Tag: Top 40

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 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 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.'”

 

Music Monday – Week of August 13

 

Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending August 6th, 1983

Not much happening this week on the chart. The Police still have a lock on the #1 spot and the Eurythmics are still holding steady at #2…

Music Monday – Week of July 16th

 

Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending July 16th, 1983

Here’s what’s going on this week on the Top 40 chart…

    • The Police sit at #1 for the second week in a row with “Every Breath You Take”. It’s going to stay there till September.
    • Michael Jackson slips back into the top 5 again. For most of the year, his songs will keep meeting each other coming and going up and down the chart.
    • Def Leppard is steadily climbing the charts with “Rock of Ages”. It has one of the most recognizable intro’s of any song in the 80’s: “Gunter glieben glauten globen” spoken in a comical, quasi-German accent. While the band’s members have joked about the phrase meaning, “Running through the forest silently,” it actually is just plain nonsense, spoken by producer Mutt Lange, used in place of the usual “One, two, three, four” beat count.
    • “White Wedding” by Billy Idol falls out of the countdown after peaking at #36. For one of the most recognizable songs to come out of the 80’s, it barely cracked the Top 40.

Music Monday – Week of June 4th

 

Music Monday

 

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending June 4th, 1983

  • a couple of recognizable songs jump into the top 40 this week: Michael Jackson’s fourth single from the Thriller album “Wanna Be Startin’ Something” and “Every Breath You Take” by the Police.
  • Hall & Oates have a cover song on a steady climb. However, this isn’t the first time on the charts for “Family Man”. Only a year earlier, Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly to the song to #6. It’s surprising to me how many times this happens in the early 80’s.