80s0n8 Big 40 Countdown Schedule

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40. WELCOME TO HEARTLIGHT - KENNY LOGGINS
39. I DON'T CARE ANYMORE - PHIL COLLINS
38. IT MIGHT BE YOU - STEPHEN BISHOP
37. YOU AND I - EDDIE RABBITT AND CRYSTAL GAYLE
36. WHIRLY GIRL - OXO
35. ALLENTOWN - BILLY JOEL
34. I LIKE IT - DEBARGE
33. SOLITAIRE - LAURA BRANIGAN
32. DOWN UNDER - MEN AT WORK
31. BABY, COME TO ME - PATTI AUSTIN & JAMES INGRAM
30. LIES - THE THOMPSON TWINS
29. MAKE LOVE STAY - DAN FOGELBERG
28. I WON'T HOLD YOU BACK – TOTO
27. EVEN NOW - BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND
26. SHE BLINDED ME WITH SCIENCE - THOMAS DOLBY
25. POISON ARROW - ABC
24. LITTLE RED CORVETTE - PRINCE
23. BREAKING US IN TWO - JOE JACKSON
22. STRAY CAT STRUT - THE STRAY CATS
21. CHANGE OF HEART - TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
20. LITTLE TOO LATE - PAT BENATAR
19. ALL RIGHT - CHRISTOPHER CROSS
18. I'VE GOT A ROCK 'N' ROLL HEART - ERIC CLAPTON
17. FALL IN LOVE WITH ME - EARTH, WIND & FIRE
16. SHAME ON THE MOON - BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND
15. DER KOMMISSAR - AFTER THE FIRE
14. BEAT IT - MICHAEL JACKSON
13. I KNOW THERE'S SOMETHING GOING ON - FRIDA
12. JEOPARDY - THE GREG KINH BAND
11. COME ON EILEEN - DEXY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS
10. TWILIGHT ZONE - GOLDEN EARRING
9. ONE ON ONE - DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES
8. SEPARATE WAYS - JOURNEY
7. MR. ROBOTO - STYX
6. WE'VE GOT TONIGHT - KENNY ROGERS AND SHEENA EASTON
5. BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG - THE PRETENDERS
4. YOU ARE - LIONEL RICHIE
3. HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF - DURAN DURAN
2. DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HURT ME - CULTURE CLUB
1. BILLIE JEAN - MICHAEL JACKSON
 

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38. IT MIGHT BE YOU - STEPHEN BISHOP

Guilty pleasure (not a big one, once or twice a decade is fine).

34. I LIKE IT - DEBARGE



15. DER KOMMISSAR - AFTER THE FIRE

I did the band bio on genius.com on these guys a little while ago. Interesting fact: this song became a huge hit almost immediately after the band called it quits. Record company tried to get them back together to capitalize on its success but they said 'no way'.

#64 System "You Are in My System"

Covered by Robert Palmer later that year. He only took it to #78, which really surprises me. Thought it was much bigger than that.

#74 Patti Austin "Every Home Should Have One"

Released 1981. Charted in 1982. Charted again in 1983?

Won't reach the top 40
#42 Felony "The Fanatic"
#47 Mac McAnally "Minimum Love"
#49 Psychedelic Furs "Love My Way"
#50 Clash "Should I Stay Or Should I Go"
#51 Gap Band "Outstanding"
#52 John Anderson "Swingin'"
#60 Melissa Manchester "Nice Girls"
#61 Robert Hazard "Escalator Of Life"
#62 Berlin "Sex (I'm A)"
#64 System "You Are in My System"
#65 Sammy Hagar "Never Give Up"
#66 Adam Ant "Desperate But Not Serious"
#67 Yaz "Only You"
#68 Pointer Sisters "If You Wanna Get Back Your Lady"
#70 Missing Persons "Walking in LA"
#71 Wall Of Voodoo "Mexican Radio"
#72 Oak Ridge Boys "American Made"
#73 Robbie Patton "Smiling Islands"
#74 Patti Austin "Every Home Should Have One"
#75 Lou Rawls "Wind Beneath My Wings"
#76 Jeffrey Osborne "Eenie Meenie"
#80 Tony Carey "I Won't Be Home Tonight"
#85 Modern English "I Melt With You"
#86 Ric Ocasek "Something To Grab For"
#87 Scandal "Love's Got A Line On You"
#88 Heaven 17 "Let Me Go"
#89 Saga "Wind Him Up"
#90 U2 "New Year's Day"
#91 Le Roux "Carrie's Gone"
#94 Weather Girls "It's Raining Men"
#96 Janet Jackson "Come Give Your Love to Me"
#99 J Geils Band "Land of a Thousand Dances"
 

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#50 Clash "Should I Stay Or Should I Go"
#71 Wall Of Voodoo "Mexican Radio"
#89 Saga "Wind Him Up"
#90 U2 "New Year's Day"
These surprise me.

Won't reach the top 40
#94 Weather Girls "It's Raining Men"
We had a discussion about this one before. I think they must have done a 1983 countdown with this in the bottom 60 before.
 
