Category Archives: 1981

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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Olivia Newton-John – Physical

First Hit #1: November 21, 1981 What makes a good music video? It’s something that came to mind while watching the video for Physical, a song about taking a trip to the bone zone, so to speak. The song itself … Continue reading

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Daryl Hall and John Oates – Private Eyes

First Hit #1: November 7, 1981 It was mentioned in a comment elsewhere, but I think I might have to declare 1981 as the year of the hand clap. Jessie’s Girl, Bette Davis Eyes, this song, it was as though … Continue reading

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Christopher Cross – Arthur’s Theme (The Best that You Can Do)

First Hit #1: October 17, 1981 Christopher Cross’ last song to show up here was basically a tribute to the joy of being alone. Now he makes a song that merely sounds like a tribute to being alone, since the … Continue reading

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Lionel Richie and Diana Ross – Endless Love

First Hit #1: August 15, 1981 I was briefly tempted to start this with the same line I’ve used twice for Lionel Richie tracks, but I didn’t think it would be a fresh joke anymore. Anyway, Lionel Richie and Diana … Continue reading

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Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl

First Hit #1: August 1, 1981 My enduring memory of this is drunkenly singing this to the wife of a man named Jessie, because I thought it was funny and totally appropriate at the time. As mentioned, I was very … Continue reading

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Air Supply – The One that you Love

First Hit #1: July 25, 1981 In the beginning, The One that You Love is a pretty simple song. Just voice and piano, a classic combination that never really goes out of style. And when it comes to ballads, that’s … Continue reading

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