FLASHBACK: America's Top 10 January 2, 1983

On the episode of America's Top 10 that aired the first weekend of January 1983, Casey counted down the Top 10 Songs from 1982, as determined by the show's associate producer Matt Wilson, researcher Alan Kaltman and producer Don Bustany.  The same trio had determined the Top 100 Songs of 1982 that was broadcast on American Top 40 over the final weekend of 1982 and the first weekend of 1983. This is important to note because their list does not completely jibe with Billboard's own published list of the Top Pop Singles of 1982, which appeared in the annual year-end double issue dated December 25, 1982.  Casey also counted down the Top 10 of 1982 on the Soul Singles (then known as Black Singles in the pages of Billboard) and Country Singles charts before recounting the Top 10 Pop Singles of 1981. Interesting that the show's Country countdown was wildly different from Billboard's own while the Soul countdown was identical to the one Billboard published.  And the top six songs of 1981 are identical but the rest are wonky.  (HERC has included the Top 10 Singles of 1982 from various Billboard year-end charts among the bonus playlists below.)  As always, thanks to burtiscurtis09 for the video.

Joan Jett's "I Love Rock N Roll" is not currently on Spotify.  It was #4 on the Top 10 of 1982
1982 Year-End Top 10 Countdown charts

AbracadabraSteve Miller Band529
CenterfoldJ. Geils Band4365
Chariots Of FireVangelis1010
Don't Talk to StrangersRick Springfield3
Don't You Want MeHuman League86562
Ebony & IvoryPaul McCartney with Stevie Wonder34145
Eye Of The TigerSurvivor216326
Hard To Say I'm SorryChicago92102
Hard To Say I'm Sorry/Get AwayChicago1
Hold MeFleetwood Mac9
Hurts So GoodJohn Cougar1078
I Can't Go For ThatHall & Oates9
I Keep Forgettin'Michael McDonald8
I Love Rock N RollJoan Jett & the Blackhearts1523
I've Never Been To MeCharlene6
Jack & DIaneJohn Cougar831077
Kids In AmericaKim Wilde5
Love Plue OneHaircut 1004
ManeaterHall & Oates5
Open ArmsJourney81
Our Lips Are SealedThe Go-Go's4
PhysicalOlivia Newton-John1
She's Got A WayBilly Joel6
Someday SomewayMarshall Crenshaw7
Steppin' OutJoe Jackson1
Tainted LoveSoft Cell7
Take It Easy On MeLittle River Band9
That GirlStevie Wonder10
TrulyLionel Richie77
Turn Your Love AroundGeorge Benson9
Under PressureQueen + David Bowie8
Up Where We BelongJoe Cocker with Jennifer Warnes9
Who Can It Be Now?Men At Work3
CANCanadaMFDMy Favorite Decade
CBCashboxRRRadio & Records
TCTunecasterMVMartin's View
WLSWLS 89AM UKUnited Kingdom
A Flock Of SeagullsA Flock Of Seagulls9
Aldo NovaAldo Nova6
Always On My MindWillie Nelson7
American FoolJohn Cougar3242
AvalonRoxy Music495
Beauty and the BeatThe Go-Go's982
Bella DonnaStevie Nicks8
Business As UsualMen At Work1771
Chariots Of FireVangelis993
Circus AnimalsCold Chisel6
Combat RockThe Clash94
DareHuman League1082
Days Of InnocenceMoving Pictures4
Diver DownVan Halen8
Emotions In MotionBilly Squier10
Fast Times At Ridemont Highsoundtrack7
Freeze-FrameJ. Geils Band2359
Friend Or FoeAdam Ant1
Get LuckyLoverboy573
Heaven 17Heaven 173
I Love Rock N RollJoan Jett & the Blackhearts6104
IncognitoSpyro Gyra9
Kissing To Be CleverCulture Club86
Love Over GoldDire Straits6
Love SongsBarbra Streisand1
MirageFleetwood Mac49
New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)Simple Minds5
Night And DayJoe Jackson4
Pelican WestHaircut One Hundred37
Pictures At ElevenRobert Plant8
RioDuran Duran1105
So ExcitedPointer Sisters6
Special Beat ServiceThe English Beat7
Special Forces38 Special5
Spirits In The Material WorldThe Police10
Standing HamptonSammy Hagar8
The Complete MadnessMadness3
The Concert In Central ParkSimon & Garfunkel10
The Golden Age Of WirelessThomas Dolby5
The John Lennon CollectionJohn Lennon10
The Kids from FAMEThe Kids from FAME2
The Lexicon of LoveABC442
The NightflyDonald Fagen2
The Nylon CurtainBilly Joel10
ThrillerMichael Jackson2
Time And TideSplit Enz8
Tug Of WarPaul McCartney7
Upstairs At Eric'sYaz5

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for including the year's definitive Top 10 lists from My Favorite Decade. It's always good to see Spyro Gyra on any list!