Top Ten Tuesday: 1982, The Next 10

On to the #11 thru #20 songs on the 1982 year end Hot 100.

20 – Rick Springfield, "Don’t Talk To Strangers": Written and performed by Springfield on his 1982 album Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet. It reached #2, being kept out of the top spot by Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney’s "Ebony And Ivory."

19 – Foreigner, "Waiting For A Girl Like You": Released in October 1981, from their album 4, it reached #2 in the US and Canada and did well in the English-speaking countries.

18 – Melissa Manchester, "You Should Hear How She Talks About You": QWritten by Dean Pitchford and Tom Snow and appeared on Melissa’s 1982 album Hey Ricky. One of those songs that I didn’t recognize at first, it reached #5 in the US and Canada.

17 – Bertie Higgins, "Key Largo": Written by Bertie and co-producer Sonny Limbo, it was released in September 1981 from the album Just Another Day In Paradise. It reached #1 on the US and Canadian Adult Contemporary charts, #8 in the US and #3 in Canada on the Pop charts.

16 – Tommy Tutone, "867-5309 (Jenny)": Written by band member Jim Keller and Alex Call from the band Clover, it reached #4 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart and caused a lot of people with that number to change it.

15 – Daryl Hall & John Oates, "I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)": Hall & Oates’s fourth consecutive #1 song, it’s one of 14 H&O songs to have been played over a million times on radio, according to BMI. It was on the 1981 album Private Eyes.

14 – Toto, "Rosanna": From Toto’s 1982 album Toto IV, it won the 1983 Grammy for Song of the Year, and spent five weeks at #2 behind "Don’t You Want Me" by The Human League and "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor. Jeff Porcaro’s drumming on this song, a half-time shuffle, is called the "Rosanna Shuffle."

13 – Quarterflash, "Harden My Heart": Written by guitarist Marv Ross and sung by his wife Rindy, the song was released in September 1981 and peaked at #3 on the Hot 100.

12 – Vangelis, "Chariots Of Fire": From the Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire, the song was called "Titles" on the soundtrack album but is generally referred to as "Chariots of Fire." It spent a week at #1 on the Hot 100, and Vangelis received the Academy Award for Best Score.

11 – Soft Cell, "Tainted Love": A song originally recorded by Gloria Jones in 1964, it reached #1 in Canada, Australia, and the UK and #8 in the US.

Next week: 1983.

Top Ten Tuesday: 1981, The Next 10

Here are #11 thru 20 on Billboard‘s Yearend Hot 100 for 1981.

20 – Climax Blues Band, "I Love You": Climax Blues Band had been around since the late ’60’s, making jazz and blues oriented rock to a small audience, but didn’t go for the larger audience until 1976 with "Couldn’t Get It Right." "I Love You" was a minor hit, reaching #12 in the US and #14 in Canada.

19 – The Pointer Sisters, "Slow Hand": From their eighth studio album, 1981’s Black And White, "Slow Hand" was written by Michael Clark and John Bettis, who weren’t thinking of The Pointer Sisters when they wrote it. Their producer, Richard Perry, believed this would be a good follow-up to 1976’s "Fire." And it was, reaching #2 in the US and Canada, #5 in Australia, and #10 in the UK.

18 – Grover Washington Jr. with Bill Withers, "Just The Two Of Us": Written by Withers, William Salter and Ralph MacDonald, Grover recorded it for his 1981 album Winelight. It reached #2 behind Sheena Easton’s "Morning Train (9 to 5)" and Kim Carnes’s "Bette Davis Eyes."

17 – Blondie, "The Tide Is High": Originally written in 1967 for the Jamaican group The Paragons, Blondie released this in late 1980 from their album Autoamerican and reached #1 in the US, Canada, and the UK.

16 – Ray Parker Jr. and Raydio, "A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)": From Raydio’s last album before Ray Parker Jr. went solo, this was their biggest hit, reaching #1 on the R&B chart and #4 on the Hot 100.

15 – Blondie, "Rapture": Written by Deborah Harry and Chris Stein, it was the second single from Autoamerican, their last #1, and the first song to feature rapping.

14 – Juice Newton, "Queen Of Hearts": Song waws written by Hank DeVito, pedal steel player in Emmylou Harris’s band. Juice Newton’s 1981 cover reached #2 in the US and reached the Top Ten in Canada, Australia, Denmark, and New Zealand.

13 – Smokey Robinson, "Being With You": Title track from his 1981 album, written by Smokey. It spent 5 weeks at #1 on the R&B chart and was the last #1 song before "Bette Davis Eyes."

