Goody Two Shoes
Making Love Out Of Nothing At All
Tell Her About It
Total Eclipse Of The Heart
Straight From The Heart
Rock The Casbah
Church Of The Poisoned Mind
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
Time (Clock Of The Heart)
Rock Of Ages
Come On Eileen
She Works Hard For The Money
Hungry Like The Wolf
Is There Something I Should Know
Union Of The Snake
I'm Still Standing
I've Got A Rock 'N' Roll Heart
Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This
I Know There's Something Going On
Heart And Soul
(Keep Feeling) Fascination
The One Thing
Flashdance...What A Feeling
Lawyers In Love
Tender Is The Night
Breaking Us In Two
Hand To Hold On To
Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
How Am I Supposed To Live Without You
All Night Long (All Night)
Hot Girls In Love
Wanna Be Starting Something
The Girl Is Mine
What About Me
Pass The Dutchie
Always Something There To Remind Me
Love Is A Battlefield
Say, Say, Say
Tonight I Celebrate My Love
Shock The Monkey
Major Tom (Coming Home)
You Can't Hurry Love
Every Breath You Take
Back On The Chain Gang
Little Red Corvette
Take Me To Heart
Cum On Feel The Noize
The Politics Of Dancing
(She's) Sexy 17
Stray Cat Strut
Don't Let It End
Puttin' On The Ritz
Burning Down The House
She Blinded Me With Science
You Got Lucky
She's A Beauty
Flashdance (What A Feelin'') was the #1 highest selling single that year. Not that I think it''s held up all that well, but it was a very big seller.\
That list does bring back good memories, the golden age of MTV. When they still played videos all day. And the music was really good at the time, the New Wave fad lead to a British invasion. The New Romantics and synth-pop. Synth-pop was essentially synthesized disco. Disco never died in Europe so it was still influencing euro-pop and therefore was part of the British invasion.
Love love love it. My much younger boyfriend asked me last week "what was so great about the ''80''s?" How can I explain it?
1983, 1984, 1985 were the best years of the 80s.
Madonna''s debut was officially released in the summer as well.
Can''t Shake Loose, anyone?
Frida and some other woman who had a solo project that year
OP- you forgot "Let the Music Play."\
Turn in your card on the way out.
[quote]That list does bring back good memories, the golden age of MTV. When they still played videos all day. And the music was really good at the time, the New Wave fad lead to a British invasion. The New Romantics and synth-pop. Synth-pop was essentially synthesized disco. Disco never died in Europe so it was still influencing euro-pop and therefore was part of the British invasion.%0D
This is precisely why I no longer care about the MTV Video Music Awards. Back in the old days they were so much fun and the people being celebrated (all those mentioned above plus Michael, Madonna, Prince, Janet, Cyndi, Springsteen, Mellencamp, Sting and the Police, Duran Duran, Boy George and Culture Club, Phil Collins and Genesis, U2, etc.) all had great songs and really knew how to put on a show; now it's all about the painfully untalented (Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga) plus reality-show celebrities and I just can't sit through it anymore.%0D
I know, I know, we all have our time but the '80s were just so damn much fun. Now not so much.
45 and just got my AARP card in the mail
OP made me cum a little. r5 makes me want to propose! Thanks for a great list - I''m actually smiling at the end of a very long, hard day. Great memories.\
But can we please add Olivia Newton-John''s "Twist Of Fate" to the list? Wikipedia says it wasn''t a hit until early ''84 but it was recorded and released in ''83.
I turned 13 that year. Everything in my life sucked, as it normally does to a 13 year old.%0D\
The music was the only good thing that happened that year, and it was so good.
I was 14 that year and went to my first concert, David Bowie. He was great but I was really into his older stuff. I spent high school listening to 60s and 70s music and thinking that all 80s music sucked and MTV ruined everything. Now I look back fondly at these songs.
I was 13 that year and there was a lot of good indie music, in the UK at least. A lot of what''s in OP''s list is mainstream chart fodder, which the truly cool kids would have looked down on. Yes, there was a lot of good 80s music, but there was hell of a lot of shit as well. And I hated the tinny studio sound that prevailed.
