Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1983
- "Talent Almanac 1984: Top Pop Singles". Billboard. 95 (52): TA-18. December 24, 1983.
- "Billboard Top 100 - 1983". Retrieved 9 June 2016.
|1||"Every Breath You Take"||The Police|
|2||"Billie Jean"||Michael Jackson|
|3||"Flashdance... What a Feeling"||Irene Cara|
|4||"Down Under"||Men at Work|
|5||"Beat It"||Michael Jackson|
|6||"Total Eclipse of the Heart"||Bonnie Tyler|
|7||"Maneater"||Hall & Oates|
|8||"Baby, Come to Me"||Patti Austin and James Ingram|
|10||"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"||Eurythmics|
|11||"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"||Culture Club|
|12||"You and I"||Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle|
|13||"Come On Eileen"||Dexys Midnight Runners|
|14||"Shame on the Moon"||Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band|
|15||"She Works Hard for the Money"||Donna Summer|
|16||"Never Gonna Let You Go"||Sérgio Mendes|
|17||"Hungry Like the Wolf"||Duran Duran|
|18||"Let's Dance"||David Bowie|
|19||"Twilight Zone"||Golden Earring|
|20||"I Know There's Something Going On"||Frida|
|21||"Jeopardy"||The Greg Kihn Band|
|22||"Electric Avenue"||Eddy Grant|
|23||"She Blinded Me with Science"||Thomas Dolby|
|25||"Little Red Corvette"||Prince|
|26||"Back on the Chain Gang"||The Pretenders|
|27||"Up Where We Belong"||Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes|
|29||"You Are"||Lionel Richie|
|30||"Der Kommissar"||After the Fire|
|31||"Puttin' on the Ritz"||Taco|
|32||"Sexual Healing"||Marvin Gaye|
|33||"(Keep Feeling) Fascination"||The Human League|
|34||"Time (Clock of the Heart)"||Culture Club|
|35||"The Safety Dance"||Men Without Hats|
|37||"You Can't Hurry Love"||Phil Collins|
|38||"Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)"||Journey|
|39||"One on One"||Hall & Oates|
|40||"We've Got Tonight"||Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton|
|42||"Stray Cat Strut"||Stray Cats|
|44||"Stand Back"||Stevie Nicks|
|45||"Tell Her About It"||Billy Joel|
|46||"Always Something There to Remind Me"||Naked Eyes|
|48||"Dirty Laundry"||Don Henley|
|49||"The Girl Is Mine"||Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney|
|51||"Goody Two-Shoes"||Adam Ant|
|52||"Rock the Casbah"||The Clash|
|54||"Overkill"||Men at Work|
|55||"Is There Something I Should Know?"||Duran Duran|
|57||"Affair of the Heart"||Rick Springfield|
|58||"She's a Beauty"||The Tubes|
|60||"Don't Let It End"||Styx|
|61||"How Am I Supposed to Live Without You"||Laura Branigan|
|62||"China Girl"||David Bowie|
|63||"Come Dancing"||The Kinks|
|64||"Promises, Promises"||Naked Eyes|
|65||"The Other Guy"||Little River Band|
|66||"Making Love Out of Nothing at All"||Air Supply|
|67||"Family Man"||Hall & Oates|
|68||"Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"||Michael Jackson|
|69||"I Won't Hold You Back"||Toto|
|70||"All Right"||Christopher Cross|
|71||"Straight from the Heart"||Bryan Adams|
|72||"Heart to Heart"||Kenny Loggins|
|73||"My Love"||Lionel Richie|
|74||"I'm Still Standing"||Elton John|
|75||"Hot Girls in Love"||Loverboy|
|76||"It's a Mistake"||Men at Work|
|77||"I'll Tumble 4 Ya"||Culture Club|
|78||"All This Love"||DeBarge|
|79||"Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy"||Sammy Hagar|
|82||"Steppin' Out"||Joe Jackson|
|83||"Take Me to Heart"||Quarterflash|
|84||"(She's) Sexy + 17"||Stray Cats|
|87||"Lawyers in Love"||Jackson Browne|
|88||"What About Me"||Moving Pictures|
|89||"Human Nature"||Michael Jackson|
|91||"Pass the Dutchie"||Musical Youth|
|93||"Far from Over"||Frank Stallone|
|94||"I've Got a Rock 'n' Roll Heart"||Eric Clapton|
|95||"It Might Be You"||Stephen Bishop|
|96||"Tonight, I Celebrate My Love"||Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack|
|97||"You Got Lucky"||Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers|
|99||"Breaking Us in Two"||Joe Jackson|
|100||"Fall in Love with Me"||Earth, Wind & Fire|
1. Billboard (magazine) – Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events and it is also known for its music charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular singles and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows, Billboard was founded in 1894 by William Donaldson and James Hennegan as a trade publication for bill posters. Donaldson later acquired Hennegens interest in 1900 for $500, in the 1900s, it covered the entertainment industry, such as circuses, fairs and burlesque shows. It also created a service for travelling entertainers. Billboard began focusing more on the industry as the jukebox, phonograph. Many topics it covered were spun-off into different magazines, including Amusement Business in 1961 to cover outdoor entertainment so that it could focus on music. After Donaldson died in 1925, Billboard was passed down to his children and Hennegans children, until it was sold to investors in 1985. The first issue of Billboard was published in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 1,1894 by William Donaldson, initially, it covered the advertising and bill posting industry and was called Billboard Advertising. At the time, billboards, posters and paper advertisements placed in public spaces were the means of advertising. Donaldson handled editorial and advertising, while Hennegan, who owned Hennegan Printing Co. managed magazine production, the first issues were just eight pages long. The paper had columns like The Bill Room Gossip and The Indefatigable, a department for agricultural fairs was established in 1896. The title was changed to The Billboard in 1897, after a brief departure over editorial differences, Donaldson purchased Hennegans interest in the business in 1900 for $500, to save it from bankruptcy. That May, Donaldson changed it from a monthly to a paper with a greater emphasis on breaking news. He improved editorial quality and opened new offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, London and he also re-focused the magazine on outdoor entertainment like fairs, carnivals, circuses, vaudeville and burlesque shows. A section devoted to circuses was introduced in 1900, followed by more prominent coverage of events in 1901. Billboard also covered topics including regulation, a lack of professionalism, economics and it had a stage gossip column covering the private lives of entertainers, a tent show section covering traveling shows and a sub-section called Freaks to order. According to The Seattle Times, Donaldson also published articles attacking censorship, praising productions exhibiting good tasteBillboard (magazine) – An 1896 issue of Billboard
2. Billboard Hot 100 – The Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for singles, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales, radio play and online streaming, the weekly sales period was originally Monday to Sunday, when Nielsen started tracking sales in 1991, but was changed to Friday to Thursday in July 2015. Radio airplay, which, unlike sales figures and streaming data, is available on a real-time basis. A new chart is compiled and officially released to the public by Billboard on Tuesdays, as of the issue for the week ending on April 15,2017, the Hot 100 has had 1,061 different number one hits. The current number one song is Shape of You by Ed Sheeran, prior to 1955, Billboard did not have a unified, all-encompassing popularity chart, instead measuring songs by individual metrics. At the start of the era in 1955, three such charts existed, Best Sellers in Stores was the first Billboard chart, established in 1936. This chart ranked the biggest selling singles in retail stores, as reported by merchants surveyed throughout the country, Most Played by Jockeys was Billboards original airplay chart. It ranked the most played songs on United States radio stations, as reported by radio disc jockeys, Most Played in Jukeboxes ranked the most played songs in jukeboxes across the United States. On the week ending November 12,1955, Billboard published The Top 100 for the first time, the Top 100 combined all aspects of a singles performance, based on a point system that typically gave sales more weight than radio airplay. The Best Sellers In Stores, Most Played by Jockeys and Most Played in Jukeboxes charts continued to be published concurrently with the new Top 100 chart. The week ending July 28,1958 was the publication of the Most Played By Jockeys and Top 100 charts. On August 4,1958, Billboard premiered one main all-genre singles chart, the Hot 100 quickly became the industry standard and Billboard discontinued the Best Sellers In Stores chart on October 13,1958. The Billboard Hot 100 is still the standard by which a songs popularity is measured in the United States, the Hot 100 is ranked by radio airplay audience impressions as measured by Nielsen BDS, sales data compiled by Nielsen Soundscan and streaming activity provided by online music sources. There are several component charts that contribute to the calculation of the Hot 100. Charts are ranked by number of gross audience impressions, computed by cross-referencing exact times of radio airplay with Arbitron listener data. Hot Singles Sales, the top selling singles compiled from a sample of retail store, mass merchant and internet sales reports collected, compiled. The chart is released weekly and measures sales of commercial singles. With the decline in sales of singles in the USBillboard Hot 100 – The Billboard logo
3. Every Breath You Take – Every Breath You Take is a song by English rock band The Police from their 1983 album Synchronicity. Written by Sting, the single was the biggest hit of 1983, topping the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for eight weeks, and it also topped the Billboard Top Tracks chart for nine weeks. For the song, Sting received the 1983 British Academys Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. The song is considered to be both The Polices and Stings signature song, and in 2010 was estimated to generate between a quarter and a third of Stings music publishing income, in the 1983 Rolling Stone critics and readers poll, it was voted Song of the Year. In the US, it was the single of 1983. Billboard ranked it as the song for 1983. The song ranked number 84 on the Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and is included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fames 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and it also ranked number 25 on Billboards Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs. In 2015, the song was voted by the British public as the nations favourite 1980s number one in a poll for ITV, Sting wrote the song in 1982 in the aftermath of his separation from Frances Tomelty and the beginning of his relationship with Trudie Styler. As The Independent reported in 2006, The problem was, he was already married – to actress Frances Tomelty, in order to escape from the public eye, Sting retreated in the Caribbean where he started writing the song. The lyrics are the words of a lover who is watching every breath you take. I woke up in the middle of the night with that line in my head, the tune itself is generic, an aggregate of hundreds of others, but the words are interesting. It sounds like a love song. I didnt realize at the time how sinister it is, I think I was thinking of Big Brother, surveillance and control. Sting later said he was disconcerted by how people think the song is more positive than it is. He insists it is about the obsession with a lost lover, One couple told me Oh we love that song, it was the main song played at our wedding. According to the Back to Mono box-set book, Every Breath You Take is influenced by a Gene Pitney song titled Every Breath I Take, the songs structure is a variation on the Classical rondo form with its AABACABA structure, a form rarely found in modern popular music. The demo of the song was recorded in a suite in North Londons Utopia studios. A few months later he presented the song to the band members when they reconvened at George Martins AIR Studios in Montserrat to work on the Synchronicity albumEvery Breath You Take – "Every Breath You Take"
4. The Police – The Police were an English new wave band formed in London in 1977. For most of their history the band consisted of Sting, Andy Summers and they are also considered one of the leaders of the Second British Invasion of the United States. They disbanded in 1986, but reunited in early 2007 for a world tour that ended in August 2008. Their 1978 debut album, Outlandos dAmour, reached No.6 in the UK and their second album Reggatta de Blanc became the first of five consecutive UK No.1 albums with its lead single, Message in a Bottle, their first UK number one. Their next two albums, Zenyatta Mondatta and Ghost in the Machine, saw further critical and commercial success and their final studio album, Synchronicity, was No.1 in both the UK and the US, selling over 8 million copies in the US alone. Every Breath You Take became their fifth UK number one single, the Police have sold over 75 million records, making them one of the worlds best-selling artists of all time. They were the worlds highest-earning musicians in 2008, thanks to their reunion tour, four of their five studio albums appeared on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The Police were included among both Rolling Stones and VH1s lists of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, on 12 January 1977, Sting relocated to London and the very same day of his arrival, he sought out Copeland for a jam session. Curved Air had recently split up and Copeland, inspired by the then-current punk rock movement, was eager to form a new band and join the burgeoning London punk scene. While less keen, Sting acknowledged the commercial opportunities, so the duo formed the Police as a power trio with Corsican guitarist Henry Padovani recruited as the third member. After their debut concert on 1 March 1977 at Alexanders in Newport, Wales and their first single Fall Out, recorded at Pathway Studios in Islington, North London on 12 February 1977 with a budget of £150, was released in May 1977 by Illegal Records. Also in May 1977, former Gong musician Mike Howlett invited Sting to join him in the band project Strontium 90, the drummer Howlett had in mind, Chris Cutler, was unavailable to play, so Sting brought Copeland. The bands fourth member was guitarist Andy Summers from Lancashire in northwest England, a decade older than Sting and Copeland, Summers was a music industry veteran who had played with Eric Burdon and the Animals and Kevin Ayers among others. Strontium 90 performed at a Gong reunion concert in Paris on 28 May 1977, the band also recorded several demo tracks, these were released 20 years later in 1997 on the archive album Strontium 90, Police Academy. Summers musicality impressed Sting, who was becoming frustrated with Padovanis rudimentary abilities, shortly after the Strontium 90 gig, Sting approached Summers to join the band. He agreed, on the condition the band remain a trio, shortly after these two gigs, Summers delivered an ultimatum and Padovani was dismissed from the band. The Polices power trio line-up of Copeland, Sting, and Summers performed for the first time on 18 August 1977 at Rebeccas club in the English city of Birmingham in the West Midlands. A trio was unusual for the time, and this line-up endured for the rest of the bands history, few punk bands were three-pieces, while contemporary bands pursuing progressive rock, symphonic rock and other sound trends usually expanded their line-ups with support playersThe Police – Summers (far right), Sting (front), Copeland (drums). The Police performing, Madison Square Garden, New York City, 1 August 2007
5. Billie Jean – Billie Jean is a song by American singer Michael Jackson. It is the single from the singers sixth solo album. It was written and composed by Jackson and produced by Jackson, There are contradictory claims on the meaning of the songs lyrics. One suggests that they are derived from an experience, in which a female fan claimed that Jackson had fathered one of her twins. However, Michael Jackson stated that Billie Jean was based on groupies he had encountered, the song was mixed 91 times by audio engineer Bruce Swedien before it was finalized, though he reportedly went with the second mix as the final product. The song became a success, it was one of the singles of 1983 and is one of the best-selling singles worldwide. The song topped both the US and UK charts simultaneously, in other countries, it topped the charts of Switzerland and reached the top ten in Austria, Italy, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden. Billie Jean was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1989, Rolling Stone magazine placed the song in the 58th spot on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song was promoted with a film that broke down MTVs racial barrier as the first video by a black artist to be aired in heavy rotation. Also, Jacksons Emmy-nominated performance on Motown 25, Yesterday, Today, Forever, in which Jackson premiered his moonwalk and it was additionally promoted through Jacksons Pepsi commercials. Covered by modern artists, Billie Jean sealed Jacksons status as a pop icon. In YouTube, the song has garnered more than 284 million views, Jackson stated several times that Billie Jean was based on the groupies he and his brothers encountered while part of The Jackson 5. Billie Jean is kind of anonymous and it represents a lot of girls. They used to call them groupies in the 60s, There were a lot of Billie Jeans out there. Every girl claimed that their son was related to one of my brothers, the reason for this was due to the fame of the Jackson 5, and wanting to have their money in order to have a way of living. Jacksons biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli promoted the theory that Billie Jean was derived from a life experience the singer faced in 1981. The Magic & The Madness documents how a woman wrote Jackson a letter. Jackson, who regularly received letters of this kind, had never met the woman in question, the woman, however, continued to send Jackson more letters, which stated that she loved him and wanted to be with himBillie Jean – "Billie Jean"
