American Top 40 PastBlast, 1980s: Year in Review, 2018

Here’s the summary of AT40 tunes from the 80s I selected from the rebroadcasts played on Premiere Networks throughout the year, with links to the accompanying articles. Last week I posted a list of the 70s songs.

1/18/86: Dream Academy, “Life in a Northern Town”
1/23/88: Steve Winwood, “Valerie”
1/26/85: Giuffria, “Call to the Heart”
2/7/87: Beastie Boys, “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)”
2/7/81: Ronnie Milsap, “Smoky Mountain Rain”
2/18/84: Real Life, “Send Me an Angel”
2/27/82: Huey Lewis and the News, “Do You Believe in Love”
3/1/80: Toto, “99”
3/8/86: Starship, “Sara”
3/19/88: Debbie Gibson, “Out of the Blue”
3/26/83: ABC, “Poison Arrow”
3/30/85: Dan Hartman, “Second Nature”
4/5/80: Charlie Dore, “Pilot of the Airwaves”
4/11/87: World Party, “Ship of Fools (Save Me from Tomorrow)”
4/21/84: Tracey Ullman, “They Don’t Know”
4/30/88: Henry Lee Summer, “I Wish I Had a Girl”
5/9/81: .38 Special, “Hold on Loosely”
5/15/82: Aldo Nova, “Fantasy”
5/16/87: Chris de Burgh, “The Lady in Red”
5/24/86: Simple Minds, “All the Things She Said”
6/4/83: Jim Capaldi, “That’s Love”
6/8/85: Alison Moyet, “Invisible”
6/14/80: Spider, “New Romance (It’s a Mystery)”
6/16/84: Icicle Works, “Whisper to a Scream (Birds Fly)”
6/28/86: Models, “Out of Mind, Out of Sight”
7/3/82: Kansas, “Play the Game Tonight”
7/9/83: Human League, “(Keep Feeling) Fascination”
7/25/87: Cutting Crew, “One for the Mockingbird”
7/26/80: Kim Carnes, “More Love”
8/6/88: Tracy Chapman, “Fast Car”
8/8/81: Rex Smith and Rachel Sweet, “Everlasting Love”
8/17/85: Aretha Franklin, “Freeway of Love”
8/30/86: Double, “The Captain of Her Heart”
9/1/84: Peter Wolf, “Lights Out”
9/17/83: Naked Eyes, “Promises, Promises”
9/18/82: Tané Cain, “Holdin’ On”
9/19/87: Prince, “U Got the Look”
9/28/85: Bruce Springsteen, “I’m Goin’ Down”
10/3/81: Greg Kihn Band, “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)”
10/8/83: Taco, “Puttin’ On the Ritz”
10/16/82: Rush, “New World Man”
10/25/80: Al Stewart, “Midnight Rocks”
11/3/84: Tina Turner, “Better Be Good to Me”
11/7/81: Lindsey Buckingham, “Trouble”
11/15/86: David + David, “Welcome to the Boomtown”
11/23/85: Scritti Politti, “Perfect Way”
12/6/80: Korgis, “Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime”
12/12/87: New Order, “True Faith”
12/18/82: Adam Ant, “Goody Two Shoes”
12/24/83: Police, “Synchronicity II”

Here’s a Spotify playlist with 48 of the 50–no Dan Hartman or Peter Wolf for you! (And unfortunately, the only Charlie Dore I could find is a re-recording.)

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