After a hiatus for the holiday hits, my weekend midnight feature is back, starting with the historic last music survey of the 1980s. It's combined from several local sources.

  • 10

    "Back To Life" by Soul II Soul

    (#4 last week) A platinum single, this peaked at #4 nationally, but we made it a 3-week local #1 hit. The song was originally a cappella on their album, but a remixed version featuring instruments was the single.

  • 9

    "Just Between You & Me" by Lou Gramm

    (#14 last week) Congratulations to Lou, who was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall Of Fame in 2013. A native of upstate New York, Gramm first played with a band called Black Sheep, which actually scored a recording contract but had no hits.

  • 8

    "Downtown Train" by Rod Stewart

    (#21 last week) Tom Waits wrote & first recorded it, many artists have covered it (Bob Seger, Everything But The Girl, Patty Smyth, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, among others), but Rod Stewart had by far the biggest. Grammy-nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal. That's Jeff Bweck on slide guitar.

  • 7

    "Don't Know Much" by Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville

    (#5 last week) Written in 1980 by the classic songwriting team of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, & recorded by such artists as Bill Medley & Bette Midler, it took this version for it to become a classic. Didn't know at the time this would be Linda's last top 5 hit. Co-produced by Peter Asher (Peter & Gordon).

  • 6

    "Rhythm Nation" by Janet Jackson

    (#11 last week) The second of seven top 5 national pop chart singles from the "Rhythm Nation 1814" album. The video has been voted many awards over the years & made both MTV & VH1's lists of the 100 Greatest Videos Of All Time..

  • 5

    "With Every Beat Of My Heart" by Taylor Dayne

    (#8 last week) Considering how hot Dayne's (real name: Leslie Wunderman) career was going from 1987 to 1990, it's puzzling that she never really had a big comeback on pop radio. She has, however, never stopped getting played in dance clubs, where she had top 10 hits as recently as 2011.

  • 4

    "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You" by Michael Bolton

    (#10 last week) In 2013, Michael Bolton's name was on everyone's lips again, due to those always-on Honda radio & TV commercials. Is that a good thing? I leave it to you to judge, dear reader & listener.

  • 3

    "We Didn't Start The Fire" by Billy Joel

    (#1 last week) Talk about a history lesson in under 4 minutes! One of Billy's biggest hits, it's gotten very little airplay since. Maybe radio considers this a novelty (Joel himself does). Undeniably catchy, though. Turns out Joel is a history nut who wanted to teach the subject.

  • 2

    "Another Day In Paradise" by Phil Collins

    (#3 last week) David Crosby does backing vocals here, & joined Phil to perform it at the Grammy Awards, where it won Record Of The Year. Muisically, eh, but lyrically, an important song on the subject of homelessness.

  • 1

    "Pump Up The Jam" by Technotronic

    (#2 last week; 1st week at #1) Here it is, the last local #1 hit of the 80s! It peaked nationally at #2, but not until mid-January of 1990. Important historically as the first "house music" song to crossover to the pop market. The group was a Belgian studio band fronted by vocalist Ya Kid K. They had two other big hits, ":Get Up!" & "Move Over".