Showing posts with label 1980. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1980. Show all posts

Dionne Warwick - Deja Vu on The Essential Dionne Warwick (1980)

Dionne Warwick - Deja Vu on The Essential Dionne Warwick
"Déjà Vu" is a hit 1979 ballad song written by Isaac Hayes and Adrienne Anderson and recorded by Dionne Warwick in 1979. It was the second single released from her Arista debut album, Dionne, which was produced by Barry Manilow. The song was Warwick's fifth and last top 40 single of her 1970s period and her second top 40 single following the release of "I'll Never Love This Way Again" in the five years since her number-one single, "Then Came You", featuring The Spinners.

"Déjà Vu" went to number fifteen on the Billboard Hot 100, number twenty-five on the soul chart, and number one on the Adult Contemporary chart in early 1980. Warwick won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Déjà Vu", also winning for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance for "I'll Never Love This Way Again". Warwick became the first artist ever to win the R&B and pop categories on the same night.



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Pete Townshend - Let My Love Open The Door on Empty Glass (1980)

Pete Townshend - Let My Love Open The Door
"Let My Love Open the Door" is a song written and performed by Pete Townshend from his 1980 album Empty Glass. It reached the top ten in the United States in that same year, reaching number nine. It reached number five in Canada.

"Let My Love Open the Door" was released as the second single from Empty Glass in Britain, where it was backed with the non-album tracks "Classified" and "Greyhound Girl." The song was a minor British hit, reaching #46. The song saw more success when it was released as the debut single from Empty Glass in America, where the song reached #9. It was Pete Townshend's only solo top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, but The Who's song "I Can See For Miles," which was written by Townshend, reached the same position on the chart 13 years earlier.



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Christopher Cross - Ride Like The Wind on Christopher Cross (1980)

"Ride Like the Wind" is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Christopher Cross. It was released in February 1980 as the lead single from his Grammy-winning self-titled debut album. It reached number 2 on the US charts for four consecutive weeks, behind Blondie's "Call Me". On the album's inner sleeve, Christopher Cross dedicated this song to Lowell George, formerly of the band Little Feat, who had died in 1979. It features backing vocals by Michael McDonald and a guitar solo by Cross.

This soft rock classic tells the story of a condemned criminal on the run to Mexico. Told from a first-person point of view, it describes how an outlaw and convicted multiple murderer, on the run from a death-by-hanging sentence, has to "ride like the wind" to reach "the border of Mexico," where, presumably, the posse apparently in pursuit of him will not be able to reach him.



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Michael Jackson - She's Out Of My Life on HIStory: Past, Present And Future (1980)

Michael Jackson - She's Out Of My Life on HIStory: Past, Present And Future
"She's Out of My Life" is a song written by American songwriter Tom Bahler and performed by American recording artist Michael Jackson. Although it has been claimed that Bahler wrote the song about the late Karen Carpenter, Bahler stated, "The fact is, I had already written that song by the time Karen and I became romantic. That song was written more about Rhonda Rivera... Rhonda and I had been together for two years, and it was after we broke up that I started dating Karen." The song has been covered by a variety of artists, including Patti LaBelle, Ginuwine, 98°, S Club 7, Barbara Mandrell, Daniel Evans, Nina, Willie Nelson, Josh Groban, and Karel Gott.



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Dr. Hook - Sexy Eyes on The Best Of Dr. Hook (1980)

Dr. Hook - Sexy Eyes on The Best Of Dr. Hook (1980)
"Sexy Eyes" is a song by Dr. Hook, released as a single in early 1980. It was the second of three singles from their LP Sometimes You Win.

In the United States, the single reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified Gold by the RIAA. It was also a Top 10 hit in Canada (#8) and the United Kingdom (#4).



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Eagles - The Long Run on The Long Run (1980)

Eagles - The Long Run on The Long Run (1980)
"The Long Run" is a song written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey and recorded by the Eagles. The sound of the song is viewed as a tribute to the Stax / Memphis rhythm and blues sound. It was the title track of their album The Long Run and was released as a single in November 1979. It reached No. 8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in early 1980. It was the second of three singles released from The Long Run album, preceded by "Heartache Tonight," which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1979, and followed by "I Can't Tell You Why," which also reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, in the spring of 1980.