6. Michael Jackson – Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, actor, and philanthropist. Called the King of Pop, his contributions to music, dance, the eighth child of the Jackson family, Michael made his professional debut in 1964 with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon as a member of the Jackson 5. He began his career in 1971. In the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music, the popularity of these videos helped bring the television channel MTV to fame. Jacksons 1987 album Bad spawned the U. S and he continued to innovate with videos such as Black or White and Scream throughout the 1990s, and forged a reputation as a touring solo artist. Through stage and video performances, Jackson popularized a number of complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and his distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous artists of various music genres. Thriller is the album of all time, with estimated sales of 65 million copies worldwide. Jacksons other albums, including Off the Wall, Bad, Dangerous and he is recognized as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time by Guinness World Records. Jackson won hundreds of awards, making him the most awarded recording artist in the history of popular music. He became the first artist in history to have a top ten single in the Billboard Hot 100 in five different decades when Love Never Felt So Good reached number nine on May 21,2014. Jackson traveled the world attending events honoring his humanitarianism, and, in 2000, aspects of Jacksons personal life, including his changing appearance, personal relationships, and behavior, generated controversy. In 1993, he was accused of sexual abuse, but the civil case was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. In 2005, he was tried and acquitted of child sexual abuse allegations. While preparing for his concert series, This Is It, Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication on June 25,2009. The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled his death a homicide, and his personal physician, Jacksons death triggered a global outpouring of grief, and a live broadcast of his public memorial service was viewed around the world. Forbes ranks Jackson as the dead celebrity with earnings of $825 million in 2016. Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29,1958 and his mother, Katherine Esther Scruse, was a devout Jehovahs Witness. She played clarinet and piano and once aspired to be a country-and-western performer, michaels father, Joseph Walter Joe Jackson, a former boxer, was a steelworker at U. S. SteelMichael Jackson – Jackson performing in 1988, during the Bad World Tour
7. Flashdance... What a Feeling – What a Feeling is a song from the 1983 film Flashdance, written by Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, and Irene Cara, and performed by Cara. In 2004 it finished at #55 in AFIs 100 Years.100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema, the song also kept Culture Clubs song Time off the number one spot. The song was the #3 single of the year in 1983 on the Billboard year-end chart, in 2008, the song was ranked at #26 on Billboards All Time Top 100, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Billboard Hot 100. In the United Kingdom, the song spent one week at #2 on the UK Singles Chart for the ending date July 9,1983. The song is in thekKey of B♭ Major and has a Tempo of 122 BPM, marcia Hines recorded a version of the single titled What a Feeling in 1998. It was released as the single from her ninth studio album. French singer Priscilla Betti released a French version of the song named Cette vie nouvelle as the single from her debut album Cette vie nouvelle. It peaked at nine on the French singles chart. The track was included on her third album Gone Too Long. Marie Picasso covered the song in 2007, picassos version peaked at 54 position on the Swedish singles chart. Extensive samples are included in Jason Derulos 2010 single The Skys the Limit, the Glee Cast released a version of the song as a single in 2012 which reached #145 on the UK Singles Chart. In 2015, French singer Maude Harcheb released a bilingual French / English cover version as Danse ta vie featuring Vitaa accompanied with a music video and it was included in the French compilation album Les Stars Font Leur CinémaFlashdance... What a Feeling – "Flashdance... What a Feeling"
8. Down Under (song) – Down Under is a song recorded by Australian rock band Men at Work. It was originally released in 1980 as the B-side to their first local single titled Keypunch Operator, both early songs were written by the groups co-founders, Colin Hay and Ron Strykert. The early version of Down Under has a different tempo. The most well known version was released on Columbia in October 1981 as the third single from their debut album Business as Usual. The hit song went to one in their home country of Australia in December 1981. Released in North America in mid-1982, the song topped the Canadian charts in October, in the United States, the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 on 6 November 1982 at No. 79, and reached No.1 in January 1983 where it spent four non-consecutive weeks and it eventually sold over two million copies in the US alone. Billboard ranked it at No.4 for 1983, in the UK, the song topped the charts in January and February 1983, and is the only Men at Work song to make the UK top 20. The song also went No.1 in Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Switzerland and it remains a popular and patriotic song in Australia. Colin Hay told Songfacts, The chorus is really about the selling of Australia in many ways and it was a song about the loss of spirit in that country. Its really about the plundering of the country by greedy people and it is ultimately about celebrating the country, but not in a nationalistic way and not in a flag-waving sense. Hay has also said that the lyrics for Down Under were inspired by the Barry McKenzie character. The lyrics are about an Australian man travelling the globe, proud of his nationality, slang and drug terms are used in the lyrics, Travelling in a fried-out Kombi, on a hippie trail, head full of zombie. In Australian slang fried-out means overheated, Kombi refers to the Volkswagen Type 2 combination van, cultural slang is also used, after the second verse the refrain is where beer does flow and men chunder, chunder means vomit. The exterior shots for the video were filmed at the Cronulla sand dunes in Sydney. The song is a favourite on Australian radio and television. Men at Work played this song in the ceremony of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. The song was ranked number 96 on VH1s 100 Greatest Songs of the 1980s in October 2006, simon Whitlock, an Australian professional darts player who plays in Professional Darts Corporation, uses the song as his walk-on musicDown Under (song) – 7" Australian single
9. Men at Work – Men at Work were an Australian rock band best known for their 1981 hit Down Under. Formed in 1978, their founding mainstay was Colin Hay on lead vocals, he formed the group with Jerry Speiser on drums and they were joined by Greg Ham on flute, saxophone, and keyboards and finally John Rees on bass guitar. This line-up achieved national and international success in the early 1980s, in January 1983, they were the first Australian artists to have a simultaneous No.1 album and No.1 single in the United States Billboard charts – Business as Usual and Down Under, respectively. With the same works, they achieved the distinction of a simultaneous No.1 album and No.1 single on the Australian, New Zealand. Their second album, Cargo was also No.1 in Australia, No.2 in New Zealand, No.3 in the US and their third album, Two Hearts, reached the top 20 in Australia and top 50 in the US. At the Grammy Awards of 1983 they won the Best New Artist category, Men at Work have sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Simply opened the floodgates with little more than a clutch of great songs The group disbanded in 1986, in May 2001 Down Under was listed at No.4 on the APRA Top 30 Australian songs and Business as Usual appeared in the book,100 Best Australian Albums. On 19 April 2012 Greg Ham was found dead at his home of an apparent heart attack, Hay had emigrated to Australia in 1967 from Scotland with his family. In 1978, he formed a duo with Strykert, which expanded by mid-1979 with the addition of Speiser and they formed an unnamed four-piece group. The bands first experience in the studio was recording the music to Riff Raff. Sneddon left and was replaced in late 1979 by Ham, the band built a grass roots reputation as a pub rock band. In 1980 the group issued their single, Keypunch Operator backed by Down Under. It was self-financed and appeared on their own independent, M. A. W. label, Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, felt the A-side was a fast-paced country-styled rocker with a clean sound and quirky rhythm. Early in 1981 Men at Work signed with the Australian branch of Columbia Records on the recommendation of Peter Karpin, fran of the Woroni caught their performance at the Refectory in Canberra in April, she noted that they provided some reggae-ish type music and the minimum of audience attention. From what I saw of them they were perhaps a bit boring but quite competent. The groups second single, Who Can It Be Now. was released in June 1981 which reached No.2 and it had been produced by United States-based, Peter McIan, who was also working on their debut album, Business as Usual. Their next single was a version of Down Under, Ham added an improvised flute solo. It appeared in October that year and reached No.1 in November, Business as Usual was also released in October and went to No.1 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart, spending a total of nine weeks at the top spotMen at Work – Men at Work in 1983. Top: John Rees; middle: Jerry Speiser, Ron Strykert, Colin Hay; bottom: Greg Ham.
10. Beat It – Beat It is a song written and performed by American singer Michael Jackson and produced by Quincy Jones. It is the single from the singers sixth solo album. Following the successful performances of the Thriller singles The Girl Is Mine and Billie Jean. The song was promoted with a film that featured Jackson bringing two gangs together through the power of music and dance. Beat It received the Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Male Rock Vocal Performance and it was inducted into the Music Video Producers Hall of Fame. The single, along with its video, propelled Thriller into becoming the best-selling album of all time. The single was certified platinum in the United States in 1989, Rolling Stone placed Beat It on the 344th spot of its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song was ranked number 81 on Rolling Stones 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time. The song was featured in the National Highway Safety Commissions anti-drunk driving campaign. Beat It was composed by Michael Jackson for his Thriller album, producer Quincy Jones had wanted to include a rock and roll song in the vein of the Knacks My Sharona, though Jackson reportedly had never previously shown an interest in the genre. Jackson later said of Beat It, I wanted to write a song and that is how I approached it and I wanted the children to really enjoy it—the school children as well as the college students. Jermaine Jackson has suggested the inspiration of Beat It and its video came from the Jackson family experiencing gang activity in Gary, from our front window, we witnessed, about three bad rumbles between rival gangs. Upon hearing the first recorded vocals, Jones stated that it was exactly what he was looking for, the song begins with seven distinct synthesizer notes played on the Synclavier digital synthesizer, with Tom Bahler credited for the Synclavier performance on the song. Eddie Van Halen, lead guitarist of rock band Van Halen, was asked to add a guitar solo. When initially contacted by Jones, Van Halen thought he was receiving a prank call, having established that the call was genuine, Van Halen recorded his guitar solo free of any charge. I did it as a favor, the musician later said, I was a complete fool, according to the rest of the band, our manager and everyone else. I knew what I was doing – I dont do something unless I want to do it, Van Halen recorded his contribution following Jones and Jackson arriving at the guitarists house with a skeleton version of the song. Fellow guitarist Steve Lukather recalled, Initially, we rocked it out as Eddie had played a good solo—but Quincy thought it was too tough, so I had to reduce the distorted guitar sound and that is what was releasedBeat It – US cover art
11. Total Eclipse of the Heart – Total Eclipse of the Heart is a song recorded by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler. It was written and produced by Jim Steinman, and released on Tylers fifth studio album, the song was released as a single by Columbia Records on 11 February 1983 in the United Kingdom and on 31 May 1983 in the United States. It was Billboards number-six song of the year for 1983, Tyler visited Steinman in his apartment in New York in April 1982 with her manager, where she was presented with two tracks, Have You Ever Seen the Rain. and Goin Through the Motions. She stated that had she not liked the songs Steinman played for her and she returned to his studio apartment weeks later, where Steinman and Rory Dodd presented Total Eclipse of the Heart to her. He also hand-picked the recording band for the song, Total Eclipse of the Heart had to be shortened for radio play. Tyler did not believe that the song was radio-friendly at its full length, the power ballad remains Tylers most successful song, peaking at No.1 in the United States, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom. At its peak, it sold 60,000 copies per day and it won the Variety Club award in the UK for best single of 1983. The song also made number 82 of VH1s top 100 love songs, Steinman said in an interview with Playbill, with Total Eclipse of the Heart, I was trying to come up with a love song and I remembered I actually wrote that to be a vampire love song. Its original title was Vampires in Love because I was working on a musical of Nosferatu, if anyone listens to the lyrics, theyre really like vampire lines. Its all about the darkness, the power of darkness and loves place in dark and he also told People magazine that he thought Tyler sounded like John Fogerty, and wrote the song to be a showpiece for her voice. Tyler described the song as a challenge, stating that she like songs that anybody can sing, I like songs that need a lot of energy. After Steinman presented her with the song she told The Times, I couldnt wait to actually get in and record it. Total Eclipse of the Heart was then given to Bonnie Tyler, Meat Loaf was apparently very annoyed that Jim gave that to me, Tyler stated. But Jim said he didnt write it for Meat Loaf, that he finished it after meeting me. Mike DeGagne from AllMusic described Total Eclipse of the Heart as one of the finest ballads ever to hit radio and he noted the lush instrumentation and said that Tylers voice produced the perfect type of desperate lovelorn effect to suit the romantic lyrics. He described Roy Bittans piano playing as dreamy and described Tylers voice as wonderfully gritty. Donald A. Guarisco, also from AllMusic, reviewed Faster Than the Speed of Night, the video features Bonnie Tyler clad in white, dreaming or fantasizing about her students in a boys boarding school. Young men are dancing and participating in various school activitiesTotal Eclipse of the Heart – "Total Eclipse of the Heart"
12. Bonnie Tyler – Bonnie Tyler is a Welsh singer, known for her distinctive husky voice. Tyler came to prominence with the release of her 1977 album The World Starts Tonight and its singles Lost in France and her 1978 single Its a Heartache reached number four on the UK Singles Chart, and number three on the US Billboard Hot 100. In the 1980s, Tyler ventured into music with songwriter and producer Jim Steinman. He wrote Tylers biggest hit Total Eclipse of the Heart, the single from her 1983 UK chart topping album Faster Than the Speed of Night. Steinman also wrote Tylers other major 1980s hit Holding Out for a Hero and she had success in mainland Europe during the 1990s with Dieter Bohlen, who wrote and produced her hit Bitterblue. In 2003, Tyler re-recorded Total Eclipse of the Heart with singer Kareen Antonn and their bilingual duet topped the French charts. Her latest album Rocks and Honey was released in 2013 and features the single Believe in Me which she performed representing the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. Both Its a Heartache and Total Eclipse of the Heart are among the singles of all time. Her work has earned her three Grammy Award nominations and three Brit Award nominations, among other accolades, Tyler was born Gaynor Hopkins in Skewen, Wales, to coal miner Glyndwr and housewife Elsie Hopkins. She grew up in a council house with three sisters and two brothers. Her siblings had varied music tastes, exposing her to such as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra. Hopkins and her family were deeply religious Protestants and her first public performance took place in a chapel as a child, singing the Anglican hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful. Leaving school with no qualifications, Hopkins began working in a grocery shop. In 1969, she entered a talent contest, and after coming in second place, was inspired to pursue a career in singing. Responding to an advertisement, she found work as a backing singer for Bobby Wayne & the Dixies before forming her own soul band called Imagination. It was around this time that she changed her name to Sherene Davis in order to avoid being confused with Welsh folk singer Mary Hopkin. In 1975, Davis was spotted singing with her band in the Townsman Club, Swansea, by talent scout Roger Bell, after many months had passed, she received a phone call from RCA Records, offering her a recording contract. They also recommended that she change her name again, after compiling a list of surnames and Christian names from a newspaper, Davis found a new name in Bonnie TylerBonnie Tyler – Tyler during a rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden on 15 May 2013.
