Friday, July 11, 2014

Counting down the Top 82 of '82: Singles #40 - 31

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

Mama Used to Say
Weeks in Hot 100: 13
Peaked: April 24
Album: Ji (Mercury)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10030
 R&B 2

He Could Be the One
Josie Cotton
Weeks in Hot 100: 7
Peaked: September 4
Album: Convertible Music (Elektra)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10074

Workin' for a Livin'
Huey Lewis & the News
Weeks in Hot 100: 9
Peaked: September 18
Album: Picture This (Chrysalis)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10041
 Mainstream Rock20

I Can't Go for That 
Daryl Hall & John Oates
Weeks in Hot 100: 21
Peaked: January 30
Album: Private Eyes (RCA)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1001
 Adult Contemporary12

Billy Joel
Weeks in Hot 100: 17
Peaked: November 20
Album: The Nylon Curtain (Columbia)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10020
 Mainstream Rock 8

You Should Hear How She Talks About You
Melissa Manchester
Weeks in Hot 100: 25
Peaked: September 18
Album: Hey Ricky (Arista)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1005
 Adult Contemporary10

Should I Stay or Should I Go
The Clash
Weeks in Hot 100: 13
Peaked: September 18
Album: Combat Rock (Epic)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10045
 Mainstream Rock13

One Hundred Ways
Quincy Jones feat. James Ingram
Weeks in Hot 100: 21
Peaked: April 17
Album: The Dude (A&M)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10014
 Adult Contemporary5

I Know What Boys Like
The Waitresses
Weeks in Hot 100: 6
Peaked: May 29
Album: Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? (Polydor)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10062

I Keep Forgettin'
Michael McDonald
Weeks in Hot 100: 19
Peaked: October 23
Album: If That's What It Takes (Warner Bros.)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1004
 Adult Contemporary8

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.

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