THIRTY years ago? Whoa.
People not even alive in 1983 are familiar with at least some of these.
10> Don't Cry - Asia
The type of big sounding early 80's arena rock that our sister station, 100.7 WMMS used to crank out back in the day. These guys had the biggest album of '82. Was "Heat Of The Moment" ever featured in Guitar Hero? It damn well shoulda been.
9> Making Love Out Of Nothing At All - Air Supply
If you think this sounds like Meat Loaf on helium, you're not too far off. Loaf's main writer Jim Steinman was also behind this over-the-top chunk of Australian soft rock power ballad Epicness. He wrote this one and, incidentally, the #4 song this week too. I think Rihanna should cover this. Consider that my copyright.
8> Puttin' On The Ritz - Taco
Slow groove techno-pop remake of the 1929 (I Googled that) Irving Berlin tune (I didn't Google that). One of my favorite songs as a kid.
7> Human Nature - Michael Jackson
1983 was the year of Michael Jackson. Heck, he didn't even have to make a video for this one - his 5th consecutive top 10 hit plucked from "Thriller". There would be 2 others. Katy Perry eat your heart out.
6> Every Breath You Take - The Police
A pop classic - Even if Biggie were still alive. This was the "Song Of The Summer" that year. The "Blurred Lines" of its time.
5> Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) - Eurythmics
Here's another one of those songs everyone knows. Everyone. MTV banged it. Pop radio. Modern rock radio. R&B radio. Even the station your Mom listened to. People still react to this song in the clubs. Not "I Love Rock & Roll"/"Livin' On A Prayer"/"Pour Some Sugar On Me" type reactions, but they seem to dig it. Three decades later. That's no small feat.
4> Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Bonnie Tyler
#9 w/ boobs. Only waaaay overplayed. This is song is five and a half minutes long. Radio stations could play a five and a half minute song in 1983 but I can't play the album version of "Holy Grail"? in 2013. That's bogus.
3> The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
Montreal represent! I was pissed 'cuz the version that was on the record wasn't the one you heard on the radio. It was the version in the video w/ the midgets. Sorry... "little people". Hey, back in '83 they were "midgets", okay? It was a different time, y'know? Here are both versions for your viewing/listening pleasure.
2> Tell Her About It - Billy Joel
This throwback to sixties Motown was dude's 2nd #1 hit. In other words, more time has elapsed between "Tell Her About It" and today, than the Supremes & Billy Joel? That's scary. BTW, anyone remember "Friday Night Videos"? That was NBC's weekly late night music video show. They played the poop out of this one.
1> Maniac - Michael Sembello
The most EIGHTIES sounding song on the whole list. I really wonder how many Kiss FM listeners even know this song. It's not like "Flashdance" is "Ferris Bueller" or "The Breakfast Club". I used to get pissed off during the Napster/Kazaa-era because people would mistakenly list the artist of this has "Hall & Oates". They did "Maneater". Not "Maniac". "Maneater>>>>>>"Maniac".