13. Patti Austin – Patti Austin is an American R&B, pop and jazz singer. Austin was born in Harlem, New York to Gordon Austin, a jazz trombonist, Quincy Jones and Dinah Washington have referred to themselves as her godparents. When she was four years old, she made her debut at the Apollo Theater, during the 1960s, she was a session musician who sang background vocals and commercial jingles. She was known as Queen of the Jingles, appearing on commercials for Almay, Avon, Burger King, Impulse, KFC, Maxwell House, McDonalds, Meow Mix, Stouffers, in 1969, she made the R&B Top 50 with the single Family Tree. Her debut album, End of a Rainbow, appeared in 1976 on the jazz label CTI Records, Two years later, she sang on the song Love Light by Japanese musician Yutaka Yokokura. She provided vocals for Roberta Flack, Angela Bofill, and Noel Pointer, in 1981, she sang on the album The Dude by Quincy Jones and on the hit single Razzmatazz. Jones signed her to his label, Qwest Records. A second duet with Ingram, How Do You Keep the Music Playing, was used on the soundtrack for the movie Best Friends, Austins single, Its Gonna Be Special, was featured on the soundtrack for the movie Two of a Kind. Its Gonna Be Special peaked at No.5 on the chart, No.15 on the R&B chart. The song also appeared on Austins self-titled album in 1984, a follow-up single, Rhythm of the Street, remixed by John Jellybean Benitez, narrowly missed the Billboard Dance Top Ten chart, though it peaked higher on Hi-NRG charts. The two songs were featured on a double-A-side 12 single, for Rhythm of the Street Austin shot her first music video. Austins 1985 album, Gettin Away With Murder, was her album in as many years. It produced two hit singles, Honey For The Bees and The Heat of Heat. The album used producers Russ Titelman, Tommy LiPuma, Monte Moir and Jimmy Jam, billy Joel, Dan Hartman, friends Luther Vandross and Jocelyn Brown and Chaka Khan were among the background vocalists on the project. Songwriters included Randy Goodrum, Michael Bolton and Jam & Lewis, also in 1985, Austin sang lead vocals on a collaboration with her producer, Narada Michael Walden, and the single, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, hit the top 40 of the R&B charts. Austin appeared with Jeff Bridges and Joan Allen in Francis Ford Coppolas 1988 comedy-drama film, Tucker, The Man, also in 1988, Austin released The Real Me, a collection of standards which garnered the first of several Top 10 showings on the jazz albums chart. The Real Me was chiefly produced by David Pack, lead singer of the pop group Ambrosia, though Austin served as a co-producer, Austin scored a top five dance hit with the single, Reach, from her 1994 album, That Secret Place. Austin was scheduled to be on onboard United Flight 93 on September 11,2001, in 2002, she recorded For Ella, a tribute to jazz singer Ella FitzgeraldPatti Austin – Austin on the evening of her appearance at the Ram's Head in Annapolis, Maryland, where she sang an all- Gershwin show on October 29, 2007.
14. James Ingram – James Edward Ingram is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist. He is a two-time Grammy Award-winner and a two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Original Song, in addition, he charted 20 hits on the Adult Contemporary chart. In between these hits he also recorded the song Somewhere Out There with fellow recording artist Linda Ronstadt for the animated film An American Tail, the song and the music video both became gigantic hits. Born in Akron, Ohio, Ingram lived with his mother and father until he was 10 years old and he later moved to Los Angeles and played with the band Revelation Funk, which made an appearance in the Rudy Ray Moore film Dolemite. He also later played keyboards for Ray Charles before becoming famous, meanwhile, his younger brother, Phillip Ingram, became prominent as a member of the Motown group, Switch. In 1981, Ingram provided the vocals to Just Once and One Hundred Ways on Quincy Joness album The Dude, One Hundred Ways won him the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his work. On December 11,1981, Ingram appeared as a guest on the Canadian comedy series SCTV, ingrams debut album, Its Your Night, appeared in 1983, including the ballad Theres No Easy Way. He also worked with notable artists such as Donna Summer, Ray Charles, Anita Baker, Viktor Lazlo, Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole. In October 1990, he scored a No.1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with the love ballad I Dont Have the Heart, Ingram is perhaps best known for his hit collaborations with other vocalists. He went to No.1 on the Hot 100 chart in February 1983 with Patti Austin on Baby, Come to Me, a second Austin–Ingram duet, How Do You Keep the Music Playing. was featured in the movie Best Friends and earned an Oscar nomination. A few years later, he won a 1985 Grammy Award for Yah Mo B There, and he teamed up with Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes for the Top 40 ballad What About Me. in 1984. In 1985, he participated in the charity single We Are the World. Ingram teamed with American vocalist Linda Ronstadt and had a top ten hit in the U. S. and the U. K. in 1987 with Somewhere Out There, the song was awarded the 1987 Grammy Award for Song of the Year. It also received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations and it was one of the last million-selling Gold-certified 45 RPM singles to be issued by the RIAA. In the 1990s, his highest-profile team-up came again with Quincy Jones and this song also featured vocals by Barry White, El Debarge, and Al B. Soundtrack songs were popular for Ingram in the 1990s, came One More Time, and from City Slickers came Where Did My Heart Go. In 1991, he and Melissa Manchester did the song The Brightest Star on the cartoon Christmas movie Precious Moments Timmys Gift, in 1993, he and Melissa Manchester did the song The Brightest Star again another cartoon Christmas movie Precious Moments Timmys Special Delivery. His 1994 composition The Day I Fall in Love, a duet with Dolly Parton, was the song for the movie Beethovens 2nd and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original SongJames Ingram – Ingram with Dave Koz in 2007
15. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Sweet Dreams is a song written and performed by the British new wave music duo Eurythmics. The song is the track of their album of the same name and was released as the fourth. The song became their breakthrough hit, establishing the duo worldwide and its music video helped to propel the song to number 2 on the UK Singles Chart and number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It was the first single released by Eurythmics in the US, Sweet Dreams is arguably Eurythmics signature song. Following its success, their previous single, Love Is a Stranger, was re-released, on Rolling Stones The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time issue in 2003, Sweet Dreams was ranked number 356. Eurythmics have regularly performed the song in all their live sets since 1982, in 1991, the song was remixed and reissued to promote Eurythmics Greatest Hits album. It re-charted in the UK, reaching number 48, and was also a hit in dance clubs. Another remix by Steve Angello was released in France in 2006, the original recordings main instrumentation featured a sequenced analog synthesizer riff, which Stewart accidentally discovered in the studio when he played a bass track backwards. Apart from the synthesizer, the arrangement also uses a Movement Systems Drum Computer, a piano in the middle eight, Sweet Dreams was Eurythmics commercial breakthrough in the United Kingdom and all over the world. The single entered the UK chart at #63 in February 1983, Sweet Dreams was the first ever single release by Eurythmics in the United States when it was released in May 1983. The single debuted at #90 and slowly eased up the chart, by August, the single had reached number two and stayed there for four weeks, kept from the top by The Polices Every Breath You Take before Sweet Dreams took the number one spot. The music video for Sweet Dreams was directed by Chris Ashbrook and filmed in January 1983, shortly before the single, the video received heavy airplay on the then-fledgling MTV channel and is widely considered a classic clip from the early-MTV era. Stewart is shown typing on a computer, the camera cuts to Lennox and Stewart meditating on the table. Stewart is next shown playing a cello in a field, the scene then returns to the boardroom, with Lennox and Stewart lying down on the table, and a cow walking around them. Stewart is shown typing on the computer, with the cow chewing something right next to him. The scene cuts to the duo in a field, with a herd of cows, Lennox and Stewart are then seen floating in a boat, with Stewart again playing cello. The video ends with Lennox lying in bed, with the last shot being a book on a bearing a cover identical to the album. The screen then fades to black as Lennox turns off the bedside lamp, the video has 125 million views by March 11,2017Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"
16. Eurythmics – Eurythmics were a British music duo consisting of members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart. Stewart and Lennox were both previously in the band The Tourists, who split up in 1980, Eurythmics were formed that year in London. The duo released their first album, In the Garden, in 1981 to little fanfare, the title track was a worldwide hit, topping the charts in various countries including the US. The duo went on to release a string of hit singles, by this time Stewart was a sought-after record producer, while Lennox began a solo recording career in 1992 with her debut album Diva. After almost a decade apart, Eurythmics reunited to record their album, Peace. They reunited again in 2005 to release the single Ive Got a Life, as part of a new Eurythmics compilation album, Eurythmics have sold an estimated 75 million records worldwide. Lennox and Stewart met in 1975 in a restaurant in London and they first played together in 1976 in the punk rock band The Catch. After releasing one single as The Catch in 1977, the band evolved into The Tourists, Stewart and Lennox were also romantically involved. The Tourists achieved some success, but the experience was reportedly an unhappy one. Personal and musical tensions existed within the group, whose main songwriter was Peet Coombes and they were interested in creating pop music, but wanted freedom to experiment with electronics and the avant-garde. It was in a hotel in Wagga Wagga, Australia, while playing around with a portable mini-synthesizer that Lennox, the duo signed to RCA Records. At this time, Lennox and Stewart also split as a couple, during the period that Lennox and Stewart were in The Tourists, and later as Eurythmics, they were managed by Kenny Smith and Sandra Turnbull of Hyper Kinetics Ltd. They recorded their first album in Cologne with Conny Plank and this resulted in the album In the Garden, released in October 1981. The album mixed psychedelic, krautrock and electropop influences, and featured contributions from Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit, drummer Clem Burke, Robert Görl, a couple of the songs were co-written by guitarist Roger Pomphrey. The album was not a commercial success, however, the three new singles they released that year all performed badly on initial release in the UK. Lennox apparently suffered at least one nervous breakdown during this period, Eurythmics commercial breakthrough came with their second album, Sweet Dreams, released in January 1983. The successful title track featured a dark and powerful sequenced synth bass line, the song reached no.2 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming one of the years biggest sellers, and later topped the US charts. The bands fortunes changed immensely from this moment on, and Lennox quickly became a pop icon and their previous single, Love Is a Stranger, was also re-released and became another chart successEurythmics – Eurythmics at Rock am Ring in Nürburgring, Germany, 1987
17. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me – Do You Really Want to Hurt Me is a song written and recorded by the British new wave band Culture Club. Released as a single in September 1982 from the groups platinum-selling debut album Kissing to Be Clever, in the United States, the single was released in November 1982 and also became a huge hit, reaching #2 for three weeks. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me was the single released in Europe by Culture Club and their debut release in the United States. The song was picked up by BBC Radio 2 and became a UK #1 single for three weeks in October 1982, the song entered the American Pop chart the week ending December 4,1982. It hit #1 in Cash Box magazine and held at #2 for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in March and April 1983, the single achieved sales of 900,000 US copies and also hit #1 in Canada. It was also one in Australia. This was Culture Clubs first success, after their first two releases, White Boy and Im Afraid of Me charted in the UK at #114, according to Boy George, it was their last chance to get an album deal. The song rose rapidly in the UK charts after the groups first appearance on Top of the Pops, the group were only asked to appear on Top of the Pops the night before the show, after Shakin Stevens pulled out. In 2007, Boy George said that the song was not just about Culture Clubs drummer Jon Moss and it was about all the guys I dated at that time in my life. The B-side was a dub version featuring Pappa Weasel in many countries, on the 12 version of the record, the track Love Is Cold was also included. The song was remixed by DJs Quivver and Kinky Roland in 1998 for a Culture Club compilation called Greatest Moments and it was also remixed and presented on Culture Clubs 2002 box set along with the original demo version. Re-released as a remix in France, it was again a top 20 hit in the summer of 2005. The video for the song, directed by Julien Temple, featured lead singer Boy George on trial in a courtroom, with flashbacks to a 1936 nightclub, the jury was in blackface making jazz hands gestures. One band member, Mikey Craig, was not in the video, Boy George wears a shirt with the Hebrew writing Tarbut Agudda, a literal translation of the individual words culture and organization in a grammatically incorrect order. The song was covered in 2005 by German band Blue Lagoon on its album Club Lagoon and became a hit in Europe. CD single Do You Really Want to Hurt Me —3,29 Do You Really Want to Hurt Me —4,59 In 1987, in 1991, the Violent Femmes released a cover version of the song in their fifth studio album Why Do Birds Sing. In 1997, singer-songwriter Diana King covered the song for her second album Think Like a Girl, in 1997, Shortcut recorded a dance-reggae version that appeared in the albums, Super Mario Hits and Total Thrill. In 2003, singer-songwriter Melanie Safka covered the song for her album Moments from My Life, in 2006, singer-songwriter Thomas Anders covered the song for his album Songs ForeverDo You Really Want to Hurt Me – "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
18. Culture Club – Culture Club are an English band that was formed in 1981. The band comprised Boy George, Roy Hay, Mikey Craig and they are considered one of the most representative and influential groups of the 1980s. Culture Club sold more than 50 million records worldwide, including 7 million records awards RIAA certificate in the United States, Boy Georges androgynous style of dressing caught the attention of the public and the media. The group, supporters of the pop genre, made numerous forays into reggae. Their second album, Colour by Numbers, sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and it appeared on Rolling Stone magazines list of the 100 Best Albums of the 1980s and is also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Ten of their singles reached the US Top 40, where they are associated with the Second British Invasion of British new wave groups that became popular in the US due to the music channel MTV. Culture Clubs music combines Bnritish new wave and American soul with Jamaican reggae and also other styles such as calypso, salsa, in 1984, Culture Club won Brit Awards for Best British Group, Best British Single, and the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. They were nominated the year for the Grammy Award for Pop Vocal by Group or Duo. The band were nominated for a Canadian Juno Award for International Album of the Year. Time is included on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fames list of 500 songs that shaped rock, in 1981, Blitz Club regular Boy George occasionally sang with the group Bow Wow Wow under the stage name Lieutenant Lush. After his tenure with the group ended, George decided to start his own band and enlisted bassist Mikey Craig, drummer Jon Moss, and finally guitarist Roy Hay. Realising they had an Irish gay man as the singer, a black Briton on bass, an Anglo-Saxon on guitar and keyboards. The group recorded demos, which were paid for by EMI Records, the band released two singles in May and June 1982, White Boy and Im Afraid of Me, though both failed to chart. In August the single Mystery Boy was released in Japan, in September of that year, the group released their third single, Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, a reggae-influenced number, which became one of their biggest hits. The song went to No.1 in the UK in late 1982 and became a smash, peaking at No.1 in over a dozen countries. The bands 1982 debut on Top of the Pops created tabloid headlines, magazines began to feature George prominently on their covers. The bands debut album, Kissing to Be Clever was released in October 1982, Ill Tumble 4 Ya also became a Top Ten hit in the US and in Canada. This gave Culture Club the distinction of being the first group since The Beatles to have three Top Ten hits in America from a debut albumCulture Club – Culture Club
