The year started with a bit of left over turkey from
Christmas still at number one but 1983 became a bit
of a classic year for 80s pop and number ones, almost
every one of these tunes still works well today. If
your going to a wedding sometime soon you can expect
to hear at least half of this selection, Uptown girl
always gets Gran's dancing feet moving and Billie Jean
will even get dad moon walking on to the dance floor.
Uk number 1 music hits of 1983
|Renee and Renato
||Save your love
||You cant hurry love
|Men at work
||Total Eclipse of the heart
||Is there something I should know
||Every breath you take
||Where ever I lay my hat
|KC and the sunshine band
||Give it up
||Red Red wine
After a dodgy start to 1983 with the chart topper from
Rene and Renato we where saved by Phil Collins and his
pop remake of the Motown classic. Older people moaned
about it at the time but its a great tune and Phil added
a modern pop twist and super video. A top track from
down under sat nicely at number one until the hair Bare
bunch AKA Kajaggoo weren't too shy to claim pole position.
What followed was pop and disco dance anthem Billie
Jean. Another great video saw MJ hop scotching his way
across a lighted dance floor. Apparently only some of
the squares light up so he had to make up new dance
moves on the spot.
A X factor favourite and much murdered Karaoke classic
Total Eclipse of the heart knocked Michael off the top
spot only to be replaced by Is there something I should
know? from Duran Duran. Later in the year UB40 scored
with a remake of Red Red Wine which is also a popular
karaoke and end of the night sing along song.
Ballads were big in 1983 and as well as Bonnie Tylor
there was honest to goodness Spandau Ballet with True,
Every breath you take from the Police and Paul Young's
Where ever I lay my hat.
The by then veteran rockers in the shapes of David
Bowie and Rod Stewart also had massive chart success
with party classics Lets Dance and Baby Jane. The Disco
funk Band KC and the sunshine band founded 10 years
earlier had perhaps there biggest ever hit with Give
Other top pop from this classic year is a perfect pop
record from new edition which included a youthful Bobby
Brown in the line up. Today no gran on a wedding dance
floor is going be happy until she hears Uptown Girl
and Karma Chameleon, strangely this was also true 30
years ago when these were brand new releases for Billy
Joel and Culture club.
The final hit of the year was from the flying pickets
who had reworked Only You by Yazoo using just their
vocal cords. It wasn't really a Christmas record but
it just seemed to finish of the year nicely.