FLASHBACK: America's Top 10 February 20, 1983

Casey caught on camera doing his vocal warm-up exercises?  No, just a mocked up screen for this week's America's Top 10 flashback.  Seems the original source burtiscurtis09 used failed to capture the show's beginning. The clip below just gets "right into the action" with Casey running down the Pop singles one by one.  This Top 10 is notable as it is the first appearance of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" which was in its second week atop the Soul chart.  It was literally Business As Usual over on the top of the Albums chart as Men At Work's album of that name held down the crown for the fifteenth week in a row.  There's also a tribute to Karen Carpenter, who had passed a couple of weeks prior the filming of the episode.  Fortunately, the Billboard issue dated February 19, 1983 is available via Google Books so HERC will offer several bonus playlists in addition to his usual American Top 40, Billboard Hot 100 and Music On TV features.  But first, the Top 10s playlists from the episode and then the episode itself.


American Top 40
Long Distance Dedication - Song #1
Long Distance Dedication - Song #2

42>>35 "I'm Alive" - Neil Diamond
41>>38 "Tied Up" - Olivia Newton-John
43>>39 "Dreamin' Is Easy" - Steel Breeze
45>>40 "I've Got A Rock'N'Roll Heart" - Eric Clapton

Hot 100
73 "Whirly Girl" - OXO
77 "She Blinded Me With Science" - Thomas Dolby
78 "What Love Is" - Marty Balin
79 "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" - The Clash

Music On TV That Weekend
American Bandstand
Phil Everly performs "Who's Gonna Keep Me Warm Tonight?" while Jeffrey Osborne does "On the Wings of Love" and "Eeenie Meenie" from his 1982 self-titled debut album

Saturday Night Live
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform "Change of Heart" and "The Waiting" from their 1982 Long After Dark album

Solid Gold
Toni Basil "Shopping from A to Z"
Eddie Rabbitt & Crystal Gayle "You & I"
Devo "That's Good"
Linda Ronstadt "I Knew You When"

Charley McClain "With You"
Ray Parker Jr "Bad Boy" 
Co-host Marilyn McCoo covers the Kenny Loggins hit "Heart to Heart"
Co-host Rex Smith & Rachel Sweet duet on their single "Everlasting Love"

MTV Music Videos
(as reported 2/16/1983)


Heavy Rotation (3-4 plays a day)
Pat Benatar A Little Too Late
Phil Collins I Don't Care Anymore
Phil Collins Thru These Walls
Def Leppard Photograph
Duran Duran Rio
Greg Kihn Jeopardy
Men At Work Be Good Johnny

Medium Rotation (2-3 plays a day)
Bryan Adams Cuts Like A Knife
Dexy's Midnight Runners Come On Eileen
English Beat Save It For Later
The Fixx Red Skies
Sammy Hagar Three Lock Box
Hall & Oates One On One
Heaven 17 Let Me Go
Joe Jackson Breaking Us In Two
Modern English I Melt With You
Psychedelic Furs Love My Way
Schon/Hammer No More Lies
Toto Africa
Total Coelo I Eat Cannibals
Vandenberg Burning Heart


  1. Oooo, I like the MTV video listings and rotations. Sounds like somebody has a new research source. :) Keep it coming.

    1. I vowed this year to give more credit where credit is due but feel I have failed thus far.

      The primary source for these Chart Flashbacks are the issues of Billboard found on Google Books. I've been spending more time actually reading them rather than just scanning them for charts and I stumbled across the MTV stuff. Tracing it both backward and forward to see where it started/ended.

      As someone who spent relatively little time watching the network in its prime compared to you, Mark and others, it has been an enjoyable, entertaining and educational effort. Definitely more to come. Stay tuned.