The combination of Thriller being released and the new British Invasion was so colorful and exciting.
1983, one of the finest years ever for pop music! \
Thanks for reminding me, OP.
[quote] That list does bring back good memories, the golden age of MTV. When they still played videos all day. And the music was really good at the time%0D\
Best songs ever! That list is total nostalgia for me. I was a freshman in high school, and the one cool radio station in my town played all of these songs.%0D\
I remember having my first taste of alcohol, and smoking my first pot to these songs. Sitting with friends, watching the lights, and talking about girls.%0D\
Yes, I''m a gay guy now, but for those of us who were "confused" in high school, that''s the sort of thing we used to do.%0D\
I miss those days. Everything seemed simpler and better.
Thanks, op! You just gave me a list of songs to download on my Ipod.%0D\
Could you now do 1984, 1985, and 1986 please??%0D\
There was a radio station in Seattle called KJET that played a lot of this music but also a lot of New Wave that wasn''t necessarily popular enough to be chart-toppers or in heavy MTV rotation. I wasn''t allowed to have bumper stickers on my car but, but I taped a KJET sticker in the rear window. I still have it almost 30 years later. We were KJET kids and danced at Tonight''s the Night on Mercer Island and some other place in Kirkand. It was a great time.
r15 the link in the OP has lists for each year.
No one looked\
as I walked by\
Just an invitation would have been just fine\
Said no to him\
Again and again\
First he took my heart then he ra-an!
In the middle of my room, spinning in circles
Can I get a shout out for my hit record "Heartbreaker"? It was released in 1982, but peaked in the top ten in 1983, bitches.
Do you remember when Time had featured the British Invasion with Boy George and Annie Lennox on the cover? I LOVED that they had a fey man and an androgynous/butch woman together.
There were scores of New Wave songs that never saw the top 40 or MTV rotation. %0D\
Anyone on Pirate Bay can search for "80''s Forever" and get torrents for these rare new wave gems. Really insanely good music.
Do you wanna see me down on my knees\
Or bendin'' over backwards\
Now would you be pleased?\
Unlike the others, I''d do anything\
I''m not the same\
I have no shame\
I''m on FI-YAH!
OP''s list doesn''t mention The B-52''s "WHAMMY" album with the songs: "Legal Tender" and "Song For A Future Generation".
The Billy Joel songs are dreck. So glad he faded away to enjoy his yachts or whatever. Good thing he took Phil Collins with him.%0D\
Boy George, Adam Ant, Duran Duran, Michael Jackson, etc., etc., were so EXOTIC and EXCITING to me. My dad was an abusive alcoholic so my life in suburban Cleveland was scary and bleak. I spent hours just listening to the radio and staring at their pictures in the teen magazines. I was 13 or so.
R23, that was in my opinion one of the best albums to come out in ''83. Good call.%0D\
And OP''s list isn''t really OP''s.
Bonnie Tyler - Faster Than The Speed of Night
Album of the 80s
Don''t forget the entire album by Talk Talk, entitled "The Party''s Over"...which featured the song "Talk Talk". The whole album is great. It came out in ''82, but ''83 was when it started getting MTV and club play in the US.%0D\
Here is an album cut.
WHAMMY trivia. When the album was originally released, there was a song on side two called "Don''t Worry" which was apparently and unauthorized "cover" of a Yoko Ono track. They did credit Yoko Ono on the album "*lyrics by Yoko Ono" which was kind of a joke because the only two "lyrics" were "don''t" and "worry". Well Ms. Ono sued The B''s and all subsequent releases don''t have that song.
Another track not listed on here, and always seems to fly under the radar during the 80''s nostalgia waves:%0D\
Dead Giveaway by Shalamar
Or, as it was known in my fraternity, "Lick lick lick lick my dick dick dick."
