I always love hearing the early/late 80s countdowns because so few of the songs are heard in their regular rotation. My guesses as to what might be deleted (using the 3/21/81 Billboard chart as a reference): "Living In A Fantasy" - Leo Sayer "Guitar Man" - Elvis Presley "Precious To Me" - Phil Seymour (although this is one of my favorites!)
I was actually surprised on last week's 1983 countdown that Mark Goodman said Donna Summer's "The Woman In Me" was a "big song for her"...it wasn't played in my area in 1983 and I never hear it anywhere, unlike "She Works Hard for the Money" or even "Love Is In Control".
Next week apparently they'll be playing a crop of songs that we've heard from Premiere several times, as they've run AT40s from late April 1987 for the last couple of years. Probably not again this year, though, as Premiere played 1987 just a couple of weeks ago.
The bulk of the most played songs on 80s on 8 seem to come from the 1982-85 period, which is explainable as essentially the heart of the decade musically. 1980 is largely overlooked perhaps because many of the decade's signature styles and artists hadn't fully formed or hit yet, but on the other hand the essential mission of the decades channels should be to play all hits from that decade. On the other hand, the late 80s are surprisingly also somewhat underrepresented in their regular playlist, as I've heard it.
Recently someone put up a list on the XM discussion boards of the 96 most played songs on 80s on 8, and there were only seven songs from 1980-81 and ten from 1987-89; half the decade made up only about one fifth of their top song choices.
1980 is largely overlooked perhaps because many of the decade's signature styles and artists hadn't fully formed or hit yet, but on the other hand the essential mission of the decades channels should be to play all hits from that decade. On the other hand, the late 80s are surprisingly also somewhat underrepresented in their regular playlist, as I've heard it.
I've always figured that the reason 80s on 8 mostly ignore 1980 is because the on-air people are the original VJs and MTV didn't exist until a year later.
#15 "Beatles Movie Medley" was replaced with #45 "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell #20 "Goin' Down" by Greg Guidry was replaced with #48 "Rosanna" by Toto #38 "Without You" by Frankie & the Knockouts was replaced with #49 "Heat of the Moment" by Asia
I don't know why they make replacements, maybe it's a copyright thing, but they always seem to make from one to five replacements every week regardless of whether they choose Cashbox or Billboard as the main source.
Post by Caseyfan4everRyanfanNever on May 8, 2010 13:39:06 GMT -5
Probably because of chart rights--Billboard apparently charges big money for these. I don't know if Cashbox does the same thing or not. However, the programming staff at SXM probably has to make the list which their shows are based on appear a little bit different or be in legal trouble for violating such rights.
Unfortunately your description was apt. Several big mistakes in the 5/7/88 show. When they were supposed to play Glass Tiger's "I'm Still Searching", they instead played their "I Will Be There" from a year earlier. Additionally, "Piano In the Dark" was heard twice, and, while not technically an error, the version of Cher's "We All Sleep Alone" played was a weird techno-dance remix almost unrecognizable from the regular power ballad version.
Yes, they played Piano in the Dark in it's correct spot of #21, and then again, mysteriously, in between song #'s 10 & 11. I also noticed that weird re-mix of Cher's We All Sleep Alone. I definitely had never heard that version before. I did not notice the Glass Tiger error, though. I think I still have it recorded. I will have to go back and listen to that again.
And notably, the 1985 countdown had no changes from the linked chart, a sharp contrast from the previous week's 1988 show which, in addition to the errors I previously mentioned, had five songs deleted from the base chart and replaced with better known or remembered tunes (none of the deletions were songs I particularly missed or wanted to hear, but still...)
Well, at least we're guaranteed not to get the same year from Premiere's AT40!
Did they play a complete collection of 40 songs from 1981? I didn't get to hear the countdown just now (will record it later), but I checked and it was over by 11:45, which seemed awful early. (BTW, my guess is we next get a 1981 Big 40 the weekend of July 30-August 1--coinciding with MTV's debut, and leaving enough weeks before then to cycle through most of the rest of the decade.)
#36 Since i Don't Have You by Don McLean replaced with #56 A Life of Illusion by Joe Walsh #34 Nobody Wins by Elton John (what?!?) replaced with #60 Hold On Loosely by .38 Special #33 Fool In Love With You by Jim Photoglo replaced with #59 The Stroke by Billy Squire #31 Still Right Here In My Heart by Pure Prarie League replaced with #53 Ain't Even Done With The Night by John Mellancamp
That was funny on "TJ" - Martha Quinn announced him correctly as TG, but Alan Hunter back-announced him as "TJ" twice.
All 40 songs were played. Usually the earlier 80's countdowns will end much earlier than the end of the decade ones.