Throwback Thursday: The top 10 songs this week in 1983

March 20, 2014|By Jordan Bartel | The Baltimore Sun

The King of Pop reigned supreme, according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive. Let's dip into the '80s goodness.

10. "Twilight Zone," Golden Earring

This was Dutch band Golden Earring's biggest hit. Nice space-like sound effects, guys!

9. ''One One One," Hall & Oates

Long live the sax solo. Long live Hall & Oates.

8. "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)," Journey

The video is famously awful, but the song is, let's be honest, awesome. Intensity, thy name is Steve Perry.

7. "Mr. Roboto," Styx

Confession: I still try to fit in "Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto" in everyday conversation at least once a week.

6. "We've Got Tonight," Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton

Kenny also dueted on this song with Dolly Parton. What, no duet with Bob Seger, Kenny? He wrote the thing.

5. "Back on the Chain Gang," the Pretenders

Though Sally Ride went to space, the Red Hot Chili Peppers released their first album and Chris Hemsworth was born, "Back on the Chain Gang" was probably the big highlight of 1983.

4. "You Are," Lionel Richie

The time when Richie could do no wrong (the video is another story).

3. "Hungry Like the Wolf," Duran Duran

OK, how did anyone living in March 1983 get any work done with all this great music?

2. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," Culture Club

Boy George and co. get torch-songy (with a swing) on their first No. 1 hit.

1. "Billie Jean," Michael Jackson

Jackson's classic spent nearly two months at the top of the Hot 100 chart. And inspired many an illuminated tile business. I assume.

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