12 – Sheena Easton, "Morning Train (9 to 5)": I talked about this a week ago with my Workin’ playlist.

11 – Joey Scarbury, "Believe It Or Not (Theme From The Greatest American Hero)": The show with William Katt (son of Barbara Hale, who was Della Street on Perry Mason) lasted less than two full seasons, but this seems to be a perennial soft-rock favorite. It was Joey Scarbury’s only Top 10 hit, reaching #2.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for September 21, 2021.

Top Ten Tuesday: 1980, The Next 10

We are up to 1980 in our countdown of hit songs #11-20 on the Billboard Hot 100. We have a real mixed bag this week.

20 – Styx, "Babe": "Babe" was the lead single from Styx’s 1979 album Cornerstone. It spent two weeks at #1 in December 1979, their only single to reach the top of the chart. It’s Billboard‘s policy to determine the year-end Hot 100 from November to November, so it makes all the sense it can.

19 – KC and The Sunshine Band, "Please Don’t Go": The first love ballad for this otherwise disco band, it reached #1 in the US, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. Shortly after it reached #1 in the US, the band broke up and Harry Wayne Casey went solo.

18 – Diana Ross, "Upside Down": Soul diva Diana Ross tried disco on for size, and it worked well: this song spent four weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 and also topped the Disco and R&B charts, went to #5 on the Canadian Top 100, and reached #1 in Sweden, Italy, Norway, and Switzerland.

17 – Christopher Cross, "Ride Like The Wind": His first single, from his 1979 eponymous debut album. It spent four weeks at #2 on the Hot 100, behind Blondie’s "Call Me." If you couldn’t tell, that’s Michael McDonald on background vocals, and the guitar solo is by Christopher himself. He wrote the song and dedicated it to Lowell George of the band Little Feat, who died earlier.

16 – Elton John, "Little Jeannie": From Sir Elton’s 1980 album 21 At 33, it was written by Elton and Gary Osborne. It peaked at #3, the highest any of his songs reached since "Don’t Go Breaking My Heart" in 1976 (a duet with Kiki Dee) and highest-charting solo hit since "Blue Eyes" in 1975.

15 – Air Supply, "Lost In Love": I had the hardest time finding a version of this song that would play in Canada, the UK, and Australia as well as the US until I found this one, which is actually the version that appeared on their 1978 album Life Support. A re-recorded version, which was the title track for their 1980 album, reached #3 on the Hot 100. If you can find one that’ll play in your country, more power to you. (Of course, if you have a VPN, you can always tell it that you’re here…)

14 – The Spinners, "Working My Way Back To You": A cover of the 1966 Four Seasons hit, from The Spinners’ 1979 album Dancin’ And Lovin’. They did it as a medley with Michael Zager’s "Forgive Me Girl" (which I can’t find. Sorry.) It peaked at #2 on the Hot 100 for two weeks, behind Pink Floyd’s "Another Brick In The Wall."

13 – Smokey Robinson, "Cruisin’": This was another 1979 hit that bled over on to the 1980 chart. It reached #1 on the Cash Box Top 100 and #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

12 – Gary Numan, "Cars": From Gary’s debut solo album The Pleasure Principle, it reached the top of the charts in several countries and is considered a staple of the New Wave genre (to quote Wikipedia). In the US it reached #9 on the Hot 100.

11 – Rupert Holmes, "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)": Another song from 1979, it holds the distinction of being the last #1 song of the ’70’s. From Rupert’s album Partners In Crime.

Next week, 1981. That’s Top Ten Tuesday for September 14, 2021.

Top Ten Tuesday: 1979, The Next 10

We finish the ’70’s this week with 1979.

20 – Chic, "Good Times": Chic was at #20 last week, and I had to check to make sure I wasn’t redoing anything. This is from their 1979 Risqué album, and reached the top of the Hot 100 and R&B charts, #3 on the Dance Club Singles chart, #2 in Canada, #1 on the Canadian disco singles chart, and was a Top Ten hit in the UK and New Zealand. It was an influential song besides.

19 – The Doobie Brothers, "What A Fool Believes": A song by Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins from The Doobies’ 1978 album Minute By Minute. The song reached #1 for one week in April and won Grammys in 1980 for Song of the Year and Record of the Year.

18 – Blondie, "Heart Of Glass": Appeared on their 1978 album Parallel Lines, of which it was the third single release. It reached #1 in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Switzerland and the Top Ten in much of the rest of the world.

