1983 Number 2 Hits

Here are the 1983 songs which didn’t quite make it to number 1 and the tracks which stopped them. The stand out one for me is Freeez’s I.O.U. which was held up by Paul Young’s cover of Marvin Gaye’s original 1962 hit, Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home). There’s no real travesty, save for the hangover from the 1982 Christmas number 1 with the dreadful Renee and Renato preventing The Shakin’ Stevens EP from taking its rightful place at the top of the chart. Shame really.

Song at Number 2 Week Ending Song at Number 1
Shakin’ Stevens – The Shakin’ Stevens EP 01/01/1983 Renee & Renato – Save Your Love
David Essex – A Winter’s Tale 15/01/1983 Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love
Eddy Grant – Electric Avenue 05/02/1983 Men At Work – Down Under
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) 19/03/1983 Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
Culture Club – Church Of The Poison Mind 16/04/1983 David Bowie – Let’s Dance
23/04/1983
F R David – Words 30/04/1983 Spandau Ballet – True
07/05/1983
Human League – (Keep Feeling) Fascination 14/05/1983
Heaven 17 – Temptation 21/05/1983
Wham! – Bad Boys 04/06/1983 The Police – Every Breath You Take
11/06/1983
David Bowie – China Girl 18/06/1983
Irene Cara – Flashdance… What A Feeling 09/07/1983 Rod Stewart – Baby Jane
Freeez – I.O.U. 23/07/1983 Paul Young – Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)
30/07/1983
06/08/1983
Spandau Ballet – Gold 20/08/1983 KC & The Sunshine Band – Give It Up
27/08/1983
Madness – Wings Of A Dove 10/09/1983 UB40 – Red Red Wine
Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack – Tonight I Celebrate My Love 17/09/1983
David Bowie – Modern Love 08/10/1983 Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
Tracey Ullman – They Don’t Know 15/10/1983
22/10/1983
Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night) 29/10/1983
05/11/1983 Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
12/11/1983
Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – Say Say Say 19/11/1983
26/11/1983
Paul Young – Love Of The Common People 03/12/1983
10/12/1983 Flying Pickets – Only You
17/12/1983
Slade – My Oh My 24/12/1983

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