The Best Song of 1983

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Is "Hearts" on 90125. "Two hearts are better than one." That's all.

frankie teardrop, Thursday, 29 July 2004 16:42 (fifteen years ago) link

Michael Jackson - "Billie Jean"
Human League - "(Keep Feeling) Fascination"
New Order - "Blue Monday"
The Smiths - "This Charming Man"
David Bowie - "Let's Dance"
Weather Girls - "It's Raining Men"
Orange Juice - "Rip It Up"
Herbie Hancock - "Rockit"

rentboy (rentboy), Thursday, 29 July 2004 16:48 (fifteen years ago) link

Is "Hearts" on 90125. "Two hearts are better than one." That's all.

the real question is, is that better than u2's two-hearts-beat-as-one song from 1983? or bruce springsteen's two-hearts-are-better-than-one number from 1980? or stacey q's "two of hearts" from 1986?

fact checking cuz (fcc), Thursday, 29 July 2004 16:53 (fifteen years ago) link

doesnt phil collins have a song "two hearts"? is that not from 1983?

peter smith (plsmith), Thursday, 29 July 2004 16:58 (fifteen years ago) link

Stacy Q was HOT. She sounded like she was singing "I eat glue."

"Blue Monday 1988" is the definitive mix, thus knocking it out of contention as an 83 song. "All angels of the magic constellation, be singing us now."

frankie teardrop, Thursday, 29 July 2004 17:07 (fifteen years ago) link

I wouldn't describe the '88 mix as definitive - I think it's a very slight improvement. "Blue Monday" is my favorite song from '83.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 29 July 2004 17:13 (fifteen years ago) link

"Hand in Glove"

Chris Ott (Chris Ott), Thursday, 29 July 2004 17:14 (fifteen years ago) link

Violent Femmes - Blister in the Sun
Meat Puppets - Lake of Fire or Plateau
Suicidal Tendencies - Institutionalized
Van Halen - Panama
ZZ Top - Legs
X - I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts

o. nate (onate), Thursday, 29 July 2004 17:53 (fifteen years ago) link

Isn't the Femmes record from '82?

I've got to ride the "Blue Monday" train here as well.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Thursday, 29 July 2004 17:58 (fifteen years ago) link

Those songs are all good, but "Hearts" is still the one. "Who would believe you? Wise men do!"

frankie teadrop, Thursday, 29 July 2004 17:58 (fifteen years ago) link

I don't think "Blister in the Sun" is the best song from that first Violent Femmes album.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Thursday, 29 July 2004 17:58 (fifteen years ago) link

Isn't the Femmes record from '82?

Allmusic says '83, if we can still trust them after their site-redesign fiasco.

o. nate (onate), Thursday, 29 July 2004 18:00 (fifteen years ago) link

OH yeah, then what is?

o. nate (onate), Thursday, 29 July 2004 18:00 (fifteen years ago) link

"Gone Daddy Gone"

"As the game extends the cycle, be ready to move. One heart's for love, one's for peace."

frankie teardrop, Thursday, 29 July 2004 18:05 (fifteen years ago) link

I think I like "Kiss Off," "Gone Daddy Gone," AND "Add It Up" more.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Thursday, 29 July 2004 18:06 (fifteen years ago) link

I'd have to say "Gone Daddy Gone" or "Add it Up." Personal favorites, both.

On second though, AMG may be right about the release date. I think 1982 was when they were discovered by the Pretenders.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Thursday, 29 July 2004 18:06 (fifteen years ago) link

I respectfully submit that "Blister in the Sun" is the best thing that the Femmes ever did, certainly the thing they will be remembered for, and perhaps the only essential track from their discography.

o. nate (onate), Thursday, 29 July 2004 18:07 (fifteen years ago) link

"Panama" was from 84, wasn't it? I don't think it was released before the album, and wasn't the album released on Jan 1, 1984?

wetmink (wetmink), Thursday, 29 July 2004 18:07 (fifteen years ago) link

I respectfully register my objection to the last statement by o. nate. femmes are ace and you know it.

Begs2Differ (Begs2Differ), Thursday, 29 July 2004 18:08 (fifteen years ago) link

(Btw, my comments re: "Blister in the Sun" also apply for "Institutionalized" vis-a-vis Suicidal Tendencies.)

o. nate (onate), Thursday, 29 July 2004 18:09 (fifteen years ago) link

Depending on where one lives, it may have come out Dec 31, 1983.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Thursday, 29 July 2004 18:09 (fifteen years ago) link

"Panama" was from 84, wasn't it?

