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:

Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 1 – “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)” – Beastie Boys
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 2 – “Killin’ Time” – Fred Knoblock and Susan Anton, “Smoky Mountain Rain” – Ronnie Millsap, “I Made It Through the Rain” – Barry Manilow
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 3 – “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” – Elton John
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 4 – “Allentown” – Billy Joel
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 5 – “Kyrie” – Mr. Mister
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 6 – “Little Red Corvette” – Prince
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 7 – “Time After Time” – Cyndi Lauper
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 8 – “Stomp!” – The Brothers Johnson
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 9 – “Eyes Without a Face” – Billy Idol
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 10 – “Play the Game Tonight” – Kansas
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 11 – “18 and Life” – Skid Row
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 12 – “We’re Not Gonna Take It” – Twisted Sister
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 13 – “We Don’t Need Another Hero” – Tina Turner, “Power of Love” – Huey Lewis & The News, “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)” – John Parr
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 14 – “Heartbeat” – Don Johnson
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 15 – “Whenever I Call You ‘Friend’” – Kenny Loggins (with Stevie Nicks)
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 16 – “Strut” – Sheena Easton
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 17 – “Penny Lover” – Lionel Richie
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 18 – “Human” – The Human League
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 19 – “The Belle of St. Mark” – Sheila E.
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 20 – “Let the Music Play” – Shannon
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 21 – “Down Under” – Men at Work
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 22 – “The Rubberband Man” – The Spinners
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 23 – “Beat’s So Lonely” – Charlie Sexton
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 24 – “How Deep Is Your Love” – Bee Gees
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 25 – “We Are the World” – USA for Africa
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 26 – “West End Girls” – Pet Shop Boys
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 27 – “19” – Paul Hardcastle
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 28 – “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” – Elton John and Kiki Dee
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 29 – “Invincible (Theme from The Legend of Billy Jean)” – Pat Benatar
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 30 – “Love Is In Control (Finger on the Trigger)” – Donna Summer
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 31 – “We Got the Beat” – The Go-Go’s; “I Love Rock ’n Roll” – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 32 – Top New Artists of the 1980s
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 33 – “Stand Back” – Stevie Nicks
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 34 – “Maneater” – Daryl Hall and John Oates
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 35 – “Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy” – Sammy Hagar
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 36 – “Push It,” Salt-N-Pepa; “Pump Up the Volume,” M/A/R/R/S
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 37 – “Waiting for a Girl Like You” – Foreigner
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 38 – “I Still Can’t Get Over Loving You” – Ray Parker, Jr.
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 39 – “They Don’t Know” – Tracey Ullman
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 40 – “Missing You” – Diana Ross, “Nightshift” – The Commodores
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 41 – “Genius of Love” – Tom Tom Club
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 42 – “One On One” – Daryl Hall & John Oates
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 43 – “Be Good To Yourself” – Journey
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 44 – “Obscene Phone Caller” – Rockwell
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 45 – “Hurts So Good” – John Cougar
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 46 – “Your Wildest Dreams” – The Moody Blues
Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 47 – “Someday, Someway” – Marshall Crenshaw

Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 48 – “Friends” – Jody Watley with Eric B and Rakim