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Songs of the Year: 1982

It’s a Thriller, Thriller year!

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Another great year in pop music history, I mean c’mon, Thriller, 1999, Rio, Imperial Bedroom, The Lexicon of Love, Midnight Love, Mirage, Peter Gabriel IV, Toto IV, Nylon Curtain, The Dreaming. And can’t forget about metal, with Iron Maiden and Judas Priest releasing two classics of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene. Then there’s Pornography, English Settlement, Walk Among Us, Combat Rock, A Kiss in the Dreamhouse and even more for you new wave, post punkers.

Top song of 1982 on the Billboard charts? Let’s Get Physical from Olivia Newton-John followed by Eye of the Tiger from Survivor and I Love Rock and Roll by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

For our Listographers, Jason goes for a repeat, Kramzer gets the beat and Joe picks a song about a car that definitely isn’t a metaphor.

It’s a simple concept. We pick five of our favorite songs that made the Billboard Top 100 (established in 1958) during any time that year. We also select five “wildcards” that can be any songs released as a single or on an album or EP that year. Finally, we also pick our “worst” song of the year, just for fun.

We started in 1958 and we’re going until we run out of years.

Standings So Far …

Joe’s back in the winner’s circle. Call the Police! His pick of Every Little Thing She Does is Magic held off a late charge from Jason’s Tom Petty Pick, The Waiting. Kramzer’s choice, the Cars Since You’re Gone, was lapped by the field.

Joe: 12
Jason: 10.5
Kramzer: 7.5

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Which Was the Best Song of 1982?

  • Little Red Corvette by Prince (40%, 79 Votes)
  • Save it for Later - The English Beat (36%, 72 Votes)
  • You Got Lucky by Tom Petty (24%, 47 Votes)

Total Voters: 198

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Dan O

My favorite songs of 1982:
Rank-Title-Artist
1. LOVE IS LIKE A ROCK – DONNIE IRIS
2. WORDS – MISSING PERSONS
3. YOU SHOULD HEAR HOW SHE TALK ABOUT YOU – MELISSA MANCHESTER
4. CAUGHT UP IN YOU – .38 SPECIAL
5. YOU CAN DO MAGIC – AMERICA
6. I LOVE ROCK N’ ROLL – JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS
7. I’LL FALL IN LOVE AGAIN – SAMMY HAGAR
8. SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT – PAT BENATAR
9. TOUGH WORLD – DONNIE IRIS
10. DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE – HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS
11. DIRTY LAUNDRY – DON HENLEY
12. HOLD ON – SANTANA
13. EVERYBODY WANTS YOU – BILLY SQUIER
14. DON’T YOU WANT ME – HUMAN LEAGUE
15. DON’T TALK TO STRANGERS – RICK SPRINGFIELD
16. NOTICEABLE ONE – MISSING PERSONS
17. ABACAB – GENESIS
18. NO ONE LIKE YOU – SCORPIONS
19. FIND ANOTHER FOOL – QUARTERFLASH
20. DESTINATION UNKNOWN – MISSING PERSONS
21. ADDICTED – LEROUX
22. I WANT CANDY – BOW WOW WOW
23. STAND OR FALL – FIXX
24. LOVE’S BEEN A LITTLE BIT HARD ON ME – JUICE NEWTON
25. NEW WORLD MAN – RUSH
26. CENTERFOLD – J. GEILS BAND
27. VOYEUR – KIM CARNES
28. FLAMETHROWER – J. GEILS BAND
29. PRESSURE – BILLY JOEL
30. SPIRITS IN THE MATERIAL WORLD – POLICE
31. HURTS SO GOOD – JOHN COUGAR
32. MAN ON YOUR MIND – LITTLE RIVER BAND
33. I RAN (SO FAR AWAY) – FLOCK OF SEAGULLS
34. SHAKE IT UP – CARS
35. SOUTHERN CROSS – CROSBY, STILLS & NASH
36. FANTASY – ALDO NOVA
37. KIDS IN AMERICA – KIM WILDE
38. JACK AND DIANE – JOHN COUGAR
39. CLOSER TO THE HEART (LIVE) – RUSH
40. MANEATER – DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES

