Category Archives: 1980s

My favorite songs: “This Is Not America,” David Bowie with the Pat Metheny Group

From The Singles Jukebox’s David Bowie tribute, January 2016: It somehow made perfect sense that, on the heels of Tonight, Bowie should collaborate with jazz-fusion superstars the Pat Metheny Group on a single from their soundtrack to the US-USSR espionage … Continue reading

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My favorite songs: “There’s Nothing Better Than Love,” Luther Vandross with Gregory Hines

The follow-up to Vandross’s R&B #1 “Stop to Love,” this lighter-than-air midtempo R&B number duly followed it to the top in early May ’87. (Not surprisingly, it stopped at #50 on the Hot 100.) It might feel like a bit … Continue reading

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The long-running #2s: do they try harder?

With Billie Eilish’s hit spending its 8th week stuck at #2 behind “Old Town Road,” Billboard saw fit to survey the 10 songs which were forever Hot 100 bridesmaids and never brides for eight weeks or longer. (The all-time record … Continue reading

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My favorite songs: “One Love,” Whodini

Whodini were different. They were an ’80s hip hop group from NYC who weren’t hardcore at all. Their first album featured production from, among others, Conny Plank and Thomas Dolby. And their first smash, “Friends” (#4 R&B, 1985), features as … Continue reading

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My favorite songs: “Hooked on Classics,” the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

In late 1981, a very — odd? unique? standout? Casey Kasem called it “most unusual” — single entered the Billboard Hot 100. It was a medley of 14 individual classical compositions, set to a roughly disco beat and played by … Continue reading

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Radio Romance: The Rock of Chicago, WLS AM 89 & FM 95, 11/27/82

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: in the fall of 1982, I was an almost-12-year-old 7th grader in love with top 40 radio but without a radio of my own, having to rely on when I could listen … Continue reading

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Radio Romance: Power 107.5, WGCI Chicago, late August 1986

I’ve been making playlists for the past couple of years, tributes to specific eras/moments of music on specific radio stations, based on my memories of said station at a particular time, or playlists, or airchecks, or combos/all of the above. … Continue reading

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