Before anything else, I want to give props to Top 40 Weekly, where I have been getting the info necessary to make these posts.
I have standardized the naming convention for these posts around the relevant week of the year, as determined by the order in the listing at Top 40 Weekly.
This week’s Bottom of the Top came with a couple of familiar names – Ray Parker, Jr. of “Ghostbusters” fame and Huey Lewis, who needs neither introduction nor explanation.
Of these songs, I have hear the first three. “Spring Rain,” certainly, because, apparently, how could I have not heard it? “The Other Woman” vaguely rings a bell. I would have been in seventh grade, I think, and slowly discovering music which was not country. And of course “I Know What I Like” was all over the place in 1987, which bridged my last year of high school and my first year of college, when I would have (finally!) had regular access to MTV (insert joke about the relevance of the “M” therein).
The latter two, by RTZ and Crystal Waters…maybe? Time and the entropy of memory have blurred a lot of details of the nineties.
1977. Bebu Silvetti, “Spring Rain”
1982. Ray Parker, Jr., “The Other Woman”
1987. Huey Lewis and the News, “I Know What I Like”
1992. RTZ, “Until Your Love Comes Back Around”
1997. Crystal Waters, “Say If You Feel Alright”