Hot 100 Debuts - January 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.  Songs that debuted high or peaked high or marked the greatest or fastest climb from their debut to their peak would have advantages.  Chart longevity is also valued though slow rising songs are handicapped.  By averaging the numbers for each group of songs each week, HERC came up with a number that could be used to effectively compare each group no matter how many songs each week featured.

Hot 100 debutdebut postitleartist
1/9/198276Pac-Man FeverBuckner & Garcia192
1/9/198280Mirror, MirrorDiana Ross192
1/9/198281Let The Feeling FlowPeabo Bryson123
1/9/198283You're My Latest, My Greatest InspirationTeddy Pendergrass120
1/9/198287*When All Is Said And DoneABBA153
1/16/198257*Open ArmsJourney210
1/16/198272*That GirlStevie Wonder207
1/16/198276*Spirits In The Material WorldThe Police185
1/16/198279Perhaps LovePlacido Domingo & John Denver87
1/16/198280Daddy's HomeCliff Richard160
1/16/198281*Let's Get It UpAC/DC118
1/16/198283I BelieveChilliwack140
1/16/198285Bobbie SueOak Ridge Boys183
1/16/198286Tell Me TomorrowSmokey Robinson139
1/16/198287*Call MeSkyy154
1/16/198290*Tainted LoveSoft Cell203
1/23/198274*Tonight I'm YoursRod Stewart168
1/23/198278Wanna Be With YouEarth, WInd & Fire104
1/23/198280Tainted LoveSoft Cell
1/23/198281If Looks Could KillPlayer111
1/23/198282*Should I Do ItPointer Sisters182
1/23/198284Seasons Of GoldGidea Park featuring Adrian Baker40
1/23/198285Circle Of LoveSteve Miller Band96
1/23/198286Just Can't Win 'Em AllStevie Woods128
1/23/198287*Genius Of LoveTom Tom Club144
1/23/198288*867-5309/JennyTommy Tutone204
1/23/198290Anyone Can SeeIrene Cara128
1/30/198279*We Got The BeatThe Go-Go's207
1/30/198281My GuySister Sledge162
1/30/198283*I'll Fall In Love AgainSammy Hagar120
1/30/198284*Take OffBob & Doug McKenzie176
1/30/198285Voice On The RadioConductor78
1/30/198286Don't Let Him KnowPrism128
1/30/198288Another Sleepless NightAnne Murray116
1/30/198294CoolThe Time25
1/30/198296*Only One YouTG Sheppard69

While only two variables are listed in the chart above for each song, that new number HERC manufactured can be found in the far right column, in blue.  The numbers in white in the far right column represent the week above's average so, for the month of January 1982, Week Two had the better number (162) followed by Week One (156), Week Three (131) and Week Four (120) or to put it another way, the average song in Week Two debuted higher on the charts, peaked higher and faster on the charts and spent more time on the charts than the average songs in the other weeks.  Now look at Week Two again.  Here's an excerpt from that week's actual chart dated January 16, 1982:
Now look at this excerpt from the following week's chart dated January 23, 1982.  Notice anything strange?  Is the chart tainted?
For HERC's purposes, the song was averaged in for the second week only, it's original and only debut.

1 comment:

  1. That Soft Cell song was so awesome that it "debuted" twice - it was demanding to be noticed! ;) It was back then and continues to be a favorite of mine.