"Good Timin" isn't a remake of the Jimmy Jones hit from 1960-It's an outstanding song which features those trademark Beach Boys harmonies-It should be available on You Tube for your listening pleasure.
Yes. It should have charted higher. From the "L. A. (Light Album)" LP, it was written by Brian and Carl Wilson. Second single from that album, closely following their 'disco' remake of their own 1967 song "Here Comes the Night", which had peaked at #44 in April. The album was also the group's first on CBS-distributed Caribou Records, following stints on Capitol and Warner Brothers/Reprise (Brother Records).
40: MIDNIGHT BLUE – MELISSA MANCHESTER (debut) - This song reminded me a little of "These Are The Best Times" by Bobby Goldsboro, the theme for the 1973 Disney movie Superdad. This was Manchester's debut hit, and a great one it was! I liked most of her Top 40 hits, especially her ballads, like this one. 39: ONE OF THESE NIGHTS – THE EAGLES (debut) - This is the song that spent the most weeks in the Top Ten during 1975 - ten weeks in all. Oddly enough, only one of those weeks were spent at #1. Anyway, of their two #1 during 1975, this was my favorite 38: I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10CC (debut) - I actually felt sorry for this song, as it spent three weeks in the runner-up position, as two other songs leapfrogged over it into the #1 spot. Anyway, this was a great song, but I actually preferred Will To Power's dance remake of it from early 1991. 37: LIZZIE AND THE RAINMAN –TANYA TUCKER (39) - Even though she’s had many country hits, I’ve only heard a few of them. But that's because she didn't have that many crossover hits - this was her only song that hit the Top 40. It was a pretty good song. 36: WHY CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS - WAR (debut) - The song with possibly the shortest verses ever! It would have been a better song and not as repetitive had they linked two or three verses together. 35: T-R-O-U-B-L-E – ELVIS PRESLEY (40) - Presley was great in the 50s and 60s, but around the mid-70s, his quality began to drop. But I will say this - This song, as mediocre as it was, was much better than the depressing "My Boy" from earlier in 1975. 34: SWEARIN’ TO GOD – FRANKIE VALLI (debut) - Valli was still doing double duty in 1975, performing solo as well as with the Four Seasons (as the latter would chart later on in the summer). This was a good song - one of his best solo hits. 33: JUDY MAE – BOOMER CASTLEMAN (34) - This song raised a few eyebrows, due to its subject matter. I won't describe it here - you'll have to google the lyrics... Anyway, melodically, it was a pretty decent song. 32: DYNOMITE - BAZUKA (37) - Was that Jimmie Walker shouting the title throughout the song? 31: HEY YOU – BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE (38) - This one was pretty much "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet Part 2". Like that song, it was a great one IMO. 30: BABY THAT’S BACKATCHA – SMOKEY ROBINSON (33) - Considering that I'm not a big fan of his 70s solo hits, this was actually a good song - in fact, possibly my favorite of his 70s hits. 29: THE HUSTLE – VAN McCOY & THE SOUL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (32) - This was the only Top 40 entry for this man born in our nation's capital. Glad this song made it to #1, as it's one of my favorite disco instrumentals of all time! 28: MISTY – RAY STEVENS (31) - Known mainly for his novelty songs, he had a few (somewhat) serious songs as well, like this one. It was a good 'un. OPTIONAL EXTRA: RHINESTONE COWBOY - GLEN CAMPBELL - This song was on its way to becoming one of the biggest hits of the entire year, and worthily so, as it was one of Campbell's best. 27: THE WAY WE WERE – GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS (29) - Interesting interpretation of the Barbra Streisand classic from the year before, though I preferred the original. 26: SHAKEY GROUND – THE TEMPTATIONS (26) - They were definitely on their way out at this point, as this was their last Top 30 hit, but what a career they'd had! A total of 37 Top 40 hits. This one wasn't bad, but was your typical roof-raising R&B, and y'all know how I feel about that kind of music. 25: REMEMBER WHAT I TOLD YOU TO FORGET - TAVARES (25) - I was never a huge fan of them, but this song was actually pretty good, as was the flipside, "My Ship", which they played two weeks before. 24: ATTITUDE DANCING – CARLY SIMON (27) - I was never a huge fan of them, but this song was actually pretty good, as was the flipside, "My Ship", which they played on the previous week's show. 23: I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) – DISCO TEX & THE SEX-O-LETTES (24) - I think you know what I feel about this song, seeing that it’s 70s roof-raising R&B music. 22: LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID – PAUL McCARTNEY & WINGS (35) - This was when their songs started improving vastly. Their 1974 songs were mediocre at best (though Junior's Farm was pretty good). From 1975 on, I liked all of their Top Ten hits (well, except for "Silly Love Songs", but that was due to overplay - I did like that song when it was on the charts). This song was one of their best IMO. 21: I’LL PLAY FOR YOU (HEAR THE BAND) – SEALS & CROFTS (23) - I'm not a huge Seals & Crofts fan, but this is an exception - possibly my favorite from them. I like how the way applause was dubbed in to make it sound like it was played live, just like what was done in Elton John's Bennie And The Jets. 20: THE LAST FAREWELL – ROGER WHITTAKER (21) - Those of you who grew up in the Chicagoland area in the 1970s might have deja vu with the beginning of this song, as Channel 9 WGN used this song for their station ID during the late 1970s, though I can't recall exactly when - I'm thinking circa 1977. As for the song itself, it was a good one - had sort of an Elvis-like sound to it. 19: BEFORE THE NEXT TEARDROP FALLS – FREDDY FENDER (7) - Meh, not one of the best hits of the year at all. It's hard to believe that this song made it to #1, as dated as it sounds, even for 1975. 18: HOW LONG - ACE (3) - The first of three bands to hit the Top 40 with Paul Carrack on lead vocals (well, technically, it would be the second, as he had left Squeeze by the time they had their first Top 40 hit). Anyway, this was Ace's only big hit, but what a great one it was - one of my favorite songs involving Mr. Carrack! 17: MAGIC - PILOT (20) - Here's a true one-hit wonder. I liked this song - they sort of reminded me of ELO. 16: SHINING STAR – EARTH, WIND & FIRE (13) - This song had recently become their very first and only #1 hit. A great song indeed, though I preferred "That's The Way Of The World", from the same year, meaning that 1975 was definitely one of their best years, IMO. 15: BAD LUCK (PART 1) – HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUENOTES (18) - Meh, not a fan of this one. My favorite from them would probably be "The Love I Lost". 14: TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME) – THE DOOBIE BROTHERS (19) - This was the next-to-last of their big hits that featured Tom Johnston on lead vocals before Michael McDonald took over the following year. It's a good one, but I preferred "Black Water". OPTIONAL EXTRA: Casey and Larry Morgan talk about SSgt. Barry Sadler, of "Ballad Of The Green Berets" fame. 13: ONLY WOMEN – ALICE COOPER (15) - Surprised that this song missed the Top Ten, seeing that it hit the Top Five on R&R. Anyway, as we all know, I prefer his ballads over his hard rockers, and this was my favorite of the four slow songs that I've heard from him. 12: WILDFIRE – MICHAEL MURPHY (17) - He was mainly a country artist, but he had several Top 40 crossover hits, including this one. This was a great song, right up there with "Carolina In The Pines" and "What's Forever For". 