19. Eddie Rabbitt – Edward Thomas Eddie Rabbitt was an American singer and songwriter. His career began as a songwriter in the late 1960s, springboarding to a career after composing hits such as Kentucky Rain for Elvis Presley in 1970. Later in the 1970s, Rabbitt helped to develop the sound of country music prevalent in the 1980s with such hits as Suspicions and Every Which Way. His duets Both to Each Other and You and I, with Juice Newton and Crystal Gayle respectively, later appeared on the soap operas Days of Our Lives and All My Children. Rabbitt was born to Irish immigrants Mae and Thomas Michael Rabbitt in Brooklyn, New York in 1941 and his father was an oil-refinery refrigeration worker, and a skilled fiddle and accordion player, who often entertained in local New York City dance halls. By age twelve Rabbitt was a proficient guitar player, having been taught by his scoutmaster, during his childhood Rabbitt became a self-proclaimed walking encyclopedia of country music. After his parents divorced, he dropped out of school at age sixteen and his mother, Mae, explained this action by saying that Eddie was never one for school his head was too full of music. He later obtained a school diploma after taking courses at night school. Rabbitt was employed as a hospital attendant in the late 1950s but, like his father. He later won a talent contest and was given an hour of Saturday night radio show time to broadcast a performance from a bar in Paterson. In 1964, he signed his first record deal with 20th Century Records and released the singles, Next to the Note and Six Nights and Seven Days. Four years later, with $1,000.00 to his name, during his first night in the town, Rabbitt wrote Working My Way Up to the Bottom, which Roy Drusky recorded in 1968. To support himself, Rabbitt worked as a driver, soda jerk. He was ultimately hired as a writer for the Hill & Range Publishing Company. As a young songwriter, Rabbitt socialized with other aspiring writers at Wallys Clubhouse, a bar in Nashville, he said that he, Rabbitt became successful as a songwriter in 1969 when Elvis Presley recorded his song Kentucky Rain. The song went gold and cast Rabbitt as one of Nashvilles leading young songwriters, while eating Capn Crunch, he penned Pure Love, which Ronnie Milsap rode to No.1 in 1974. This song led to an offer from Elektra Records. Rabbitt signed with Elektra Records in 1975 and his first single under that label, You Get To Me made the top 40 that year, and two songs in 1975, Forgive and Forget and I Should Have Married You nearly made the top 10Eddie Rabbitt – Eddie Rabbitt
20. Crystal Gayle – Crystal Gayle is an American country music singer. Gayle became the first female artist in music history to reach platinum sales. Also noted for her nearly floor-length hair, she was voted one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by People magazine in 1983 and she is the younger sister of the country singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn and the singer Peggy Sue and a distant cousin of singer Patty Loveless. Gayle has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, near Lynns star, Crystal Gayle was born Brenda Gail Webb on January 9,1951, in Paintsville, Kentucky, to Clara Marie Clary and Melvin Theodore Ted Webb, a coal miner. She was the youngest in the coal mining family of ten. She was also the one of the eight children to be born in a hospital. Her older siblings are, Melvin Webb Loretta Lynn Herman Webb Jay Lee Donald Ray Webb Peggy Sue Wright Betty Ruth Webb Webbs family moved north to Wabash, Indiana, four years later, her father died of black lung disease. Though a shy child, Brenda would sing along with country and pop songs on the radio, inspired by the success of her sister Loretta Lynn, she learned to play the guitar and sing backup in her brothers folk band. While still in school, she began to tour with her sister for a few weeks each summer. After graduating from Wabash High School in 1970, Brenda signed with Decca Records, however, since there was already a singer named Brenda Lee with Decca Records, she was asked to change her first name. Loretta Lynn suggested the name Crystal after seeing a sign for the Krystal hamburger restaurant chain, Brenda Gail Webb thus became Crystal Gayle. In 1971 she married Bill Gatzimos, her sweetheart, they have two children and a grandson. Gayles debut single, Ive Cried, was released in 1970, written by Loretta Lynn, it was performed in a style similar to that of her sister. Decca asked for more records like Lynns, who wrote more of her early singles and this approach failed to establish Gayle, despite regular appearances on Blake Emmonss television show The Country Place. She did not reappear in the country Top 40 until the 1974 release of Restless, the first album, Crystal Gayle, was released in 1974 and produced her first top-ten country hit, Wrong Road Again. By 1976, she had the first of her 20 number one singles with Ill Get Over You. The following year, she had two more top-2 country hits, You Never Miss a Real Good Thing and Ill Do It All Over Again, before achieving her greatest success. Gayle recalled what her sister Loretta Lynn had said, You record what I couldnt record — you do MOR, middle of the road, I dont think I ever would have made it if I went down the road and did the music my sister didCrystal Gayle – Crystal Gayle onstage at Fairfield Halls, Croydon (UK), April 2007
21. Come On Eileen – Come On Eileen is a song by English group Dexys Midnight Runners, released in the UK on 25 June 1982 as a single from their album Too-Rye-Ay. It reached number one in the US, and was their number one hit in the UK. The song was written by Kevin Rowland, Jim Paterson and Billy Adams, it was produced by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley. Come On Eileen won Best British Single at the 1983 Brit Awards and it was ranked number 18 on VH1s 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s. The main section begins with a Celtic-style fiddle played over a beat, with the bass guitar. The bridge of Come On Eileen features an improvised counter-melody which begins in a slow tempo, the chord sequence of the bridge is actually the same as the verses, but transposed up by a whole tone. Dexys Midnight Runners CD compilations again omit the introduction and coda, the worldwide 12 and UK/US7 singles featured the intro and the unedited main section. This version has only released on CD on a Kevin Rowland CD single Tonight. The album version features the main section and the coda. An exception to this is the 2002 US only release of Too-Rye-Ay which uniquely features both introduction and coda, in a poll by Channel 4, a UK TV channel, the song was placed at number 38 in the 100 greatest number one singles of all time. It has sold 1.33 million copies in the UK as of June 2013, the song reached number one in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100 charts during the week ending 23 April 1983. In 1997, ska band Save Ferris released a cover of the song as a single, in 2004, the band 4-4-2 was formed to cover the song as Come On England with altered lyrics to support the England national football team during their appearance in the 2004 European Championships. On 7 August 2005, the song was used to wake the astronauts of Space Shuttle Discovery on the day of STS-114 in reference to commander Eileen Collins. The song was used in the films Tommy Boy, Take Me Home Tonight and The Perks of Being a WallflowerCome On Eileen – "Come On Eileen"
22. Dexys Midnight Runners – Dexys are an English pop band with soul influences, who achieved their major success in the early to mid-1980s. They are best known in the UK for their songs Come On Eileen and Geno, by 1985, the band consisted only of Rowland and long-standing members Helen OHara and Billy Adams. The band broke up in 1987, with Rowland becoming a solo artist, after two failed restart attempts, Dexys was reformed by Rowland in 2003 with new members, as well as a few returning members from the bands original lineup. Dexys released their album in 2012 and a fifth followed in 2016. After the breakup of their previous band the Killjoys, Kevin Rowland and Kevin Al Archer founded the band in 1978 in Birmingham, the midnight runners referred to the energy the Dexedrine gave, enabling one to dance all night. While recruiting members for the new band, Rowland noted that Anyone joining Dexys had to give up their job and we had nothing to lose and felt that what we were doing was everything. Big Jim Paterson, Geoff JB Blythe, Steve Babyface Spooner, Pete Saunders, Pete Williams and John Jay formed the first line-up of the band, by summer 1979, Bobby Jnr Ward replaced Jay on drums. Clash manager Bernard Rhodes then signed them and sent them into the studio to record a Rowland-penned single, Burn It Down, which Rhodes renamed to Dance Stance. After a series of opening for The Specials, who wore suits on stage to create an image. Rowland said of the sound and look in January 1980. Wed rather be our own movement, a unified image became very important to the group, with Rowland commenting We wanted to be a group that looked like something. A formed group, a project, not just random, Dance Stance, which Rhodes produced, was released on the independent Oddball Records, which Rhodes owned, and which was distributed by EMI. Although it was named single of the week by Sounds, it stalled at number 40 in the British charts, Rowland said, We learned that early on, that the wrong producer can totally screw your record up. As a result, Dexys fired Rhodes and signed directly to EMI, Both Saunders and Ward left the band, to be replaced by Andy Leek and Andy Stoker Growcott. Building on the success of Dance Stance, Dexys next single. It featured the bands Late Night Feelings imprint on the single, Rowland wrote about Washington as he had seen one of his performances aged 11 with his brother. Just because Ive been on Top of the Pops doesnt mean I should get any more respect, I didnt want people asking for my autograph all of the time. Pete Saunders returned to the band temporarily, replacing Leek, to record their debut album, Dexys debut LP, Searching for the Young Soul Rebels, which featured Geno, was released in July 1980Dexys Midnight Runners – Dexys at Cambridge Corn Exchange in 2012
23. Shame on the Moon – Shame on the Moon is a song written by Rodney Crowell and first recorded for his eponymous 1981 album. It was subsequently covered by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, glenn Frey joins Seger on background harmony vocals on the song. The song spent four weeks at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart and topped the adult contemporary chart, the song also went to number 15 on the country chart in early 1983, marking Segers only Top 40 entry on that chart. Tanya Tucker also covered the song, for her 1983 album Changes, Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that his trademark acoustic guitar sets the tone, followed by an easygoing vocal and loping rhythm. List of number-one adult contemporary singles of 1983Shame on the Moon – "Shame on the Moon"
24. She Works Hard for the Money – She Works Hard for the Money is a song by American singer Donna Summer from her 1983 eleventh studio album of the same name. Written by Michael Omartian and Summer, the song was released as the single from the She Works Hard for the Money album on May 1983. The single ended up as Billboards fifteenth-best performing song of 1983, Summer performed the song live as the opening of the 1984 Grammy Awards. Summers Grammy performance was released on the 1994 video cassette Grammys Greatest Moments Volume I, co-written by Summer, told a story of a woman who works hard for money. It was based on an encounter that Summer had with an exhausted rest room attendant named Onetta Johnson. According to MusicNotes. com, the song is performed in the key of G♯ minor in common time with a tempo of 136 beats per minute, summers vocals span from G♯3 to D♯5. The music video for the song, directed by Brian Grant, debuted on MTV, the video shows a woman, working as a waitress in a diner, who is burdened with many situations in her life such as work and raising two unruly children. It is also seen that she has abandoned her hopes of being a ballerina, the protagonist is also seen dancing in the street with them. In a parody of the created by this song, and its cover art picture. Is My Lady, released in 1984, as a waitress who serves a patron, there are two versions of the music video. One is the single edit, the remains faithful to the original length of the album version of the song. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyricsShe Works Hard for the Money – "She Works Hard for the Money"
25. Donna Summer – LaDonna Adrian Gaines, better known by her stage name Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She gained prominence during the era of the late 1970s. Summer has reportedly sold over 140 million records, making her one of the worlds best-selling artists of all time and she also charted two number-one singles on the R&B charts in the U. S. and one number-one in the U. K. Summer earned a total of 32 hit singles on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in her lifetime, with 14 of those reaching the top ten. She claimed a top 40 hit every year between 1975 and 1984, and from her first top ten hit in 1976, to the end of 1982, she had 12 top ten hits, more than any other act. She returned to the Hot 100s top five in 1983, and her most recent Hot 100 hit came in 1999 with I Will Go With You. While her fortunes on the Hot 100 waned through those decades, while influenced by the counterculture of the 1960s, Summer became the lead singer of a psychedelic rock band named Crow and moved to New York City. Joining a touring version of the musical Hair, she left New York and spent several years living, acting, and singing in Europe and she became known as the Queen of Disco, while her music gained a global following. Summer died on May 17,2012, at her home in Naples, in her obituary in The Times, she was described as the undisputed queen of the Seventies disco boom who reached the status of one of the worlds leading female singers. Giorgio Moroder described Summers work with him on the song I Feel Love as really the start of electronic dance music, in 2013, Summer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In December 2016, Billboard Magazine ranked her as the 6th most successful dance artist of all-time, laDonna Adrian Gaines was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Andrew and Mary Gaines, and was one of seven children. She was raised in the Boston neighborhood of Mission Hill and her father was a butcher and her mother was a schoolteacher. Summers performance debut occurred at church when she was eight years old and she later attended Bostons Jeremiah E. Burke High School where she performed in school musicals and was considered popular. In 1967, just weeks before graduation, Donna left for New York where she joined the rock band Crow. After they were passed on by a label that was only interested in the bands lead singer. Summer stayed in New York and auditioned for a role in the counterculture musical and she landed the part of Sheila, and agreed to take the role in the Munich production of the show, moving there after getting her parents reluctant approval. Summer eventually became fluent in German, singing songs in that language, and participated in the musicals Ich bin ich, Godspell. Within three years, she moved to Vienna, Austria, and joined the Vienna Volksoper and she briefly toured with an ensemble vocal group called FamilyTree, the creation of producer Günter Yogi LaukeDonna Summer – Summer in December 2009
