOL AND THE GANG
8. COWARD OF THE COUNTY - KENNY ROGERS
7. STILL - THE COMMODORES
6. BABE - STYX
5. DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME - THE CAPTAIN AND TENNILLE
4. SEND ONE YOUR LOVE - STEVIE WONDER
3. ROCK WITH YOU - MICHAEL JACKSON
2. ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) - RUPERT HOLMES
1. PLEASE DON'T GO - K.C. AND THE SUNSHINE BAND
 

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Bad 26

40. FOREVER MINE - THE O'JAYS

When a maaaaaaaaan loves a woman...

38. TRAIN, TRAIN - BLACKFOOT

My son starting singing "I got a little change in my pocket goin' jing-a ling-a liiIIiing" over this one.

37. RAPPER'S DELIGHT - SUGARHILL GANG

Only on this week's and next week's top 40's. Drops to #95 on 1/19.

35. ROMEO'S TUNE - STEVE FORBERT

Agreed! A personal classic here too.

29. DEJA VU - DIONNE WARWICK

I'm experiencing deja vu hearing it... for the first time in what feels like a million years.

23. WAIT FOR ME - DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES

I know the live version better, because that's what they put on 'Rock And Soul Part 1'. So the studio version sounds foreign to me.

21. NO MORE TEARS - BARBRA STREISAND/DONNA SUMMER

Disco Babs!

11. COOL CHANGE - LITTLE RIVER BAND

Wow haven't heard this in a long long time!

5. DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME - THE CAPTAIN AND TENNILLE



2. ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) - RUPERT HOLMES

Never cared much for this song until one day I actually listened to the lyrics. Now I think it's pretty good.

#60 Inmates "Dirty Water"

"Ohhhhh London you're my home!" ... ??

Will never make the top 40
#47 Suzi Quatro "She's In Love With You" (#41 peak!)
#49 Mistress "Mistrusted Love"
#50 Robert John "Lonely Eyes" (#41 peak!)
#52 Joyce Cobb "Dig The Gold (#42 peak!)
#55 Flying Lizards "Money"
#57 Bar-Kays "Move Your Boogie Body"
#60 Inmates "Dirty Water"
#61 Dann Rogers "Look Like Love Again" (#41 peak!)
#63 Pleasure "Glide"
#68 Peter Brown "Stargazer"
#70 Leif Garrett "Memorize Your Number"
#71 Earth Wind & Fire "Star"
#72 Robert Palmer "Can We Still Be Friends"
#75 Bonnie Raitt "You're Gonna Get What's Coming"
#76 Rod Stewart "I Don't Want To Talk About It"
#78 Dollar "Shooting Star"
#79 Jennifer Warnes "Don't Make Me Over"
#80 Jimmy Buffett "Volcano"
#81 Gamma "I'm Alive"
#83 Molly Hatchet "Flirtin' With Disaster" (#41 peak!)
#85 Bobby Vinton "Make Believe It's Your First Time"
#86 Mike Pinera "Goodnight My Love"
#89 Switch "I Call Your Name"
#90 Cugini "Let Me Sleep Alone"
#92 Lobo "Holdin' On For Dear Love"
#93 Tavares "Bad Times"
#94 Rainbow "Since You Been Gone"
#100 Police "Message In A Bottle"


Songs that were on the top 40 the last week of 1979, but dropped below this week, so we'll never hear them on the VJ 40 (last week's position):
#29 Barry Manilow "Ships"
#33 John Cougar "I Need A Lover"
#37 Anne Murray "Broken Hearted Me"
#39 Richie Furay "I Still Have Dreams"


Songs that made the top 40 earlier than the last week of 1979, so we'll never hear these either (this week's position):
#84 Buggles "Video Killed The Radio Star"
#95 Kermit (Jim Henson) "Rainbow Connection"
#99 Fleetwood Mac "Tusk"


Songs that will fall out of the top 40 next week, so this is the only VJ 40 we'll ever hear them on (next week's position):
#47 Alan Parsons Project "Damned If I Do"
#59 M "Pop Muzik"
#85 Crystal Gale "Half The Way"
#99 Eagles "Heartache Tonight" (...as Nina would say, 'dropping a WHOPPING 65 spots!')
 

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@IdRatherBeSkiing Originally I only really listened to the hook of Escape the first zillion times I heard it, and it sounded like a generic pick-up line song. Eventually I really listened to the verses and thought, even though it's a bit silly for a husband and wife to chuckle when they discover they've responded to each others' personal ad to cheat on one other (in reality it would be a blame-game shit-show), it was actually a fun story to listen to.

@HecticArt Agreed!

It was The Police’s first #1 song in the UK, Ireland and Spain and reached the top 5 in six other countries, but only reached #74 in the US.
 