11: CUT THE CAKE – THE AVERAGE WHITE BAND (11) - This band either hit the Top Ten or missed the Top 30 entirely with their five hits (though it was looking like this would be a Top Ten miss, but it managed to push up a spot the following week), It's pretty much "Pick Up The Pieces" with lyrics. 10: GET DOWN, GET DOWN (GET ON THE FLOOR) – JOE SIMON (14) - This was his eighth and final Top 40 hit, but it turned out to be his biggest (and his very first Top Ten). I thought it was OK, but nothing exceptional. 9: PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM – ELTON JOHN BAND (10) - Interesting that this song, which had hit #1 back in April, was moving back up the chart (but it's said that word had leaked that the song wouldn't be on Elton's new album Captain Fantastic (which, incidentally, debuted at #1 on the album chart this week, setting a new, unbeatable record). This apparently caused people who didn't already have the 45 to buy it at the record store). Anyway, this song was OK, but not one of my favorites from him. I preferred the first single from said album. 8: THANK GOD I’M A COUNTRY BOY – JOHN DENVER (1) - Denver was all over the charts in 1975! This was one of two #1 songs he had that year. It was a great one; very lively and fun! 7: LOVE WON’T LET ME WAIT – MAJOR HARRIS (9) - A former member of the Delfonics, he was a one-hit wonder as a solo artist. This was a good song - your typical mid-70s slow jam. 6: I’M NOT LISA – JESSIE COLTER (8) - CHEEEEESE-fest... 5: OLD DAYS - CHICAGO (7) - Not sure what happened with this song - it made a spectacular debut in the Top 40, at #17, and climbed to #5, where it peaked. The following week, it would drop to #17 then off, spending only seven weeks on the chart. Too bad, as it was a great song, IMO. 4: BAD TIME – GRAND FUNK (4) - Their second of two Top Five hits they scored with in 1975. This would be my favorite from them by a fair margin. Too bad this would end up being their final Top 40 hit. OPTIONAL EXTRA: JIVE TALKIN' - THE BEE GEES - Ah, their very first disco song, a style which they quickly became more famous for than ballads. This song wasn't bad, but I preferred most of their other disco songs. 3: WHEN WILL I BE LOVED – LINDA RONSTADT (6) - It looked like she might have two #1 songs in a row, but alas, this song just barely missed. This was a great one, and was in a horse race with "Heat Wave" as my favorite of her 1975 hits. 2: LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER – THE CAPTAIN & TENNILLE (12) - Wow, with the all the huge chart jumps, it's no wonder that this song spent four weeks on top - in a year that featured more one-week number one songs than any other year, although this was definitely not their best hit, IMO. Its saving grace is that it's not as bad as their hit from the fall of the following year, "Muskrat Fungus Love". 1: SISTER GOLDEN HAIR - AMERICA (2) - This song had spent the past two weeks at #1 on the R&R chart this week and, this week, became their second #1 song on the Hot 100. This was my favorite of the two (though "A Horse With No Name" was also a great one).
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SLOW DOWN - JOHN MILES (34) - This was the only Top 40 hit for this Jarrow, England native. The song was OK, but nothing I'd go out of my way to listen to. SOUTHERN NIGHTS - GLEN CAMPBELL (32) - Campbell had many Top 40 hits, and two of those went all the way to #1, including this one. I like it, but preferred his other #1 hit, "Rhinestone Cowboy" from two years before. HELLO STRANGER - YVONNE ELLIMAN (29) - The second of five hits for her, and the second biggest, behind "If I Can't Have You". I prefer the latter by a fair margin.
40: ALL YOU GET FROM LOVE IS A LOVE SONG - THE CARPENTERS (debut) - This duo was clearly beginning to fizzle out at this point, but what a career they'd had up to this point, with a ton of Top 40 hits! This was a really good one, IMO. 39: IT'S SAD TO BELONG - ENGLAND DAN & JOHN FORD COLEY (debut) - A song about a guy who is bored with his marriage and meets someone that he feels is his soul mate. The lyric that doesn't make sense to me is how, if he had a time machine, he'd go back to the day he was born. How about just going back as far as the day you met the girl who you'd end up marrying? Anyway, I actually liked this song and felt this should have gotten higher than #21. 38: PEACE OF MIND - BOSTON (debut) - Here is a song that was even more underrated. Possibly my favorite song by Boston, this was all the higher that the song got! It sure did much better on my Personal Top 30 chart, spending six weeks at #1 and coming in at #2 for the entire year (behind "Dancing Queen" by Abba. 37: YOU AND ME - ALICE COOPER (40) - Cooper was more famous for his loud, hard-rocking songs, but he had a few slow ones as well, which I preferred. My favorite song from him is "Only Women", but this one, as well as his hit from earlier in the year, "I Never Cry" aren't too far behind - all of them are great songs! 36: LUCKENBACH, TEXAS (BACK TO THE BASICS OF LOVE) - WAYLON JENNINGS & WILLIE NELSON (38) - This was Jennings' second of three Top 40 hits. It wasn't bad - sounded a little like an Elvis song. Not quite as good as his "Theme From Dukes Of Hazzard", however. 35: WHATCHA GONNA DO - PABLO CRUISE (39) - This was their very first hit, and it became their biggest ever, peaking at #6 and lasting a half a year on the Hot 100! Very deservedly so, as it was a great song - one of their best IMO. 34: YOU'RE MY WORLD - HELEN REDDY (36) - This song reminds me a little of Joni James' 1955 hit "How Important Can It Be". The song is quite cheesy, like most of Reddy's songs, but still pretty good. 33: (YOUR LOVE HAS LIFTED ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER - RITA COOLIDGE (37) - This was most definitely my favorite version of this song (most versions use the same gospel flavored arrangement of the song - this one was actually a MOR/disco type song). It apparently worked, as this was the most successful version of the song (chartwise, that is) 32: HOLLYWOOD - RUFUS FEATURING CHAKA KHAN (33) - This was their seventh Top 40 hit - your typical 70s R&B slow jam. It was not bad, but I preferred a few others from the band, as well as Chaka Khan as a solo artist. 31: KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU - ABBA (35) - Their second of two hits from 1977 ("The Name Of The Game" doesn't count, as it wasn't even heard on AT40 until 1978). Though I preferred "Dancing Queen", this one was a great song as well! 30: HOTEL CALIFORNIA - THE EAGLES (17) - The title track from one of their biggest albums ever and, as stated earlier, one of my favorites from them. A true classic which has aged quite well! 29: GONNA FLY NOW (THEME FROM "ROCKY") - MAYNARD FERGUSON (30) - The first of two versions of this song on the chart. I preferred Bill Conti's version, but this one was pretty good as well. 28: BACK TOGETHER AGAIN - DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES (28) - The follow-up to their first #1 song. The song, however, didn't do anywhere near as well as "Rich Girl" and as for me, I prefer the latter, though this one wasn't bad either - reminded me a little of Earth, Wind & Fire. OPTIONAL EXTRA: YOU MADE ME BELIEVE IN MAGIC - BAY CITY ROLLERS - I was so obsessed with this song in the early 1990s. I called a lunchtime oldies program and requested this song, but they didn’t have it. I requested it so many times that they decided to finally order it. In May, 1992, I finally heard it for the first time since 1977. It was a good one - not sure if I prefer this or their cover of "I Only Want To Be With You", from the previous fall. 27: ARIEL - DEAN FRIEDMAN (27) - This may have been his only Top 40 hit, but it definitely got a lot of mileage, especially for a song that peaked at #26 - ten (non-consecutive) weeks in the Top 40 and 22 on the Hot 100! I love this song - heard it many times on my Barry Scott's Lost 45s CD. 26: WHEN I NEED YOU - LEO SAYER (16) - One of three Top 20 hits that Leo charted with during the year. It was OK, but somewhat schmaltzy. I preferred his other two songs, which bookended this one. 25: I'M IN YOU - PETER FRAMPTON (31) - This song hit #1 on the R&R chart in late July, and looked like it could do the same on Billboard, but didn't quite make it. It still became his biggest hit ever, and deservedly so, since it's my favorite song of his. 24: COULDN'T GET IT RIGHT - THE CLIMAX BLUES BAND (10) - Like several acts on this week's chart, this band had two Top 40 hits. Both were big hits that lasted quite awhile on the charts. This was a good song, but I preferred "I Love You", which charted four years later and we'll be hearing on next week's 1981 show. 23: HIGH SCHOOL DANCE - THE SYLVERS (25) - Their first two hits made the Top Five, but this one petered out at #17. Can't really call this "Third-Single Syndrome", as the three songs weren't from the same album. This song wasn't bad, but my favorite from them was "Boogie Fever". 