Tag: 80’s music

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 spot. 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.

Music Monday – Week of February 19th

 

Music Monday

 

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

There are three songs in the top 10 that moved up at least 10 spots to get there: “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson (who made the biggest jump from 23 to 6), “Do You Really Want To Hurt me” by Culture Club and “Hungry Like The Wolf” by Duran Duran. “Hungry Like The Wolf” was first released in early 1982 and didn’t even chart in the US but, thanks to MTV and the success of the song’s video, it was re-released later in the year and is climbing steadily.

Some recognizable songs that are on the verge of breaking into the top 40:

  • “Come On Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runner
  • “She Blinded Me With Science” by Thomas Dolby
  • “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” by Night Ranger
  • “Jeopardy” by The Greg Kihn Band.

 

To see how things got to this point, check out the post, Music Monday for the Week of February 12.