Few things in life have influenced me as much as Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 did. For a good chunk of the 1980s, Sunday morning meant listening to Casey count down the top 40 pop hits in the country.

Since I am middle-aged, nostalgia is kind of what I live for. Thus I spend far too much time listening to old countdowns, either AT40 replays on my local radio station on Sundays, on the iHeart Radio channel dedicated to old AT40’s, or to the “Big 40 Countdown” on SiriusXM.

I often write about what I hear on these old countdowns. Here is a full list of my Reaching for the Stars series:

“(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)” – Beastie Boys
“Killin’ Time” – Fred Knoblock and Susan Anton, “Smoky Mountain Rain” – Ronnie Millsap, “I Made It Through the Rain” – Barry Manilow
“I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” – Elton John
“Allentown” – Billy Joel
“Kyrie” – Mr. Mister
“Little Red Corvette” – Prince
“Time After Time” – Cyndi Lauper
“Stomp!” – The Brothers Johnson
“Eyes Without a Face” – Billy Idol
“Play the Game Tonight” – Kansas
“18 and Life” – Skid Row
“We’re Not Gonna Take It” – Twisted Sister
“We Don’t Need Another Hero” – Tina Turner, “Power of Love” – Huey Lewis & The News, “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)” – John Parr
“Heartbeat” – Don Johnson
“Whenever I Call You ‘Friend’” – Kenny Loggins (with Stevie Nicks)
“Strut” – Sheena Easton
“Penny Lover” – Lionel Richie
“Human” – The Human League
“The Belle of St. Mark” – Sheila E.
“Let the Music Play” – Shannon
“Down Under” – Men at Work
“The Rubberband Man” – The Spinners
“Beat’s So Lonely” – Charlie Sexton
“How Deep Is Your Love” – Bee Gees
“We Are the World” – USA for Africa
“West End Girls” – Pet Shop Boys
“19” – Paul Hardcastle
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” – Elton John and Kiki Dee
“Invincible (Theme from The Legend of Billy Jean)” – Pat Benatar
“Love Is In Control (Finger on the Trigger)” – Donna Summer
“We Got the Beat” – The Go-Go’s; “I Love Rock ’n Roll” – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Top New Artists of the 1980s
“Stand Back” – Stevie Nicks
“Maneater” – Daryl Hall and John Oates
“Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy” – Sammy Hagar
“Push It,” Salt-N-Pepa; “Pump Up the Volume,” M/A/R/R/S
“Waiting for a Girl Like You” – Foreigner
“I Still Can’t Get Over Loving You” – Ray Parker, Jr.
“They Don’t Know” – Tracey Ullman
“Missing You” – Diana Ross, “Nightshift” – The Commodores
“Genius of Love” – Tom Tom Club
“One On One” – Daryl Hall & John Oates
“Be Good To Yourself” – Journey
“Obscene Phone Caller” – Rockwell
“Hurts So Good” – John Cougar
“Your Wildest Dreams” – The Moody Blues
“Someday, Someway” – Marshall Crenshaw
“Friends” – Jody Watley with Eric B and Rakim
“Steppin’ Out” – Joe Jackson
“Purple Rain” – Prince & The Revolution
“Love is a Battlefield” – Pat Benatar
“Bruce” – Rick Springfield