80s0n8 Big 40 Countdown Schedule

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40: WALKING ON SUNSHINE - KATRINA AND THE WAVES
39: CELEBRATE YOUTH - RICK SPRINGFIELD
38: ONE LONELY NIGHT - REO SPEEDWAGON
37: THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER - HOWARD JONES
36: THE BIRD - THE TIME
35: JUST A GIGOLO/I AIN'T GOT NOBODY - DAVID LEE ROTH
34: FRESH - KOOL & THE GANG
33: VOX HUMANA - KENNY LOGGINS
32: TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES - JULIAN LENNON
31: HIGH ON YOU - SURVIVOR
30: AXEL F - HAROLD FALTERMEYER
29: SUDDENLY - BILLY OCEAN
28: RADIOACTIVE - THE FIRM
27: FOREVER MAN - ERIC CLAPTON
26: EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD - TEARS FOR FEARS
25: JUST ANOTHER NIGHT - MICK JAGGER
24: NEW ATTITUDE - PATTI LABELLE
23: CAN'T FIGHT THIS FEELING - REO SPEEDWAGON
22: ROCK AND ROLL GIRLS - JOHN FOGERTY
21: SOME THINGS ARE BETTER LEFT UNSAID - DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES
20: DON'T COME AROUND HERE NO MORE - TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
19: EVERYTHING SHE WANTS - WHAM
18: SOMEBODY - BRYAN ADAMS
17: THAT WAS YESTERDAY - FOREIGNER
16: SMOOTH OPERATOR - SADE
15: LOVERGIRL - TEENA MARIE
14: ALONG COMES A WOMAN - CHICAGO
13: MATERIAL GIRL - MADONNA
12: SOME LIKE IT HOT - THE POWER STATION
11: ALL SHE WANTS TO DO IS DANCE - DON HENLEY
10: MISSING YOU - DIANA ROSS
9: ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK - MURRAY HEAD
8: DON'T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) - SIMPLE MINDS
7: OBSESSION - ANIMOTION
6: I'M ON FIRE - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
5: RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT - DEBARGE
4: ONE MORE NIGHT - PHIL COLLINS
3: NIGHTSHIFT - COMMODORES
2: CRAZY FOR YOU - MADONNA
1: WE ARE THE WORLD - USA FOR AFRICA

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Just A Gigolo is an English-language version of the 1924 Austrian song Schöner Gigolo, Armer Gigolo ("Nicer Gigolo, Poor Gigolo"). Between 1943 and 1949, 1180 songs were released on V-Discs for members of the United States Army and Navy. V-Discs were 12-inch, 78-rpm phonograph records and more than eight million were pressed. In 1945, Louis Prima recorded a medley of Just A Gigolo and I Ain't Got Nobody for a V-Disc. He re-recorded the medley in 1956 and it became his signature song. Or should that be "songs"? Here is where the David Lee Roth hit had its origin:

 

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Late posting because crazy weekend/crazy life lately. Next week will be the same.

40: WALKING ON SUNSHINE - KATRINA AND THE WAVES

First time I've heard this song in two decades and didn't think "I am so sick of this song". Hopefully I can stay away from it long enough to have the same reaction next time...

36: THE BIRD - THE TIME

The line "Yes, hold on now, this dance ain't for everybody, just the sexy people" was later borrowed for Salt N Pepa's breakout hit "Push It".

35: JUST A GIGOLO/I AIN'T GOT NOBODY - DAVID LEE ROTH

Each time I hear it, I like it even less. But that video was great back in the day. Totally covered up the fact that the song sucks.

29: SUDDENLY - BILLY OCEAN



27: FOREVER MAN - ERIC CLAPTON

Sometimes it sounds like the backup singers are saying "four-letter man". Yeah, f#$% him!

22: ROCK AND ROLL GIRLS - JOHN FOGERTY

Life is just a roh-DEE-oh. Ga-hyulk.

Yeah I'm goofing on it, but I do like the song.

7: OBSESSION - ANIMOTION

I wrote the band bio for Animotion on Genius.com. Interesting story about how they were assigned a new A&R guy who told them he didn't even like the band, then he forced them to get rid of two members , then insisted they only use outside songwriters - making a third member quit.

Animotion Lyrics, Songs, and Albums | Genius

#56 Frankie Goes To Hollywood "Welcome To The Pleasure Dome"

The full album version of this song is amazing. A thirteen minute epic masterpiece, probably largely thanks to the involvement of Trevor Horn and Steve Howe (both of Yes).

