Saturday, 28 July 2012

25 Years Ago Today: Kylie released "Locomotion"

So we're all aware that on July 28, 1987, Kylie Minogue released her debut single: the original version of "Locomotion", right? Excellent!


Well, given that it's 25 years to the day since the music world got a little bit poppier and since I like charts and lists (what, you hadn't noticed?), I've decided to count down my 25 favourite Kylie singles.


Number 25 - "Some Kind Of Bliss"
Year: 1997
Album: Impossible Princess
Charts: #27 (Australia), #22 (UK)
The '90s were a funny time for Kylie. Who would have expected, given her output at the start of the decade, that she'd be teaming up with half of Manic Street Preachers seven years later? Turns out the Impossible Princess album was exactly the right thing to do given the music climate at the time. Sure, it's not my favourite of her albums (Body Language is the only one I like less), but songs like "Some Kind Of Bliss" and "Did It Again" showed versatility and had the added bonus of getting the Australian public back on side. This lead single from the album didn't chart very well, but it's my favourite nevertheless.




Number 24 - "Never Too Late"
Year: 1989
Album: Enjoy Yourself
Charts: #14 (Australia), #4 (UK)

The third single from Kylie's second album was another Stock Aitken Waterman pop gem, even if it wasn't quite as good as her previous singles. I loved the cheesy video, complete with decade-skipping costume changes and easy-to-learn dance moves - but within 12 months, the era of Smiley Minogue would be over for good.




Number 23 - "Kids"
Year: 2000
Album: Light Years
Charts: #14 (Australia), #2 (UK)
It was a genius decision to team up with Robbie Wiliams, the UK's hottest male singer at the time, on her comeback album. But "Kids" wasn't just a savvy career move, it was also a brilliant song - and one that goes down a treat at karaoke (I usually do the Kylie bit).




Number 22 - "Word Is Out"
Year: 1991
Album: Let's Get To It
Charts: #10 (Australia), #16 (UK)

Let's Get To It is an interesting album - mostly because it feels like Stock and Waterman (Aitken had moved on by this stage) threw a bunch of stuff at the wall to see what stuck. That's not to say that it's bad, but it does feel a bit all over the place stylistically. "Word Is Out" mimicked the new jack swing sound coming out of the States - at least the UK version did. In Australia, we got the smoother Summer Breeze Mix, but I always preferred the original version. I was never too sure about the hooker video, though.




Number 21 - "Get Outta My Way"
Year: 2010
Album: Aphrodite
Charts: #69 (Australia), #12 (UK)

Kylie's most recent album is up there with Light Years and Rhythm Of Love in terms of consistency (i.e. there are no dud tracks), but the singles released weren't anywhere near as memorable as the hits from those other albums. "Get Outta My Way" was my favourite, but clearly didn't connect with the Australian public, being her lowest ARIA top 100 chart peak ever.




Number 20 - "Celebration"
Year: 1992
Album: Greatest Hits
Charts: #21 (Australia), #20 (UK)

Even though SAW palmed off main production duties on this track to PWL cohorts Harding and Curnow, it was a fitting end to Kylie's time with the Hit Factory. For me, the release of the song coincided with the completion of my final Year 12 exams so it was especially appropriate. I always liked the video as well, mostly because it seemed like Kylie was genuinely enjoying herself.




Number 19 - "Spinning Around"
Year: 2000
Album: Light Years
Charts: #1 (Australia), #1 (UK)

As comebacks go, this has to be one of music's most successful of all time. A lot of credit is given to those hot pants - and sure, they played a part - but "Spinning Around" showed Kylie knew which side her bread was buttered. The excursions into indie and club music were all well and good, but it's shiny pop tunes like this that she's always done better than anything else.




Number 18 - "Turn It Into Love"
Year: 1988
Album: Kylie
Charts: N/A (Australia), N/A (UK)

OK, it was only a single in Japan, but that's good enough for me. A classic cut from Kylie's debut album, SAW realised the song was too good to waste and gave it to Hazell Dean to release in the rest of the world. It's not one of Kylie's best vocals (even with the Calrec Soundfield Microphone), but the song is pure pop gold.




Number 17 - "If You Were With Me Now"
Year: 1991
Album: Let's Get To It
Charts: #23 (Australia), #4 (UK)

It's probably one of her most forgotten about singles, but this duet with American soul singer Keith Washington is a sweet love ballad. The clip was gorgeous, too.




