Saturday, November 10, 2007

Top 20 Songs - 1981


This was a pretty boring year looking back. I know this is going to get a lot harder real soon, but this wasn't much of a challenge to pick 20 songs. Heck, some of the honorable mentions could crack the Top 10 on a different day. I felt indifference to many of these songs.

Anyway, here you go.

HONORABLE MENTION: Turn Me Loose: Loverboy, Angel Of The Morning: Juice Newton, Crazy Train: Ozzy Osbourne, Limelight: Rush, The Breakup Song: Greg Kihn Band, In The Air Tonight: Phil Collins, Lady: Commodores, Urgent: Foreigner, Let's Groove: Earth Wind & Fire, Shake It Up: The Cars

#20
Morning Train, Sheena Easton
"My baby takes the morning train, he works from nine till five and then
He takes another home again to find me waitin' for him"

#19
Queen of Hearts, Juice Newton
"Playing with the queen of hearts,
knowing it ain't really smart
The joker ain't the only fool
who'll do anything for you"

#18
Key Largo, Bertie Higgins
"Here's lookin' at you-ou kid
Missin' a-all the things we did
We can find it once again, I know
Just like they did in Key Largo"

#17
Can You Feel It, The Jacksons
"All the children of the world should be
Loving each other wholeheartedly
Yes, it's all right"

#16
America, Neil Diamond
"Far, we've been travellin' far
Without a home, but not without a star
Free, only want to be free
We huddle close, hang on to a dream"

#15
Believe It Or Not, Joey Scarbury
"Look at what's happened to me,
I can't believe it myself;
Suddenly I'm up on top of the world,
Should've been somebody else."

#14
Super Freak, Rick James
"She likes the boys in the band
She says that I'm her all-time favorite
When I make my move to her room it's the right time
She's never hard to please"

#13
Harden My Heart, Quarterflash
"I'm gonna harden my heart
I'm gonna swallow my tears
I'm gonna turn...and...leave you here....."

#12
Private Eyes, Hall & Oates
"You play with words you play with love
you can twist it around baby that ain't enough
cause girl I'm gonna know
if you're letting me in or letting me go"

#11
Bette Davis Eyes, Kim Carnes
"And she'll tease you,
She'll unease you
All the better just to please you
She's precocious and she knows just
What it takes to make a pro blush"

#10
Talk To Ya Later, The Tubes
"Talk to ya later—don't want to hear it again tonight
Talk to ya later—just save it for another guy
Talk to ya later—don't want to hear it again tonight
I'll just see you around"

#9
Physical, Olivia Newton-John
"Let's get physical, physical, I wanna get physical, let's get into physical
Let me hear your body talk, your body talk, let me hear your body talk"

#8
Our Lips Are Sealed, The Go-Go's
"Can you see them
See right through them
They have no shield
No secrets to reveal"

#7
Don't Stop Believin', Journey
"Working hard to get my fill Everybody wants a thrill
Payin' anything to roll the dice Just one more time"

#6
In The Dark, Billy Squier
"You never listen to the voices inside
They fill your ears as you run to a place to hide
You're never sure if the illusion is real
You pinch yourself but the mem'ries are all you feel
Can you break away from your alibis
Can you make a play will you meet me in the dark..."

#5
Working For The Weekend, Loverboy
"Everyone's looking to see if it was you
Everyone wants you to come through
Everyone's hoping it'll all work out
Everyone's waiting they're holding out"

#4
Young Turks, Rod Stewart
"Young hearts be free tonight. Time is on your side,
Don't let them put you down, don't let 'em push you around,
don't let 'em ever change your point of view."

#3
Hold On Loosely, .38 Special
"You see it all around you
Good lovin' gone bad
And usually it's too late when you, realize what you had
And my mind goes back to a girl I left some years ago,
Who told me"

#2
Centerfold, J. Geils Band
"Slipping notes, under the desk
While I was thinking about her dress
I was shy, I turned away, before she caught my eye
I was shakin' in my shoes whenever she flashed those baby blues
Something had a hold on me when Angel passed close by"

#1
Jessie's Girl, Rick Springfield
"I play along with the charade,
there doesn't seem to be
a reason to change
You know, I feel so dirty
when they start talking cute
I wanna tell her that I love her,
but the point is probably moot"

1 comment:

Mike said...

great list, dude. I love quarterflash. that song is one of my all time favorites...nicely done. can't wait to see more.