Say Goodbye To Summer! Say Goodbye to the 1980s!
The following is a list of songs that topped the Billboard Pop Charts during the summer months of the second half of the 1980s. I offer this as my farewell kiss to summer, one of the three tolerable seasons we have in the Northeast.
OK, everyone, time to find some clothes to put on!
25) The Greatest Love of All -- Whitney Houston (1986): This song was rapidly ascending the pop charts, becoming one of those songs that no one could escape. The overly-sincere among us believed every word, while the smarty pants in the back chortled like they did at everything in life.
24) On My Own -- Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald (1986): I've already picked this as one of my worst summer songs, so I won't bother to elaborate, except to say I haven't changed my mind. Maybe I just hate mellowness?
23) Holding Back The Years -- Simply Red (1986): Mellowness in and of itself is not the problem. It's that if you listened to commercial radio in the 1980s, everything had this gloss to it. So, even if you potentially liked a song, it would get all gunked up with the rest of the mess. In a time of revolution, for instance, me and Simply Red might've made it.
22) Sledgehammer -- Peter Gabriel (1986): No kidding, I thought this was a McDonald's commercial when I first heard it. I don't listen closely to words and often substitute the ones I want over the ones that are actually there. I'm cool with Peter Gabriel, but he should've let me handle this one. I can turn a superstar into a household name among old people!