Sunday, June 12, 2016

"All the Right Moves" by Jennifer Warnes/Chris Thompson

Song#:  1686
Date:  11/12/1983
Debut:  94
Peak:  85
Weeks:  4
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary, Soundtrack

Pop Bits:  Warnes topped the Pop chart in 1982 singing "Up Where We Belong" with Joe Cocker from the film An Officer and a Gentleman. It started a bit of a streak where she made contributions to film soundtracks. In the summer of '83, her song "Nights Are Forever" from the soundtrack to Twilight Zone: The Movie just missed the Pop chart, but hit #8 at AC. Next up was this duet with Chris Thompson that served as the theme song to the Tom Cruise movie of the same name. The single made a brief appearance on the Pop chart, but did better at AC getting to #19. It would be the third of five soundtrack songs Warnes would have on the AC chart.

ReduxReview:  Yeah, this sounds like a soundtrack song. The verse is simplistic with a melody and chord structure that are very stilted, just like some of those old 80s TV show themes. The chorus is actually good and I like that part, but I can barely stand to get through the verse. Warnes and Thompson do what they can here, but it's really not enough to save the song. Do yourself a favor and look up Warnes' "Nights Are Forever." It's not a fantastic song, but it is better than this one and should have been a moderate Pop hit.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  Before the year was out, Warnes would issue another duet single from a soundtrack. With country star Gary Morris, the pair would sing "Simply Meant to Be" for the Bruce Willis film Blind Date. Once again, it missed the Pop chart, but it became her fourth soundtrack song to reach the AC chart. It was a solid hit that got to #3.


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