Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Top 25 Jazz Albums Released in 1983

I wanted to check out the best-selling albums released in 1983 that charted on Billboard's Jazz Album Chart. Unfortunately, the magazine's year-end charts were no help as the 1983 year-end chart contained many albums from 1982. So since I had time to burn and I'm more than a little compulsive about such things (I created this jazz chart book, for example), I decided to create my own list of jazz albums that were actually released in 1983. I crunched some numbers and used a formula that took into account both chart peak positions as well as length on the chart. According to Billboard's Jazz Album Chart, here are the top 25 best-selling jazz albums released in the calendar year 1983:

The Genie: Themes & Variations From The TV Series "Taxi"
Bob James

On the Line
Lee Ritenour

Passion, Grace & Fire
John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola & Paco De Lucía

Mirage À Trois

Al Di Meola

Weather Report

Third Generation

Bodies and Souls
The Manhattan Transfer

Star People
Miles Davis

Bob James

The Hunter
Joe Sample

Larry Carlton

Imagine This
Pieces of a Dream


City Kids
Spyro Gyra

Individual Choice
Jean-Luc Ponty

Michael Franks

What's New
Linda Ronstadt

Pat Metheny

In Your Eyes
George Benson

Low Ride
Earl Klugh

Future Shock
Herbie Hancock

Al Jarreau

David Sanborn

Think of One
Wynton Marsalis

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