1982 Number 1 Hits

We are really going back in time here… 1982. My pre-teen days, gulp. But I still like to think that I knew a good song (or a bad song) when I heard one. Bucks Fizz, remember them, had won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981 and they were astride the UK singles chart for a couple of years after. This year, they had two number 1 UK singles.

Alongside the kitsch of Bucks Fizz, we had the European electro-pop of Kraftwerk with The Model. We also had the 80’s original angry young men, The Jam, scoring two number 1 records. There was also Captain Sensible’s piece of irreverent nonsense with Happy Talk from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. Does the Captain say the C word? In my youthful innocence (is that the word?) I certainly thought that he did, but surely Mike Read would have spotted it it if he had?

Artist Title Topping out date
Bucks Fizz The Land of Make Believe January 16 1982
Shakin’ Stevens Oh Julie January 30 1982
Kraftwerk The Model/Computer Love February 6 1982
The Jam Town Called Malice/Precious February 13 1982
Tight Fit The Lion Sleeps Tonight March 6 1982
Goombay Dance Band Seven Tears March 27 1982
Bucks Fizz My Camera Never Lies April 17 1982
Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder Ebony and Ivory April 24 1982
Nicole A Little Peace May 15 1982
Madness House of Fun May 29 1982
Adam Ant Goody Two Shoes June 12 1982
Charlene I’ve Never Been to Me June 26 1982
Captain Sensible Happy Talk July 3 1982
Irene Cara Fame July 17 1982
Dexys Midnight Runners Come on Eileen August 7 1982
Survivor Eye of the Tiger September 4 1982
Musical Youth Pass the Dutchie October 2 1982
Culture Club Do You Really Want to Hurt Me October 23 1982
Eddy Grant I Don’t Wanna Dance November 13 1982
The Jam Beat Surrender December 4 1982
Renée and Renato Save Your Love December 18 1982

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