22: LOVE'S GROWN DEEP - KENNY NOLAN (24) - A two-hit wonder, like the Climax Blues Band, although I imagine that most people don't remember this one, as it has fallen into obscurity. Not sure if I prefer this or "I Like Dreamin'", though the latter tends to get stuck in my mind. 21: I JUST WANT TO BE YOUR EVERYTHING - ANDY GIBB (26) - The only of the Gibb brothers that was not in the Bee Gees, but his solo career was definitely a success! His first three singles all hit #1. This was by far my favorite song from him (and it eventually went on to become AT40's top song of 1977). 20: SLOW DANCIN' DON'T TURN ME ON - THE ADDRISI BROTHERS (21) - Yet another "two-hit wonder". Their first hit charted in 1972 and five years later, they came back with this song, which peaked this week at #20. This one was OK, but nothing special. 19: DO YOU WANNA MAKE LOVE - PETER McCANN (23) - The first of at least two songs on the countdown during 1977 that McCann wrote. As stated earlier, I prefer the other song; this one was way too schmaltzy IMO. 18: MY HEART BELONGS TO ME - BARBRA STREISAND (22) - Her second of two Top Five hits during the year 1977. Both are great songs, but I slightly prefer this one. 17: MARGARITAVILLE - JIMMY BUFFETT (19) - This song's not bad, but quite overplayed. I preferred other songs from him, such as "Cheeseburger In Paradise" and "Fins". They usually butchered this one, cutting out the instrumental bridge, as well as the ending (when he repeats the last two lines of the chorus) and this week was no exception. Did they ever play this song intact during its chart run? 16: DA DOO RON RON - SHAUN CASSIDY (20) - The first of three Top Ten hits for Shaun Cassidy, and the biggest, as it would hit #1 about a month later. Of the two charted versions of this song, I definitely prefer this one. 15: LOOKS LIKE WE MADE IT - BARRY MANILOW (18) - This was his third and final #1 hit. No matter; he'd have many more big hits. This was by far my favorite of his #1 songs. 14: HEARD IT IN A LOVE SONG - THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND (14) - Yet another "two-hit wonder", and this is by far their best known of the two hits - and my favorite as well (though I seem to remember that "Fire On The Mountain" was pretty good as well). OPTIONAL EXTRA: TELEPHONE LINE - ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA - They had four songs that charted in 1977, and this was my favorite of those songs. It turned out to be their biggest as well! 13: LIFE IN THE FAST LANE - THE EAGLES (15) - This song just barely missed the Top Ten, ending the streak that they had going (though the streak would have been broken anyway in early 1979, as "Please Come Home For Christmas" wasn't on the chart long enough to hit the Top Ten, as it was a seasonal hit). As for this song, I liked it, but preferred their two other "Hotel California" hits. 12: AIN'T GONNA BUMP NO MORE (WITH NO BIG FAT WOMAN) - JOE TEX (12) - Meh, not a fan of this one at all. 11: JET AIRLINER - THE STEVE MILLER BAND (13) - The second of four Top 40 hits for the band during 1977 (and the lead-off single from Book Of Dreams). Definitely one of their best hits. 10: ANGEL IN YOUR ARMS - HOT (11) - They may have been a one-hit wonder, but they got a lot of mileage out of this song, which spent 19 weeks on the chart. I used to like this one, but not so much anymore, as it's about infidelity - plus the music is kind of boring. 9: SIR DUKE - STEVIE WONDER (9) - Despite a hard fall from #1 the previous week, this song managed to hold in place this week. In this song, Stevie dropped several names in this song, all of musical pioneers that time did not allow us to forget, including the king of all, Duke Ellington, to whom, of course, the title referred. Although I prefer several other songs by Mr. Wonder, this was a great one nonetheless. 8: I'M YOUR BOOGIE MAN - K.C. & THE SUNSHINE BAND (1) - One of two Top Five hits from them in 1977. I preferred the other one, which just narrowly missed hitting #1 several months later, ending their streak of hitting #1 everytime they hit the Top Ten. 7: LONELY BOY - ANDREW GOLD (7) - This may have been his biggest chart hit, but his other one, "Thank You For Being A Friend", from the following year, became a very popular LDD request. This was my favorite song from him, but the other song is a close second. Both are great songs, IMO. 6: UNDERCOVER ANGEL - ALAN O'DAY (8) - This was his only charted hit of his own, but he did write several other big hits ("Angie Baby" by Helen Reddy, for instance). As for this song, well, I love it! Definitely one of the best #1 hits of 1977, IMO. 5: LUCILLE - KENNY ROGERS (6) - 400 children and crap in the field? Oh wait, that's something else... Anyway, this was pretty good, but I prefer many others from him. 4: FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME - FOREIGNER (5) - The first of many hits for this legendary band, and a great one at that - both the song and the band! OPTIONAL EXTRA: DON'T WORRY BABY - BJ THOMAS - Of course, this was played in tribute to Mr. Thomas' recent passing. This song, Thomas' final Top 40 entry, would peak at #17 - seven spots higher than the original by the Beach Boys. I liked this one - there's a similarity between this and the theme from the TV show Growing Pains, which Thomas sang with Jennifer Warnes. 3: GONNA FLY NOW - BILL CONTI (4) - This song was in the midst of taking it step-by-step all the way to the top. As mentioned earlier, this was my favorite of the two versions of this song on this week's chart. 2: GOT TO GIVE IT UP (PART #1) - MARVIN GAYE (3) - I'm generally not a huge fan of Marvin Gaye, but for some reason, I like this one. Kind of a surprise, as this one has been compared to "Blurred Lines", a song that I still hate with a passion. 1: DREAMS - FLEETWOOD MAC (2) - Interesting that this song hit #1 on their tenth anniversary as a band. This was the biggest single from one of the biggest albums of all time, Rumors. The song is my least favorite of the singles, however, presumably due to overplay, as well as its repetitive melody, with only two chords used intermittently. It's still a pretty good one, though.
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Droppers: I DON'T WANT TO LIVE WITHOUT YOU - FOREIGNER (39) - This was a nice song, but not one of my favorites from them. Apparently, Mick Jones felt the same way, which explains how undersung it was. WAIT - WHITE LION (38) - Their first of two Top 40 hits (both Top Tens). I much preferred this one - "When The Children Cry" is just so maudlin - borders on being a "No. Just no". TWO OCCASIONS - THE DEELE (37) - This song used to be the closing song for Open House Party (is that show even still in production?) It was a pleasant song, but I preferred a few of Babyface's solo hits.
PROMOS 40: 1-2-3 – GLORIA ESTEFAN & MIAMI SOUND MACHINE (debut) - Could she have been counting the Top Ten songs they'd scored with their Let It Loose album? Well, this would make it number four, as it sailed straight into the Top Ten as well. 39: JUST GOT PAID – JOHNNY KEMP (debut) - One of two Top 40 hits from this R&B singer from the Bahamas. It was OK - your typical late-80s dance music. 38: THE COLOUR OF LOVE – BILLY OCEAN (debut) - Wow, all the debuts are down at the bottom of the chart. And the best of the bunch, IMO, is the highest one. I liked most of Ocean's slow songs and this is definitely one of my favorites from him! 37: BLACK AND BLUE – VAN HALEN (34) - This was off to a promising start, debuting at #34 the previous week, but oddly enough, it dropped back to #37 this week. I guess it wasn't promoted to Top 40 radio very well, if at all. It did, however, hit #1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart. As for the song, it was pretty good, sort of reminiscent of their songs with David Lee Roth on lead vocals. 36: ANYTHING FOR YOU – GLORIA ESTEFAN AND MIAMI SOUND MACHINE (23) -This was their only #1 song (as a group, anyway, as Gloria went on two have two #1 songs on her own). It was a good song - they played the English version of the song this week, instead of the "Spanglish" version, which it seems that they generally play (or is it just me)? 35: HEART OF MINE – BOZ SCAGGS (35) - I liked all of his Top 40 hits, but this one is in a horse race with "Lido Shuffle" for my favorite song from Scaggs! In any case, it's my favorite of his ballads. 34: SIGN YOUR NAME – TERENCE TRENT D’ARBY (40) - This and "Wishing Well" are pretty much the only two songs by him that I like. I preferred this one - had a somewhat haunting sound to it. 33: PIANO IN THE DARK – BRENDA RUSSELL FEATURING JOE ESPOSITO (22) - There were two Brendas on the chart this week and, coincidentally, both had two Top 40 hits. Not sure if I preferred this one or "So Good, So Right" - both are great songs! 32: PARENTS JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND – D.J. JAZZY JEFF & THE FRESH PRINCE (36) - Like Fresh Prince in the first story, about school shopping, I was sixteen back when this song was popular, so I could definitely relate (although my Mom never bought me school clothes from two generations prior)! I liked this song - this was back when rap was still tolerable. 31: SUPERSONIC – J.J. FAD (30) -A female rap trio from LA, with their only Top 40 hit. Another decent rap song, IMO - my favorite part was where two of them were rapping and the other was beatboxing at the beginning. OPTIONAL EXTRA: I DON'T WANNA LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE - CHICAGO - The first of five singles from Chicago 19 (although I believe that "What Kind Of Man Would I Be" was released from their Greatest Hits album - but I could be wrong). Anyway, this was a good song, but I preferred the other four (including "We Can Last Forever", which didn't quite hit the Top 40, but was a Top 20 AC hit). 30: PARADISE – SADE (31) - Sade was mainly a smooth jazz and AC artist, but they did have a handful of Top 40 hits - four, to be exact (well, before the PPW era, anyway) and all of them hit the Top 20. This one just barely squeaked in, peaking at #20 in July. It was a great song - my favorite of their hits! LDD: ENDLESS LOVE – DIANA ROSS & LIONEL RICHIE - This song became somewhat popular in the Long Distance Dedication department. It fit this dedication quite well. 29: ROLL WITH IT – STEVE WINWOOD (33) - It’s true I hated it when it first came out, but then I gradually started to like it more and more. This is a great one to crank up while driving (but not too loud, especially in cities with noise ordinances, lol!) 28: MAKE ME LOSE CONTROL – ERIC CARMEN (32) - On several occasions, they cut out the second verse in this song (my favorite of the three), but this time, they decided to leave the song intact. Definitely my favorite of Carmen's two 1988 hits ("Hungry Eyes" was too overplayed, which I guess is understandable, since it was from a very popular movie soundtrack). 27: TALL COOL ONE – ROBERT PLANT (29) - Ah, the lead singer of the legendary Led Zeppelin. This was pretty good - the part at the end, with a montage of guitar riffs from many of their classic hits, was really cool! 26: UNDER THE MILKY WAY – THE CHURCH (24) - This was one of several Aussie bands on the chart this week. I liked this song, but I preferred the follow-up, "Inside The Three Musketeers" 25: NAUGHTY GIRLS (NEED LOVE TOO) – SAMANTHA FOX (29) - Of her four Top 40 hits, this was the biggest. Wasn't quite one of my favorites, and it was pretty much rehashed in her next Top 40 hit "I Wanna Have Some Fun". I preferred "Touch Me" and her cover of "I Only Wanna Be With You", as well as their Top 40 miss from the previous summer, "Do Ya Do Ya (Wanna Please Me). 24: SHATTERED DREAMS – JOHNNY HATES JAZZ (16) - Hmm, I wonder if they've forgiven George Michael yet for shutting them out of the #1 spot? Regardless, this was my favorite of their three songs from Turn Back The Clock? The title track, which was an AC-only hit late that year, would be a close second. 23: HANDS TO HEAVEN - BREATHE (28) - When I first heard this song, I thought it was a new hit by Air Supply - the singer sounded a lot like Russell Hitchcock in the choruses. I liked this song at first, but overplay tarnished it for me. I preferred their songs on their Peace Of Mind album two years later. 22: WE ALL SLEEP ALONE - CHER (15) - Cher had one Top Ten hit on R&R and one Top Ten hit on the Hot 100 in 1988 - only with different songs. This one hit the Top Ten on the former by the skin of its teeth, and this is all the further it got on the Hot 100, where she'd hit the Top Ten earlier in the year with "I Found Someone", which peaked at #12 on R&R. I preferred this one, though neither one was one of my favorites from Cher. I prefer songs like "Just Like Jesse James" and "Believe". 21: RUSH HOUR – JANE WIEDLIN (27) - The second of the Go-Gos to hit the Top 40 with a solo hit. Unfortunately, she wasn't quite as successful as bandmate Belinda Carlisle, as this was her only Top 40 hit. It was a great song - too bad her follow-up "Inside A Dream" only got as high as #57, since I preferred that song. OPTIONAL EXTRA: DO YOU LOVE ME - THE CONTOURS - The station I was listening to, WNYR, did not play this one, so I'm not sure if they played the original version or the re-recorded one - probably the former. I personally preferred the new version, but both were good. 20: LOST IN YOU – ROD STEWART (26) - Here's an artist who had been hitting the charts for two decadees, and his hit streak was far from over. This one didn't quite hit the Top Ten, but it didn't miss by much, peaking at #12. It was a great one - possibly my favorite of his four Top 40 hits from the Out Of Order album. 19: HOLD ON TO THE NIGHTS – RICHARD MARX (25) - A rare example of the final release from an album (that spawned three or more hits) being the biggest. The first three hit the Top Five, but this one went all the way. I preferred several others from him, though - most of them from Repeat Offender. 18: BEDS ARE BURNING – MIDNIGHT OIL (21) - Another Aussie band and, like The Church, they only had one Top 40 hit. I remember hearing this song all the time in early 2001 on Chicago's 94.7 The Zone - a then-80s station that had the skimpiest variety of music. One day (March 10, 2001, to be exact), when I was out for a leisurely drive, I must have heard the song at least three times. No wonder that format didn't last long on that station! As for the song, it's a good one, so at least it wasn't a crappy song that was overplayed. 17: EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES – DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES (6) - Here is yet another artist on this week's chart with their last Top Ten hit (though they just barely missed with the ironically titled "So Close" in late 1990). This was pretty good, but I prefer many others from them. 16: NEW SENSATION - INXS (20) - Last week, we had back-to-back artists from Sydney, Australia and it almost happened again this week, but Hall & Oates prevented it. I liked this song - much better than the overplayed "Need You Tonight". 15: NITE AND DAY – AL B. SURE! (17) - Ah, a nice and mellow slow jam - much better than his upbeat songs (like "Off On Your Own Girl"). I liked the synthesizer used in this song. 14: I STILL BELIEVE – BRENDA K. STARR (14) - This was her first of two Top 40 hits - and she almost had a third hit, her duet with George Lamond called "No Matter What", but that one ran out of gas at #49 - too bad, as that was my favorite song from her. This, however, was a close second, as it was a great one! 13: CIRCLE IN THE SAND – BELINDA CARLISLE (7) - This was Belinda's fourth and final Top Ten hit. This one was OK, but not one of my favorites by her by a longshot. I preferred "I Get Weak", along with the two Wild Horses singles in 1989 and 1990. 