Our survey brings us now to 1983. Tensions between the US and Russia are at their highest point in decades, I’m just a wee little baby, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller has cemented his position as the King of Pop. We’re now officially at the halfway point in our retrospective series - 28 polls down, 28 to go before we catch up to the present day (which we should manage just in time to do this year’s poll.)
17 songs made the top of the charts this year, including Hall & Oates carrying over from the previous year. What’s your favorite?
I went with "Total Eclipse of the Heart, " although I actually like the Bowie and Eurythmics songs more. TEotH is one of the 80sest of all 80’s songs. Unlike other songs on the list, it is associated with the era more than the artist…when you hear it, you think “80’s!” not “Bonnie Tyler!”
Lots of decent songs on that list. I ended up going with “Billie Jean.” My other main contenders where the Eurythmics and Bowie. As much as I like the Police, I can live without “Every Breath You Take.”
It was very hard for me to choose (because there were some really good songs that made it to the top of the pops this year), but choose I did: “Come On Eileen” just barely outshone “Billie Jean” and “Say Say Say”. 'Tis a gloriously fun little ditty.
(And if you think there were some good number one singles in 1983, just wait 'til you get a load of 1984.)
Not me. I don’t even care about the '80s. I voted for it because I really, really like Bonnie Tyler for some reason. The sound of her voice is incredible and the way she uses it on that song is stellar. It’s paradoxical that she didn’t become a great singer until after she destroyed her voice, and I don’t begin to understand how that is, but it works anyhow. Also, the dress she wore in that video is so gorgeous.
P.S. Although for me Bowie rules, the Let’s Dance album never connected with me. The sound is way cold and uncomforting and Stevie Ray’s awesome guitar work sounds out of place, like it was meant for some other album and wandered into that one after taking the wrong turn and getting lost. I think 1980’s Scary Monsters is one of the greatest albums of all time, but Bowie just lost me in '83. I *wanted *to like Bowie here but couldn’t.