EVERY Billboard #1 hit discussion thread 1958-Present

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by alphanguy, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. Grant

    Grant Senior Member

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    Wow. We had cable as far back as 1969. Well, we got it in '69, but it came to our town in '68. Take that! Phoenix!
     
  2. Grant

    Grant Senior Member

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    I remember back in 1980 when the mall in Mesa between Longmore and Alma School was considered upscale. I first shopped at the Fascist (haha!) Fashion Square in 2007 to check out the then-new Microsoft store and no one batted an eye of me being there. Here I was driving a mid-priced Chevy among a sea of BMWs, Mecedes, and Audis. Saw a Lexus or two. Maybe a caddy.:)
     
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  3. The Slug Man

    The Slug Man Forum Resident

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    Around spring '84 was when I started watching MTV specifically for ZZ Top's "Legs." I loved that song and its video. However, once my local radio station (G105 in Durham) started playing "Legs," they were playing a more pop-oriented mix, with much lighter guitars and a seemingly faster beat. It was so dorky to me. It made the one they played on MTV sound like Black Sabbath.
     
  4. The Slug Man

    The Slug Man Forum Resident

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    "Footloose"

    '80s Loggins is a different beast compared to '70s Loggins, that's for sure. He's lucky he found that soundtrack niche for several years. I don't know the backstory behind his getting involved with "da movies," but he must have just lucked into it to an extent. I remember the Rolling Stone album guide saying Footloose was about a hip kid who moves to a small town and teaches them all how to dance...an astonishing premise for a movie with a Kenny Loggins theme song. :D

    "Footloose" seemed like a fun, summer hit several months before it was even summer. It was popular at my school, but not Michael Jackson/Van Halen level popular. This was also around the time that break dancing (or "breakin") got popular.

    I saw Footloose a few years later on HBO and was surprised at how dark it was compared to most of the music featured on it. This was not a typical teen movie like Fast Times, Porky's, or Ferris Bueller. At least that's how I remembered it at that time.
     
  5. The Slug Man

    The Slug Man Forum Resident

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    I meant to say yesterday that for me, Cyndi Lauper jumped the shark around '85, when she got really involved with wrestling. I know that she had some wrestlers in her videos from the very start, but it wasn't as overt. At one point she was emceeing matches and participating in the made-up soap operas going on between the players. Of all the mid '80s fads, I never got into wrestling.
     
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  6. Cheevyjames

    Cheevyjames Forum Resident

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    Kenny Loggins - Footloose

    Ah, the king of 80's soundtracks. I'm not going to deny that he wrote a lot of catchy songs during this decade. All of those soundtrack songs are permanently ingrained in my brain. I know I liked them as a kid. Little kids like stupid catchy songs. When I hear this now I do hear the hooks, but damn that chorus is obnoxious with all those forced rhymes. The overly-country vocal in the verses doesn't work for me either. I'd be fine with never hearing this tune again. Footloose was Loggins' only #1 - he has another huge hit coming up in a couple of years, but that one topped out at #2. I think that one's a much better song too.

    Video thoughts: nothing but scenes from the movie, which consists of Kevin Bacon drinking and then dancing alone. Utterly boring.

    That video looks like it cost less to make than than Van Halen's Jump!
     
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  7. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

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    :agree:
     
  8. AppleBonker

    AppleBonker Forum Resident

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    Ah, my mistake, that was the adult contemporary chart where it got to #3. Don't know why it gave me the wrong chart when I searched this time. Carry on!
     
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  9. AppleBonker

    AppleBonker Forum Resident

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    That's a better song to be honest.
     
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  10. AppleBonker

    AppleBonker Forum Resident

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    Maybe hanging out with Michael Jackson rubbed off on him?

    I see this is a lesser McCartney song to be sure, but I always liked it. The high pitched parts are actually cool because he so rarely does that sort of thing. I like having Ringo in the video, too, and I think that's Eric Stewart from 10cc as well (he played on the recording).
     
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  11. AppleBonker

    AppleBonker Forum Resident

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    McKean also almost joined the Left Banke, famous for Walk Away Renee. It's a pretty interesting story.

    After their two hits and their first album, the main artistic force in the Left Banke, Michael Brown, decided to form a new Left Banke for touring purposes; the original band was at that point not currently playing together. McKean was to be part of that touring band. Brown then recorded a single with a bunch of session musicians, not including McKean, and released it as the Left Banke. No one told the original band members about any of this, so they went to the press with their anger. Radio DJs decided the new single, 'And Suddenly/Ivy Ivy', was not legit and didn't play it. The song tanked, and the group never recovered.