12: KISS ME DEADLY – LITA FORD (12) - This was the first of three heavy metal songs in a row. I'll bet this was a highlight for our friend JessieLou. I liked this song, too, as well as the follow-up "Back To The Cave". 11: NOTHIN’ BUT A GOOD TIME - POISON (13) - This song hit the Top Ten on the Hot 100, but just missed on the R&R chart. Poison didn't have their first Top Ten on that chart until "Every Rose Has Its Thorn", which went all the way to the top. Anyway, this was a great song - one of my favorite songs by Poison! OPTIONAL EXTRA: I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY - KYLIE MINOGUE - She would be more successful in the 21st century, but she had a few hits in the late 1980s as well. This was her first. Not sure if I prefer this or "It's No Secret", from early 1989. In any case, I prefer both of them over the frankly annoying "The Loco-Motion". 10: POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME – DEF LEPPARD (18) - They'd had moderate success on the Top 40 chart with the Pyromania album, but it was the Hysteria album that REALLY put them on the map. This was their first Top Five hit and looked like it would hit #1, but Richard Marx leapfrogged over them with his hit that we heard back at #31. No matter; they would top the chart with their next single "Love Bites". Not sure if I preferred that one or this. Is it me, or did Casey erroneously refer to their album as Animal? 9: MERCEDES BOY - PEBBLES (11) - Is it me, or were there more songs about cars and driving than usual in the summer of 1988? Who knows; maybe it seems like that because that was the summer I took Driver's Ed. Didn't get my license until seven years later, though (mainly due to procrastination). 8: ALPHABET ST. - PRINCE (10) - This was Prince's last hit for about a year, before he came back with three songs from the Batman soundtrack in 1989. This song was OK, but far from being his best. Casey hinted that this could become another number one hit for him. He must not have seen that this song had, in fact, lost its bullet this week. Then, of course, it free-fell soon after. 7: ONE MORE TRY – GEORGE MICHAEL (2) - When "Father Figure" was riding high on the charts, I listened to the "Faith" album for the first time and heard this song. I loved it instantly and hoped it would be released next and, sure enough, it was, and straight to #1 it went. This is definitely one of his best solo hits. I sure didn't like the hack job they did on the song this week, however. 6: THE VALLEY ROAD – BRUCE HORNSBY & THE RANGE (8) - This was the third and final Top Ten hit for Hornsby. I liked this song, but preferred the three hits from The Way It Is. 5: THE FLAME – CHEAP TRICK (9) - After an eight-year absence from the chart, Cheap Trick came back in a major way, as this song went all the way to the top and was one of the most played songs of the summer of 1988. As a result, I'm still kind of burned out on this one, but it's tolerable. Still, I preferred many of their earlier hits, including "I Want You To Want Me" and "Voices". 4: MAKE IT REAL – THE JETS (5) - - 1988 was definitely the year for the rare "last single with most success". We've already talked about Richard Marx, and the Jets are another example. This song peaked at #4 a few weeks later. This was a great song, though I slightly preferred "You Got It All". OPTIONAL EXTRA: FAST CAR - TRACY CHAPMAN - This one reminds me a little of "Oh Very Young" by Cat Stevens. This one was Chapman's biggest hit for eight years, until "Give Me One Reason" came along. I preferred this one, as the latter was way overplayed. 3: TOGETHER FOREVER – RICK ASTLEY (1) - Ah, the prerequisite Rickroll, which was virtually unavoidable in 1988. Actually, I just heard this one on the oldies station today, which I thought was weird, considering that most stations play "Never Gonna Give You Up". Anyway, this one was more or less a watered-down version of that song.. I preferred the next hit from the Whenever You Need Somebody album, "It Would Take A Strong Strong Man". The title track was also a great song, but that one wasn't released here in the states, which I thought was a shame (though as I recall, that was a decent-sized hit on the dance chart). 2: DIRTY DIANA – MICHAEL JACKSON (4) - This one would set a record, as the fifth #1 song from the same album. It was one of my favorites from the Bad album. 1: FOOLISH BEAT – DEBBIE GIBSON (3) - This could have been yet another example of the "last single with most success" phenomenon, as this was the only #1 song from Out Of The Blue, but while she was still hot, she decided to release a fifth single - which didn't even hit the Top 20 (didn't upset me too terribly, as I wasn't crazy about the song). Such was not the case with this great song, though - this was most definitely one of her best hits ever. Glad they didn't have that sloppy edit near the end that totally screwed up the continuity of the song. This week, the song was played intact!
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If I'm not mistaken,Mariah Carey sang background vocals on Brenda K. Starr's hit "I Still Believe" which was one of the featured songs on this weekend's presentation from 6/25/88-Ten years later,Mariah's remake also made the top forty.
Droppers: EVERYBODY DANCE - CHIC (38) - I forget how this one goes, but I seem to recall that I didn't like it. THIS TIME I'M IN IT FOR LOVE - PLAYER (36) - Their second of their three Top 40 hits, and the second biggest as well, peaking at #10 several weeks back. It wasn't bad, but I preferred "Baby Come Back". DISCO INFERNO - THE TRAMMPS (35) - Burn, baby burn! For a disco song, this was actually not bad. CHEESEBURGER IN PARADISE - JIMMY BUFFETT (32) - One of Jimmy's fun songs that you just can't help but sing along with! I have this one on my YouTube playlist of favorite songs, so I definitely like it! THE CLOSER I GET TO YOU - ROBERTA FLACK & DONNY HATHAWAY (27) - Great song! My favorite of their three charted duets. Too bad it dropped out. BABY HOLD ON - EDDIE MONEY (26) - Here's one of those songs that didn't quite hit the Top Ten, but gets quite a lot of recurrent airplay. A great song indeed - one of my favorites from him!
40: IF EVER I SEE YOU AGAIN - ROBERTA FLACK (debut) - This song reminded me a lot of "You Light Up My Life" by Debby Boone, especially in the bridge. But there's a good reason for that, as Joe Brooks wrote both songs. I thought this was a great song - not sure if I prefer this or her recent Top Five duet with Donny Hathaway, which dropped out this week. 39: WARM RIDE - RARE EARTH (40) - Despite me not being a huge fan of disco, I actually liked this song. Possibly because it was written by the Bee Gees. 38: DANCE ACROSS THE FLOOR - JIMMY "BO" HORNE (debut) - This song, a one-week wonder on AT40, was written by members of another popular disco group (in this case, KC & The Sunshine Band), and it definitely shows. The song was OK, but nothing I'd go out of my way to listen to. 37: STONE BLUE - FOGHAT (debut) - This was another AT40 one-week wonder - but only because the following week was an AT40 special, during which the song peaked at #36 in its last week on the chart. I vaguely remember hearing this back in the day - not a bad song. 36: IT'S THE SAME OLD SONG - K.C. & THE SUNSHINE BAND (debut) - Interesting rendition of the Four Tops classic. Of course, nothing tops the original. 35: RUNAWAY - JEFFERSON STARSHIP (debut) - Here's sort of a random fact; this is the first song on the countdown that lasted more than five weeks on the chart. I believe this was their final Top 40 hit featuring Marty Balin on lead vocals. I liked this song, but slightly preferred "Count On Me", which had charted earlier in the year. 34: THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY - LOVE & KISSES (debut) - Ah, the ever-popular weekend welcome! This was the title track of the movie "Thank God It's Friday", a disco musical that was sort of in a box office battle with Grease, which was released around the same time. 33: HEARTLESS - HEART (24) - The beginning of this song reminds me a little of "Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress" by the Hollies. The song was so/so, but not quite as good as their 80s and 90s songs. 32: DEACON BLUES - STEELY DAN (19) - aka "Peg Pt 2" Both are great songs - not sure which one I prefer. I associate this song more with April, 1982, when I went to Disneyworld with family and friends. My mom's then boyfriend, who did the driving, listened to the Aja tape in the car all the time, so I heard all the songs many times! 31: GREASE - FRANKIE VALLI (39) - The title track to one of the biggest movie soundtracks ever was on its way to the top. It's OK, but I prefer several other songs from him, both solo and with the Four Seasons. 