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Michael Jackson - Off The Wall on Off The Wall (1980)

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"Off the Wall" is a song by American singer Michael Jackson, from his fifth album of the same name (1979). It was written by English songwriter Rod Temperton and produced by Quincy Jones, and released as the album's third single on February 2, 1980 by Epic Records. Lyrically the song is about getting over troubles. It was well received by music critics, and became Jackson's third top 10 single from Off the Wall, which eventually spawned four top 10 singles; Jackson was the first person to accomplish this. It was performed by Jackson in five of his concert tours.



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Irene Cara - Fame on Fame (Soundtrack) (1980)

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"Fame" is a pop song, written by Michael Gore (music) and Dean Pitchford (lyrics), released in 1980 that achieved chart success as the theme song to the Fame film and TV series. The song was performed by Irene Cara, who played the role of Coco Hernandez in the original movie. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1980, and the Golden Globe Award the same year. In 2004 it finished at number 51 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

"Fame" rose to number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1980. It also reached number one on the Billboard dance chart for one week. The song was rereleased in the United Kingdom in 1982 following the airing of the Fame television series. It hit number one in the UK Singles Chart for three weeks. It has sold 1.05 million copies in the UK as of June 2013. The song also reached number one in Flanders, Ireland, the Netherlands and New Zealand, and number three in Australia and Sweden.



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Bette Midler - The Rose on Experience The Divine: Greatest Hits (1980)

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"The Rose" is a classic pop song written by Amanda McBroom and made famous by Bette Midler who recorded it for the soundtrack of the 1979 film The Rose in which it plays under the closing credits.

"The Rose" was first recorded by Bette Midler for the soundtrack of the 1979 film The Rose in which it plays under the closing credits. However the song was not written for the movie: Amanda McBroom recalls, "I wrote it in 1977 or 1978, and I sang it occasionally in clubs. ... Jim Nabors had a local talk show, and I sang "The Rose" on his show once." According to McBroom she wrote "The Rose" in response to her manager's suggestion that she write "some Bob Seger-type tunes" to expedite a record deal: McBroom obliged by writing "The Rose" in forty-five minutes.



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Diana Ross - Upside Down on Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection 1972-1992 (1980)

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"Upside Down" is a song written and produced by Chic members Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. It was recorded by American singer Diana Ross. The song was issued as a single through the Motown label in 1980, as the lead single from her self-titled tenth studio album, diana. "Upside Down" hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on September 6, 1980. It also hit number one on the Billboard Disco and Soul charts. The single was released a full four weeks after the album was released. It held down the number one spot for four weeks.



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Little River Band - Cool Change on Greatest Hits (1980)

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"Cool Change" is a hit song by Australian rock group Little River Band written by lead singer Glenn Shorrock. It was the second single from their sixth album, First Under the Wire. Released in August 1979, "Cool Change" did not reach the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart top 50. It was released in the United States in 1979 on the Capitol Records label and reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 10 the week of 19 January 1980.



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S.O.S. Band - Take Your Time (Do It Right) on Johnson Family Vacation: Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture (1980)

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"Take Your Time (Do It Right)" is a post-disco song by American R&B group the S.O.S. Band from their debut studio album S.O.S. (1980). It was released as the lead single from S.O.S. on March 18, 1980, through Tabu Records, three months before the album's release.

In the United States, it reached the number-one spot on the Billboard R&B singles chart and number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in mid-1980. On the Billboard dance chart, it went to number one for four non-consecutive weeks. The single was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of one million copies. It spent five months (21 weeks) on the US charts.



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The Pretenders - Brass In Pocket on The Best Of The Pretenders (1980)

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"Brass in Pocket" (also known as "Brass in Pocket (I'm Special)") is a single by The Pretenders. It was written by Chrissie Hynde and James Honeyman-Scott, and produced by Chris Thomas.

The band's third single was their first big success, scoring number one on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in January 1980 (making it the first new number-one single of the 1980s), number one in Australia during May 1980, and number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.



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Air Supply - All Out Of Love on Lost In Love (1980)

Air Supply - All Out Of Love on Lost In Love (1980)
"All Out of Love" is a pop ballad by the Australian soft rock duo Air Supply, released in 1980. It was written by Graham Russell and Clive Davis. In the United States, it reached number two on the Hot 100 (blocked by both "Upside Down" by Diana Ross and "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen) and number 5 on the Adult Contemporary chart. In the UK, the song went to number 11. It placed 92nd in VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Love Songs in 2003.



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Blondie - Call Me on Blockbuster Movie Hits (1980)

"Call Me" is a song by the American new wave band Blondie and the theme to the 1980 film American Gigolo. Released in the US in early 1980 as a single, "Call Me" was number one for six consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it became the band's biggest single and second #1. It also hit #1 in the UK and Canada, where it became their fourth and second chart-topper respectively. In the year-end charts of 1980 it was Billboard's #1 hit, and according to Billboard magazine, was the top-selling single of the year in the United States in 1980 and RPM's #3.



