1983 Number 1 Hits

1983. The year of Michael Foot’s disastrous General Election campaign. The year of an acapella UK number 1 Christmas single (Only You). It’s a great song anyway, Yazoo took it to number 2 in ’82, but the Flying Pickets managed to take it a step further. I can still remember hearing it for the first time, it was on Wogan, on the telly!

Down Under by Men At Work is one of those great 1980’s songs. I didn’t buy it at the time, but I did manage to pick it up later on Brazilian import, a 7inch singe still, but on 33rpm not the UK chart sings standard of 45rpm. There were some other fantastic UK number 1 records in ’83 too. Phil Collins produced perhaps his best work with his cover of The Supremes’ You Can’t Hurry Love. Does anyone else remember the video. I was convinced for ages that Phil was one of twins… OK, I’ll get me coat.

Artist Title Topping out date
Phil Collins You Can’t Hurry Love January 15 1983
Men at Work Down Under January 29 1983
Kajagoogoo Too Shy February 19 1983
Michael Jackson Billie Jean March 5 1983
Bonnie Tyler Total Eclipse of the Heart March 12 1983
Duran Duran Is There Something I Should Know? March 26 1983
David Bowie Let’s Dance April 9 1983
Spandau Ballet True April 30 1983
New Edition Candy Girl May 28 1983
The Police Every Breath You Take June 4 1983
Rod Stewart Baby Jane July 2 1983
Paul Young Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home) July 23 1983
KC and the Sunshine Band Give It Up August 13 1983
UB40 Red Red Wine September 3 1983
Culture Club Karma Chameleon September 24 1983
Billy Joel Uptown Girl November 5 1983
Flying Pickets Only You December 10 1983

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