Originally written December 4, 2013.
‘Sup, fools? It’s just me, T10FB Guy, bringing you this week’s eagerly anticipated edition of Top 10 Flashback!
I’ve been asked to post a more, um, recent flashback, so off to the Billboard Hot 100 we go to look at this week in 1986. Be careful what you wish for… Survey dated December 6, 1986.
All right, let’s eat!
Billy Idol – To Be A Lover
I barely remember this one. Billy Idol had jumped the proverbial shark by this time. Not a terrible song, but not recommended.
Lionel Richie – Love Will Conquer All
Is it me or does Lionel look all wrong in a Mustang GT convertible? The song’s OK; one increment above the typical bland 80’s R&B ballad.
Human League – Human
So the group that gave us New Wave classics like “Don’t You Want Me” and “Fascination” wimped out in later years. A common tale.
Wang Chung – Everybody Have Fun Tonight
All right, there you go. A song about having fun that actually sounds like fun – how novel. Wang Chung took its name from the sound a guitar string makes; nothing Chinese about it.
Cameo – Word Up!
See, this list isn’t so bad. Fun and funky jam that still works today. I even liked the Korn cover.
Bangles – Walk Like An Egyptian
Bruce Hornsby and the Range – The Way It Is
What? You thought Tupac wrote this? Shame on you. Hey, he picked some good songs to sample.
Huey Lewis & The News – Hip To Be Square
I like Huey Lewis, but if you asked me to request a song of his, it probably wouldn’t be this one. Nothing wrong with it, but he’s done much better.
Bon Jovi – You Give Love A Bad Name
Well, if you’ve sat through this, you’re ready for the top of the pops! This week in 1986, Billboard magazine ranked this song number one:
Honestly? Was everybody really this wimpy then?
There you go. Now you understand why we gloss over this era.