Way Back Wednesday: The Top Music of April 8th, 1983

This Week In 1983: April 8th

Michael Jackson bookends the top top with “Beat It” moving into the #10 spot while “Billy Jean” still has a stranglehold on #1. Duran Duran also occupies spots on both ends of the countdown. While “Hungry Like the Wolf” peaks this week at #3, their new single “Rio” debuts on the countdown at #40. Our biggest drop of the week? The Stray Cats who take a fifteen spot tumble down to #37. And just as their most recent #1 hit “Down Under” falls out of the top 40, Men At Work DEBUT on the chart (not just the countdown) at #28 with their new single, “Overkill”. “I Don’t Care Anymore” by Phil Collins (probably my favorite Phil Collins song) is spending it’s third week at #39 and will fall out of the countdown next week.

Song Story: “I Don’t Care Anymore” by Phil Collins

We continue our look at the top 40 charts of 1983. This week's highlight song is "I Don't Care Anymore" by Phil Collins.

In the song, Collins takes out his frustrations over his divorce saying “I was getting letters from lawyers asking for unbelievable things. I had to have an outlet for all the frustration”. It has one of the most recognizable drum beats of any song and earned Collins his first Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. It’s one of four Phil Collins songs used in the TV series Miami Vice (“Take Me Home”, “In The Air Tonight” and “Long, Long Way to Go” being the other three). One last item of note: Collins repeats the phrase “no more” seventeen times at the end of the song.

 

 

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