Song of the Week: Heat of the Moment by Asia

Song of the Week: Broken Heart (13 Valleys) by Big Country

Song of the Week: A Real Hero by College ft. Electric Youth

Title: A Real Hero

Artist: College featuring Electric Youth

Did You Know: This hauntingly beautiful song isn’t from the 80’s, but it might as well be. A key component of the amazing soundtrack from the movie “Drive”, A Real Hero provides the perfect atmosphere for Ryan Gosling’s finest hour. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, you should, but prepare for a gritty flick that harkens back to film noir of the 40’s and 50’s. While your at it, buy the soundtrack. Best album of the year…double stamp it!

Song of the Week: “The Promise” by When In Rome

Title: The Promise

Artist: When In Rome

Release: June 1988

Peak Chart Position: #11

Did You Know: Not only was When In Rome a one-hit wonder with “The Promise”, but the band only released a single album before breaking up. How would’ve the world been different if the band had stayed together? No one knows for sure, but most experts speculate that Justin Beiber would never have been born, the Mariners would have won multiple World Series, and zombies would occupy 90% of retail jobs. If you think you recognize this song, it’s probably from Napoleon Dynamite, where it was featured in the end credits.

Song of the Week: “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston

Title: I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)

Artist: Whitney Houston

Release: May 2, 1987

Peak Chart Position: #1

Did You Know: Life on Earth is strange, sad, beautiful, and often far too short. Take comfort in the fact that Christ has provided a place more beautiful than we can imagine for those who choose to believe.┬áHere’s hoping Whitney never lost her faith.

Song of the Week: “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears

Title: Everybody Wants to Rule the World

Artist: Tears for Fears

Release: June 1985

Peak Chart Position: #1

Did You Know: Tears for Fears has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. That’s enough albums to reach from Earth to the planet formally known as Pluto! Twice! Although the song’s title might suggest otherwise, a recent Gallup Poll showed that only two percent of Americans actually wanted to rule the world. That’s less than the percent of Americans who still support Herman Cain for President. Politics! Pizza! Planets that aren’t planets! 80’s music!

Song of the Week: “Your Love” by The Outfield

Title: Your Love

Artist: The Outfield

Release: 1986

Peak Chart Position: #6

Did You Know: Despite hailing from a country (England) that has produced only 32 Major League Baseball players, The Outfield chose their name based on their love for America’s Pastime. The New York Mets briefly considered signing lead singer Tony Lewis to a contract in the mid-80’s, before he failed to hit a ball out of the infield (ironic?) during a tryout. The band released a new album “Replay” in 2011 and continues to tour the U.S. and Europe.

Song of the Week: “In a Big Country” by Big Country

Title: “In a Big Country”

Artist: Big Country

Release: May 1983

Peak Chart Position: #3

Did You Know: Despite being considered a one-hit wonder in the states, Big Country enjoyed extended success in Europe as a result of their energetic live shows. Also, according to an unnamed source, former NBA player Bryant Reeves received his nickname “Big Country” not because of his size, but because of his fondness for another Big Country song, “13 Valleys“. The band continues to tour in the U.K.