[quote] Boy George, Adam Ant, Duran Duran, Michael Jackson, etc., etc., were so EXOTIC and EXCITING to me.%0D\
I remember going on a camping trip with my high school classmates, and the cabin had cable television. We were watching MTV, and everybody started freaking out about Boy George. "Is that a guy??!! No way, that''s not a guy. Yes it is... it''s a guy!"%0D\
It was my first real taste of transvestism. Well, besides the Rocky Horror Picture Show.%0D\
Of course, he was followed up by Pete Burns and "Dead or Alive."%0D\
To think, a guy in drag would never get airtime, much less a best selling song in 2010, but it was totally fine in 1983.%0D\
Music and people were much more open minded back then. More proof that we''ve regressed, as a society.
[quote]Of course, he was followed up by Pete Burns and "Dead or Alive."%0D\
Whom Boy George stole his act from.
"It''s Raining Men" came out in late 1982, but really started becoming at hit in gay clubs in 1983. Even got some radio airplay. \
And 1983 is also the year that gave us "So Many Men, So Little Time."
"To think, a guy in drag would never get airtime, much less a best selling song in 2010, but it was totally fine in 1983."\
RuPaul (yes I''m old honey)
Could someone please start a thread on 1981?
You had a great year in ''83, Kim. The FLASHDANCE soundtrack with "I''ll Be Here Where The Heart Is" won a Grammy! \
Plus, you charted with "Invisible Hands".
At that time I didn''t watch much MTV but saw all these videos on TBS. Weekends they showed videos all night. Night Tracks, maybe?
Thank you, R6. I was afraid that I was going to have to go all ghetto on this thread.%0D\
Damn it, OP, the music of 1983 was one of life''s best kept secrets. It''s bewildering to find other fans. I wass happy being an exclusive member.
I can''t help but believe that we would''ve made different choices had we known we were a mere 18 years from 9-11.
Here''s a non-hit from 1983 probably no one remembers. I only recently discovered it but it''s a new guilty pleasure. \
It''s actually a cool song - I wonder if it would have been a hit for someone other than Helen Reddy.
R5, you do know that "Can''t Shake Loose" was Agnetha''s song-Frida''s was "Something Going On"
[quote]I can''t help but believe that we would''ve made different choices had we known we were a mere 18 years from 9-11.\
Whenever I find myself thinking like that, I realize I''d do all the same things, but for very different reasons.
When did Imagination release "Just an Illusion"? What a great song.
Some of the top songs thirty years ago this week:
39. Poison Arrow - ABC
38. Tied Up - Olivia Newton-John
36. The Clapping Song - Pia Zadora (for real!)
33. The Woman in Me - Donna Summer
32. I've Got a Rock n' Roll Heart - Eric Clapton
31. Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners (week's highest debut)
30. Maneater - Hall and Oates
29. Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
28. The Other Guy - The Little River Band
25. I Know There's Something Going On - Frida
24. Mr. Roboto - Styx
23. Breaking Us In Two - Joe Jackson
22. You Can't Hurry Love - Phil Collins
21. One on One - Hall and Oates
20. Separate Ways - Journey
19. Africa - Toto
17. Allentown - Billy Joel
16. All Right - Christopher Cross
15. Heart to Heart - Kenny Loggins
13. Your Love is Driving Me Crazy - Sammy Hagar
12. Goody Two Shoes - Adam Ant
11. Back on the Chain Gang - The Pretenders
9. We've Got Tonight - Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton (biggest mover of the week - up 12)
8. Down Under - Men At Work
7. You and I - Eddie Rabbitt & Crystal Gayle
6. Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran
5. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me - Culture Club
4. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
3. Stray Cut Strut - The Stray Cats
2. Shame on the Moon - Bob Seger and the Silver Bullett Band
1. Baby Come To Me - Patti Austin with James Ingram
Some of the harder-edged '83 FM Rock Songs:
Flight of Icarus/The Trooper - Iron Maiden
Rainbow In The Dark/Holy Diver - Dio
Flick Of The Switch/Guns For Hire - AC/DC
Photograph/Rock Of Ages/Foolin' - Def Leppard
Lick It Up/All Hell's Breakin' Loose - KISS
Bark At The Moon/Rock 'n' Roll Rebel - Ozzy Osbourne
Shout At The Devil/Looks That Kill - Motley Crue
Too Young To Fall In Love - Motley Crue
Street Of Dreams/Can't Let You Go - Rainbow
Metal Health/Cum On Feel The Noize - Quiet Riot
Undercover Of The Night - The Rolling Stones
Seek & Destroy/The Four Horsemen - Metallica
Take Me Away/Shooting Shark - Blue Oyster Cult
Dancing On Your Grave/Shine - Motorhead
Gimme All Your Lovin'/Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top
Screaming In The Night/Eat The Rich - Krokus
Queen Of The Reich/The Lady Wore Black - Queensryche
Psycho Therapy/Outsider - The Ramones
Power & The Glory - Saxon
A World Of Fantasy/Never Surrender - Triumph
Burning Heart - Vandenberg
I Got The Six/Got Me Under Pressure - ZZ Top
R38 - I didn't get my MTV until 1984, so prior to that I had to rely on Friday Night Videos (NBC) and Night Flight (USA, not TBS).