26. Hungry Like the Wolf – Hungry Like the Wolf is a song by the British new wave band Duran Duran. Written by the members, the song was produced by Colin Thurston for the groups second studio album Rio. The song was released in May 1982 as the fifth single in the United Kingdom. It reached the top 5 of the UK Singles Chart, Hungry Like the Wolfs Russell Mulcahy-directed music video was filmed in the jungles of Sri Lanka, and evoked the atmosphere of the film Raiders of the Lost Ark. Although the band failed to break into the US market. Subsequently, the group gained much exposure, the peaked at the number 3 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1983. The video won the first Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video in 1984, Hungry Like the Wolf was written and recorded on a Saturday in the spring of 1982 at the basement studios of EMIs London headquarters. Nick Rhodes started the songs demo in the morning with a sequencer, the song was built throughout the day as each member arrived. That track came from fiddling with the new technology that was starting to come in and this refers to the rhythmic backing track they came up with by joining a Roland TR-808 drum machine with a sequencer and a Roland Jupiter-8 keyboard. Rhodes came up with an idea for the track in the car while he was going to the studio. He started playing with the Roland Jupiter 8 keyboard, while singer Simon Le Bon was working with the lyrics, Andy Taylor worked out a Marc Bolan-ish guitar part, a very Marshall-sounding Les Paul guitar lick that was added to the track. Then the bass and drums were added, and the track was finished that day, including Le Bons vocal melody. The laugh at the beginning of the song and the screams during the songs fade-out were performed and recorded live by Rhodes girlfriend at the time, Thurston and the band decided to keep the demos original electronic backing track and just re-record the other instruments and vocals. Hungry Like the Wolf received generally positive reviews from pop music critics. The band had a vision of jungles and exotic women, and Mulcahy suggested Sri Lanka, EMI spent $200,000 to send the group to Sri Lanka, the band made a stopover there in April, en route to a scheduled Australian tour. In the video, singer Simon Le Bons head rises in slow motion out of the river as rain pours down and he then chases a beautiful tiger-like woman played by Bermudian model Sheila Ming, from open markets in the city through obstacles in the jungle. During the chase, Le Bon has his face mopped by a boy and overturns a bar room table, culminating in a final chase and struggle in a jungle clearing. In the meantime, the band members hunt for Le BonHungry Like the Wolf – Cover art for UK editions
27. Duran Duran – Duran Duran are an English new wave and synthpop band formed in Birmingham in 1978. The band grew from alternative sensations in 1982 to mainstream pop stars by 1984, by the end of the decade, membership and music style changes challenged the band before a resurgence in the early 1990s. The group were a band in the MTV-driven Second British Invasion of the US. They have placed 14 singles in the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart and 21 in the Billboard Hot 100, when they first emerged, they were generally considered part of the New Romantic scene, along with bands such as Spandau Ballet. Soon they would shed this image, using fashion and marketing to build a more refined and they were also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The video age catapulted Duran Duran into the mainstream with the introduction of the 24-hour music channel MTV, many of their videos were shot on 35 mm film, which gave a much more polished look than was standard at the time. They also collaborated with film directors to take the quality a step further. In 1984, the band were early innovators with video technology in their stadium shows. These five members featured the most commercially successful line-up, the reunion of the original five members in the early 2000s created a stir among the bands fans and music media. Andy Taylor left the once again in mid-2006, and guitarist Dom Brown has since been working with the band as a session player. John Taylor and Nick Rhodes formed Duran Duran in Birmingham, England in 1978, at the club they were doing jobs such as John working the door and with Nick deejaying for £10 a night. They began rehearsing and regularly playing at the venue, There were many nearby nightclubs, and the one significant one, where bands such as The Sex Pistols and The Clash played gigs, was called Barbarellas. They would go on to name the band after a character from Barbarella, the character, played by Milo OShea, is named Dr. Durand Durand. The bands first singer was Stephen Duffy, Simon Colley soon joined Taylor, Rhodes and Duffy. Colley was the original bass player, as John Taylor was the guitarist at this point. This was the first complete line-up of the band played live shows. For drums and percussion, a drum machine belonging to Rhodes was used. Colley left the prior to the addition of Andy TaylorDuran Duran – Duran Duran at SXSW in Austin, Texas; 2011. L-R: John Taylor (bass), Simon Le Bon (vocals), Dom Brown (guitar), Roger Taylor (drums) and Nick Rhodes (keyboards).
28. David Bowie – David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a figure in music for over five decades, regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, his music, during his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million worldwide, made him one of the worlds best-selling music artists. In the UK, he was awarded nine platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, in the US, he received five platinum and seven gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, born in Brixton, South London, Bowie developed an interest in music as a child, eventually studying art, music and design before embarking on a professional career as a musician in 1963. Space Oddity became his first top-five entry on the UK Singles Chart after its release in July 1969, after a period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with his flamboyant and androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. The character was spearheaded by the success of his single Starman and album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, in 1976, Bowie starred in the cult film The Man Who Fell to Earth and released Station to Station. Heroes and Lodger followed, each reached the UK top five. He then reached his peak in 1983 with Lets Dance. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with styles, including industrial. He stopped concert touring after 2004, and his last live performance was at a charity event in 2006, in 2013, Bowie returned from a decade-long recording hiatus with the release of The Next Day. He remained musically active until he died of cancer two days after the release of his final album, Blackstar. David Robert Jones was born on 8 January 1947, in Brixton, south London and his mother, Margaret Mary Peggy, was born in Kent, and had Irish ancestry, she worked as a waitress. His father, Haywood Stenton John Jones, from Yorkshire, was an officer for the childrens charity Barnardos. The family lived at 40 Stansfield Road, near the border of the south London areas of Brixton, Bowie attended Stockwell Infants School until he was six years old, acquiring a reputation as a gifted and single-minded child—and a defiant brawler. In 1953, Bowie moved with his family to the suburb of Bromley and his voice was considered adequate by the school choir, and he demonstrated above-average abilities in playing the recorder. Upon listening to Little Richards song Tutti Frutti, Bowie would later say, presleys impact on him was likewise emphatic, I saw a cousin of mine dance to. Hound Dog and I had never seen her get up and be moved so much by anything and it really impressed me, the power of the musicDavid Bowie – Bowie during the Heathen Tour in 2002
29. Twilight Zone (Golden Earring song) – Twilight Zone is a 1982 hit by Dutch band Golden Earring. It was written by the bands guitarist George Kooymans, who got the inspiration from a book by Robert Ludlum, Twilight Zone appears on their 1982 album Cut and pays tribute to the 1960s television series The Twilight Zone. It spent more than half a year on the U. S and it was the groups sole Top 10 Pop single on the US Billboard Hot 100 and hit No.1 on the Billboard Top Album Tracks chart, the bands only No.1 hit in America. The spoken lines in the introduction and first verse and the vocals in the chorus are performed by Barry Hay. Hay also sings lead on the half of the verses. Kooymans sings the lead for the first half of the verses, in the 1990s, the song was included on a volume of Rhino Records New Wave Hits of the 80s series. The music video was featured on Volume One of the VHS companion compilation, the music video, directed by Dick Maas, features a storyline with lead singer Barry Hay as an espionage agent who is apprehended by three henchmen. Golden Earring followed the success with a tour of the USA, Canada. MTV commissioned the band to shoot a movie of the homecoming concert of the tour in the Netherlands. The concert film, also directed by Dick Maas, included an introductory segment which was an extension of the Twilight Zone video. To date this concert is regarded as one of the bands best live shows, the Cut album covers image of the jack of diamonds playing card being shredded by a bullet is used in the video and represents the life of the rogue agent. The original version of the Twilight Zone video was censored by MTV because of a shot of a female hitman in a hotel room. Twilight Zone was used as the song in the 1993 hit pinball game The Twilight Zone. Twilight Zone is used as the song for the radio news show Wall Street Journal This Morning. Twilight Zone was featured in the FX drama The Americans, during the season finale. The song plays during the credits of Team Four Stars abridged version of Dragon Ball Z, Twilight Zone was featured in the 2012 movie End of Watch. Twilight Zone was featured in the Raid the Arcade music mix in Ernest Clines novel, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. used it as an entrance song whenever possible during the 2013 season. The song was frequently played as bumper music by paranormal talk radio host Art Bell on his showsTwilight Zone (Golden Earring song) – "Twilight Zone"
30. Golden Earring – Golden Earring is a Dutch rock band, founded in 1961 in The Hague as The Golden Earrings. During their career they had nearly 30 top-ten singles on the Dutch charts, the bands lineup consists of co-founders Rinus Gerritsen and George Kooymans, along with Barry Hay, and Cesar Zuiderwijk. All musicians in the present lineup of the band have been members of the band since 1970, although other musicians have joined. What became Golden Earring was formed in 1961 in The Hague by 13-year-old George Kooymans and his 15-year-old neighbor, originally called the Tornados, the name was changed to The Golden Earrings when they discovered that the name The Tornados was already in use by another group. The name The Golden Earrings was taken from an instrumental called Golden Earrings performed by the British group The Hunters, for whom they served as opening and closing act. Initially a pop-rock band with Frans Krassenburg on lead vocals and Jaap Eggermont on drums, The Golden Earrings had their first chart success with their debut single Please Go and it became a hit on the charts in the Netherlands. Dissatisfied with Dutch recording studios, the manager and co-discoverer Fred Haayen arranged for the next single to be recorded at the Pye Records studios in London. The record cut at Pye, That Day, reached two on the Dutch charts. In 1967, Barry Hay joined the band, replacing Krassenburg as frontman for the group, the following year, the band earned their first number one hit in the Netherlands with the song Dong Dong Diki Digi Dong. This single was followed by a psychedelic album Eight Miles High. The live version, which could last 45 minutes, was played during their first, but became a number 1 hit in the Netherlands. In 1970, drummer Cesar Zuiderwijk joined the band, completing what has become Golden Earrings classic lineup. The band enjoyed international fame in the 1970s when the single version of Radar Love. Golden Earring embarked on their first major U. S. tour in 1969–1970, owing to American influences, their music evolved towards hard rock, and they performed along with Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Procol Harum, and Eric Clapton. Between 1969 and 1984, Golden Earring completed 13 U. S. tours, during this period, they performed as the opening act for Santana, King Crimson, The Doobie Brothers, Rush and.38 Special. During 1973–74, when Radar Love was a hit, they had Kiss, while signed to the UK Track Records label, the band rented the superb quadraphonic sound system normally used exclusively by The Who. Golden Earring enjoyed a period of U. S. stardom but were unable to secure further chart success until 1982s Twilight Zone. The music video of the song, directed by Dick Maas, was played on the recently launched MTV in the United States, and helped the song to become a Top Ten hitGolden Earring – Lead singer Barry Hay in 1974
31. Anni-Frid Lyngstad – Anni-Frid Synni, Princess Reuss of Plauen, widely known as Frida Lyngstad or by just the mononym Frida, is a Swedish pop and jazz singer. In 1996, Frida recorded an album in Swedish before retiring from music. In April 1964, aged 18 she married Ragnar Fredriksson, immediately after their divorce in 1970, Lyngstad courted eventual ABBA band member Benny Andersson, co-habiting until they officially married in 1978. The couple separated in 1980 and divorced in 1981, the prince died of lymphoma in October 1999. Lyngstad currently lives in Zermatt, Switzerland, sharing a home with her British boyfriend, Henry Smith, 5th Viscount Hambleden, Lyngstads father returned to Germany when his unit was evacuated. In early 1947, Lyngstad, her mother, and her grandmother, Arntine Lyngstad, left her birthplace. This could entail not just insults and threats, but also forced separation of infants from their parents, Lyngstad was taken by her grandmother to Sweden, where they settled in the region of Härjedalen and her grandmother took any available job. Lyngstads mother, Synni, remained in Norway and worked for a period in the south of the country, Synni joined her mother and daughter in Sweden, and the three moved to Malmköping. Synni died of kidney failure soon afterwards, aged 21, leaving Lyngstad to be raised solely by her grandmother, in June 1949, they both relocated to Torshälla, where Agny Lyngstad worked as a seamstress. Frida Lyngstad grew up in Torshälla and began attending school there in August 1952, close contact with her family in Norway continued, and Lyngstad recalls summer holidays spent with them at her birthplace. She was especially close to her Aunt Olive, who stated that she saw how lonely and subdued Frida was and, as a result. Lyngstad believed that her father, Alfred Haase, had died during the war on his way back to Germany as his ship was reported to have sunk. However, in 1977, the German teen magazine Bravo published a poster and it was seen by Lyngstads half-brother, Peter Haase, who went to his father and asked him if he had been in Ballangen during the war. A few months later, Lyngstad met Haase in Stockholm for the first time, Lyngstad stated in several interviews that her grandmother frequently sang songs to her, which resulted in her love for music. She soon showed talent at a very early age, beginning in her first years at school. On Fridays, she was asked by her teacher to sing in front of the class and soon became known in school. Although her grandmother encouraged her to sing, she never attended any of her performances and her grandmother died shortly before ABBA formed and therefore never experienced the success of the group. At the age of 13, Lyngstad got her first job as a band and schlager singer in 1958Anni-Frid Lyngstad – Lyngstad during the opening of ABBA: The Museum, May 6, 2013
32. Jeopardy (song) – Jeopardy is a hit song released in 1983 by The Greg Kihn Band on their album Kihnspiracy. It is the bands first and only Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, reaching number 2 in May 1983, the song also reached number 63 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the bands only charting song in the UK. The song is written in the key of D minor, the song switches to the relative F Major Key in the songs Pre-Chorus. Jeopardy Fascination Jeopardy Jeopardy The song was featured in a music video depicting a wedding disintegrating into a nightmare. The video opens with a getting out of her car screen right. Soon afterwards a groom-to-be portrayed by Kihn himself gets out of another car screen left, entering in the grooms back entrance, he is readied for his impending marriage to another bride by his parents, who nudge him into the churchs main hall. Inside the main hall, a choir is seen singing the songs first chorus, the minister. The bride is led by her father, who rather forcefully gives her to Kihn, as the minister recites the vow questions, Kihn turns his head backwards multiple times, as he cannot help feeling that something is amiss at the ceremony. He looks at his parents and notices that they are handcuffed together, the minister asks Kihn for the ring. He looks at this brides parents and sees that the hands that are being held together in a handshake of friendship merge, the minister asks Kihn for the ring again. He looks at his aunt and uncle and notices that they are joined at the hip. The minister asks Kihn for the ring a third time, this time using sign language and he reaches into his coat pocket and finds the ring, puts it on the brides hand and takes off the veil. The bride proves to be a zombie, who lets out an earth-shattering scream and this is a possible reference to Bride of the Monster. Kihn screams in horror at the sight, the entire congregation turns into zombies possibly referencing Night of the Living Dead except for Kihn, who makes his first attempt at escaping. Just as he is halfway down the aisle between the pews, a gigantic, tentacled monster emerges from the churchs podium. The monster pulls him to the center of the church, Kihn, in retaliation, breaks off a piece of a pew and uses it as a spear. He pokes and cuts into the tentacle with the pew spear, Kihn then uses it like a guitar and sings a repeat of the second verse to the crowd. He then makes a run for the door, the congregation coming after himJeopardy (song) – "Jeopardy"
