[Memorial Top Ten] -- Monday, 5/31/2021, is the last Monday in May and is therefore the date on which we observe Memorial Day here in the States. So, as of today, many are in Memorial Day Weekend mode. Looking at the weather, there might be fewer cookouts in this particular area, but grilling isn't the primary function of this holiday weekend. Of course, remembering 1980s tunes isn't the primary, or even the tertiary, function of the holiday either, but we on the Bookended crew have to work with what we've got.
Anyway, back in 1981, Memorial Day was Monday, May 25. So, that year, the beginning of Memorial Day Weekend was Friday, May 22. And while I could have looked to see what records were released just before the holiday weekend, I figured it might be more of a treat to see what was aleady topping the charts as of the end of that week: Saturday, May 23. These would, of course, be the songs blaring from many a radio at more than one point that weekend. Fortunately, I was able to get the top ten list from both Billboard and Top 40 Weekly. And I compiled them into a YouTube playlist!
Do you know what song topped the Billboard Hot 100 this holiday weekend in 1981? Maybe even more important, do you know which of these tracks still rank highly in my list of all-time favorites?
Flashback: Billboard Hot 100, Top 10 for May 23, 1981
Counting down from #10 to #1, here are the songs that are embedded in the video playlist:
10. “Watching The Wheels” — John Lennon9. “Too Much Time On My Hands” — Styx8. “Sukiyaki” — A Taste Of Honey7. “Living Inside Myself” — Gino Vannelli6. “Take It On The Run” — REO Speedwagon5. “Medley” — Stars On 454. “Angel Of The Morning” — Juice Newton3. “Just The Two Of Us” — Grover Washington, Jr.2. “Being With You” — Smokey Robinson1. “Bette Davis Eyes” — Kim Carnes
And that's all till next week. Dedicated 80s-philes can find more flashbacks in the Prophet or Madman archives or via Bookended's 80s Flashback tag. As always, your comments are welcome on today's, or any other, flashback post. And if you like what I'm doing here, please share the link with your friends. If, however, you don't like the flashback, feel free to share it with your enemies.
I'll see you in seven!
Note: Image of the 5/23/1981 Billboard Magazine is from WorthPoint.