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Friday, March 25, 2011

American Idol Top 11 to cover hits from the 1980s; Got a song for Thia Megia?

UPDATE: American Idol changed this theme at the last minute!! The Idols will cover Elton John's music on March 30. Please read the update and song selections here.

Madonna, Debbie Gibson, Queen, Michael Jackson, Rick Springfield, Whitney Houston, Chicago, Paula Abdul, Gloria Estefan, Janet Jackson, Billy Joel, George Michael, Kenny Loggins, Huey Lewis & the News and many more dominated the charts in the 80's. This catalog is massive covering 9 nine years of music! We got dizzy going through the list...

The challenge for Thia is to pick a song and make it CURRENT! Whatever it is, she has to sing it to sound like it could be a hit on the radio TODAY and NOT thirty years ago...

Fox Press Release-- On Wednesday, March 30 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), the Top 11 finalists – Casey Abrams, Naima Adedapo, Lauren Alaina, James Durbin, Stefano Langone, Jacob Lusk, Scotty McCreery, Paul McDonald, Thia Megia, Haley Reinhart and Pia Toscano – return to the IDOL stage to sing hits from the 1980s. For the first time ever, the Top 11 will travel the country this summer as part of the “American Idols LIVE! Tour 2011.” Cities, venues and dates will be announced at a later date.

During the live results show on Thursday, March 31 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) tune in to find out who receives enough votes to stay in the competition and who is sent home. In addition, Season Three IDOL winner Fantasia will perform her latest hit, “Collard Greens & Cornbread,” and will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas and Academy Award and Grammy winner Jamie Foxx will perform their first-ever musical collaboration on the IDOL stage. The duo will sing “Hot Wings (I Wanna Party),” an original song written for the highly anticipated animated feature film “Rio.”

The Top 10 Billboard Hits from 1980-1989 List

Billboards top Hits of 1980

1. Lady - Kenny Rogers
2. Call Me - Blondie
3. (Just Like) Starting Over - John Lennon
4. Upside Down - Diana Ross
5. Another Brick In The Wall (part II) - Pink Floyd
6. Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
7. Rock With You - Michael Jackson
8. Magic - Olivia Newton-John
9. Funkytown - Lipps, inc
10. Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

Billboards top Hits of 1981

1. Physical - Olivia Newton-John
2. Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
3. Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Ritchie
4. Authur's Theme (The Best That You can Do) - Christopher Cross
5. Kiss On My List - Hall and Oates
6. Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
7. I Love A Rainy Night - Eddie Rabbit
8. 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
9. Private Eyes - Hall and Oates
10. Rapture - Blondie

Billboards top Hits of 1982

1. I Love Rock 'N' Roll - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
2. Ebony and Ivory - Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
3. Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
4. Centerfold - J. Geils Band
5. Maneater - Hall and Oates
6. Jack & Diane - John Cougar
7. Don't You Want Me - Human League
8. Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
9. Abracadabra - Steve Miller Band
10. Hard To Say I'm Sorry - Chicago

Billboards top Hits of 1983

1. Every Breath You Take - the Police
2. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
3. Flashdance... What A Feeling - Irene Cara
4. Say Say Say - Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson
5. All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Ritchie
6. Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
7. Down Under - Men At Work
8. Beat It - Michael Jackson
9. Islands In The Stream - Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
10. Baby, Come To Me - Patti Austin and James Ingram

Billboards top Hits of 1984

1. Like A Virgin - Madonna
2. When Doves Cry - Prince
3. Jump - Van Halen
4. Footloose - Kenny Loggins
5. Whats Love Got to Do With It - Tina Turner
6. Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) - Phil Collins
7. I Just Called To Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder
8. Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr
9. Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
10. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go - Wham!

Billboards top Hits of 1985

1. Say You, Say Me - Lionel Ritchie
2. We Are The World - USA for Africa
3. Careless Whisper - Wham!
4. Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon
5. Money For Nothing - Dire Straits
6. Shout - Tears For Fears
7. Broken Wings - Mr. Mister
8. I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
9. The Power Of Love - Huey Lewis & the News
10. Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears For Fears

Billboards top Hits of 1986

1. That's What friends are For - Dionne and Friends
2. Walk Like an Egyptian - Bangles
3. On My Own - Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald
4. Greatest Love of All - Whitney Houston
5. Stuck With You - Huey Lewis & the News
6. Rock Me Amedeua - Falco
7. Kyrie - Mr. Mister
8. Kiss - Prince & the Revolution
9. Papa Don't Preach - Madonna
10. How Will I Know - Whitney Houston

Billboards top Hits of 1987

1. Faith - George Michael
2. Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
3. Alone - Heart
4. With Or Without You - U2
5. La Bamba - Los Lobos
6. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston
7. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship
8. I Still haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2
9. Didn't We Almost Have It All - Whitney Houston
10. I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) - George Michael & Aretha Franklin

Billboards top Hits of 1988

1. Roll With It - Steve Winwood
2. Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison
3. One More Try - George Michael
4. Look Away - Chicago
5. Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
6. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
7. Anything For You - Gloria Estefan / Miami Sound Machine
8. Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car - Billy Ocean
9. Man In The Mirror - Michael Jackson
10. The Flame - Cheap Trick

Billboards top Hits of 1989

1. Another Day In Paradise - Phil Collins
2. Miss You Much - Janet Jackson
3. Straight Up - Paula Abdul
4. Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx
5. Lost In Your Eyes - Debbie Gibson
6. Like A Prayer - Madonna
7. We Didn't Start The Fire - Billy Joel
8. Two Hearts - Phil Collins
9. When I See You Smile - Bad English
10. Blame It On The Rain - Milli Vanilli


  1. There are a lot of good songs in the 80's. I hope she does not pick songs by Whitney, Air Supply, Donna Summer or Laura Branigan. :) I agree, she should own the songs. Put her own spin. Heatwave sounded 70's to me, as if I was listening to a Donna Summer song. :) It was probably the reason why she's on the bottom 3 this week. She should make her songs sound current like what David Cook did to Mariah Carey's "Always Be My Baby." I hope the author of this blog, whoever you are, will be invited as part of Thia's brainstorming team (if she has one) because he/she knows how American Idol works! Nice job!

  2. She could sing songs by Basia, Swing Out Sister, Pat Benatar, Gloria Estefan, Annie Lennox, etc.


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