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1983 Top 100 Songs




Top Hits of 1983


1. Every Breath You Take, Police
2. Billie Jean, Michael Jackson
3. Flashdance... What A Feelin, Irene Cara
4. Down Under, Men At Work
5. Beat It, Michael Jackson
6. Total Eclipse Of The Heart, Bonnie Tyler
7. Maneater, Daryl Hall and John Oates
8. Baby Come To Me, Patti Austin and James Ingram
9. Maniac, Michael Sembello
10. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), Eurythmics
11. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me, Culture Club
12. You And I, Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle
13. Come On Eileen, Dexy's Midnight Runners
14. Shame On The Moon, Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
15. She Works Hard For The Money, Donna Summer
16. Never Gonna Let You Go, Sergio Mendes
17. Hungry Like The Wolf, Duran Duran
18. Let's Dance, David Bowie
19. Twilight Zone, Golden Earring
20. I Know There's Something Going On, Frida
21. Jeopardy, Greg Kihn Band
22. Electric Avenue, Eddy Grant
23. She Blinded Me With Science, Thomas Dolby
24. Africa, Toto
25. Little Red Corvette, Prince
26. Back On The Chain Gang, Pretenders
27. Up Where We Belong, Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
28. Mr. Roboto, Styx
29. You Are, Lionel Richie
30. Der Kommissar, After The Fire
31. Puttin' On The Ritz, Taco
32. Sexual Healing, Marvin Gaye
33. (Keep Feeling) Fascination, Human League
34. Time (Clock Of The Heart), Culture Club
35. The Safety Dance, Men Without Hats
36. Mickey, Toni Basil
37. You Can't Hurry Love, Phil Collins
38. Separate Ways, Journey
39. One On One, Daryl Hall and John Oates
40. We've Got Tonight, Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton
41. 1999, Prince
42. Stray Cat Strut, Stray Cats
43. Allentown, Billy Joel
44. Stand Back, Stevie Nicks
45. Tell Her About It, Billy Joel
46. Always Somethmg There To Remind Me, Naked Eyes
47. Truly, Lionel Richie
48. Dirty Laundry, Don Henley
49. The Girl Is Mine, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney
50. Too Shy, Kajagoogoo
51. Goody Two Shoes, Adam Ant
52. Rock The Casbah, Clash
53. Our House, Madness
54. Overkill, Men At Work
55. Is There Something I Should Know, Duran Duran
56. Gloria, Laura Branigan
57. Affair Of The Heart, Rick Springfield
58. She's A Beauty, Tubes
59. Solitaire, Laura Branigan
60. Don't Let It End, Styx
61. How Am I Supposed To Live Without You, Laura Branigan
62. China Girl, David Bowie
63. Come Dancing, Kinks
64. Promises, Promises, Naked Eyes
65. The Other Guy, Little River Band
66. Making Love Out Of Nothing At All, Air Supply
67. Family Man, Daryl Hall and John Oates
68. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', Michael Jackson
69. I Won't Hold You Back, Toto
70. All Right, Christopher Cross
71. Straight From The Heart, Bryan Adams
72. Heart To Heart, Kenny Loggins
73. My Love, Lionel Richie
74. I'm Still Standing, Elton John
75. Hot Girls In Love, Loverboy
76. It's A Mistake, Men At Work
77. I'll Tumble 4 Ya, Culture Club
78. All This Love, Debarge
79. Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy, Sammy Hagar
80. Heartbreaker, Dionne Warwick
81. Faithfully, Journey
82. Steppin' Out, Joe Jackson
83. Take Me To Heart, Quarterflash
84. (She's) Sexy + 17, Stray Cats
85. Try Again, Champaign
86. Dead Giveaway, Shalamar
87. Lawyers In Love, Jackson Browne
88. What About Me, Moving Pictures
89. Human Nature, Michael Jackson
90. Photograph, Def Leppard
91. Pass The Dutchie, Musical Youth
92. True, Spandau Ballet
93. Far From Over, Frank Stallone
94. I've Got A Rock 'N' Roll Heart, Eric Clapton
95. It Might Be You, Stephen Bishop
96. Tonight I Celebrate My Love, Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack
97. You Got Lucky, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
98. Don't Cry, Asia
99. Breaking Us In Two, Joe Jackson
100. Fall In Love With Me, Earth, Wind and Fire


1983 In Review:

World Events

·         Pope John Paul II signs new Roman Catholic code incorporating changes brought about by Second Vatican Council (Jan. 25).