Number 16 - "On A Night Like This"
Year: 2000
Album: Light Years
Charts: #1 (Australia), #2 (UK)

Forever associated with the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympics, the second single from Light Years was another instant classic, even if it had been released by two other artists (Pandora, Anna Vissi) in the 12 months prior to Kylie's version coming out.




Number 15 - "Got To Be Certain"
Year: 1988
Album: Kylie
Charts: #1 (Australia), #2 (UK)

Kylie's third number one in a row in Australia even debuted in pole position, which was very rare at the time. There are a few slightly different edits of the music video, but my favourite has always been the one that includes footage of Kylie singing on a shaky merry-go-round and maintaining her composure while the horse she's sitting on jerks up and down.




Number 14 - "Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi"
Year: 1988
Album: Kylie
Charts: #11 (Australia), #2 (UK)

I always thought it was funny this song was retitled "I Still Love You (Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi)" for the Aussie single release - did Mushroom assume we couldn't cope with a foreign song title?




Number 13 - "What Kind Of Fool (Heard All That Before)"
Year: 1992
Album: Greatest Hits
Charts: #17 (Australia), #14 (UK)

Now here's a single it would've been great to hear on Kylie's recent Anti-tour. A new track on her first Greatest Hits, the "Heard All That Before" in the song title was a cheeky nod to her detractors.




Number 12 - "Wow"
Year: 2008
Album: X
Charts: #11 (Australia), #5 (UK)

Kylie's 10th album was a bit hit and miss for me (loved half of it, didn't care for the likes of "Speakerphone" or "Nu-di-ty") but "Wow" was a standout.




Number 11 - "I Should Be So Lucky"
Year: 1988
Album: Kylie
Charts: #1 (Australia), #1 (UK)

Whatever the real story is about this song's composition and exactly who came up with the song title (Stock and Waterman's accounts differ), there is no denying that it changed Kylie's future forever. At the peak of the Australian backlash against Kylie, I recall one radio station playing the intro of this song before drowning it out with the sound of gunfire. No wonder she moved to London.




Number 10 - "Step Back In Time"
Year: 1990
Album: Rhythm Of Love
Charts: #5 (Australia), #4 (UK)

It's no mistake that the four singles from Rhythm Of Love are all in my top 10 Kylie singles of all time. SAW were doing some of their best work and Kylie was clearly much more in control of her music and image. Compared to the fun but cheap-looking retro-inspired video for "Never Too Late", "Step Back In Time" was cool and sophisticated.




Number 9 - "Your Disco Needs You"
Year: 2001
Album: Light Years
Charts: #20 (Australia), N/A (UK)

This is one of those songs like Pet Shop Boys' version of "Go West". It's over-the-top, it's ridiculous but it's just so good. From the male choir to the spoken French lyrics, it's a kitsch, camp tour de force.




Number 8 - "Hand On Your Heart"
Year: 1989
Album: Enjoy Yourself
Charts: #4 (Australia), #1 (UK)

A great start to her second album, I can't hear "Hand On Your Heart" without picturing the accompanying video. When you think about it, it was really just Kylie wandering around a simple set in a range of primary colour dresses, but for some reason it worked.




Number 7 - "Shocked"
Year: 1991
Album: Rhythm Of Love
Charts: #7 (Australia), #6 (UK)

One of the only Kylie singles to feature a rap, "Shocked" would have been my last choice of single from Rhythm Of Love in its original form. Thankfully, remixers DNA whipped the lengthy album track into shape and another pop classic was created.




Number 6 - "Better The Devil You Know"
Year: 1990
Album: Rhythm Of Love
Charts: #4 (Australia), #2 (UK)

The first single from album number three has my favourite ever video of Kylie's - and it still looks great today. At the time, I remember the clip and the song surprising a lot of people and, looking back, it was the first hint that Kylie could be more than just a pop puppet and had become an artist taking charge.




Number 5 - "Especially For You"
Year: 1988
Album: Greatest Hits
Charts: #2 (Australia), #1 (UK)

I wrote about this song recently, so all I'll say here is that it would have been really great to see Kylie and Jason perform it again live all these years later. Let's hope they find another occasion to make that long-awaited duet happen.




Number 4 - "Love At First Sight"
Year: 2002
Album: Fever
Charts: #3 (Australia), #2 (UK)

Sharp-eyed readers will notice that Kylie's biggest worldwide hit, "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" doesn't rank in my top 25. I get why it was so successful, but for me, the best track from Fever was the third single, "Love At First Sight".




