Saturday, October 31, 2009

THE MOST POPULAR ITALO DISCO, EURO POP & REGGAE SONGS OF THE 80'S IN HELLAS


Although I have already published lists related to Italo Disco, Euro Pop & Reggae, I will make some small but characteristic song lists related to the above subjects. 1) A list with the 50 most commercial & popular Italo disco songs of the 80's by Italian artists (singers & producers) 2) The most popular Euro pop songs of the 80's per country & 3) The 50 most commercial & popular reggae songs. All lists are referring to the air play of the songs in Hellenic radio stations (mostly in my hometown Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Hellas & our capital Athens, Attiki, Hellas)

1) Top 50 of Italo Disco songs of the 80's by Italian singers / producers in Hellas (in alphabetical order):

ANTHONY'S GAMES-Sunshine Love (1984)
BALTIMORA-Tarzan Boy (1985)
BRANDO-Rainy Day (1983)
CARRARA-Disco King (1984)
FUN FUN-Color My Love (1984)
FUN FUN-Happy Station (1983)
GAZEBO-Masterpiece (1982)
GAZEBO-I Like Chopin (1983)
GAZEBO-Love In Your Eyes (1983)
GAZEBO-Lunatic (1983)
GAZEBO-Telephone Mama (1984)
HARROW, DEN-Mad Desire (1984)
HARROW, DEN-Bad Boy (1985)
HIPNOSIS-Pulstar (1983 / instrumental originally recorded by Vangelis)
KOTO-Visitors (1985 / instrumental)
LASZLO, KEN-Tonight (1985)
LUCIA-Marinero (1985)
LUNGHI, G.J.-Acapulco Nights (1984)
M=P.B.-Co-Operation (1985)
MAC JR-Elephant Song (1984)
MARTINELLI-Cenerentola (Cinderella) (1985)
MIKO MISSION-How Old Are You (1984)
MIKO MISSION-The World Is You (1984)
MITO-Droid (1982 / instrumental)
MONTE KRISTO-Lady Valentine (1986)
MUSIC SERVICE-Another Song (1984)
NUMERO UNO-Tora Tora Tora (1984)
P. LION-Happy Children (1984)
PIANO FANTASIA-Song For Denise (1985 / instrumental)
PARIS, RYAN-Dolce Vita (1983)
RADIORAMA-Aliens (1986)
RADIORAMA-Chance To Desire (1985)
RADIORAMA-Desire (1985)
RADIORAMA-Yeti (1987)
RAFF-Self Control (1984)
RAGGIO DE LUNA aka MOON RAY-Comanchero (1984)
RIGHEIRA-No Tengo Dinero (1983)
RIGHEIRA-Vamos A La Playa (1983)
SABRINA-Boys (Summertime Love) (1987)
SAVAGE-Don't Cry Tonight (1983)
SAVAGE-Only You (1984)
SAVAGE-Radio (1984)
SAVAGE-Time (1985)
SAVAGE-Celebrate (1986)
SCOTCH-Disco Band (1984)
SHARADA, PAUL-Dancing All The Night (1984)
SPAGNA-Easy Lady (1986)
SPAGNA-Call Me (1987)
STYLOO-Pretty Face (1983)
VENTURA, FRED-The Years (Go By) (1985)

... and by the way, here's a Top 10 of the most popular songs by German (or Germany based) acts, that were very close to what is generally known as The Italo Disco sound (C.C. Catch, Modern Talking, Sandra & Cretu songs not included):

BAD BOYS BLUE-You're A Woman (1985)
FAIR CONTROL-Symphony Of Love (1986)
FANCY-Bolero (Hold Me In Your Arms Again) (1985)
PRIME TIME-I Can't Get Enough (1986)
ROSS, LIAN-Say You'll Never (1985)
SAPHIR-Shot In The Night (1985)
SECRET LOVERS-Another Minute (1987)
SIGN SYSTEM-Stay With Me (1984)
SPLIT MIRRORS-The Right Time (1987 / LP 1999, 1993)
TWINS, THE-Face To Face, Heart To Heart (LP Modern Lifestyle, 1982)

My relevant Radio Broadcast on Radio Boo (July 2, 2013)

http://yourlisten.com/lefteris.lalos.7/italo-disco-tribute


2) The most popular Euro Pop songs of the 80's per country of origin:

Austria (Top 5 pop songs of the 80's by an Austrian act in Hellas)

FALCO-Der Kommissar (1981 / LP Einzelhaft, 1982)
FALCO-Jeanny (LP 3, 1985)
FALCO-Rock Me Amadeus (LP 3, 1985)
JOY-Touch By Touch (1985 / LP Hello, 1986)
OPUS-Live Is Life (LP Live Is Life, 1984)

Belgium (Top 10 pop songs of the 80's by a Belgian act in Hellas)

VIKTOR LAZLO-Breathless (1987)
VIKTOR LAZLO-
In the Midnight Sky (1989)
SOFT VERDICT / WIM MERTENS-
Struggle For Pleasure (1983)
SOULSISTER-
The Way To Your Heart (1988)
TECHNOTRONIC-
Pump Up The Jam (1989)
VAYA CON DIOS-
Don't Cry For Louie (1988)
VAYA CON DIOS-
Johnny (1988)
VAYA CON DIOS-
Just A Friend Of Mine (1987)
VAYA CON DIOS-
Lay Your Hands (Off My Man) (1988)
VAYA CON DIOS-
Puerto Rico (1987)

France (Top 20 pop songs of the 80's by a French act in Hellenic radio)

BANDOLERO-Paris Latino (1983)
CENTURY-
Lover Why (1985)
DESIRELESS-Voyage Voyage (1987)
FR DAVID-
Words (1982)
GALL, FRANCE-
Ella Elle L'a (1988)
GIPSY KINGS-
Bamboleo (1987)
GIPSY KINGS-
Djobi Djoba (1987)
GIPSY KINGS-
Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu) (1989)
HERNANDEZ, PATRICK-
Born To Be Alive (1979)
JARRE,
JEAN-MICHEL-Les Chants Magnetiques (Part 2) (1981)
JARRE, JEAN-MICHEL-
Les Chants Magnetiques (Part 4) (1981)
JARRE, JEAN-MICHEL-Souvenir De Chine (1982)
KAOMA-Lambada (1989)
LAFON, JEAN-JACQUES-Le Géant De Papier (1985)
MONTAGNE, GILBERT-
Just For Tonight (1983)
OTTAWAN-
D.I.S.C.O. (1980)
OTTAWAN-
Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart) (1981)
PACINO, TONY-
Love Me More (1983)
PARADIS, VANESSA -
Joe Le Taxi (1987)
SHEILA & B. DEVOTION-
Spacer (1979)

Germany (Top 10 pop songs of the 80's by a German act in Hellenic radio)

ALPHAVILLE-Big In Japan (1984)
CAMOUFLAGE-The Great Commandment (1987)
MICHAEL CRETU-Samurai (1985)
KRAFTWERK-The Model (1982)
MODERN TALKING-You're My Heart, You're My Soul (1985)
MODERN TALKING-Brother Louie (1986)
MODERN TALKING-Cheri, Cheri Lady (1985)
MÜNCHENER FREIHEIT-Every Time (1986)
SANDRA-Maria Magdalena (1985)
TRIO-Da Da Da (1982)
runner up:
TWO OF US-Blue Night Shadow (1985)

Hellas (The Top 10 pop songs of the 80's by a Hellenic act singing in an international language)

BIG ALICE-I Miss You (1984)
DJ PALMER-Computer Guy (1986)
DREAMER & THE FULL MOON-Sandrina (1984)
CHARITODIPLOMENOS, COSTAS-Lost In The Night (1984 / LP Do It! 1984)
MANDY-Fill Me Up (1985)
MARIANA-Talk About Love (1985)
MOUSKOURI, NANA-Only Love (1985)
SHARP TIES-Get That Beat (LP Get That Beat, 1981)
SCRAPTOWN-Viva Sahara (1984)
VANGELIS-"Chariots Of Fire" Titles (1981)

