FLASHBACK: America's Top 10 May 15, 1983

Thirty-two years ago seems like forever to me - how about you?  Little did I know that after belatedly getting my driver's license on my seventeenth birthday in 1983, I would both discover a surprise secret admirer and first lay my eyes on the woman who would become my wife.  More so than any other episode I have shared thus far, I seem to recall actually viewing this episode of America's Top 10 when it originally aired - it all seems vividly familiar to me, gives me that weird déjà vu feeling, as I watched the burtiscurtis09 edit of the episode for today's post.  Would have loved to have had the trivia contest questions repeated but we take what we can get and what we get is three charts (Pop, Albums and Soul) along with three Spotlight video intros from our man Casey:
It is a tiny coincidence that this week's countdown coincides with the recent posting of Monty Greenly's Billboard collection (along with a few others) over at the American Radio History site.  Sharp-eyed viewers and those of you with long memories will recall I first mentioned American Radio History last year during HERC's Summer In Stereo and have since referenced it twice for America's Top 10 posts in January and March 2015.  What this unprecedented access to Billboard back issues means for me is that I'll be able to provide more charts with each America's Top 10 feature and possibly a few more stand-alone features now that I can track singles and albums week to week across charts.  Thanks to my good friend Mark for pointing out the unofficial announcement of the posting of the Billboard back issues on The Hits Just Keep On Comin' site.


...And my favorite Billboard chart of the week, Top Tracks aka Rock Tracks.  Any station playing all of these tracks would be preferred preset.

American Top 40
First Long Distance Dedication
Second Long Distance Dedication

46>>40 "The One Thing" - INXS
56>>39 "I'm Still Standing" - Elton John
48>>35 "Never Gonna Let You Go" - Sergio Mendes
42>>30 "Try Again" - Champaign

Hot 100 Debuts:
95 "Fools Game" - Michael Bolton
93 "Slipping Away" - Dave Edmunds
90 "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" - Eurythmics
89 "What You Do To Me" - Carl Wilson
87 "I Cannot Believe It's True" - Phil Collins
86 "When I'm With You" - Sheriff
83 'Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)" - A Flock Of Seagulls
82 "Side By Side" - Earth Wind & Fire
80 "How Do You Keep The Music Playing" - James ingram with Patti Austin
76 "Inside Love - So Personal" - George Benson _________________________________________________________________________

American Bandstand May 14, 1983
Jose Feliciano - "Lonely Teardrops" & "One Night" Dick Clark interview
Nick Lowe - "Wish You Were Here" & "Raging Eyes" Dick Clark interview

Soul Train May 14, 1983
DeBarge - "I Like It" and "All This Love" 
Champaign - "Try Again" and "Let Your Body Rock" 
Saturday Night Live May 14, 1983
Dexy's Midnight Runners - "Come On, Eileen" and "The Celtic Soul Brothers."

Solid Gold May 14, 1983Julio Iglesias - "Amore"
The Greg Kihn Band - "Jeopardy"
Barry Manilow - "Some Kind Of Friend"
Men At Work - "Overkill"
Ronnie Milsap - "Stranger In My House"
Prince - "Little Red Corvette"
Thompson Twins - "Lies"

Countdown May 15, 1983
Countdown (Australia)- National Top 10, May 15, 1983
Countdown (Australia)- Humdrum, May 15, 1983

MTV Playlist as of May 4, 1983


Marty Balin "Born To Be A Winner"*     Walter Egan "Fool Moon Fire" 
Ellen Foley "Boys In The Attic"     Polyrock "Working On My Love"
The Rockats "Make That Move"     Single Bullet Theory "Hang On To Your Heart"
Storm "Running From You" *    Peter Tosh "Johnny B. Goode"
The Tubes "She's A Beauty"     Robin Williams "Elmer Fudd Sings Bruce Springsteen"
"Weird Al" Yankovic "Ricky"     ZZ Top "Gimme All Your Lovin'"


(3 -4 plays a day):

Def Leppard "Photograph"     Def Leppard "Rock Of Ages"
Dexy's Midnight Runners "Come On Eileen"     Billy Idol "White Wedding"
Michael Jackson "Beat It"     Michael Jackson "Billie Jean"     Men At Work "Overkill"
Modern English "I Melt With You"  Naked Eyes "Always Something There To Remind Me"*
Planet P "Why Me"     Prince "Little Red Corvette"*    U2 "New Years Day"


(2 -3 plays a day):

Berlin  "The Metro"     Michael Bolton "Fools Game"
Bow Wow Wow "Do You Wanna Hold Me"     Chris DeBurgh "Don't Pay Ferryman"
Duran Duran "Girls On Film"     Duran Duran "Save A Prayer"
Eddy Grant "Electric Avenue"     INXS "Don't Change"     Journey "Chain Reaction"
The Kinks "Come Dancin'"     Madness "Our House"     Pink Floyd "Gunner's Dream"*

Pink Floyd "Not Now John"*  Red Rockers "China"  Scandal "Love Has Got A Line On You"
Patrick Simmons "So Wrong"     Sparks with Jane Wiedlin "Cool Places"
Rick Springfield "Affair Of The Heart"    Stray Cats "Runaway Boys"   Styx "Don't Let It End"*
Thompson Twins "Love On Your Side"     Ultravox, "Reap The Wild Wind"*

(1 -2 plays a day):

A Flock Of Seagulls "Wishing"     Joan Armatrading "Drop The Pilot"
Art In America "Art In America"     Bananarama "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"
The Belle Stars "Sign Of The Times"     Laura Branigan "Solitaire"
Depeche Mode "Get The Balance Right"*   Dexy's Midnight Runners "Celtic Soul Brothers"

Echo & the Bunnymen "The Cutter"     Dave Edmunds "Slipping Away"
English Beat "I Confess"     Goanna "Solid Rock"     Kelly Groucutt "Am I A Dreamer"*
Peter Godwin "Images Of Heaven"*     Garland Jeffreys "El Salvador"
Garland Jeffreys "What Does It Take"     Kajagoogoo "Too Shy"     Kix "Body Talk"
Martha & the Muffins "Danseparc"     Messendger "Strangers"*

Musical Youth "Never Gonna Give You Up"     Neeva "Blue Star"
New Models "Strangers In Disguise"     Night Ranger "Sing Me Away"     OMD "Telegraph"
Spandau Ballet "True"     Takanaka "Thunderstorm"*     Tears For Fears "Mad World"

* may not be the original music video as seen on MTV

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