Top 40 Songs This Week – April 16, 1983: Songs 10-1

Welcome to the conclusion of this week’s countdown. We have arrived to the top 10 songs in the country this week in 1983. If you missed the previous songs, you can catch up by checking out songs 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11. All of today’s songs may be very familiar to you. But, they are all great songs. Now, let’s Return to the week ending April 16, 1983, and count down the top 10 songs.

10.”Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” by Culture Club

Yes!! No, that’s not me being excited about this song. I was just answering the question. Culture Club falls into that “Wham!” category for me. They are both bands that I did not care for at the time that they were around, but I appreciate them more now. This song does bring back that ’80s nostalgia, but they had better songs. This was Culture Club’s breakout hit though. It reached all the way up to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it stayed for 3 weeks, from the end of March through the beginning of April. It was kept out of the top spot by the song that is still #1 this week.

9. “Der Kommissar” by After the Fire

Here is a classic ’80s song! This was first recorded by Falco in 1981. A year later, After the Fire recorded this song, and it became their only hit.

8. “Separate Ways (World’s Apart)” by Journey

One of my favorite songs by one of my favorite bands. Break out the air keyboards, and jam away!!

7. “One On one” by Daryl Hall & John Oates

Classic Hall & Oates song from a time when they were on top of their game.

6. “Hungry Like the Wolf” by Duran Duran

This is the first Duran Duran song I ever heard, and it is one of my favorites. It is yet another classic ’80s song. Great video too.

5. “Beat It” by Michael Jackson

What do you get when you combine the ultimate ’80s pop icon and one of the greatest guitarists who ever lived? Epic ’80s Awesomeness!!

4. “Jeopardy” by The Greg Kihn Band

Honestly, if your grandchildren or great grandchildren want to know anything about ’80s music, you could just show them this top 10 list! This is another classic ’80s song, and typical great ’80s video.

3. “Mr. Roboto” by Styx

I love Styx, and this is a fun song from the Kilroy Was Here album. Unfortunately, this caused a huge rift in the band that they could never recover from. The band started to move into a more keyboard oriented direction. This did not sit well with guitarists James Young and Tommy Shaw. Shaw ended up leaving the band for a while. He eventually came back. Then Dennis DeYoung was kicked out.

2. “Come On Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners

This was a huge hit for Dexys Midnight Runners. It was also their only hit in the U.S. They were much more popular in the U.K. This is another classic ’80s song, yet it does not have any synthesizers. This was such a huge hit for them that next week it actually unseats the upcoming #1 song.

1. “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson

This was “Billie Jeans”‘s 7th week in a row at the #1 spot. This was the second single released off of the legendary Thriller album. Since the first song released was “The Girl Is Mine”, I would say that it was “Billie Jean” that propelled Thriller to the status of best-selling album of all time and sealed Jackson’s status as an international pop icon.

Did you enjoy this week’s songs. We’ll be back next week. If you listened to The American Top 40 with Casey Kasem back in the day, you know that a popular spot in the show was the Long Distance Dedications. If you would like to make a long distance dedication, you can email them to me at or Feel free to have fun with them too. They don’t have to be serious. The only requirement would be to have the song be from the ’80s and earlier. In the ’80s Casey Kasem used to play some dedicated songs from the ’60s and ’70s. So, we could do the same here. So, until next week, Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.

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9 thoughts on “Top 40 Songs This Week – April 16, 1983: Songs 10-1”

  1. I have enjoyed these countdowns – this week’s Top 10 is legendary. Is there a week with this many iconic 80s hits all in a single top 10?

  2. Same as back in the 80s, the only Culture Club song I really like is “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya.” But at least today’s song doesn’t make me want to hurt them. Anymore…

    “Alles klar, Herr Kommissar?” Did not like Falco’s version, but LOVED After The Fire’s. Did you know Laura Branigan adapted that tune for her song “Deep In The Dark”?

    I’m starting to really like “Separate Ways.” Back then my next-door neighbor played the crap out of that song, so it took me a long time to want to hear it on my own radio.

    As always, a countdown that has Duran Duran and Hall and Oates is a good countdown.

    “Billie Jean” is one of my favorite MJ songs.

    Love the long distance dedication idea! I’ll be sending you one for sure.

    1. I have to really be in the mood for Culture Club in order for me to listen to them. I do like “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” and “Curch of the Poison Mind”.
      I had seen that Laura Branigan sampled “Der Kommissar, and I almost mentioned it. I don’t mind Falco’s version, but After the Fire’s is the ultimate version.
      I totally get where your coming from with Separate Ways. We had a neighbor that always played that song “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes, and it drove me crazy. I can’t get sick of “Separate Ways”. Journey released a double cd a few years ago with their new lead singer, and one of the discs is all remakes of their greatest hits. They did an outstanding job with that one.
      It is such a shame about Michael Jackson, and what he did with his life post-Thriller. I feel the same exact way about Whitney. Just extremely talented and legendary people who threw their lives away. /at least they did leave some awesome music for us.
      I am looking forward to your letter. I almost made one up myself this week. But I had a rough week at work and my brain has been fried. So have a blast with it. I look forward to adding ot to the countdown!

    1. Awesome!! Was that in support of their album “All You Need is Now”. That is a really good album, and they sounded the same. They must have sounded the same in concert as well. I wouldn’t mind seeing them, That had a lot of great songs.

  3. Top of the line songs. We have a dvd of MJ’s videos. It has Thriller, Billy Jean, Rock With You ( OMG, I love this ! ), and so many great stuff in it.

    1. He had so many great videos. It’s too bad he had so many problems. I saw that movie “This is It” in theater, and he would have put on an incredible concert.

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