Category Archives: 1980

And we’re done…

When I started this project, I had two goals. One, I wanted to do a long-form project and see it to the end. With Happy wrapping up the chart, I have accomplished that goal. Two, I wanted to understand the … Continue reading

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John Lennon – (Just Like) Starting Over

First Hit #1: December 27, 1980 There is a certain bitter irony to have this be Lennon’s posthumous hit. The song is so happy, the portrait of a content man who is just thrilled to be with his wife and … Continue reading

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Kenny Rogers – Lady

First Hit #1: November 15, 1980 I’ve said it a few times, but Lionel Richie knows his way around a love song, and he knows how to dance right up to the line that separates sentimental and cheesy and stay … Continue reading

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Barbra Streisand – Woman in Love

First Hit #1: October 25, 1980 It only makes sense that one of the biggest artists of the 70s – Barbra Streisand – would want to work with one of the other biggest artists of the 70s – the Bee … Continue reading

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Queen – Another One Bites the Dust

First Hit #1: October 4, 1980 It’s appropriate that Another One Bites the Dust was released on the album, The Game, since it is – along with Queen’s own We Will Rock You – one of the official songs of … Continue reading

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Diana Ross – Upside Down

First Hit #1: September 6, 1980 If one could summarize “Upside Down” in a sentence, it would have to be “Screw it, I want to do this anyway.” It’s both in the subject of the song – where Diana Ross … Continue reading

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Christopher Cross – Sailing

First Hit #1: August 30, 1980 At first listen, Sailing doesn’t seem to be far away from most easy listening music. It contains all of the production cliches of the era and a big chorus to draw in the listener. … Continue reading

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