New Year's Day by U2
Let's Dance by David Bowie
Modern Love by David Bowie
China Girl by David Bowie
Send Her My Love by Journey
Chain Reaction by Journey
Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2
Don't Change by INXS
The One Thing by INXS
Love My Way by Psychedelic Furs
That's Good by Devo
Faithfully by Journey
Little Too Late by Pat Benatar
Screaming In The Night by Krokus
Come Dancing by The Kinks
Dancing With Myself by Billy Idol
Rebel Yell by Billy Idol
A Million Miles Away by Plimsouls
Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Bonnie Tyler
Rio by Duran Duran
Too Late For Love by Def Leppard
Rock Rock (Til You Drop) by Def Leppard
(You Can Still) Rock In America by Night Ranger
Fake Friends by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
I'm Still Standing by Elton John
Wishing by A Flock Of Seagulls
Everything Counts by Depeche Mode
Cum On Feel The Noize by Quiet Riot
Love In Itself by Depeche Mode
Blister In The Sun by Violent Femmes
Why Me? by Planet P
Gimme All Your Loving by ZZ Top
Too Shy by Kajagoogoo
Our House by Madness
Lick It Up by Kiss
Queen Of The Broken Hearts by Loverboy
She Works Hard For The Money by Donna Summer
Say What You Will by Fastway
Dancing In Heaven (Orbital Bebop) by Q-Feel
Institutionalized by Suicidal Tendencies
I Melt With You by Modern English
Flight Of Icarus by Iron Maiden
Whenever You're On My Mind by Marshall Crenshaw
Let Me Go by Heaven 17
Breaking The Chains by Dokken
Poison Arrow by ABC
Keep It Tight by Single Bullet Theory
Baby Jane by Rod Stewart
Fall Of The Peacemakers by Molly Hatchet
She's A Runner by Billy Squier
Fight Fire With Fire by Kansas
How Can I Refuse? by Heart
1983 Best Year EVER! MTV Ruled back then!
MORE GREAT 1983 HITS
Big Log / ROBERT PLANT
In the Mood / ROBERT PLANT
Every Breath You Take / POLICE
Syncronicity II / POLICE
Wrapped Around Your Finger / POLICE
Little Red Corvette / PRINCE
Delirious / PRINCE
Cat People (Putting Out Fire) / DAVID BOWIE
(She's) Sexy + 17 / THE STRAY CATS
Love is a Battlefield / PAT BENATAR
Flick of the Switch / AC-DC
Undercover of the Night / ROLLING STONES
Always Something There To Remind Me / NAKED EYES
She Blinded Me With Science/ THOMAS DOLBY
Major Tom (Coming Home) / PETER SCHILLING
Billy's Got A Gun / DEF LEPPARD
Affair of the Heart / RICK SPRINGFIELD
Family Man / HALL & OATES
One On One / HALL & OATES
Bang Your Head (Metal Health) / QUIET RIOT
I Can't Take It / CHEAP TRICK
All Time High (Octopussy Theme) / RITA COOLIDGE
Don't Let It End / STYX
Two Hearts Beat As One / U-2
Holiday / MADONNA
Rainbow in the Dark / DIO
Rock 'n' Roll is King / ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
Der Kommissar / AFTER THE FIRE
Is There Something I Should Know / DURAN DURAN
My Spine (Is The Bassline) / SHRIEKBACK
Cuts Like a Knife / Bryan Adams
1983 HAD 'BITCHEN' MOVIES TOO:
Return Of The Jedi
The Right Stuff
National Lampoon's Vacation
Terms Of Endearment
The Dead Zone
A Christmas Story
Monty Python's Meaning Of Life
The Man With Two Brains
The Evil Dead (Wide-Release)
The King Of Comedy