Dan O

More of my favorite songs of 1982:
Rank-Title-Artist
41. STEPPIN’ OUT – JOE JACKSON
42. HEARTBREAKER – DIONNE WARWICK
43. YOU DON’T WANT ME ANYMORE – STEEL BREEZE
44. TALK TALK – TALK TALK
45. SECRET JOURNEY – POLICE
46. LET’S GO DANCIN’ (OO LA LA) – KOOL & THE GANG
47. MY GIRL – DONNIE IRIS
48. 867-5309/JENNY – TOMMY TUTONE
49. EDGE OF SEVENTEEN – STEVIE NICKS
50. WHEN IT’S OVER – LOVERBOY
51. DON’T LET HIM KNOW – PRISM
52. (OH) PRETTY WOMAN – VAN HALEN
53. GOODBYE TO YOU – SCANDAL
54. HAND TO HOLD ON TO – JOHN COUGAR
55. YOU CAN’T KILL ROCK AND ROLL – OZZY OSBOURNE
56. WORKIN’ FOR THE WEEKEND – LOVERBOY
57. EARLY IN THE MORNING – GAP BAND
58. STONE COLD – RAINBOW
59. BAD STREETS – MISSING PERSONS
60. ABRACADABRA – STEVE MILLER
61. LOVE IS IN CONTROL – DONNA SUMMER
62. HOT IN THE CITY – BILLY IDOL
63. MAKE A MOVE ON ME – OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN
64. EYE OF THE TIGER – SURVIVOR
65. WHO CAN IT BE NOW – MEN AT WORK
66. CALLING ALL GIRLS – QUEEN
67. HOLD ME – FLEETWOOD MAC
68. SECRETS – VAN HALEN
69. EYE IN THE SKY – ALAN PARSONS PROJECT
70. ON A CAROUSEL – GLASS MOON
71. VACATION – GO-GO’S
72. INVISIBLE SUN – POLICE
73. IT AIN’T NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS – MISSING PERSONS
74. BREAK IT TO ME GENTLY – JUICE NEWTON
75. DID IT IN A MINUTE – DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES
76. MY KINDA LOVER – BILLY SQUIER
77. ROSANNA – TOTO
78. PAC-MAN FEVER – BUCKNER & GARCIA
79. WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOOD TIMES GONE – VAN HALEN
80. LOOK OF LOVE – ABC
81. BREAK IT UP – FOREIGNER
82. DON’T FIGHT IT – KENNY LOGGINS & STEVE PERRY
83. ATHENA – WHO
84. BAD TO THE BONE – GEORGE THOROGOOD
85. SITUATION – YAZ
86. DANCING IN THE STREET – VAN HALEN
87. THINK I’M IN LOVE – EDDIE MONEY
88. ISLAND OF LOST SOULS – BLONDIE
89. SENSES WORKING OVERTIME – XTC
90. DANCING UNDER STREET LIGHTS – BRAINS
91. WAITING ON A FRIEND – ROLLING STONES
92. THE SWEETEST THING (I’VE EVER KNOWN) – JUICE NEWTON
93. TAINTED LOVE/WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO – SOFT CELL
94. THE OTHER WOMAN – RAY PARKER JR.
95. LEARN HOW TO LIVE – BILLY SQUIER
96. FREEZE-FRAME – J. GEILS BAND
97. PAPERLATE – GENESIS
98. TATTOO – NOVO COMBO
99. LOVE IS ALRIGHT TONITE – RICK SPRINGFIELD
100. FORGET ME NOTS – PATRICE RUSHEN