17 – Olivia Newton-John, "A Little More Love": Released in November 1978 as the lead single for her album Totally Hot. it didn’t reach #1 anywhere but was a Top Ten hit in most of the world, including #3 in the US, #2 in Canada, #4 in the UK, and #9 in Australia.

16 – The Bee Gees, "Tragedy": From their 1979 album Spirits Having Flown, it reached #1 in the UK in March 1979 and in the US a month later. They wrote this during a break in the filming of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, writing baby brother Andy’s "Shadow Dancing" on the same afternoon.

15 – The Pointer Sisters, "Fire": A 1977 song by Bruce Springsteen that The Pointer Sisters released in late 1978 in the US, where it reached #2, stuck behind Rod Stewart’s "Do Ya Think I’m Sexy," which now has me thinking about Mike Myers…

14 – David Naughton, "Makin’ It": The theme song for his TV series of the same name, it reached #5 in the US and #11 in Canada, not bad for a guy whose previous musical success was "I’m a Pepper, you’re a Pepper, he’s a Pepper, she’s a Pepper, wouldn’t you like to be a Pepper, too?"

13 – Dr. Hook, "When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman": Even Stevens, who wrote the song, apparently followed producer Ron Haffkine into the bathroom to pitch this song, and he thought it was good enough to record. It reached #1 in the UK and Ireland, #6 in the US and #4 in Canada.

12 – Donna Summer, "MacArthur Park": Jimmy Webb’s magnum opus was first done by Richard Harris in 1968, reaching #2 on the Hot 100. Ten years later, Donna Summer reached #1 on the Hot 100 with the song, which sold several million copies worldwide.

11 – The Bee Gees, "Too Much Heaven": The Brothers Gibbs’ contribution to the "Music for UNICEF" fund, and was also on their Spirits Having Flown album. It reached #1 in the US and Canada and managed to knock Chic’s "Le Freak" out of the #1 spot temporarily.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for September 7, 2021.

Top Ten Tuesday: 1978, The Next 10

We still have a year before Disco Demolition, so a few of 1978’s next 10 songs are still dance records. Still, there are some notable exceptions.

20 – Chic, "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)": Chic’s first single was released in 1977, but didn’t peak at #6 in the US, Canada, and the UK until early 1978.

19 – Yvonne Elliman, "If I Can’t Have You": Rock chanteuse turned disco queen Yvonne Elliman had a #1 hit in the US and Canada with this song from the sountrack from Saturday Night Fever..

18 – Paul McCartney & Wings, "With A Little Luck": From their 1978 album London Town, this reached #1 in the US and Canada.

17 – Billy Joel, "Just The Way You Are": From Billy’s 1977 album The Stranger, "Just The Way You Are" was Billy’s first Top 10 single (#3) in the US and first Top 20 single (#19) in the UK. It won Grammys for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1979.

16 – The Rolling Stones, "Miss You": Released in 1978 one month ahead of its album, Some Girls, it peaked at #1 in the US and Canada and #3 in the UK, and was their first 12" "Special Disco Version." Billy Preston had a hand on this a well.

15 – Eric Clapton, "Lay Down Sally": A song from Clapton’s 1977 album Slowhand, heavily influenced by J. J. Cale, it reached #3 on the Hot 100. Yvonne Elliman provided bacground vocals.

14 – Samantha Sang with The Bee Gees, "Emotion": Samantha recorded as a teen artist in Australia under the name Cheryl Gray and adopted her adult stage name in 1969. She moved to the UK that year and worked with the Bee Gees, moved back to Australia in 1975 but reconnected with the Bee Gees again in 1977, when she recorded "Emotion." It reached #3 in the US, #2 in Australia, and #11 in the UK. It was the title track from her 1977 album, which reached the top 30 on the Hot 200 albums.

13 – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, "You’re The One That I Want": One of two songs from the 1977 movie Grease that was written for Olivia Newton-John that did not appear in the original score. It’s one of the best-selling singles in history with over 6 million sales. It reached #1 in the US and #2 in Canada, and was a top 10 single in most of the world.

12 – Paul Davis, "I Go Crazy": Funny thing: I woke up this morning singing one of Paul’s other hits, "Cool Nigt"… anyway, this is from his 1977 album Singer of Songs, Teller of Tales and was released in late 1977, reaching #7 on the Hot 100 and #4 in Canada, spending 40 weeks in the Hot 100.

11 – Frankie Valli, "Grease": Written by Barry Gibb, Frankie Valli’s original was the title song for the movie. Topped the chart in the US and Canada.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for August 31, 2021.