30: ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG - BILLY JOEL (37) - Casey mentioned that "Grease" was the biggest mover of the week, so chart watchers knew that meant that this song was next up. This song might have been a Top Ten hit if not for its lyrical content. Many radio stations refused to play this song, which impeded its climb - the song only got as high as #24. It was a great song - one of his best, IMO. 29: I CAN'T STAND THE RAIN - ERUPTION (34) - Sort of a faceless disco song, but, considering my general opinion on that kind of music, this song was actually pretty good. 28: ALMOST SUMMER - CELEBRATION FEATURING MIKE LOVE (30) - This song should have been re-titled "Summer" this week, as that season had officially started several days before. But, I guess since it was the title song from a movie soundtrack... Anyway, this song definitely had that summer sound to it, since it featured Mike Love of the Beach Boys on vocals. OPTIONAL EXTRA: TWO TICKETS TO PARADISE - EDDIE MONEY - As usual, they played a different version of this song than was usually heard on the radio (the single version, I would imagine). I remember hearing this one quite regularly back in the day. I liked it, but I preferred several others from the Money Man, such as the song from him that dropped off the survey this week. 27: WONDERFUL TONIGHT - ERIC CLAPTON (33) - One of Clapton's songs that receive the most recurrent airplay today (given that, I'm surprised it did not make an appearance on the R&R chart). It was a good song. Anyone remember this Yahoo Internet commercial from 2005 that features this song? 26: WITH A LITTLE LUCK - PAUL McCARTNEY & WINGS (17) - As usual, they heavily edited this song (of course, they kinda had to, since the single version of the song is nearly six minutes long). Truly, AT40 had long since outgrown its three-hour allotted playing time. Anyway, this was definitely one of my favorite songs from Wings! 25: MISS YOU - THE ROLLING STONES (31) - Meh, I think we all know how I feel about this song. I preferred their other disco song, thank you very much. 24: OH WHAT A NIGHT FOR DANCING - BARRY WHITE (25) - Pretty much your typical late-70s slow jam. It was pretty good, but nothing I'd go out of my way to listen to. 23: FOLLOW YOU, FOLLOW ME - GENESIS (29) - This was their very first Top 40 hit. I liked many of their hits, but this wasn't one of them. Just not my cup of tea. 22: I WAS ONLY JOKING - ROD STEWART (28) - One of Stewart's most underrated hits ever! This was all the higher the song got, which was a shame; it should have gone Top Ten like his song "You're In My Heart" from earlier in the year. 21: ON BROADWAY - GEORGE BENSON (8) - One of several remakes on this week's chart. It was pretty good, with Benson's trademark scat singing, but I still preferred the original by the Drifters. 20: LAST DANCE - DONNA SUMMER (23) - She was indeed on a roll, but the best was yet to come, as her next hit would hit #1 and she'd have three more #1 songs, all in 1979! This was a good one, like many of her big hits. 19: EVEN NOW - BARRY MANILOW (22) - This song looked like it would be another Top Ten for Manilow but, because of the rush release of "Copacabana", which Casey mentioned was on the verge of entering the Top 40, this song peaked at #19 and lasted only four weeks on the chart. Like most of his songs, it was a good one, but not one of his best IMO. 18: YOU'RE THE LOVE - SEALS & CROFTS (21) - They had a handful of big hits in the 70s, but unfortunately, this was their final Top 40 hit. It wasn't bad, but I preferred most of their earlier hits. 17: BLUER THAN BLUE - MICHAEL JOHNSON (20) - This Colorado native had three Top 40 hits and this was the biggest of them, peaking at #12. It was a great one, but I still prefer "This Night Won't Last Forever", which got as high as #19 in 1979. Interesting story about how his bout with pneumonia and his brother's leg injury was instrumental in starting Johnson's music career. 16: EVERY KINDA PEOPLE - ROBERT PALMER (18) - I'm not a huge Robert Palmer fan (but you already know that), but this song was actually pretty good. 15: FEELS SO GOOD - CHUCK MANGIONE (7) - This song sure got a lot of mileage on the charts - peaked at #4 in its 13th week in the Top 40. A true guilty pleasure of mine, this song! Wasn’t this featured on a commercial (about something like Curtis Mathes TV sets) many years back? OPTIONAL EXTRA: MACHO MAN - THE VILLAGE PEOPLE - Well, I definitely prefer this song way over "Y.M.C.A.", but it is not quite as good as "In The Navy". 14: TOO MUCH TOO LITTLE TOO LATE - JOHNNY MATHIS AND DENIECE WILLIAMS (5) - Did Casey say that this was Mathis' only chart hit? Hardly; he'd had many top 40 hits back in the pre-Beatle era. Maybe Casey said it was his only chart hit in over 15 years? Well, whatever the case, this song had an unusually quick run on the chart - eleven weeks total. On the other hand, this was Mathis' (and Williams') biggest hit ever on the AC charts. As for my opinion about the song, it was a good one. 13: BECAUSE THE NIGHT - THE PATTY SMITH GROUP (15) - I'm more familiar with the 1993 cover of this song by 10,000 Maniacs, which doesn't sound all that different from this one (except for one of the chords in the chorus). Not sure which of the two I prefer, but, due to overplay of the cover, I'm still burned out on the song overall. 12: TWO OUT OF THREE AIN'T BAD - MEAT LOAF (14) - He had a handful of Top 40 hits, with this being my favorite - as well as one of my favorites on this week's chart. I do, however, prefer the full album version over the single, which was what AT40 usually, if not always, played. 11: THE GROOVE LINE - HEAT WAVE (13) - aka "Boogie Nights Part 2". I wasn't a huge fan of either song, but their ballad "Always And Forever", which charted between those two songs, was a great one. 10: DANCE WITH ME - PETER BROWN (11) - Meh, I preferred the Orleans song of the same title from three years before. This one just didn't do anything for me. 9: STILL THE SAME - BOB SEGER (16) - Another song that true chart watchers would have known was at this position. This song was looking like it might be his first #1. The song did climb as high as #4, which is great, but it should have gone to #1 IMO. But in 1978, topping the chart was nearly impossible if you weren't on the RSO label. 8: LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN - SWEET (10) - They had five Top 40 hits, all reaching the upper half of the chart. This one was their final Top 40 hit. It wasn't bad - reminded me of something that ELO would do. 7: USED TO BE MY GIRL - THE O'JAYS (12) - Their last of six Top Ten hits. It was actually a great song - possibly my favorite of their hits! 6: YOU BELONG TO ME - CARLY SIMON (9) - A high point in the show for JessieLou here! This was a great song - one of Simon's best hits. I liked it as well as the Doobie Brothers' version, which was on their Livin' on the Fault Line album from the year before. 5: TAKE A CHANCE ON ME - ABBA (6) - I like many, if not most, of their Top 40 hits. This song was pretty good - one that I've learned to like over the past year or so. I definitely prefer it over their other 1978 hit "The Name Of The Game", but it doesn't hold a candle to "Dancing Queen" or "The Winner Takes It All". 4: YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT - JOHN TRAVOLTA & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN (2) - The first of two duets from Grease that they charted with, as well as one of two #1 hits from the soundtrack (the title track, back at #31, was the other). I like both duets about the same - it depends on my mood at the time. Regardless, both are great songs 3: IT'S A HEARTACHE - BONNIE TYLER (4) - Some people call her a "female Rod Stewart", since both have similarly raspy voices. This was a really good song, though I preferred “Total Eclipse Of The Heart”. OPTIONAL EXTRA: HOT BLOODED - FOREIGNER - This song would not debut until the following week, but since it hit the Top 40 in its second week on, this would be the only chance to play it as an Optional (as the Top 40 Acts of the 1970s pre-empted the regular show the week of July 1). The "Double Vision" album was definitely one of their best singles albums, as all three releases were great! 2: BAKER STREET - GERRY RAFFERTY (3) - I tell you what, I used to really like this song, but not so much anymore. Perhaps overplay on oldies stations. I generally switch the station when this comes on. 1: SHADOW DANCING - ANDY GIBB (1) - This song was in the midst of a seven-week run at #1, on its way to becoming the top song of the entire year. However, it is possibly my least favorite of his hits (but at least my favorite won out for the year before, so it's all good).
