1983 Number 1 Hits

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; 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 single still, but on 33rpm not the UK singles chart 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. Do you remember the video? I was convinced for ages that Phil was one of twins… OK, I’ll get me coat.

ArtistTitleMade Number 1Phil CollinsYou Can’t Hurry LoveJanuary 15 1983Men at WorkDown UnderJanuary 29 1983KajagoogooToo ShyFebruary 19 1983Michael JacksonBillie JeanMarch 5 1983Bonnie TylerTotal Eclipse of the HeartMarch 12 1983Duran DuranIs There Something I Should Know?March 26 1983David BowieLet’s DanceApril 9 1983Spandau BalletTrueApril 30 1983New EditionCandy GirlMay 28 1983The PoliceEvery Breath You TakeJune 4 1983Rod StewartBaby JaneJuly 2 1983Paul YoungWherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)July 23 1983KC and the Sunshine BandGive It UpAugust 13 1983UB40Red Red WineSeptember 3 1983Culture ClubKarma ChameleonSeptember 24 1983Billy JoelUptown GirlNovember 5 1983Flying PicketsOnly YouDecember 10 1983

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