Top Ten Tuesday: 1982, The Next 10

On to the #11 thru #20 songs on the 1982 year end Hot 100.

20 – Rick Springfield, "Don’t Talk To Strangers": Written and performed by Springfield on his 1982 album Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet. It reached #2, being kept out of the top spot by Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney’s "Ebony And Ivory."

19 – Foreigner, "Waiting For A Girl Like You": Released in October 1981, from their album 4, it reached #2 in the US and Canada and did well in the English-speaking countries.

18 – Melissa Manchester, "You Should Hear How She Talks About You": QWritten by Dean Pitchford and Tom Snow and appeared on Melissa’s 1982 album Hey Ricky. One of those songs that I didn’t recognize at first, it reached #5 in the US and Canada.

17 – Bertie Higgins, "Key Largo": Written by Bertie and co-producer Sonny Limbo, it was released in September 1981 from the album Just Another Day In Paradise. It reached #1 on the US and Canadian Adult Contemporary charts, #8 in the US and #3 in Canada on the Pop charts.

16 – Tommy Tutone, "867-5309 (Jenny)": Written by band member Jim Keller and Alex Call from the band Clover, it reached #4 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart and caused a lot of people with that number to change it.

15 – Daryl Hall & John Oates, "I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)": Hall & Oates’s fourth consecutive #1 song, it’s one of 14 H&O songs to have been played over a million times on radio, according to BMI. It was on the 1981 album Private Eyes.

14 – Toto, "Rosanna": From Toto’s 1982 album Toto IV, it won the 1983 Grammy for Song of the Year, and spent five weeks at #2 behind "Don’t You Want Me" by The Human League and "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor. Jeff Porcaro’s drumming on this song, a half-time shuffle, is called the "Rosanna Shuffle."

13 – Quarterflash, "Harden My Heart": Written by guitarist Marv Ross and sung by his wife Rindy, the song was released in September 1981 and peaked at #3 on the Hot 100.

12 – Vangelis, "Chariots Of Fire": From the Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire, the song was called "Titles" on the soundtrack album but is generally referred to as "Chariots of Fire." It spent a week at #1 on the Hot 100, and Vangelis received the Academy Award for Best Score.

11 – Soft Cell, "Tainted Love": A song originally recorded by Gloria Jones in 1964, it reached #1 in Canada, Australia, and the UK and #8 in the US.

Next week: 1983.

18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 1982, The Next 10

  1. I do like Vangelis but also the one before is so powerful with her voice, to me anyway. I keep forgetting Rick Springfield had more than just one hit (Jessie’s Girl). Hall & Oates was everywhere. Tainted Love is a good song and I remember dancing to this with my brother when I visited him in university. That visit was a memorable event in my changing.


    1. I had to look and see which song you were taklking about… QuarterFlash should have done much better than they did. Rindy Ross not only has a dynamite voice, she plays saxophone well…


  2. John,

    This is an excellent collection of 80s music. I enjoyed listening to the playlist while writing up a post for next week. Hall & Oates is one of my favorite 80s groups but you picked all fabulous songs.


  3. I thought I would know more of these by name (although listening to them I know most). “Tainted Love” still gets a fair amount of air time in Australia.


  4. Another memorable year for me–not so much for the music, but music was definitely a big part of my life then.


  5. ‘Tainted Love’ would be my favorite one there– but I did like the Chariots Of Fire- movie and soundtrack…


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