Category Archives: 1982

And we’re done…

When I started this project, I had two goals. One, I wanted to do a long-form project and see it to the end. With Happy wrapping up the chart, I have accomplished that goal. Two, I wanted to understand the … Continue reading

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Daryl Hall and John Oates – Maneater

First Hit #1: December 18, 1982 Hall and Oates have been one of the defining groups of the early ’80s, at least as number one singles go, and their habits have been largely defining as far as a typical sound … Continue reading

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Toni Basil – Mickey

First Hit #1: December 11, 1982 After several weeks of ballads, Toni Basil comes along to remind us that it’s 1982, with a song that brings together all the trends that have been going on so far into a blast … Continue reading

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Lionel Richie – Truly

First Hit #1: November 27, 1982 So after the big cheesy ballad of yesterday, here comes along the perfect person to show people how it’s done. Lionel Richie might be doing his first solo number one, but unless you looked … Continue reading

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Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong

First Hit #1: November 6, 1982 When I put these things together, one of the first steps is finding an appropriate clip to put at the bottom. It’s a practical concern, but sometimes you find little nuggets of information you … Continue reading

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Men at Work – Who Can It Be Now?

First Hit #1: October 30, 1982 This project leads to a lot of “This song was by that artist?” moments, the latest of which is Men at Work, a band probably best known for its tribute to Australia. But that’s … Continue reading

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John Cougar – Jack and Diane

First Hit #1: October 2, 1982 Once, there was a young man named John, who was fairly indecisive about his name but was credited as John Cougar at this time. He had a song about young lovers in a small … Continue reading

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