    In the end, McKean never played with the Left Banke after all; the touring group fell apart after And Suddenly bombed. The group the Cherry People did cover And Suddenly in 1968 and scored a minor hit, reaching 45 on the charts. And now you know... the rest of the story. :cool:

     
  12. Hoover Factory

    Hoover Factory Old Dude Who Knows Things

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    Question: When you hear songs like “Footloose” or “Maniac” - do you think of the singer or a movie clip? Every time I hear, “I’m Alright” - I never think of Kenny Loggins, I think of the gopher in “Caddyshack”
     
  13. Jmac1979

    Jmac1979 Forum Resident

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    Sembello yes, Loggins no. Michael had success as a sideman and producer, but as performer is solely known for having one hit single from Flashdance. Kenny had a lot of hits besides Footloose so it's easier to think of him
     
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  14. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

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    I typically think of the movie, not Loggins. But agree with @Jmac1979 that Loggins at least had an image apart from the songs for movies. I couldn't even picture what Sembello looks like in my mind, and I think I'm the one who recently posted his follow-up video to "Maniac" upthread...
     
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  15. bare trees

    bare trees Forum Resident

    Footloose : I was never a big fan of this song but I can appreciate it as a catchy, well produced single that connected with a wide audience. I also have to hand it to Kenny Loggins for successfully reinventing himself for the MTV era, something that many of his contemporaries weren't able to do.

    Give It Up: Loved this song. It was great to hear KC on the radio again.
     
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  16. sunspot42

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    I suspect he was brighter than most of his contemporaries and didn't have a stick up his rump. Most of his big hits have some unusual, creative touches, like that funky intro to "This Is It" or the overall wackiness of "I'm Alright". I mean, his breakthru was "Your Mamma Don't Dance", which itself is pretty common denominator but also very humorous.
     
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  17. Geee!

    Geee! Senior Member

    "Footloose" is a better song now as a 53 y.o. than when I was a teen. I got sick of hearing it.

    Not as good as "I'm Alright" but better than "Danger Zone".

    I had never heard "Give It Up" until now. It stalled at #43 in Canada which explains why. Not really my jam, but I appreciate his little dance in the video.
     
  18. ronm

    ronm audiofreak

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    I was never a big movie person either.Music is what grabbed a hold of me.Have never seen either of those.I watched Footloose a few years ago and it was ok.I think I didn't care for the soundtrack which is no surprise as my teeth had been cut on music about ten years earlier.
     
  19. Grant

    Grant Senior Member

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    I'm not a movie person either, but back in the 80s I was renting movies all over the place. I had quite a collection of some classics.
     
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  20. Jrr

    Jrr Forum Resident

    Geez, pretty cheapo indeed! However, he couldn’t get a major US label interested in even releasing Give It Up, though it seems like it would have been an obvious hit. He found some little no name small label to put it out, and the fact that it got air play and did reasonably well (no thanks to that video I assume) shows a good song still had a chance. It did get included on a vinyl import compilation by Epic a few years later.
     
  21. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus

    "Footloose" is a certainly a hook-fest, which I respect,and normally it would be enough for me to like a song; but it's one of the few big hits that I really dislike from this era; oh, it brings back a certain mid-80s nostalgia, but it played in my market well into the late 80s very regularly and after a while it really, really, really really Grates.

    My own music from this year and really 1983 too tends to be almost exclusively alternative music, with the exceptions of Prince/Springsteen/Madonna/Wham! all of whom I love.
     
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  22. ronm

    ronm audiofreak

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    Some people may not be aware but movies back in the very early 80s were about $80.I told my 17 year old and she said...whaat?
     
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  23. bare trees

    bare trees Forum Resident

    I'm surprised that "Give It Up" only topped out at #43 up here. I do remember it getting a decent amount of airplay at the time.
     
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  24. bare trees

    bare trees Forum Resident

    Here is what our chart looked like the week "Footloose" hit number 1 up here.

    April 14, 1984

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  25. bare trees

    bare trees Forum Resident

    One of my favorites from this era is "I Want You Back" by Sherry Kean, a Canadian hit that was about to peak at 16 on the RPM charts. I don't believe it got any traction in the States.

     

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