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The Top 40 "Re-Poll" ... June 9, 1984 (VOTES TABULATED)

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Bubbler, Jun 4, 2009.

  1. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    The bullshit's been thick around here lately. The sword of Damocles is over us all. People (including me) are getting furloughed, getting their pay cut or losing their jobs. Tension and uncertainty are high, confidence is low.

    Sadly, there's really not much we can do about it, so lets have some mindless fun.

    BYH and I had a blast last April live blogging the American Top 40 broadcast off XM. Ever since, we've been hunting around for a concept that would be just as fun, but would include everyone. The following is what I came up with, BYH is working like a mad scientist on his.

    Additionally, I'm fascinated by the way we perceive "then" versus "now" in all aspects of life, but in particular, with pop culture. Shit we thought was huge "back then" sometimes wasn't huge at all ... and vice versa. Songs played on the radio ad nauseum today might have been obscure in their time and songs long forgotten were big charters.

    If you listen to AT40 on XM/Sirius as regularly as I do, that point is driven home every week. Revisionist history is powerful.

    However, counterfactual history is a lot more fun, hence the concept of a Top 40 re-poll.

    The concept
    The concept is simple, we re-vote on the songs that polled on a certain week in a certain year. All songs that made the top 40 on that week chosen are eligible.

    In addition, 10 more songs outside the top 40, but inside the Hot 100, will also be eligible to be voted upon as chosen by me. The "extra 10" will be based on influence not recognized at the time, camp value, or its debut in the poll, etc.

    The only rule is that I won't pick a "known" song that is falling down the charts, because its time had passed. I know my music pretty well across all forms, so I have a pretty good eye for what to pick.

    I'll be fair too and keep my own biases out of it as best I can ... if Rush had one of their popular songs peak at 55 (showing obvious taste on the part of the nation at the time), then I'll put it in the pool.

    As for the polls themselves, the Billboard American Top 40s used in Casey Kasem's countdowns are apparently guarded by some sort of Fort Knox-like overseer who sacks and pillages any attempt to post them online. However, the Cashbox Magazine polls are all archived online, they're almost the same, so I'll use those to pick the songs.

    I plan to skip around the decades to keep it interesting.

    The rules
    Those interested in voting will rank 20 songs from the list 1-20. Your number one song will get 20 points, number two will get 19, etc.

    I think it would be a bit much to try and rank 40 (or 50 in this case) songs, especially when I guarantee there will be several you don't remember. Twenty seems reasonable. If anyone wants to vote for more than 20, the same point value will be given to songs ranked 20 or lower.

    If by chance, fewer than 40 songs are voted on, I'll revert to the actual chart to fill it out with songs not chosen.

    Also, vote for the worst song on the list, and if you want, I'll even do long distance dedications. Keep them clean ... actually ... don't.

    You can vote on this thread or send me a PM. You may only vote once. Voting will usually be open for a week.

    Once I tabulate the votes, I will do a running countdown thread to release them. I'll do the actual countdown based on my personal schedule, but I'll let you know in advance.

    I plan to do this once a month, though I might do it twice in June, if response is good, as I intended to start this in May.

    Fun will be had be all. Bring the snark! Bring the Youtube links! Bring the cheesy-ass long distance dedications! Bring the beer!

    Now ... keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars. And just to get in the right vibe, here's Casey Kasem's special report on a brand new cutting edge technology that will change our lives ...

     
  2. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    Re: The Top 40 "Re-Poll" ... June 9, 1984 (VOTING IS OPEN)

    The Top 40 Re-Poll ... June 9, 1984

    South Dakota.

    When I think of 1984, I think of my family's first "real" family vacation trip, when we went from Milwaukee to the Black Hills in South Dakota.

    Eight months earlier, my mom had died of cancer after a long, and often painful, period of decline. Though my dad, myself (at 12 going on 13, the oldest), my sister or my brother (SJ's Z-Man! ... then six) rarely showed it or talked about it, living with her loss was still palatable and remains so to the present, though clearly not in the same way it was just months after the fact in 1984.

    I've never asked, but I'm sure my dad thought the Great American Summer Vacation to somewhere we'd never been before would do us all some good. As was to often be the case with my dad, he was right. We had a blast.

    The year before I got a radio/cassette player for my birthday. I loaded up the 9-volt batteries for the trip and it was our constant companion on the road. An inveterate song taper, I taped the songs off the radio I "needed", as if they were baseball cards .

    Perhaps more then then now (with iPods, satellite radio, etc.), the songs you heard on the radio became the soundtrack of your trip and the memories you have of it since. My memories of rolling down I-94 through the hot, endless flat prairie of South Dakota are to the strains of Eyes Without A Face by Billy Idol, State Of Shock by the Jacksons and Mick Jagger, and No More Words by Berlin.

    For the one and only time in my life, I kept a journal of that trip. It was the first significant writing I ever did and I still have it. Reading it was hilarious and it gets me in the 1984 mood ...

