We have made it to the top 60 this week. The obscure are thinning out, the bigger hits appearing, but you know me- surprises are still in store.
60- Twilight Zone, Golden Earring, #10, 1982. Golden Earring only hit big here twice, but they were both "cool" songs- the ones everyone looked foreward to hearing.
59- Head Over Heels, Tears For Fears, #3, 1985. Perhaps the best band of the era, with lyrics that cut to the heart of the matter.
58- Hurt So Bad, Linda Ronstadt, #8, 1980. Danny Kortchmar's guitar solo raises the hair on the back of my neck.
57- Really Wanna Know You, Gary Wright, #16, 1981. Almost liked this better than Dream Weaver. Almost.
56- Midnight Rocks, Al Stewart, #24, 1980. If American tastes were a bit more sophisticated, Al would be a hall of famer.
55- True, Spandau Ballet, #4 1983. In that long ago time that I matched the top 4 song for song, this was #4. A song that grew on me.
54- Train In Vain, The Clash, #23, 1980. Their first American hit, and a reminder to me of another fun trip to Snow Lake.
53- Here Comes My Girl, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, #59, 1980. Once again, It played a lot before it was ever released. Definately on my TP short list.
52- Back On The Chain Gang, The Pretenders, #5, 1982. Hard not to get involved in such an autobiographical song.
51- No Reply At All, Genesis, #29, 1981. The first collaberation between the band and Earth Wind And Fire, with their horn section blowing and their arrainger arranging.
50- Tears Are Falling, Kiss, #20 Mainstream Rock, #51 pop, 1985. The first Kiss song I really fell in love with. Like Lays potato chips, never play it just once- or softly.
49- Congratulations, Travelling Wilburys, unreleased, 1988. Beyond a doubt my favorite Dylan song of all time.
48- Gypsy, Fleetwood Mac, #12, #4 MSR, 1982. I think the best post-Rumours FM song.
47- Take On Me, A-ha, #1, 1985. On the short list of best videos ever.
46- Ghost Riders (In The Sky), Outlaws, #31, 1980. Love this song no matter who does it, but this is my best.
45- Learning To Fly, Pink Floyd, #70, #1 MSR, 1987. Can't keep my eyes off the circling sky...
44- Gemini Dream, Moody Blues, #12, 1981. It was a different sound in Moodys act II, but just as good.
43- Urgent, Foreigner, #4, #1 MSR, 1981. After the Head Games lp was such a disappointment, it was good to hear the opening salvo from 4.
42- Lawyers In Love, Jackson Browne, #13, #4 MSR, 1983. Gotta love the Del Shannon-esque chorus. Eating from tv trays, tuned in to Happy Days...
41- All Out Of Love, Air, Supply, #2, 1980. They only topped this one once.
Man, that was a good list! Next time, the top 40 begins...