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DROPPERS: AGAINST ALL ODDS (TAKE A LOOK AT ME NOW) - PHIL COLLINS (34) - One of the biggest hits of 1984 - three weeks at #1 and 16 weeks in the Top 40. Its stats on R&R were about the same, only on that chart, he actually logged four weeks at the top. If he'd had a little more oomph, this song just might have come out on top for the whole year on that chart, but it had to play second fiddle to that overplayed Van Halen song that sounded more like a sporting event theme song than a radio hit. But again, I digress. This was one of Phil's best songs ever, IMO. WHAT IS LOVE - HOWARD JONES (33) - Neither of his songs from his first album hit the Top 20, but he'd have much better luck with his next album Dream Into Action, which would be released the following spring and spawn three hits, each of which hit the Top 20. As for this song, it's a good one, but I preferred his other 1984 hit "New Song". I'LL WAIT - VAN HALEN (32) - This song dropped out of the Top 40, but their new song "Panama" kept their streak alive. I did, however, prefer this one - had the typical sound of late-1970s/early 1980s AOR. RUN RUNAWAY - SLADE (27) - Like Howard Jones, they had two hits in 1984 (only those turned out to be their only Top 40 hits). Their second hit, a ballad entitled "My Oh My" would make a brief appearance on the chart later in the summer. This song, a rocker, was my favorite of their two hits. BREAKDANCE - IRENE CARA (17) - No big loss - I was never a fan of this song at all and was glad it fell off from such a high position.
40: HELLO - LIONEL RICHIE (18) - Wow! What a drop there! At least it didn't fall clean off; it would be a bummer if it was just below the Top 40 while that crapfest that was "Breakdance" kicked off the countdown. Anyway, the last time we heard a 1984 show, this song was at the opposite end of the list - all the way on top, and deservedly so, as it is one of my favorite Lionel Richie songs ever! 39: PANAMA - VAN HALEN (debut) - I found it kind of weird - Casey mentioned that this song debuted as "I'll Wait" fell off. John Leader said the very same thing on his "Countdown America" show - might have even been this same week! As for my opinion of this song, it was a good one, but, as I mentioned earlier, I preferred the song that it replaced. 38: FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE - MICHAEL JACKSON (40) - Michael Jackson would be doing double duty on the chart over the next few weeks - he debuts on the chart this week (on the entire Hot 100, no less) with his duet with Mick Jagger, "State Of Shock" and this week, he debuted with his solo hit from the compilation album of the same title. This one definitely had that classic Motown sound (and that it should, as that was the label the song was on). Given the popularity of Michael's Thriller album over the past year and a half, it's a surprise that this is all the higher the song got on the chart. Must not have been promoted very well. I myself thought it was a good one - I definitely prefer it over said Michael/Mick duet. 37: IF EVER YOU'RE IN MY ARMS AGAIN - PEABO BRYSON (debut) - His first Top 40 entry was his duet with Roberta Flack, "Tonight I Celebrate My Love", which hit the Top 20 the previous fall. His second and last Top 40 hit was on his own and it went on to hit the Top Ten (and did even better at AC radio, where it spent a month at #1. It is definitely one of his best hits ever! 36: ROMANCING THE STONE - EDDY GRANT (debut) - Another man who had two Top 40 hits. I preferred the first one, however, as overplayed as it was. This one wasn't bad, but nothing I'd go out of my way to hear. 35: OBSCENE PHONE CALLER ROCKWELL (39) - This is another example of Michael Jackson's presence on a record affecting how it does on the chart. Rockwell's first hit "Somebody's Watching Me", of course, had Michael, as well as Jermaine, on backing vocals and it shot straight to #2. #35 is where this song peaked, and it dropped out the following week. It was clearly riding the coattails of the first hit. I thought it was a good song - its bass had a little hint of "I'm Free (Heaven Helps The Man)" by Kenny Loggins - which, by the way, is coming up very soon. 34: PRIME TIME - THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT (38) - Their eighth and final Top 40 hit. This one reminded me a lot of their biggest hit "Eye In The Sky". It was a pretty good one, though at the same time, I can see why it didn't do as well as most of their other hits. 33: SUNGLASSES AT NIGHT - COREY HART (36) - The first Top 40 hit for this Montreal, Canada native, and one of his biggest. I like it, but I preferred most of his other hits. 32: I'M FREE (HEAVEN HELPS THE MAN) - KENNY LOGGINS (37) - Here is that Kenny Loggins song I mentioned earlier. He had one of the biggest hits of 1984 with the title track to the Footloose soundtrack and was hoping to duplicate that success with this song, but, in fact, this song only got as high as #22, as Footloose mania began to fade away. That's too bad, as I actually preferred this one over his bigger Footloose hit. Definitely one of my favorite of Kenny's big movie hits. LDD: BETH - KISS - This song definitely fit the LDD, as it's about a musician who's always away from home, though I'm sure the author wishes that Kiss named this song "Carol", as that was his wife's name. But songs like "Carol" (Chuck Berry), "Don't Kill It, Carol" (Manfred Mann), or the coup de gras, "Carol (You're The Bottom Of The Barrel)" by the Farquahr Brothers would not be suitable - might make his wife up and leave him. But all joking aside, I thought this was one of Kiss' best hits ever. OPTIONAL EXTRA: ROUND AND ROUND - RATT - As big as hard rock bands were in the mid- and late 1980s, it's a surprise that they only had two Top 40 hits, one of which barely made it. That was "Lay It Down", which would hit the Top 40 the following summer, at #40. I preferred that one, but this was a good one as well. 31: WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT - TINA TURNER (35) - I tell you what, I disliked this song with a passion back in the day, but it's one of those songs that gets better with age. 30: STATE OF SHOCK - THE JACKSONS (debut) - This song was credited to the Jacksons even though Michael was pretty much the only one of them doing the singing (I imagine the rest were singing backup, though). Anyway, I never really liked this song. It was a good summertime hit, however. 29: GHOSTBUSTERS - HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS RAY PARKER JR. (debut) - This was the theme to one of the most successful movies of 1984. The scandal involving a lawsuit from Huey Lewis & The News is pretty much common knowledge. As for the song, it wasn't bad, but I preferred many other songs from him, both as a solo artist and with his band Raydio. 28: I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU - DAN HARTMAN (31) - He'd hit #1 as a part of the Edgar Winter Group in 1973 with "Frankenstein", and returned to the Top Ten on his own with this song. It's another song I hated back in the day, but think it's a pretty good one now, but still, I preferred his next two hits "We Are The Young" and "Second Nature". 27: DON'T WALK AWAY - RICK SPRINGFIELD (29) - The second of three hits he charted with from the soundtrack of Hard To Hold. This was probably my favorite of the three, but his first one, "Love Somebody", which had hit the Top Ten earlier in the year would be a close second. 26: NO WAY OUT - JEFFERSON STARSHIP (28) - This was a landmark hit for the band, as it was their final Top 40 hit with Jefferson in the name. On their next hit "We Built This City", of course, they were billed simply as Starship. Anyway, this has always been one of my favorite songs from the band in any of their three incarnations. The guitar riffs at the beginning, as well as in the chorus, remind me of "Separate Ways" by Journey. Oh, one more thing - they actually left the song intact this week, as they seem to edit out either the second verse or the bridge (as well as the guitar solo leading up to it). Thanks, Premiere! 25: BREAKIN'…THERE'S NO STOPPING US - OLLIE AND JERRY (30) - Breakdancing was indeed all the rage back in 1984! Two songs about it even made the Top 40, including the Irene Cara song that dropped out. I liked this song a little better, but still, I wasn't too crazy about it or the movie it was from. My Dad and I went to see it about this time in 1984 and both agreed that was two hours of our lives that we'd never get back, LOL! 24: YOU CAN'T GET WHAT YOU WANT - JOE JACKSON (15) - Possibly THE longest Top 40 song title of 1984! Anyway, this song was a good one (with a great horn section), but I personally preferred "Is She Really Goin' Out With Him" and "Breakin' Us In Two". 