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Top 40 Songs This Week (UK Edition) – March 6, 1983: Songs 30-21

Welcome back as we continue this week’s countdown! If you missed songs 40-31, you can go ahead and check them out. This is a lot of fun discover new old music! It looks like there are 2 songs that I know today. The rest is a mystery right now. Hopefully there will be more pleasant surprises. So let’s Return to the week ending March 6, 1983, and find out! And don’t forget, you can click on the song title to listen/watch the YouTube video, and you can click on the album cover to purchase the song from Amazon.


30. “Oh Diane” by Fleetwood Mac

This single from the Mirage album, was a big hit in the U.K., but did not chart in the U.S. This Linsdsey Buckingham tune sounds like a ’50s song. It’s not bad. It can’t touch anything from Rumours, but it’s not bad.

 

29. “Drop the Pilot” by Joan Armatrading

I never heard of Joan Armatrading before. She had 3 Top 40 songs in the U.K., and none in the U.S. This is actually her highest charting single in the U.S. topping out at #78. I love this song! I need to listen to more of her music, and see why she didn’t hit it big. This definitely should have been a bigger hit in the U.S.

 

28. “We’ve Got Tonight” by Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton

Here is a familiar tune. It was a big hit in 1978 for Bob Seger, who also wrote the tune. But, Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton crushed it, making it a #1 hit in the U.S., and making it a world wide hit, including here in the U.K.

 

27. “Sign of the Times” by The Belle Stars

While this is considered to be The Belle Stars’ signature hit (according to Wikipedia anyway), I only knew them from their cover of “Iko Iko”. I like this one. It is a good pop song.

 

 

26. “Shiny Shiny” by Haysi Fantayzee

OK, I’ll admit that I was a little nervous bringing this video up on YouTube, thinking that with a name like Haysi Fantayzee, that I would have a stripper dancing on my work computer. Luckily, Haysi Fantayzee is a group and not a person. This is a good New Wave song, with a totally ’80s sound.

 

25. “Numbers/Barriers” by Soft Cell

While Soft Cell is basically know for “Tainted Love” in the U.S., they had a string of hits in the U.K. The double A-sided single “Numbers” / “Barriers” failed to reach the Top 20, breaking the duo’s run of five consecutive Top 5 singles in the UK. But, it’s still not too shabby, peaking right here at #25.

 

24. “You Can’t Hide Your Love From Me” by David Joseph

This is a very cool Funk song. But, I cannot find any information about this song or artist anywhere.

 

 

23. “Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)” by Wham!

Here is a song that made it over to the U.S. This is an awesome song, best known for being Wham!’s debut single.

 

 

 

22. “Rip It Up” by Orange Juice

Not to be confused with Oran “Juice” Jones, Orange Juice was a Scottish post-punk band. This would be their only Top 40 hit in the U.K.

 

 

21. “Waves” by Blancmange

I’m liking this song by this English synth-pop band. I feel like this could have been in a John Hughes film.

 

 

 


That wraps up today’s list of songs. Lotso New Wave songs. I would have been uninterested back then, but I’m loving it now. We are already halfway through the countdown. What do you think so far? I’d love to hear from you. Come back tomorrow for the next 10 songs.

Remember That Song: 7/16/12

Can you name the artist and song:

I got this strange fascination
For this chick, down the hall
Reliable information, Yeah
Says she ain’t givin’ up the ball


Last Song: “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell (Great job <a href="http://wilhelminaupton.wordpress.com/">Wilhelmina and Jim!):

I’ve got to
Get away
From the pain you drive into the heart of me
The love we share
Seems to go nowhere

One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1982 – Soft Cell

“Tainted Love” by Soft Cell

This is one of the biggest one-hit wonders of the ’80s, and maybe of all time. “Tainted Love” was originally recorded by Gloria Jones in 1965. But the English duo, Soft Cell, (consisting of vocalist Marc Almond and instrumentalist David Ball) made it a worldwide hit in the early ’80s. It was released as their second single. Their first was “Memorabilia”, which did not chart. “Tainted Love” was a No. 1 hit in 17 countries. In the U.S., the song took 19 weeks to enter the Top 40. It eventually peaked at #8 on July 17, 1982. It went on to set a Guinness World Record at the time for the longest consecutive stay (43 weeks) on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Soft Cell went on to score some more hits in the U.K., but they never charted again in the U.S. Almond and Ball amicably decided to end Soft Cell in 1984. Almond and Ball reunited as Soft Cell in 2001, with a series of live dates. They went on to release a new album in 2001, and issued a remix album in 2008.

Here is Soft Cell’s smash hit, “Tainted Love”: