Showing posts with label 1981. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1981. Show all posts

Aug 10, 2019

Hey! by Julio Iglesias (1981)

Hey by Julio Iglesias (1981)
"Hey!" is a song by Spanish singer Julio Iglesias from his 1980 album Hey! The album hit number one worldwide, and sales of the Spanish version purportedly surpassed 20 million. In 1981, Iglesias was nominated for a Grammy Award for the album under the Latin Pop Album category.


Aug 3, 2019

Physical by Olivia Newton-John (1981)

Physical by Olivia Newton-John (1981)
"Physical" is a song by British-born Australian singer Olivia Newton-John for her twelfth studio album Physical. It was released in September 1981 by MCA Records as the lead single from the album. Recorded in early 1981, "Physical" rose to #1 on the American Billboard Hot 100 chart in November 1981 and stayed there for 10 weeks (the most of any single in the 1980s), remaining until the second half of January 1982. It reached #2 on the Radio & Records CHR/Pop Airplay chart on November 27, 1981, staying there for two weeks and remaining on the chart for 14 weeks. In terms of chart placement, "Physical" was Newton-John's most successful single in the U.S., as well as her final single to reach #1. Billboard ranked the song as the #1 single of 1982 (since the chart year for 1982 actually began in November 1981).



Woman In Love by Barbra Streisand (1980-81)

Woman In Love by Barbra Streisand  (1980-81)
"Woman in Love" is a song performed by Barbra Streisand and taken from her 1980 album, Guilty. The song was written by Barry and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, who received the 1980 Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. It is her fourth of four Platinum records, and is considered her greatest international hit.


Jul 8, 2019

In Your Letter by REO Speedwagon (1981)

In Your Letter by REO Speedwagon (1981)
"In Your Letter" is a song written by Gary Richrath that was first released on REO Speedwagon's 1980 album Hi Infidelity. It was released as the fourth single from the album and just made the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #20. It also reached #26 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. It also had some chart success in Canada, reaching #34.




The music of "In Your Letter" is a throwback to songs of the 1950s and 1960s. Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine describes it as a "sun-kissed '60s homage." Philippa Hawker of The Age describes it as "a grimly uptempo 60s style whinge." Leslie Michele Derrough of Glide Magazine describes it as sounding like a "1950s sock hop." Gerald Martineez described the song as "an uptempo tune about an angry lover complaining of the way he was dumped." Armour described the music as having a "dizzying doo-wop feel." Hawkins also noted a stylistic similarity with the Pointer Sisters' song "Should I Do It" from their 1981 Black & White album. In a demo version released on the 30th anniversary version of Hi Infidelity the guitar part has some rockabilly feel.

Jun 29, 2019

Love You Like I Never Loved Before by John O'Banion (1981)

Love You Like I Never Loved Before by John O'Banion (1981)
"Love You Like I Never Loved Before" is a song by american vocalist and actor John O'Banion. "Love You Like I Never Loved Before" was a hit single in 1981, making it to #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.


Precious to Me by Phil Seymour (1981)

Precious to Me by Phil Seymour (1981)
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Precious To Me was the only top 20 hit for Phil Seymour. He followed-up with other songs that received minor airplay. The song was written by Phil Seymour. and from album Phil Seymour.

Somebody's Knockin' by Terri Gibbs (1981)

Somebody's Knockin' by Terri Gibbs (1981)
"Somebody's Knockin'" is the debut single of American country music singer Terri Gibbs. It was released in late 1980 from her debut album, Somebody's Knockin'. It was co-written by Jerry Gillespie and Ed Penney. Penney was a record company executive who liked Gibbs's voice when he first heard her audition tape, but felt she needed stronger material. Penney was a former Boston disc jockey who had promoted records and written a number of songs before moving to Nashville. He was the producer of "Somebody's Knockin'" and became Terri Gibbs's manager.


Jun 9, 2019

Stars On 45 (Original Single) by Stars on 45 (1981)

Stars On 45 (Original Single) by Stars on 45 (1981)
"Stars on 45" is a song issued in January 1981 by the studio group Stars on 45. In some countries, including the UK, Ireland and New Zealand, the band was credited as 'Starsound' and the medley itself was named "Stars on 45".




Its official title in the US and Canada (as on the record and in Billboard and RPM) is "Medley: Intro 'Venus' / Sugar Sugar / No Reply / I'll Be Back / Drive My Car / Do You Want to Know a Secret / We Can Work It Out / I Should Have Known Better / Nowhere Man / You're Going to Lose That Girl / Stars on 45" and was credited to 'Stars on 45'. It is (to date) the longest titled song to ever chart in Billboard and was conveniently shortened to "Stars on 45 Medley", or "'Medley' by Stars on 45".

Jun 1, 2019

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic by The Police (1981)

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic by The Police (1981)
"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" is a song by British rock group The Police from their fourth album, Ghost in the Machine. The song, notable for featuring a pianist (uncommon in Police songs), dates back to a demo recorded in the house of Mike Howlett in the fall of 1976. It was also a hit single that reached the top of the charts in the United Kingdom (topping its predecessor, "Invisible Sun") in November 1981 and hit  No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart that same year.


