Way Back Wednesday: The Top Music of October 7, 1983

This Week In 1983: The Top Music of October 7, 1983

Bonnie Tyler still holds down the top spot this week. She’ll be there for the entire month, in fact. We have three notable debuts on the chart this week: Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl”, “Heart and Soul” from Huey Lewis and The News and Def Leppard’s third single from the album Pyromania, “Foolin'”. The Fixx jump into the Top Ten with “One Thing Leads To Another”. They’ll top out at #4 in a couple of weeks. Lionel Richie makes this week’s biggest jump on the chart up fourteen spots to #14 with “All Night Long”. It’ll spend a month at #1 soon. Former #1’s, “Sweet Dreams” and “Every Breath You Take”, as well as “She Works Hard For The Money” continue their downward trend off the chart.

This week, we’re doing something different. Instead of a featured song, we have a featured artist. That artist is Bryan Adams.

Artist Feature: Bryan Adams

We haven’t mentioned Mr. Canada himself, Bryan Adams, much this year but he quietly put three songs on the charts this year (1983) from his third album, Cuts Like A Knife: “Straight From The Heart” (10), “Cuts Like A Knife” (15) and his current single, “This Time”, which will peak out in a couple of weeks at #24. Late next year (1984), he’ll drop the biggest album of his career, Reckless, that will put six songs into the Top 20. After an appearance on the show, Solid Gold, his album began to take off. His management realized the power of video and had him produce videos for his next two singles. Both went into heavy rotation on MTV. Adams himself has said if it wasn’t for MTV, his next album, Reckless, wouldn’t have been as successful as it was: “I was from Canada and nobody knew who the hell I was before MTV.” Be that as it may, people in Canada knew who he was because later in his career he’ll be awarded the “Canadian Artist of The 80’s” award.

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