80s0n8 Big 40 Countdown Schedule

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23. Poison – Every Rose Has It’s Thorn

Probably the only Poison song I can truly say I like. I grew up going through Jr. High and High School during the era of the hair bands, and these guys weren't the most well liked in my clique (I believe the word 'posers' was tossed around more than once), but this one's actually pretty decent.



21. INXS – Never Tear Us Apart

Not sure why they tried continuing on after Michael Hutchence's death. He pretty much was the face of the band.



18. Guns ‘N’ Roses – Welcome To The Jungle

Watching MTV one night, bored, doing nothing else, and this video premiere came on. I remember thinking 'Ah, cool band name, nice guitar intro', then after a while I was on the phone with my buddies telling them to turn on MTV, RIGHT NOW!!! A lot of people like to say Nirvana killed hair metal, but these guys started the process. You're in the Jungle, Baby!!!



15. Boy Meets Girl – Waiting For A Star To Fall

Also the songwriting team responsible for Whitney Houston's 'I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)', I think I was going to feature them/this song in Theme Songs, but couldn't find anything else that fit.


10. Whitney Houston – One Moment In Time

Whitney takes a lot of crap around here, but I did like her voice, and even had a small crush on her back in the day. Sigh! Don't do drugs, kids!



5. Beach Boys – Kokomo (From The “Cocktail” Soundtrack)

The John Stamos years.


4. U2 – Desire

At one point I could play this song on Guitar, don't know if I can now since it's been months since I touched any musical instrument. I'll have to relearn it someday.
 

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Okay 11
Bad 18

Aaaaand the charts at Billboard's site are broken again. The peaks anyway. Sigh.

@Jon I think Whitney had a fantastic voice too, it's the bubble gum dance tunes and dull ballads written for her that made me not a fan. Amazing voice, crap songs. As for GNR, I consider them a hair band. Right around 86/87 I felt hair bands were getting pretty bad (Ratt, Van Halen, Quiet Riot and Twisted Sister had awful albums around then). GNR kicked new life into the genre, being less polished and gimmicky on Appetite - putting the testosterone back into the music, leading to a resurgence in 89 and 90, which were great years for hair band songs (in my opinion). Drew me back in (for a few more years anyway). Illusion 1 and 2 were too polished for me, though.

40. Tracie Spencer – Symptoms Of True Love

I've never heard this before. My friend's son hasn't heard it before. Even Mark Goodman hasn't heard it before. Talk about a truly LOST hit of the 80s!

39. Kenny G – Silhouette



32. Barbra Streisand/Don Johnson – Till I Loved You



16. Phil Collins – A Groovy Kind Of Love

My friend's old roommate's guess for #1.

9. Chicago – Look Away

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

7. George Michael – Kissing A Fool
2. Escape Club – Wild, Wild West


I was considering these two (and Groovy Kind Of Love) but ultimately went with "Put A Little Love In Your Heart", which is at #53 this week (and peaked at #9 in January 1989). Rats! I got last place!

#60 Siouxsie & The Banshees "Peek-A-Boo"

Butthead: "Uh, what kind of music is this?"
Beavis: "This is music for people who don't have any friends."
Butthead: "Yeah. If you buy this album and play it for your friends, all your friends will leave."

I like the song, but I thought that was pretty funny!

#64 L'Trimm "Cars With The Boom"

Salt N Pepa have a big hit and record labels rush to sign rap groups with two female MCs. These girls' voices make them sound 14 years old.

#93 Good Question "Got A New Love"

Look a little like Milli Vanilli, with similar dance moves. They don't sound like them, but I can't help but wonder if the producer who put MV together was inspired by these two guys? I'd call that a 'good question'...

