This Week In The 80s

This Week In The 80s

Let's talk about all the songs that were peaking in popularity on the American pop music charts... This Week In The 80s!... Show More

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#TWIT80s. The legendary Sean Ross (Radio & Records, Billboard, Ross On Radio) joins me to talk pop in the spring of '81. PLUS - my first 45, childhood memories that scarred me for life (kinda). An appreciation of 98 WCAU-FM/Philadelphia. Not one, but THREE "Daryl Hall John Oates" bangers! A semi-rant on alternative music snobbery. Metallica goes pop... and obscure 80s hair products! Lady GaGa completists will want t...


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March 29, 2020 124 min
#TWIT80s - Episode #31. It's the 1st week of April... in the 80s! A deep dive detour into the 1980 Primetime TV Season. The last thing John Lennon ever played on was a stiff at pop, but a hit in the discos. The follow-up to the longest running #1 song of the 1980s. The Oak Ridge Boys get problematic. The best new-jack swing song ever. The 1967 stiff that finally went pop... 21 years later. The unfortunate story of Milli Vanilli...




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March 22, 2020 132 min
Episode #30: Austria is in the house! PLUS - Pac-Man and Geddy Lee both go pop... in the same week. Was this REALLY the 1st "rap song" to go #1? Is THIS the best power-pop song of the entire decade? A TON of 1983 tidbits -Why did my Mom give me the haircut of an early 80s British pop-soul frontman? Hugh Padgham: Unsung Hero Of The Phil Collins Drum Sound! ....and... the 1st time I had Chicken McNuggets!!! (DUN-DUN-DUN!). H...

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March 15, 2020 137 min
#TWIT80s: Episode 29. Yappin' about all the songs that were peaking in popularity "This Week In The 80s" - the 3rd week of March. The #1 hit every pop radio station in Los Angeles ignored in 1980. My sister's first 45. Steve Perry cuts his hair. The confusing trajectory of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's success in America. The hip-hop classic that spawned a bevy of "answer records". More mid-80s R&B che...

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#TWIT80s. It's the 2nd week of March, "This Week In The 80s" Japanese Kraftwerk. Why did my Dad break some of my records... on purpose?!? The corner store clerk I "bullied" in 1984. Clint Eastwood hits the chart with a country collab??? The 1st song Elvis Duran ever played *on a major-market radio station*. PLUS - Lisa Rinna of "Melrose Place", before all the plastic surgery. Tons o' Oprah Soul, hi-N...

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#TWIT80s. All the songs that peaked in popularity the 1st week of March, "This Week In The 80s!". Not one, but TWO pivotal songs that peaked (in different years) this week from the truly iconic (there's that word again!) album, "Thriller" by Michael Jackson. Also - a fair share of "Middle Of The Road" tracks from some "soft & easy" favorites. Stevie Wonder goes... country? In the 80s??? The R...

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February 24, 2020 105 min
#TWIT80s. Episode #26. Yappin' about all the songs that peaked in popularity on the American pop music charts "This Week In The 80s", the 4th week of February. Journey's biggest hit, reggae on the radio in 1983. Spot the difference in Van Halen's "Jump" video. The top 5 hit that made Bruce Springsteen upset. PLUS - how do YOU pronounce "Sade?" All that and much more... It's "This Week In ...

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#TWIT80s. Episode #25. All the songs that peaked in popularity the 3rd week of February, "This Week In The 80s". We'll talk about pop's connection to daytime soaps and I'll enlighten you on my first concert experience (at age 7!) PLUS - did U2 rip-off A-Ha's folllow-up to "Take On Me"? The 80s movie soundtrack stiff that inspired "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car" and I tell you about t...

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#TWIT80s - Episode #24. All the songs that peaked in popularity the 2nd week of February... "This Week In The 80s". The beardiest and Ohio-est episode yet! Fans of Randy Newman & Toto please take caution - this may be a rough listen! All that and a garage full of Hawaiian Punch!
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#TWIT80s. All the songs that peaked in popularity the 2nd week of February - "This Week In The 80s". What do Run-DMC, Cameo and the '85 Chicago Bears have in common? PLUS - THIS was Paul McCartney's final top 10 hit?!? What genre IS "Karma Chameleon?". The video that "aroused" my 7th grade mind... and a short, but sweet editorial comment (read: rant) on "music research". Thank you for listeni...

