This is “YouTube Roulette,” but since Mary B over at Jingle Jangle Jungle has a weekly feature called that, I came up with my own name for it. Last week’s Songs of the Day were all picked this way, so it made sense to keep that up. Here are the next ten songs I would have chosen.
- Donald Fagen, “I.G.Y. (What A Beautiful World)”: From Donald Fagen’s first studio album after he and Walter Becker went their separate ways, 1982’s The Nightfly. This was the first single from the album, and it reached #8 on the US Adult Contemporary chart (#26 on the Hot 100) and #2 on the Canadian AC chart (#36 on the RPM Singles chart).
- Joe Jackson, “Steppin’ Out”: Love the bassline on this one. From Joe’s 1982 debut album Night And Day, it reached #6 on the Hot 100, #6 in the UK, and #5 in Canada.
- Bruce Hornsby & The Range, “The Way It Is”: Title track from Bruce’s 1986 debut album, it was his first #1 on both the Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary chart, as well as #1 on the Canadian Singles chart, and #15 in the UK. One of those songs that gets into your soul.
- Yes, “Owner of a Lonely Heart”: Long after their Roundabout days, Yes still sounded fresh. From their 11th studio album 90125, which came out in 1983, it was their first #1 on the Hot 100 and the Mainstream Rock charts and #2 on the Canadian singles chart.
- Tears For Fears, “Shout”: From their second album, 1985’s Songs From The Big Chair, It was released in 1984 and was an international #1 hit.
- The Alan Parsons Project, “Eye In The Sky”: Title track from their 1982 album. This was their most successful release, rising to #3 on both the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts, #1 in Canada, and was a Top 10 hit in much of the rest of the world.
- Philip Bailey, Phil Collins, “Easy Lover”: Written by Collins, Bailey, and bassist Nathan East, it rose to #2 in the US, kept from the #1 spot by Foreigner’s “I Want To Know What Love Is,” and #1 in Canada and the UK. The video earned an MTV award.
- Simply Red, “Holdin’ Back The Years”: A very emotiomal somg, written by frontman Mick Hcknall when he was 17 about the relationship he had with his father. From reading the comments, it touched a nerve with a lot of people. It reached #1 on the Hot 100, #6 in Canada, and #2 in the UK.
- Ambrosia, “How Much I Feel”: The oldest song in today’s list, it was the first single off their third album, 1978’s Life Beyond LA. It reached #3 on the Hot 100 and #6 in Canada in 1978-79.
- Kenny Loggins, “Heart To Heart”: Written by Kenny, Michael McDonald, and David Foster, it was the second single from his 1982 release High Adventure. It only reached #15 on the Hot 100, but #3 on the Adukt Contemporary chart.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for July 27, 2020.