Won't make the top 40
#43 Go West "We Close Our Eyes"
#47 Pointer Sisters "Baby Come and Get It"
#55 Rick James "Can't Stop"
#56 Frankie Goes To Hollywood "Welcome To The Pleasure Dome"
#57 Giuffria "Lonely in Love"
#59 Philip Bailey "Walking On The Chinese Wall"
#62 Shannon "Do You Wanna Get Away"
#63 Jesse Johnson "Be Your Man"
#68 Santana "Say It Again"
#69 Jermaine Stewart "The Word Is Out" (a #41 peak!)
#72 Jules Shear "Steady"
#73 Kurtis Blow "Basketball"
#74 John Parr "Magical"
#78 John Waite "Change"
#81 Sheena Easton "Swear"
#84 Paul Hardcastle "Rain Forest"
#85 Fiona "Talk To Me"
#87 Scandal "Beat Of A Heart"
#88 Bon Jovi "Only Lonely"
#91 Dave Edmunds "High School Nights"
#92 Robin George "Heartline"
#93 Eric Carmen "I'm Through with Love"
#94 Los Lobos "Will The Wolf Survive"
#97 Alan Parsons Project "Let's Talk About Me"
#100 Maze "Back In Stride"
 

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40. TOMORROW DOESN'T MATTER TONIGHT - STARSHIP
39. FOR AMERICA - JACKSON BROWNE
38. FEEL IT AGAIN - HONEYMOON SUITE
37. STICK AROUND - JULIAN LENNON
36. THESE DREAMS - HEART
35. OVERJOYED - STEVIE WONDER
34. BE GOOD TO YOURSELF - JOURNEY
33. MOVE AWAY - CULTURE CLUB
32. NEVER AS GOOD AS THE FIRST TIME - SADE
31. ROUGH BOY - ZZ TOP
30. SECRET LOVERS - ATLANTIC STARR
29. I CAN'T WAIT - STEVIE NICKS
28. IS IT LOVE - MR. MISTER
27. R.O.C.K. IN THE U.S.A. - JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP
26. SATURDAY LOVE - CHERELLE WITH ALEXANDER O'NEAL
25. ALL I NEED IS A MIRACLE - MIKE & THE MECHANICS
24. LIVE TO TELL - MADONNA
23. I DO WHAT I DO - JOHN TAYLOR
22. I CAN'T WAIT - NU SHOOZ
21. ON MY OWN - PATTI LABELLE & MICHAEL MCDONALD
20. SOMETHING ABOUT YOU - LEVEL 42
19. SO FAR AWAY - DIRE STRAITS
18. IF YOU LEAVE - ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK
17. TENDER LOVE - FORCE MD'S
16. I THINK IT'S LOVE - JERMAINE JACKSON
15. LET'S GO ALL THE WAY - SLY FOX
14. AMERICAN STORM - BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND
13. BAD BOY - MIAMI SOUND MACHINE
12. GREATEST LOVE OF ALL - WHITNEY HOUSTON
11. WHAT YOU NEED - INXS
10. TAKE ME HOME - PHIL COLLINS
9. YOUR LOVE - THE OUTFIELD
8. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY - JANET JACKSON
7. ROCK ME AMADEUS - FALCO
6. HARLEM SHUFFLE - THE ROLLING STONES
5. WHY CAN'T THIS BE LOVE - VAN HALEN
4. MANIC MONDAY - THE BANGLES
3. WEST END GIRLS - PET SHOP BOYS
2. ADDICTED TO LOVE - ROBERT PALMER
1. KISS - PRINCE & THE REVOLUTION
 

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38. FEEL IT AGAIN - HONEYMOON SUITE

It don't even come close to the coolness of "New Girl Now".

17. TENDER LOVE - FORCE MD'S



1. KISS - PRINCE & THE REVOLUTION

@semipenguin I remember it being big over the entire summer of '86, but not in April.

#49 Wax "Right Between The Eyes"

These two dudes look like the singer from the Outfield, and Michael McDonald. Not a good look.

#80 Bourgeois Tagg "Mutual Surrender (What A Wonderful World)"

No relation to Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World". Kinda cool sounding. Maybe like Michael Hutchence fronting Arcadia?

#82 Platinum Blonde "Somebody, Somewhere"

They had a good producer. Made 'em sound just like the rest of the mediocre mid-80s sappy new wave acts (Cutting Crew, OMD, Dream Academy)

#95 EG Daily "Say It, Say It"

I know I've heard the guy in this video's voice somewhere else, but I just can't place it.


