13: Just When I Needed You Most – Randy Vanwarmer

NeilTop 30 - One Hit Wonders

Entered Charts: 29 August 1979
Entry Point: 37
Highest Chart: 10
Weeks In: 14
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What a beautiful song this is … this guy has lost his girl and he is hurting. You can hear the pain as he sings.

To be fair, it is hard to take somebody seriously when their name is Randy Vanwarmer and he dresses like he does in the video clip but I am feeling this guys pain. She packed in the morning, he stared out the window and he struggled for something to say. She left in the rain – without closing the door – he didn’t stand in her way.

It is one of the great breaking-up songs of all time and, sadly, all that we have left of Randy here in Australia. A significant number of artists have recorded cover versions of the song including Dolly Parton, Tim McGraw, Donna Fargo, Smokie and, according to Wikipedia, Bob Dylan! You can even buy Kamahl’s version from iTunes!

I’ve spoken of a few songs in this countdown that will make you really happy and “up”. If this one doesn’t make you a little sad, you are heartless.