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I Still Believe – Brenda K. Starr

I Still Believe – Brenda K. Starr

I’m sharing a two-hit wonder today to connect the dots between two additional one-hit wonders from the 1960s and 1970s. I love me some musical math. Brenda K. Starr’s biggest hit is “I Still Believe” from 1988. This ballad reached #13 on the Billboard Top 40 and was followed up by “What You See Is What You Get” when that tune reached in #24 in 1988. The second song is completely forgettable late-’80s pop. If … Read entire article »

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When I’m With You – Sheriff

When I’m With You – Sheriff

The late 1980s and 1990s gave the world big hair, big drums and power ballads. It seemed everyone got into the power ballad mix with songs often focused on coming home or feelings of home or home sweet home…you get the picture. Exhibit A, B and C are Journey (“Open Arms” and “Faithfully”), Ozzy Osbourne (“Mama I’m Coming Home”), Motley Crue (“Home Sweet Home”). These songs were big on emotion and included soaring vocal lines, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

With You I’m Born Again – Syreeta and Billy Preston

With You I’m Born Again – Syreeta and Billy Preston

The 1980s were huge for one-hit wonder ballads. Sensitive, touching songs, often from movie soundtracks. “With You I’m Born Again” comes from the 1979 movie “Fastbreak” starring Gabe Kaplan (Mr. Kotter from “Welcome Back Kotter” for those paying attention to these pop cultural crossroads). I vaguely remember the movie being about a guy from the old neighborhood returning to his old school to teach a bunch of hooligans how to play basketball. Any similarities to the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Top 3 Love Songs Called “Love Song”

Top 3 Love Songs Called “Love Song”

Editor’s Note: These songs are not one-hit wonders. Sometimes I’m simply compelled to write oddball lists that catalog silly things like the Top 3 Love Songs Called “Love Song.” It’s Valentine’s Day and time to bring out the chocolates, candy, Hallmark cards, candles, romantic dinners, etc. It’s also time to pull out your old mix tape of play list of love songs and listen to it with your significant other. And if you’re alone, it’s time … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, 1990s, Lists, Pop, Rock