Will never reach the top 40
#46 Luther Vandross "Any Love"
#48 Safire "Boy, I've Been Told"
#51 Georgia Satellites "Hippy Hippy Shake"
#60 Siouxsie & The Banshees "Peek-A-Boo"
#61 Peter Cetera "Best Of Times"
#63 DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince "Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble"
#64 L'Trimm "Cars With The Boom"
#66 Survivor "Didn't Know It Was Love"
#67 38 Special "Rock And Roll Strategy"
#69 Tracy Chapman "Baby Can I Hold You"
#70 Randy Newman "It's Money That Matters"
#74 Jon Astley "Put This Love To The Test"
#77 Mike & The Mechanics "Nobody's Perfect"
#80 Romeo's Daughter "Don't Break My Heart"
#81 Alphaville "Forever Young"
#85 Cameo "You Make Me Work"
#87 Kenny Loggins "I'm Gonna Miss You"
#88 Al B Sure "Killing Me Softly"
#89 Stryper "Always There For You"
#90 Kim Wilde "You Came"
#93 Good Question "Got A New Love"
#95 New Edition "You're Not My Kind Of Girl"
#96 Eighth Wonder "Cross My Heart"
#98 Sweet Sensation "Never Let You Go"
 
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Jon Astley got noticed for this gem.
I always loved this tune. My ”band“ back in 1988 used to play it. Unfortunately, nobody that didn’t make it down my basement, or stray too close to the house got to hear it, but it’s a fun song.
 
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I liked hippy hippy shake. Also the alphaville one. Still hear that one on the radio so not sure how it didn’t break the. 40. A song I hated but heard a lot in the day is the killing me softly abomination. For the airplay it got thought it would be higher.


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40. Tracie Spencer – Symptoms Of True Love.

@sadchild - There's was some discussion about Tracie and this track on Facebook too. I theorized that the song wasn't in rotation on MTV. I remembered her as an artist, but I had to watch the video to remember the song. She was 13 and secured a record contract after appearing on Star Search. I ran across her performing on a German TV show too. It was a fun pop song, but nothing out of the ordinary. Peak positions: Hot 100: 38, R&B: 11, Germany: 24.
It's fascinating when a track has enough exposure to make the 40, but not enough to remain memorable.


37. Erasure – Chains Of Love

Good stuff from Erasure! Another good song from Erasure is Sometimes. I heard it on a local radio show that featured UK top 40 songs when I was a teen.


34. Robert Palmer – Early In The Morning

Robert Palmer remade several R&B songs. In the case, the GAP band reached the 40 with the original too.


26. Vixen – Edge Of A Broken Heart

I forgot all about this all girl hair band. :)


21. INXS – Never Tear Us Apart

This video was played constantly on MTV. The view of Prague was amazing so I never got tired of it.


19. When In Rome – The Promise

This was a really good song (in my humble opinion :)


14. Giant Steps – Another Lover

I'm pretty sure they fell in the one hit wonder category.


3. Kylie Minogue – The Loco-Motion

Early Kylie. In the US, we missed the Jason Donovan/Kyle duets and her rise to fame.


Will never reach the top 40



#46 Luther Vandross "Any Love"

This was Big R&B hit. I could have easily seen this in the 40.



#60 Siouxsie & The Banshees "Peek-A-Boo"

I thought this made the 40 too, but I realized the video was in heavy rotation. Cities in Dust is a better track from them.


#63 DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince "Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble"

This is an ominous sign of things to come (Parents just don't understand). I'm glad Beavis is on-call.


#64 L'Trimm "Cars With The Boom"

This was pretty popular especially the video. I'm not sure if their Valley Girl sound was authentic or not, but the song was catchy as hell. They had another song call Drop that bottom which used the same formula as Cars.

@sadchild - Your assessment about the connection to Salt n Pepa is very interesting. The UK has their version too. The Wee Papa Girl Rappers. We need a UK
equivalent of Beavis.


#69 Tracy Chapman "Baby Can I Hold You"

This is a solid track by Tracy.


#85 Cameo "You Make Me Work"

The beginning of the song sounds just like Word up which was probably intentional. It was a top ten R&B hit.


#88 Al B Sure "Killing Me Softly

@IdRatherBeSkiing - I agree this was a bad remake. Al B. Sure didn't have the voice to do this justice.


#90 Kim Wilde "You Came"

I never heard this one. It peaked at #41. It was much bigger overseas. This reminds me of the discussion about Tracie Spencer.


#93 Good Question "Got A New Love"

@sadchild - I used to tape music videos and I had this captured. I never heard this one on the radio.


#96 Eighth Wonder "Cross My Heart"

I listened to this out of curiosity. The track isn't bad at all.
 

