Tag: Music

Music Monday – Week of July 16th

 

Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending July 16th, 1983

Here’s what’s going on this week on the Top 40 chart…

    • The Police sit at #1 for the second week in a row with “Every Breath You Take”. It’s going to stay there till September.
    • Michael Jackson slips back into the top 5 again. For most of the year, his songs will keep meeting each other coming and going up and down the chart.
    • Def Leppard is steadily climbing the charts with “Rock of Ages”. It has one of the most recognizable intro’s of any song in the 80’s: “Gunter glieben glauten globen” spoken in a comical, quasi-German accent. While the band’s members have joked about the phrase meaning, “Running through the forest silently,” it actually is just plain nonsense, spoken by producer Mutt Lange, used in place of the usual “One, two, three, four” beat count.
    • “White Wedding” by Billy Idol falls out of the countdown after peaking at #36. For one of the most recognizable songs to come out of the 80’s, it barely cracked the Top 40.

Music Monday – Week of July 2nd

 

Music Monday

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

Here’s what’s going on this week on the Top 40 chart…

    • For the sixth week, Irene Cara is still holding on at #1 with “Flashdance”.
    • Michael Jackson’s fourth single from the Thriller album, “Wanna Be Startin’ Something”, enters the top ten. It’s a song that was originally written and recorded for his “Off The Wall” album but didn’t make the cut. It was rerecorded for “Thriller” which explains why it sounds a little out of place with the rest of the Thriller album. Unlike Thriller’s previous singles, this one didn’t not have a video.
    • The Human League, Loverboy and Michael Sembello all enter the charts this week. The Hollies also enter the charts this week with an updated version of “Stop In the Name of Love”.

Music Monday – Week of June 25th

 

Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending June 25th, 1983

  • “Every Breath You Take” by the Police has rocketed up the chart. After debuting at #36 three weeks ago, it’s already at #4.
  • Michael Jackson, Prince and Bryan Adams all have two songs on the chart this week.
  • “White Wedding” by Billy Idol appears on the chart. The song was originally released in 1982 and only got has high at #108.

Music Monday – Week of June 18th

 

Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending June 18th, 1983

  • Irene Cara spends her fourth week at #1. She’ll still spend another two weeks in the top spot.
  • Five songs jump into the Top 40 this week: “1999” by Price, “Sweet Dreams” by The Eurythmics, “Stand Back” by Stevie Nicks, “She Works Hard For The Money” by Donna Summers and “Is There Something I Should Know” by Duran Duran. All solid 80’s classics (adding more proof to my assertion that 1983 is the greatest year for 80’s music).
  • There are two songs on the chart this week that currently aren’t available for streaming in the US, for some strange reason: “She Blinded Me With Science” and “Electric Avenue” (that’s why there are strange versions of them on the playlists). Each artist has an extensive catalog available on Spotify EXCEPT for these songs. I can only surmise that it’s a recording label issue.

Music Monday – Week of May 28th

 

Music Monday

 

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending May 28th, 1983

Welp. A day late and a a dollar short this week due to the holiday. Sorry about that…

  • Irene Cara starts a six week run at #1 with “Flashdance… What A Feeling”.
  • Lot’s of new entries on the chart this week including some 80’staples like “Our House” by Madness and “Come Dancing” by the Kinks.
  • Ronnie Milsap’s single “Stranger In My House” tops out this week at 23. While it reached higher on other charts, it stalls out here because some radio stations refused to play the song due to radio personnel believing it’s guitar solo sounds too much like Led Zepplin. Some stations go as far as to edit out the solo but still don’t give it substantial airplay. This lost air time keeps it from going any higher on the chart. It’s personally my favorite Ronnie Milsap song for two reasons: his voice and, you guessed it, that guitar solo.

Music Monday – Week of May 21st

 

Music Monday

 

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending May 21st, 1983

David Bowie overtakes the number one spot with his single “Let’s Dance”. It’s Bowie’s second #1 song and his last. The song, however, is credited with exposing Bowie to a younger audience that weren’t familiar with his career in the 1970s.

“Electric Avenue” by Eddie Grant enters the countdown this week, as well. The song’s title refers to Electric Avenue in the south London district of Brixton which was the first market street to be lit by electricity. The area is also known for its high population of Caribbean immigrants. At the beginning of the 1980s, tensions over unemployment, racism and poverty culminated in the street events now known as the 1981 Brixton riot. Those events led Grant to write the song and a year later it was playing on radio.

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).