#atozchallenge Top Ten: WEEI-FM (103.3 FM, Boston, MA), 3/7/83

WEEI-FM at 103.3 FM in Boston is now WBGB, "Big 103," playing an "adult hits" format. The WEEI-FM call letters are now down the dial at 93.7 FM; that station is doing a sports-talk format. You can see the whole history of 103.3 here. As with most things radio in the 21st Century, it’s a bit complicated.

When this survey was issued, WEEI-FM was broadcasting a soft rock format, the softer hits of artists that don’t get played on Top 40 stations (whatever that means). Two days after this survey was released, WEEI-FM became WHTT and changed formats to "hot hits."

  1. Christopher Cross, “All Right”: From his second album, 1983’s Another Page, the single of “All Right” debuted on the Hot 100 at #29. It reached #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #12 on the Hot 100 in the US and #1 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart.
  2. Men At Work, “Down Under”: Seen as a patriotic song in their native Australia, this debuted on the Hot 100 in November 1982 and reached #1 in January 1983, spending four non-consecutive weeks there. Billboard ranked it as the #4 song for 1983.
  3. Lionel Richie, “You Are”: Written by Lionel and his then-wife Brenda, this appeared on his eponymous 1982 debut album and reached #4 on the Hot 100, #1 on the Adult Contemporary, and #2 on the R&B chart.
  4. Culture Club, “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me”: This was Culture Club’s first major success in the US, reaching #2 for three weeks, and it reached #1 in the UK.
  5. Stray Cats, “Stray Cat Strut”: From their 1982 album Built For Speed, it was released in June 1982 ande failed to reach the Hot 100, reaching 109 on the Bubbling Under chart. After the success of “Rock This Town,” they re-released it and it climbed to #3 on the Hot 100.
  6. Bob Seger, “Shame On The Moon”: A cover of Rodney Crowell’s 1981 song, it appeared on Bob’s 1982 album The Distance. Bob’s record reached #2 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
  7. Patti Austin & James Ingram, “Baby Come To Me”: From Patti’s 1981 album Every Home Should Have One, this duet with James Ingram was released in April 1982 and reached #73 on the Hot 100. When the American soap opera General Hospital began using this as the love theme for the character Luke Spencer, it was re-released in October 1982 and reached #1 the following February. Never underestimate the power of soap operas…
  8. Duran Duran, “Hungry Life The Wolf”: from their second album, 1982’s Rio, this reached #5 in the UK, but didn’t do well in the US until MTV started showing the video on heavy rotation. It peaked at #3 on the Hot 100.
  9. The Pretenders, “Back On The Chain Gang”: This was a single by The Pretenders that they released in September 1982 and on the King Of Comedy soundtrack album in early 1983. It peaked at #5 on the Hot 100.
  10. Michael Jackson, “Billie Jean”: Released as a single in early January 1983 from his 1982 album Thriller, it reached #1 on both the Hot 100 and the Hot Black Singles chart by February, the fastest a Michael Jackson record reached the top spot since “ABC,” “The Love You Save,” and “I’ll Be There” in 1970, when he was a member of the Jackson 5.

Back tomorrow with F!

Since it’s Tuesday and this is my usual "Top Ten Tuesday" entry, anyway, I’m using it for both.

33 thoughts on “#atozchallenge Top Ten: WEEI-FM (103.3 FM, Boston, MA), 3/7/83

  1. The 1980s was the decade of child raising for me but I still managed to enjoy the music. I get so annoyed every time I think about that court case over “Down Under”. Apparently there was a question in the music TV show “Spicks and Specks” asking what traditional Australian song featured in “Down Under”. That opened Pandora’s Box.

    At the farewell Xmas dinner in England (2004) just before I returned to Australia after a year away the band played “Down Under”. I didn’t realise the effect it would have on me. It made me so homesick! Thanks for the memories.

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  2. That is an awesome top 10. If it wasn’t for the fact Men at Work with “Down Under” made the list, I would have had trouble picking my favourite. But of course that one is an easy pick. Interestingly, after years of legal action, Men at Work recently lost a court case that they had “stolen” the flute solo from an Aussie kids song, Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree. Men at Work said they didn’t, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t, but subconsciously borrowed it because every kid knows that song inside out.

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    1. Every song you hear is somehow a product of all the songs the composer has ever heard, even the ones they didn’t like. Nothing is ever totally original. I’m surprised there aren’t more suits like that.

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  3. Love the 80s! Each of these songs brings a sweet memory. I remember most of the lyrics too even though it’s been a while.

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  4. GREAT year for music! 83 was the year I graduated high school…. . The list brought back some awesome memories and remembering growing up in New England…. the Boston Red Sox, Quincy Market, ahhh the good old days. Thank you for the memories.
    Cheers,
    Crackerberries

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  5. Hi John – I’m really enjoying these … and am very appreciative of you posting them for us – all the best – Hilary

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  6. John,

    Exactly what I needed to make my morning more efficient! I’m really enjoying your playlists. 🙂

    Join me on Curious as a Cathy for today’s Looney Tunes Art Sketch of Elmer Fudd! Happy A2Zing, my friends!

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    1. I follow Christopher on Instagram. He was quite sick with Covid, but he’s recovering nicely. I’ve liked him since “Sailing.” I admit it, I’m a little too into yacht rock…

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  7. I used to drive to Boston often in the early 80s. I probably listened to this station, as the music I liked seemed to be concentrated at the top end of the dial.

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