23: SISTER CHRISTIAN - NIGHT RANGER (14) - Like I've said before, I became the butt of many jokes since this song contains my name, but it is still one of my favorites from them nevertheless. Too bad they cut out the guitar solo in the middle - that was one of the best parts of the song. 22: MODERN DAY DELILAH - VAN STEPHENSON (24) - The only Top 40 hit for this Hamilton, Ohio native (and, sadly, it will stay that way, as he passed away back in 2001). Too bad, as this was a good song. 21: WHO'S THAT GIRL - THE EURYTHMICS (21) - LOL, the oldradioshows website had this one listed as being by Madonna. While it is true that this is one of my least favorite songs by the Eurythmics, I must say that I do prefer it over the Madonna song, since the latter was way overplayed (and I never really liked it in the first place). As for the Eurythmics, I think we all know what my favorite song from them is! OPTIONAL EXTRA: THE WARRIOR - SCANDAL f/PATTY SMYTH - They hit the Hot 100 five times, but this was the only song of theirs that hit the Top 40. I preferred most of their other songs, but this was a good one as well. 20: SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) - ELTON JOHN (26) - The first of three top 40 hits from Breaking Hearts, and the only Top Ten from that album, as well as my favorite of the three (though "Who Wears These Shoes" would be a close second). 19: DANCE HALL DAYS - WANG CHUNG (25) - One of many newcomers to the chart in 1984. This was actually their second hit, and one of theirs that gets the most recurrent airplay (along with "Everybody Have Fun Tonight"). This song was OK, but I preferred most of their other hits. 18: INFATUATION - ROD STEWART (23) - This song has been compared to his Top Five hit from early 1981, "Passion", since both songs sound alike. I preferred the latter of the two songs - this one never really did much for me. 17: DOCTOR! DOCTOR! - THOMPSON TWINS (22) - They had just come off of their second and, as it turned out, most successful hit ever "Hold Me Now" and, though it didn't quite measure up to the success of that song, it did well on the chart, just barely missing the Top Ten. Both this song, as well as "Hold Me Now" are among my favorite songs by the "twins". 16: STAY THE NIGHT - CHICAGO (16) - Based on the way that this song, their first song from the Chicago 17 album, peaked at #16, it looked like it might not be a very big sales album, but the next two hits proved that wrong, as they both hit the Top Five - in fact, on the R&R chart, they were both #1s. I preferred those two songs, (especially "Hard Habit To Break") but this was a good one as well. 15: MAGIC - THE CARS (20) - The second of five singles from Heartbeat City, and my favorite of the five by a fair margin. Definitely released at the right time of year, as it had that summertime sound to it (I seem to remember the video was very summerlike as well). 14: IT'S A MIRACLE - CULTURE CLUB (13) - With its strong early chart action, one would think that this was a cinch to hit the Top Ten. Not quite - it only got as high as #13 the previous week. This pretty much showed that people were getting tired of the band, who'd been on the charts continually for nearly a year and a half. I disliked this song when it was on the chart, but I think it's pretty good now, though nothing I'd go out of my way to listen to. 13: LEGS - ZZ TOP (19) - They'd had several chart singles, which Casey mentioned (though I couldn't help but notice that he left out "La Grange", although it did technically chart on AT40 for a week due to a chart error), but this one put them in the Top Ten. It was a pretty good song, but I preferred their Afterburner singles. 12: BORDERLINE - MADONNA (11) - Her first of many Top Ten hits, and definitely one of her best songs ever, IMO. It was a pleasant surprise to hear the album version of the song. 11: OH SHERRIE - STEVE PERRY (9) - The very first solo hit from the man who was still actively the lead singer of Journey. He would have three more hits from Street Talk, but this was the biggest of the bunch - a great song IMO (though I don't know what cinnamon gum has to do with anything) OPTIONAL EXTRA: SEXY GIRL - GLENN FREY - Following the break-up of the Eagles, Glenn had a decent solo career going, though he had yet to hit the Top Ten on his own. He would do that with his next hit, but this one did well, peaking at #20 in August. It was a great song and sort of appropriate for me at the time, because the guy who moved into the house next door to me in the summer of 1984 and he had a daughter that I found quite attractive (only thing is, she didn't live with him). 10: ALMOST PARADISE…LOVE THEME FORM "FOOTLOOSE" - MIKE RENO AND ANN WILSON (12) - This, of course, was the love theme from Footloose. One of my favorite singles from the soundtrack! 9: LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY - DENIECE WILLIAMS (3) - And what do you know - back-to-back Footloose songs on the countdown. As the biggest hit from the Footloose soundtrack, this song was a very close second to the title track. I disliked this song when it was on the chart, due to all the overplay, but now, it's good to hear it every once in awhile instead of everytime I turn on the radio. 8: EYES WITHOUT A FACE - BILLY IDOL (10) - Be truthful now - how many of you, like me, thought he was asking the object of his affection to dinner or a movie? (as in "Hows About A Date"). Definitely a common misheard lyric. This was a good song, though my favorite song by him would probably be "Sweet Sixteen". LDD: (YOU'RE) HAVING MY BABY – PAUL ANKA w/ODIA COATES - This song wasn't bad, but quite cheesy. It did fit the dedication like a glove, though. 7: TIME AFTER TIME - CYNDI LAUPER (2) - Possibly THE most successful newcomer of 1984, with four Top Five hits from her debut album. This was the second of them, and possibly my least favorite, since it's somewhat depressing. It's still not bad, though. 6: THE HEART OF ROCK 'N' ROLL - HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS (6) - They seemed to like the #6 spot on the countdown, as three of their five hits from Sports peaked there. This one was even spending its fourth week at that position. I used to really like this song, but overplay tarnished my fascination for this song somewhat, though it's still a pretty good song. My favorite Sports single would be the next one, "If This Is It", which charted later that summer. 5: JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) - THE POINTER SISTERS (7) - I have never liked the title of this song - it's like she's treating her man like a dog, making him do tricks for her to love him. If I was dating someone like that, I'd pack my bags and be outta there! 4: SELF CONTROL - LAURA BRANIGAN (5) - This was a song that, back in the day, I did not like at all, but now I think it's pretty decent. Still, I prefer a few others from her. 3: WHEN DOVES CRY - PRINCE (8) - I think that I disliked this song even more than "Self-Conrol" back during its chart run. And guess what - I still dislike it even more. Not sure why, this one just didn't do much for me (though I did like his other Purple Rain singles). Interesting story about all the "bird" songs that hit the Top 40 over the years. Glad that the dove wins out, as it's the symbol of peace. I wonder how many songs name our national bird, the bald eagle? OPTIONAL EXTRA: STUCK ON YOU - LIONEL RICHIE - This was his second county-flavored song (the first was his hit "Sail On" with the Commodores). Not sure if that song ever crossed over to the Country chart, but this one sure did, peaking at #24. Very few songs had ever hit the Top 30 on four different Billboard singles charts. 2: DANCING IN THE DARK - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (4) - This was the first of an incredible seven singles from Springsteen's album Born In The USA, all of which made the Top Ten. This one looked like it might hit #1, but Prince leapfrogged over him the following week. It did hit #1 in R&R and Cash Box, though, so that was good. I liked this song, but preferred a few others, including songs on Born In The USA. 1: THE REFLEX - DURAN DURAN (1) - I tell you what, I liked many songs from them, but never really got into this one. 1984 just wasn't their best year, IMO (though I did like "New Moon On Monday" - by far my favorite of their songs that charted that year).
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