Hot 100 Debuts - May 1982

We're six weeks into 2015 and five months into 1982 and HERC has almost finished working up the last seven months of 1982, ranking each song as it debuts on the Hot 100 as well as each week's group of debuts to determine the top ranked songs as well as the strongest weeks single-wise based on six chart factors.  (See previous Hot 100 Debuts posts for more details.)  HERC is actually consulting two Record Research books to gather all of the data needed for his computations:
May 1982 saw the publication of five Hot 100 charts, more than any previous month in 1982.  As a result, there was also a record number of debuts during the month: 47.  HERC will be including 29 of those singles - all marked by asterisk on the chart below - on his Most Favorite Songs Of 1982 list which will be published shortly after he runs down and reviews the Hot 100 Debuts of December 1982 on April 1st, 2015.  Here are those 47 singles:

Hot 100 debut
debut pos
5/1/198263*Crimson And CloverJoan Jett & The Blackhearts196
5/1/198278*Body LanguageQueen187
5/1/198279*PersonallyKarla Bonoff168
5/1/198281*Any Day NowRonnie Milsap180
5/1/198282*Caught Up In You38 Special190
5/1/198283Fool For Your LoveJimmy Hall50
5/1/198286*Just Another Day In ParadiseBertie Higgins114
5/1/198287Put Away Your LoveAlessi61
5/1/198290*Forget Me NotsPatrice Rushen163
5/8/198270*Love’s Been A Little Bit Hard On MeJuice Newton196
5/8/198278*Play The Game TonightKansas175
5/8/198282Standing On The Top Part 1The Temptations feat. Rick James74
5/8/198284*I Know What Boys LikeThe Waitresses81
5/8/198298Hooked On Big BandsFrank Barber Orchestra86
5/15/198270*Break It UpForeigner157
5/15/198271This Man Is MineHeart142
5/15/198273After The Glitter FadesStevie Nicks142
5/15/198279*Hope You Love Me Like You Say You DoHuey Lewis and the News135
5/15/198283Piece Of My HeartSammy Hagar58
5/15/198285Dreamin’John Schneider116
5/15/198286*I PredictSparks85
5/15/198287*Back To School AgainFour Tops64
5/15/198288Fly AwayStevie Woods35
5/15/198289*Love Plus OneHaircut One Hundred133
5/22/198269*Take Me DownAlabama173
5/22/198272*Still They RideJourney170
5/22/198273Be Mine TonightNeil Diamond137
5/22/198274*Dancing In The StreetVan Halen131
5/22/198276*You Should Hear How She Talks About YouMelissa Manchester200
5/22/198281I’ll Find My Way HomeJon and Vangelis104
5/22/198283*Early In The MorningThe Gap Band159
5/22/198286Happy ManGreg Kihn Band81
5/22/198287*Angel In BlueJ. Geils Band127
5/22/198288*Kids In AmericaKim Wilde158
5/22/198289*Nice GirlsEye To Eye132
5/22/198290If The Love Fits Wear ItLeslie Pearl150
5/29/198252*Do I DoStevie Wonder184
5/29/198266Island Of Lost SoulsBlondie133
5/29/198275*AbracadabraSteve Miller Band211
5/29/198280*What Do All The People KnowThe Monroes87
5/29/198282*Right Kind Of LoveQuarterflash93
5/29/198283Dance Wit’ Me (Part 1)Rick James80
5/29/198284The Very Best In YouChange39
5/29/198285*I Want CandyBow Wow Wow80
5/29/198286Route 66Manhattan Transfer49
5/29/198287The Last Safe Place On EarthLe Roux51
5/29/198288*Cutie PieOne Way84

The song from the month with the most points is also the only song that eventually peaked at #1 from May 1982's Freshmen Class: Steve Miller Band's "Abracadabra".  The highest rated week was Week One by one point over Week Four.  Next week, HERC will feature the Hot 100 Debuts from June 1982 and update the leader board through the first half of 1982.
May 1982 is when CBS began testing its 99 cents one-sided 45 concept with four songs in four retailers in four cities: New York City, Washington D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Three of those singles saw their conventional two sided 45 counterparts debut in May 1982:
The test went wider in September 1982 and again in early 1983 with more cities, more retailers, different prices and more titles before CBS packed their little experiment in, creating instant collectibles.  One notable difference: the original four titles tested had the standard, larger 45-sized hole in the center while the following waves of titles have the smaller album-sized center hole (below).  On a recent trip to his recently re-opened local record emporium, HERC found two of the special sleeves (also below) with regular two-sided records in them.  He bought one out of curiosity anyway.
And that fourth single from the original batch?  Billboard editors pegged it as Chartbound in the May 1, 1982 issue and ninety-nine out of a hundred times, those singles tagged as Chartbound show up on the Hot 100 the following week.  Instead, this Philadelphia International Records release by an established, chart-topping act debuted at #104 on the Bubbling Under chart for May 8.  The next week it climbed up to #101 before falling to #102 the following week and back to where it started at #104 in just its fourth and final week on the chart.  Though it failed to crack the Hot 100, the single became the group's thirtieth Top 40 hit on the R&B charts. The single was "I Just Want To Satisfy" by the O'Jays.

1 comment:

  1. Nice to see that Four Tops debut - as you know I am a huge Grease 2 fan. Must have been that young Michelle Pfeiffer. ;)