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August 11, 2019

right here waiting for you to shout out the answers
posted by soe 12:52 am

As I was driving back to my folks’ this evening, the radio station I was listening to was highlighting all the songs that were #1 on this weekend through the 1980s. Since these were the songs of my elementary and middle school days, I particularly enjoyed singing along. It is either an excellent memory booster to reach for lyrics of songs you haven’t heard in ages or a complete waste of valuable brain space. I’m going with option a.

Because I would like you to have excellent brains, too, I’m sharing the 10 songs that hit the top spot of the pop singles list the first week of each August during the 1980s. To make it a challenge for you, I’m arranging them alphabetically, and should you feel up to it, you can guess their order from 1980 to 1989.

“Every Breath You Take” by The Police

“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

“Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker, Jr.

“Glory of Love” by Peter Cetera

“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2

“Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield

“Magic” by Olivia Newton-John

“Right Here Waiting” by Richard Marx

“Roll with It” by Steve Winwood

“Shout” by Tears for Fears

I’ll be back tomorrow with the answers.

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Well! I was in grade 8 in 1980, and graduated uni in ’89, so these years have so many memory markers for me. I still won’t do well, but I’ll try! I eventually consulted my better memoried husband who knows music better than me. These are our best guesses!

80 ONJ Magic
81 Steve Winwood Roll With It
(80/81 could be reversed)
82 jessie’s girl (height of GH, so def before high school, could even be 81)
83 every breath you take (feels early HS)
84 – ghostbusters
85 Tears for Fears -shout (feels the most 80s of all for me, HS grad)
86 Glory of Love – Peter Etcetera (as we always called him)
87 eye of the tiger (I was working at kmart in uni, so could be 86)
88 Richard Marks – Right Here Waiting for You
89 u2 still haven’t found what I’m looking for (not their early stuff, and they were really big in 90s)

Comment by raidergirl3 08.11.19 @ 11:17 am