Dan O

More of my favorite songs of 1982:
Rank-Title-Artist
101. GYPSY – FLEETWOOD MAC
102. YOU KEEP RUNNIN’ AWAY – .38 SPECIAL
103. YOU DROPPED A BOMB ON ME – GAP BAND
104. LOVE ME TOMORROW – CHICAGO
105. COOL MAGIC – STEVE MILLER
106. PLEDGE PIN – ROBERT PLANT
107. THAT GIRL – STEVIE WONDER
108. MISSION OF MERCY – MOTELS
109. CAR JAMMING – CLASH
110. SINCE YOU’RE GONE – CARS
111. YOUR IMAGINATION – DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES
112. TAKE IT AWAY – PAUL MCCARTNEY
113. EMPTY GARDEN (HEY HEY JOHNNY) – ELTON JOHN
114. ONLY THE LONELY – MOTELS
115. JOHNNY CAN’T READ – DON HENLEY
116. OUTLAW – WAR
117. TONIGHT I’M YOURS (DON’T HURT ME) – ROD STEWART
118. TROUBLE – LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM
119. I REALLY DON’T NEED NO LIGHT – JEFFREY OSBORNE
120. LOVE COME DOWN – EVELYN KING
121. SOMEBODY’S BABY – JACKSON BROWNE
122. TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND – GEORGE BENSON
123. IT’S RAINING AGAIN – SUPERTRAMP
124. UNDER PRESSURE – QUEEN & DAVID BOWIE
125. JUKE BOX HERO – FOREIGNER
126. MURPHY’S LAW – CHERI
127. OUT OF WORK – GARY U.S. BONDS
128. EBONY AND IVORY – PAUL MCCARTNEY & STEVIE WONDER
129. ANGEL IN BLUE – J. GEILS BAND
130. TAKE OFF – BOB & DOUG MCKENZIE
131. HARDEN MY HEART – QUARTERFLASH
132. CHANGE – JOHN WAITE
133. SHOULD I DO IT – POINTER SISTERS
134. BODY LANGUAGE – QUEEN
135. LOVE LEADS TO MADNESS – NAZARETH
136. VALERIE – STEVE WINWOOD (different version than 1987 remixed hit)
137. ROCK THIS TOWN – STRAY CATS
138. LIKE IT OR NOT – GENESIS
139. I KEEP FORGETTIN’ – MICHAEL MCDONALD
140. TAKE THE L – MOTELS
141. SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO – CLASH
142. STARS ON 45 III (STEVIE WONDER MEDLEY) – STARS ON 45
143. PERSONALLY – KARLA BONOFF
144. LONELY NIGHTS – BRYAN ADAMS
145. ’65 LOVE AFFAIR – PAUL DAVIS
146. AMERICAN HEARTBEAT – SURVIVOR
147. MICKEY – TONI BASIL
148. BETTER THINGS – KINKS
149. TRY JAH LOVE – THIRD WORLD
150. NOBODY – SYLVIA
151. HOOKED ON CLASSICS – ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
152. WE GOT THE BEAT – GO-GO’S
153. GET CLOSER – LINDA RONSTADT
154. I KNOW WHAT BOYS LIKE – WAITRESSES
155. MISSING YOU – DAN FOGELBERG
156. WITHOUT YOU (NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS) – FRANKE & THE KNOCKOUTS
157. COOL NIGHT – PAUL DAVIS
158. CYNICAL GIRL – MARSHALL CRENSHAW
159. HEAT OF THE MOMENT – ASIA
160. ELECTRICLAND – BAD COMPANY
161. SOMEONE COULD LOSE A HEART TONIGHT – EDDIE RABBITT
162. THIS COULD BE LOVE – CARS
163. COME GO WITH ME – BEACH BOYS
164. BABY MAKES HER BLUE JEANS TALK – DR. HOOK
165. OPEN ARMS – JOURNEY
166. BEATLES’ MOVIE MEDLEY – BEATLES
167. I NEED YOU – PAUL CARRACK
168. GET UP AND GO – GO-GO’S
169. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH – APRIL WINE
170. WHAT DO ALL THE PEOPLE KNOW – MONROES
171. A TOWN CALLED MALICE – JAM
172. FEEL LIKE A NUMBER (LIVE) – BOB SEGER
173. WASTED ON THE WAY – CROSBY, STILLS & NASH
174. I WOULDN’T HAVE MISSED IT FOR THE WORLD – RONNIE MILSAP
175. LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE – ALABAMA
176. DO I DO – STEVIE WONDER
177. GOING TO A GO-GO – ROLLING STONES
178. LET’S GET IT UP – AC/DC
179. DO YOU WANNA TOUCH – JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS
180. FITS YA GOOD – BRYAN ADAMS
181. HANG FIRE – ROLLING STONES
182. LET IT WHIP – DAZZ BAND
183. PLAY THE GAME TONIGHT – KANSAS
184. I.G.Y. (WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WORLD) – DONALD FAGEN
185. THIS MAN IS MINE – HEART
186. STILL THEY RIDE – JOURNEY
187. ONLY TIME WILL TELL – ASIA
188. HARD TO SAY I’M SORRY – CHICAGO
189. I CAN’T GO FOR THAT – DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES
190. WHATCHA GONNA DO – CHILLIWACK
191. LOVE WILL TURN YOU AROUND – KENNY ROGERS
192. ALL OUR TOMORROWS – EDDIE SCHWARTZ
193. LEATHER AND LACE – STEVIE NICKS WITH DON HENLEY
194. HEART ATTACK – OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN
195. ONLY ONE YOU – T.G. SHEPPARD
196. BURNING DOWN ONE SIDE – ROBERT PLANT
197. UP WHERE WE BELONG – JOE COCKER & JENNIFER WARNES
198. YOU’VE GOT ANOTHER THING COMING – JUDAS PRIEST
199. RAGE IN THE CAGE – J. GEILS BAND
200. MEGA FORCE – 707

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