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Music in 1983

By Patrick Mondout

Michael Jackson's Thriller continued to dominated album sales, but there were plenty of great singles in addition to Billie Jean and Beat It. For example, Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by The Eurythmics, Little Red Corvette by Prince, Down Under by Men at Work, Let's Dance by David Bowie, All Night Long (All Night) by Lionel Richie, and Every Breath You Take by The Police.

The first metal album to make it to #1 was released by Quiet Riot and Twisted Sister enjoyed similar success.

Here are some of the albums you might have been listening to in 1983.

Aztec Camera - High Land, Hard Rain

Billy Joel - An Innocent Man

Culture Club - Colour by Numbers

Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual

David Bowie - Let's Dance

Def Leppard - Pyromania

Duran Duran - Seven Ragged Tiger

Elton John - Too Low for Zero

Elvis Costello, Attractions - Punch the Clock

Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams

The Fixx - Reach The Beach


Huey Lewis and the News - Sports

Husker Du - Metal Circus

Jackson Browne - Lawyers In Love

John Cougar - Uh Huh

John Hiatt - Riding With The King

Journey - Frontiers

Kinks - State of Confusion

Lionel Richie - Can't Slow Down


Men At Work - Cargo

New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies

Paul McCartney - Pipes of Peace

Paul Simon - Hearts And Bones

P-Funk All Stars - Urban Dance Floor Guerillas

Pink Floyd - The Final Cut

Plimsouls - Everywhere at Once

Pointer Sisters - Break Out

Police - Synchronicity

Quiet Riot - Metal Health

R.E.M. - Murmur

Randy Newman - Trouble in Paradise

Richard Thompson - Hand Of Kindness

Rick Springfield - Living in Oz

Spandau Ballet - True

Stevie Nicks - The Wild Heart

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Texas Flood

Styx - Kilroy Was Here

Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues

Thomas Dolby - The Golden Age of Wireless

Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones

Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry

U2 - War

UB40 - Labour Of Love

Violent Femmes

X - More Fun In The New World

Yes - 90125

ZZ Top - Eliminator



10: Sweet Dreams Are Made of This - Eurythmics

9: Baby, Come to Me - Patti Austin with James Ingram

8: Beat It - Michael Jackson

7: Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler

6: All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Richie

5: Down Under - Men at Work

4: Flashdance... What a Feeling - Irene Cara

3: Say, Say, Say - Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney

2: Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

1: Every Breath You Take - Police

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