We thought you'd be too busy eating turkey and avoiding controversial topics with family members to listen to any Throwback Thursday songs this week. So instead, we offer a Flashback Friday soundtrack perfect for waiting in Black Friday lines or wallowing in a food coma.
This week 30 years ago, Random House bought the rights to Edmund Morris' biography of President Ronald Reagan for a then-record $3 million; Bill Scott, the original voice of Bullwinkle and Mister Peabody, died; "Rocky IV" was released in theaters; and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
10. "Sleeping Bag," ZZ Top
There were so many 1985 things happening in this video — monster trucks! Heather Langenkamp from "A Nightmare on Elm Street!" — that you get distracted from the fact that this was ZZ Top's highest-charting single of its career. And a perfect soundtrack for camping trips.
9. "Party All the Time," Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy's music career: Never forget.
8. "Election Day," Arcadia
Remember when the members of Duran Duran had a spinoff band that only played/recorded for a year during a break in Duran Duran's schedule and had a hit song that also featured Grace Jones? Yeah, that was "Election Day."
7. "Who's Zoomin' Who," Aretha Franklin
You've got to admire Aretha Franklin for staying relevant in the 1980s. This was her follow-up to "Freeway of Love," and was co-written by Narada Michael Walden, who also co-penned the somewhat-similar-sounding "How Will I Know," by Whitney Houston. P.S.: It's time to bring back "zoomin" into the realm of common slang (apparently it means "taking advantage of").
6. "Lay Your Hands on Me," Thompson Twins
The distinctive gospel choir on "Lay Your Hands on Me" was added to the U.S. version almost a year after the choirless U.K. take was released.
5. "Never," Heart
Heart at its big-haired '80s best, released between "What About Love" and "These Dreams."
4. "You Belong to the City," Glenn Frey
I guess the "City" here is Miami, because the former Eagles member wrote it for the "Miami Vice" soundtrack. It was also used in a Pepsi commercial with Frey and "Vice" star Don Johnson. Perfect 1985 saxophone solo, too.
3. "Broken Wings," Mr. Mister
At this point, Mr. Mister was at its peak, with this track and "Kyrie" eventually hitting No. 1 and the band scoring a gig opening for Tina Turner on tour.
2. "We Built this City," Starship
Everyone's favorite cheesy guilty pleasure of the 1980s (a decade replete with cheesy guilty pleasures), "We Built This City" was the debut single for Starship, descendant of Jefferson Starship and Jefferson Airplane. Despite its current reputation as one of the worst songs ever written, it has some stellar folks behind it: Co-writers include Bernie Taupin, a frequent Elton John collaborator, and Peter Wolf, a successful producer.
1. "Separate Lives," Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin
The theme from the film "White Nights" (which also featured Lionel Ritchie's "Say You, Say Me") was No. 1 for one week. "Separate Lives" was reportedly written by Stephen Bishop about his breakup with "Raiders of the Lost Ark" actress Karen Allen. So, thank you, Marion Ravenwood.Copyright © 2018, The Baltimore Sun