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.