Tag: Top 40

Music Monday – Week of May 14th

 

Music Monday

 

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending May 14th, 1983

This is the last week at #1 for “Beat It” and, despite the enormous success of the album, this is Michael Jackson’s last number one song from the Thriller album. He’ll release four more singles that will all reach the top 10 but none will reach #1. INXS appears on the charts for the very first time with their single “The One Thing” (probably my favorite INXS song). This is also ZZ Top’s first peek inside the top 40 since “Tush” peaked at #20 in 1975.

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).

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.