And we are now in the top 200 of our count- one-third of the way to the top. With the only question remaining being why I keep typing "Greta" rather than "Great", let's get on with this week's list:
200- Ship Of Fools, World Party, #27, 1987. A pretty tough answer to Wang Chung's Everybody Have Fun Tonight, World Party is one-man band Karl Wallinger, who was a member of alt-rock group the Waterboys.
199- When Doves Cry, Prince, #1, 1984. While I wasn't a big fan of this guy- especially once he started that "artist formerly known as" garbage- He had some real gems, and this was the most powerful. But what's with replacing all the videos of this on youtube with other stuff? Tres annoying!
198- New Moon On Monday, Duran Duran, #10, 1984. I was a reluctant fan of these guys at first, but by this time they were on their second #1 on my chart. They have two more coming.
197- Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper, #2, 1983. We got this every night at 9:57 PM on WFFT-TV channel 55. They were just starting out, and so was she. Why it was this song every night- and no other- I have no idea. She'll be back one more time.
196- Owner Of A Lonely Heart, Yes, #1, 1983. Yes roared back into prominence with this lead cut from the great lp 90125. Two more are coming.
195- My Town, Michael Stanley Band, #39, 1983. This should be played at all sports events- the ultimate rah-rah song for any city.
194- Foolin', Def Leppard, #28, #9 Mainstream Rock, 1983. The final of three trips into the chart for this band. Is anybody out there...?
193- This Time, John Mellencamp, #27, 1980. I told you before, the Mellencamp songs you hear on my chart won't be the ones you expect. 2nd of 4.
192- Cruel Summer, Bananarama, #9, 1983. Second time on the countdown. Man could they pick a name a little harder to spell right?
191- Brass In Pocket, The Pretenders, #14, 1980. Our first taste of Chrissy Hynde. They'll be back three more times.
190- Don't You Want Me, Human League, #1, 1981. A song that went through a long "grow on you" process for me; by the time it hit #1 nationally, it was #1 on my chart too.
189- Queen Of Hearts, Juice Newton, #2, 1981. The second big hit for Ms. Newton, a Dave Edmunds cover. Only rarely did her crossover hits make big noise on the country chart; this one hit #14.
188- Time, Alan Parsons Project, #15, 1981. Another great cut from The Turn Of A Friendly Card, and three more from them coming up.
187- Breaking Us In Two, Joe Jackson, #18, 1983. In the top five of "list of singers whose voice I wish I had." He'll be back twice more.
186- She's A Beauty, The Tubes, #10, #1 MSR, 1982. The philosophy of strip bars, in one easy lesson.
185- Streets Of Bakersfield, Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakum, #1 country, 1988. As is much with Buck, just a fun time.
184- Love Stinks, J. Geils Band, #38, 1980. I been through diamonds, I been through minks; one thing's for sure- love stinks!
183- Pass The Dutchie, Musical Youth, #10, 1982. Another song that brings back memories of the early tendrils of spring. It was a cold and lonely, breezy afternoon...
182- And She Was, Talking Heads, #54, #11 MSR, 1985. On the other hand, this one relates for me to the heart of summer.
181- Street Of Dreams, Rainbow, #60, #2 MSR, 1983. Top song on the chart for Richie Blackmore and the boys.
And that's it for another week! Tune back next week for more 80s fun.