...as a Macedonian and a Greek it would be only fair to add a Top 10 runner up list of songs also with particular success in my homeland, especially in the region of Macedonia, Hellas:

BANG-You're The One (1988)
CHARITODIPLOMENOS, COSTAS-Give Me Your Love (LP Itchika, 1983)
CHARITODIPLOMENOS, COSTAS-Fill My Glass (LP Itchika, 1983)
CHARITODIPLOMENOS, COSTAS-Love Me Like I Do (LP Do It! 1984)
CHARITODIPLOMENOS, COSTAS-Loving You Is A Miracle (LP Itchika, 1983)
SHARP TIES-By The By (LP Sharp Ties 3, 1986)
SHARP TIES-Safari Boys (LP Safari Boys, 1982)
SUNDAY CLUB-Don't Say It (LP For Sale, 1984)
SUNDAY CLUB-Lies (LP For Sale, 1984)
VANGELIS-"Blade Runner" End Credits (1982)


Holland (The Netherlands) (The Top 10 pop songs of the 80's by a Dutch act in Hellas)


THE ART COMPANY-Susanna (1984)
BOLLAND & BOLLAND-
You're In The Army Now (1981)
CANDY DULFER-
Lily Was Here (1989)
GERARD JOLING-
Ticket To The Tropics (1985)
LOIS LANE-
It's The First Time (1989)
M.C. MIKER 'G' & DEEJAY SVEN-
Holiday Rap (1986)
THE NITS-
In The Dutch Mountains (1987)
STARS ON 45-Stars On 45 (1981)
TIME BANDITS-
I'm Only Shooting Love (1983)
VIDEO KIDS-
Woodpeckers From Space (1984)

Italy (Top 10 songs pop of the 80's in Hellas - Italo disco acts not included)

AL BANO & ROMINA POWER-Felicita (1982)
BLACK BOX-
Ride On Time (1989)
CARBONI, LUCA-Farfalina (1987)
CECCHETTO,
CLAUDIO-Ska Chou Chou (1982)
CUTUGNO,
TOTO-L'Italiano (1983)

MATIA BAZAR-Ti Sento (1985)
POWER, ROMINA-
Il Ballo Del Qua Qua (1982)
RICCHI & POVERI-
Sarà Perché Ti Amo (1981)
RONDO VENEZIANO-
La Serenissima (1981)
TOZZI & RAFF-
Gente Di Mare (1987)


Spain (The Top 10 pop songs of the 80's by a Spanish act in Hellas)

BARABBAS-On The Road Again (1982)
JULIO IGLESIAS-
Begin The Beguine (1981)
JULIO IGLESIAS-Me Va, Me Va
(1984)
JULIO IGLESIAS & DIANA ROSS-
All Of You (1984)
JULIO IGLESIAS & WILLIE NELSON-
To All The Girls I've Loved Before (1984)
JULIO IGLESIAS & STEVIE WONDER-
My Love (1988)
IVAN-
Fotonovela (1985)
GARY LOW-
I Want You (1983)
GARY LOW-
La Colegiala (1984)
PACO-
Amor De Mis Amores (1988)

Sweden (The Top 10 pop songs of the 80's by a Swedish act in Hellas)

ABBA-The Winner Takes It All (LP Super Trouper, 1980)
NENEH CHERRY-
Buffalo Stance (LP Raw Like Sushi, 1988)
NENEH CHERRY-Inna City Mama (LP Raw Like Sushi, 1988)
NENEH CHERRY-Manchild (LP Raw Like Sushi, 1988)
AGNETHA FÄLTSKOG-
Wrap Your Arms Around Me (1983)
MADLEEN KANE-
You & I (1979)
ROXETTE-Dangerous (LP Look Sharp! 1988)
ROXETTE-Listen To Your Heart (LP Look Sharp! 1988)
ROXETTE-
The Look (LP Look Sharp! 1988)
SECRET SERVICE-
Flash In The Night (1981)

Switzerland (The Top 5 pop songs of the 80's by a Swiss act in Hellas)

