Hits of 1983 – Horrible and Great

On March 13, 2009, Stuck in the 80s released their Horrible Hits of 1982 Podcast (Episode 159). Here is their list:

10. Mickey – Toni Basil
9. She Works Hard for the Money – Donna Summer
8. You and I – Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle
7. Mr. Roboto – Styx
6. Tell Her About It – Billy Joel
5. Never Gonna Let You Go – Sergio Mendes
4. Making Love Out of Nothing At All – Air Supply
3. What About Me – Moving Pictures
2. Puttin’ On the Ritz – Taco
1. The Girl Is Mine – Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney

You can see the top 100 hits from Billboard that year.

Here is my top 5 (or worst 5) of Horrible songs from that year:

5. Let’s Dance – David Bowie

Even though I love ’80s Music, I definitely prefer David Bowie’s ’70s music. No, David Bowie, I don’t want to dance! I’d much rather be Major Tom a “Space Oddity“! “Let’s Dance” is bad enough as it is. What makes it worse is that it is an “earworm” song. In other words, it gets stuck in your head. As I write this, I have not heard the song in years. But, just mentioning the title gave me earwormage (is that a even a word?) big time!
Well, that’s why I start with the ‘Horrible’ list, and end with the ‘Great’ list.

4. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Eurythmics

Yes, this was the Eurythmics breakthrough hit, but I’m not a big Eurythmics fan. This song just drones on and on. Instead of ‘Sweet Dreams’, this song was more like a recurring nightmare when it came out. It was always on the radio and on MTV.
I do like the Eurythmics “Missionary Man” a lot. But, I just can’t take this song or “Here Comes the Rain Again“.

3. True – Spandau Ballet

Ah, Ah-Ah-ah. AAAAAAARRRGGGHHHH!!! I can’t stomach this song. It is too boring, and it high on some kind of wuss factor. I’ll have to admit that it was funny seeing Steve Buscemi singing this song at the end of The Wedding Singer:

Unfortunately, since the song was included in the movie, it was also included on the movie’s soundtrack. Why didn’t they leave this song off, and put on “Do You Believe In Love”?

2. Every Breath You Take – Police

I like The Police a lot. But, this song is one of my least favorites, and one of the most overrated songs of all time. I remember listening to the American Top 40 countdown of the top songs of the whole year, and this was number 1!! Really?!? “Synchronicity II” was my favorite song on the Synchronicity album by far – even though I don’t understand the lyrics too much.

1. The Girl Is Mine – Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney

Two of the greatest music artists of all time took the biggest dump on the biggest album of all time! Uggh, this song makes me want to rip my ears off and rip all the skin off my face! The doggon song bites the big one! Especially when they start yapping in the song. This song should be taken off of all copies of Thriller, and be replaced by “Say, Say, Say”.

Here is my top songs from that year:
Runners up:
10. You and I – Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle: These legends made a song that was perfect for a wedding
9. Little Red Corvette – Prince: Probably my favorite Prince song. Not as overplayed as “1999”
8. Truly – Lionel Richie – My favorite Lionel Richie ballad
7. Africa – Toto: Great song by Toto. I love the music, and the lead singer Bobby Kimball has an incredible voice.
6. Mr. Roboto – Styx: A lot of people make fun of Styx because of this song, and how it made them more theatrical. But, there’s nothing wrong with having a little fun with music. There have been worse concept albums than Kilroy Was Here.

And Jeffster did a great cover of this in the TV show Chuck:

5. Photograph – Def Leppard

A great song by one of my favorite bands. Although Def Leppard had a couple of good albums before Pyromania (On Through the Night and High and Dry), “Photograph” became their first hit, and helped spur on the success of Pyromania. The video showed a lot of photos of Marilyn Monroe, so people incorrectly thought the song was about her. This is still a great song. Def Leppard has stood the test of time for over 30 years now.

4. Solitaire – Laura Branigan

Laura Branigan’s “Gloria” and “How Am I Suppose to Live Without You” were overplayed. But I think this song was way better than both of them. It rocks, and Branigan had a great voice. It sounds like she put a lot of passion into this song. This song also launched songwriter Diane Warren’s career.

3. Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran Duran

This song got a lot of people into Duran Duran. The exposure on MTV didn’t hurt either. I liked it when it came out because the video reminded me of Raiders of the Lost Ark. But, even without the video, the song itself is really good.

2. Down Under – Men At Work

This song was a breakthrough for Men At Work, and basically introduced the U.S. to Australia and vegemite sandwiches. This is a fun song, and Colin Haye has a great unique voice. The band had a great string of hits. Will they get back together already?!

1. Separate Ways – Journey

Silly video aside, this song rocks. As soon as you hear Jonathan Cain’s keyboard, you know what song is playing. It has a lot of energy and gets you pumped. After Journey had a very long hiatus, they went on tour with a new lead singer – Steve Augeri. Of course I went, and this was the song they came out playing first. What a way to come back! While I need to turn some songs off as soon as I hear them, I have to listen to this one all the way through when it comes on.

Here is the Live version with Steve Augeri:

8 thoughts on “Hits of 1983 – Horrible and Great”

  1. Ah, I’ve been waiting for this list! One of my favorite musical years ever.

    You know my Bottom 5 are bad, though, if they kept Air Supply off the list:
    5. “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” Bonnie Tyler
    4. “Electric Avenue,” Eddy Grant
    3. “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” Culture Club
    2. “Stray Cat Strut,” Stray Cats
    1. “Pass The Dutchie,” Musical Youth

    The rest of this year was so great I had to do a Top 10:
    10. “Fascination,” Human League
    9. “All This Love,” DeBarge
    8. “Twilight Zone,” Golden Earring
    7. “Maneater,” Hall and Oates
    6. “She Blinded Me With Science,” Thomas Dolby
    5. “Der Kommissar,” After The Fire
    4. “Fall In Love With Me,” Earth, Wind and Fire
    3. “Hungry Like The Wolf,” Duran Duran
    2. “Dead Giveaway,” Shalamar
    1. “Heart To Heart,” Kenny Loggins

    Actually, your Bottom 5 and the “Stuck in the 80s” Bottom 10 aren’t that bad with me. Your Top 10 is pretty solid. I’d like “Separate Ways” more if my old next door neighbor didn’t blare it continuously back then.


    1. This was a tough one for me to do because there were so many great songs. It was hard narrowing it down. And the bad ones were REALLY bad, so I had a hard time narrowing those down as well. I like both of your lists. I would have put “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” on my list, but I just kind of slammed Culture Club in a recent article. I probably should have included “Pass The Dutchie” on my list. That song really annoys me. And that’s another song that I own just because it is on The Wedding Singer soundtrack. I was totally expect to see “Making Love Out of Nothing At All” on your list. I guess that song and “Total Eclipse of the Heart” are pretty much the same thing.

      I always love your top 10 lists. I almost had “Twilight Zone” on my list. And I love Kenny Loggins too. I think his non-soundtrack music is under-appreciated.


      1. Thanks! Always look forward to your lists, too.
        “Heart To Heart” is my favorite Kenny Loggins song by far. “This Is It” would be second.
        At least Air Supply doesn’t sound raspy…that’s why Bonnie Tyler “beat” them and made it to the list.


      2. Big Country’s “In A Big Country” may not have made the Top 100, but it just made my revised Top Ten. Sorry, Human League…


  2. Gotta disagree on Bowie – I’ll take his 80s stuff over his 70s.

    Best Eurythmics song was “Love Is A Stranger.”

    “Sweet Dreams” was just OK.


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