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The single was released in the United States in February 1980. It peaked at No. 1 for six consecutive weeks, (until it was replaced by Lipps, Inc.'s worldwide smash hit "Funkytown") and was certified Gold (for one million copies sold) by the RIAA. It also spent four weeks at No. 2 on the US dance chart. The single was also No. 1 on Billboard magazine's 1980 year-end chart. The song lists at No. 44 on Billboard's All Time Top 100. It was released in the UK two months later, where it became Blondie's fourth UK No. 1 single in little over a year. The song was also played on a British Telecom advert in the 1980s. 25 years after its original release, "Call Me" was ranked at No. 283 on the list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 1981, The Village Voice ranked "Call Me" as the third-best song of the year 1980 on their annual year-end critics' poll, Pazz & Jop.

In 1981, the song was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

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Kenny Loggins - This Is It on Keep The Fire (1980)

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"This Is It" is a song by American musician Kenny Loggins. It was released in 1979 as the lead single from his 1979 album Keep the Fire. It reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 17 on the Adult Contemporary chart. "This Is It" was also successful on the Hot Soul Singles chart, reaching number 19, it was one of two entries on this chart.

The song features additional vocals by Michael McDonald, who co-wrote the song with Loggins. The song won a Grammy Award in 1981 for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male.



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Kool & The Gang - Too Hot on Celebration: The Best Of Kool & The Gang 1979-1987 (1980)

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"Too Hot" is a R&B/Soul song recorded by the American band Kool & the Gang for their 1979 album, Ladies' Night. It was written by George Brown and Kool & the Gang, and produced by Eumir Deodato and Kool & the Gang. The song reached number five on the US Billboard Hot 100.



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Eddie Rabbitt - Drivin My Life Away on All Time Greatest Hits (1980)

Eddie Rabbitt - Drivin My Life Away on All Time Greatest Hits (1980)
"Drivin' My Life Away" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Eddie Rabbitt. It was released in June 1980 as the first single from his album Horizon. It reached number one on the Hot Country Singles in 1980, and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was written by Rabbitt, Even Stevens and David Malloy.

The song, a look into the life of the roadies and the long periods of time they spend away from home, was featured on the soundtrack of the 1980 movie Roadie starring Meat Loaf and Art Carney.

Although many of Rabbitt's successful songs were country-pop material, "Drivin' My Life Away" began his peak popularity as a crossover artist. The song peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and set the stage for his biggest career hit: "I Love a Rainy Night," which reached the top on the country, Hot 100 and adult contemporary charts in early 1981. Two more crossover hits - "Step by Step" and "You and I" (the latter a duet with Crystal Gayle) - followed in 1981 and 1982.

On Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart, it was his seventh out of 17 career chart toppers, spanning from 1976 through 1990.

"Drivin' My Life Away" was certified gold for sales of 1 million units by the Recording Industry Association of America.



Billy Joel - It's Still Rock & Roll To Me - on Glass Houses Album (1980)

Billy Joel - It's Still Rock & Roll To Me - on Glass Houses Album (1980)
"It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" is a hit 1980 song performed by Billy Joel, from the hit album Glass Houses. The song was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for two weeks, from July 19 through August 1, 1980. The song spent 11 weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and was the 7th biggest hit of 1980 according to American Top 40. The song is an examination of the themes of a musician's degrading fame and public tastes that were expressed in his 1975 hit "The Entertainer".

The single eventually reached Platinum status from the RIAA for sales of over 2 million copies in the United States.

The song is a cynical look at the music industry as a publicist/manager begs the protagonist to remain hip for the younger crowd ("What's the matter with the car I'm driving?" / "Can't you tell that it's out of style?"), and the protagonist's refusal to change, claiming his music will remain relevant regardless of his appearance. The song was a reaction by Joel at the new music genres that were around in the late 1970s (punk, funk, new wave). It was inspired by Joel reading a review about a particular (unnamed) band, and realizing that he had no idea what their music sounded like.



Kenny Rogers & Kim Carnes - Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer (1980)

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"Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer" is a song written by David Ellingson and Kim Carnes and recorded by Kenny Rogers and Carnes as a duet. It was released in March 1980 as the first single from Rogers' album Gideon. The song reached #3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and #1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada. It was also recorded in Spanish as "No Te Enamores De Un Loco".