Never Say Never Again
The Big Chill
I Wanna Go Back
Great TV too. My Favorites:
Magnum, P.I. (CBS)
M*A*S*H (ended that year-CBS)
Night Flight (USA)
Not Necessarily The News (HBO)
The Jeffersons (CBS)
Cagney & Lacey (CBS)
Remington Steele (NBC)
Hill Street Blues (NBC)
The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (NBC)
Late Night With David Letterman (NBC)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Hart To Hart (ABC)
Knots Landing (CBS)
Falcon Crest (CBS)
The Fall Guy (ABC)
T.J. Hooker (ABC)
Trapper John, M.D. (CBS)
Three's Company (ABC)
Matt Houston (NBC)
Simon & Simon (CBS)
St. Elsewhere (NBC)
Kate & Allie (CBS)
Other shows that were popular (that I didn't care for)
Facts Of Life (NBC), Diff'rent Strokes (NBC)
Love Boat (ABC), Fantasy Island (ABC), Dukes of Hazzard (CBS), Silver Spoons (NBC)
I was 13 that year too and, like r11, I was more into the "indie" stuff and thought most of the stuff in the charts was shit, which it was. Like r2 I also have a much younger partner and have to keep pointing out to her that much of the pop culture of '80s was shit. Sure, every decade has it's great music but there's always more shit. The idealisation of the 80s is off the mark.
Forgot how much I loved Puttin' on the Ritz. That song was the shitz.
"Cool Places" by Jane Wiedlin and Sparks sums up 1983 sound to me. Still love it.
Why all this stupid nostalgia for the eighties, that most shallow, superficial, commercial, trivial of decades? Maybe THAT is its appeal. I guess shallow and superficial and commercial and trivial appeals to a lot of people.
One of my favorite songs from 1983 (there were few) just popped up on Spotify, Taco's "Puttin' on the Ritz."
I also liked Jackson Browne's Lawyers in Love, and Linda Ronstadt's first album of standards, What's New. It wasn't my favorite year, and the '80s aren't my favorite decade, for pop music. When I bought a CD player a couple of years later, I mostly got into classical.
Reagan and his policies didn't really kick in until 1986. That's when a lot of crackdowns began, and the full horror of unfunded AIDs research began to be felt.
In 1989, an LA Times writer called 1986 "the year the assholes took over."
1983 seemed like the last fully free and fun year. I think it wasn't until 1984 that home computers started looking viable and computer companies started advertising.
And now it's "Ain't Nothin' Gonna Break My Stride," one of my best friends' (since departed) theme song.
How does Spotify do that? If "The Longest Time" pops up next, I'm going to feel haunted.
Nope. 1986. "The Way It Is," by Bruce Hornsby.
Taco's "Puttin' on the Ritz." I loved that song.
The Way It Is," by Bruce Hornsby. Another good one.
Now we're in the '60s, R65: Cher, Little Peggy March, Dale & Grace, the Chiffons, the Ronettes.
Before your time?
"Reagan and his policies didn't really kick in until 1986. "
R62 - Bullshit. Reagan passed the big tax cut to rich and increased military spending in 1981. He also stated the saber rattling against the USSR then. In fact, he was toning down his rhetoric in 1986.
