Tag: 80’s music

Music Monday – Week of November 5

 

Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending November 5, 1983

Kenny and Dolly are still holding strong at #1. Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl” moves into the top 5. Joel had originally titled the song “Uptown Girls” and it was conceived on an occasion when he was surrounded by Christie Brinkley, Whitney Houston and his then girlfriend Elle Macpherson. According to numerous interviews with Joel, the song was initially written about his relationship with Macpherson, but it ended up also becoming about his soon to be wife, Brinkley (both women being two of the most famous supermodels of the 1980s).

Music Monday – Week of October 22

 

Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending October 22, 1983
In honor of Spooktober 2018, we have two playlists for you today. First, our regular countdown from 1983. Not only does Bonnie Tyler still hold the top spot but, with this weeks debuts on the chart, there are so many iconic 80’s songs on the chart right now.

Second, we have an 80’s themed Halloween playlist. Even though the original “Halloween” technically was a 70’s movie, installments 2-5 came out in the 80’s. Plus I just love the song. Next week we’ll have another 80’s theme Halloween playlist: Hair Nation Halloween.

Music Monday – Week of October 15

 

Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending October 15, 1983

Bonnie Tyler still has a stranglehold on the #1 spot. In fact, the top four stay locked in. The biggest mover of the week is “Modern Love” by David Bowie that jumps 14 spots. Some recognizable songs that debut on the chart this week are:

  • “Love Is a Battlefield”, by Pat Benatar, which moves up to #35.
  • “Cum On Feel the Noise”, by Quiet Riot, which moves into the #31 spot.
  • “Say, Say, Say”, by McCartney and Jackson, which DEBUTS on the chart at #26.

Music Monday – Week of October 8

 

Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending October 8, 1983

  • Not much change this week. Bonnie Tyler stays at in the #1 spot. The big movers are “All Night Long” by Lionel Ritchie (which jumps 14 spots) and “Tell Her About It” by Billy Joel, which jumps into the top 40 at #32.

Music Monday – Week of October 1

 

Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending October 1, 1983

  • Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of The Heart” moves into the #1 spot. A song penned by Jim Steinman, it was originally SEVEN MINUTES long and titled “Vampires In Love”. He wrote it while working on the musical version of Nosferatu.
  • Another Jim Steinman song, Air Supply’s “Making Love Out of Nothing At All”, moves into the top 5. It’s a song that was originally presented to Meat Loaf for his Midnight at the Lost and Found album. Meat Loaf claims both of these songs were presented to him for said album but Steinman refutes this claim saying he wront “Eclipse” specifically with Bonnie Tyler in mind.

 

Music Monday – Week of September 24

 

Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending September 24, 1983

  • After two weeks at #1, Michael Sembello is knocked out of the top spot by Billy Joel.
  • “Islands In The Stream” is quickly moving up the charts. It’s a song written by the Bee Gees and sung by American country music artists Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. Named after the Ernest Hemingway novel, it was originally written for Marvin Gaye in an R&B style, only later to be changed for the Kenny Rogers album.

 

Music Monday – Week of September 17

 

Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending September 17, 1983

  • Prince moves back into the top 40 with “Delirious”. Fun fact: The instrumental parts of the song was used as the theme song to the Captain Kangaroo segment, “Hello America”, in the 1980s.
  • “Burning Down The House” by Talking Heads is climbing the charts. It has one of the funniest song stories I’ve read:

The initial lyrics were considerably different, however. In an interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered” aired on December 2, 1984, David Byrne played excerpts of early work tapes showing how the song had evolved from an instrumental jam. Once the whole band had reworked the groove into something resembling the final recording, Byrne began chanting and singing nonsense syllables over the music until he arrived at a phrasing that fit with the rhythms: “and then I [would] just write words to fit that phrasing…at one point in the process, instead of chanting ‘Burning Down the House,’ I was chanting ‘Foam Rubber, USA.'”