My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1980

Every Friday I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 10, 15, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 5TH Friday of the month, so it’s a SPECIAL !  Let’s go back 40 years ago. Now I didn’t write down my own chart back then, but I did follow Billboard Magazine’s Hot 100, and I did listen to Casey Kasem present “American Top 40” from coast to coast. Here it is – the Billboard Top 5 for the week ending Sunday February 03RD 1980:

  1. “Rock With You” – Michael Jackson
  2. “Do That To Me One More Time” – The Captain And Tennille
  3. “Coward Of The County” – Kenny Rogers
  4. “Cruisin'” – Smokey Robinson
  5. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – Queen

I wasn’t a big fan of 1980 pop music. It hasn’t aged well either over the decades. I was 12 going on 13 in 1980. I was in Junior High School in Lanham Maryland. I listened to Q-107 out of Washington D.C. They were famous for their “commercial-free music sweeps”.

Q107

One song in particular was huge in 1980, and it’s still huge (for me) in 2020. It’s Gary Numan’s “Cars”. It was a Top 40 hit here in the U.S. for about 4 months, and it reached the Top 10. Q-107 played it around the clock, and it’s played 1,119 times on my iPod Shuffles over the past 10 years. I saw Gary LIVE in concert in Oxford England in September 1987, and at the time of that concert “Cars” had been reissued as a single, and it was on the U.K. Top 20 !

Next Friday on RETRO I’ll start over and check out the music of my life from February 2010. It actually ended a chapter of my Christian life that was quite bittersweet. I’ll share it with you in 7 days. But until then keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for God !

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with 2 more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

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The Major’s Friday Night Disco Party

In June of 1980 I became a teenager – 13-years-old. I successfully completed the 7TH grade at Robert Goddard Junior High School in Lanham Maryland, and I was also actively involved in the Boy Scouts. We used to go on regular hiking and camping trips up in the mountains along the Appalachian Trail in Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. I remember hiking through the small town of Harpers Ferry West Virginia on many occasions. It was one of the few portions of the trail that actually went right through the heart of a town. Although I don’t miss the hiking with heavy backpacks and rugged shoes I do miss the scenery. While we have a nice subtropical landscape here in America’s Riviera nothing can beat the beautiful views that I remember from high atop the A.T.

On the radio during that memorable time of my life was this funky jam. It’s often referred to as ‘Disco’s Last Dance’, as it wasn’t even released here in the States until January of 1980 – some six months after Disco allegedly died at a Chicago White Sox baseball game. It took another 5 months after that to reach # 1 on the U.S. pop chart where it stayed for the entire month of June of 1980.

Here’s Lipps Inc. with their unexpected and untimely # 1 Disco smash – a year after Disco died. Welcome to “Funkytown”. Population – You !