We didn't feel it until 1986 after it had "trickled down."
And by 1986, Reagan was talking about AIDS - finally - prompted by Rock Hudson's death in 1985.
Flashdance (What A Feeling) sounds sooooo cheesy and dated now.
Come On Eileen is the filthiest song title ever.
R60 I agree. Let's live for today. Fuck thinking about the past. It's gone and not coming back. I am not nostalgic for any decade. I live the day, go to sleep and forget it ever happened. I rarely think about anything that happened before this very moment. Looking at the past is stupid and a waste of time. From my vague recollections the 60s 70s and 80s were horrible. The 90s...worse. The 2000s were bad too. Fuck thinking back. Think forward.
"I rarely think about anything that happened before this very moment."
R72 I was just being facetious. It seems like every thread has some bozo that posts something like the one I responded to. The, "I don't understand why you people...". There's nothing wrong with nostalgia. Living is the past can be a problem for people, but just looking back at events and eras of your life can occasionally be fun. People like R60 probably have no joy in their lives. The only people who call the '80s shallow were not there. My life was not shallow. My friends lives were not shallow. My parents were not shallow. R60 learned everything he knows about the 1980s from VH-1's "I Love The '80s" and shows like that. We didn't give a shit about Reagan or politics in 1983. We were kids for fucks sake! Yeah, let's stay in the present where it's not shallow. Gotta go, The Kardashians & Honey Boo-Boo are on tonight.
Is there a troll who likes to post Reagan threads and find a way to bring him in on any thread?
R71, if you liked the '80s, you must have slept through them. Or been eight.
I think so, R74. We need to ship their asses back to Free Republic or Drudge Report. I too get sick of the anti-gay, Reagan-worshipping assholes that find their way on here. It does seem like that wrinkled, shriveled old Reagan fuck ends up in every thread lately. I think he was even mentioned in the thread about the Vegas woman that fucked the pit bull.
R69 -- it was 1987 and only to try to make testing (and perhaps corralling) compulsory:
Mr. Reagan's AIDS Test
Published: June 02, 1987
''This is a battle against disease, not against our fellow Americans.'' In his first speech devoted to AIDS, President Reagan made plain that his heart was in the right place. What's less evident is why he ignores the best advice of public health officials and recommends compulsory AIDS testing that has little relevance to the incidence of the disease.
Mr. Reagan would like to see the AIDS test applied to immigrants, Federal prisoners, patients at veterans' hospitals, people getting married and those attending sexual disease clinics. Apart from prison populations containing drug addicts, these are not the groups at highest risk for AIDS.
As for premarital testing, the Federal Centers for Disease Control finds that it ''is unlikely to be very effective,'' because most AIDS victims are drug addicts and homosexuals and the incidence of marriage among these groups is low. * * *
There is historical precedent and good reason for testing and excluding would-be immigrants with communicable diseases. And offering the AIDS test to those attending sexual disease clinics makes excellent sense if it is voluntary. Otherwise, all that would accomplish is to discourage people from attending the clinics.
R77 - I was off by a year. But in general, the second Reagan term was less crazy than the first.
This was the year I graduated high school. "Come On, Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners was voted best song by our graduating class.
um i hardly recognize these songs
R80 Go back to the future. We don't want you here. LOL.
R75 If you were miserable in the '80s, you're probably miserable now. I have loved every era of my life. It's been a wonderful, beautiful ride. I do not say that the '80s were better than any other time, but I was happy and had fun. I made some wonderful friends who are still major parts of my life today.
I loved watching all the hot asses in Billy Joel's Allentown video.
Most of my friends died, R82. Except one who waited until 1992.
I'm glad you have so much happiness. Really, I am.
Boys wore better shorts and socks in the 80s.
Anybody remember this mostly forgotten Joan Jett song? It was actually a minor hit, and I think, one of her best.
