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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1988

Hello again retro music fans. 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 15, 20, 25, or 35 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 5TH Friday of the month, so I go back 35 years ago (since last week was a special). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday January 03RD 1988:

  1. “Crazy” – Icehouse
  2. “Don’t Shed A Tear” – Paul Carrack
  3. “What Have I Done To Deserve This ?” – Pet Shop Boys With Dusty Springfield
  4. “True Faith” – New Order
  5. “Need You Tonight” – INXS

With this edition of #RetroFriday from 35 years ago I leave 1987 behind and enter 1988. It was an unusual year of pop music for me. It was largely a rerun of 1987 in that a lot of the hits that arrived stateside were already hits in Great Britain (where I lived) the year before. Many songs – especially early-on in 1988 – were spending over 20, 30, and even 40 weeks on my chart, as their chart runs were either a continuation or a resumption of their chart runs in 1987.

Longtime Australian band Icehouse scored a surprise # 1 smash on my first chart of 1988, and it was not a British rerun. It was their U.S. breakthrough hit at Top 40 radio and on the mainstream pop charts. Here’s the video that tells a “Crazy” story:

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 15 years ago to January 2008. It’s when a Nashville Tennessee “Tooth & Nail” band were near the top of my chart with 1 of their 3 hits.

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 !

All rights reserved (c) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp

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1980s Blogging Holidays Music Radio

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1987

Hello again retro music fans. 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 15, 20, 25, or 35 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 4TH Friday of the month, so I go back 35 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday November 29TH 1987:

  1. “Got My Mind Set On You” – George Harrison
  2. “Need You Tonight” – INXS
  3. “Hourglass” – Squeeze
  4. “True Faith” – New Order
  5. “Heaven Is A Place On Earth” – Belinda Carlisle

35 years ago this weekend I was enjoying the last of my 13 days with my family in Northern Virginia. I got to enjoy Thanksgiving with them for the first time in 3 years. (The previous two I was living and working in England.)

I was also being reintroduced to American Top 40 radio, and in the Washington D.C. area there was only one station at the time – All-Hit-105-WAVA. It was a Top 40 station for a little over 8 years starting near the end of 1983. (I actually didn’t listen to Top 40 radio back in 1983 into 1985.)

My music chart 35 years ago included British holdovers and American newcomers.

Former Go-Go Belinda Carlisle was one of those American newcomers. She scored a huge hit – in fact her biggest hit ever – with “Heaven Is A Place On Earth”. When I arrived home stateside it was in heavy rotation on WAVA, and MTV was playing it around the clock as well. It was brand-new to me. It was actually a hit here stateside before it broke-through overseas in the U.K. and European markets. It was also big in South Africa and Australia and New Zealand.

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 15 years ago to December 2007. It’s when a hard rock band from Southern California were lighting up my Top 3.

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 !

All rights reserved (c) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp

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1980s Blogging Music Radio

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1987

Hello again retro music fans. 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 15, 20, 25, or 35 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 4TH Friday of the month, so I go back 35 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday November 01ST 1987:

  1. “Love In The First Degree” – Bananarama
  2. “Got My Mind Set On You” – George Harrison
  3. “You Win Again” – Bee Gees
  4. “Come On Let’s Go” – Los Lobos
  5. “Crazy Crazy Nights” – KISS

The end was near. I was in my final couple of weeks of living and working in the south of England in the Cotswolds of Gloucestershire. I was there for 2 years and 1 week, and I made the most of it by immersing myself into British culture as an 18, 19, and 20-year-old. It was the greatest 2 years of my life at the time. I vowed to return to the United Kingdom when I left 35 years ago. I haven’t been back since. Someday though it may happen.

Among the highlights of my Top 5 – Bananarama spent a 2ND week at the top with their Stock Aitken Waterman produced pop-dance smash – “Love In The First Degree”. George Harrison scored a comeback smash with what turned out to be his biggest smash since his debut solo smash in 1970 – “My Sweet Lord”. It was a long-lasting hit on my chart, as it straddled the end of my British-based pop chart and the start of my American-based pop chart. Many songs did that. What was big in the U.K. in 1987 was big in the U.S. in 1988, and my chart continued on. You’ll see that as #RetroFriday continues on the 4TH Friday of the month from 35 years ago.

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 15 years ago to November 2007. It’s when a young man from the east side of Columbus Ohio was cashing in.

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 !

All rights reserved (c) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp

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1980s Blogging Music Radio

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1987

Hello again retro music fans. 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 15, 20, 30, or 35 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 4TH Friday of the month, so I go back 35 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday September 27TH 1987:

  1. “Let’s Work” – Mick Jagger
  2. “Toy Boy” – Sinitta
  3. “What Have I Done To Deserve This ?” – Pet Shop Boys With Dusty Springfield
  4. “Heart And Soul” – T’Pau
  5. “Some People” – Cliff Richard

Rolling Stone Mick Jagger scored an unexpected # 1 smash on my chart exactly 35 years ago. “Let’s Work” was the lead single from his September 1987 solo album “Primitive Cool”. Written and produced by Mick and David A. Stewart (Eurythmics) – its expectations were quite high. But Mick’s fans didn’t care for it all that much – the single or the album. I liked the song a lot. It spent 4 weeks in a row atop my Top 50 chart.

Early in September 1987 the legendary “Top Of The Pops” on BBC-1 recorded an over-the-top (for the era) LIVE performance of the song featuring a cast of kids and Mick enjoying free reign of the entire studio – catwalk and all. Forget the fact that Mick is lip-synching. His frenetic performance is one for the books. It was vintage Mick dancing (strutting) and clapping the way that only he can do. When the song was struggling just outside the BBC-Gallup Top 40 at # 41 (and threatening to drop from there) #TOTP broke longtime policy and aired the LIVE performance even though it was not in the Top 40. (The following week it climbed 8 notches to # 33, and then it peaked the week after that at # 31.)

Thursday September 24TH 1987, BBC-1, London England

It’s a moment in #TOTP history that – for some reason – I still remember to this day.

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 50 years ago to October 01ST 1972. It’s when the late great Mac Davis scored the biggest smash of his career – a song that I still hear almost every day at my desk at my workplace.

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 !

All rights reserved (c) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp