Everybody Needs A Thrill


There are no one-hit wonders in this Top 20, so you are gonna get a lot of iconic 80s artists here during the week of August 31st, 1985. [Some of these songs were previously discussed here and here.]

20. Howard Jones – Life In One Day

I mentioned Godley & Creme gaining notoriety for their video production when Cry came up in the first 20. They also created videos for two other songs in this week’s Top 20 and here’s one of them.

19. Paul Young – Everytime You Go Away

Paul, this is no so such word as everytime. It doesn’t mean anything. It sounds like it does, but it doesn’t There’s everywhere, everyone, but no everytime. Oh, hold on, sorry about that. Daryl, there is no such word….

18. Sting – If You Love Somebody Set Them Free

Godley & Creme – part 2. [There’s also a Godley & Creme parody(?) in the video for #11]

17. Mötley Crüe – Smokin’ In The Boys Room

The Crue’s first Top 40 hit is a cover of Brownsville Station’s 1973 #3 smash, who were, according to them, smoking in a boy’s room. Should have stayed in school gentlemen. Also, it’s nice to know that all proceeds of Motley’s song went towards keeping Vince Neil out of jail.

16. Pointer Sisters – Dare Me

Here’s a #1 Dance track co-written by Dave Innis, a founding member of the Country band, Restless Heart. It will courageously make it up to #11 but will be the Pointer Sisters last Top 20 hit.

15. Heart – What About Love

Falling down from #10, it’s Heart’s first Top 10 in over four years. To this point, they only had three Top 10s. They would triple that number in the next five years.

14. Wham! – Freedom

When George Michael died on Christmas 2016, I remember reading an article that focused on the sadness behind their sunshiny pop songs. Now everytime, I mean every time (just checking to see if you’re paying attention) I listen to one of their songs I can hear it so clearly. Freedom is a great example of an upbeat Motown-y pop song just marinating in pain, resonating with each chorus that George pleads I don’t want your free-dom.

This will be the fourth Top 10 from Make It Big.

13. Prince & The Revolution – Pop Life

This is my jam. And no video needed to sell one of my favorite Prince songs, on its way up to #7. Recorded during the Purple Rain sessions, it was held back because Prince had already decided to move into a new musical direction and he wanted this song to be a part of it. And the boxing bell and crowd noise at the end? I remember being told it was Prince and his band being booed as the opening act on a 1981 Rolling Stones tour. Not true. It’s just stock sound effects audio. But man, imagine seeing Prince & the Stones in 81?

12. Pat Benatar – Invincible (Theme From The Legend Of Billie Jean)

This future Top 10 is the theme to a Helen Slater-led flick called The Legend Of Billie Jean, not the bartender turned Philadelphia Eagles player movie. Alas, no one in the film finds if the kid was or wasn’t Michael Jackson’s son.

11. Phil Collins – Don’t Lose My Number

Another future Top 5 for Phil the Shill, writing another song that he lyrically improvised with no meaning whatsoever. All that means is that he was churning them out so fast he didn’t even have time figure out what they meant.

Also – Great. Great sandwich!

10. Dire Straits – Money For Nothing

Dire Straits are in the Top 10 for the second time, the first in six years. Not sure if this song hits #1 for three weeks without that classic video or not. Also, I have yet to any reasonable excuse or defense for the use of the word faggot in this song. Know why? There isn’t one.

9. Billy Joel – You’re Only Human (Second Wind)

Billy Joel used up every last idea he had on An Innocent Man and started to peruse suicide prevention booklets for inspiration, racking up another Top 10 in the process. Shame, cause I loved listening to the Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2, the compilation that this single was recorded for, but I always bristled at this song. Plus my mom was always turning it up whenever it came on.  If I wasn’t thinking about killing myself then, I was by the end of the song.

8. Kool & The Gang – Cherish

Although the band had done ballads before, none were as geared towards the wedding floor as this one. After you were done with your celebration, it was time to cherish the love you had. Snooze. Just gimme the funk.

7. Corey Hart – Never Surrender

More Canadian melodrama from Corey Hart, who just peaked at #3 last week. It would be his most successful US hit.

6. Tears For Fears – Shout

Another big hit on its way down, this one from the top of the mountain. It was up there for three weeks. I wonder if the duo realized that they were writing a quintessential 80s hit when they composed this little song about political protesting.

5. Bryan Adams – Summer Of ‘69

It’s not about the year. Yeah, I know. Let’s move on.

4. Tina Turner – We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)

Tina built upon her 1984 comeback with a starring role as Aunty Entity in the sequel to The Road Warrior. Naturally, she sang the film’s theme which will make it up to #2. She will also win a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

3. Aretha Franklin – Freeway Of Love

Aretha was back and turning on a new generation to her soulful awesomeness and this song was a great vehicle for her voice. What better way to pay homage to her and the auto industry than with a groove copped from 2648 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI.

2. John Parr – St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)

THW – John Parr was asked to write a song about a film full of self-absorbed yuppies. Instead, he wrote one about a paraplegic wheeling his way across Canada. It will be #1 next week, knocking off…

1. Huey Lewis & The News – The Power Of Love

Back to the Future ruled that Summer. So naturally, a song for the film would hit #1 as well. This holds the rare feat of being a hit on the Pop, Rock, AC & Dance charts.


  • OHW – One-Hit-Wonder
  • THW – Two-Hit-Wonder
  • ML – Misheard Lyrics
  • PFK – Perfect for Karaoke
  • RAR – Rite-Aid Rock
  • RFW – Ripped from Wikipedia
  • SXMFU – A Sirius XM mistake
  • STA – Second Time Around

One Reply to “Everybody Needs A Thrill”

  1. That vid for “Life in One Day” is a bit of a tough slog. Probably hadn’t seen it since 85.

    “Freedom” has long been my favorite single from Make It Big–I totally heard (and just maybe even felt) the pain in real time.

    I’d forgotten about “Great sandwich.” The line that had always stuck with me was, “So how does it end?”


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