    1984 in a nutshell. Here's the nominees from Cashbox's Top 100 from June 9, 1984 with their chart positions in that week's poll:

    1. Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper
    2. Let's Hear It For The Boy, Deniece Williams
    3. The Reflex, Duran Duran
    4. Oh Sherrie, Steve Perry
    5. Hello, Lionel Richie
    6. Sister Christian, Night Ranger
    7. To All The Girls I've Loved Before, Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson
    8. The Heart Of Rock & Roll, Huey Lewis & The News
    9. Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now), Phil Collins
    10. Dancing In The Dark, Bruce Springsteen
    11. Breakdance, Irene Cara
    12. Jump (For My Love), Pointer Sisters
    13. Eyes Without A Face, Billy Idol
    14. Borderline, Madonna
    15. The Longest Time, Billy Joel
    16. Self Control, Laura Branigan
    17. Head Over Heels, Go-Go's
    18. I'll Wait, Van Halen
    19. It's A Miracle, Culture Club
    20. Rock You Like A Hurricane, Scorpions
    21. Hold Me Now, Thompson Twins
    22. Run Runaway, Slade
    23. Dancing In The Sheets, Shalamar
    24. Almost Paradise, Mike Reno & Ann Wilson
    25. You Can't Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want), Joe Jackson
    26. Stay The Night, Chicago
    27. Magic, Cars
    28. Who's That Girl?, Eurythmics
    29. Dance Hall Days, Wang Chung
    30. Legs, ZZ Top
    31. My Ever Changing Moods, Style Council
    32. Infatuation, Rod Stewart
    33. Doctor! Doctor!, Thompson Twins
    34. Modern Day Delilah, Van Stephenson
    35. Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly), Icicle Works
    36. Love Will Show Us How, Christine McVie
    37. No Way Out, Jefferson Starship
    38. No More Words, Berlin
    39. When Doves Cry, Prince (second week in chart)
    40. Footloose, Kenny Loggins (20th week in chart)


    The Extra 10
    41. What Is Love, Howard Jones
    43. I Can Dream About You, Dan Hartman
    48. Obscene Phone Caller, Rockwell
    53. Breakin' ... There's No Stopping Us, Ollie & Jerry
    54. White Horse, Laid Back
    58. Sunglasses At Night, Corey Hart
    59. The Ghost In You, Psychedelic Furs
    64. What's Love Got To Do With It, Tina Turner (third week in chart)
    86. She Don't Know Me, Bon Jovi (debut)
    100. Holding Out For A Hero, Bonnie Tyler (falling down the chart, but too cheesy to skip)
     
  3. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    Re: The Top 40 "Re-Poll" ... June 9, 1984 (VOTING IS OPEN)

    Remember, vote your top 20, plus your worst song. Enjoy!
     
  4. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Re: The Top 40 "Re-Poll" ... June 9, 1984 (VOTING IS OPEN)

    God, this is a fucking awesome idea. The summer of '84 was the best time to "come of age" as a pop culture sponge.

    Bubs and I have something totally fucking righteous in mind to acknowledge it, too, beyond what he's already done here. Keep your eyes open for it!
     
  5. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    Re: The Top 40 "Re-Poll" ... June 9, 1984 (VOTING IS OPEN)

    Great idea! :) This was mor difficult than I thought it was going to be.

    Well done, comrades. Well done.


    20 points. Legs, ZZ Top
    19. Rock You Like A Hurricane, Scorpions
    18. Dancing In The Dark, Bruce Springsteen
    17. Almost Paradise, Mike Reno & Ann Wilson
    16. Eyes Without A Face, Billy Idol
    15. When Doves Cry, Prince (second week in chart)
    14. I Can Dream About You, Dan Hartman
    13. The Heart Of Rock & Roll, Huey Lewis & The News
    12. Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now), Phil Collins
    11. The Longest Time, Billy Joel
    10. What Is Love, Howard Jones
    9. What's Love Got To Do With It, Tina Turner (third week in chart)
    8. Footloose, Kenny Loggins (20th week in chart)
    7. She Don't Know Me, Bon Jovi (debut)
    6. Run Runaway, Slade
    5. Stay The Night, Chicago
    4. Holding Out For A Hero, Bonnie Tyler (falling down the chart, but too cheesy to skip)
    3. Sunglasses At Night, Corey Hart
    2. Hello, Lionel Richie
    1. Oh Sherrie, Steve Perry


    Worst song -- To All The Girls I've Loved Before, Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson :eek:
     
  6. AgatePage

    AgatePage Active Member

    Re: The Top 40 "Re-Poll" ... June 9, 1984 (VOTING IS OPEN)

    freakin' brilliant! (EDIT: crap! I did it backwards ... fixed now)

