Friday, December 31, 1982

Dave's Faves: My Top Songs of 1982

Updated 12/1/2018.

I was 15 in the summer of 1982 and was pretty enthralled with the popular music of the day. When my local top 40 radio station did a countdown of their all-time songs, I decided to emulate the list and make my own. It turned into my own weekly countdown list which I maintained all through high school, college, and even into my young adult years. I consider it ground zero for my fascination with charts. At the end of 1982, based on those charts, here were my biggest songs of the year:

1. Styx “Babe” (1979)
2. Soft Cell “Tainted Love” (1981)
3. Olivia Newton-John “Heart Attack” (1982)
4. Journey “Open Arms” (1981)
5. Styx “The Best of Times” (1981)
6. Climax Blues Band “I Love You” (1980)
7. Asia “Only Time Will Tell” (1982)
8. Toto “Rosanna” (1982)
9. The Alan Parsons Project “Eye in the Sy” (1982)
10. Journey “Who’s Crying Now” (1981)

11. Olivia Newton-John “Physical” (1981)
12. Olivia Newton-John “Make a Move on Me” (1981)
13. Journey “Still They Ride” (1981)
14. Styx “Reneage” (1978)
15. Chicago “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” (1982)
16. Steve Miller Band “Abracadabra” (1982)
17. Air Supply “Here I Am” (1981)
19. Air Supply “Sweet Dreams” (1980)
20. Billy Joel “Pressure” (1982)

21. Olivia Newton-John “Magic” (1980)
22. Joe Jackson “Steppin’ Out” (1982)
23. Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’” (1981)
24. John Cougar Mellencamp “Jack and Diane” (1982)
25. Queen “Body Language” (1982)
26. Olivia Newton-John & Cliff Richard “Suddenly” (1980)
27. J. Geils Band “Freeze Frame” (1981)
28. Vangelis “Chariots of Fire” (1981)
29. The Beatles “Fixing a Hole” (1967)
30. Steel Breeze “You Don’t Want Me Anymore” (1982)

31. Olivia Newton-John “Suspended in Time” (1980)
32. Air Supply “The One That You Love” (1981)
33. Toto “Africa” (1982)
34. Charlene “I’ve Never Been to Me” (1977)
35. Daryl Hall & John Oates “Maneater” (1982)
36. Neil Diamond “America” (1981)
37. Neil Diamond “Love on the Rocks” (1980)
38. America “You Can Do Magic” (1982)
39. Electric Light Orchestra “The Fall” (1980)
40. Kenny Rogers “Coward of the County” (1979)

41. Kenny Rogers “Lady” (1980)
42. Electric Light Orchestra “I’m Alive” (1980)
43. Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra “Xanadu” (1980)
44. REO Speedwagon “Keep on Loving You” (1980)
45. Foreigner “Waiting for a Girl Like You” (1981)
46. Air Supply “Don’t Turn Me Away” (1981)
47. Air Supply “Young Love” (1982)
48. Kansas “Play the Game Tonight” (1982)
49. Neil Diamond “Hello Again” (1981)
50. Paul McCartney “Take It Away” (1982)


Friday, December 24, 1982

Fred Astaire hit #1 with Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” for first of 10 weeks, 50 years ago today (12/24/1932)

First posted 12/24/2011; updated 1/24/2020.

Night and Day

Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman’s Orchestra

Writer(s): Cole Porter (see lyrics here)


First Charted: December 17, 1932


Peak: 110 US, 11 GA (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US + UK)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 0.26 video, -- streaming

Awards:

Review:

When it comes to standards, “Night and Day” stands second only to “Star Dust”. MM-178 Cole Porter, whose name is “almost a generic term for witty show songs,” LW-68 wrote what has been called “one of the greatest love ballads ever written” NPR for the Broadway musical Gay Divorce. The song builds the melody by repeating the first note 32 times, followed by another 16 notes repeated at a half tone higher, followed by a return to the original note for another 16 beats. LW-68 Porter has claimed the song was inspired by Moroccan Muslim calls to prayer; TY supposedly while visiting North Africa, he heard a priest wailing to his followers from the local mosque. LW-68

Fred Astaire and Claire Luce sang it in the show and then for the 1934 film version Astaire reprised the number, singing and dancing with Ginger Rogers. JA-145 Astaire’s recording of the song with Leo Reisman’s Orchestra was the first and most successful of seven charting versions between 1932 and 1946. PM-558 It was the biggest hit of 1932. WHC-49

Astaire was a popular choice for Tin Pan Alley songs, not just because he could deliver the box office goods, but because he sang songs as they were written. LW-68 The song has also “held a strong position across the board in jazz” MM-178 with wildly versatile versions by Benny Goodman (big band), Dave Brubeck (piano), Stan Getz (saxophone), and Django Reinhardt (guitar). MM-178 Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, and Sammy Davis, Jr. have also recorded vocal versions. MM-178 One of the most interesting covers, though, was the version U2 did for the Cole Porter tribute album Red Hot + Blue. Nearly sixty years after the song first charted, this Irish rock band took the Tin Pan Alley classic to #2 on the modern rock tracks chart and #34 on the album rock tracks chart.


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