My favorite songs of 1982

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Ozzy bites the head off a bat, John Belushi dies, David Crosby gets arrested over and over, everyone in the world realizes how bad disco music is…and CDs first hit store shelves in Japan (but it would be eight years before I started to buy them)

This was leading into the year that, as a youngster, I first started really paying attention to songs and singers a little. And in 1984, at the age of 10, I got my first real cassette tape: Purple Rain, Prince. But it was in 1983 when I started noticing. And some of the songs I noticed were released at the end of 1982. So these songs were the first songs that I can add after having heard and enjoyed them in their time – as opposed to enjoying music released “before my time”.

I was never a big fan of the 80s. I know the music well, but not many songs were considered “awesome”, especially early in the decade. This is similar to the late 70s – just a run of bad music, in terms of what was popular.

But at least we had the Thriller album, and some early John Mellencamp. Or John Cougar. Or John Cougar Mellencamp. Whatever.

Unlike most rankings you find online, I won’t be tossing these up in a numerical order. I know better than anybody that on some days, some songs kick more ass than other songs. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow, if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment. So I’ll group them:
Awesome
Great
Solid
Not Bad
…with inter-group splitting.

First, some videos of the best from that year…

18 Great Songs from 1982

It’s Raining Again – Supertramp

Save A Prayer – Duran Duran

Eyes of a Strangers – Payolas

Pass The Dutchie – Musical Youth

Hot In the City – Billy Idol

Dream On – Nazareth

Hold Me – Fleetwood Mac

Even the Nights Are Better – Air Supply

Hard to Say I’m Sorry – Chicago

Hungry Like The Wolf – Duran Duran

Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Eurythmics

Where Everybody Knows Your Name – Gary Portnoy

Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes

Beat It – Michael Jackson

Gardening at Night – R.E.M.

Open Arms – Journey

The Beatles’ Movie Medley – The Beatles

This keeps getting removed from YouTube. Here it is via another source:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WCv-SqaYI0kXFpSicrrh48d9KRfhYvAv/view

Crimson and Clover – Joan Jett

6 Truly Awesome Songs from 1982

Hurts So Good – John Mellencamp

Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

Jack & Diane – John Mellencamp

Traveling Riverside Blues – Led Zeppelin

Blister In The Sun – Violent Femmes

Africa – Toto

The YouTube playlist of these great songs from 1982 can be found here.

My playlists on Spotify

Here is the full list of songs that I like from 1982…

Awesome – 1 Hurts So Good John Mellencamp
Awesome – 1 Billie Jean Michael Jackson
Awesome – 3 Jack & Diane John Mellencamp
Awesome – 3 Traveling Riverside Blues Led Zeppelin
Awesome – 3 Blister In The Sun Violent Femmes
Awesome – 3 Africa Toto
Great – 7 Hard to Say I’m Sorry Chicago
Great – 7 Hungry Like The Wolf Duran Duran
Great – 7 Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) Eurythmics
Great – 7 Where Everybody Knows Your Name Gary Portnoy
Great – 7 Up Where We Belong Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
Great – 7 Beat It Michael Jackson
Great – 7 Gardening at Night R.E.M.
Great – 7 Open Arms Journey
Great – 7 The Beatles’ Movie Medley The Beatles
Great – 7 Crimson and Clover Joan Jett
Great – 17 It’s Raining Again Supertramp
Great – 17 Save A Prayer Duran Duran
Great – 17 Eyes of a Strangers Payolas
Great – 17 Pass The Dutchie Musical Youth
Great – 17 Hot In the City Billy Idol
Great – 17 Dream On Nazareth
Great – 17 Hold Me Fleetwood Mac
Great – 17 Even the Nights Are Better Air Supply
Solid – 25 White Wedding Billy Idol
Solid – 25 Gypsy Fleetwood Mac
Solid – 25 Bad to the Bone George Thorogood
Solid – 25 Down Under Men at Work
Solid – 25 Ebony And Ivory Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
Solid – 25 Da Da Da Trio
Solid – 25 Eye of the Tiger Survivor
Solid – 25 Love’s Been a Little Bit Hard On Me Juice Newton
Solid – 25 Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Clash
Solid – 25 Come Dancing The Kinks
Solid – 35 Goody Two Shoes Adam Ant
Solid – 35 Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? Culture Club
Solid – 35 Come On Eileen Dexys Midnight Runners
Solid – 35 Dirty Laundry Don Henley
Solid – 35 Rio Duran Duran
Solid – 35 Electric Avenue Eddy Grant
Solid – 35 Our House Madness
Solid – 35 Sexual Healing Marvin Gaye
Solid – 35 Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ Michael Jackson
Solid – 35 The Girl Is Mine Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson
Solid – 35 Back On The Chain Gang Pretenders
Solid – 35 Abracadabra Steve Miller Band
Solid – 35 Jenny (867-5309) Tommy Tutone
Solid – 35 Rosanna Toto
Solid – 35 (Oh) Pretty Woman Van Halen
Solid – 35 Subdivisions Rush
Solid – 35 Valerie Steve Winwood
Solid – 35 Eye in the Sky The Alan Parsons Project
Solid – 35 Chariots of Fire Vangelis
Solid – 35 Kids In America Kim Wilde
Solid – 35 Maneater Hall & Oates
Solid – 35 Truly Lionel Richie
Not Bad – 57 I Want Candy Bow Wow Wow
Not Bad – 57 The Girl Is Mine Michael Jackson
Not Bad – 57 I Ran (So Far Away) A Flock of Seagulls
Not Bad – 57 Hot Hot Hot Arrow
Not Bad – 57 Heat of the Moment Asia
Not Bad – 57 I’ll Tumble 4 Ya Culture Club
Not Bad – 57 Shock The Monkey Peter Gabriel
Not Bad – 57 Rock the Casbah The Clash
Not Bad – 57 Dancing in the Street Van Halen
Not Bad – 57 Always On My Mind Willie Nelson
Not Bad – 57 Baby Come on Home Led Zeppelin
Not Bad – 57 New World Man Rush
Not Bad – 57 Der Kommissar After the Fire
Not Bad – 57 I Don’t Wanna Dance Eddy Grant
Not Bad – 57 Gloria Laura Branigan
Not Bad – 57 Who Can It Be Now? Men at Work
Not Bad – 57 I’ll Melt With You Modern English
Not Bad – 57 Fascination The Human League
Not Bad – 75 You Got Lucky Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Not Bad – 75 The Message Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
Not Bad – 75 I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) Hall & Oates
Not Bad – 75 Steppin’ Out Joe Jackson
Not Bad – 75 No One Like You Scorpions
Not Bad – 75 I’m So Excited The Pointer Sisters
Not Bad – 75 Mexican Radio Wall of Voodoo
Not Bad – 75 Enough Is Enough April Wine
Not Bad – 75 Physical Olivia Newton-John
Not Bad – 75 The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known) Juice Newton
Not Bad – 75 She Blinded Me With Science Thomas Dolby
Not Bad – 75 Always Something There To Remind Me Naked Eyes
Not Bad – 75 Too Shy Kajagoogoo
Not Bad – 75 It’s Raining Men The Weather Girls
Not Bad – 75 Save It For Later English Beat

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