Monday’s Music Moves Me: YouTube Wheel of Fortune

The lovely Vanna White. Image by skeeze from Pixabay

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.

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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26 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: YouTube Wheel of Fortune

  1. Memories! When I heard the Simply Red song I immediately started thinking of the Ambrosia song and there it was, next on your playlist. Our indoor mall used to play “That’s Just the Way It Is” a lot. We would hear it when exercise walking during the winter. The mall has been closed since mid-March, and actually, it is (finally!) reopening tomorrow. Took that long for them to comply with New York State ventilation requirements for malls opening in our Phase 4. Yes brings back a lot of memories of the 70’s. Enjoyable set.

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  2. Oh, Tears for Fear and Phil Collins you had me there but then you picked all of the great other tunes! Wow!

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  3. So many songs I haven’t heard in so a long time I know I’ll be back to hear them all. Fantastic my friend I love when people come up with songs I haven’t heard in so long. Today is also a day where my phone won’t stop ringing & driving me bonkers. So let’s see I say Donald Fagan tunes is a CD we always grab when we go on trips we love his music. The next tune Joe Jackson was a song I always heard on the way to work the music made a good pace for me walking down Wacker Drive downtown you know hurry up and wait! hahaha Oh my, That’s just the way it is was a favorite on the way home! hahaha Owner of a lonely heart was a favorite of the boys in the band. So cool, and then SHOUT, SHOUT… oh yeah, that was a sing-a-long on “Girls night Out”! Well, you have more, but it’s time for me to move on…but Eye in the Sky make me stick around a minute or two… oooooo Phil Collins haven’t heard him in a long time… and Holding Back, and Ambrosia, “How Much I Feel”…. very good CLOSE dance song with the hubby… hehehe, and last, but not least ( WOO HOO I DID IT, hehehe) “Heart To Heart” Alright, good dance tune and sing-a-long peoples!!!! HAVE A GREAT DAY, MY FRIEND, and John keep you and yours safe and happy. Have a great day!

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    1. What part of Wacker, the part along the river or the one that passes the opera house and the Sears Tower? I used to work at Monroe and Franklin, and in the evening, I’d walk west across Wacker and all the way to Halsted. The bus was never crowded and it was nice and quiet.

      YouTube picked some good tunes, didn’t it?

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  4. Great songs. “Steppin’ Out” is the song my husband and I consider “our song” since we heard it early in our relationship dating days, just before we went out one night. Heard Ambrosia and Phil Collins on the drive home this morning from dropping our son off at work. Your YouTube and my iTunes were in sync today 🙂 Happy Monday.

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  5. Great list. It looks like YouTube did not steer you wrong. Oh, and I don’t mind if you want to use the YouTube Roulette title. You can even borrow the graphic if you would like. All I ask in return is that you drop your link in the comments section on Wednesdays so everyone can drop by. There’s at least one other that has shown an interest in playing along as well.

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    1. I appreciate it! I’ve been using YTR as a way to come up with my Songs of the Day, and so far it’s worked well. The thing I need to remember is to occasionally pick a “why did YouTube recommend THAT?” song that leads me down a different path…

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    1. I really enjoy his first couple of solo albums, “The Nightfly” and “Kamakiriad.” Haven’t heard much of his later albums, but I have a feeling they’re just as good.

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        1. If you subscribe to one of the music services, they’ll probably have a playlist dedicated to him. That’s always a good way to get a sense of an artist. He’d be worth it.

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