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1981 was a horrible year for music

I drove from Columbus to Champaign on Saturday.  It’s about a 4.5 hour drive and I had the chance to listen to the entire Top 40 Countdown for this week in 1981 on one of the Sirius 80s Channels on the radio.  Check out the list below with thanks to http://weeklytop40.wordpress.com/1981-all-charts/.  It is one of the most forgettable lists of music that you can ever think of.  There are only a handful of songs that are even regularly played today.  This year is such a transitional year in music.  I still listened to the entire list though.

BILLBOARD (USA) MAGAZINE’S SINGLES CHART FOR WEEK OF:October 17,1981
TW LW Wks. Song-Artist

1 2 ARTHUR’S THEME (Best That You Can Do) –•– Christopher Cross (Warner Brothers)-10 (1 week at #1) (1)
2 1 ENDLESS LOVE –•– Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (Motown)-15 (1)
3 7 START ME UP –•– The Rolling Stones (Rolling Stones)-9 (3)
4 5 FOR YOUR EYES ONLY –•– Sheena Easton (EMI-America)-13 (4)
5 6 STEP BY STEP –•– Eddie Rabbitt (Elektra)-13 (5)
6 8 PRIVATE EYES –•– Daryl Hall and John Oates (RCA)-8 (6)
7 3 STOP DRAGGIN’ MY HEART AROUND –•– Stevie Nicks (with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) (Modern)-13 (3)
8 4 WHO’S CRYING NOW –•– Journey (Columbia)-14 (4)
9 13 HARD TO SAY –•– Dan Fogelberg (Full Moon)-8 (9)
10 11 THE NIGHT OWLS –•– The Little River Band (Capitol)-9 (10)

11 9 URGENT –•– Foreigner (Atlantic)-16 (4)
12 17 I’VE DONE EVERYTHING FOR YOU –•– Rick Springfield (RCA)-9 (12)
13 10 HOLD ON TIGHT –•– ELO (Jet)-13 (10)
14 22 TRYIN’ TO LIVE MY LIFE WITHOUT YOU –•– Bob Seger (Capitol)-6 (14)
15 16 SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME –•– Kenny Rogers (Liberty)-7 (15)
16 21 WHEN SHE WAS MY GIRL –•– The Four Tops (Casablanca)-10 (16)
17 19 SUPER FREAK (Part 1) –•– Rick James (Gordy)-11 (17)
18 18 I COULD NEVER MISS YOU (More Than I Do) –•– Lulu (Alfa)-12 (18)
19 20 WE’RE IN THIS LOVE TOGETHER –•– Al Jarreau (Warner Brothers)-12 (19)
20 25 SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD –•– Billy Joel (Columbia)-6 (20)

21 23 JUST ONCE –•– Quincy Jones Featuring James Ingram (A&M)-10 (21)
22 29 THE THEME FROM “HILL STREET BLUES” –•– Mike Post (Featuring Larry Carlton)-9 (22)
23 27 HERE I AM (Just When I Thought I Was Over You) –•– Air Supply (Arista)-4 (23)
24 26 SHE’S A BAD MAMA JAMA (She’s Built, She’s Stacked) –•– Carl Carlton (20th Century)-9 (24)
25 42 WAITING FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU –•– Foreigner (Atlantic)-2 (25)
26 14 QUEEN OF HEARTS –•– Juice Newton (Capitol)-21 (6)
27 39 OH NO –•– The Commodores (Motown)-4 (27)
28 36 EVERY LITTLE THING SHE DOES IS MAGIC –•– The Police (A&M)-4 (28)
29 34 ATLANTA LADY (Something About Your Love) –•– Marty Balin (EMI-America)-5 (29)
30 15 THE VOICE –•– The Moody Blues (Threshold)-11 (15)

31 47 PHYSICAL –•– Olivia Newton-John (MCA)-3 (31)
32 37 HE’S A LIAR –•– The Bee Gees (RSO)-4 (32)
33 38 ALIEN –•– The Atlanta Rhythm Section (Columbia)-8 (33)
34 12 THE BEACH BOYS MEDLEY –•– The Beach Boys (Capitol)-13 (12)
35 24 (There’s) NO GETTIN’ OVER ME –•– Ronnie Milsap (RCA)-17 (5)
36 28 LADY (You Bring Me Up) –•– The Commodores (Motown)-18 (8)
37 43 SAUSALITO SUMMERNIGHT –•– Diesel (Regency)-6 (37)
38 57 THE OLD SONGS –•– Barry Manilow (Arista)-2 (38)
39 46 IN THE DARK –•– Billy Squier (Capitol)-6 (39)
40 40 BURNIN’ FOR YOU –•– Blue Oyster Cult (Columbia)-10 (40)

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Billboards Top 100 Albums from 1983

As I’m working on my list of my favorite albums from 1983, I wanted to share with you the list from Billboard for 1983.  There are several classic albums here, and many very forgettable albums.  What are your favorites?  Some of my favorites from 1983 aren’t here as they weren’t big sellers, but they were very important albums.  REM and Madonna’s first albums came out in 1983.  There were great albums from Blue Nile, The The, Replacements, Tears for Fears, Aztec Camera, and New Order.  I’ll publish the top 100 singles list shortly for 1983.