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His 3rd hit was about people playing phone tag with an answering machine and professing their love but being cutoff. I remember listening to the AT40 countdown and Kasey explaining what an answering machine was. Pretty funny.


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LOL @ everything above re: Holmes.

TIL his actual name is David Goldstein. After browsing a half-dozen bios, none of them explain why the heck he changed his name to Rupert. For me, that's the second worst first name I can think of - with Englebert taking the prize. In fact, he takes the prize for worst first AND last name.

re: Answering Machines, I remember circa 1981 when my step-father building an answering machine from a kit and we recording that first outgoing message. We were the first people we knew to own one. It sat next to our Radio Shack TRS-80 computer (nicknamed 'the Trash-80'), which you used a cassette player to load software from. Took longer to load the game than to beat it. </nostalgia-detour>
 
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Will never make the top 40
#50 Robert John "Lonely Eyes" (#41 peak!)
#55 Flying Lizards "Money"
#80 Jimmy Buffett "Volcano"
#100 Police "Message In A Bottle"
These songs are all very familiar. I realized none of them were top 10 but I would have thought top 40 for all of them.

And was it just me or were there much more than usual number of hits this week on top 100 that would never make top 40?

Also a little quirk of the chart, Escape was the #1 song last week (last week of 1979). It fell to #2 this week but would return next week for 1 more week making it also the 2nd #1 song of 1980. KC was a 1 week wonder and the first #1. A lot of people think Escape was both the last of 1979 and also the first of 1980.
 
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These songs are all very familiar. I realized none of them were top 10 but I would have thought top 40 for all of them.

And was it just me or were there much more than usual number of hits this week on top 100 that would never make top 40?
For me personally, I only know four of the songs listed under 'wont make the top 40' (at least that's how many I recognize by artist/title).

As for why there are so many 'never make its', in the past I haven't always listed every song that didn't make the top 40. I usually just put the ones that at least I recognize the artist. For example, if I see something like "Yolandi and Yodelers", I may just skip over it. On this countdown, I had extra time that day and decided to post all of them, especially since I figured they are all songs from the 70s technically - it being the first week of 1980 - so we may never see those artist names again here in the 80s thread.

However, Billboard's site is clunky and loaded with mistakes (and bad links and missing links and and and...), so there could be some that aren't correct?
 

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40: WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND - LOVERBOY
39: HEART LIKE A WHEEL - THE STEVE MILLER BAND
38: MY GIRL - CHILLIWACK
37: MORE THAN JUST THE TWO OF US - SNEAKER
36: CASTLES IN THE AIR - DON McLAIN
35: LOVE IS ALRIGHT TONIGHT - RICK SPRINGFIELD
34: HERE I AM - AIR SUPPLY
33: EVERY LITTLE THING SHE DOES IS MAGIC - THE POLICE
32: SWEET DREAMS - AIR SUPPLY
31: OH NO - THE COMMODORES
30: TAKE IT EASY ON ME - THE LITTLE RIVER BAND
29: UNDER PRESSURE - QUEEN AND DAVID BOWIE
28: YOU COULD HAVE BEEN WITH ME - SHEENA EASTON
27: OUR LIPS ARE SEALED - THE GO-GO'S
26: SHE'S GOT A WAY - BILLY JOEL
25: STEAL THE NIGHT - STEVIE WOODS
24: COME GO WITH ME - THE BEACH BOYS
23: LEADER OF THE BAND - DAN FOGELBERG
22: I WOULDN'T HAVE MISSED IT FOR THE WORLD - RONNIE MILSAP
21: SHAKE IT UP - THE CARS
20: WAITING ON A FRIEND - THE ROLLING STONES
19: SOMEONE COULD LOSE A HEART TONIGHT - EDDIE RABBITT
18: DON'T STOP BELIEVIN' - JOURNEY
17: TAKE MY HEART - KOOL & THE GANG
16: COOL NIGHT - PAUL DAVIS
15: WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE - DIANA ROSS
14: HOOKED ON CLASSICS - ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
13: THE SWEETEST THING - JUICE NEWTON
12: COMIN' IN AND OUT OF YOUR LIFE - BARBARA STREISAND
11: YESTERDAY'S SONGS - NEIL DIAMOND
10: TROUBLE - LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM
9: TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND - GEORGE BENSON
8: CENTERFOLD - J. GEILS BAND
7: LEATHER AND LACE - STEVIE NICKS AND DON HENLEY
6: HARDEN MY HEART - QUARTERFLASH
5: YOUNG TURKS - ROD STEWART
4: I CAN'T GO FOR THAT - DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES
3: LET'S GROOVE - EARTH, WIND & FIRE
2: WAITING FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU - FOREIGNER
1: PHYSICAL - OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN
 

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Good 11
Okay 9
Bad 20

Last year I put:
Good 12
Ok 5
Bad 23

Hard evidence that the more I listen to these songs, the more I can tolerate them.

