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 May 14th

 

Music Monday

 

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending May 14th, 1983

This is the last week at #1 for “Beat It” and, despite the enormous success of the album, this is Michael Jackson’s last number one song from the Thriller album. He’ll release four more singles that will all reach the top 10 but none will reach #1. INXS appears on the charts for the very first time with their single “The One Thing” (probably my favorite INXS song). This is also ZZ Top’s first peek inside the top 40 since “Tush” peaked at #20 in 1975.

Music Monday – Week of April 30th

 

Music Monday

 

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending April 30th, 1983

Well, looks who’s back in the top spot! After a week off, Michael Jackson moves back into the #1 spot with “Beat It”.

There are three songs that are about to fall off the charts, “Back On The Chain Gang”, “I Know There’s Something Going On” and “Twilight Zone”, that have all been on the chart for over 20 weeks. Of those three songs, “I Know There’s Something Going On” by Frida (of ABBA fame) leads the pack with 26 total weeks in the Top 40. It’s the debut single from her solo album produced by Phil Collins who, incidentally, plays drums on the track. A month ago, Collins cracked the top 40 (barely) with another drum heavy track, “I Don’t Care Anymore”. That track peaked at 39 before falling off into oblivion (I honestly thought it climbed higher on the chart than that).

Music Monday – Week of April 23rd

 

Music Monday

 

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending April 23rd, 1983

  • Michael Jackson is finally knocked out of the top spot. I have to confess I didn’t know that “Come On Eileen” was ever a #1 song.
  • Michael Jackson, Duran Duran and Journey all have two songs on the charts this week.
  • Songs entering the charts this week with noticeable titles: “Affair of the Heart”, “Always Something There to Remind Me” and “Faithfully”

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.
  • 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 most recent. “Corvette” isn’t actually the first 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.