Don’s Top 10 From May 25, 1983
Back…back…back into time! “The Time Machine” lands on Wednesday, May 25, 1983. Here are the national top 10 singles.amazon.com
"Straight From The Heart" by Bryan Adams
(#13 last week) Bryan wrote this as a teenager in the 70s, & it was first recorded by Ian Lloyd (former lead singer of Stories) in 1980. Bonnie Tyler also cut it for her hit album "Faster Than The Speed Of Night", & it could have been a hit for her, too.
"My Love" by Lionel Richie
(#9 last week) This is one of four songs called "My Love" to be a top 10 hit, but the only one not to be #1. The others were by Petula Clark (1966), Paul McCartney & Wings (1973) & Justin Timberlake featuring T.I. (2006). Third single from Lionel's first solo ablum.
"Time (Clock Of The Heart)" by Culture Club
(#10 last week) Second American hit for thei U.K. superstars. This was part of their U.S. album "Kissing To Be Clever", but a standalone single in most of the world, not on an album until a 1987 hits collection. Some critics have argued that of all the band's hits, this one has aged the best.
"Solitaire" by Laura Branigan
(#7 last week) A very nice lady who passed on way too young. I was lucky enough to meet Laura at a radio station event at the Hyatt Regency Princeton. She was very, very sweet & humble. Always liked this song, the followup to the momnumental smash “Gloria”. The song kicked off the career of one of the world's top songwriters, Diane Warren.
Little Red Corvette" by Prince
(#6 last week) I'd love to have Prince's video for this here, but Prince won't let me. Or anyone, for that matter. His music cannot be found on any digital service except iTunes, where you pay, of course. What a luddite. This only hurts Prince. Wake up, man, it's the 21st century. Youtube HELPS your music sales.
"She Blinded Me With Science" by Thomas Dolby
(#5 last week) Considering how VEDDY British this sounds, it is amazing that it only peaked at #49 in the U.K. Who's the guy who shouts & mutters stuff like "science"? Not Dolby. It's British scientist & TV host Magnus Pyke. Produced by the famed John "Mutt" Lange, who sings the high octave doubling Dolby's chorus vocals.
"Overkill" by Men At Work
(#4 last week) A forgotten favorite! Great to hear this one again, but sad to play it in memory of MAW's Greg Ham, who passed away a little over a year ago. Amazingly, this did better chartwise in the U.S. (national peak #3) than in Australia (#5).
"Beat It" by Michael Jackson
(#2 last week) Former #1 hit. Eddie Van Halen was the guitarist on this song, but his record label prevented him from appearing in the video. He did join the Jacksons onstage during part of the “Victory” tour. #337 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest rock songs of all time.
"Let's Dance" by David Bowie
(#1 last week) The Thin White Duke decided he needed a hit & put his dancing shoes back on, a smart move, because it won him back R&B radio airplay & helped push this single to million-seller status. Bowie's biggest hit.
"Flashdance...What A Feeling" by Irene Cara
(#3 last week; 1st week at #1) Giorgio Moroder originally recorded "Flashdance... What a Feeling" with Joe Esposito (he sang "Heaven Knows" with Donna Summer as lead singer of Brooklyn Dreams); Paramount Pictures asked Moroder to rework the song with a female artist to parallel the gender of the dancer who was the film's protagonist.