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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. 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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