Top Ten Tuesday: 1983, The Next 10

Funny thing with this one: I didn’t recognize about half the songs by name, but recognized them when I heard them. Anyway, here’s #11 to #20 for 1983.

20 – Frida, "I Know There’s Something Going On": Frida is former Abba singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad, from her 1982 album Something Going On. Only reached #13 in the US, #30 in Canada, and #43 in the UK, but was a Top 10 hit in most of the rest of the world.

19 – Golden Earring, "Twilight Zone": Guitarist George Kooymans got the idea for this song from reading Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Identity. It reached #10 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart, their only US #1 (which comes as a surprise; I’d’ve thought "Radar Love" would be up there).

18 – David Bowie, "Let’s Dance": Title track from his 1983 album, it was a huge hit, raching #1 in the US, Canada, UK, and much of the rest of the world.

17 – Duran Duran, "Hungry Like The Wolf": From their 1982 album Rio (with its Patrick Nagel artwork, which fits in with my poster store thing from the other night). It reached #3 on the Hot 100, #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart, #1 in Canada, and #5 in the UK.

16 – Sergio Mendes, "Never Gonna Let You Go": Declared by Rick Beato to be the "most complex pop song of all time," it was written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, sung by Joe Pizzulo and Leeza Miller, and appeared on Sergio’s eponymous 1983 album. It reached #4 on the Hot 100, #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, #5 in Canada, and #3 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart.

15 – Donna Summer, "She Works Hard For The Money": Title track from her 1983 album, the song was written by Donna and Michael Omartian. It became one of her signature songs, reaching #1 on the Black Singles chart, #3 on the Hot 100, and #4 in Canada and Australia.

14 – Bob Seger, "Shame On The Moon": Lead single from Bob’s eponymous 1982 album. It reached #2 on the Hot 100, #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #1 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart.

13 – Dexys Midnight Runners & The Emerald Express, "Come On Eileen": From their 1982 album Too-Rye-Ay, this was their second #1 in the UK (after 1980’s "Geno"). It reached #1 in the US and Australia and #2 in Canada.

12 – Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle, "You And I": First single from Eddie’s 1982 album Radio Romance, it became a crossover hit, reaching #1 on the Country chart, #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #7 on the Hot 100 in the US, and #6 on the Country chart, #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #35 on the Pop chart in Canada.

11 – Culture Club, "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me": From the 1982 album Kissing To Be Clever, it was their first #1 in the UK and spent three weeks at #2 in the US.

Next week, 1984. That’s Top Ten Tuesday for October 5, 2021.

14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 1983, The Next 10

  1. Great top 10 and i knew more than you, regarding the titles, not many more but more than half. I think this is because this was my fun heyday. I had to listen to the last 3 on Youtube because I couldn’t hear any more…you know. I love Come On Eileen. Hungry Like The Wolf is not my favourite Duran Duran song but the video became famous for making it like a film and expensive. Love Bowie and Donna Summer whwere this song is significant today as it was back then.

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  2. John,

    I’m running a bit late. I love your playlist from 1983. I graduated college that June and in the interim I worked in the school’s bookstore until I landed my first job in computer sales. I learned a lot about personal computers, networking, and software for businesses. The experience was invaluable. Eventually, I got away from sales because let’s face it, I wasn’t good in sales. Technology has changed a lot since those days and home computers are even more user friendly than those days. Thanks for jogging the sense of yesterday playing out in song while I listened to your song set. 🙂 Have a great week, my friend!

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    1. Glad you liked it! I think the TRS-80 came out the year we were married (1978) and then it was just for the ultra-geeks, beecause you had to know so much to get them to work.

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  3. I am awful with names (songs and artists) but I do recognise most of these, so they must have done well in Australia.

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