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Of All of Reba’s Hits — My 20 Favorites

The day has finally arrived.  Not only will we find out what the next single is from Reba, but she’ll be performing at the Mississippi Valley Fair!

This will be my 13th Reba concert.  My first was back in 1995 and ten years later, I was fortunate enough to meet my idol.

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It’s been ten years, I wish I could be as lucky this year to meet her again.  Oh well!

After sharing a blog featuring my cherished Reba souvenirs Monday and my 20 favorite Reba album tracks or songs that were not released as singles, today I’m counting down my 20 favorite Reba hits – the songs you know from the radio.

One day, her current single, “Going Out Like That” and her new release, “Until They Don’t Love You” may make this list.  Until then, here are my favorites that I can listen to over and over and over!

Also, here are the links to the two other blogs I featured earlier this week in case you missed them!

https://anthonypeoples.wordpress.com/2015/08/03/rebas-treasures-that-should-have-been-radio-hits/

https://anthonypeoples.wordpress.com/2015/08/03/my-personal-tribute-shrine-to-reba/

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ORIGINAL POST:  DECEMBER 5, 2013

I thought long and hard about the 87 Top 40 hits that Reba has charted on the Billboard country chart and started narrowing them down to pick my favorite 20.  By the way, 60 of those Top 40 hits made it into the Top Ten.

Reba leads all women in country music with the most Top Ten hits and is tied with Dolly Parton for the most #1 hits on the Billboard Country charts with 25!

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So, here goes — my favorite 20 Reba hits!

#20

“Turn On The Radio”

Album:  “All The Women I Am” (November 2010)

Billboard Peak:  #1 (2011)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19

“Because of You” (with Kelly Clarkson)

Album:  “Reba:  Duets” (September 2007)

Billboard Peak:  #2 (2007)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18

“The Fear of Being Alone”

Album:  “What If It’s You” (November 1996)

Billboard Peak:  #2 (1996)

17

“What If”

Billboard Peak:  #23 (1997)

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

“I Don’t Think Love Ought To Be That Way”

Album:  “Feel The Fire” (November 1980)

Billboard Peak:  #13 (1981)

15

“Whoever’s In New England”

Album:  “Whoever’s In New England” (February 1986)

Billboard Peak:  #1 (1986)

 

 

 

 

 

14

“Wrong Night”

Album:  “If You See Him” (June 1998)

Billboard Peak:  #6 (1999)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

“For My Broken Heart”

Album:  “For My Broken Heart” (October 1991)

Billboard Peak:  #1 (2 weeks) (1991)

 

 

 

 

12

“(You Lift Me) Up To Heaven”

Album:  “Feel The Fire” (November 1980)

Billboard Peak:  #8 (1980)

11

“Rumor Has It”

Album:  “Rumor Has It” (September 1990)

Billboard Peak:  #3 (1991)

 

 

 

#10 MOVIE

“Why Do We Want (What We Know We Can’t Have)”

Album:  “Behind The Scene” (December 1983)

Billboard Peak:  #7 (1983)

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“Only In My Mind”

Album:  “Have I Got A Deal For You” (June 1985)

Billboard Peak:  #5 (1985)

#8 CD

“Consider Me Gone”

Album:  “Keep On Loving You” (August 2009)

Billboard Peak:  #1 (four weeks) (2010)

This is Reba’s longest running number one song on the Billboard Country charts.

#7 MOVIE

“Falling Out of Love”

Album:  “Rumor Has It” (September 1990)

Billboard Peak:  #2 (1991)

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“And Still”

Album:  “Read My Mind” (April 1994)

Billboard Peak:  #2 (1995)

 

#5 CD

“Till You Love Me”

Album:  “Read My Mind” (April 1994)

Billboard Peak:  #2 (1995)

#4 MOVIE

“It’s Your Call”

Album:  “It’s Your Call” (December 1992)

Billboard Peak:  #5 (1993)

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“Somebody”

Album:  “Room To Breathe” (November 2003)

Billboard Peak:  #1 (2004)

#2 MOVIE

“We’re So Good Together”

Album:  “So Good Together” (November 1999)

Billboard Peak:  #20 (1999)

*Here is a Reba performance…

…and a video I put together for my family and of our wedding.*

 

 

#1

“One Promise Too Late”

Album:  “What Am I Gonna Do About You” (October 1986)

Billboard Peak:  #1 (1987)

So, there you have it.  Now, I want to know what your FAVORITE Reba hit is or some of your favorites.

