Joel Whitburn Presents: billboard #1' CD (2004)

Artist: Various Artists

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Specifications

Label Rhino Records
SKU 60626483
UPC 081227808426
UPC 14 00081227808426
Format CD
Release Date 2/24/2004
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Author Various Artists
Technical Info
CatalogID 78084
Lable Name Rhino (Label)
Released 02/24/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 121m : 45s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00081227808426
Album Notes and Credits
Compilation producers: Joel Whitburn, David McLees.
Includes liner notes by Cory Frye.
Audio Remasterers: Dave Schultz; Bill Inglot.
Liner Note Author: Cory Frye.
Photographers: Lynn Goldsmith; Charlyn Zlotnik; Will Van Overbeek; Neal Preston; Henry Diltz; Stephanie Chernikowski.
While perusing the track listing on Rhino's double-disc Billboard #1s: The '80s, you may ask yourself: "Were all 30 of these songs really number one hits? I mean, I know that Mick Jagger's 'Just Another Night' wasn't that big of a hit, and I've never even heard this Joe Walsh song, 'A Life of Illusion'! These can't be number ones on the Hot 100, can they? Aren't they lying here?" Well, if you asked yourself this, the answers are: yes, all 30 songs were number one hits, so Rhino is not lying, but the key is, these weren't all hits on the Hot 100 -- they were number ones on a variety of Billboard charts. Those Jagger and Walsh tracks, for instance, were number one on the mainstream rock chart (as are a full 14 of the 30 songs, actually), while the B-52's' "Love Shack" and the Cure's "Fascination Street" topped the modern rock charts, the Honeydrippers' "Sea of Love" topped the adult contemporary chart, and the rest were genuine number ones on the Hot 100. This talk may all be a bit inside baseball, but it's necessary, since the title of Billboard #1s: The '80s suggests that this would be nothing but the biggest hits of the decade, which it is not (and it's a distinct possibility that licensing restrictions not only prevented big, big hits from the likes of Madonna, Prince, and Michael Jackson from being here, but necessitated the move toward multiple charts, since the compilers needed to fill the space somehow). But, so what? This isn't designed to be complete, or to even have the biggest hits of the entire decade; it's designed to be a cross section of highlights from the '80s and it does a good job at that. As Cory Frye states in the liner notes, the '80s were an "amazingly disparate era," and this disc illustrates that: there's the disco-rock of Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust," the sleek AOR ballad "Waiting for a Girl Like You," the lush retro-vision of the Honeydrippers on "Sea of Love," the stately goth rock of the Cure's "Fascination Street," INXS' tight funky "Need You Tonight," and Tommy Tutone's power pop classic "867-5309/Jenny" (there's also Bruce Hornsby's "The Way It Is," which Frye pegs as "spare and human," which may apply to the lyrics, but "human" is kind of an odd description for a recording that boasts one of the most conspicuous uses of keyboard bass). These may not be the biggest or best songs of the '80s, but they are representative of the decade, as this collection is as a whole, which is what makes it a good listen. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Disc 1
1 Another One Bites The Dust - Queen,Love Shack - The B-52's
2 Owner Of A Lonely Heart - Yes,Orange Crush - R.E.M.
3 Mony Mony - Billy Idol (live),Need You Tonight - INXS
4 Invisible Touch - Genesis,Touch Of Grey - Grateful Dead
5 Way It Is, The - Bruce Hornsby,Hold Me - Fleetwood Mac
6 Twilight Zone - Golden Earring,Fascination Street - The Cure
7 Waiting For A Girl Like You - Foreigner,Amanda - Boston
8 La Bamba - Los Lobos,Living Years, The - Mike & The Mechanics
9 Just Another Night - Mick Jagger,New World Man - Rush
10 Life Of Illusion, A - Joe Walsh,She's A Beauty - The Tubes
11 Everybody Wants You - Billy Squier,Voice, The - The Moody Blues
12 Sleeping Bag - ZZ Top,867-5309/Jenny - Tommy Tutone
13 Missing You - John Waite,Love Is A Battlefield - Pat Benatar
14 Sea Of Love - The Honeydrippers,Abracadabra - Steve Miller Band
15 One More Night - Phil Collins,Downtown Train - Rod Stewart
Disc 2
1 Another One Bites The Dust - Queen,Love Shack - The B-52's
2 Owner Of A Lonely Heart - Yes,Orange Crush - R.E.M.
3 Mony Mony - Billy Idol (live),Need You Tonight - INXS
4 Invisible Touch - Genesis,Touch Of Grey - Grateful Dead
5 Way It Is, The - Bruce Hornsby,Hold Me - Fleetwood Mac
6 Twilight Zone - Golden Earring,Fascination Street - The Cure
7 Waiting For A Girl Like You - Foreigner,Amanda - Boston
8 La Bamba - Los Lobos,Living Years, The - Mike & The Mechanics
9 Just Another Night - Mick Jagger,New World Man - Rush
10 Life Of Illusion, A - Joe Walsh,She's A Beauty - The Tubes
11 Everybody Wants You - Billy Squier,Voice, The - The Moody Blues
12 Sleeping Bag - ZZ Top,867-5309/Jenny - Tommy Tutone
13 Missing You - John Waite,Love Is A Battlefield - Pat Benatar
14 Sea Of Love - The Honeydrippers,Abracadabra - Steve Miller Band
15 One More Night - Phil Collins,Downtown Train - Rod Stewart
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