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Music Monday – Year End Edition


Music Monday

The Biggest Songs of 1983

Well, there you have it. 40 of the biggest hits in 1983. They’re also some of the most recognizable songs from the 80’s. In all honesty, there could have been 50-55 songs on this list but some of them had to be left off. This playlist reads like a four disc set from K-Tel’s “Hooked On The 80’s” collection. Which is why I’ve asserted for a long time that 1983 is the biggest year for 80’s music. 1983 is when music seemed to finally throw off the 70’s sound and the disco feel and become 80’s pop. It’s also the year that heavy metal started appearing in the top 40.

And there we have it. 1983 is all wrapped up. Happy new year!

The Night Before Christmas – Music Monday Edition


Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending December 24, 1983

Getting it in just under the wire. Our LAST Music Monday chart of 2018. We end the year with McCartney and Jackson sitting atop the chart. The big debut, however, is “The Curly Shuffle” by Jump ‘N’ The Saddle Band. It’s a novelty song written by singer Peter Quinn as an homage to The Three Stooges film comedy team. It was initially recorded by Quinn’s group Jump ‘N the Saddle Band, and first released in late 1983. The timing of the recording nearly coincided with The Three Stooges receiving their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 30 August 1983. The song climbs as high as #15 in early 1984 but the band never has another hit.

Next week, I’ll put together a list of top songs from 1983 as our very last Music Monday post. For now, merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Music Monday – Week of November 26


Music Monday

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

Lionel Richie still holding strong at #1 this week as there is no movement in the top 5. Interesting note: Quiet Riot sits at #5 again this week. Thier album, Metal Health, reaches #1 on the album chart this same week. It’s the first heavy metal album to reach #1.

Only four top 40’s left in the year 1983!

Music Monday Week of November 19


Music Monday

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

Getting this one in just under the wire. Lionel is hanging tough at #1 for the second week in a row. In fact, the top three remain unchanged this week. Quiet Riot’s “Cum on Feel the Noize (a Slade cover) peaks at #5 this week. It’s a song the band recorded as an afterthought, at the behest of the management team. It’ll be their biggest hit.

Music Monday – Week of November 5


Music Monday

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

Kenny and Dolly are still holding strong at #1. Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl” moves into the top 5. Joel had originally titled the song “Uptown Girls” and it was conceived on an occasion when he was surrounded by Christie Brinkley, Whitney Houston and his then girlfriend Elle Macpherson. According to numerous interviews with Joel, the song was initially written about his relationship with Macpherson, but it ended up also becoming about his soon to be wife, Brinkley (both women being two of the most famous supermodels of the 1980s).

Music Monday – Week of October 22


Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending October 22, 1983
In honor of Spooktober 2018, we have two playlists for you today. First, our regular countdown from 1983. Not only does Bonnie Tyler still hold the top spot but, with this weeks debuts on the chart, there are so many iconic 80’s songs on the chart right now.

Second, we have an 80’s themed Halloween playlist. Even though the original “Halloween” technically was a 70’s movie, installments 2-5 came out in the 80’s. Plus I just love the song. Next week we’ll have another 80’s theme Halloween playlist: Hair Nation Halloween.

Music Monday – Week of October 15


Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending October 15, 1983

Bonnie Tyler still has a stranglehold on the #1 spot. In fact, the top four stay locked in. The biggest mover of the week is “Modern Love” by David Bowie that jumps 14 spots. Some recognizable songs that debut on the chart this week are:

  • “Love Is a Battlefield”, by Pat Benatar, which moves up to #35.
  • “Cum On Feel the Noise”, by Quiet Riot, which moves into the #31 spot.
  • “Say, Say, Say”, by McCartney and Jackson, which DEBUTS on the chart at #26.