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‘Upside Down’ by Diana Ross – Classic Hit or Miss

Upside Down" is a hit song by Diana Ross released on the Motown label. It was the first single taken from her 1980 album diana and hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 6, 1980. It also hit number one on the Billboard Disco/Dance and R&B charts. The single was also a big hit internationally, topping the singles charts in Sweden, Italy, Norway and Switzerland, while reaching #5 in Canada. It also rose to #2 on the UK Singles Chart.

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‘Aint Not Stoppin Us Now’ by Mcfadden and Whitehead – Classic hit or Miss

Disco Week for the Hit or Miss! "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" is a disco song performed by R&B duo McFadden & Whitehead from their debut album, McFadden & Whitehead. They wrote and produced this along with keyboard player Jerry Cohen. Released from their self-titled debut album in 1979, the song spent a week at number one on the R&B singles chart. It also proved to be a successful crossover hit, peaking at number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100, and reached number 5 in the UK. The single also made it to number ten on the disco charts. The song eventually sold over 2 million copies and went platinum.

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‘Orange Crush’ by R.E.M. – Classic Hit or Miss

"Orange Crush" is a song by the American alternative rock band R.E.M. It was released as the first single from the band's sixth studio album, Green, in 1988. It was not commercially released in the US despite reaching number one as a promotional single on both the Mainstream and Modern Rock Tracks (where, at the time, it had the record for longest stay at number one with eight weeks, beating U2). It peaked at number 28 on the UK Singles Charts, making it the band's then-highest chart hit in Britain.

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‘I’ll Never Love This Way Again’ by Dionne Warwick – Classic Hit or Miss

"I'll Never Love This Way Again" is a Grammy Award-winning, Gold-certified 1979 hit recorded by American singer Dionne Warwick. The song was composed by Richard Kerr (music) and Will Jennings (lyrics) and produced by Arista labelmate Barry Manilow.

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‘Burning Heart’ by Survivor – Classic Hit or Miss

"Burning Heart" is a song by Survivor. It was performed by Jimi Jamison, appeared in the 1985 film Rocky IV and on its soundtrack album. The single peaked at #2 in February 1986. "Burning Heart," which is about an "all or nothing" battle was inspired by the Cold War, as shown by lyrics such as "Is it East versus West?" or "Can any nation stand alone?"

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‘Girls with Guns’ by Tommy Shaw – Classic Hit or Miss

Girls with Guns is the debut solo album from Styx guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw. It was released in October 1984 by A&M Records.The title track was a top 10 hit at rock radio, peaking at #6 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and reaching a high of #33 on the Hot 100. "Girls With Guns" was featured in a first season episode of Miami Vice called "Glades."

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‘Take Off’ by Bob and Doug Mckenzie – Classic Hit or Miss

The song "Take Off" (identified on the album as "the hit single section"), featured guest vocalist Geddy Lee of Rush. It was indeed a hit, peaking at number 16 on the Billboard 100 singles chart in March 1982 and proved to be a bigger hit single than anything Lee ever recorded with Rush.

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‘Up on Cripple Creek’ by The Band – Classic Hit or Miss

"Up on Cripple Creek" is the fifth song on The Band's eponymous second album, The Band. It was released as a (edited) single on Capitol 2635 in November 1969 and reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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‘You Needed Me’ by Anne Murray – Classic Hit or Miss

"You Needed Me" was  written by Randy Goodrum, and it was a number one single in the United States in 1978 for Canadian singer Anne Murray. The song, included on her 1978 album Let's Keep It That Way, was also a top-five country single and won Song of the Year at the Academy of Country Music awards. Although the song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, it never topped the two Billboard charts where Murray had the most success - Country and Adult Contemporary. The song won Murray the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 21st Grammy Awards,the first to be awarded to a Canadian artist.

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‘Go For a Soda’ by Kim Mitchell

All Canadians for the hit or miss this week!

In early 1985, the song "Go For Soda" from the Akimbo Alogo album became an international hit and remains his best known song outside of his native Canada. The song was also featured in the opening scene of the 1985 Miami Vice episode Buddies. It was popularized in a series of television commercials for the soft drink Mr. Pibb. More recently, that ad campaign was lampooned by American Dad, in the episode A.T. the Abusive Terrestrial.

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‘This Time’ by Bryan Adams

It's All Canadians for the Hit or Miss! - "This Time" is a hit song by Canadian rock star Bryan Adams, appearing as the third track on his 1983 album Cuts Like a Knife. The single was a top 30 hit in the US on Billboard Hot 100 and Mainstream Rock Tracks during the fall of 1983 and was Adams first single to reach the UK Singles Chart peaking #41.

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‘Along Comes a Woman’ by Chicago – Classic Hit or Miss

"Along Comes a Woman" is a song written by Peter Cetera and Mark Goldenberg and recorded for their album Chicago 17 (1984), with Cetera singing lead vocals. The fourth single released from that album, it reached #14 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The music video featured Peter Cetera in an Indiana Jones / Casablanca type setting in the jungle. It was released in what was known to be the "music video age" of MTV.

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