Almost done with this year’s A to Z Challenge, and I wanted to do a station from home. WZGC has had those call letters since 1971, when General Cinema Corporation bought a local classical outlet and changed its format to Top 40. They’re now a sports-talk station, but still have the same call letters. Anyway, here’s their Top Ten from Mary’s birthday in 1984.
#10 – The Cars, You Might Think": From 1984’s Heartbeat City, a song written by Ric Ocasek. It peaked at #7 in the US and #8 in Canada.
#9 – Thompson Twins, "Hold Me Now": The first single from their fourth album, Into The Gap. It reached #3 on the Hot 100 and #4 in the UK.
#8 – John Cougar Mellencamp, "Authority Song": From his 1983 album Uh Huh, his seventh album overall and the first credited to John Cougar Mellencamp. It was the third single from the album and reached #15.
#7 – Rick Springfield, "Love Somebody": From the soundtrack of Hard To Hold (1984), this reached #5 on the Hot 100 and #13 on the Hot Rock Tracks survey.
#6 – Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson, "To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before": A duet that worked better than you would think. The lyrics are by Hal David and the music is by Albert Hammond ("It Never Rains In Southern California"), who recorded it on his 1975 album 99 Miles From LA. The duet went to #5 on the Hot 100.
#5 – Culture Club, "Miss Me Blind": The third single from their album Colour By Numbers, it reached #5 on the Hot 100, their sixth consecutive (and, so far, last) Top Ten hit.
#4 – Tracey Ullman, "They Don’t Know": A cover of Kirsty MacColl’s 1979 song that was Tracey’s follow-up to "Breakaway." It reached #2 in the UK and #8 in the US.
#3 – Lionel Richie, "Hello": The third single from his second solo album, Can’t Slow Down. It ended up topping three different charts: the Hot 100, the R&B chart, and the Adult contemporary chart for 2, 3, and 6 weeks, respectively.
#2 – Phil Collins, "Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)": Theme song for the 1983 movie starring Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges and James Woods, it was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe. It reached #1 in the US and Canada and #2 in the UK. It was #5 on the year-end Hot 100.
#1 – Kenny Loggins, "Footloose": Another movie theme, this one by Kenny Loggins, who wrote a few songs for the movies in the ’80’s and ’90’s. It spent three weeks atop the Hot 100 and was #4 on the year-end Hot 100.
So that’s it! This year’s A to Z Challenge is OVAH! Thanks to all of you who visited and left comments or "like"s. I have quite a bit of catching up to do in return visits, so I promise I’ll be around to see you.