33. The Greg Kihn Band – The Greg Kihn Band is an American band that was started by frontman Greg Kihn and bassist Steve Wright. Their most successful singles include The Breakup Song and Jeopardy, the groups musical style and genres comprise rock, pop rock and power pop. Greg Kihn began his career in his hometown of Baltimore, MD, working in the singer/songwriter mold and he started writing songs and playing coffee houses while still in high school in the Baltimore area. The following year, he one of the first artists signed to Matthew Kaufmans Beserkley Records. Along with Jonathan Richman, Earth Quake, and The Rubinoos, robbie Dunbar, already a member of Earth Quake, was replaced by Dave Carpender in time to record their second album, Greg Kihn Again. The lineup of Kihn, Wright, Lynch, and Carpender lasted until 1983, guitarist Greg Douglass replaced Dave Carpender before the bands 1983 Kihnspiracy album. Through the 1970s, Kihn released an album each year and built a following through constant touring, becoming Beserkleys biggest seller. In 1981, Kihn earned his first bona fide hit with the Top 20 single, The Breakup Song, Kihn continued in a more commercial vein through the 1980s with a series of pun-titled albums, Kihntinued, Kihnspiracy, Kihntagious, and Citizen Kihn. He scored his biggest hit with 1983s Jeopardy from the Kihnspiracy album, Jeopardy was spoofed by Weird Al Yankovic as I Lost on Jeopardy on Yankovics album Weird Al Yankovic in 3-D. Greg Kihn made a appearance in the music video. In 1983, the groundbreaking Jeopardy video became an MTV favorite, many of the videos that followed were sequels with connecting story lines. One of the earliest examples of a video with its Night Of The Living Dead theme. Kihn spent most of the 1980s touring, opening arena-sized shows for groups like Journey, the Grateful Dead, Kihn often appeared on TV during this period on shows like Solid Gold, American Bandstand, and Saturday Night Live. In 1985, Kihn broke with Beserkley Records and signed with EMI, Matthew Kaufman continued to produce Kihn’s albums. Lucky broke the top twenty and spawned a video sequel to the popular Jeopardy video. In 1986 Joe Satriani replaced Greg Douglass on lead guitar, Tyler Eng replaced Larry Lynch on drums and this is the lineup that went into the studio to record the 1986 album Love and Rock & Roll. Joe Satriani left the band to pursue his career in 1987 and was replaced by former Eddie Money lead guitarist Jimmy Lyon. Greg Kihn returned to Baltimore to record a pair of solo albums at the studios of his friend Jack Heyrman for Clean Cuts Records, Mutiny in 1994The Greg Kihn Band – The Greg Kihn Band in 2008
34. Electric Avenue (song) – “Electric Avenue” is a song written, recorded and produced by Eddy Grant, who released it from his 1982 album Killer on the Rampage. In the United States, with the help of the MTV video he shot for it, it was one of 1983s biggest hits of the year. The songs title refers to a historically known as Electric Avenue. This is a known in the modern times for its high population of Caribbean immigrants. As the 1980s were beginning, tensions grew in the area until the street now known as the 1981 Brixton riot erupted. Grant, horrified and enraged, wrote and composed the song in response, a year afterwards, Grant initially released it as a single in 1982, and reached No.2 on the UK Singles Chart. In 1983, CBS decided to launch the single in the U. S. where it spent five weeks at No.2 on Billboard Magazines Hot 100 charts, Electric Avenue was a hit on two other US charts, On the soul chart it went to No. 18, and on the charts, it peaked at No.6. It was nominated for a Grammy Award as Best R&B Song of 1983, the song is featured in the films Valley Girl, Pineapple Express, Wrong Turn 2, Dead End, and Jackass 3D. The video was the element for this song to go mainstream in America. The song was already a hit in the UK, when MTV ran music videos on its network, the producers put the song into rotation to add some racial diversity. MTV, at the time, was being criticized, by musicians like David Bowie. After Billie Jean aired and was successful, soon MTV was scrambling to get black artists into their rotation. Once Electric Avenue aired, it did not take long for the song to climb up to the no.2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, the original B-Side to this song was a non-LP track titled Time Warp. The 45 sold more than one million copies in the United States and it was later re-issued with I Dont Want to Dance as the flip side. Electric Avenue was re-released in 2001, the single featured the Ringbang Remix, and reached number 5 in the UK Singles Chart in June 2001, as well as reaching number 16 on the US dance chart. The Ringbang Remix was also featured on Now Thats What I Call Music, refugee Camp All-Stars covered the song in 1997 for the original soundtrack of the movie Money Talks. This cover was titled Avenues and featured reggae artist Ky-Mani Marley and their version peaked at No.35 on the Billboard Hot 100Electric Avenue (song) – UK cover
35. Eddy Grant – Edmond Montague Eddy Grant is a Guyanese British musician. He was a member of The Equals, one of the United Kingdoms first racially integrated pop groups. He is also known for a solo career that includes the platinum single Electric Avenue. He also pioneered the genre ringbang, Grant was born in Plaisance, British Guiana, later moving to Linden. His father, Patrick, was a trumpeter who played in Nello, while at school, his parents lived and worked in the United Kingdom, sending back money for his education. In 1960, he emigrated to join his parents to London and he lived in Kentish Town and went to school at the Acland Burghley Secondary Modern at Tufnell Park, where he learned to read and write music. He became a big fan of Chuck Berry, and after seeing him play at the Finsbury Park Astoria decided on a career in music. The tune also topped the UK Singles Chart in 1994, when covered by Pato Banton featuring Robin, the Equals had five further top 40 hits in the UK up to the end of 1970. The Baby Come Back album featured a song by Grant titled, willie Nile released his cover of Police on My Back on his Streets of New York CD. The Equals song Green Light co-written by Grant from their 1968 album Supreme, was covered by The Detroit Cobras, on their 2007 album, Tied & True. He produced The Pioneers 1976 album Feel the Rhythm, as well as recordings by his younger brother Rudy. A self-titled solo album released in 1975 made little impact, nor did the proto-soca Message Man, completed and released in 1977, on which Grant played all the instruments himself. His breakthrough as a solo artist came two years later with the album Walking on Sunshine, which spawned the UK top 20 hit Living on the Frontline. He returned to the charts in 1980 with the top 10 hit Do You Feel My Love, the track of Cant Get Enough. The album included two hit singles, Cant Get Enough of You and I Love You, Yes I Love You. 2 in both the UK and the US and he also began producing and promoting local artists such as David Rudder, Mighty Gabby, Tamu Hibbert, and Grynner. A lean period followed, his 1984 theme song for Romancing the Stone was cut from the film and stalled outside the UK top 50 when released as a single, although it fared better in the US. His albums Going for Broke, Born Tuff, and File Under Rock failed to chart and he returned to the charts in 1988 with the anti-apartheid single Gimme Hope Joanna, a no.7 hit in the UK, his last hit to dateEddy Grant – Grant performing in 2009
36. She Blinded Me with Science – She Blinded Me with Science is a song by the English musician Thomas Dolby, released in 1982. It was first released as a single in the UK in October 1982 and was included on the EP Blinded by Science. Dolby is often considered a wonder in the United States on the basis of the songs chart success there. In 2002, US cable television network VH1 named She Blinded Me with Science No.20 on its list of the 100 Greatest One-hit Wonders. While the song is Dolbys only Top 40 single on the Billboard Hot 100, in 2006, VH1 placed it at No.76 on their list of Greatest Songs of the 80s. Then, in 2009, it ranked No.13 on VH1s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s, the song features interjections from the British scientist and TV presenter Magnus Pyke, who repeatedly interjects, science. And delivers other lines in a deliberately over-the-top mad scientist voice, such as, good heavens, Miss Sakamoto, the song was showcased as part of Dolbys appearance at the South by Southwest 2007 music festival. In the music video, Dolby commits himself to a Home for Deranged Scientists, various mad scientist types operate fanciful inventions on the grounds of the home and act insane with normal scientific items. Throughout the course of the video, Magnus Pyke tries to diagnose what he is suffering from, all the while being seduced by Miss Sakamoto, Dolby saw music videos with story lines as short silent films with a soundtrack. The video for She Blinded Me with Science was conceived and storyboarded before the song was written, Dolby added the song title and then wrote the song to fit the planned video. He then directed the video himself. List of number-one singles of 1983 The song was used in the video game Metal Gear Solid V, The Phantom Pain, the song was also sampled by Mobb Deep in their song Got It Twisted. Thomas Dolby approved the sample to be used by The Alchemist and it was also extensively used in advertisements for the Discovery Channel series MythBusters. The character Tai in the webcomic Questionable Content wears a T-shirt with the slogan She Blinded Me With Library Science, a segment of the song was used in Breaking Bad as a ringtone for Walter White on Todds phone. The song was used as theme music for the unaired pilot of the television series The Big Bang Theory. In 2001, pop singer Melissa Lefton replaced the word in the song title She with He and was heard in the soundtrack to the 2001 Nickelodeon film, Jimmy Neutron, lyrics of this song at MetroLyricsShe Blinded Me with Science – UK cover art
37. Thomas Dolby – Thomas Morgan Robertson, known by the stage name Thomas Dolby, is an English musician and producer. His hit singles include She Blinded Me with Science from 1982 and he has also worked in production and as a session musician, as a technology entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, and as the Music Director for the TED Conference. He is a Professor of the Arts at Johns Hopkins University, Robertson was born in London, England, contrary to information in early 1980s press releases that reported his birthplace as Cairo, Egypt. His father, Martin Robertson, was a distinguished professor of classical Greek art and archaeology at the University of London, Oxford University. In his youth Thomas lived or worked in France, Italy and he attended Abingdon School in 1975–1976, completing his A Levels while there. One of his first jobs was a position at a fruit. The first electronic instruments started to become accessible in the mid-70s and he married actress Kathleen Beller in 1988, they have three children together. The Thomas Dolby stage name originated from a nickname that he picked up in the early 1970s and his friends nicknamed him Dolby, from the name of the audio noise-reduction process of Dolby Laboratories used for audio recording and playback. Robertson chose to adopt the stage name Thomas Dolby to avoid confusion with British singer Tom Robinson, after the release of She Blinded Me with Science, Dolby Laboratories expressed concern regarding the musicians stage name. Dolbys record label refused to make him change his name, after a lengthy legal battle, the court decided that Dolby Labs had no right to restrict the musician from using the name. It was agreed that the musician would not release any electronic equipment using the name,5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Dolbys debut album, Wireless, peaked at No.13 on the Billboard album chart and it juxtaposed themes of radio technology, aircraft, and naval submarines with those of relationships and nostalgia. She Blinded Me with Science included spoken phrases from Magnus Pyke, a short sample was included in the Treehouse of Horror XIV episode of The Simpsons, where Professor Frink was winning an award at a science convention. It was also sampled at a speed by the group Mobb Deep in the 2006 song Got it Twisted. She Blinded Me with Science was also used as the song for the pilot episode of broadcast television sitcom The Big Bang Theory though it was not used for later episodes. Beginning in 1983, Dolby collaborated with a number of artists in an occasional studio-bound project called Dolbys Cube, the project had no set line-up, and was essentially a forum for Dolby to release material that was more dance-oriented. Dolbys Cube released a single in 1983, another in 1985, collaborators in Dolbys Cube at various junctures included Lene Lovich, George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic, Francois Kevorkian, and Lea Thompson. In 1984, Dolby released his second LP, The Flat Earth, the album also included a cover of the Dan Hicks song I Scare MyselfThomas Dolby – Dolby at TED conference in 2009
38. Africa (Toto song) – Africa is a 1982 song by the American rock band Toto. It was included on their 1982 album Toto IV, and released as a single on September 30,1982 and it reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart on February 5,1983 and number three on the UK Singles Chart the same month. The song was written by the bands keyboardist/vocalist David Paich and drummer Jeff Porcaro, the initial idea and words for the song came from David Paich. Jeff Porcaro explains the idea behind the song, a boy is trying to write a song on Africa. Songwriter David Paich said, At the beginning of the 80s I watched a late night documentary on TV about all the terrible death and it both moved and appalled me, and the pictures just wouldnt leave my head. I tried to imagine how Id feel about if I was there, in 2015 Paich explained the song is about a mans love of a continent, Africa, rather than just a personal romance. Musically, the song took quite some time to assemble, as Paich and Porcaro explain, the kalimba is all done with the GS1, its six tracks of GS1 playing different rhythms. I wrote the song on CS-80, so that plays the part of the entire tune. So when we were doing Africa I set up a drum, snare drum and a hi-hat. We looked at other and just started playing the basic groove. The backbeat is on 3, so its a half-time feel, Lenny started playing a conga pattern. We played for five minutes on tape, no click, no nothing, and I was singing the bass line for Africa in my mind, so we had a relative tempo. Lenny and I went into the booth and listened back to the five minutes of that same boring pattern, but a Linn machine doesnt feel like that. The music video was directed by Steve Barron, in the video, a researcher in a library tries to match a scrap of a picture of a shield to the book from which it was torn out. As he continues his search, a librarian working at a desk takes occasional notice of him, when the researcher finds a book entitled Africa, the native throws a spear, toppling stacks of books. Africa falls open to the page from which the scrap was torn, the scenes are intercut with shots of a spinning globe and the band performing atop a stack of giant hardcover books, in which Africa is the topmost. This video also features Mike Porcaro on bass, replacing David Hungate, in 2012, Africa was listed by music magazine NME in 32nd place on its list of 50 Most Explosive Choruses. Schmit – backing vocals It also reached number 1 on the New Zealand iTunes chart on 15 May 2013,2010, The singer Mike Massé, featuring Jeff Hall, covered the song on YouTubeAfrica (Toto song) – "Africa"