You may be right on that score. In that case, substitute "Beat It".

o. nate (onate), Thursday, 29 July 2004 18:11 (fifteen years ago) link

"Last Dance," George Clinton.

Begs2Differ (Begs2Differ), Thursday, 29 July 2004 18:12 (fifteen years ago) link

Was Ratt's "Wanted Man" from '83? If so, tack that on to my shortlist.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Thursday, 29 July 2004 18:14 (fifteen years ago) link

All is quiet, and record stores aren't open on New Year's Day.

"Beat It" is not as good "Shaking Through" or "Hearts." "Many moons cascade one river--they light from side to side."

frankie teardrop, Thursday, 29 July 2004 18:15 (fifteen years ago) link

doesnt phil collins have a song "two hearts"? is that not from 1983?
That was 1989, from the "Buster" soundtrack. The movie began and ended Collins' acting career, although he did get a couple of hits from it (I believe "Groovy Kind of Love" was the other).

But seriously*, who thought that PHIL COLLINS would make a decent movie star. WTF?? Which executive producer is to blame for this sort of travesty.

(* hahaha, OK, not really)

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Thursday, 29 July 2004 18:27 (fifteen years ago) link

Probably stems from his recurring role on Miami Vice in the mid-'80s.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Thursday, 29 July 2004 18:30 (fifteen years ago) link

btw record stores ARE open on new years day.

peter smith (plsmith), Thursday, 29 July 2004 18:38 (fifteen years ago) link

not the good ones

frankie teardrop, Thursday, 29 July 2004 18:40 (fifteen years ago) link

i have this mental connection joining/confusing bob hoskins and phil collins in my brain, wherein i always see phil collins talking with roger rabbit and bob hoskins playing drums with wristbands and a really bad mullet

rentboy (rentboy), Thursday, 29 July 2004 18:41 (fifteen years ago) link

"Bring It On" James Brown

peepee (peepee), Thursday, 29 July 2004 18:47 (fifteen years ago) link

The movie began and ended Collins' acting career


HA! Obviously you never watched Miami Vice. Phil starred in the dramatic episode "Phil the Shill" in 1984.

Chris Ott (Chris Ott), Thursday, 29 July 2004 19:00 (fifteen years ago) link

I guess, objectively, "Shaking Through" is the best song on Murmur, but I don't know if it's my favorite.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Thursday, 29 July 2004 19:04 (fifteen years ago) link

Obviously you never watched Miami Vice.
Indeed, I had forgotten about this. And yeah, I'd never watched it until it started showing up on reruns.
OK, but he didn't so anything after "Buster", did he?

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Thursday, 29 July 2004 19:30 (fifteen years ago) link

New Order owned '82-'86. Maybe not '85.

The Good Dr. Bill (Andrew Unterberger), Thursday, 29 July 2004 19:44 (fifteen years ago) link

"Let's All Go" by Killing Joke......obviously.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 29 July 2004 19:51 (fifteen years ago) link

Collins started as a child actor, surely? Or was that Dennis Waterman? And does it matter?

(IMDB to the rescue - an uncredited appearance in A Hard Day's Night and the role of Mike Lucas in Calamity The Cow [1967]with Desmond Carrington! Even old Des won't play Phil's records on the radio.)

Anyway, the answer is "Pale Shelter". To this and many other things.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Thursday, 29 July 2004 21:10 (fifteen years ago) link

the verlaines - death and the maiden

chris andrews (fraew), Thursday, 29 July 2004 21:16 (fifteen years ago) link

The best Collins-related song of 1983 is "That's All." That's already been established. Otherwise, this is all about "Hearts." "Be ready now, be ye circle. Be the central force ye life."

frankie teardrop, Thursday, 29 July 2004 21:21 (fifteen years ago) link

I thought Pale Shelter was 1982? Or maybe that was the album, with the single to follow in 1983? Anyhow, great pick.

"Every Breath You Take" hasn't been mentioned yet -- and it's still fucking amazing twenty years on. I still get the chills from it sometimes. And somehow, it's greatness hasn't been tainted by the overplayed-to-the-point-of-becoming-violently-ill Puffy ripoff. It's still great despite this.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Thursday, 29 July 2004 22:47 (fifteen years ago) link

"Synchronicity II" gives me the chills more--"Many miles away there's a shadow on the door on the cottage of the shore of a dark distant lake: many miles away"--and neither gives me the goosebumps "Hearts" does. So it's still "Hearts."

frankie teardrop, Thursday, 29 July 2004 23:00 (fifteen years ago) link

Blue Monday-New Order

its one of the best songs ever written

the techno or whatever you want to call them

kids of the last 20 years still havn't bettered it!!!!

Tim Dixon, Friday, 30 July 2004 21:24 (fifteen years ago) link

Those damned kids today!!!

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Friday, 30 July 2004 21:36 (fifteen years ago) link

Come Dancing - Kinks

jim wentworth (wench), Saturday, 31 July 2004 03:00 (fifteen years ago) link

1983 is a strange year becuase nothing 'cept REM's first record actually came out that year. Thriller is late 1982 ... Synchrocity came out in '83, but that shit is overrated. If anything great came out that year, it was probably something by Bambaataa ... though his best stuff also came out in '82.

Chris O'Connor (Chris O'Connor), Saturday, 31 July 2004 04:33 (fifteen years ago) link

1983 is a strange year becuase nothing 'cept REM's first record actually came out that year.

AND 1999!!!!

spittle (spittle), Saturday, 31 July 2004 05:44 (fifteen years ago) link

(that is to say, the best song of 1983 was "1999" -- unless it was "Little Red Corvette")

spittle (spittle), Saturday, 31 July 2004 05:46 (fifteen years ago) link

Barry is quite right about Pale Shelter originally surfacing in '82, but it wasn't a UK hit until Apr/May '83 and so is forever associated with that year as far as I'm concerned. See also: Billie Jean.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Saturday, 31 July 2004 06:44 (fifteen years ago) link

A fine year. Also:

Go-Betweens - "Cattle & Cane"
Cocteau Twins - "Sugar Hiccup"
The Cure - "Love Cats"

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Saturday, 31 July 2004 07:16 (fifteen years ago) link

from isis mag, my top 50 singles of 1983 as voted for by me in 1983:
1. Altered Images - Bring Me Closer
2. Def Leppard - Photograph
3. Birthday Party - The Bad Seed (E.P.)
4. This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren
5. Sylvian/Sakamoto - Forbidden Colours
6. Strawberry Switchblade - Trees And Flowers
7. Jane - It's A Fine Day
8. Smiths - This Charmng Man
9. Status IV - You Ain't Really Down
10. New Order - Blue Monday
11. Cocteau Twins - Sunburst And Snowblind (E.P.)
12. Police - Every Breath You Take
13. Soft Cell - Numbers/Barriers
14. OMD - Genetic Engineering
15. Human League - (Keep Feeling) Fascination
16. New Edition - Candy Girl
17. Test Dept - Compulsion
18. Imposter - Pills And Soap
19. Corey Hart - Sunglasses At Night
20. Man Parrish - Hip Hop Be Bop Don't Stop
21. Rammellzee/K-Rob - Beat Bop
22. Double D & Steinski - Lesson One
23. Afrika Bambaataa/Soul Sonic Force - Looking For The Perfect Beat
24. Kraftwerk - Tour De France
25. SOS Band - Just Be Good To Me
26. Tom Robinson - War Baby
27. Naturalites/Realistics - Picture On My Wall
28. Thomas Leer - All About You
29. Art of Noise - Into Battle (E.P.)
30. Malcolm McLaren - Soweto/D'Ya Like Scratchin'
31. Planet Patrol - Cheap Thrills
32. Birthday Party - Mutiny! (E.P.)
33. Prefab Sprout - Lions In My Own Garden (Exit Someone)
34. Ryan Paris - Dolce Vita
35. Smiths - Hand In Glove
36. Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax
37. Cabaret Voltaire - Just Fascination
38. Tom Waits - In The Neighborhood
39. Mtume - Juicy Fruit
40. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
41. Fall - Kicker Conspiracy/Wings
42. Prince - 1999
43. 10,000 Maniacs - My Mother The War
44. C-Bank - One More Shot
45. Grandmaster Melle Mel - White Lines
46. All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Richie
47. Breakaway - Tracey Ullman
48. Lost Again - Yello
49. I'm Still Standing - Elton John
50. Everything Counts - Depeche Mode

Marcello Carlin, Saturday, 31 July 2004 08:53 (fifteen years ago) link

Ah, yes, "Relax". Probably #7 on my '83-in-'83 list, published in the back of my O-level Chemistry exercise book with Neil Stafford acting as editor. Then came Mike Read.

I presume Marcello was operating on a one artist/one single basis otherwise where's "Don't Talk To Me About Love"?

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Saturday, 31 July 2004 10:04 (fifteen years ago) link

Radio Free Europe

Man I fucking love old school R.E.M.

Mr. Snrub, Saturday, 31 July 2004 12:13 (fifteen years ago) link

OK, so out of curiosity I'm listening to "Two Hearts" right now. And, it's pretty good!
But it's just gone into a really horrible middle eight with hammond organ and a bad Trevor Rabin guitar "lick".
We're back to the chorus now, and all is well.
The guitar solo on the coda is sweetness itself.

I still prefer "It Can Happen" though.

Oh yeah, I'd forgotten this bit - Jon Anderson's solo vocal at the end. Mistake!

Best song on Marcello's list - "Photograph".

udu wudu (udu wudu), Saturday, 31 July 2004 12:50 (fifteen years ago) link

Some great stuff that year, but I'm gonna have to go with "Photograph." I have a hard time believing mortals created that track (and there's been little proof that Mutt Lange is one).

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 31 July 2004 12:55 (fifteen years ago) link

(Miccio, check yr mail.)

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Saturday, 31 July 2004 13:35 (fifteen years ago) link

(Has Mike just sent Anthony proof that Mutt Lange is immortal?)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 31 July 2004 13:58 (fifteen years ago) link

(yes, and its not work-safe)

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 31 July 2004 14:10 (fifteen years ago) link

was "rush rush (the yeyo)" from 1983? if so, that's a good one.

Eisbär (llamasfur), Saturday, 31 July 2004 14:11 (fifteen years ago) link

Limited strictly to actual singles here's a breakdown:

Best Song by Australians: AC/DC, "Nervous Shakedown"

English: Duran Duran, "Hungry Like The Wolf"

Irish: Dexy's Midnight Etc. "Come On Eileen" (this was the very last single I ever bought. Never owned any released after '83)

Canadia: Men Without Hats (now Men Without Jobs), "The Safety Dance"
Technofolk - The wave of nobody's future!

American (female singer): The Motels, "Suddenly Last Summer"

American (male singer): John Cougar Mellencamp, "Crumblin' Down" (His best rocker ever, says me)

Black American: Prince, "1999"

Former Black American: Michael Jackson, "Billie Jean" or "Beat It", toss a coin.

If I really REALLY had to choose, I'd probably go with "1999", which certainly captured the mood of '83 more than that of '99. (No Y2K refs, for one reason.)

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Saturday, 31 July 2004 16:44 (fifteen years ago) link

JoBoxers "Just Got Lucky"

herbalizer12 (herbalizer12), Saturday, 31 July 2004 16:58 (fifteen years ago) link

Hüsker Dü, "Diane"
Minutemen, "The Product"

I didn't listen to pop tunes in the 80s.

Colin Meeder (Mert), Saturday, 31 July 2004 18:20 (fifteen years ago) link

indeep - "last night a dj saved my life"

cinniblount (James Blount), Sunday, 1 August 2004 12:46 (fifteen years ago) link

That was as late as 83?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 1 August 2004 14:33 (fifteen years ago) link

'This Charming Man', I think.

the charmfox, Sunday, 1 August 2004 16:48 (fifteen years ago) link

TOP 10 OF WHAT I CAN THINK OF AT THE MOMENT:
1. Debbie Deb "When I Hear Music"
2. Dimples D "Suckapella" (flip of original version of "Sucker DJs")
3. Shannon "Let the Music Play"
4. Madonna "Everybody"
5. DJ Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force "Looking for the Perfect Beat"
6. Run-DMC "Sucker MCs"
7. Trans-X "Living On Video"
8. The Flirts "Danger"
9. Tapps "My Forbidden Lover"
10. Irene Cara "Flashdance... What a Feeling"

Frank Kogan (Frank Kogan), Monday, 2 August 2004 02:22 (fifteen years ago) link

I forgot C-Bank "One More Shot." Also, Newcleus "Jam On It" charted nationally in 1984 but I think it was released in 1983.

Frank Kogan (Frank Kogan), Tuesday, 3 August 2004 05:41 (fifteen years ago) link

And there must have been some good American rock songs that year (other than "Legs" and "Sharp-Dressed Man," which I like fine), I'm just not thinking of them. Flipper's "Get Away" was '82, and Hüsker Dü's "Eight Miles High" was '84.

Frank Kogan (Frank Kogan), Friday, 6 August 2004 14:17 (fifteen years ago) link

The Smiths - Accept Yourself

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Friday, 6 August 2004 14:23 (fifteen years ago) link

electric avenue!

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Friday, 6 August 2004 14:45 (fifteen years ago) link

eight years pass...