I've already commented on most of these songs:

Once

Twice

Three tiiiimes a lady

So instead, here are some comments on songs from the newly expanded "won't make it" list:

#46 Billy Squier "My Kinda Lover"
#55 Bob Seger "Feel Like A Number (Live)"


Woulda thought these would make the top 40.

#48 Greg Lake "Let Me Love You Once"

Horrible. But I love "I Believe In Father Xmas" and played it a lot last month, like I do every year. There are a some great covers out there of it by Vertical Horizon and Joe Merrick. The U2 cover is okay.

#59 Balance "Falling In Love"

Barf! The polar opposite of "Breaking Away".

#65 Steve Carlisle "WKRP In Cincinnati"

Guilty pleasure. Never really watched the show though.

#69 Rush "Closer To The Heart"

I like the live version on A Show Of Hands better than the original.

#73 John Hall Band "Crazy (Keep On Falling)"

Is John Hall an alias of Eric Clapton's?

#74 Kiss "A World Without Heroes"



#83 Teddy Pendergrass "You're My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration"

Who did the pose first? Thriller-era Jacko or Teddy?



Songs that won't reach the top 40
#46 Billy Squier "My Kinda Lover"
#48 Greg Lake "Let Me Love You Once"
#50 Al Jarreau "Breakin' Away"
#54 Jennifer Warnes "Could It Be Love"
#55 Bob Seger "Feel Like A Number (Live)"
#58 Henry Paul Band "Keeping Our Love Alive"
#59 Balance "Falling In Love"
#64 Carpenters "Those Good Old Dreams"
#65 Steve Carlisle "WKRP In Cincinnati"
#69 Rush "Closer To The Heart"
#71 Patti Auston "Every Home Should Have One"
#72 Neil Young "Southern Pacific"
#73 John Hall Band "Crazy (Keep On Falling)"
#74 Kiss "A World Without Heroes"
#75 Bill Champlin "Tonight Tonight"
#78 BeeGees "Living Eyes"
#79 Irene Cara "Anyone Can See"
#81 Peabo Bryson "Let The Feeling Flow"
#83 Teddy Pendergrass "You're My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration"
#84 Leif Garrett "Runaway Rita"
#88 Dave Stewart "It's My Party"
#89 Kano "Can't Hold Back (Your Loving)"
#91 Crystal Gayle "The Woman In Me"
#92 Kinks "Better Things"
#97 Kenny Rogers "Blazy Of Glory"
 

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40. JACOB’S LADDER – HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS
39. THE NEXT TIME I FALL – PETER CETERA WITH AMY GRANT
38. FOR TONIGHT – NANCY MARTINEZ
37. STAY THE NIGHT – BENJAMIN ORR
36. THE FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT, I GOTTA WEAR SHADES – TIMBUK 3
35. TO BE A LOVER – BILLY IDOL
34. TALK TO ME – CHICO DEBARGE
33. NOBODY’S FOOL - CINDERELLA
32. YOU GOT IT ALL – THE JETS
31. STOP TO LOVE – LUTHER VANDROSS
30. TWO PEOPLE – TINA TURNER
29. LOVE YOU DOWN – READY FOR THE WORLD
28. THIS IS THE TIME – BILLY JOEL
27. BALLERINA GIRL – LIONEL RICHIE
26. WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME – CHICAGO
25. FALLING IN LOVE (UH-OH) – MIAMI SOUND MACHINE
24. DON’T GET ME WRONG – THE PRETENDERS
23. WE’RE READY - BOSTON
22. LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER – BON JOVI
21. COMING AROUND AGAIN – CARLY SIMON
20. KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF – THE GEORGIA SATELLITES
19. ALL I WANTED - KANSAS
18. STAND BY ME – BEN E. KING
17. LOVE IS FOREVER – BILLY OCEAN
16. TOUCH ME (I WANT YOUR BODY) – SAMANTHA FOX
15. THE WAY IT IS - BRUCE HORNSBY & THE RANGE
14. WAR – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND
13. CHANGE OF HEART – CYNDI LAUPER
12. SOMEDAY – GLASS TIGER
11. VICTORY – KOOL & THE GANG
10. EVERYBODY HAVE FUN TONIGHT – WANG CHUNG
9. IS THIS LOVE - SURVIVOR
8. LAND OF CONFUSION - GENESIS
7. OPEN YOUR HEART - MADONNA
6. CONTROL – JANET JACKSON
5. AT THIS MOMENT – BILLY VERA & THE BEATERS
4. WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN – THE BANGLES
3. NOTORIOUS – DURAN DURAN
2. C’EST LA VIE – ROBBIE NEVIL
1. SHAKE YOU DOWN – GREGORY ABBOTT