Back...back..back into time, as I pilot "The Time Machine" through a snowstorm to a landing on Saturday, February 9, 1985. Here's the local survey:

  • 10

    "Neutron Dance" by The Pointer Sisters

    (#17 last week) A hit single featured on TWO albums, "Break Out", & "Beverly Hills Cop"--Soundtrack. This was the 4th hit single in a row from "Break Out". It actually caused a brief international incident: The Soviet government thought this was a song celebrating nuclear war! Old commie farts. :-)

  • 9

    "Mr. Telephone Man" by New Edition

    (#10 last week) While New Jersey 101.5 brand manager Eric Johnson was dubbing this for me, he mentioned how much it sounded like a Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio song, & lo & behold, he was correct! This was written & produced by Parker, & it sure sounds like Raydio's 1981 hit "A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)". I guess you can't sue yourself. Right?

  • 8

    "Run To You" by Bryan Adams

    (#9 last week) First single released from Adams' album "Reckless". Adams & Jim Vallance wrote it for Blue Oyster Cult, who could have used a hit about then. They turned it down.

  • 7

    "Solid" by Ashford & Simpson

    (#5 last week) The legendary songwriters ("Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "I'm Every Woman") finally come up with a big hit as performers, after more than 20 years together (they had met in a church in 1964). The duo actually charted on WABC for two weeks in '64 with "I'll Find You" as Valerie & Nick, peaking at #31.

  • 6

    "You're The Inspiration" by Chicago

    (#6 last week) Co-written by lead singer Peter Cetera with David Foster, this was actually presented to Kenny Rogers, but the bearded one turned the song down. Look in the video for a cameo from Matt Dillon.

  • 5

    "Misled" by Kool & The Gang

    (#7 last week)The first single from the band's 17th album "Emergency", it was the first of three straight #1 R&B singles. Has a bit more of an edge than most Kool & The Gang Hits.

  • 4

    "Careless Whisper" by Wham! Featuring George Michael

    (#4 last week) In most of the world, this was a George Michael solo single (&, in fact, is). But given that the duo Wham!, which consisted of Michael & the modestly talented Andrew Ridgeley, had just (finally) broken big in the U.S., Epic Records decided it was too early in the states to make Michael a solo star, so the Wham! name was added only here.

  • 3

    "Like A Virgin" by Madonna

    (#1 last week) This FINALLY slips from #1 after a fantastic 9-week run at the top spot locally, which was 3 weeks longer than nationally. Ooh, that barely-there wedding dress inspired a lot of male fantasies......

  • 2

    "I Want To Know What Love Is" by Foreigner

    (#3 last week) Jersey connection! The song features backing vocals from the New Jersey Mass Choir, "Dreamgirls" star Jennifer Holliday, & The Thompson Twins. "I Want to Know What Love Is" was voted #476 on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Songs Of All Time".

  • 1

    "Easy Lover" by Philip Bailey & Phil Collins

    (#2 last week; 1st week at #1) Phil Collins could do no wrong at top 40 radio in the 80s, as he lent his talents to the first single from former Earth, Wind & Fire vocalist Philip Bailey. It peaked at #2 nationally, but you guys made it a local #1 hit.