Hot 100 Debuts - February 1982

While thumbing through his well-worn copy of Billboard Hot 100 Charts - The Eighties, HERC's wandering attention began to focus on the weekly debuts of 1982, and as he looked at the new songs that appeared each week, he began rating each week as if it were a college sport recruiting class with its future performance already recorded.  If you know HERC, you know he loves deriving new numbers out of other numbers. (Top 40 Index? K-Tel Scale?)  Soon the abacus and the slide rule were out as a mathematical formula was hammered into shape that would actually assign a number to each song based on six variables involving chart positions and weeks charted.  Five of the six variables are:
  • debut position (higher is better),
  • peak position (higher is better),
  • weeks between debut and peak (shorter is better),
  • total weeks spent on Hot 100 (more is better),
  • positions between debut and peak (more is better).
This week, we're taking a look at the 34 New Entries (as Billboard calls them) that hit the chart in February 1982. (Coincidentally, January also saw 34 different chart debuts.) After last week, someone much smarter in the ways of algorithms and formulas questioned HERC's ciphering and sure enough, there was an error in the order of operations that was inconsistent with HERC's stated goals.  The correction was made and the numbers were reformulated and re-posted in that first week.  HERC also added a column where he asterisks the songs that will be on his Favorite Songs Of 1982 list.

Hot 100 debut
debut pos
2/6/198263*I Love Rock N RollJoan Jett & the Blackhearts214
2/6/198277*Do You Beleive In LoveHuey Lewis & the News195
2/6/198280Theme From Magnum P.I.Mike Post156
2/6/198281Here To Love YouThe Doobie Brothers75
2/6/198282Why You Wanna Try MeCommodores73
2/6/198284*(Oh) Pretty WomanVan Halen184
2/6/198288Opposites Do AttractAll Sports Band48
2/6/198289You CanMadleen Kane50
2/6/198290Natural LovePetula Clark72
2/6/198295Be Mine (Tonight)Grover Washington Jr20
2/6/198298Power PlayMolly Hatchet11
2/6/198299Start It All OverMcGuffrey Lane9
2/13/198269*Make A Move On MeOlivia Newton-John199
2/13/198270On The Way To The SkyNeil Diamond152
2/13/198273*Juke Box HeroForeigner156
2/13/198277Pop Goes The MoviesMeco135
2/13/198285Nobody Said It Was EasyLeRoux170
2/13/198286*Mama Used To SayJunior145
2/13/198287*Find Another FoolQuarterflash174
2/13/198288*ApacheSugarhill Gang99
2/13/198289Steppin' OutKool & the Gang26
2/13/198290Goin' DownGreg Guidry173
2/20/198267*Freeze-FrameJ. Geils Band203
2/20/198273*Edge Of SeventeenStevie Nicks186
2/20/198284Never Give Up A Good ThingGeorge Benson100
2/20/198285Shine OnGeorge Duke122
2/20/198286MemoryBarbra Streisand100
2/20/198290Summer NightsSurvivor81
2/20/198293RunningChubby Checker24
2/27/198269Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans TalkDr. Hook157
2/27/198282*'65 Love AffairPaul Davis198
2/27/198285Don't Let Me InSneaker78
2/27/198287SleepwalkLarry Carlton60
2/27/198288*Get Down On ItKool & the Gang187
2/27/198289Memories Of Days Gone ByFred Parris & the Five Satins61

Just like it did in January, Week Two proves to be dominant with an average of 143 points per song followed by Week Four (124), Week Three (117) and Week One (92).  Two things stand out on the above chart for HERC: 1) We have debuted our first eventual Number One song with Joan Jett's Arrows cover and 2) Kool & the Gang released a flop single ("Steppin' Out" debuted and stayed at #89 for two weeks before dropping off the chart) and quickly followed it up two weeks later with one of HERC's favorites ("Get Down On It" which featured "Steppin' Out" as its B-side).  
No oversights or shenanigans on the charts to report this time around but there's always next time.  HERC has committed to a twelve week cycle to finish posting all of the debuting songs of 1982 and this here is week two so tune in next week to see what songs made their chart debut in March 1982.

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