Won't make it to the top 40
#46 Starpoint "Restless"
#49 Wax "Right Between The Eyes"
#54 Dennis DeYoung "Call Me"
#55 Little Richard "Great Gosh A Mighty"
#60 David Bowie "Absolute Beginners"
#63 Psychedelic Furs "Pretty In Pink"
#68 Ozzy Osbourne "Shot In The Dark"
#69 Voices Of America "Hands Across America"
#71 Vanity "Under The Influence"
#73 Katrina And The Waves "Is That It?"
#74 Jimmy Barnes "Working Class Man"
#76 Fine Young Cannibals "Johnny Come Home"
#78 Bonnie Tyler "If You Were A Woman (And I Was A Man)"
#79 Dan Seals "Bop"
#80 Bourgeois Tagg "Mutual Surrender (What A Wonderful World)"
#82 Platinum Blonde "Somebody, Somewhere"
#86 Atlantic Starr "If Your Heart Isn't In It"
#87 Baltimora "Living In The Background"
#89 Jimmy Harnen w/ Synch "Where Are You Now?" (later a top 10 in 1989)
#91 Dionne Warwick "Whisper In The Dark"
#92 Talking Heads "Once In A Lifetime (Live)"
#93 Meli'sa Morgan "Do Me Baby"
#94 Graham Nash "Innocent Eyes"
#95 EG Daily "Say It, Say It"
#96 Loverboy "Lead A Double Life"
#97 Jennifer Rush "The Power Of Love"
#100 Greg Kihn "Love And Rock And Roll"
 

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Won't make it to the top 40
#63 Psychedelic Furs "Pretty In Pink"
#82 Platinum Blonde "Somebody, Somewhere"

Surprised at these. Not top 10 but thought they would make the 40. The 2nd probably did better in Canada.


Won't make it to the top 40
#87 Baltimora "Living In The Background"

I guess if it never made the top 40 it is not a second hit for the 1 hit wonder?


Won't make it to the top 40
#92 Talking Heads "Once In A Lifetime (Live)"
Assume the non-live one did better?
 
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I'm surprised about "Pretty In Pink" too. #41 seems kinda low. I'd have thought maybe #30-ish? As for Platinum Blonde, I hadn't heard them before today.

By most definitions, Baltimora's a one-hit wonder. And I'd agree. However, if that second non-top-40 hit had staying power, like Romantics "What I Like About You" for example, I'd then say they weren't a one-hit wonder. In an article last year, Forbes Magazine said, "Breaking into the Top 40 is typically regarded as the threshold for when a song has become a 'hit,'..." But........

The original release of "Once In A Lifetime" did not make the Hot 100 in 1981. Strange to think it's more than 60 spots away from being "a hit".
 

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40. STARTING OVER AGAIN - DOLLY PARTON
39. LET'S GET SERIOUS - JERMAINE JACKSON
38. WONDERING WHERE THE LIONS ARE - BRUCE COCKBURN
37. LET ME BE THE CLOCK - SMOKEY ROBINSON
36. CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE - QUEEN
35. THE SEDUCTION - JAMES LAST BAND
34. TRAIN IN VAIN - THE CLASH
33. STEAL AWAY - ROBBIE DUPREE
32. FIRE IN THE MORNING - MELISSA MANCHESTER
31. AND THE BEAT GOES ON - THE WHISPERS
30. OFF THE WALL - MICHAEL JACKSON
29. THE ROSE - BETTE MIDLER
28. I PLEDGE MY LOVE - PEACHES & HERB
27. HEART HOTELS - DAN FOGELBERG
26. DO RIGHT - PAUL DAVIS
25. TOO HOT - KOOL & THE GANG
24. FUNKY TOWN - LIPPS INC
23. ANY WAY YOU WANT IT - JOURNEY
22. BRASS IN POCKET - THE PRETENDERS
21. STOMP - THE BROTHERS JOHNSON
20. THINK ABOUT ME - FLEETWOOD MAC
19. BREAKDOWN DEAD AHEAD - BOZ SCAGGS
18. CARS - GARY NUMAN
17. I CAN'T HELP IT - ANDY GIBB & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN
16. WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU / FORGIVE ME, GIRL - THE SPINNERS
15. HURT SO BAD - LINDA RONSTADT
14. BIGGEST PART OF ME - AMBROSIA
13. PILOT OF THE AIRWAVES - CHARLIE DORE
12. SPECIAL LADY - RAY, GOODMAN, & BROWN
11. DON'T FALL IN LOVE WITH A DREAMER - KENNY ROGERS / KIM CARNES
10. HOLD ON TO MY LOVE - JIMMY RUFFIN
9. SEXY EYES - DR. HOOK
8. I CAN'T TELL YOU WHY - EAGLES
7. YOU MAY BE RIGHT - BILLY JOEL
6. FIRE LAKE - BOB SEGER
5. ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL - PINK FLOYD
4. WITH YOU I'M BORN AGAIN - BILLY PRESTON & SYREETA
3. LOST IN LOVE - AIR SUPPLY
2. RIDE LIKE THE WIND - CHRISTOPHER CROSS
1. CALL ME - BLONDIE
 

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37. LET ME BE THE CLOCK - SMOKEY ROBINSON

"Hickory Dickory Dock, let me be your clock
Let me be the pendulum striking your chime"

Barfola...

