Peeps’ Friday ’80s Flashbacks

It’s Friday and time for me to feature three more of my favorite songs from my favorite decade of music — the 1980s.  After watching “Rock of Ages” last weekend, I’m leaning more to rock & roll this week.


While “Rock of Ages” was the English rock band’s second American hit in 1983 from the “Pyromania” album, it only reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Def Leppard has a total of 15 Top 40 hits on the Hot 100.  Of those, four have hit the Top Ten:  “Pour Some Sugar On Me” (#2, 1987), “Hysteria” (#10, 1988), “Armageddon It” (#3, 1988), “Love Bites” (#1, 1988), all from the “Hysteria” album.

The band’s last hit was 1993’s “Miss You In A Heartbeat”, which barely reached the Top 40, peaking at #39.

My selection today was Def Leppard’s first hit in America.  “Photograph” made it up to #12 in 1983.

New York rocker Pat Benatar has accumulated 15 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.  However, surprisingly, only four of them have reached the Top Ten.

Her first hit, “Heartbreaker”, was released in 1979 and peaked at #23.  Two hits later, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”, put out in 1980, became her first Top Ten hit reaching #9.

Her other three Top Ten hits were “Love Is A Battlefield” (#5, 1983), “We Belong” (#5, 1984), and “Invincible” (#10, 1985).

Today’s pick, “Shadows of the Night” reached #13 in 1982.


The British-American rock band Foreigner amassed 16 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.  It all started with “Feels Like The First Time” in 1977 that reached #4.

Other Top Ten hits include “Cold As Ice” (#6, 1977), “Hot Blooded (#3, 1978), “Double Vision” (#2, 1978), “Urgent” (#4, 1981), and “Waiting For A Girl Like You” (#2 for 10 weeks behind “Physical” from Olivia Newton-John).

“I Want To Know What Love Is” became the band’s first and only #1 on the Hot 100 in 1985.  Two more Top Ten hits would follow, “Say You Will” (#6, 1987) and “I Don’t Want To Live Without You” (#5, 1988).

Have a great weekend.


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