Hot 100 Debuts - November 1982

No one except possibly Michael Jackson himself had any inkling of how phenomenally huge his Thriller album would eventually become.  It all started as modestly as the cover art for the first single in mid-October, when "The Girl Is Mine" was released and its superstar pairing of Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney began getting extensive airplay, showing up on radio station surveys within a week of it's premiere.  The song debuted at number 45 on the Hot 100 the first week of November 1982 and, despite not having a music video to air on MTV, peaked at number 2 in January 1983 though the song topped the Black Singles chart for a three week span around the same time and had ruled the Adult Contemporary chart for four weeks since Christmas.
Then "Billie Jean" dropped on January 2, 1983 and everything went bonkers.  But 1983 is another story for another time.  We're all about 1982 this time around and more specifically November 1982 which continued a growing trend that had started in September 1982 when the Moving Pictures single "What About Me" was released but didn't peak until months later in February 1983. (Well, I guess we're back in 1983 again - ed.) Then in October 1982, nine debuting singles didn't hit their peak chart position in 1983 followed by twenty of the thirty-two singles that debuted during November 1982.  How many of December 1982's Freshman Class will peak in 1983?  We'll find out next week.

Hot 100 debutdebut postitleartist
11/6/198245The Girl Is MineMichael Jackson and Paul McCartney207
11/6/198272*Hand To Hold On ToJohn Cougar171
11/6/198277*You Can’t Hurry LovePhil Collins190
11/6/198278Does It Make You RememberKim Carnes134
11/6/198279*Down UnderMen At Work215
11/6/198288*I Know There’s Something Going OnFrida185
11/6/198289Theme From DynastyBill Conti102
11/6/198290*You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’Judas Priest72
11/13/198258*You Got LuckyTom Petty and the Heartbreakers169
11/13/198272*Two Less Lonely People In The WorldAir Supply132
11/13/198276I Gotta TryMichael McDonald119
11/13/198277Forever MineThe Motels87
11/13/198279*ValerieSteve Winwood65
11/13/198283*Space Age Love SongA Flock Of Seagulls147
11/13/198285*Goody Two ShoesAdam Ant186
11/13/198286*Goodbye To YouScandal80
11/13/198289Pledge PinRobert Plant57
11/13/198290Put It In A MagazineSonny Charles126
11/20/198256*I Do [Live]The J. Geils Band161
11/20/198259*The Other GuyLittle River Band187
11/20/198268Wake Up My LoveGeorge Harrison99
11/20/198278(You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t CareJoni Mitchell114
11/20/198279MemoryBarry Manilow130
11/27/198259Heart To HeartKenny Loggins180
11/27/198272Love In StoreFleetwood Mac165
11/27/198273Heart Of The NightJuice Newton159
11/27/198276*AllentownBilly Joel180
11/27/198278Right Before Your EyesAmerica118
11/27/198279*Nowhere To RunSantana74
11/27/198280*Twilight ZoneGolden Earring192
11/27/198282*PsychobabbleAlan Parsons Project94
11/27/198284The Elvis MedleyElvis Presley65

The first week of November 1982 featured the largest scoring average of the month (160) with an above average five eventual Top 20 singles including the entire month's only consequent Number One, Men At Work's "Down Under". 
November 1982 was a very special time in HERC's life, for it was on November 24, 1982 that HERC attended his first concert.  He has previously stated at least once due to faulty memory and poor research that his first concert was in February 1983 but has since found his last stash of concert ticket stubs, including the one from that very first show which clearly shows the date:
We can see from the chart above that Judas Priest's single "You've Got Another Thing Comin' " had debuted on the Hot 100 just a few weeks earlier.  The song peaked at number 67 the week of November 27th and remains the group's lone Hot 100 chart entry.  Over on the rock radio oriented Top Tracks chart, the single peaked at number 4 during an incredible 37 week stint that began in July 1982 and ended in April 1983. (What happened to the 1983 later deal? - ed.)
HERC's underdog pick of the week is Steve Winwood's "Valerie", which debuted on the Hot 100 at number 79 the week of November 13, 1982 more than a month after his previous single "Still In The Game" had bottomed out at number 100 in the final week of a ten week stay on the Hot 100.  "Valerie" climbed to number 70 the following week, held it for a second week then dropped to 87 before exiting the Hot 100 after just four weeks.  Winwood's song had found a home earlier on Top Tracks chart where it debuted at number 42 the same week another HERC underdog debuted. "Valerie" went on to spend eleven weeks on that chart, peaking at lucky number 13.  The song's last week on the Top Tracks chart was coincidentally it's first week on the Hot 100.  A remix of the song was included on Winwood's 1987 compilation Chronicles and was released as a single.  Once more it spent eleven weeks on the Album Rock Tracks (formerly known as Top Tracks) chart, peaking at lucky number 13 again.  The new single debuted on the Hot 100 at number 77 the week of October 10, 1987, peaked at number 9 the week before Christmas and was last seen at number 99 the week of February 20, 1988.  On the chart dated October 31, 1987, four weeks were added to the song's wks. on chart column, to account for time served back in 1982.

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