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January 27, 2020 106 min
#TWIT80s. Incessant babbling about all the songs that peaked in popularity "This Week In The 80s' - 4th week of January. Is this #1 pop, dance/disco, R&B hit the "Greatest Song Of The 80s?" Your host seems to think it may be! PLUS - Madonna's first, Marvin's last, Medley mania, vintage shampoos, Christian Metal and... Ray Parker Jr: Man Slut! This thing is SOPPING with David Foster. Thanks for listening!...

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#TWIT80S- Episode #21. Let's chat about every single song to peak on the American pop music charts "This Week In The 80s" - the 3rd week of January. Is Peter Cetera... GOTH??? Michael Jackson gets grey, PUNK goes pop, Billy Joel at the correct speed, singing raisins (Whaaat???)... and what do Bob Seger and yours truly have in common?!? Thanks for listening! #TWIT80s

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January 13, 2020 102 min
#TWIT80s - Episode #20! Let's get "granular" with all the songs that peaked in popularity on the American pop music charts, the 2nd week of January. Hip-hop starts to go pop thanks to two very different "novelty" records. Not one, but three different "soap stars" have chart entries we'll talk about. PLUS - what went wrong with Diana Ross in the 80s, some Men At Work bottlenecking and the Fleetwood M...

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January 6, 2020 68 min
#TWIT80s Episode #19 - All the songs that peaked in popularity on the American pop music charts "This Week In The 80s" - the 1st week of January. Including the 1st #1 hit of the 1980s PLUS my rant against Andy Taylor (formerly) of Duran Duran. And a song so bad, cocaine MUST have been involved at least on some level. Happy New Year! Thanks for listening, sharing and subscribing. Please leave a review on iTunes to help sprea...

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#TWIT80s - The national music charts always took the last week of the year off, but not "My Top 10" - That's the chart I made each week between January 1985 (age 10) and October 1990 (age 16). In this episode, I'll review my top 10s "This Week In The 80s" between 1985 and 1989. Happy New Year!!!! New episodes every Monday. Thanks for listening! #TWIT80s
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December 23, 2019 109 min
#TWIT80s. Episode #17. It's Christmas week in the 80s! We'll go thru all the songs that peaked in popularity Christmas week in the 80s- and I'll discuss some of my more memorable Christmas gifts in the 80s. From Mr. Microphone to the Casio Sk-1 Digital Sampling Keyboard to my 1st CD player. Whoaaaaa! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & thanks for listening! #TWIT80s

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#TWIT80s - Ep. #16: All the songs that peaked in popularity the 3rd week of December, "This Week In The 80s". Pat Benatar's 1st top 10, Madonna's 1st "number one", Kiss' first chart hit without the make-up and the iconic 80's song that ONLY got as high... as #9??? All that & more on another fun-filled, exciting (debatable!) episode of "This Week In The 80s!". Thanks for listening. Please ...
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December 9, 2019 74 min
#TWIT80s - Episode 15/December Week 2. My apology to Billy Joel PLUS the song that George Michael ripped-off for "I Want Your Sex", my all time favorite Police song, the Motley Crue stiff inspired by... Jack Wagner??? And... an unfortunate Queen tidbit they left out of that revisionist "Bohemian Rhapsody" movie! Drink everytime I use the word "iconic". You'll be hammered by the time we get to '83! It...
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#TWIT80s - Ep. 14/December Week 1. We may have found the worst song of the 80s! PLUS - Paul Shaffer keyboard solos, new wave Earth, Wind & Fire, hip-hop Hall & Oates, the mastermind behind both Alanis Morrissette & a mid-80s TV soap star, Barbara Streisand & Don Johnson cover.... Juice Newton AND a top 50 orgasm that would make even Donna Summer blush. It's the "Worst Episode Ever"... It's the 1st we...

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#TWIT80s- Ep. #13 - All the songs that peaked in popularity the last week of November "This Week In The 80s". The longest running #2 hit of the 80s (or all-time?). Are we adding Barry Manilow to the "Jerk List?" PLUS - The unsung hero of the Lionel Richie sound. The only top 40 hit by my all-time favorite female artist.... and the moment Phil Collins "jumped the shark!". Plus MUCH more! Thanks for listening....

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