    20. Hold Me Now, Thompson Twins
    19. Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly), Icicle Works
    18. Borderline, Madonna
    17. Dance Hall Days, Wang Chung
    16. The Reflex, Duran Duran
    15. No More Words, Berlin
    14. Holding Out For A Hero, Bonnie Tyler
    13. Jump (For My Love), Pointer Sisters
    12. Doctor! Doctor!, Thompson Twins
    11. When Doves Cry, Prince
    10. Self Control, Laura Branigan
    9. Footloose, Kenny Loggins
    8. Rock You Like A Hurricane, Scorpions
    7. Magic, Cars
    6. Dancing In The Dark, Bruce Springsteen
    5. Legs, ZZ Top
    4. Sunglasses At Night, Corey Hart
    3. What's Love Got To Do With It, Tina Turner
    2. Run Runaway, Slade
    1. Eyes Without A Face, Billy Idol

    Worst song: Almost Paradise, Mike Reno & Ann Wilson
     
  7. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    Re: The Top 40 "Re-Poll" ... June 9, 1984 (VOTING IS OPEN)

    Whoa, whoa, whoa! To avoid confusion, rank them 1-20, don't worry about the points. Number one is your favorite, etc.

    I'm assuming Hold Me Now is AgatePage's top choice.
     
  8. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Re: The Top 40 "Re-Poll" ... June 9, 1984 (VOTING IS OPEN)

    Oh, this is all Bubs' idea. I've got a separate one that I hope to introduce shortly. But the re-poll is all his.

    Man the summer of '84 was just fucking loaded. It's like the '98 Yankees of summers. Christ. So many great songs. And I never would have guessed that "Self-Control" and "The Longest Time" were still charting that summer, or that "Infatuation" and "Dancing In The Dark" charted before August. And that Footloose soundtrack was a monster.

    My list:

    1.) Sister Christian :D :D
    2.) The Heart of Rock n Roll (my first concert that summer)
    3.) The Reflex (flexflexflex)
    4.) Eyes Without A Face
    5.) Oh Sherrie
    6.) Hold Me Now
    7.) Borderline (forget how endearing she was at the very beginning)
    8.) Hello
    9.) Run Runaway (believe it or not, I didn't love this song until like five years ago)
    10.) Time After Time
    11.) Stay The Night (one of the best videos of the early MTV era)
    12.) Let's Hear It For The Boy
    13.) Against All Odds
    14.) Rock You Like A Hurricane
    15.) Head Over Heels
    16.) The Longest Time (only b/c I correlate this with early 84 or late 83, for some reason)
    17.) Dance Hall Days
    18.) Jump (For My Love)
    19.) Doctor! Doctor!
    20.) Modern Day Delilah (terribly, terribly underrated song)

    Worst song: Breakdance. Christ was that awful. PLAY FLASHDANCE!!!!

    Fuck. I wouldn't change the channel if any of my top 20 songs came on the radio. They could all be no. 1 on the list. What a list, what a summer.
     
  9. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    Re: The Top 40 "Re-Poll" ... June 9, 1984 (VOTING IS OPEN)

    1.) Sister Christian, Night Ranger
    2.) When Doves Cry, Prince
    3.) My Ever Changing Moods, Style Council
    4.) Head Over Heels, Go-Go's
    5.) Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper
    6.) The Reflex, Duran Duran
    7.) Eyes Without A Face, Billy Idol
    8.) Rock You Like A Hurricane, Scorpions
    9.) Borderline, Madonna
    10.) Dancing In The Dark, Bruce Springsteen
    11.) The Longest Time, Billy Joel
    12.) Oh Sherrie, Steve Perry
    13.) Hold Me Now, Thompson Twins
    14.) The Heart Of Rock & Roll, Huey Lewis & The News
    15.) Run Runaway, Slade
    16.) Footloose, Kenny Loggins
    17.) Legs, ZZ Top
    18.) Magic, Cars
    19.) White Horse, Laid Back
    20.) Let's Hear It For The Boy, Deniece Williams

    Worst song/best unintentionally hilarious video: Hello, Lionel Richie
     
  10. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Re: The Top 40 "Re-Poll" ... June 9, 1984 (VOTING IS OPEN)

    I knew you didn't really hate me. :D
     
  11. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    Re: The Top 40 "Re-Poll" ... June 9, 1984 (VOTING IS OPEN)

    I was 3 years old then...but I'll play.

    1. When Doves Cry
    2. Magic
    3. Dance Hall Days
    4. Self Control
    5. I'll Wait
    6. Dancing In The Dark
    7. Borderline
    8. The Longest Time
    9. Hold Me Now
    10. Sister Christian
    11. Whisper To A Scream
    12. Oh Sherrie
    13. Legs
    14. What's Love Got To Do With It
    15. To All The Girls I've Loved Before
    16. Hello
    17. Eyes Without A Face
    18. Rock You Like A Hurricane
    19. The Reflex
    20. Almost Paradise

    Worst song: Let's Hear It For The Boy
     
  12. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    Re: The Top 40 "Re-Poll" ... June 9, 1984 (VOTING IS OPEN)

    Can't I love the song AND hate your fucking guts? :D
     
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