Physical – Olivia Newton-John

Chart Position: 1

  • #1 bestseller for 1981
  • Written by Steve Kipner and Terry Shaddick
  • Guitar: Steve Lukather, John Farrar
  • Keyboards: John Hobbs, Michael Boddicker
  • Backing vocals: John Farrar
  • Produced by John Farrar
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • This was the biggest selling single in the U.S. In the decade of the eighties
  • This is Olivia Newton-John’s biggest U.S. hit single
  • This song’s music video resembles an exercise video
  • Radio programmers in Salt Lake City UT and Provo UT banned this song from their playlists due to the provocative lyrics
  • This song was originally offered to Rod Stewart
  • Later recorded by Top of the Pops (1981), Gustav Brom (1984), Olivia Project feat. Paula (1996), Goldfrapp (2001), Queen of Japan (2001), Kylie Minogue (2001), Cruel Sea (2002), Sophie Ellis-Bexter (2003), Spank Happy (2004), Glee Cast feat. Olivia Newton-John (2010), Ely Bruna (2010), Lou Bega (2013), Sharon Myles (2013) and many others

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In the Dark – Billy Squire

Chart Position: 35

  • Written by Billy Squire
  • Guitar: Billy Squire, Cary Sharaf
  • Keyboards: Billy Squire, Alan St. Jon
  • Backing vocals: Mark Clarke
  • Produced by Reinhold Mack and Billy Squire

Burnin’ for You – Blue Oyster Cult

Chart Position: 40

  • Written by Don Roeser (Buck Dharma)  and Richard Meltzer
  • Lead vocals: Buck Dharma
  • Guitar: Buck Dharma, Eric Bloom
  • Keyboards: Allen Lanier, Albert Bouchard
  • Produced by Martin Birch
  • Recorded in Long Island NY and San Francisco CA
  • Blue Oyster Cult was one of only a few rock bands that made videos when MTV launched in 1981; the video for this song got heavy airplay on the network
  • Later recorded by Lisa Marie Presley (2005) and Mike Watt (2007)

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Slip Away – Pablo Cruise

Chart Position: NR

  • Lead vocals: David Jenkins
  • Keyboards: Cory Lerios
  • Guitar: David Jenkins
  • Backing vocals: Bud Cockrell
  • Produced by Bill Schnee
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA

The Old Songs – Barry Manilow

Chart Position: 15

  • Originally recorded by David Pomeranz (1980)
  • Written by David Pomeranz and Buddy Kaye
  • Keyboards: Barry Manilow
  • Produced by Ron Dante
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA

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Raspberry Beret – Prince

Chart Position: 2

  • Written and produced by Prince
  • Lead vocals: Prince
  • Keyboards: Prince, Dr. Fink, Lisa Coleman
  • Guitar: Prince, Wendy Melvoin
  • Backing vocals: Wendy and Susannah Melvoin, Lisa Coleman
  • Violin: Novi Novog
  • Recorded in Minneapolis MN
  • Later recorded by Kate Ceberano (2007)

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Centerfield – John Fogerty

Chart Position: NR

  • Written and produced by John Fogerty
  • Guitar: John Fogerty
  • Keyboards: John Fogerty
  • This was originally the ‘b’ side of ‘Rock & Roll Girls’ (1985)
  • Along with ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’ this is one of the best-known songs about the sport of baseball and is played frequently at professional baseball games

Oh Girl – Boy Meets Girl

Chart Position: 39

  • Written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam
  • Vocals: George Merrill, Shannon Rubicam
  • Guitar: John Goux, Scott Shelly
  • Keyboards: George Merrill
  • Produced by Tom Werman
  • Boy Meets Girl is from Seattle WA

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Animal Instinct – Commodores

Chart Position: NR

  • Written by Martin Page
  • Lead vocals: Walter Orange
  • Keyboards: William King, Milan Williams, Peter Wolf
  • Guitar: Peter Maunu, Paul Jackson Jr
  • Backing vocals: William King, Ronald LaPread, J.D. Nicholas
  • Produced by Dennis Lambert
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA

You’re the Only Love – Paul Hyde and Payolas

Chart Position: NR

  • Lead vocals: Paul Hyde
  • Guitar: Bob Rock
  • Produced by David Foster
  • Paul Hyde & Payolas are from Vancouver, Canada