24. FUNKY TOWN - LIPPS INC

#1 in 28 countries?! Wow! Biggest one hit wonder of all time?

22. BRASS IN POCKET - THE PRETENDERS

Interesting that Chrissie Hynde didn't want to release the song but the producer had to insist. It became their first and only UK chart topper, and first US top 20.

4. WITH YOU I'M BORN AGAIN - BILLY PRESTON & SYREETA



#43 Mac Davis "It's Hard To Be Humble"

Wow. The country version of "Shaddup You Face". Half of me wants to laugh along. The other half is rolling its eyes.

#67 Fools "It's A Night For Beautiful Girls"

Love the story of how this band got started. This is from the bio on genius.com that I wrote for their song "Psycho Chicken" (the above song is mentioned in it):

What began with a friend of frontman Mike Girard clucking like a chicken over the Talking Heads song “Psycho Killer” at a bar soon became a four-track basement recording that was being broadcast all over New England radio in 1979.

EMI Records signed the group after the regional success of both “Psycho Chicken” and the band’s next single “It’s A Night For Beautiful Girls” and immediately put them on tour with The Knack.

The song found national success on the Dr Demento show, reaching #1 there in June and finishing the year as Demento’s #6 song of 1980. It also reached #6 in Austria that year.

Reportedly, the Talking Heads could no longer play “Psycho Killer” in concert around this time because audience members began to cluck like chickens during the song’s chorus.


#72 Spyro Gyra "Catching The Sun"

Spyro G... paving the way for Kenny G.

Won't make the top 40
#43 Mac Davis "It's Hard To Be Humble"
#46 Anne Murray "Lucky Me"
#49 Jennifer Warnes "When The Feeling Comes Around"
#50 Red Rider "White Hot"
#52 Peter McIan "Solitaire"
#60 Leon Hayward "Don't Push It Don't Force It"
#62 Knack "Can't Put A Price On Love"
#67 Fools "It's A Night For Beautiful Girls"
#68 B-52s "Rock Lobster"
#69 Bobby Caldwell "Coming Down From Love" (a #42 peak!)
#70 Survivor "Somewhere In America"
#71 Tom Petty "Here Comes My Girl"
#72 Spyro Gyra "Catching The Sun"
#73 Korona "Let Me Be"
#75 Humble Pie "Fool For A Pretty Face"
#78 Lou Rawls "You're My Blessing"
#79 Marshall Tucker Band "It Takes Time"
#80 Leif Garrett "I Was Looking For Someone To Love"
#84 Little River Band "It's Not A Wonder"
#85 Off Broadway USA "Stay In Time"
#87 Babys "Midnight Rendezvous"
#88 Eddie Rabbitt "Gone Too Far"
#89 Ray Kennedy "Just For The Moment"
#90 Shooting Star "You've Got What I Need"
#92 Neil Diamond "The Good Lord Loves You"
#93 Dionne Warwick "After You"
#96 Ironhorse "What's Your Hurry Darlin'"
#98 Cretones "Real Love"
#100 Styx "Borrowed Time"
 

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Ray Kennedy – not to be confused with the same-named 1990s country singer – co-wrote the Babys' Isn't It Time and Every Time I Think Of You and wrote most of the lyrics of the Beach Boys' Sail On, Sailor. (Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks wrote the music.) Kennedy also wrote the music that accompanied Mick Fleetwood's poem These Strange Times on Fleetwood Mac's 1995 album Time.

In 2013, Kennedy wrote, produced and directed the pilot episode of a music-based talk show called Raymond Louis Kennedy Presents, which featured James Denton, Mick Fleetwood, Dave Mason, Macy Gray and other artists. In 2014, while the pilot was being shopped to different television networks, Kennedy died suddenly at 67. Eek! Here is These Strange Times:

 
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Ray Kennedy's Just For The Moment was #89. Did you not read sadchild's post? Kennedy released two solo albums, two albums as leader of Group Therapy and two albums as a member of KGB (which also included former Blind Faith bassist Ric Grech and former Vanilla Fudge drummer Carmine Appice). Anyone can write about the big songs and artists. I like to write about about lesser-known songs and artists. You're welcome.
 

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4. WITH YOU I'M BORN AGAIN - BILLY PRESTON & SYREETA

I said something derogatory about this when it came on. I was informed it was a great song by my wife.


#43 Mac Davis "It's Hard To Be Humble"


Cool song. I remember this one.

Won't make the top 40
#50 Red Rider "White Hot"
#68 B-52s "Rock Lobster"
#71 Tom Petty "Here Comes My Girl"
These 3 are good songs which I would have thought would do better. The first 2 got lots of airplay in Saskatchewan. Of course Red Rider is Canadian. Interestingly their bigger US hit Lunatic Fringe did not as well in Canada (or at least Saskatchewan) as other songs such as White Hot.
 
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