The Top 10:
- Call Me - Blondie
- Ride Like The Wind - Christopher Cross (remember him? His debut album churned out 4 massive hits, won 5 grammys and is considered “one of the most influential roft rock albums of the early 1980s”. But after releasing the #1 theme song for the movie Arthur, he pretty much disappeared).
- Lost In Love- Air Supply
- With You I'm Born Again - Billy Preston (and Syreeta)
- Another Brick In The Wall - Pink Floyd
- Fire Lake - Bob Seger
- You May Be Right - Billy Joel (kind of surprised I don't have this one. Hmmmmm....)
- I Can't Tell You Why - Eagles
- Sexy Eyes - Dr. Hook
- Hold On To My Love - Jimmy Ruffin
I didn't listen to Top-40 radio very much in the 80's, but I remember 7 of these 10 songs. And I only own 3: "Call Me", "Another Brick In The Wall" and “I Can't Tell You Why”. We could add 2 more if you include my wife’s old vinyl that hasn’t been converted to digital (yet)….
So, looking at the Hot 100, what songs do I have? Here's a few of my favorites (aside from the ones listed above).
- Cars - Gary Numan (#18)
- Brass In Pocket (I'm Special) – Pretenders (#19)
- Funkytown - Lipps, Inc. (#24)
- Train In Vain (Stand By Me) – Clash (#34)
- Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen (#36)
- Headed For A Fall - Firefall (#45)
- Love Stinks - J. Geils (#56) aside: This album showed up in my college dorm room after a party, no one ever claimed it. But I figure it offsets the occasional one that disappeared. But if it's yours, let me know, I still have it!)
- Rock Lobster B-52's (#68)
- Here Comes My Girl - Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers (#71)
- Borrowed Time - Styx (#100)
Seems like a pretty high “fun” contingent here, whether you’re looking at B-52’s or Funkytown, “Love Stinks” or the super atypical “Train In Vain” (which the Clash didn’t even credit on the “London Calling” album sleeve... I have a promotional copy, which I picked up during my days as photographer for the Duke University newspaper. Back then the newsie types had no interest in such uncouth music....)