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Top 40 Songs This Week (UK Edition) – March 6, 1983: Songs 10-1

Well, here we are. The Top 10 songs in the U.K. this week in 1983. If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out songs 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. There will be some very familiar songs on here for us in the U.S. However, there may still be some pleasant surprises. You can click on the song title to get to the song on YouTube, and you can click on the album cover to get the song from Amazon. Now, let’s Return to the week of March 6, 1983, and wrap up the countdown.

10. “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Musical Youth

While this British Jamaican reggae band had only 1 hit in the U.S. (“Pass the Dutchie”), they had several hits in the U.K. between 1982 and 1984. This was their second biggest hit, peaking at #6 on this U.K. chart.


9. “Love On Your Side” by Thompson Twins

Unlike Musical Youth, the Thompson Twins had several big hits in the U.S. But, this was not one of them. It did come close, peaking at #45. However, this was a top 10 hit in several other countries, including here in the U.K. where it peaked right here at #9.


8. “Tomorrow’s (Just Another Day)” by Madness

Here is another group that did not make it big in the U.S., with only two Top 40 hits. In the U.K., Madness was huge! And so was the group Madness. (my Brit friends get it) I wish this song made it over here in the U.S. I love it! “Our House” can really get stuck in your head, and this could have done the same.


7. “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” by Bananarama

We should all know this song, at least from the original version by Steam. And any sports fan knows this song when their team is about to beat their opponent at home. This is a girl band version of it. I love everything Bananarama does. This was yet another song that did not hit big in the U.S., peaking at #101. But, it was a top 10 hit here, peaking at #5. This was the fifth single released from Bananarama’s debut album, Deep Sea Skiving.


6. “Too Shy” by Kajagoogoo

We all know this one, as it was a worldwide smash hit. It reached #1 in many countries, including the U.K. for 2 weeks. Not bad for a debut single from a debut album.


5. “Africa” by Toto

Another worldwide smash hit we all know. This is one of my favorites of the ’80s, and I still love it.



4. “Rock the Boat” by Forrest

Forrest is not known in the States. But we all know this song from the 1974 original by The Hues Corporation. Forrest does a great job with this. I wish it would have made it in the U.S. so I could hear it more often on 80s stations and shows.


3. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by the Eurythmics

OK, no more surprises as we go down the home stretch. This was the Eurythmics breakthrough song all over the world.



2. “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson

Maybe it’s possible that some of you may know this song. It was only a top 10 hit in every country in the world that has music charts, and was #1 in almost all of them. Not only was this a worldwide smash in 1983, but it became a huge hit all over the world once again when Jackson died in 2009. It wasn’t reaching the top spot again in most places. But, it was a top 10 hit just about everywhere.


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

And here we are at the #1 spot! This song was written by Jim Steinman, who is best known for being Meat Loaf’s producer. This was Bonnie Tyler’s biggest hit, topping the charts in several countries. I love this song, and most Steinman produced songs.


This was not planned, but it is definitely fitting that “Total Eclipse of the Heart” is the #1 song. I got the idea of doing the Top 40 this week from the U.K., from a conversation I had with my best friend, who happens to be from Wales, which is where Bonnie Tyler is from. Bestie and I were talking about music. I had already known that there are a lot of songs that were huge in the U.K, but never made it here. But, this got brought to the forefront of my mind from our conversation, as I did not know some bands Bestie brought up. And there were singers I heard of, but didn’t know they were in a band. So, I thought it would be great to discover great new music.

I hope you all thought this was a good idea. Please let me know if you’d like to see more of these. I’ll be back with a new countdown in the near future. Maybe it will be from the U.S. or from the U.K.

Remember That Song: 8/15/17

Can you name the artist and song:

I wanted to be with you alone
And talk about the weather
But traditions I can trace against the child in your face
Won’t escape my attention

Last Song: “Venus” by Bananarama from the album True Confessions (1986)

Great job southernhon (@peacesong464)!!!

Her weapons were her crystal eyes
Making every man mad
Black as the dark night she was
Got what no one else had


If you’d like to purchase this song from Amazon, click on the album cover below:

Remember That Song – 7/18/13

Can you name the artist and song:

You say you’re going through changes
Every day it seems your life is up and down
And you say that you’re lookin’ for an answer
Everywhere you look it seems you can’t be found

Last Song: “Cruel Summer” by Bananarama

Great job Kickin’ It Old School (@oldschool80s)!

It’s too close for comfort this heat has got right out of hand

Remember That Song – 5/28/12

Can you name the artist and song and complete the lyrics:

I see people working and it just makes me giggle,
cause I don’t have to work, I just have to giggle
Cause I’m a ______ _-_-_-_-_

Last Song: “Cruel Summer” by Bananarama:

The city is crowded my friends are away and I’m on my own
It’s too hot to handle so I gotta get up and go

Daily Trivia – 5/1/12

Question: What sitcom starred an 11-year old robot named Vicki, short for “Voice Input Child Identicant”?

Last Question: What British trio found a replacement for founding member Siobhan Fahey, who left the group after marrying rock star Dave Stewart?

Answer: Bananarama

Siobhan Fahey was an original member of the trio Bananarama. Together, they had some smash hits, including “Shy Boy“, “Cruel Summer“, , “I Heard a Rumour“, and “Venus“. In 1987, Fahey married Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics in 1987. In 1988, Fahey left Bananarama, and formed her own group, Shakespears Sister.
Siobhan Fahey and Dave Stewart had two sons. The couple divorced in 1996.

Remember That Song? – 7/28/11

Do you know the artist and song:

The West coast has the sunshine
And the girls all get so tanned
I dig a french bikini on a wild island coast
By a palm tree in the sand

Last Song: “Cruel Summer” by Bananarama

It’s too close for comfort, this heat has got
Right out of hand