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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.

Music Monday – Week of February 12th

Music Monday

 

I’m a child of the 80’s. I was born in 1970 and graduated high school in 1988 so the bulk of my formative years were spent in what some consider to be the greatest decade known to man. It was right around 1983 that I started really listening to and escaping into music. Among other things, Casey Kasem and his American Top 40 did a fantastic job of helping inform my musical identity at the time. I consider myself somewhat of an 80’s music connoisseur and not a day goes by that I don’t listen to either my 80’s on 8 playlist (443 songs) or my Hair Nation playlist (241 songs). That’s almost 700 songs of 80’s goodness right there.

While those playlists span almost ten years of music, I’ve long contended that 1983 and 1984 were the pinnacle of 80’s music. A large percentage of the songs we consider quintessential 80’s tunes – the stuff that compilation and greatest hits albums are made of – came out of these two years. In an attempt to prove out my contention that those years were, in fact, the halcyon days of 80’s music, I’m going to take some time and walk through the weekly top 40 charts starting in 1983. I’ve built a Spotify playlist that I’ll update every week, I’ll point out some of the songs going up and down the charts and, since I’m a font of useless 80’s information, point out some interesting facts about a tune or two. We’ll try it for a while. If it works it works, if it’s a snoozer we’ll stop. Join me, won’t you?

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

  • “Down Under” by Men At Work is the number one song. Two weeks ago, it was number one but fell to number two last week. This week, it claws its way back to number one.
  • One of my favorite 80’s songs, “On The Loose” by Saga is climbing the charts.
  • Michael Jackson is beginning his assault on the American music charts. The album Thriller was released in November of ’82 and the first huge single, “Billie Jean”, is climbing.
  • “Mickey” by Toni Basil fell off the charts this week after peaking at number one. To be honest, I never knew it reached the top spot.
  • Roboto” by Styx debuts this week. One of their biggest hits, they refuse to play it in concert now.
  • Take a look up and down the chart and notice all the songs that are regarded as some of the most recognized (if not iconic) songs of the 80’s. This will happen all year long.