Number 3 - "Wouldn't Change A Thing"
Year: 1989
Album: Enjoy Yourself
Charts: #6 (Australia), #2 (UK)

Until "Better The Devil You Know" came along, this was my favourite Kylie video. I loved the backyard frolicking and the switch from rehearsal gear to stage outfits (a trick recently used by Beyonce for her "Love On Top" clip).




Number 2 - "Locomotion"
Year: 1987
Album: single only
Charts: #1 (Australia), #2 (as "The Loco-motion") (UK)

The song that started it all - and the song which I famously (well, in my household anyway) watched nine times in a row after it received its first airing on one of the last episodes of Countdown. I'm not a fan of the SAW remix, which I feel takes away a lot of the joy from the Australian original (not to mention the "chug-chug-chug" bit). Deservedly the biggest Australian hit of the '80s.




Number 1 - "What Do I Have To Do"
Year: 1991
Album: Rhythm Of Love
Charts: #11 (Australia), #6 (UK)

As I warned in my Hit Factory post, this song tops a lot of my lists since it is my favourite song of all time by any artist. I don't know what it will take for me to like another song more, but I'm more than happy if I never do.




And in the spirit of K25 and the aforementioned Anti-tour, I've also come up with my top 25 Kylie non-singles. Kylie's been fairly prolific in her two-and-a-half decades making music, so there are plenty of album tracks, bonus tracks and B-sides to choose from, but these are my favourites:

1. "Too Much Of A Good Thing" (from Let's Get To It)
2. "Made In Heaven" (B-side to "Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi")
3. "Nothing To Lose" (from Enjoy Yourself)
4. "Fever" (from Fever)
5. "So Now Goodbye" (from Light Years)
6. "Do It Again" (B-side to "Wow" and "In My Arms")
7. "Disco Down" (from Light Years)
8. "Time Will Pass You By" (from Kylie Minogue)
9. "Just Wanna Love You" (B-side to "Hand On Your Heart")
10. "Koocachoo" (from Light Years)
11. "Rhythm Of Love" (from Rhythm Of Love)
12. "Loveboat" (from Light Years)
13. "All I Wanna Do Is Make You Mine" (B-side to "Especially For You")
14. "Tightrope" (from Fever)
15. "Secrets" (from Rhythm Of Love)
16. "I'm So High" (from Light Years)
17. "I Don't Need Anyone" (from Impossible Princess)
18. "Love At First Sight" (from Kylie)
19. "Enjoy Yourself" (from Enjoy Yourself)
20. "Aphrodite" (from Aphrodite)
21. "I'm Over Dreaming (Over You)" (from Enjoy Yourself)
22. "Right Here, Right Now" (from Let's Get To It)
23. "Under The Influence Of Love" (from Light Years)
24. "Light Years" (from Light Years)
25. "Paper Dolls" (B-side to "Spinning Around")

And to think it all started with a charity performance for a football club...

That's it for my look back at my favourite Kylie songs. This Thursday (August 2) we'll look back at what else was going on in music the week "Locomotion" made its chart debut.




Thursday, 26 July 2012

25 Years Ago This Week: July 26, 1987

Twenty-five years ago this week, one of TV's most watched episodes provided an Aussie rock legend with a smash hit pop single - but, as we'll discover, there was a twist to the song's success.

Charlene and Scott's wedding was marked by the arrival
of this week's highest new entry

Before that, something we haven't talked about in relation to the ARIA charts yet is the space alongside the breakers where the record companies took it in turns to spruik one of their big new releases by way of an ad or, in the case of this week's chart, the song lyrics.

ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart - week ending July 26, 1987

Single of the week
In the past few weeks, there have been plugs for tracks by Lime Spiders, Geisha and Mental As Anything, which rates a mention as a breaker this week. This week it's British duo Go West and their song "I Want To Hear It From You", which would get no further than number 80 and, to be honest, wasn't a patch on their 1985 classics, "We Close Our Eyes" and "Call Me". Here's the clip of "I Want To Hear It From You" anyway:




Breaker
"Head To Toe" by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
Peak: number 52
1987 was a big year for New York's Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, with this song and the follow-up, "Lost In Emotion", both reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. In Australia, "Head To Toe" was their best performance here. However, a cover of their 1986 single, "All Cried Out", would reach number 11 for Allure and 112 in 1997, while the melody of their debut single, "I Wonder If I Take You Home", would be used in The Black Eyed Peas' "Don't Phunk With My Heart", so at least that's something.




