Monday, July 14, 2014

Counting down the Top 82 of '82: Singles #10 - 1

A breakdown of my top singles from my favorite year in pop music

Weeks in Hot 100: 23
Peaked: July 3
Album: Toto IV (Columbia)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1002
 Mainstream Rock8
 Adult Contemporary 17

Turn Your Love Around
George Benson
Weeks in Hot 100: 22
Peaked: February 6
Album: The George Benson Collection (Warner Bros.)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1005
 R&B 1
 Adult Contemporary 9
 Dance 32

Under Pressure
Queen & David Bowie
Weeks in Hot 100: 15
Peaked: January 9
Album: Greatest Hits and Hot Space (Elektra)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10029
 Mainstream Rock7

Someday, Someway
Marshall Crenshaw
Weeks in Hot 100: 11
Peaked: August 28
Album: Marshall Crenshaw (Warner Bros.)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10036
 Mainstream Rock25

She's Got a Way
Billy Joel
Weeks in Hot 100: 14
Peaked: January 23
Album: Songs in the Attic (Columbia)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10023
 Adult Contemporary 4

Kids in America
Kim Wilde
Weeks in Hot 100: 18
Peaked: August 14
Album: Kim Wilde (EMI)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10025
 Mainstream Rock29

Love Plus One
Haircut One Hundred
Weeks in Hot 100: 17
Peaked: August 7
Album: Pelican West (Arista)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10037
 Dance 8
 Mainstream Rock 18

Who Can It Be Now?
Men at Work
Weeks in Hot 100: 27
Peaked: October 30
Album: Business as Usual (Columbia)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1001
 Mainstream Rock46

Don't You Want Me
The Human League
Weeks in Hot 100: 28
Peaked: July 3
Album: Dare! (A&M)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1001
 Mainstream Rock4

Steppin' Out
Joe Jackson
Weeks in Hot 100: 27
Peaked: December 11
Album: Night and Day (A&M)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1006
 Adult Contemporary 4
 Mainstream Rock 7
 Dance 45

These are my personal top 82 singles of those that charted in 1982.  The list is solely my opinion.  Chart information is from the US Billboard charts.  Using Joel Whitburn's book, Pop Annual 1955-1999, I started with the 424 singles that charted on Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 chart in 1982.  An initial pass through that list narrowed it down to 116.  Titles of those songs were written on index cards and the listening, ranking, and editing began.  The top 82 are presented here, in order.


  1. Fascinating and brilliant! Another suspense building multi-day post that pays off handsomely for hardcore list lovers like yours truly. Encore! Encore!

    Also, muchos gracias por the playlist.

  2. Mark, as always, I enjoyed the list.