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#81 Alphaville "Forever Young"

Quite frankly SHOCKED this never made the top 40 since it was all over the radio, and the 80's radio shows used to feature it quite often back in the 90's and 2000's.
 

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Jon Astley got noticed for this gem.
I always loved this tune. My ”band“ back in 1988 used to play it. Unfortunately, nobody that didn’t make it down my basement, or stray too close to the house got to hear it, but it’s a fun song.
For a lot of years I thought that was Iggy Pop.
 

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40. Kim Carnes – Invisible Hands
39. DeBarge – Time Will Reveal
38. Barry Manilow – Read ‘Em And Weep
37. Matthew Wilder – Break My Stride
36. JoBoxers – Just Got Lucky
35. Elton John – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
34. Asia – The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
33. Rolling Stones – Undercover Of The Night
32. Human League – Mirror Man
31. Dionne Warwick/Luther Vandross – How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye
30. David Bowie – Modern Love
29. Ricks Springfield – Souls
28. Jackson Browne – Tender Is The Night
27. Yes – Owner Of A Lonely Heart
26. Rufus/Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
25. Major Tom (Coming Home) – Peter Schilling
24. Big Country – In A Big Country
23. Journey – Send Her My Love
22. Police – Synchronity II
21. Olivia Newton-John – Twist Of Fate
20. Air Supply – Making Love Out Of Nothing At All
19. Peabo Bryson/Roberta Flack – Tonight, I Celebrate My Love
18. Prince – Delirious
17. Sheena Easton – Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)
16. Irene Cara – Why Me?
15. Fixx – One Thing Leads To Another
14. Duran Duran – Union Of The Snake
13. Motels – Suddenly Last Summer
12. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
11. Culture Club – Church Of The Poison Mind
10. Michael Jackson – P.Y.T.
9. John Cougar Mellencamp – Crumblin’ Down
8. Huey Lewis & The News – Heart And Soul
7. Daryl Hall/John Oates – Say It Isn’t So
6. Pat Benatar – Love Is A Battlefield
5. Quiet Riot – Cum On Feel The Noise
4. Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton – Islands In The Stream
3. Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
2. Paul McCartney/Michael Jackson – Say, Say, Say
1. Lionel Richie –All Night Long (All Night)
 

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Good 16
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Heard this exact same countdown last year.

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38. Barry Manilow – Read ‘Em And Weep
20. Air Supply – Making Love Out Of Nothing At All
12. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart


Steinman in the house!

31. Warwick/Vandross – How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye



10. Michael Jackson – P.Y.T.

Hard to believe this song peaks here at #10

5. Quiet Riot – Cum On Feel The Noise

Possibly my favorite guitar solo of all time (but 80s on 8 plays a very edited version that cuts most of it out unfortunately)

3. Billy Joel – Uptown Girl

My friend's son's guess at #1

1. Lionel Richie –All Night Long (All Night)

My friend's old roomate's guess at #1 and MINE woohoo!

Won't make the top 40
#46 Paul Simon "Allergies"
#48 Pointer Sisters "I Need You"
#49 Jennifer Holliday "I Am Love"
#54 Commodores "Only You"
#61 Linda Ronstadt "What's New"
#64 Michael Stanley Band "My Town"
#65 Earth Wind & Fire "Magnetic"
#66 Moody Blues "Blue World"
#68 Rainbow "Street Of Dreams"
#69 Alan Parsons Project "You Don't Believe"
#71 Four Tops "I Just Can't Walk Away"
#72 Klique "Stop Doggin' Me Around"
#77 Kiss "Lick It Up"
#80 Alabama "Lady Down on Love"
#82 Saga "The Flyer"
#83 Eddie Money "The Big Crash"
#84 Men Without Hats "I Like"
#85 Talking Heads "This Must Be Place"
#86 Jennifer Warnes/Chris Thompson "All the Right Moves"
#87 Industry "State Of The Union"
#90 Midnight Star "Wet My Whistle"
#91 SOS Band "Tell Me If You Still Care"
#94 Joe Jackson "Memphis"
#96 SOS Band "Just Be Good To Me"
#97 Genesis "Mama"