Author: Eric Vardeman

Child of the 80's. Tulsa Curling Club founder. Musician. Christmas nut. Olympic enthusiast. Doesn't share food. I curate several 80's themed playlist over at Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/127168733

Music Monday – Week of April 16th

 

Music Monday

 

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending April 9th, 1983

  • Michael Jackson has owned the top spot since the first of March. Seven weeks strong and still going. He also sits at #5 with “Beat It”.
  • Look at that top 10. It looks like a greatest hits of the 80’s CD or playlist.
  • Def Leppard enters the charts for the first (but certainly not the last) time.

Music Monday – Week of April 9th

 

Music Monday

 

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending April 9th, 1983

  • Michael Jackson owns the top spot for the sixth straight week. He also owns the tenth spot, as “Billie Jean” climbs the charts.
  • David Bowie debuts on the charts with “Let’s Dance” the first single from the album by the same name. This album will be Bowie’s biggest commercial success and most accessible to the listening masses. Little known fact: Stevie Ray Vaughan is the guitarist on this album. Bowie and Vaughan met at the Montreux Jazz Festival in ’82 and Bowie was so blown away by the guitarist’s talent that he recruited him to play on the album.

Music Monday – Week of April 2nd

 

Music Monday

 

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending April 2nd, 1983

  • Nothing of note happening on the charts this week. The top 11 songs didn’t change at all and there really wasn’t much movement in the other 29 songs.

Music Monday – Week of March 26th

 

Music Monday

 

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending March 26, 1983

  • Michael Jackson still holding strong at #1 while his next hit, “Beat It”, is climbing the charts.
  • One of my favorites, “On The Loose” by Saga has finally dropped from the list.
  • Prince is slowly climbing the charts with what will be his first top 10 hit, “Little Red Corvette”. His first top 40 hit was “I Wanna Be Your Lover” (a song that would sound right at home with Justin Timberlake or Adam Levine) in 1979. That was also his last. “Corvette” isn’t actually the single from the album 1999. The song “1999” was released late in 1982 but it barely got a peek at the top 40. It’ll be re-released later this year after the success of “Corvette”.
  • The song “Twilight Zone”, by Golden Earring, has peaked at #10. All told, the song will spend 27 weeks on the charts. Guitarist George Kooymans was inspired to write the song after reading The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum (a nod to the longevity of that franchise). The music video was one of the first to feature a cinematic story line and dance choreography. The original version of the music video, however, was rejected by MTV because of a shot of a topless woman and simulated drug use during one of the dance sequences.

Music Monday – Week of March 19th

 

Music Monday

 

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending March 19, 1983

Michael Jackson still rules the chart and three new songs enter the arena this week. Songs with noticeable titles: “Beat It” (which debuts out of nowhere at 24), “Little Red Corvette” and “She Blinded Me With Science”. It seems at some point, however, in the very recent past, Mr. Thomas Dolby took his song off of Spotify (I swear I just heard it last week on my 80’s playlist). Well, I wasn’t going to just skip it like it didn’t exist so I went looking for different versions of it on Spotify. That led me down a rabbit hole of a genre called 8-bit music. For those of you that don’t know, 8-bit music is the type of music you’d hear on old 80’s video games. There’s a whole genre on Spotify for this and it’s strangely fantastic (I recommend the 8-bit version of “My Sharona”). I found an 8-bit version of “She Blinded Me With Science” and put THAT on the playlist just for a place holder. It’s oddly catchy…as is the rest of the genre. Check it out if you get the chance…

Music Monday – Week of March 12th

 

Music Monday

 

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending March 12, 1983

Michael Jackson still owns the top stop. In fact, the top five songs remain unchanged this week. “Der Kommissar” by After The Fire is steadily climbing the charts. Interestingly, late in 1982, after touring as the opening act for Van Halen, After The Fire announced that they were splitting up. However, they had already recorded an English language cover of Falco’s “Der Kommissar” (a song that really went nowhere for Falco just a year before). Early in 1983 it’ll peak at #5 but success happens a little too late for ATF. Also of note, Laura Branigan recorded a song, in 1983, titled “Deep In The Dark” that is written over the melody and hook of “Der Kommissar”. Look it up and give it a listen. It LITERALLY sounds like “Der Kommissar”.

Music Monday – Week of March 5th

 

Music Monday

 

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending March 5, 1983

Michael Jackson starts a seven week stranglehold on the #1 spot with “Billie Jean”. Oddly enough Quincy Jones, producer of the Thriller album, wanted to cut the song from the album citing it as weak. Jones also wanted Jackson to cut the iconic 29 second intro down to 12 seconds. Jackson refused, though, saying that was the part of the song that made him want to dance. While it spends seven weeks in the top spot, another song spends even longer in the top position later in the year.

  • One of my favorite 80’s songs, “On The Loose” by Saga, stalls out at number 26. It spends a couple of weeks there before sliding back down.
  • Another one of my favorite songs, Twilight Zone” by Golden Earring, is slowly making it’s way up the chart.
  • “Pass the Dutchie” by Musical Youth, peaks at #10. Musical Youth were the first black artists to make a studio appearance on MTV.
  • Check out how many iconic song titles are on the chart this week.