·          Benigno S. Aquino, Jr., 50, political rival of Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, is assassinated in Manila (Aug. 21).

·          South Korean Boeing 747 jetliner bound for Seoul apparently strays into Soviet airspace and is shot down by a Soviet SU-15 fighter after it had tracked the airliner for two hours; all 269 aboard are killed. (Aug. 30).

·          Terrorist explosion kills 237 US Marines in Beirut (Oct. 23).

·          US invades Grenada (Oct. 25).

US Events

·         Second space shuttle, Challenger, makes successful maiden voyage, which includes the first US space walk in nine years (April 4).

·          US Supreme Court declares many local abortion restrictions unconstitutional (June 15).

·          Sally K. Ride, 32, first US woman astronaut in space as a crew member aboard space shuttle Challenger (June 18).

·         US admits shielding former Nazi Gestapo chief Klaus Barbie, 69, the "butcher of Lyon," wanted in France for war crimes (Aug. 15).


Super Bowl - Washington d. Miami (27-17)

World Series - Baltimore d. Philadelphia Phillies (4-1)

NBA Championship - Philadelphia 76ers d. LA Lakers (4-0)

Stanley Cup - NY Islanders d. Edmonton (4-0)

Wimbledon        - Women: Martina Navratilova d. A. Jaeger (6-0 6-3)

·   Men: John McEnroe d. C. Lewis (6-2 6-2 6-2)

Kentucky Derby Champion - Sunny's Halo

NCAA Basketball Championship - N.C. State d. Houston (54-52)

NCAA Football Champions - Miami-FL (11-1-0)


·      With the introduction of noise-free compact discs, the vinyl record begins a steep decline.

-   Michael Jackson's world famous music video for "Thriller" is broadcast for the first time. It will become the most often repeated and famous music video of all time and increase his own popularity and the record sales of the album "Thriller".

-  Vanessa Lynn Williams becomes the first African-American to be crowned Miss America, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

·      Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy wins the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award and Tony Award for best play, marking the acceptance of gay theater.

·      Singer Karen Carpenter dies of complications from anorexia nervosa at age 32.

·      More than 125 million viewers tune in to the last episode of M*A*S*H.

      Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: The Color Purple, Alice Walker
Music: Three Movements for Orchestra, Ellen T. Zwilich
Drama: 'Night, Mother, Marsha Norman

Oscars awarded in 1983
Academy Award, Best Picture: Gandhi, Richard Attenborough, producer (Columbia)

Nobel Prize for Literature:  William Golding (UK)

Grammys awarded in 1983
Record of the Year: "Rosanna," Toto
Album of the Year: Toto IV, Toto (Columbia)
Song of the Year: "Always on My Mind," Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson, songwriters


·         "Crack" cocaine is developed in the Bahamas, and soon appears in the United States. Background: Nationwide Trends in Drug Abuse

·         The FCC authorizes Motorola to begin testing cellular phone service in Chicago.

·         The El Niño phenomenon disrupts global weather patterns.

The year according to Wikipedia:


Top grossing movies for 1983 in the USA

Gross   Movie
309,125,409   Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
94,900,000   Flashdance (1983)
90,400,000   Trading Places (1983)
87,436,122   Terms of Endearment (1983)
79,568,000   WarGames (1983)
67,642,693   Sudden Impact (1983)
64,800,000   Mr. Mom (1983)
63,800,000   Staying Alive (1983)
63,541,777   Risky Business (1983)

Vacation (1983)


1983 Top Television Shows

1983 Top Television Shows
1. Dallas 2. 60 Minutes
3. Dynasty 4. The A-Team
5. Simon & Simon 6. Magnum, P.I.
7. Falcon Crest 8. Kate & Allie
9. Hotel 10. Cagney & Lacey
11. Knots Landing 12. (Tie) ABC Sunday Movie
12. (Tie) ABC Monday Movie 13. TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes
14. AfterMASH 15. The Fall Guy
16. The Love Boat 17. Riptide
18. The Jeffersons 19. Scarecrow & Mrs. King




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