Top 10 Melissa Manchester Songs

Melissa Manchester Songs

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Our Top 10 Melissa Manchester songs list looks back at the songs of an artist that hit the scene in the 1970s with some big time hit singles. Most people would first hear about Melissa Manchester when she scored a top 10 hit in 1975 with the song “Midnight Blue.” From that point on, she would become known as a female balladeer in the style of a Barry Manilow and Barbra Streisand. And like Streisand and Manilow, Melissa Manchester would also celebrate some big time uptempo hits along with her ballads as she had a voice that could sing anything and make it sound wonderful. Our Top 10 Melissa Manchester songs list celebrates her amazing talents.

# 10 – Mathematics

We open up our top 10 Melissa Manchester songs list with the very 80s sounding song entitled “Mathematics.” This is not the Melissa Manchester you were probably waiting to hear, but hey it’s a really fun song. It’s like a cross between Sheena Easton and Prince. The song was released in 1985 and was minor hit. The song broke into the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number seventy four.

# 9 – Come In From The Rain

Don’t you just love the piano intro on this sensational ballad? Continuing with our top 10 Melissa Manchester songs list we take a listen to the beautiful song entitled “Come In From The Rain.” The song was released on the album entitled Better Days and Happy Endings. The album was released in 1976. The song was never released as a single, but it remains one of our favorite tracks from the album as well as one of our favorite Melissa Manchester songs of all time.

# 8 – If This Is Love

In the number eight spot on our top 10 Melissa Manchester songs list we present the breathtaking ballad entitled “If This Is Love.” The song was released on the album entitled For the Working Girl. The album was released in 1980. It was the first single released from the album. The song just missed the US Billboard Hot 100 as it stalled sadly at number 102. Nonetheless, it was a top 20 hit on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary Charts peaking at number nineteen. This was a huge sounding ballad in the sort of “Don’t Cry Out Loud,”style.

# 7 – I Wanna Be Where You Are

In the number seven position on our top 10 Melissa Manchester songs list is the  fantastic song entitled “I Wanna Be Where You Are.”  This was a song that Michael Jackson had recorded a few years earlier and had a big hit with. The song was released on the album entitled Singin’. The album was released in 1977. It was the first single released from the album. The song was composed by Arthur “T-Boy” Ross and Leon Ware. “I Wanna Be Where You Are,” is such a soulful r&b track that Melissa Manchester does such a splendid job on. It has the sound of 1977 all over it as the Bee Gees loomed heavily all over everything.

# 6 – Pretty Girls

Landing in the number six spot on our top 10 Melissa Manchester songs list we present the wonderful track “Pretty Girls.” The song reminded us of Neil Sedaka’s “Love Will Keep Us Together,” especially in the beginning. The song “Pretty Girls,” was released on the album entitled Melissa Manchester. The album was released in 1979.  It was the first single released from the album. The song just made the top 40 section of the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number thirty nine. The song ranked higher on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary Charts peaking at number twenty six

# 5 – Just Too Many People

At the halfway point on our top 10 Melissa Manchester songs list is the follow up single to her massive hit “Midnight Blue,” entitled “Just Too Many People.” The song was issued on the album Melissa. The album was released in 1975. It was the second single released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number thirty. The song reached much higher on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary Charts hitting the number two spot.

# 4 – You Should Hear How She Talks About You

At the number four spot on our top 10 Melissa Manchester songs list we present the high-spirited  energetic song “You Should Hear How She Talks About You.” The song was released on the album entitled Hey Ricky. The album was released in 1982. It was the second single released from the album. This track sounded more like a Laura Branigan or Pointer Sisters song than what we had been hearing from Melissa Manchester in the 70s. In fact, it was Laura Branigan who Melissa Manchester beat out for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance that she won for this song.

The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number five making it the highest charting song of her career on the Hot 100. The song also broke onto the US Billboard Adult Contemporary Charts peaking at number ten. The song was written by Dean Pitchford and Tom Snow.

# 3 – Don’t Cry Out Loud

Moving along on our top 10 Melissa Manchester songs list we present the breathtaking song entitled “Don’t Cry Out Loud.” This was the second biggest hit of Melissa Manchester’s career. “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” was released on the album also entitled Don’t Cry Out Loud. The album was released in 1978. It was the first single released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number ten. The song also broke onto the US Billboard Adult Contemporary Charts peaking at number nine. In Canada the song hit number two on the Canada RPM Adult Contemporary Charts.

The majestic sounding song “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” was written by Peter Allen and Carole Bayer Sager. The piano player on the track was Bill Payne of the band Little Feat. Lee Ritenour who was known to play on many of the great Steely Dan tracks as well as his own established jazz career played guitar on the song. The great Jim Keltner played drums. They used the best on these recordings.

# 2 – Through the Eyes of Love (Theme from Ice Castles)

In the number two spot on our top 10 Melissa Manchester songs list we present the extraordinary song entitled “Through the Eyes of Love (Theme from Ice Castles).”  This was a massive hit in pop culture in 1979. I think every high school female glee club member and thespian singer in high schools around the United States sang this song in talent shows and coffee houses in the lates 70s and early 80s.

The song was released on the soundtrack album to the motion picture Ice Castles. The album and film were released in 1979. The song was composed by the legendary songwriters Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number seventy six. The song did much better on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary Charts peaking at thirteen.

# 1 – Midnight Blue

We close out our top 10 Melissa Manchester songs list with the song entitled “Midnight Blue.” You couldn’t go 15 minutes in 1975 without hearing this song on the radio. This was a monster hit that everyone loved. It had a lot of competition in 1975 with Elton John dominating the charts along with Paul McCartney, Neil Sedaka, Hall & Oates and of course The Captain & Tennille. Yet, this one was huge. The song was released on the album entitled Melissa. The album was released in 1975. It was the first single released from the album. The bewitching song “Midnight Blue,” was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number six. However, the song also broke onto the US Billboard Adult Contemporary Charts peaking all the way up to number one. The stunning song “Midnight Blue,” was written by Melissa Manchester and Carole Bayer Sager.

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