New entries
Number 50 "Wild Horses" by Gino Vannelli
Peak: number 9
It creeps into the top 50 this week, but easy listening classic "Wild Horses" would quickly leap into the top 10 and give Gino the hit he'd been trying to have since the mid-'70s - at least in Australia. In his home country of Canada as well as in the States, he had more success prior to this track from his Big Dreamers Never Sleep album. In 1987, I still followed the charts slavishly enough to lap this song up, but two years later, I'd turn my nose up at the similarly middle-of-the-road "Talk It Over" by Grayson Hugh.




Number 49 "Luka" by Suzanne Vega
Peak: number 21
Here's another song I liked by default at the time, but in this case I'm impressed at my 12-year-old self's taste - although I'm sure I didn't pick up on the child abuse subject matter of the song (I know, I know, it's not like the songwords are cryptic or anything). Despite the dark lyrical content, "Luka" would end up giving Suzanne her biggest chart hit of the '80s, after the rather disappointing performances of "Marlene On The Wall" (number 39) and "Left Of Centre" (number 35). She'd score a top 10 hit in 1990 with "Tom's Diner" but that would all be down to the input of dance producers DNA.




Number 43 "Girls, Girls, Girls" by Mötley Crüe
Peak: number 43
This would be the highest position achieved by the first single from the Crüe's fourth album, and although they'd score a couple of bigger hits in the years to follow, they'd never be as big as Bon Jovi, Poison, Skid Row or Warrant in Australia. While I'm quite partial to a good bit of hair metal, I never really got into Mötley Crüe's music. Their autobiography, The Dirt, however, made for a fascinating read.




Number 36 "Suddenly" by Angry Anderson
Peak: number 2
It was the most unlikely of pairings - the bald-headed lead singer from Aussie rock band Rose Tattoo providing the wedding theme for Neighbours' teen lovebirds, Scott (Jason Donovan) and Charlene (Kylie Minogue). "Suddenly" was nothing like the sort of thing Angry normally sang, and as an '80s rock ballad, there are few better. There are a couple of different videos for the song, one below and one in the song title. It would have been a huge number 1 hit in Australia, too... if it weren't for the track which kept it off the top spot for three weeks in a row.




The song which denied Angry a number 1 will hit the chart next week - and, in fact, I'll be celebrating the 25th anniversary since the release of that particular tune on July 28, something the song's singer has been doing all this year.


Back to: Jul 19, 1987 <<<<<<<<<<<<<  GO  >>>>>>>>>>>>> Forward to: Aug 2, 1987


Tuesday, 24 July 2012

The Best Of 1981 - part 3

JUMP TO: 30-21 II 20-11 II 10-1


Right, let's not dilly-dally, here are my 10 favourite songs for 1981...

Kim Wilde could look a bit happier about her 1981 success

At number 10: "It Must Be Love" by Madness, which must be one of the sweetest songs of all time - and probably the last thing anyone would have expected from the rabble-rousing funsters. I always forget it's a cover version, the original recorded 10 years earlier by Labi Siffre. The Madness version was actually a hit twice in the UK - once in 1981 and again in 1992 when it was re-released to promote the Divine Madness greatest hits collection (as was the trend around that time).





An Australian and American chart-topper is at number 9: "Centrefold" by J Geils Band. At the time, everybody loved this song (you find me someone who didn't!), but now I can't hear it without thinking of my university law revue's performance which featured the altered lyrics: "my lawyer is a dinosaur". From memory, I was dressed all in green and had to swing my tail in time with the music. Seriously.




Here they are again... at number 8 it's "Planet Earth" by Duran Duran, their debut single, which reached a respectable number 8 in the Aussie charts. Of course, Australia would have a huge love affair with the band over the next few years, with their third album, Seven And The Ragged Tiger, being recorded in Sydney and massive pull-out posters coming with Smash Hits well into 1987.




Number 7 is "Chequered Love" by Kim Wilde, who is beaten by only Madonna and Kylie Minogue in my all-time list of favourite female singers. This was her second single from her debut self-titled album and reached number 6 in Australia. More from Kim later...




At number 6 is the best TV theme song of all time: "Believe It Or Not" by Joey Scarbury. Well, I should qualify that: it's the best TV theme to make the charts. My favourite theme song is actually "As Long As We Got Each Other" from Growing Pains. Anyway, "Believe It Or Not" was the theme to The Greatest American Hero, which I watched at the time but now can't recall anything about (except for the fact that the titular hero, played by William Katt, wore a rather fetching red outfit).