PHIL CARMEN-On My Way In L.A. (LP Walkin' The Dog, 1985)
DOUBLE-The Captain Of Her Heart (LP Blue, 1985)
YELLO-Oh Yeah (LP Stella, 1985)
YELLO-The Race (LP Flag, 1988)
YELLO-The Rhythm Divine (LP One Second, 1987 / featuring Shirley Bassey)


3) Top 50 0f 80's Reggae songs in Hellas (in alphabetical order):

ALPHA BLONDY-Sebe Allah Ye (Respect Allah) (LP Apartheid Is Nazism, 1985)
ASWAD-Don't Turn Around (LP Distant Thunder, 1988)
ASWAD-Give A Little Love (LP Distant Thunder, 1988)
ASWAD-On And On (1989)
BLACK UHURU-What Is Life (1983)
BLONDIE-The Tide Is High (LP Autoamerican, 1980)
BOY GEORGE-Everything I Own (LP Sold, 1987)
CLASH, THE-Guns Of Brixton (LP London Calling, 1979)
CLIFF, JIMMY-Reggae Night (LP The Power & The Glory, 1983)
CLINT EASTWOOD & GENERAL SAINT-Stop That Train (1983)
KID CREOLE & THE COCONUTS-Don't Take My Coconuts (1984)
CULTURE CLUB-Do You Really Want To Hurt Me (LP Kissing To Be Clever, 1982)
GARDINER, BORIS-I Wanna Wake Up With You (1986)
GAYE, MARVIN-Sexual Healing (LP Midnight Love, 1982)
GRANT, EDDY-Boys In The Street (LP Going For Broke, 1984)
GRANT, EDDY-Electric Avenue (LP Killer On The Rampage, 1982)
GRANT, EDDY-Gimme Hope Jo'anna (LP File Under Rock, 1988)
GRANT, EDDY-I Don't Wanna Dance (LP Killer On The Rampage, 1982)
GRANT, EDDY-It's All In You (LP Killer On The Rampage, 1982)
GRANT, EDDY-Till I Can't Take Love No More (LP Going For Broke, 1984)
ISAACS, GREGORY-Night Nurse (LP Night Nurse, 1982)
JONES, GRACE-I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango) (LP Nightclubbing, 1981)
LAID BACK-Sunshine Reggae (LP Keep Smiling, 1983)
JUNE LODGE & PRINCE MOHAMMED-Someone Loves You Honey (1982)
KEKANA, STEVE-Raising My Family (1980 / LP Raising My Family, 1981)
MADNESS-It Must Be Love (1981)
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS-Buffalo Soldier (LP Confrontation, 1983)
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS-Could You Be Loved (LP Uprising, 1980)
ZIGGY MARLEY & THE MELODY MAKERS-Look Who's Dancing (LP One Bright Day, 1989)
ZIGGY MARLEY & THE MELODY MAKERS-Tomorrow People (LP Conscious Party, 1988)
MAXI PRIEST-Some Guys Have All The Luck (LP Maxi, 1987)
MAXI PRIEST-Wild World (LP Maxi, 1987)
MONYAKA-Go Deh Yaka (Go To The Top) (1983)
MUSICAL YOUTH-Pass The Dutchie (LP The Youth Of Today, 1982)
SPECIALS, THE-Ghost Town (1981)
THIRD WORLD-Lagos Jump (1983)
THIRD WORLD-Try Jah Love (LP You've Got The Power, 1983)
TOSH, PETER-Johnny B. Goode (LP Mama Africa, 1983)
UB40-Dance With The Devil (LP UB40, 1988)
UB40-Food For Thought (LP Signing Off, 1980)
UB40-I Got You Babe (LP Baggariddim, 1985 / featuring Chrissie Hynde)
UB40-One In Ten (LP Present Arms, 1981)
UB40-Rat In Mi Kitchen (LP Rat In The Kitchen, 1986)
UB40-Red Red Wine (LP Labour Of Love, 1983)
UB40-Tyler (LP Signing Off, 1980)
UB40-Where Did I Go Wrong (LP UB40, 1988)
WADE, WAYNE-Lady (1982)
WONDER, STEVIE-Master Blaster (Jammin') (LP Hotter Than July (1980)