AMERICAN TOP 40- THE 1980’S- WEEK OF JULY 18, 1981

Kim Carnes – Bette Davis Eyes (1997, CD) - Discogs

American Top 40- The 1980’s- Week of July 18, 1981. A very good week- I see I handed out 16 A grades- I think my favorite of the bunch is the one at #1- ‘Bette Davis Eyes’

1 1 BETTE DAVIS EYES –•– Kim Carnes (EMI-America)-17 (9 weeks at #1) (1) A+
2 2 ALL THOSE YEARS AGO –•– George Harrison (Dark Horse)-9 (2) A+
3 3 THE ONE THAT YOU LOVE –•– Air Supply (Arista)-10 (3) C-
4 4 JESSIE’S GIRL –•– Rick Springfield (RCA)-17 (4) A
5 5 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS –•– Daryl Hall and John Oates (RCA)-12 (5) A
6 6 ELVIRA –•– The Oak Ridge Boys (MCA)-10 (6) D
7 8 THEME FROM “GREATEST AMERICAN HERO” (Believe It Or Not) –•– Joey Scarbury (Elektra)-11 (7) C-
8 9 I DON’T NEED YOU –•– Kenny Rogers (Liberty)-6 (8)C
9 10 SLOW HAND –•– The Pointer Sisters (Planet)-8 (9) A
10 16 BOY FROM NEW YORK CITY –•– The Manhattan Transfer (Atlantic)-9 (10) A-

11 13 HEARTS –•– Marty Balin (EMI-America)-9 (11) C
12 7 MEDLEY: INTRO VENUS/SUGAR SUGAR/NO REPLY/I’LL BE BACK/DRIVE MY CAR/
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET/WE CAN WORK IT OUT/I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN
BETTER/NOWHERE MAN/YOU’RE GOING TO LOSE THAT GIRL/STARS ON 45 –•– Stars On 45 (Radio Records)-15 (1)B-
13 15 GEMINI DREAM –•– The Moody Blues (Threshold)-7 (13) B
14 11 A WOMAN NEEDS LOVE (Just Like You Do) –•– Ray Parker, Jr. and Raydio (Arista)-20 (4) B
15 12 THIS LITTLE GIRL –•– Gary U.S. Bonds (EMI-America)-13 (11) A-
16 21 QUEEN OF HEARTS –•– Juice Newton (Capitol)-8 (16) A
17 18 WINNING –•– Santana (Columbia)-15 (17) B+
18 19 MODERN GIRL –•– Sheena Easton (EMI-America)-11 (18) A-
19 20 TIME –•– The Alan Parsons Project (Arista)-14 (19) B
20 14 AMERICA –•– Neil Diamond (Capitol)-13 (8) B

21 17 SUKIYAKI- A TASTE OF HONEY [Capitol] -20 [3] B+
22 24 SEVEN YEAR ACHE –•– Rosanne Cash (Columbia)-13 (22) A+
23 27 TOUCH ME WHEN WE’RE DANCING –•– The Carpenters (A&M)-5 (23) B
24 26 SWEET BABY –•– Stanley Clarke/George Duke (Epic)-12 (24) B
25 28 THE STROKE –•– Billy Squier (Capitol)-10 (25) B
26 32 (There’s) NO GETTIN’ OVER ME –•– Ronnie Milsap (RCA)-4 (26) B
27 31 IT’S NOW OR NEVER –•– John Schneider (Scotti Brothers)-8 (27) C
28 29 DON’T LET HIM GO –•– REO Speedwagon (Epic)-6 (28) C
29 35 LADY (You Bring Me Up) –•– The Commodores (Motown)-5 (29) B-
30 30 STRONGER THAN BEFORE –•– Carole Bayer Sager (Boardwalk)-10 (30) C

31 33 IN THE AIR TONIGHT –•– Phil Collins (Atlantic)-8 (31) A+
32 37 URGENT –•– Foreigner (Atlantic)-3 (32) A
33 39 THE BREAKUP SONG (They Don’t Write ‘Em) –•– The Greg Kihn Band (Beserkley)-9 (33)A
34 34 A LIFE OF ILLUSION –•– Joe Walsh (Asylum)-9 (34) A
35 38 DOUBLE DUTCH BUS –•– Frankie Smith (WMOT)-10 (35) A
36 36 I LOVE YOU –•– The Climax Blues Band (Warner Brothers)-22 (12) B-
37 22 IS IT YOU –•– Lee Ritenour (with Eric Tagg) (Elektra)-13 (15) C
38 54 ENDLESS LOVE –•– Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (Motown)-2 (38) D
39 42 ROCK AND ROLL DREAMS COME THROUGH –•– Jim Steinman (with Rory Dodd) (Cleveland International)-8 (39)C
40 44 GIVE IT TO ME BABY –•– Rick James (Gordy)-8 (40) A

5 responses to “AMERICAN TOP 40- THE 1980’S- WEEK OF JULY 18, 1981

  1. Oh jeez. I have tried to forget those years of music. Kim Carnes has a voice like a bad transmission going out. How in the world did she get a recording contract? Sheena Easton burned out much too soon. The only thing good about the 80s was Miami Vice.

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