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Reba, I love you.  Thank you for the inspiration!

Anthony

Letting The Freak Flag Fly Tonight

“Wake up in the morning feeling like P Diddy/(Hey, what up girl?)/Grab my glasses, I’m out the door, I’m gonna hit this city/(Lets go)/Before I leave, brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack/’Cause when I leave for the night, I ain’t coming back”

Okay, that’s not exactly true.  This afternoon, Ray, Gretel, and I are heading off to Chicago to celebrate Gretel’s birthday a month early.  While we’re going to try to dodge showers and thunderstorms, we’re spending the evening with Pitbull and Ke$ha at First Midwest Bank Amphitheater in Tinley Park.

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After the show, we’re driving the 2.5 hours back to the Quad Cities and I’ll shower and head straight into work.  So, I’m getting my Ke$ha on by staying up more than 24 hours!  I know it’ll be worth it.  For the night, I’m going to be one of those “Crazy Kids”!

Say what you will about Ke$ha and I’m sure I’ve heard it all before.  I might have even said some of the same things.  Let’s see, “she can’t sing” (wrong, she has a great voice), “her songs are so auto-tuned” (true), “she’s a freak” (you’re damn right she is!  Let that freak flag sister!), and “Blah Blah Blah”!  Oh, by the way, for the Ke$ha uninformed, that’s the title of one of her Top Ten songs with 3OH3!

This past December, I bought her new album, “Warrior”, and when I blogged about it, I gave it an “A”.  It’s amazing and for the first few months this year, it was the only CD in my player!  Rock on, Ke$ha.

Ever since she released her first solo single, “Tik Tok”, in the summer of 2009, I loved the fun vibe of her songs and the many more Top Ten hits that followed:  “Blah Blah Blah”, “Your Love Is My Drug”, “Take It Off”, “We R Who We R”, “Blow”, and “Die Young”.

I know that Gretel, who turns 12 next month, will hear a few choice words tonight since there is a “parental advisory” label on her album “Warrior” for “explicit content”.  Yes, she says the “f-word” several times, but this isn’t the 1950s and I’m not Ward or Jean Cleaver!

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Although Ke$ha’s show will feature dancers dressed as life-sized stuffed animal mascots and drag queens, the show is full of fun and energy and songs that carry a strong message.

Her #1 hit, “We R Who We R” became a symbol for the LGBT community and especially when there was a rash of gay teen suicides in 2010 and 2011.

Ke$ha says, “I wanted to inspire people … to be themselves. It’s a celebration of any sort of quirks or eccentricities.  I was really affected by the suicides that have been happening, having been subject to very public hatred [myself]. I have absolutely no idea how these kids felt. What I’m going through is nothing compared to what they had to go through. Just know things do get better and you need to celebrate who you are. Every weird thing about you is beautiful and makes life interesting. Hopefully the song really captures that emotion of celebrating who you are … I just felt like people hate because they don’t understand or they’re jealous, It’s all coming from a very negative place and I really feel like people don’t need to pay attention to that.”

Ke$ha, thank you for taking the heat for not conforming!  Be yourself.  If people think you’re a freak, that means that they’re thinking of you!

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And, then Pitbull will be bringing a taste of Latin flavor and high energy to the stage for more than an hour after Ke$ha.

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He’s dominated Top 40 radio for years now as both a solo artist and by making guest appearances with other big name singers.  He’s scored hits with Enrique Iglesias (“I Like It”), Jennifer Lopez (“On The Floor”, “Live It Up”, and “Dance Again”), and Chris Brown (“International Love”).

His most recent hit, the #1 dance and Top Ten Hot 100 smash, “Feel This Moment” featured Christina Aguilera.

We’re looking forward to a fun-filled night with Pitbull and Ke$ha!

This place is about to “Blow”!  (This video is so funny and awesome if you’ve seen it.  Take that James Van Der Beek, aka Dawson Leery!)

So, will I embarrass Gretel when I sing “C’mon” along with Ke$ha?

“Feeling like I’m a high schooler/
Sipping on a warm wine cooler/
Hot ’cause the party don’t stop/
I’m in a crop top/
Like I’m working at hooters/
We been keeping it PG/
But I wanna get a little frisky/
Come gimme some of that yum like a lollipop/
Let me set you free”

Anthony

I Got to “Celebrate Youth” With Rick Springfield

Once I hit 30-years-old living in the big city of Chicago after growing up in small town Kentucky, I came to the realization that age is just a number.  As long as I’m healthy, I feel good, and my appearance holds up, I wasn’t going to let my age hinder me or stand in my way.

