What if American Top 40 travelled through space and time to link up with the Galactic Empire Top 40?
That’s exactly what happened on May 21, 1980. You can hear it all right here, EarBuds!
The Empire Strikes Back premiered in theaters 40 years ago today. And since the number 40 has a nice ring to it, TechnoRetro Dads delve into the archives of American Top 40 with Casey Kasem as a soundtrack for the day. In a strange turn of events, an alternative version of the radio show came across the airwaves as host Spacey Ace’em counts down the Top Ten from the week of May 21, 1980 and while the tunes sound familiar, the lyrics are a bit odd. Count down the greatest hits of this week 40 years ago with a flair from that galaxy far, far away.
10. “Biggest Hope We Have” (Am Yozya)
Yozya, of a wrinkled and green species unrecorded in the Official Archives of the Galactic Empire, sings about his great, great, great, great uncle’s training of a farm boy from Tatooine during his self-imposed exile on Dagobah.
9. “Another Snow-Covered Brawl” (Pink Asteroid)
This controversial piece has been banned from educational academies throughout the Galactic Empire because of its alleged ties to the traitorous Rebel Alliance.
8. “Don’t Find a Friend in a Gambler” (Gordon Rogers and Buck Girard)
A duet about scoundrels, pirates, and honor among thieves that you’re going to have to hear to the end.
7. “You May Be Right, I May Be Scruffy” (Joel Willbilly)
Willbilly hits hard with this raucous tune about a scoundrel with a high opinion of himself. Perhaps a princess and a scoundrel could have a future.
6. “Roll the Dice” (Dr. Bookie)
Known for their songs about fast podracers, fast ships, and fast money, “Roll the Dice” comes from the band’s latest album, Canto Blight.
5. “With You I’m Left Behind” (C-3PO and R2-D2)
The second duet in the top ten this week features a protocol droid and an astromech singing a song you’ll hope never ends.
4. “BespinTown” (Faux No)
From the album Villa Manilla, the lip-syncing pseudo-band Faux No tells the story of a city that will get you moving and grooving.
3. “Frozen Love” (Iron Lung)
“Frozen Love” will warm the coldest hearts with a love song that will make you say, “I know.”
2. “Fly the Slave 1” (Cross-2-4-Chris)
Cross-2-4-Chris knows about the relationship of a pilot and his ship. While it’s not quite as romantic as his number one hit “Solo’s Falcon”, this song about Han Solo’s rival will have you hunting bounties in no time.
1. “Call Me” (Blah N Di)
Force Time. Enough said.
And that’s the Top Ten. Of course, there are a few surprises along the way, so plug in your ear buds, EarBuds, and turn up the tunes. We’re betting you’ll be crying before it’s over.
In case this wasn’t all you hoped it would be, tune in to the last Top40 Top Ten from May 25, 1977 here.
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