80s Song of the Day: Fresh by Kool and the Gang

Fresh by Kool and the Gang was released November 24, 1984, with In the Heart as the B side. It was a single from the band’s sixteenth studio album Emergency, which would become their biggest selling album.

fresh-kool-and-the-gangAlthough it wasn’t released until 1984, Fresh dates back to 1978. According to Wikipedia and Songfacts.com, the song is credited for coining the slang “fresh” to mean “cool.”

The song peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was a No. 1 hit on the R&B and dance charts. In the United Kingdom, it reached No. 11 on the UK Singles chart.

80s Song of the Day: It’s Raining Men by The Weather Girls

God bless Mother Nature, she’s a single woman too
She took off to heaven and she did what she had to do
She taught every angel to rearrange the sky
So that each and every woman could find her perfect guy

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It’s Raining Men by The Weather Girls was released on September 10, 1982, with an instrumental version of the song as the B side. It was a single from the album Success.

The song, which had previously been rejected by Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Cher, and Barbara Streisand, was an international hit, selling 6 million copies worldwide. It reached No. 46 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart. Continue reading