Friday, May 21, 2010

Billboard Top 5 - 1980


This was an interesting and active year for me. I started the year as a chemistry major, and ended it as an English major. Quite the step, I know, but not as big as you might think. Since my freshman year, I was volunteering for work in the theater, working as an assistant to the director, then working on set construction. And while I was good in the lab, the elementary science & math courses annoyed me. And, as only someone so young could do, I was willing to write off my career as a research chemist with DuPont to go read the words of Samuel Beckett and others. Yes, I had no concerns for my future, or thoughts toward making a living. And, at a community theater in Reading, Pennsylvania, I met Bill. But I will leave that for some other time.

But certainly KC and The Sunshine band did - they were certainly not wanting to sleep alone. The #5 song for the year was Please Don't Go. While a bit on the whiny side, it is a good song, and back in the old days, KC was quite the looker!

While capturing the #4 spot, Captain & Tennille were trying to recover from some mediocre songs that rose up the charts, and be taken a bit more seriously as adults. Of course, having the Captain were a sailor's cap and sunglasses all the time didn't help matters, even if they might have been trademark apparel for the married duo. But here they tried their best to show they had soul [and sex], with Do That To Me One More Time.

#3 spot on the countdown was held by a band with one of the more interesting names in all of this. Lipps, Inc. was aiming at the dance market, and they accomplished that and more, shooting up the Pop charts with the infectious Funkytown. Who hasn't danced to this song?

Coming in at #2 for the year is the amazing Miss Diana Ross. Miss Ross had no problem jumping into the world of dance music, and did it with amazing grace and a fantastic song. Upside Down showcased her talents, from the soft tone of the delivery, to some really great phrasing. And she looks fantastic, of course.

I was kinda surprised by the #1 song of the year, even if I remember it playing everywhere. Blondie's Call Me was the main theme for Richard Gere's movie American Gigolo, combining the power of a New Wave/Punk band with the electro-talents of Giorgio Moroder. Whether you were at a club on the dance floor, or at a party with friends, this song was playing. It is a fantastic song, with Moroder's music, Debbie Harry's punch-filled lyrics, and the power of the band driving it at a furious pace.

1 comment:

  1. Every song on the Top 5 I'm a fan of.

    KC - let's start here - I still play this in the gym as of this time. I love ths song - it's one of my favourite ballads of all time. It's a great song and I think I might like it b/c it's obviously from the 80's , but b/c the emotion he sings it with makes it so sincere.

    Captain and Tenille - I absolutely love this song - I remember the Captain with his cap and glasses which was a trademark for them. You are right - it was a more mature track for them - although You Better Shop Around is a fave of mine still.

    Funky town - I dance to this and at any 80's night this song is still heard.

    Upside Down - I sing this song like a biatch - love it!

    Call Me - this song spent 6 weeks at # 1 - it was punk and new wave and was a completely different sound in the 80's pop chart compared to everything else. I do think it ushered in the 80's so it was rightfully deserving of # 1.

    Thanks for a great post - also I remember Queen with Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Pure Prarie League and Air Supple with Lost in Love....also a last memory - remember the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Magic? Oh yeah and Olivia Newton Jon and Billie Joel - OK I'll stop now!



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