Wasn't 'She Works Hard For the Money' Donna Summer's last big hit? She disappeared for quite a while after that.
r87, Donna had a #7 hit with This Time I Know it's for Real in 1989
Brent's Top 15 Songs of 1983
1. Flick of the Switch / AC/DC
2. The Trooper / IRON MAIDEN
3. Rainbow in the Dark / DIO
4. Syncronicity II / THE POLICE
5. Rock! Rock! ('Til You Drop) / DEF LEPPARD
6. Outsider / THE RAMONES
7. Rebel Yell / BILLY IDOL
8. Too Young to Fall in Love / MOTLEY CRUE
9. Blue Monday / NEW ORDER
10. New Year's Day / U2
11. Bark at the Moon / OZZY OSBOURNE
12. Flight of Icarus / IRON MAIDEN
13. A World of Fantasy / TRIUMPH
14. Modern Love / DAVID BOWIE
15. Union of the Snake / DURAN DURAN
Brent in Missouri
Some I remember from MTV back in the day.
Every Breath You Take - Police
Let's Dance - David Bowie
Flight of Icarus - Iron Maiden
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
Looks that Kill - Motley Crue
Love is a Battlefield - Pat Benatar
Screaming in the Night - Krokus
Holiday - Madonna
Let the Music Play - Shannon
Cum on Feel the Noize - Quiet Riot
Send Me an Angel - Real Life
Middle of the Road - Pretenders
Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top
Foolin' - Def Leppard
Talking in Your Sleep - Romantics
Time (Clock of the Heart) - Culture Club
Legal Tender - B-52's
Lick It Up - KISS
Send Her My Love - Journey
Dancing With Myself - Billy Idol
Big Log - Robert Plant
Rainbow in the Dark - Ronnie James Dio
Trashed - Black Sabbath
Shooting Shark - Blue Oyster Cult
Is There Something I Should Know - Duran Duran
Wishing (If I Had A Photograph) - Flock of Seagulls
Fake Friends - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Desperate But Not Serious - Adam Ant
Not Now John - Pink Floyd, Radio Free Europe - R.E.M., Psycho Therapy - Ramones, I Can't Take It - Cheap Trick, TV Dinners - ZZ Top, The French Song - Joan Jett, Little Too Late - Pat Benatar, Holy Diver - Dio, Let's Go To Bed - The Cure, Pipeline -Depeche Mode, Owner of a Lonely Heart - Yes, Don't Cry - Asia, She Was Hot - The Rolling Stones, I Need You Tonight - ZZ Top
I remember 1983 as the best of times and the worst of times. The best, because I had a great group of friends, graduated from high school that year, went to college in the fall and had some wild and crazy times hitting the clubs and living it up as an 18 year-old gay man. The worst of times, because of the AIDS crisis. That was the year that the general population began to hear about it and pay attention. I lived in a fly-over state, and thankfully wasn't touched by AIDS personally until one of my friends was diagnosed in 1988. However, bigotry from straights was at an all-time high. Prior to the AIDS crisis (late '70s-early, early-'80s), straights, in general, were becoming far more accepting of us (not counting the religious whackos and right-wingers). When AIDS hit, even many of the most liberal straights I knew, said some very hurtful things. One of my college professors stood in front of the class and stated that he thought gays should be quarantined in camps until a cure was found (I dropped his class that afternoon). I was living a gay life and having fun, but I did not discuss my orientation with heteros, as they assumed EVERY gay man had AIDS (God's punishment, of course). It was a scary time. I still have great memories and I was fortunate that I lost only two friends during the era. The rest of us practiced safer sex and were not promiscuous. I loved the movies and music of the era, though.