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50 Clash "Should I Stay Or Should I Go"
Surprised.
#62 Berlin "Sex (I'm A)"
I always liked this tune.
#70 Missing Persons "Walking in LA"
Shocked.
#71 Wall Of Voodoo "Mexican Radio"
Surprised.
#85 Modern English "I Melt With You"
Really shocked.
#88 Heaven 17 "Let Me Go"
Thought it would have made to top 40.
#90 U2 "New Year's Day"
Really surprised.
 
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I Melt With You reached #78 in May 1983. A new version of the song got to #76 in August 1990. It -- or should I say "they" -- is one of several songs that were not big hits but get played two or three times a day on classic-hits stations.

See also: At Last, Moondance, 409, If IFell, I'm Happy Just To Dance With You, David Bowie's Changes and the Isley Brothers' Shout.
 

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A couple more thoughs about the 1983 countdown.

I think I heard the original AT40 from this week from when XM carried the AT40. The reason I remember is I remember Kasey saying that all the top 11 songs did not change positions. Marc Goodman made a simular comment about the top 10 (but I confirmed with Billboard that Dexy's Midnight Runners (guilty pleasure) @ #11 also did not move).

Also Alan's comment about MJ's Billie Jean not really putting MTV on the map was way off. That video made MTV what it was to become. The only reason we are listening to them now on SXM is because of that video.
 

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40. ME WITHOUT YOU - ANDY GIBB
39. MR. SANDMAN - EMMYLOU HARRIS
38. WATCHING THE WHEELS - JOHN LENNON
37. THE PARTY'S OVER - JOURNEY
36. TURN ME LOOSE - LOVERBOY
35. I MISSED AGAIN - PHIL COLLINS
34. SUKIYAKI - A TASTE OF HONEY
33. BETTE DAVIS EYES - KIM CARNES
32. I LOVE YOU - CLIMAX BLUES BAND
31. HOW 'BOUT US - CHAMPAIGN
30. CELEBRATION - KOOL & THE GANG
29. IT'S A LOVE THING - THE WHISPERS
28. YOU BETTER YOU BET - THE WHO
27. SWEETHEART - FRANKE & THE KNOCKOUTS
26. TOO MUCH TIME ON MY HANDS - STYX
25. TIME OUT OF MIND - STEELY DAN
24. TAKE IT ON THE RUN - REO SPEEDWAGON
23. AIN'T EVEN DONE WITH THE NIGHT - JOHN COUGAR
22. JUST BETWEEN YOU AND ME - APRIL WINE
21. LIVING INSIDE MYSELF - GINO VANELLI
20. THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL - ABBA
19. DON'T STOP THE MUSIC - YARBROUGH & PEOPLES
18. WHAT KIND OF FOOL - BARBRA STREISAND & BARRY GIBB
17. SOMEBODY'S KNOCKIN' - TERRI GIBBS
16. NINE TO FIVE - DOLLY PARTON
15. HER TOWN TOO - JAMES TAYLOR & J.D. SOUTHER
14. BEING WITH YOU - SMOKEY ROBINSON
13. HELLO AGAIN - NEIL DIAMOND
12. ANGEL OF THE MORNING - JUICE NEWTON
11. I CAN'T STAND IT - ERIC CLAPTON
10. DON'T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME - THE POLICE
9. KEEP ON LOVING YOU - REO SPEEDWAGON
8. WHILE YOU SEE A CHANCE - STEVE WINWOOD
7. CRYING - DON MCLEAN
6. MORNING TRAIN - SHEENA EASTON
5. JUST THE TWO OF US - GROVER WASHINGTON, JR & BILL WITHERS
4. WOMAN - JOHN LENNON
3. THE BEST OF TIMES - STYX
2. RAPTURE - BLONDIE
1. KISS ON MY LIST - HALL & OATES
 

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Bad 24

Three years ago, talking about the following week in 1981, I said these songs are unbearably bad:

37. MISTER SANDMAN - EMMYLOU HARRIS
34. THE PARTY'S OVER - JOURNEY
30. SUKIYAKI - A TASTE OF HONEY
23. SWEETHEART - FRANKE & THE KNOCKOUTS
21. JUST BETWEEN YOU AND ME - APRIL WINE
20. AIN'T EVEN DONE WITH THE NIGHT - JOHN COUGAR
15. CRYING - DON MCLEAN
13. SOMEBODY'S KNOCKIN' - TERRI GIBBS
12. HER TOWN TOO - JAMES TAYLOR & J.D. SOUTHER
9. THE BEST OF TIMES - STYX
6. RAPTURE - BLONDIE


My opinion stands. Emmylou gets the Beavis pic.

I'd like to add these to the above list:

40. ME WITHOUT YOU - ANDY GIBB
18. WHAT KIND OF FOOL - BARBRA STREISAND & BARRY GIBB


#64 Yoko Ono "Walking On This Ice"

Disko Yoko. Not her worst, but still pretty bad.

#84 Gap Band "Burn Rubber on Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)"

Sounds just like "Dropped A Bomb", minus the repeating descending whistle sound effect.

#88 Bill Medley "Don't Know Much"

Later a big hit by Rondstadt/Neville. This version of course lacks Neville's wacky vibrato-falsetto, but it still sucks.