Rank   Album                                     Artist

1          Thriller                                    Michael Jackson

2          Business As Usual                 Men At Work

3          Synchronicity                         The Police

4          H20                                        Hall & Oates

5          1999                                       Prince & the Revolution

6          Lionel Richie                           Lionel Richie

7          Workout Record                     Jane Fonda

8          Pyromania                              Def Leppard

9          Kissing To Be Clever              Culture Club

10       Greatest Hits, Vol. 2                Olivia Newton-John

11       IV                                             Toto

12       Frontiers                                  Journey

13       Rio                                           Duran Duran

14       Built For Speed                       The Stray Cats

15       Cuts Like A Knife                    Bryan Adams

16       Get Nervous                            Pat Benatar

17       The Distance                           Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band

18       Get Lucky                                Loverboy

19       Mountain Music                      Alabama

20       Flashdance Soundtrack          Flashdance

21       Hello, I Must Be Going            Phil Collins

22       Night and Day                         Joe Jackson

23       Spring Session M                   Missing Persons

24       Kilroy Was Here                     Styx

25       War                                         U2

26       Duran Duran                           Duran Duran

27       Always On My Mind               Willie Nelson

28       Let’s Dance                            David Bowie

29       The Closer You Get                Alabama

30       Combat Rock                         The Clash

31       Eliminator                               ZZ Top

32       American Fool                        John Cougar

33       The Nylon Curtain                  Billy Joel

34       Escape                                   Journey

35       High ‘N’ Dry                           Def Leppard

36       High Adventure                      Kenny Loggins

37       Long After Dark                     Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

38       Pancho and Lefty                  Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard

39       Cargo                                     Men At Work

40       Special Beat Service              The English Beat

41       Friend Or Foe                         Adam Ant

42       The Lexicon Of Love              ABC

43       All This Love                           DeBarge

44       Living In Oz                            Rick Springfield

45       Midnight Love                        Marvin Gaye

46       Three Lock Box                     Sammy Hagar

47       Greatest Hits                         Dan Fogelberg

48       Jarreau                                  Al Jarreau

49       Emotions In Motion               Billy Squier

50       Outside/Inside                       Tubes

51       Killer On the Rampage          Eddy Grant

52       Worlds Apart                          Saga

53       Forever, For Always, For Love          Luther Vandross

54       Famous Last Words              Supertramp

55       Blinded By Science               Thomas Dolby

56       Reach the Beach                   Fixx

57       Metal Health                          Quiet Riot

58       Heartlight                               Neil Diamond

59       The Golden Age Of Wireless   Thomas Dolby

60       Branigan                                Laura Branigan

61       Bella Donna                           Stevie Nicks

62       Naked Eyes                           Naked Eyes

63       Headhunter                            Krokus

64       Winds Of Change                 Jefferson Starship

65       Never Surrender                   Triumph

66       Pleasure Victim                     Berlin

67       Cut                                        Golden Earring

68       Screaming For Vengeance    Judas Priest

69       Too Tough                              Angela Bofill

70       Records                                 Foreigner

71       Heartbreaker                         Dionne Warwick

72       Sweet Dreams                       Eurythmics

73       I Can’t Stand Still                  Don Henley

74       Greatest Hits                         The Little River Band

75       Visions                                   Gladys Knight & the Pips

76       Scandal                                 Scandal

77       Too-Rye-Ay                           Dexys Midnight Runners

78       Piece of Mind                        Iron Maiden

79       Julio                                      Julio Iglesias

80       The Wild Heart                     Stevie Nicks

81       Forever Now                         Psychedelic Furs

82       Speaking In Tongues            Talking Heads

83       Dawn Patrol                          Night Ranger

84       Keep It Up                            Loverboy

85       State Of Confusion               The Kinks

86       Daylight Again                      Crosby, Stills & Nash

87       Sergio Mendes                     Sergio Mendes

88       Mirage                                  Fleetwood Mac

89       Love For Love                      The Whispers

90       Kihnspiracy                          The Greg Kihn Band

91       Here Comes the Night         Barry Manilow

92       In Your Eyes                         George Benson

93       Madness                              Madness

94       A Flock of Seagulls              A Flock Of Seagulls

95       Dark Side of the Moon         Pink Floyd

96       Gap Band IV                         The Gap Band

97       We’ve Got Tonight                Kenny Rogers

98       Every Home Should Have One        Patti Austin

99       The Nightfly                           Donald Fagen

100     Word Of Mouth                      Toni Basil

Billboard Top 100 for 1983