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Smash Hits Reader Poll: Top Songs of 1983
« on: October 03, 2016, 05:24:59 AM »
1983 Readers Poll results from the defunct UK music magazine Smash Hits  8)


Top Singles:

note: UB40 "Red Red Wine" wasn't a hit in the US until 1988

20. "Sun and the Rain" Madness
19. "Puss n' Boots" Adam Ant
18. "Dear Prudence" Siouxsie and the Banshees
17. "Chance" Big Country
16. "Too Shy" Kajagoogoo
15. "Billie Jean' Michael Jackson
14. "Let's Dance" David Bowie
13. "Club Tropicana" Wham!
12. "New Song" Howard Jones
11. "Bad Boys" Wham!
10. "Red Red Wine"  UB40
9. "Come Live With Me" Heaven 17
8. "Forbidden Colours" Slyvian and Sakamto
7. "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" Paul Young
6. "Blue Monday" New Order
5. "True" Spandau Ballet
4. "They Don't Know" Tracey Ullman
3. "Is There Something I Should Know" Duran Duran
2. "Union of the Snake" Duran Duran
1. "Karma Chameleon" Culture Club


All results were listed as the Top 20, though shortened them to the Top 10

Best Group:

10. Big Country
9. The Police
8. UB40
7. Heaven 17
6. Depeche Mode
5. Madness
4. Spandau Ballet
3. Wham!
2. Culture Club
1. Duran Duran


Best Male Singer:

10. David Sylvian
9. Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet)
8. Limahl (Kajagoogoo)
7. George Michael (Wham!)
6. Michael Jackson
5. Nick Heywood (Haircut 100)
4. David Bowie
3. Paul Young
2. Boy George (Culture Club)
1. Simon LeBon (Duran Duran)

Best Female Singer:

10. Boy George (huh?)
9. Diana Ross
8. Carmel
7. Kim Wilde
6. Toyah
5. Tracie
4. Alf (not the puppet, from Google search it was Alison Moyet's  old alias)
3. Annie Lennox (Eurythmics)
2. Siouxsie Sioux
1. Tracey Ullman (yes, the actress/comedienne)

Best Video:

10. "Billie Jean" Michael Jackson
9. "Bad Boys" Wham!
8. "Say Say Say" Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
7. "Is There Something I Should Know" Duran Duran
6. "Wings of a Dove" Madness
5. "I'm Still Standing" Elton John
4. "Club Tropicana" Wham!
3. "Karma Chameleon" Culture Club
2. "They Don't Know" Tracey Ullman
1. "Union of the Snake" Duran Duran

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Re: Smash Hits Reader Poll: Top Songs of 1983
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2016, 11:06:09 PM »
That year was kind of the beginning as to what we think of as the 80s.  That's when early 80s AOR started giving way to more upbeat, dance oriented music.