39. Toto (band) – Toto is an American rock band formed in 1977 in Van Nuys in Los Angeles. The bands current lineup consists of Joseph Williams, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Steve Lukather, plus touring members Lenny Castro, Warren Ham, Shem von Schroeck and Shannon Forrest. Toto is known for a style that combines elements of pop, rock, soul, funk, progressive rock, hard rock, R&B, blues. David Paich and Jeff Porcaro had played together as musicians on several albums. David Hungate, Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro and Bobby Kimball were recruited before their first album release, the band enjoyed great commercial success in the late 1970s and 1980s, beginning with the bands eponymous debut released in 1978. With the release of the acclaimed and commercially successful Toto IV. Widely known for the Top 5 hits Hold the Line, Rosanna, and Africa, Hungate left in 1982 followed by Kimball in 1984 but rejoined the band in 1998 until 2008. Jeff Porcaro died in 1992 of a heart attack, Hungate rejoined Toto as a touring musician and later a band member. In 2008, Lukather announced his departure from the band, the band have released 17 studio albums, and have sold over 40 million records worldwide. The group was honored with several Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009. The members of Toto were regulars on albums by Steely Dan, Seals and Crofts, Boz Scaggs, Sonny and Cher, keyboardist David Paich, son of musician and session player/arranger Marty Paich, rose to fame after having co-written much of Scaggss Silk Degrees album. They brought in bassist and fellow session vet David Hungate, having played him in the backing band for Scaggs. In addition, the duo asked guitarist Steve Lukather and Jeff Porcaros brother Steve Porcaro to join the team, Lukather and Steve Porcaro were high school classmates and continued the band Rural Still Life after Paich and Jeff graduated. With the addition of former S. S, fools singer Bobby Kimball, the group began to work on their first album in 1977 after signing with Columbia Records. Once the band together, David Paich began composing what would become the eponymous debut album. According to popular myth, at the first recording sessions, in order to distinguish their own demo tapes from other bands in the studio, in the early 1980s, band members told the press that the band was named after the dog in The Wizard of Oz. One popular rumor is that the name came from Bobby Kimballs true last name and this rumor was in fact only a joke popularized by former bassist David Hungate. After the completion of the first album, the band and record were still unnamed, David Hungate, after viewing the name on the demo tapes, explained to the group that the words In Toto in Latin translated to all-encompassingToto (band) – Toto live in Copenhagen, Denmark, at KB Hallen July 20, 2010. 2010 lineup, left to right, Simon Phillips (drums), David Paich (keyboards, vocals), Mabvuto Carpenter (vocals), Jory Steinberg (vocals), Steve Lukather (guitar, vocals), Nathan East (bass, vocals), Steve Porcaro (keyboards), Joseph Williams (lead vocals)
40. Little Red Corvette – Little Red Corvette is a song by American musician Prince. Released as a single from the album 1999 in 1983, the song was his biggest hit at the time and it was also his first single to perform better on the pop chart than the R&B chart. The song combines a drum beat and slow synth buildup for the verses. Backing vocals were done by Dez Dickerson and Lisa Coleman and the solo was also played by Dickerson. In addition to the title, he uses several other automobile metaphors, a 12 dance remix of the song was released to accompany the single, and it continues where the album version fades out. Separate UK12 releases had the song paired with Automatic and International Lover, or Horny Toad, later, it was released as a double A-side with 1999, thus peaking at number two in the UK in January 1985. The single was released with another 1999 track, Lets Pretend Were Married, on Princes 2006 compilation album, Ultimate, the dance remix of Little Red Corvette was a featured track. Following Princes death, the song re-charted on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at number 29 and it rose to number 20 one week later. It has sold 919,131 copies in the United States, Little Red Corvette is written in the key of D♭ major and moves at a tempo of 123 beats per minute in common time. Princes vocals span from A♭2 to A♭5 in the song, the lyrics use car imagery as a double entendre for sex also making use of horse related imagerary for similar purposes. Slate has noted that the song is about ambivalence, vulnerability, with the site also noting that the lyrics possess post disco themes, stating Disco lived by the myth that Saturday night never ends. “Little Red Corvette not only insists that it does, it reminds us that a lot of what took place in the corners of clubs and alleys was shadowy, fumbling, detached. Little Red Corvette was Princes second music video played on MTV, the first was 1999 the previous year before Michael Jacksons Billie Jean and after Musical Youths Pass the Dutchie. Prince got the idea for the song when he dozed off in band member Lisa Colemans pink Mercury Montclair Marauder after an exhausting all-night recording session, the lyrics came to him in bits and pieces during this and other catnaps. Eventually, he was able to finish it without sleeping, rolling Stone ranked the song number 108 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The guitar solo, played by band member Dez Dickerson, was ranked number 64 by the readers of Guitar World as one of the 100 best guitar solos of all time. The song is ranked as the 153rd greatest song of all time, as well as the third best song of 1982. A cover version recorded for Knight Rider appeared in the respective season 2 and season 3 episodes White-Line Warriors and Knight of the DronesLittle Red Corvette – US 7" single (1983)
41. Prince (musician) – Prince Rogers Nelson was an American singer-songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, philanthropist, dancer and record producer. He was an innovator who was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup. His music integrates a variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, an American Music Award, a Golden Globe Award, and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, his first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of 100 Greatest Artists, Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and developed an interest in music as a young child. He signed a contract with Warner Bros. at the age of 18. In 1984, he began referring to his band as the Revolution and released Purple Rain. It quickly became his most critically and commercially successful release, spending 24 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200, after releasing the albums Around the World in a Day and Parade, The Revolution disbanded, and Prince released the double album Sign o the Times as a solo artist. He released three solo albums before debuting the New Power Generation band in 1991. He released five records between 1994 and 1996 before signing with Arista Records in 1998, in 2000, he began referring to himself as Prince again. He released 16 albums after that, including the platinum-selling Musicology and his final album, Hit n Run Phase Two, was first released on the Tidal streaming service on December 12,2015. Prince died from an overdose at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on April 21,2016. Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, to Mattie Della and his parents were both African-American and his family ancestry is centered in Louisiana, all four of his grandparents came from that state. Princes father was a pianist and songwriter, and his mother was a jazz singer, Prince was given his fathers stage name, Prince Rogers, which his father used while performing with a jazz group called the Prince Rogers Trio. In 1991, Princes father told A Current Affair that I named my son Prince because I wanted him to do everything I wanted to do, Prince has said he was born epileptic and used to have seizures when he was young. He also said, My mother told me one day I walked in to her and said, Mom, Im not going to be sick anymore, Princes sister Tika Evene was born in 1960. Both siblings developed a keen interest in music, and this was encouraged by their father, Prince wrote his first tune, Funk Machine, on his fathers piano when he was sevenPrince (musician) – Prince performing in 2008
42. Back on the Chain Gang – Back on the Chain Gang is a song written by Chrissie Hynde and originally recorded by her band, the Pretenders, and released as single by Sire Records in September 1982. The song was released on The King of Comedy soundtrack album in March 1983 and was later included on the Pretenders next album Learning to Crawl in January 1984. Back on the Chain Gang entered the Billboard charts in early October 1982 and it also got as high as No.4 on Billboards Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and No.17 in the UK Singles Chart. The singles flip side, My City Was Gone, later became a hit in the US. Back on the Chain Gang was recorded after James Honeyman-Scott, the Pretenders guitarist and this came two days after the Pretenders fired their longtime bassist, Pete Farndon, because of his drug abuse problem. On July 20,1982, the began recording the song at AIR Studios in London. At that time, only two Pretenders were left, singer-songwriter Chrissie Hynde who was three months pregnant with her first daughter, and drummer Martin Chambers. Most of the song was recorded quickly with the band placed close together in the studio, arranged as if performing live, small loudspeakers were aimed at the musicians from behind Chambers to reinforce the sound of selected drums such as the snare. Bremners featured guitar solo was performed in one take, later, alone in the studio as was her preference, Hynde performed her main vocal line with three or four overdubs dropped in to fix minor imperfections. She then recorded her own backing vocals, finally, the rest of the backing vocals were performed by Chambers and Butler, along with the chain-gang chant. The sound of clanging hammers was made by banging various metal pieces together, the recording of extra parts for the song and the final mixing process continued for several days after initial recording began. Hynde wrote Back on the Chain Gang as a memorial to Honeyman-Scott, the hammering sounds and the chain-gang chant heard during the chorus of the song echoes the earlier production of Sam Cookes song Chain Gang, released in 1960. In 1995, the American singer Selena recorded a Spanish-language song Fotos y recuerdos using the melody of Back On The Chain Gang, brazilian singer Danni Carlos recorded an English language cover version for her 2004 album RockNRoad Again. Chicago-based production duo the Hood Internet performed a version of the song in June 2012 for The A. V, Lyrics to Back on the Chain Gang Lyrics of this song at MetroLyricsBack on the Chain Gang – "Back on the Chain Gang"
43. The Pretenders – The Pretenders are an English-American rock band formed in Hereford, England, in March 1978. The original band consisted of initiator and main songwriter Chrissie Hynde, James Honeyman-Scott, Pete Farndon, Hynde launched a solo career in 2014, and the Pretenders were dormant as a band between 2012 and 2016. However, The Pretenders are once again active, having issued an album, Hynde, originally from Akron, Ohio, moved to London in 1973, working at the weekly music paper NME and at Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwoods clothes store. She was involved with early versions of the Clash and the Damned and played in short-lived bands such as Masters of the Backside, the Pretenders formed in 1978 after Dave Hill at Anchor Records heard some demos of Hyndes music. He arranged a studio in Denmark Street, where a 3-piece band consisting of Hynde, Mal Hart on bass. Dave Hill was impressed and arranged a day at Studio 51 to record another demo, although it was rough, he felt he had seen and heard enough star potential to suggest that Hynde form a more permanent band to record for his new label, Real Records. Hynde then formed a band composed of Pete Farndon on bass, James Honeyman-Scott on guitar and this band, then without a name, recorded five tracks at Regents Park Studio in July 1978, including Stop Your Sobbing. The bands first single, a cover of the Kinks song Stop Your Sobbing was released in January 1979 and gained critical attention. It was followed in June with Kid, and then in January 1980 the band got to No.1 in the UK with Brass in Pocket, which was also successful in the US, reaching No.14 on the Billboard Hot 100. Their self-titled debut album was released at the end of December 1979 and was a success in the United Kingdom, the band played at the Heatwave festival during August 1980 near Toronto. The second full-length album, Pretenders II, was released during August 1981, Pretenders II included the Extended Play singles, the MTV video success Day After Day, and popular album-radio tracks The Adultress, Birds of Paradise, Bad Boys Get Spanked, and The English Roses. On 18 September 1981 the Pretenders were the musical guest on the US late night comedy show Fridays. The band performed The Adulteress, Message of Love and Louie, Louie, Andy Kaufman was the guest host of the programme on that night. Farndons drug abuse escalated and he was fired after a meeting between Hynde, Honeyman-Scott and Chambers, on 14 June 1982, two days later, on 16 June 1982, James Honeyman-Scott died of heart failure as a result of cocaine intolerance. Farndon was in the midst of forming a new band with former Clash drummer Topper Headon, after taking heroin and passing out, Farndon drowned in his bathtub, leaving the Pretenders with two living members. The song was released in October and became their biggest success in the US, the singles B-side, My City Was Gone is now the theme music for The Rush Limbaugh Show. Hynde then set up a permanent lineup for the band, keeping Chambers and adding Robbie McIntosh on guitar. Middle of the Road was this line-ups first single, released in the US in November 1983, the US B-side,2000 Miles, was released as a single in the UKThe Pretenders – The Pretenders perform in Dubai, February 2007
44. Up Where We Belong – Up Where We Belong is a Platinum-certified, Grammy Award-winning hit song written by Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Will Jennings. It was recorded by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes for the smash 1982 film An Officer, director Taylor Hackford agreed with Gere until, during a rehearsal, the extras playing the workers began to cheer and cry. When Gere saw the later, with the music added. Gere is now convinced Hackford made the right decision, producer Don Simpson unsuccessfully demanded Up Where We Belong be cut from An Officer and a Gentleman, saying, The song is no good. He reportedly said of Warnes, She has a voice, but shell never have a hit song. It was certified Platinum by the RIAA for sales of two million copies in the United States. Up Where We Belong won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and it also won the BAFTA Film Awards for Best Original Song in 1984. Cocker and Warnes also won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1983 for their rendition of this song, in 2004 it finished at #75 in AFIs 100 Years.100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema. The song was performed by Nell Carter and Andy Gibb in the Gimme a Break, the song was featured in the 1985 Alvin and the Chipmunks episode The Chipmunks Go to Washington, as performed by Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Chipettes. Buffy Sainte-Marie, who composed the song with Jack Nitzsche, recorded the song on her Up Where We Belong album in 1996, in The Simpsons episode Life on the Fast Lane the song was played during a parody of the film ending of Homer carrying Marge. The song was performed by Stewie Griffin and Bertram in the Family Guy episode Emission Impossible, another parody of the song was found in the show in the episode Herpe the Love Sore. The song was featured in the South Park episode Erection Day as parody on final scene from film, the chorus of the song is featured in the Elephant Love Medley in the 2001 film Moulin Rouge. The original 1982 version was featured in a 1987 episode of the American soap opera Santa Barbara, in the episode, the Eden Capwell and Cruz Castillo characters danced to the song in a daydream sequence. Patti LaBelle performed a version of the song entitled Lord Lift Us Up Where We Belong on her Look to the Rainbow Tour in 1985. The song was featured in Everybody Hates Chris Season 1 episode, an instrumental version of the song was featured in Miranda, during the first season episode, Job. An instrumental version of the song is playing over the tannoy when Michael goes to Staples to give Dwight his job back, the scene is spoofed in the Scrubs episode His Story IV, in which Dr. Kelso twice has a cutaway fantasy sequence parodying the final scene. The Shadows did a version of the song in 1983. Shigeru Matsuzaki did a Japanese version in 1984, entitled 愛と青春の旅だち -Up Where We Belong- and it was also used as the theme song of a TBS-Based TV Drama Fukei-san Ha MajoUp Where We Belong – "Up Where We Belong"