Finally some synthpop at number 5: "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell, an Australian and UK number 1, and another cover that wound up way more successful than the original (which was recorded by Gloria Jones in 1965). Try as I might, I've never been able to get into any other Soft Cell tracks, but I do like a handful of singer Marc Almond's solo singles.




We're on a synthpop roll now... at number 4 it's "Just Can't Get Enough" by Depeche Mode. This, their third single, was the last they released with input from Vince Clarke (who quit to form Yazoo then The Assembly and finally Erasure). It's nice to see the group still performs this live from time to time even though their sound has evolved considerably.




The last of our synthpop triple play is at number 3: "Don't You Want Me" by Human League, which was the UK's Christmas number 1 in 1981 and would go on to be a massive worldwide hit. The trenchcoat, the storyline involving a waitress in a cocktail bar, Phil Oakey's haircut... what wasn't to love?




At number 2: "Our Lips Are Sealed" by The Go-Go's, a title often mistakenly heard as "Alex the seal" apparently. This feel-good song still sounds brilliant today - on record and performed live by Belinda Carlisle, who's toured Australia twice in the past two years and always performs the biggest hits by The Go-Go's.




And at number 1 for what was quite a stellar year for pop classics it's "Kids In America" by Kim Wilde, who is one of the only artists I've been a fan of for years who I've yet to see live in concert. One day, Kim, one day.




My full top 150 for 1981:

1          KIDS IN AMERICA Kim Wilde
2          OUR LIPS ARE SEALED The Go-Go’s
3          DON'T YOU WANT ME Human League
4          JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH Depeche Mode
5          TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
6          BELIEVE IT OR NOT Joey Scarbury
7          CHEQUERED LOVE Kim Wilde
8          PLANET EARTH Duran Duran
9          CENTREFOLD J. Geils Band
10        IT MUST BE LOVE Madness
11        CAN YOU FEEL IT? The Jacksons
12        THE LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE Bucks Fizz
13        GIRLS ON FILM Duran Duran
14        LET’S HANG ON Barry Manilow
15        STAR Kiki Dee
16        HISTORY NEVER REPEATS Split Enz
17        EVERY LITTLE THING SHE DOES IS MAGIC The Police
18        STAND AND DELIVER Adam & The Ants
19        JESSIE’S GIRL Rick Springfield
20        MY OWN WAY Duran Duran
21        NEVER TOO MUCH Luther Vandross
22        YOUR LOVE STILL BRINGS ME TO MY KNEES Marcia Hines
23        URGENT Foreigner
24        SHAKE IT UP The Cars
25        WIRED FOR SOUND Cliff Richard
26        THE BREAK-UP SONG (THEY DON’T WRITE ’EM) Greg Kihn Band
27        KEEP ON LOVING YOU REO Speedwagon
28        MAKING YOUR MIND UP Bucks Fizz
29        PHYSICAL Olivia Newton-John
30        COUNTING THE BEAT The Swingers
31        WHILE YOU SEE A CHANCE Steve Winwood
32        WATER ON GLASS Kim Wilde
33        ALONE WITH YOU Sunnyboys
34        CARELESS MEMORIES Duran Duran
35        BOYS IN TOWN Divinyls
36        WALK RIGHT NOW The Jacksons
37        I’VE DONE EVERYTHING FOR YOU Rick Springfield
38        LOVE SONG Simple Minds
39        TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND George Benson
40        HAPPY BIRTHDAY Stevie Wonder
41        SUPERFREAK Rick James
42        LAY ALL YOUR LOVE ON ME ABBA
43        PIECE OF THE ACTION Bucks Fizz
44        TOO MANY TIMES Mental As Anything
45        YOUNG TURKS Rod Stewart
46        YOU MAKE MY DREAMS Hall & Oates
47        HOMOSAPIEN Pete Shelley
48        SHE’S A BAD MAMA JAMA (SHE’S BUILT, SHE’S STACKED) Carl Carlton
49        WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE Diana Ross
50        FANTASTIC VOYAGE Lakeside
51        HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT Pat Benatar
52        STAY YOUNG INXS
53        DON’T STOP THE MUSIC Yarbrough & Peoples
54        THE VOICE Ultravox
55        WALLS Flowers (Icehouse)
56        BURN RUBBER ON ME (WHY YOU WANNA HURT ME) The Gap Band
57        PRETTY IN PINK Psychedelic Furs
58        BEAUTIFUL WORLD Devo
59        BETTE DAVIS EYES Kim Carnes
60        DOWN UNDER Men At Work
61        SPIRITS IN THE MATERIAL WORLD The Police
62        OPEN YOUR HEART Human League
63        WORKING IN THE COAL MINE Devo
64        SHUT UP Madness
65        ONCE IN A LIFETIME Talking Heads
66        THE AMERICAN Simple Minds
67        FADE TO GREY Visage
68        YOU MIGHT NEED SOMEBODY Randy Crawford
69        AI NO CORRIDA Quincy Jones
70        ARTHUR’S THEME (BEST THAT YOU CAN DO) Christopher Cross
71        I AM THE BEAT The Look
72        BREAKING AWAY Balance
73        COOL WORLD Mondo Rock
74        NOBODY TOLD ME Monitors
75        IF YOU LEAVE ME CAN I COME TOO? Mental As Anything
76        LADY (YOU BRING ME UP) Commodores
77        HAPPY BIRTHDAY Altered Images
78        THE LOVED ONE INXS
79        JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jnr
80        ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton
81        GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS Odyssey
82        ONE OF US ABBA
83        THE UNGUARDED MOMENT The Church
84        WAITING FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU Foreigner
85        THE ONE THAT YOU LOVE Air Supply
86        GANGSTERS OF THE GROOVE Heatwave
87        VISAGE Visage
88        CAMBODIA Kim Wilde
89        GLORIA U2
90        I’M IN LOVE Evelyn “Champagne King
91        TURN ME LOOSE Loverboy
92        QUIET LIFE Japan
93        MISPLACED LOVE Rupert Hine
94        CHANT NO.1 (I DON'T NEED THIS PRESSURE ON) Spandau Ballet
95        WHO CAN IT BE NOW? Men At Work
96        JITTERBUGGIN’ Heatwave
97        LET’S GROOVE Earth Wind & Fire
98        HOW ’BOUT US Champaign
99        ENDLESS LOVE Diana Ross / Lionel Richie
100      DON’T WANT TO WAIT ANYMORE The Tubes
101      YOU’LL NEVER KNOW Hi-Gloss
102      HIP SHAKE JERK The Quick
103      SAY I LOVE YOU Renee Geyer
104      TWILIGHT CAFÉ Susan Fassbender
105      STEPPIN’ OUT Kool & The Gang
106      I MISSED AGAIN Phil Collins
107      BUSTIN’ LOOSE Moving Pictures
108      NO REPLY AT ALL Genesis
109      LOVE ACTION (I BELIEVE IN LOVE) Human League
110      GET DOWN ON IT Kool & The Gang
111      LATELY Stevie Wonder
112      GUILTY Classix Nouveau
113      GREY DAY Madness
114      YOU WEREN’T IN LOVE WITH ME Billy Field
115      TAKE IT TO THE TOP Kool & The Gang
116      ONE DAY IN YOUR LIFE Michael Jackson
117      JEALOUS GUY Roxy Music
118      LOVE IN MOTION Icehouse
119      NEW LIFE Depeche Mode
120      FALLING IN AND OUT Mi-Sex
121      MESSAGE OF LOVE Pretenders
122      TEARS ARE NOT ENOUGH ABC
123      REWARD The Teardrop Explodes
124      DON’T WALK AWAY The Four Tops
125      THE NIGHT OWLS Little River Band
126      DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’ Journey
127      TWO HEARTS Stephanie Mills / Teddy Pendergrass
128      JUST ONCE James Ingram
129      LOUISE (WE GET IT RIGHT) Jona Lewie
130      QUEEN OF HEARTS Juice Newton
131      PRECIOUS TO ME Phil Seymour
132      PENTHOUSE AND PAVEMENT Heaven 17
133      HAPPY MAN Sunnyboys
134      DO YOU LOVE ME? Patti Austin
135      INVISIBLE SUN The Police
136      GIVE IT TO ME BABY Rick James
137      MAKE THAT MOVE Shalamar
138      WHATCHA GONNA DO FOR ME Chaka Khan & Rufus
139      VIENNA Ultravox
140      SUMMER OF ’81 Mondo Rock
141      THE FREEZE Spandau Ballet
142      NOBODY WINS Elton John
143      INTUITION Linx
144      RAPTURE Blondie
145      TAKE IT ON THE RUN REO Speedwagon
146      STOP DRAGGIN’ MY HEART AROUND Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
147      SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD Billy Joel
148      TROUBLE Lindsay Buckingham
149      WHEN SHE WAS MY GIRL The Four Tops
150      WE’RE IN THIS LOVE TOGETHER Al Jarreau


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