Thursday, July 10, 2014

Counting down the Top 82 of '82: Singles #50 - 41

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

Do You Believe in Love
Huey Lewis & the News
Weeks in Hot 100: 17
Peaked: April 17
Album: Picture This (Chrysalis)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1007
 Mainstream Rock12

The J. Geils Band
Weeks in Hot 100: 16
Peaked: April 10
Album: Freeze-Frame (EMI)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1004
 Mainstream Rock8
 R&B 25

Love Me Tomorrow
Weeks in Hot 100: 15
Peaked: December 4
Album: Chicago 16 (Full Moon)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10022
 Adult Contemporary8

I Need You
Paul Carrack
Weeks in Hot 100: 13
Peaked: October 30
Album: Suburban Voodoo (Epic)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10037
 Adult Contemporary20
 Mainstream Rock22

Hot in the City
Billy Idol
Weeks in Hot 100: 17
Peaked: September 11
Album: Billy Idol (Chrysalis)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10023
 Mainstream Rock 31

On the Wings of Love
Jeffrey Osborne
Weeks in Hot 100: 18
Peaked: December 18
Album: Jeffrey Osborne (A&M)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10029
 Adult Contemporary7

Daryl Hall & John Oates
Weeks in Hot 100: 23
Peaked: December 18
Album: H2O (RCA)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1001
 Adult Contemporary14
 Dance 18
 Mainstream Rock18
 R&B 78

Donald Fagen
Weeks in Hot 100: 14
Peaked: November 27
Album: The Nightfly (Warner Bros.)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10026
 Adult Contemporary8
 Mainstream Rock17

Love is Like a Rock
Donnie Iris
Weeks in Hot 100: 14
Peaked: February 20
Album: King Cool (MCA)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10037
 Mainstream Rock9

Get Closer
Linda Ronstadt
Weeks in Hot 100: 12
Peaked: November 13
Album: Get Closer (Asylum)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10029
 Mainstream Rock34

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 comment :

  1. As I revealed in an earlier comment, my list is shaping up to be My Favorite 200 Songs from 1982 not because I am having a tough time winnowing the list down but because so many of my favorite songs are from 1982, the single greatest year in music EVER. But we're here to rejigger Mark's list today...
    50 much higher on my list
    49 I included the flipside on my list a little higher
    48 not on my list
    47 higher on my list
    46 lost in the one song per artist tournament
    45 narrowly missed my list
    44 so much higher
    43 a little higher
    42 not on my list
    41 lower

    We're halfway through!