Tuesday, February 11, 2014

1983 - The Golden Age of Soundtracks?

In a word, no.  Of the 17 songs to reach the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1983, only 2 songs came directly from a movie soundtrack.

"Flashdance...What a Feeling"
Irene Cara
#1 for six weeks, May 28 - July 2 
from the movie Flashdance
Michael Sembello
#1 for two weeks, Sept 10 - 17
from the movie Flashdance

Click on the year to check out similar soundtrack lists for the following years: 1985 & 1984

YearNo. of soundtrack #1'sTotal no. of weeks at #1
19832 of 178
19847 of 2021
19859 of 2714

Despite my appreciation for Giorgio Moroder's music, I never cared much for the song Flashdance.  I always liked Maniac, though.

Other soundtrack hits from 1983 that didn't make the top spot include:
  • "Far from Over" by Frank Stallone from Staying Alive  (peaked at #10)
  • "It Might Be You" by Stephen Bishop from Tootsie (#25)
  • "The Way He Makes Me Feel" by Barbra Streisand from Yentl (#40)
The winner of the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 56th Academy Awards was "Flashdance...What a Feeling."


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