May 30, 2019

Fly Away by Blackfoot (1981)

Fly Away by Blackfoot (1981)
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Blackfoot is an American Southern rock band from Jacksonville, Florida formed during 1969. Though they primarily play with a Southern rock style, they are also known as a hard rock act.


May 17, 2019

Back in Black by AC/DC (1981)

Back in Black by AC/DC (1981)
"Back in Black" is a song by AC/DC, appearing as the first track on side two of their 1980 album of the same name.

As a single, "Back in Black" peaked in the U.S. at No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1981 as well as at No. 51 on Billboard's Top Tracks chart, which debuted in March 1981. "Back in Black" received the RIAA's Master Ringtone Sales Award (Gold and Platinum) in 2006 and reached 2× Platinum status in 2007. It officially charted on the UK charts after 31 years in release; peaking in at no. 27 because of the band's music becoming available on iTunes. It also reached no. 1 on the UK Rock Charts in the same week.


May 12, 2019

Mirror Mirror by Diana Ross (1981)

Mirror Mirror by Diana Ross (1981)
"Mirror, Mirror" is a 1981 rock-styled hit song recorded by American superstar Diana Ross, released as her second single on the RCA label.

The song, written by Dennis Matkosky and Michael Sembello, and produced by Ross herself, was the second release from her Platinum-certified album, Why Do Fools Fall in Love.


Don't Stop Believin' by Journey (1981)

Don't Stop Believin' by Journey (1981)
"Don't Stop Believin'" is a song by American rock band Journey, originally released as their signature song and the second single from their seventh album Escape (1981). It became a number 9 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 on its original release. In the United Kingdom, the song was not a Top 40 hit on its original release; however, it reached number 6 in 2009.




Mike DeGagne of AllMusic has described "Don't Stop Believin'" as a "perfect rock song" and an "anthem", featuring "one of the best opening keyboard riffs in rock." It is the best-selling digital track from the 20th century with over 7 million copies sold in the United States.

Cool Love by Pablo Cruise (1981)

Cool Love by Pablo Cruise (1981)
Cool Love is a song by American rock group Pablo Cruise, from their album Reflector in 1981. David Jenkins sings the lead vocal on this ballad, telling his lover some of the ways their love is "cool" and summing it up that "cool love baby, that's what it's all about." It was released as a single, the fifth and final Top 40 hit for the band, and reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100.


A Woman Needs Love by Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio (1981)

A Woman Needs Love by Ray Parker Jr. (1981)
"A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)" is a 1981 song recorded by American R&B vocalist and songwriter Ray Parker Jr., along with his group, Raydio. It led their 1981 album, A Woman Needs Love, the last Parker recorded with Raydio. The song was a hit on both the Billboard pop and soul charts in early 1981. It was Parker's first song to hit number-one on the R&B chart, and also reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100. It is ranked as the 16th biggest U.S. hit of 1981.

May 11, 2019

Elvira by The Oak Ridge Boys (1981)

Elvira by The Oak Ridge Boys (1981)
"Elvira" is a song written by Dallas Frazier which became a famous country and pop hit by The Oak Ridge Boys in 1981, now considered one of their signature songs.


Olivia Newton-John and Cliff Richard - Suddenly (1981)

Olivia Newton-John and Cliff Richard - Suddenly (1981)
"Suddenly" is a duet performed by Olivia Newton-John and Cliff Richard from the soundtrack album Xanadu, and is the love theme from the 1980 film of the same name. It was written by John Farrar who also produced the record.

"Suddenly" was released on Jet Records and reached number 15 in the UK charts in October 1980 and number 20 in the US in January 1981. It was also a major adult contemporary hit, reaching number four. The video shows them in a penthouse singing the song to each other taken from her ABC TV special "Hollywood Nights" that aired before the Academy Awards on March 31st, 1981.


Apr 29, 2019

A Little In Love by Cliff Richard (1981)

A Little In Love by Cliff Richard (1981)
"A Little in Love" is a song recorded by Cliff Richard from his 1980 album, I'm No Hero. The track was the second released from the LP.

The song spent five months on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 17. It reached number 15 on the UK Singles Chart, reached the Top 5 in Canada and was a hit in numerous European countries.




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Just The Two Of Us (Feat. Bill Withers by Grover Washington, Jr. (1981)

Just The Two Of Us (Feat. Bill Withers by Grover Washington, Jr. (1981)
"Just the Two of Us" is a 1981 R&B song written by Bill Withers, William Salter and Ralph MacDonald, and recorded by Grover Washington Jr. and Bill Withers.

The song originally appeared on Washington's album Winelight (1980). An edited version reached number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100, staying there for three weeks, behind "Morning Train (9 to 5)" by Sheena Easton and "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes. The song won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.





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Apr 21, 2019

Turn and Walk Away by The Babys (1980 - 1981)

Turn and Walk Away by The Babys (1980 - 1981)
On the Edge is the fifth and final studio album by hard rock band The Babys. The album was produced by Keith Olsen in 1980. "Turn and Walk Away" was the lone single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 42.