My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1985

Every 2ND, 3RD, and 4TH Friday of the month 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, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 1ST Friday of the month, so it’s a special. Back in 1985 I was an 18-year-old USAF Airman Basic living in a dorm at Chanute AFB near Rantoul Illinois. I was in my first week of technical school after 6½ weeks of Basic Training at Lackland AFB near San Antonio Texas. It was my first week ever in Illinois. I lived (and trained) there for about 3 months, and I haven’t been back since. I’m actually having a lot of fun over on Facebook reminiscing with my fellow Chanute AFB colleagues about my short time there.

These were the hottest hits in the land exactly 35 years ago this weekend – for the week ending Sunday August 11TH 1985:

  1. “Shout” – Tears For Fears
  2. “Everytime You Go Away” – Paul Young
  3. “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free” – Sting
  4. “Never Surrender” – Corey Hart
  5. “The Power Of Love” – Huey Lewis And The News

Good solid pop / light-rock music back then. It was the soundtrack of my 3RD month in the Air Force. I remember listening to a local Hot Adult Contemporary radio station at the time out of Champaign Illinois. Once I got my car (which only had AM radio) I listened to MusicRadio WLS – the “blowtorch” out of Chicago. (They made “Chi-CA-go” sound so nice during their top-of-the-hour station identification jingles.)

Next week on RETRO it’s back to my regularly-scheduled program. I’ll go back 15 years to the 2ND week of August of 2005.

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) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1970

Every 2ND, 3RD, and 4TH Friday of the month 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, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 5TH Friday of the month, so it’s a special. Back in 1970 I was a 3-year-old living with my Mom and Dad at the Chelsea Wood Apartments in Greenbelt Maryland. My Grandmom and Granddad lived just a few miles away in Lanham Maryland. I was already listening to Top 40 radio, and these hits were the hottest in the land exactly 50 years ago this weekend – for the week ending Sunday August 02ND 1970:

  1. “(They Long To Be) Close To You” – The Carpenters
  2. “Make It With You” – Bread
  3. “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)” – Three Dog Night
  4. “Band Of Gold” – Freda Payne
  5. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” – Stevie Wonder

Bread’s “Make It With You” is currently in heavy rotation on my iPod Shuffles, and “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)” is currently in active rotation with 660 plays over the past 10 years (a play about every 5 to 6 days since 2010). Three Dog Night are (by far) my favorite band of the early-1970s. I have a bunch of their hits on my iTunes Library that I rotate in and out. One of my favorite performances of them (recently featured here on my blog) was when they hosted the cocktail party on a November 1971 episode of “Rowan And Martin’s Laugh-In”. They performed “Joy To The World” in-between the party jokes.

Next week on RETRO I’ll have another special. Maybe I’ll stay in the 1970s – the greatest decade of music that ever existed.

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) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries