#atozchallenge Top ten: WZGC (92.1 FM Atlanta GA), 4/20/84

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.

32 thoughts on “#atozchallenge Top ten: WZGC (92.1 FM Atlanta GA), 4/20/84

  1. This gal loves the 80’s and says, what a boffo end to a great theme. Even if you had #6 in it (referring to Songbird’s comment); there were so many great songs in this one. Congratulations!!!!

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  2. Quite a few songs I know in there. I didn’t get around much this A-Z, but I enjoyed the posts/music I got to. Thank you and all the co-hosts for the work you all do to keep the challenge going.

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  3. Hi John – Happy Birthday to Mary over the years … and yes – brilliant suggestions you’ve given us … I’ve enjoyed listening to them … and will continue to do so. Thanks – some fun choices and memory joggers – well done on the O for OVAH this year. Cheers – Hilary

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  4. Great playlist. I had fun to listen to your selections, and trying to remember (and discovering too) old songs. Thanks! And congratulations on completing the challenge 😉

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  5. Loved listening to your music selections all month, John, but then I do all year! Thanks for your hard work with the A to Z. It’s been a fun one.

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  6. You made it again and with flying colors. Thanks for all your efforts in making this an outstanding Challenge.

    This final list is an excellent one. I guess I have at least half of the albums these songs came from. My music buying heyday!

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  7. Great song choices!

    but about #6….

    Back in the 80’s I listened to Z100, NYC’s top radio station. The morning drive time DJ was Scott Shannon, who brought the station “from worst to first”. Yes, that was their slogan. Anyhow, in 1987/1988 the station ran a contest called “the Jukebox from Hell.” Listeners were asked to nominate a song and write a letter to Scott explaining why the song was “awful”. If Scott read your letter on the air, the 45 of your song was added to the jukebox and you’d win a Z100 jacket. At the end of the contest one lucky listener would win the juke box and all the records inside.

    I nominated #6 and won a jacket.

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  8. John,

    We did it! We did it! We crossed the A-Z Challenge finish line together, my friend!! Your daily playlists provided wonderful background music while I busied myself in Blogosphere or around the house. I don’t know what I’ll do in May without such sweet distractions. The 80s was a great decade for music. Thanks for closing out the month with some fabulous tunes from the era of my young adult life. Now for a little zen time, you deserve, I deserve, all A2Zers deserve it! Have a good weekend, buddy!

    Zonk Looney Tunes A-Z Art Sketch

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  9. Seems like a good choice to wrap it up, John. You did a great job. You jostled my memory more than once, some old favorites and a few that could have stayed under their rocks, but all in all, a fun stroll.

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