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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!

Music Monday – Week of December 10


Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending December 10, 1983

Michael Jackson hits #1 one more time this year with Paul McCartney while his last single from the album Thriller, “P.Y.T”, is still holding strong at #20. Very little movement in the top 10 songs as only one song falls out (“Heart and Soul” by Huey Lewis & The News).

We’re almost done with 1983!

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 1


Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending October 1, 1983

  • Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of The Heart” moves into the #1 spot. A song penned by Jim Steinman, it was originally SEVEN MINUTES long and titled “Vampires In Love”. He wrote it while working on the musical version of Nosferatu.
  • Another Jim Steinman song, Air Supply’s “Making Love Out of Nothing At All”, moves into the top 5. It’s a song that was originally presented to Meat Loaf for his Midnight at the Lost and Found album. Meat Loaf claims both of these songs were presented to him for said album but Steinman refutes this claim saying he wront “Eclipse” specifically with Bonnie Tyler in mind.


Music Monday – Week of September 17


Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending September 17, 1983

  • Prince moves back into the top 40 with “Delirious”. Fun fact:┬áThe instrumental parts of the song was used as the theme song to the Captain Kangaroo segment, “Hello America”, in the 1980s.
  • “Burning Down The House” by Talking Heads is climbing the charts. It has one of the funniest song stories I’ve read:

The initial lyrics were considerably different, however. In an interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered” aired on December 2, 1984, David Byrne played excerpts of early work tapes showing how the song had evolved from an instrumental jam. Once the whole band had reworked the groove into something resembling the final recording, Byrne began chanting and singing nonsense syllables over the music until he arrived at a phrasing that fit with the rhythms: “and then I [would] just write words to fit that phrasing…at one point in the process, instead of chanting ‘Burning Down the House,’ I was chanting ‘Foam Rubber, USA.'”


Music Monday – Week of August 13


Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending August 6th, 1983

Not much happening this week on the chart. The Police still have a lock on the #1 spot and the Eurythmics are still holding steady at #2…