Nice mixture of uptempo & ballads on the local chart this week in 1984. Let's revisit the top 10! Hear me do the countdown on New Jersey 101.5 starting just after midnight.
“To All The Girls I've Loved Before” by Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson
(#4 last week) Maybe the oddest couple in pop music history, but somehow it worked. Written by Albert Hammond of “It Never Rains In Southern California” fame. The song was covered by dozens of artists, most recently, believe it or not, by Alanis Morissette. Yes, she changed “Girls” to “Boys”.
“Sister Christian” by Night Ranger
(#9 last week) Ranked #2 on VH1's “100 Greatest Hits Of The 80s”. It was written and sung by the band's drummer, Kelly Keagy, for his sister. There was some debate over the term “motoring”. Apparently, it was meant to mean “cruising”, in the romantic sense.
“Self Control” by Laura Branigan
(#10 last week) This video was partially filmed in New Jersey & was considered so steamy that MTV demanded cuts before they would air it. I met Laura at a radio event & can tell you she was very sweet & friendly. A shame we lost her so young.
“Hello” by Lionel Richie
(#5 last week) Has there been a more surprising comeback in 2012 than Lionel? His “Tuskegee” album has been one of the biggest sellers of the year.
“The Reflex” by Duran Duran
(#6 last week) Remixed for the single by Nile Rodgers of Chic fame.
“Oh Sherrie” by Steve Perry
(#7 last week) One of the song's co-writers, Bill Cuomo, performed the keyboard riff on “Oh Sherrie,” and was the musician that was also responsible for the keyboard riff on Kim Carnes' most famous song, “Bette Davis Eyes”.
“Dancing In The Dark” by Bruce Springsteen
(@#8 last week) This is quickly shaping up to be Bruce's biggest single, & the album it's from, “Born In The USA”, is even bigger: it debuts at #1` this week. It was the last song recorded for the album, because producer/manager Jon Landau wanted a sure fire hit single. hard to believe, it even got club play, & the 12-inch single was the year's biggest!
“Borderline” by Madonna
(#3 last week) On Time Magazine's Top 100 Songs Of All Time list. Wow. good song, but, really? Good video, certainly. With the video, Madonna was credited for breaking the taboo of interracial romances & was considered one of her defining moments.
“Let's Hear It For The Boy” by Deniece Williams
(#1 last week) Deniece attended college in hopes of becoming a registered nurse & a anesthetist but dropped out after 18 months to pursue her singing career. In recent years, she's concentrated on gospel music.
“Time After Time” by Cyndi L:auper
(#2 last week; 1st week at #1) Cyndi's biggest national hit, this was covered by dozens of other artists, even including jazz great Miles Davis.
Countdown extras: “Jump (For My Love)”–Pointer Sisters (#11); “When Doves Cry”–Prince (#13); “The Heart Of Rock & Roll”–Huey Lewis & The News (#14); “Legs”–ZZ Top (#24); “Head Over Heels”–Go-Gos (#29)……..This week's #1` album: “Born In The USA”–Bruce Springsteen (1st week at #1)………..Tomorrow night: Don's Top 10 For June 24, 1975.
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