The Change Is Gonna Come


It is folks. It most definitely is. I got a good feeling.

Here’s the Top 20 from December 8th, 1984.

20. Jack Wagner – All I Need

OHW – When Rock Springfield left General Hospital in 1983, the producers tried to create a new singing doctor for the show, which is why this exists. Unfortunately, they forgot that Rick had talent and a decade and a half of music experience when they hired Jack. That’s probably why this future Top 10 will be his only hit.

19. Billy Ocean – Caribbean Queen (No More Love On the Run)

PD – Here’s Billy’s second hit in the Top 40 and first #1 with an eight-letter title. He’s in for at least two more of those before the decade is over.

18. Huey Lewis & The News – Walking On A Thin Line

Huey and the guys had a streak of 11 Top 10 hits out of 12. This is the one that didn’t make it, sitting at its peak this week. A forgotten and rare serious song in their catalog that tells the tale of the story of a soldier making emotional adjustments coming home from war.

17. Corey Hart – It Ain’t Enough

Corey politely sits at his song’s final resting place as his second Top 20 of the year. It’s not remembered as well as it should be.

16. Julian Lennon – Valotte

Four years after his dad was murdered in NY, son Julian has a song in the Top 20 destined to crack the Top 10. Everyone was amazed at how much he sounded like John, and that doubt added to his success. This song was inspired by and written in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, as he recorded his debut there. But it also sounds like a thinly veiled homage to his father.

15. Prince & the Revolution – Purple Rain

PD – I miss this dude. Also, Dewey Bunnell would like his royalty check or at least a nice edible arrangement.

14. Sheena Easton – Strut

PD – Sheena pouts and walks out the door as her former #7 hit tumbles down the charts. Her next single will be a blush-inducing collaboration with the artist at #15.

13. Survivor – I Can’t Hold Back

If I heard someone say that they can’t hold back and that they’re on the edge, I’m calling a suicide prevention hotline for them. Or at least making them watch this.

12. Tina Turner – Better Be Good To Me

PD – Damn right, you better. In addition to being on the megasmash Private Dancer album, this former Top 5 will also be included the Miami Vice soundtrack next Fall.

11. Madonna – Like A Virgin

Madonna is a world-class button pusher. She always knows the right ones to press to get the result she’s after. Who else in their right mind would record a song with this title then roll around the stage in a wedding dress while she sings it? This Tom Kelly/Billy Steinberg composition will hit #1 and stay on top during the holiday season for six weeks.

Also, this is Chic with Madonna singing lead, so you can’t lose.

10. Pat Benatar – We Belong

PFK – All of the songs in the Top 10 either hold steady or move up. This one moves up for notches on the way to garnering Pat back to back #5s. Also, if someone you’re dating sings this to you at karaoke, you better into them or run like hell.

9. New Edition – Cool It Now

Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, and Mike, if I like the girl, who cares who you like? Lead singer Ralph Tresvant tries to downplay his machismo and show his sensitive side in this proto new jack jam, which owes as much to doo-wop as it does to hip-hop.

Fun fact: Ralph Tresvant had a Top 10 hit in 1991 called Sensitivity.

8. Lionel Richie – Penny Lover

What the hell is a penny lover? I imagine it’s someone who walks along the beach staring at the sand with a metal detector in their hand. Yeah, I’d ask them to walk on by.

7. The Honeydrippers – Sea Of Love

THW – This was Robert Plant’s first appearance in the Top 10 since early 1970 when he sang Whole Lotta Love. Jeff Beck played the guitar solo on Rod Stewart’s Infatuation, which hit the Top 10 earlier this year as well as on the #12 song. And then there’s Nile Rodgers, who plays rhythm guitar on this and has two other songs in the Top 20 that he produced.

6. Paul McCartney – No More Lonely Nights

RAR – When you wite a lot of great songs, the good ones are going to be largely forgotten. But as you wait in line at your local CVS and this comes on, you know you’re gonna light up and think, “Wow. I forgot about this one.” And it comes complete with two tasty solos from David Gilmour.

5. Cyndi Lauper – All Through The Night

Here’s the fourth straight Top 5 hit from She’s So Unusual. It’s a Jules Shear cover, originally recorded for his 1983 Watch Dog LP.

4. Duran Duran – The Wild Boys

D2 loved Nile Rodgers’ work on The Reflex remix so much, they hired him again to produce a one-off single that was included on their live album, Arena. It will only rise #2. I can only imagine what this hysterically dramatic tune sounded like before Nile polished it up.

3. Chaka Khan – I Feel For You

THW, PD – Take a Prince song, add a rap by Melle Mel, a harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder, let Arif Mardin produce it and let Chaka Khan wail on it. That’s how you create a monster hit. It also features a sample of Stevie’s Fingertips Pt 2 in there as well. Now turn it up and pop and lock to your heart’s delight.

2. Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

PD – Wham!’s first #1 finally slips off the mountain. But don’t worry, the ride’s just begun. In a few weeks, Careless Whisper will debut on the Hot 100 at #37.

1. Daryl Hall & John Oates – Out Of Touch (1 wk at #1)

PD – Hall & Oates cap off an incredible run during the first half of the 80s with another #1. After releasing heir ninth studio album, Voices in 1980, this is what they accomplished: 14 Top 40 hits, 11 Top 10s, 5 #1s. They had 7 Top 40 hits in the 70 and will generate another 8 after this leaves the top.


  • OHW – One-Hit-Wonder
  • THW – Two-Hit-Wonder
  • PD – Previously Discussed
  • PFK – Perfect for Karaoke
  • RAR – Rite-Aid Rock
  • STA – Second Time Around
  • SXMFU – SiriusXM Mistake



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