1982 Number 2 Hits

Here is 1982’s list of those songs which, great though they were, couldn’t quite make it to number 1 in the UK singles chart. The power of Eurovision asserted itself as this year’s winner Nicole (no, not THAT Nicole – she was French, this one’s German) rose to the top of the UK Singles Chart, preventing Yazoo’s original version of Only You from taking its rightful place. Of course, the Flying Pickets awesome acapella version did make Number 1 the following year. One or two of the others could be argued as travesties, step forward Renee & Renato… well OK only the one this year.  Mmm…

Song at Number 2 Week Ending Song at Number 1
Cliff Richard – Daddy’s Home 02/01/1982 Human League – Don’t You Want Me
Stranglers – Golden Brown 13/02/1982 The Jam – Town Called Malice / Precious
20/02/1982
Toni Basil – Mickey 06/03/1982 Tight Fit – The Lion Sleeps Tonight
13/03/1982
Imagination – Just An Illusion 03/04/1982 Goombay Dance Band – Seven Tears
Chas & Dave – Ain’t No Pleasing You 17/04/1982 Bucks Fizz – My Camera Never Lies
Bardo – One Step Further 01/05/1982 Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder – Ebony And Ivory
England World Cup Squad – This Time (We’ll Get It Right) 08/05/1982
Yazoo – Only You 22/05/1982 Nicole – A Little Peace
Soft Cell – Torch 19/06/1982 Adam Ant – Goody Two Shoes
Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra 10/07/1982 Captain Sensible – Happy Talk
17/07/1982 Irene Cara – Fame
Trio – Da Da Da 24/07/1982
Duran Duran – Save A Prayer 11/09/1982 Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger
Dire Straits – Private Investigations 18/09/1982
The Jam – The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow) 25/09/1982
02/10/1982 Musical Youth – Pass The Dutchie
Fat Larry’s Band – Zoom 09/10/1982
Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Annie I’m Not Your Daddy 30/10/1982 Culture Club – Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
Dionne Warwick – Heartbreaker 13/11/1982 Eddy Grant – I Don’t Wanna Dance
20/11/1982
Human League – Mirror Man 27/11/1982
04/12/1982 The Jam – Beat Surrender
11/12/1982
Shakin’ Stevens – The Shakin’ Stevens EP 25/12/1982 Renee & Renato – Save Your Love

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