Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Counting down the Top 82 of '82: Singles #71 - 61

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

'65 Love Affair
Paul Davis
Weeks in Hot 100: 20
Peaked: May 22
Album: Cool Night (Arista)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1006
 Adult Contemporary5

Edge of Seventeen
Stevie Nicks
Weeks in Hot 100: 14
Peaked: April 17
Album: Bella Donna (Modern)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10011
 Mainstream Rock4

Valley Girl
Frank Zappa
Weeks in Hot 100: 12
Peaked: September 11
Album: Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch (Barking Pumpkin)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10032
 Mainstream Rock12

Breakin' Away
Al Jarreau
Weeks in Hot 100: 10
Peaked: January 30
Album: Breakin' Away (Warner Bros.)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10043
 Adult Contemporary30

Love is in Control
Donna Summer
Weeks in Hot 100: 18
Peaked: September 25
Album: Donna Summer (Geffen)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10010
 R&B 4
 Dance 3

Lindsey Buckingham
Weeks in Hot 100: 19
Peaked: January 16
Album: Law and Order (Asylum)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1009
 Mainstream Rock12
 Adult Contemporary14

Be Mine (Tonight)
Grover Washington, Jr.
Weeks in Hot 100: 4
Peaked: February 20
Album: Come Morning (Elektra)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10092

The Beatles' Movie Medley
The Beatles
Weeks in Hot 100: 11
Peaked: May 8
Album: single only (Capitol)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10012
 Adult Contemporary15

Since You're Gone
The Cars
Weeks in Hot 100: 9
Peaked: May 8
Album: Shake It Up (Elektra)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10041
 Mainstream Rock24

Cool Night
Paul Davis
Weeks in Hot 100: 19
Peaked: February 6
Album: Cool Night (Arista)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10011
 Adult Contemporary2

That Girl
Stevie Wonder
Weeks in Hot 100: 18
Peaked: March 20
Album: Original Musiquarium I (Tamla)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1004
 Adult Contemporary10

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. Mark, I had both the Paul Davis tunes, the Donna Summer, and of course "Valley Girl" all on 45's back in 1982. Good to see those sleeves again.

    1. Thanks, Martin. Looking at the old pictures sleeves has been the best part of making this list. Of course, sleeve accuracy is not guaranteed!

  2. Still making your list my own...

    71 as a product of a 65 Love Affair, the song is near and dear to my heart, but in the one song per artist cage match, it lost
    70 very mush higher
    69 one of last few cut from my list
    68 not on my list
    67 higher
    66 higher
    65 not on my list
    64 slightly higher
    63 unintentionally left The Cars off my list - will be rectified before I publish it
    62 much, much higher see 71
    61 see 71