Top Songs the Week of Nov. 11, 1982

According to Rolling Stones, here are the songs topping the charts 30 years ago this month.

10. Diana Ross “Muscles”

9.  Michael McDonald “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)”

8.  America “You Can Do Magic”

7.  John Cougar “Jack & Diane”

6.  Men at Work “Who Can It Be Now?”

5.  Neil Diamond “Heartlight”

Click here to see more about “Heartlight” and E.T.

4.  Laura Branigan “Gloria”

3.   Olivia Newton-John “Heart Attack”

2.  Lionel Richie “Truly”

1.  Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes “Up Where We Belong” from An Officer and a Gentleman

 

And according to Rolling Stone, here are the top 10 songs according to itunes this week.

10  Taylor Swift  “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

9.  Flo Rida “I Cry”

8.  Taylor Swift “Red”

7. fun. “Some Nights”

6.  Rihanna “Diamonds”

5. Taylor Swift “I Knew You Were Trouble”

4. Maroon 5 “One More Night”

3. Ke$ha “Die Young”

2. Bruno Mars “Locked Out of Heaven”

1. Psy “Gangman Style”

 

I ask you then, which week featured better music?

 

The Music of When Harry Met Sally…

 

I can model nice looking coats and sing, too.

The last two reviews of When Harry Met Sally… reminded me that the soundtrack to the film was the big breakout moment for Harry Connick, Jr., who many compared to Frank Sinatra.

The soundtrack contains classic films reinterpreted by Connick as well as a few of his own compositions, I believe.

Here is the video to the main song of the film:  “It Had to Be You.”


 

 

Janet Jackson fix

You got that right, Janet. It’s alright with me, too.

Driving into school this afternoon for my daughter’s violin lesson, this Janet Jackson song popped up on the ipod shuffle feature.  (Actually, all week the shuffle has been bringing up Michael and Janet Jackson.)  This song, though, had me busting moves down Orange Avenue.  See if you can resist.

 

 

“Jessie’s Girl” sung in New York Subway

 

“I wanna make her mine…”

Rick Springfield, 80s heart throb, actor and singer, appeared on the New York Subway, guitar in hand, to lead commuters on a sing a long of his biggest hit “Jessie’s Girl.”

Here is the original version.

 

And here is the version under the city streets of Manhattan.

http://youtu.be/kFQsVdm3PlU

 

Which sounds better?

E.T. turns 30

 

In 1982 E.T. was ubiquitous with that freaking finger that glowed. Neil Diamond got into the act and wrote the song “Heartlight.”

Has it really been 30 years since E.T. premiered?

Apparently.

Henry Thomas in the link above visited the Today show and shared memories about the shoot.

In addition Entertainment Weekly featured an interview with Spielberg, Barrymore and Thomas about the filming of the movie.  Click here to read the interview.

Neil Diamond’s song  “Heartlight”
http://youtu.be/jOVc4TMjHpk

 

And the lyrics to “Heartlight”–Do you see the E.T. connection?

 

Come back again
I want you to stay next time
‘Cause sometimes the world ain’t kind
When people get lost like you and me

I just made a friend
A friend is someone you need
But now that he had to go away
I still feel the words that he might say

Turn on your heartlight
Let it shine wherever you go
Let it make a happy glow
For all the world to see
Turn on your heartlight
In the middle of a young boy’s dream
Don’t wake me up too soon
Gonna take a ride across the moon
You and me

He’s lookin’ for home
‘Cause everyone needs a place
And home’s the most excellent place of all
And I’ll be right here if you should call me

Turn on your heartlight
Let it shine wherever you go
Let it make a happy glow
For all the world to see
Turn on your heartlight
In the middle of a young boy’s dream
Don’t wake me up too soon
Gonna take a ride across the moon
You and me

And home’s the most excellent place of all
And I’ll be right here if you should call me
Turn on your heartlight
Let it shine wherever you go
Let it make a happy glow
For all the world to see
Turn on your heartlight
In the middle of a young boy’s dream
Don’t wake me up too soon
Gonna take a ride across the moon
You and me
Turn on your heartlight now
Turn on your heartlight now

Top 10 Songs 25 Years Ago

According to Rolling Stone, here are the top 10 songs during this week 25 years ago (Oct. 1987)

Clearly, “Casanova” perhaps sums up perfectly what was wrong with music from the 80s, while “Lost in Emotion” captures the sense of fun of the music of the 80s.

 

1.  “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake

2.  “Lost in Emotion” by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam

3.  “Carrie” by Europe

4.  “I Heard A Rumor” by Bananarama

5. “U Got the Look”  by Prince


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6.  “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” by Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston – Didn’t We Almost Have It All (Official Music Video).

7.  “Who Will You Run To” by Heart

8.  “Bad” by Michael Jackson


9.  “Paper in Fire” by John Cougar Mellencamp

10.  “Casanova” by Levert

 

Pet Shop Boys’ New Album

“West End Girls” was a huge hit in the 1980s.  While some might consider The Pet Shop Boys to be a one-hit wonder, they actually have a long list of hits.

And here we are in 2012 and the band is releasing yet another album.  Check out the story here:  Latest Release from Pet Shop Boys in the Wall Street Journal

And while you read the article, give a listen to their biggest hit.