Top 40 Songs This Week – October 22, 1983: Songs 10-1

Welcome back to the Top 40 Countdown. If you missed the previous posts, you can go back and check out songs 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11. It has been brought to my attention that these countdowns can cause chaos on your PCs. This is probably due to the embedded code from all the YouTube videos. So, we will change the format from this point forward, and hopefully it won’t take as long for the page to load. In order to listen to the songs now, you can just click on the song title. I just whipped this up today, so if anybody has any suggestions, please, please let me know. And let me know if this format is working out better.

Now, let’s Return to the week ending October 22, 1983, and wrap up this week’s countdown.

10. “Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)” by Sheena Easton

I always loved this song by the Scottish chanteuse, Sheena Easton.

9. “Burning Down the House” by The Talking Heads

“Burning Down the House” was The Talking Heads’ biggest hit, peaking right here at #9. This was a staple on MTV.

8.“Delirious” by Prince

Since the Internet is a Prince-Free zone, you can check out an awesome bit from Eddie Murphy’s Delirious instead. Remember, this is Eddie Murphy, so the language is pretty strong. But this “Ice Cream” bit is one of my favorites.

7. “King of Pain” by The Police

This is one of my favorite songs from the fifth and final album by The Police – Synchronicity.

6. “One Thing Leads to Another” by The Fixx

This classic ’80s tune is The Fixx’s signature song. It would peak all the way at #4.

5. “All Night Long (All Night)” by Lionel Richie

This is one of Lionel Richie’s best known songs. There is a fun New York Post article out there called Five surprising facts about Richie’s classic ‘All Night Long’. Here is an interesting one:
The African-sounding lyrics are gibberish.

“That is a wonderful joke,” Richie says of the lyrics. “ ‘Tam bo li de say de moi ya, Hey Jambo Jumbo.’ ” He had called a friend at the United Nations to get some African phrases. “The guy said, ‘Lionel, there’s 101 African dialects.’ ” When the singer asked for just a few words, he was told it would take a few weeks. But Richie needed them immediately — so he churned out his own dialect.

“Somewhere in that made-up language, I am actually saying something, because even to this day, we’ll play India, and someone will tell me, ‘Yes, you’ve touched on certain words in [our language].’ As long as I am not cursing you out, I am going in the right direction.”

4. “True” by Spandau Ballet

This was a huge worldwide hit for Spandau Ballet. This was a song that I didn’t care for when it came out, but I like it a little more now. I would like it even better if it wasn’t so overplayed. I don’t remember seeing the video too often on MTV, but I do remember it being on the radio constantly.

And now is the time when we check out the #1 hits from the other charts this week.

The #1 Country Hit was “Lady Down On Love” by Alabama (one of my all-time favorite Country artists)

The #1 R&B hit was a song we just listened to: “All Night Long (All Night)” by Lionel Richie

The #1 Rock single was by the Rock Queen herself, Pat Benatar, with “Love is a Battlefield

The #1 Dance Single was “Holiday”/”Lucky Star” by Madonna

The #1 Album was the classic Synchronicity by the Police (6th week of 10 week run)

And finally, the #1 Adult Contemporary Single is our #3 song on our countdown this week:

3. “Islands in the Stream” by Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton

This was a huge #1 hit for Rogers and Parton, and written by The Bee Gees.

2. “Making Love Out of Nothing At All” by Air Supply

This is such a great song, written by frequent Meat Loaf collaborator, Jim Steinman. All of Steinman’s songs are so powerful. And Air Supply pulls this off very well. This is a ballad, but it does have more of a rock element than most of their other hits.

1. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler

And we have reached our #1 song this week. This was Welsh singer, Bonnie Tyler’s biggest hit. And what a week Jim Steinman had. He also wrote this song, giving him the top 2 spots in the countdown this week!

Well that wraps up this week’s countdown. I hope you enjoyed it! I think it was a pretty solid week. Nothing mind-blowing, but still pretty good. We’ll be back with a new countdown in another week or two. In the meantime, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

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2 thoughts on “Top 40 Songs This Week – October 22, 1983: Songs 10-1”

  1. Number 8 through number 3 were most enjoyable for me. The bookends, not so much. Actually, “Telefone” was good, too. I like early Sheena Easton, before “Strut.”

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