#89 Leon Redbone "Seduced"

WTF? Like, really - WTF?

#96 TS Monk "Bon Bon Vie"

So THIS is where the intro to "Warm It Up Kris" came from.

#97 Heart "Unchained Melody"

Great voice at first, but no. Please please stop screaming at the end. Frankly, I'm embarrassed FOR HER in a few spots.

Won't make the top 40
#45 Barry Manilow "Lonely Together"
#55 Rush "Limelight"
#56 Phoebe Snow "Games"
#57 Fools "Running Scared"
#59 Melissa Manchester/Peabo Bryson "Lovers After All"
#62 Tierra "Memories"
#64 Yoko Ono "Walking On This Ice"
#65 Hawks "Right Away"
#68 Michael Stanley Band "Lover"
#69 Lenny LeBlanc "Somebody Send My Baby Home"
#70 Delbert McClinton "Shotgun Rider"
#72 Dolly Parton "But You Know I Love You"
#75 Sherbs "I Have The Skill"
#77 Garland Jeffreys "96 Tears"
#78 Abba "Super Trouper"
#79 Rod Stewart "Somebody Special"
#80 Shot In The Dark "Playing With Lightning"
#83 Dr Hook "That Didn't Hurt Too Bad"
#84 Gap Band "Burn Rubber on Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)"
#85 Diana Ross "One More Chance"
#86 Stevie Wonder "Lately"
#88 Bill Medley "Don't Know Much"
#89 Leon Redbone "Seduced"
#90 Sister Sledge "All American Girls"
#92 Badfinger "Hold On"
#93 Dan Hartman "Heaven In Your Arms"
#95 Jimmy Buffett "It's My Job"
#96 TS Monk "Bon Bon Vie"
#97 Heart "Unchained Melody"
 

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34. THE PARTY'S OVER - JOURNEY
My first "Live" album was "Captured"

This song was at the end of the album. I thought it was a great album and rocked out to it. I didn't think this song was that bad back in 1982.

Years later I bought the album on CD. When I listened to it (1990 or so), I heard just how bad the quality of the recording was. Just horrible.

I realized "The Party's Over" was really a bad song. Like something they recorded just to throw on the album to fill the last side of the album.
 
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Three years ago, talking about the following week in 1981, I said these songs are unbearably bad:

23. SWEETHEART - FRANKE & THE KNOCKOUTS
21. JUST BETWEEN YOU AND ME - APRIL WINE
20. AIN'T EVEN DONE WITH THE NIGHT - JOHN COUGAR
15. CRYING - DON MCLEAN
12. HER TOWN TOO - JAMES TAYLOR & J.D. SOUTHER
9. THE BEST OF TIMES - STYX
6. RAPTURE - BLONDIE [/I]
I kinda like these.

I agree that was not a good song by Journey.
 
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Three years ago, talking about the following week in 1981, I said these songs are unbearably bad:


My opinion stands. Emmylou gets the Beavis pic.
I disagree with you on these. A couple of the others are just not good but certainly bearable particularly comparing to a 1988 or 1989 countdown.

21. JUST BETWEEN YOU AND ME - APRIL WINE
20. AIN'T EVEN DONE WITH THE NIGHT - JOHN COUGAR
13. SOMEBODY'S KNOCKIN' - TERRI GIBBS
12. HER TOWN TOO - JAMES TAYLOR & J.D. SOUTHER
9. THE BEST OF TIMES - STYX
6. RAPTURE - BLONDIE



Won't make the top 40
#55 Rush "Limelight"
#78 Abba "Super Trouper"
These were pretty good songs.
 
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I didn't think this song was that bad back in 1982...When I listened to it (1990 or so)...I realized "The Party's Over" was really a bad song.
I have a bunch of those songs too. For example, I loved REO back in '81. Now I absolutely can't stand them.

I kinda like these.
I disagree with you on these. These were pretty good songs.
23. SWEETHEART - FRANKE & THE KNOCKOUTS
21. JUST BETWEEN YOU AND ME - APRIL WINE
20. AIN'T EVEN DONE WITH THE NIGHT - JOHN COUGAR
13. SOMEBODY'S KNOCKIN' - TERRI GIBBS

I think if I'd heard these regularly back in the day, I could have potentially liked them back then? Maybe they would've grown on me. But hearing them for the first time in the 2000s? To quote Daryl Hall ... no can do.

15. CRYING - DON MCLEAN
12. HER TOWN TOO - JAMES TAYLOR & J.D. SOUTHER
9. THE BEST OF TIMES - STYX

6. RAPTURE - BLONDIE

I don't think I could like these no matter what the circumstance.

I will admit I occasionally listen to "Rapture" once in a blue moon, but only in the same way a person can't turn away from a train wreck. Whenever I hear her 'rapping' about the man from Mars eating cars bars and guitars I want to die of SARS.
 

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6. RAPTURE - BLONDIE

I will admit I occasionally listen to "Rapture" once in a blue moon, but only in the same way a person can't turn away from a train wreck. Whenever I hear her 'rapping' about the man from Mars eating cars bars and guitars I want to die of SARS.
It made for a good mashup, tho