"Slipping Away" Dave Edmunds
"Salt In My Tears" Martin Briley
"Stayed Awake All Night" Krokus
"This House Is On Fire" AC-DC
"Bedlam In Belgium" AC-DC
"Human Touch" Rick Springfield
"Say What You Will" Fastway
"Saved By Zero" The Fixx
"If Anyone Falls" Stevie Nicks
"Cold Sweat" Thin Lizzy
"The Sign Of Fire" The Fixx
"That's Good" Devo
"Monkey On Your Back" Aldo Nova
"It's A Mistake" Men at Work
"Whammy Kiss" The B-52's
"That's All" Genesis
"Shooting Shark" Blue Oyster Cult
"Heavy Metal Poisoning" Styx
"If I'd Been The One" .38 Special
"Light In The Tunnel/Human Race" Red Rider
"You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll" Twisted Sister
"Twisting By The Pool" Dire Straits
"Telegraph" Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Michael Jackson's Thriller was the ONLY album that year. It was released in late 1982, but really took off in early 1983. Michael was miles above everyone else.
Thriller was so unique. A new sound. Nothing had ever sounded like it before. Michael created a whole new sound and image that year. His live performance on The Motown 25th Anniversary was the best live performance by anyone in the history of music. Most importantly, he invented the moonwalk on the spot that night.
That was the only album I bought that year. I thought everything else was terrible. Michael created, in Thriller, the best album in recorded history. The critics all agree.
Uh, "Thriller" was a good album, but it was nothing new and surely nothing innovative. True, it was the biggest seller that year, but I wouldn't even call it the best album of that year.
I personally preferred his previous album, 1979's "Off The Wall" to "Thriller". Like I said, the songs on "Thriller" were good, but they sounded like most other dance music sounded at that time. The songs, like "Billie Jean" and "Beat It" were a cut above the other R&B dance hits of the time, but there was nothing fresh about their sound. If not for the innovative music videos, "Thriller" would not have been the massive seller it became.
1. Let's Dance - David Bowie
2. Rainbow In The Dark - Dio
3. Holiday - Madonna
4. New Year's Day - U2
5. Rock Of Ages - Def Leppard
6. Undercover Of The Night - Rolling Stones
7. Flight Of Icarus - Iron Maiden
8. Modern Love - David Bowie
9. Stand Back - Stevie Nicks
10. Can't Let You Go - Rainbow
Mick in Texas
"So Many Men, So Little Time" came out in Spring 1983.
Sex (I'm a man) - Berlin
Lies (Lies Lies Lies) - The Thompson Twins
China - Red Rockers
A Girl in Trouble is a Temporary Thing - Romeo Void
Don't Go/Situation - Yaz[oo]
True - Spandau Ballet
New Song (Throw off your mental chains) - Howard Jones
Birds Fly (whisper to a scream) - Icicle Works
Big in Japan - Alphaville
Everything Counts - Depeche Mode
Industrial Disease - Dire Straits
Little Thing Called Love - Neil Young
Come Dancing - The Kinks
Working with Fire and Steel - China Crisis
Last Night a DJ Saved My Life - Indeep
Two Tribes - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Ain't Nobody - Chaka Khan
Home by the Sea - Genesis
Me and the Boys - Bonnie Raitt
Live So Fast/Let Me Go - Heaven 17
I Love a Man in a uniform - Gang of Four
Wot (said captain said what) - Captain Sensible
Reap the Wild Wind (- Ultravox
Work For Love - Ministry
Pale Shelter - Tears for Fears
This is the Day - The The
The Original Sin - INXS
Oblivious - Aztec Camera
I never understood how the nudity in Billy Joel's "Allentown" ever made it to the final cut of the video.
MY TOP 10 SONGS OF 1983
10. Let's Dance - David Bowie
09. Metal Health (Bang Your Head) - Quiet Riot
08. New Moon On Monday - Duran Duran
07. Blue Monday - New Order
06. Who's Behind The Door - Zebra
05. Shooting Shark - Blue Oyster Cult
04. Rock Of Ages - Def Leppard
03. Modern Love - David Bowie
02. Foolin' - Def Leppard
01. Photograph - Def Leppard
Holiday by Madonna
Let The Music Play by Shannon
Love In Itself by Depeche Mode
Break My Stride by Matthew Wilder
Karma Chameleon by Culture Club
Let's Dance by David Bowie
Saved by Zero by The Fixx
Telephone by Sheena Easton