45. Joe Cocker – John Robert Joseph Joe Cocker, OBE was an English singer and musician. He was known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance, Cockers cover of the Beatles With a Little Help from My Friends reached number one in the UK in 1968. He performed the live at Woodstock in 1969 and at the Party at the Palace concert for the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2002. His version also became the song for the TV series The Wonder Years. His 1974 cover of You Are So Beautiful reached number five in the US, Cocker was the recipient of several awards, including a 1983 Grammy Award for his US number one Up Where We Belong, a duet with Jennifer Warnes. Cocker was ranked number 97 on Rolling Stones 100 greatest singers list, Cocker was born on 20 May 1944 at 38 Tasker Road, Crookes, Sheffield. He was the youngest son of a servant, Harold Cocker. According to differing family stories, Cocker received his nickname of Joe either from playing a game called Cowboy Joe. Cockers main musical influences growing up were Ray Charles and Lonnie Donegan, Cockers first experience singing in public was at age 12 when his elder brother Victor invited him on stage to sing during a gig of his skiffle group. In 1960, along with three friends, Cocker formed his first group, the Cavaliers, for the groups first performance at a youth club, they were required to pay the price of admission before entering. Cocker was not related to fellow Sheffield-born musician Jarvis Cocker, despite a rumour to this effect, in 1961, under the stage name Vance Arnold, Cocker continued his career with a new group, Vance Arnold and the Avengers. The name was a combination of Vince Everett, Elvis Presleys character in Jailhouse Rock, the group mostly played in the pubs of Sheffield, performing covers of Chuck Berry and Ray Charles songs. Cocker developed an interest in music and sought out recordings by John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Lightnin Hopkins. In 1963, they booked their first significant gig when they supported the Rolling Stones at Sheffield City Hall, in 1964, Cocker signed a recording contract as a solo act with Decca and released his first single, a cover of the Beatles Ill Cry Instead. Despite extensive promotion from Decca lauding his youth and working-class roots, after Cocker recorded the single, he dropped his stage name and formed a new group, Joe Cockers Blues Band. There is only one recording of Joe Cockers Blues Band on an EP given out by The Sheffield College during Rag Week. In 1966, after a hiatus from music, Cocker teamed up with Chris Stainton. The Grease Band was named after Cocker read an interview with jazz keyboardist Jimmy Smith, like the Avengers, Cockers group mostly played in pubs in and around SheffieldJoe Cocker – Cocker in 1969
46. Jennifer Warnes – Jennifer Jean Warnes is an American singer, songwriter, arranger and record producer. Warnes was born in Seattle, Washington, and raised in Anaheim and her desire and ability to sing came early, at age seven she was offered her first recording contract, which her father turned down. She sang in church and local pageants until age 17 when Warnes was offered a scholarship to Immaculate Heart College. She chose to sing folk music as it became popularized by Joan Baez in the mid-1960s, in 1968, after a few years with musical theatre and clubs, she signed with Parrot Records and recorded her first LP. That year, she joined the cast of the television show The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, soon, however, she returned to her birth name. In November 1968, Warnes portrayed the lead in the Los Angeles. She had a related UK single release as Jennifer on London HLU10278 in June 1969 with Let The Sunshine In and Easy to Be Hard, in 1971, she met Canadian songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen, and the two remained lifelong friends. Warnes later recorded a critically acclaimed album of Cohen songs. In 1972, she released her album, Jennifer, which was produced by John Cale and was completely unavailable after the LP was deleted until it was finally reissued in Japan in 2013. Warnes recorded the song It Goes Like It Goes for the 1979 motion picture Norma Rae, the song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Her 1979 single I Know A Heartache When I See One was a Top 10 Country hit, Warnes recorded the Randy Newman composition One More Hour for the 1981 motion picture Ragtime. This became her second song performance nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, Warnes teamed up with Joe Cocker to record Up Where We Belong for the 1982 motion picture An Officer and a Gentleman. Written by Buffy Sainte-Marie, Will Jennings and Jack Nitzsche, the won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song also won Warnes and Cocker the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and it was released as a single and hit No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It stands as Warnes biggest selling disc, being certified platinum for over two sales in the United States. The same year, she recorded a performance of James Taylors Millworker for the American Playhouse PBS production of Working. Warnes teamed with Bill Medley to record The Time of My Life for the 1987 motion picture Dirty Dancing and this marked the third song performed by Warnes to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song and second for the Golden Globe Award in the same category. The song also won Warnes and Medley the Grammy Award for Duo or Group with Vocal and it reached No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent four consecutive weeks at No.1 on the Adult Contemporary chartJennifer Warnes – Jennifer Warnes
47. Mr. Roboto – Mr. Roboto is a song written by Dennis DeYoung of the band Styx, and recorded on the Styx album Kilroy Was Here. It was also released as a 45 RPM single in a 4,44 radio edit, which has the synthesizer intro removed, with the song Snowblind as the B-side. In Canada, where they were more popular than in their native U. S. it went to #1 on the RPM national singles chart. In the U. S. it reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, the songs chorus features the line, Dōmo arigatō, Mr. Roboto, which has become a catchphrase. The Roboto is a model of robot which does menial jobs in the prison, Kilroy escapes the prison by overpowering a Roboto prison guard and hiding inside its emptied-out metal shell. When Jonathan Chance finally meets Kilroy, at the end of the song, Kilroy unmasks. The robot-like catchphrase was created with a vocoder, the song heavily features the Oberheim OB-Xa and PPG Wave synthesizers. Stan Winston, who would become well-known through his work on Jurassic Park, designed the Roboto costume and mask, the track was released as the first single from the album at the last minute instead of Dont Let It End at the request of A&M Records. As a result of this song, the Japanese phrase domou arigatou entered popular American vernacular, in addition, many have cited this song and the album as potentially having alienated older fans, some calling it jumping the shark for the band. Though the song and album may not have resonated with fans at the time, it remained relevant for younger generations. The song is not in any one key and is instead in a set of modes. The intro begins in A-flat Mixolydian mode, ending in an F, the singing begins, the chords alternating between a second-inversion B-flat and G-flat Lydian mode. Out of the Domo part, the song bursts into G-flat Lydian and it changes to E-flat minor Aeolian mode at I am the Modren Man, and this is the dominant key for the remainder of the song. Some portions of the transition to E-flat major as a transition point. It transitions back to the familiar G-flat Lydian and then E-flat minor as the singer introduces himself as Kilroy, the songs video, directed by Brian Gibson, depicts Jonathan Chance walking in Rock Museum to meet Kilroy and a robot approaches. After this, it morphs into five robots moving and dancing, shortly thereafter, the robots transform into the members of Styx and including a clean-shaven Dennis DeYoung. The video then alternates between the playing the song on a stage and scenes from the Kilroy Was Here backdrop film. Then, the members of Styx morph back into the robots and DeYoung confronts the robots, DeYoung awakens to see he is being experimented on and runs offMr. Roboto – "Mr. Roboto"
48. Styx (band) – Styx /ˈstɪks/ is an American rock band from Chicago that formed in 1972 and became famous for its albums released in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Styx is best known for the hit songs Lady, Come Sail Away, Babe, The Best of Times, Too Much Time on My Hands, other major hits include Show Me the Way, Dont Let It End, and Renegade. Styx has had 4 consecutive albums certified multi-platinum by the RIAA as well as 16 top 40 singles in the US,8 of which hit the top 10, Chuck Panozzo left to attend seminary school for a year but returned to the group by 1964. Tom Nardini had been brought in to replace Chuck on guitar, John Panozzo was one of their first drummers, while Dennis DeYoung had switched from accordion to organ and piano. In 1965, the name Tradewinds was changed to TW4 after another band called the Trade Winds broke through nationally. By 1966, the Panozzo brothers had joined DeYoung at Chicago State College and kept the group together doing gigs at high schools, in 1969 they added a college friend, John Curulewski, on guitar after Tom Nardini departed. Young came aboard in 1970 making TW4 a quintet, several suggestions were made and, according to DeYoung, the name Styx was chosen because it was the only one that none of us hated. The bands Wooden Nickel recordings Styx, Styx II, The Serpent Is Rising and Man of Miracles were a mixture of rock with some dramatic prog-rock flourishes. These albums showcase intricate and powerful organ, guitar, vocal, the Serpent Is Rising would foreshadow later endeavors by the group—the concept album is an idiom upon which Styx would rely heavily by the 1980s. Then, the power ballad Lady, began to some radio time, first on WLS in Chicago in 1974. In the spring of 1975, nearly two years after the album had released, Lady hit No.6 in the US. On the heels of its hit single, Styx signed with A&M Records and released Equinox. More importantly, it contained the rock anthem Suite Madame Blue, following the move to A&M, guitarist John Curulewski suddenly left the band as they were to embark on a nationwide tour in December 1975, due to his desire to spend time with his family. After a frantic search, the band brought in guitarist Tommy Shaw as Curulewskis replacement in 1976. Crystal Ball, the first album to feature Shaw, was moderately successful, the album showcased the bands newest member, as Shaws Mademoiselle was another minor hit, reaching No. 36, and the title track, also written and sung by Shaw. Styxs seventh album, The Grand Illusion, was released on July 7,1977 and became their breakthrough album and it spawned a top-ten hit and AOR radio staple in the DeYoung-written Come Sail Away, which reached #8 in 1978. Shaws Fooling Yourself was a radio hit and reached #29 the same yearStyx (band) – Styx, 2009. L-R: Lawrence Gowan, Tommy Shaw, James Young, Todd Sucherman, and Ricky Phillips.
49. Lionel Richie – Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. is an American singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. Beginning in 1968, he was a member of the funk and soul band the Commodores and he also co-wrote the 1985 charity single We Are the World with Michael Jackson, which sold over 20 million copies. Richie has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the worlds best-selling artists of all time and he is also a five-time Grammy Award winner. In 2016, Richie received the Songwriters Hall of Fames highest honor, Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. was born and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama, the son of Alberta R. and Lionel Brockman Richie, Sr. He grew up on the campus of Tuskegee Institute, Richie graduated from Joliet Township High School, East Campus. A star tennis player in Joliet, he accepted a scholarship to attend Tuskegee Institute. Richie seriously considered studying divinity to become a priest with the Episcopal Church and he is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honor fraternity for marching band members, and an active life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. As a student in Tuskegee, Richie formed a succession of R&B groups in the mid-1960s, in 1968, he became a singer and saxophonist with the Commodores. They signed a contract with Atlantic Records in 1968 for one record before moving on to Motown Records initially as a support act to The Jackson 5. The Commodores then became established as a soul group. Their first several albums had a danceable, funky sound, as in such tracks as Machine Gun, over time, Richie wrote and sang more romantic, easy-listening ballads such as Easy, Three Times a Lady, Still, and the tragic breakup ballad Sail On. By the late 1970s, Richie had begun to accept songwriting commissions from other artists and he composed Lady for Kenny Rogers, which hit #1 in 1980, and produced Rogerss album Share Your Love the following year. Richie and Rogers maintained a friendship in later years. Latin jazz composer and salsa romantica pioneer La Palabra enjoyed international success with his cover of Lady, also in 1981 Richie sang the theme song for the film Endless Love, a duet with Diana Ross. Issued as a single, the song topped the Canada, Brazil, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and US pop music charts and its success encouraged Richie to branch out into a full-fledged solo career in 1982. He was replaced as lead singer for the Commodores by Skyler Jett in 1983, the album hit #3 on the music charts and sold over 4 million copies. His 1983 follow-up album, Cant Slow Down, sold twice as many copies. The album contained the #1 hit All Night Long a Caribbean-flavored dance number that was promoted by a music video produced by former Monkee Michael NesmithLionel Richie – Lionel Richie in France in 2012
50. Der Kommissar (song) – Der Kommissar is a song first recorded by Falco in Austria in 1981, covered a year later by After the Fire, reworked in 1983 and retitled Deep in the Dark by Laura Branigan. Originally written by Robert Ponger and Falco, the Falco version reached the top of the charts in many countries, after the Fires version featured English lyrics by the bands Andy Piercy. The song peaked at No.5 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, Der Kommissar was originally written by producer Robert Ponger for Reinhold Bilgeri. Bilgeri turned it down as he felt the song was too soft, Falco wanted to release Helden von heute as the main side, but the record company wanted Der Kommissar to be released, because they felt it had more potential. The record company decided upon a double A-side release and was vindicated when Der Kommissar reached No.1 in German-speaking countries in January 1982, after this big success, Falcos management decided to release Der Kommissar in other countries as well. In the United States and the United Kingdom, Falcos hit didnt fare as well, despite topping charts throughout Europe and Scandinavia during spring and summer 1982. In the summer of 1982 the British rock band After the Fire recorded an English version of the song, also called Der Kommissar, and released it as a single, but the record floundered. Coming off a tour opening for Van Halen, After the Fire was working on material for a new album when in December 1982 the group announced onstage during a concert that they were disbanding. Both the After the Fire and Falco versions were rising on the Canadian charts at the time, but neither had cracked the US pop charts. Though the UK bands version barely nicked their home countrys Top 50, in 1983 the song rose to No.5 in the US. The song entered the American Top 40 on March 5,1983,5, and remained in the AT40 for a total of 14 weeks. The hit single was released under the Epic label, with a number of 03559. In Canada, Falcos version had peaked at No.11 the same week that After the Fires version peaked at No.12. After the Fires record company, CBS, pleaded with the band to regroup, while UK promos for Deep in the Dark were pressed, Branigans record company, Atlantic, officially released Solitaire in the U. S. where that song went to No.7. Der Kommissar / Helden von heute is a single by Falco released in Austria. Der Kommissar reached the top of the charts in many countries, the song recorded for other side of the record, the pop-rock Helden von heute, is a tribute to David Bowies Heroes. It was recorded in Berlin, Germany, Falco claimed in an interview that he went to Berlin to follow the left there by David Bowie, with his albums Heroes. In his official music video for Der Kommissar, Falco flees from the police, another, lesser-known, music video for the Falco single also existsDer Kommissar (song) – " Der Kommissar (The Commissioner) "