1983 was a bit of a classic year for 80s number ones, almost every
one of these tunes still works well today. If your going to a wedding
sometime soon you can expect to hear at least half of this selection,
uptown girl always gets grans dancing feet moving and Billie Jean
will even get dad moon walking on to the dance floor.
Uk number 1 music hits of 1983
|Renee and Renato
||Save your love
||You cant hurry love
|Men at work
||Total Eclipse of the heart
||Is there something I should know
||Every breath you take
||Where ever I lay my hat
|KC and the sunshine band
||Give it up
||Red Red wine
After a dodgy start to 1983 with the chart topper from Rene and Renato we where saved by Phil Collins and his pop remake of the Motown classic. A top track from down under sat nicely at number one until the hair Bare bunch AKA Kajaggoo weren't too shy to claim pole position. What followed was pop and disco dance anthen Billie Jean. The video for the song Saw MJ hop scotching his way across a lighted dance floor. Apparently only some of the squares light up so he had to make up new dance moves on the spot.
A X factor favourite and much murdered Karaoke classic Total Eclipse of the heart knocked Michael off the top spot only to be replaced by Is there something I should know from Duran Duran. Later in the year UB4o scored with a remake of Red Red Wine which is also a popular karaoke and end of the night sing along song.
Ballads were big in 1983 and as well as Bonnie Tylor there was honest to goodness Spandel Ballet with True, Every breath you take from the Police and Paul Young's Where ever I lay my hat.
The by then veteran rockers in the shapes of David Bowie and Rod Stewart also had massive chart success with party classics Lets Dance and Baby Jane. The Disco funk Band KC and the sunshine band founded 10 years earlier had perhaps there biggest ever hit with Give it UP.
Other top pop from this classic year is a perfect pop record from new edition which included a youthful Bobby Brown in the line up. Today no gran on a wedding dance floor is going be happy until she hears Uptown Girl and Karma Chameleon, strangely this was also true 30 years ago when these were brand new releases for Billy Joel and Culture club.
the final hit of the year was from the flying pickets who had reworked Only You by Yazoo using just their vocal cords. It wasn't really a Christmas record but it just seemed to finish of the year nicely.