I wanted to create a "Best (Pop) Songs of 1983" thread but found this one to be close enough.

But i also found this (1983: the year it all went wrong?): 1983: the year it all went wrong?

It is harder to choose the best (pop) songs from 1983 than I thought.

This isn't the *best* song of 1983, and I'm probably in the minority for liking it, but it is a song I find myself going back to for some strange reason.

Real Life - Send Me an Angel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6zBjYIyz-0

kafkaesque (c21m50nh3x460n), Sunday, 17 February 2013 06:27 (six years ago) link

we did do this kind of recently: Acclaimed Music Top 40 Songs from 1983 poll

you are right, "Send Me an Angel" is right up there as one of the best.

Bee OK, Sunday, 17 February 2013 07:42 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyW9864AXVk

how's life, Sunday, 17 February 2013 12:31 (six years ago) link

six years pass...

The rare instance where I disagree with enough of your rankings that the chosen order seems almost random to mine eyes. And it only starts with consigning 'Der Kommissar' to the Hague, for shame.

Gary Ornmigh, Heywood's son (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 13:53 (nine months ago) link

I think I'm probably too biased to weigh in because nostalgia for 1983 makes me love almost every one of those songs.
But still, I think i can safely say that the following are empirically awesome, and unfairly maligned:

Meh

Irene Cara – Flashdance… What a Feeling (the slow build is an irresistible force)
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - (i'm pretty sure this would have still been a hit if released during any arbitrary year between 1983 and now)
The Motels – Suddenly Last Summer (haven't actually heard this since 1983, but it sounds great in my head)
Toto – Africa (I guess the backlash was inevitable, but it's not Toto's fault)
Men at Work – Down Under (that flute riff! as great as 'overkill' is, this song towers above it)

The Hague

David Bowie – China Girl (unless this got banned for the lyrics, which i get)
After the Fire – Der Kommissar (alles klar, herr sotosyn?)

enochroot, Thursday, 7 March 2019 13:29 (nine months ago) link

eight months pass...

Well, you know. These..

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 1 December 2019 04:22 (one week ago) link

Some great stuff that year, but I'm gonna have to go with "Photograph." I have a hard time believing mortals created that track (and there's been little proof that Mutt Lange is one).

calstars, Sunday, 1 December 2019 04:51 (one week ago) link

Too Late For Love >>>>>>> Photograph

brimstead, Sunday, 1 December 2019 04:59 (one week ago) link

Aztec Camera - Walk out to Winter
Prefab Sprout - Lions in My Own Garden (Exit someone) - already in someone's list, I know

Dr X O'Skeleton, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 16:10 (one week ago) link

My 1983 top ten . . .

1. Chaka Khan – Ain't Nobody
2. Herbie Hancock – Rockit
3. The Lotus Eaters – The First Picture Of You
4. Class Action – Weekend
5. The Style Council – Long Hot Summer
6. Orange Juice – Rip It Up
7. Mtume – Juicy Fruit
8. Ryan Paris – Dolce Vita
9. Freeez – IOU
10. Talk Talk – My Foolish Friend

I left out Relax because, though it did come out in 1983, it's a totally 1984 song in terms of its airplay and cultural impact.

does it look like i'm here (jon123), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 17:34 (one week ago) link

I've been playing this a lot lately
Hall and Oates - One On One

brain dead operatus (FlopsyDuck), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 17:37 (one week ago) link

My "nominees," so to speak:

Bananarama, "Cruel Summer"
Eurythmics, "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)"
Michael Jackson, "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"
Elton John, "I'm Still Standing"
New Order, "Blue Monday"

temporarily embarrassed thousandaire (Eric H.), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 18:32 (one week ago) link

Christ, how did I forget Blue Monday.

does it look like i'm here (jon123), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 10:37 (one week ago) link

Not sure I have a top 10, but if Plustwo 'Melody' isn't top, I'm not interested

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 11:01 (one week ago) link

no mentions yet for
My Mine - Hypnotic Tango

?! :(

(and probably a bunch of other stuff crossed over from the Italo thread, '83 was pretty much the golden year there)

a passing spacecadet, Wednesday, 4 December 2019 11:07 (one week ago) link

2 by Kissing The Pink

The Last Film
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFX5Ca36kOk

Desert Song (insanely not a single)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3KsrwWuexQ

nashwan, Wednesday, 4 December 2019 11:20 (one week ago) link

'tis the season:

Pretenders "2000 Miles"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEyGZlBdkaA

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 20:33 (one week ago) link


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