Category Archives: 1980s

Pop top 40: 8/27/83

Now, this is a chart, loaded with classic after classic. And some non-classics, because let’s face it, you can’t have a chart of nothing but classics — you need some non-classics to throw the classics into relief. (cf. Taco.) And here’s the … Continue reading

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Pop top 40: 8/16/86

Spotify! 1 2 PAPA DON’T PREACH –•– Madonna – 8 (1st week at #1) — God, when she nailed it, she really nailed it, didn’t she? “Papa” is strongly written by Brian Elliot (M just contributed a few lyrics), but … Continue reading

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Pop top 20: 8/1/81

Here’s a Spotify playlist of the week’s top 40, save the two songs Spotify is missing (one of which is below). This is a soft-sounding chart. I can’t emphasize that enough: SOFT. 1 3 JESSIE’S GIRL –•– Rick Springfield (RCA)-19 (1 week at #1) … Continue reading

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Sophistication + pop = sophisti-pop

Alfred and I go way back with sophisti-pop, though he writes about it with more frequency than I, which I assume has to do with the genre stalwarts’s hair. Now he’s taken another swing at the subgenre, this time adding a playlist. And it’s … Continue reading

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Pop top 40: 7/14/84

Here it is: the summer of ’84, largely thought by my peer group to be the best summer ever for top 40 radio. And this top 2 one-two punch is supreme. Lots of classics in here, too; FWIW, I can hum … Continue reading

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Pop top 40: 7/2/88

A surprisingly good countdown, with a bunch of true classics contained therein. 1 2 DIRTY DIANA –•– Michael Jackson – 9 (1st week at #1) — Talk about a song that hit the top on sheer momentum: this was the fifth … Continue reading

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Pop top 40: 6/12/82

This is not the best chart, despite my love for 1982 pop. As we were moving into mid-1982, new wave hadn’t quite caught fire yet in the US (though notice the Human League sneaking closer to the top, the first clear sign, … Continue reading

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