And, after living it up and partying Friday night with the great folks of the Quad Cities and Rick Springfield, I’m looking forward to aging gracefully.  With 1980s pop star and sex symbol Springfield as my inspiration, I’m ready to “Celebrate Youth” even as I close in on the big 5-0 in the fall of 2014!

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Two months ago, I bought tickets to Rick’s concert at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, Iowa.  I remember back in the mid-1980s, my sister, who was a teenager then, saw Rick in concert.  If the 1980s were your decade, you know that Rick was a huge sex symbol and dominated the music charts with such pop classics like “Jessie’s Girl”, “I’ve Done Everything For You”, “Don’t Talk To Strangers”, “Affair Of The Heart”, and “Love Somebody”.

When I blogged about buying tickets the next day, I found out that my former co-anchor, Julie (VanGoethem) Lund, from my first television job in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, in 1996, was driving down from Madison, Wisconsin, to see the concert with another one of our former colleagues from Rhinelander, Elizabeth Goodsitt, who now works in the Quad Cities’ television market.  (Pictured:  Elizabeth, Julie, Anthony & Ray.)

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Julie has seen Rick in concert more than 50 times!!!  I’m sure there’s an active restraining order somewhere in the system.  🙂  I’m kidding!  Who am I to talk since I’ve seen Reba in concert 12 times?

Now, while I say that age is a number if you feel good and take care of yourself, I have to point out that Rick Springfield is just a few months away from turning 64-years-old!  And, while he may have aged 30 years since he hit #1 in 1981 with “Jessie’s Girl”, you wouldn’t know it from his two-hour energy-filled rock concert!

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Several times during the show, he’d go into a few riffs of “Jessie’s Girl”, his Grammy winning and only #1 hit, and the crowd went wild and then he’d quickly segue into the next song in his set. What a tease and he knows from experience that it would energize the crowd.

And, finally he performed his signature song!

During “Human Touch”, his Top 20 hit in 1983 from the “Living in Oz” album, Rick came out into the crowed and walked around on top of chairs (and a few people).  I love this picture I snapped as he neared us!

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By the way, I only mentioned the “Living In Oz” album so I could show the album cover since I think this is one of the sexiest pictures of Rick I’ve seen over the past 30 years!

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Okay, flash forward back 30 years to Friday night’s concert.  While Rick performed many of his 17 Top 40 American hits (some in a medley), he also showcased several songs from his 2012 album, “Songs For The End of The World”.

And, that got me to thinking.  That album is fantastic and it peaked on the Billboard Top 200 album chart at #44.  It’s really inspiring to see performers out on the road promoting new music long after they reached their radio peak.  Rick’s last hit on mainstream radio was in 1988 (“Rock of Life” reached #22 on the Billboard Hot 100).

It’s sad that radio today (pop and country) miss out on some fantastic music because they focus solely on young, hot acts and ignore older musicians.  There’s a world outside of Taylor Swift, One Direction, etc.

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From his latest album, Rick performed some of my new favorites like, “Wide Awake”, “Our Ship’s Sinking”, “Love Screws Me Up”, and the beautiful “You & Me”.  Check out these awesome new songs from “Songs  For The End of the World”.

And, while it was comfortable inside the concert and only in the 50s outside the concert, it must have been warm for Rick to be jamming on stage for two hours because he lost his shirt for the encore.  That revealed two things to me:  a nice back shoulder tattoo and that with the right diet and exercise regiment, we can all have a hot body in our 60s!!!  Oh, who am I kidding?  While what I said is true, it’s just an excuse to show the pictures!

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What a perfect way to spend a Friday night and re-live my teenage and early 20s years with one of the pop stars I loved back in the decade of the best music ever — the 1980s.  If you ever get a chance, you have to see Rick Springfield in concert.  He’s amazing and he shows no signs of slowing down.

And, the concert gave me a chance to party with old friends and new!  First picture:  Anthony & Julie Lund — Second picture:  Elizabeth Goodsitt & Anthony — Third picture:  Britta Dixon, Anthony, & Julie Dixon Balmer.

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Rick Springfield, thank you for the awesome show and the memories.

Anthony