1982: MTV Got Music It’s Groove Back


1982 is the year when I got my MTV. It was a heady time. In one quick flick of the remote on the cable box, and I was witnessing an actual revolution in music. Finally, the US had its first national radio station that played the same music all over the country. Finally, the generational shift was taking place right in front of our eyes. Now, Gen X was flexing its collective economic muscles to make their music (new wave, college rock, rap, dance music, R&B, pop, synth pop, etc.) the major trend of the Eighties, arrogantly pushing many of those Sixties and Seventies musical icons aside for a new sound.

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So while the Boomers were becoming yuppies, Gen X was coming of age and new icons such as Michael Jackson, Prince, Bruce Springsteen and The Clash all released significant albums during this year. Two supergroups dominated the charts as well. First, four musicians with major Seventies prog rock pedigree came together to form Asia, a relatively streamlined version of the Seventies sound with Eighties synthesizers made a grand entrance that unfortunately was short-lived. And, a conglomeration of West Coast studio musicians banded together in 1978, but reached their artistic peak in 1982 as Toto. Once again, their success was an aberration, yet still noteworthy.

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Perhaps the biggest surprise of 1982 was the emergence of a fellow Hoosier who then went by the name of John Cougar, now known as John Mellencamp. Prior to his triumphant performance on Saturday Night Live in the Spring of that year, he was a toiling singer/songwriting rocker. But, after he debuted “Hurts So Good,” the Ball State campus was full of the sounds of his great album American Fool. Finally, a true hick was now a rock star. And even though the great Jackson family originally hailed from Gary, Indiana, the state has always unfairly¬† treated “The Region” as an extension of Chicago.

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But enough of that in-state stupidity! 1982 was a fun year during which we experienced a seismic shift in the the music being played in our lives. And, how better to celebrate the year than to put forth my 100 favorite songs of the year. Hold on!

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100. “Only the Lonely” – The Motels

99. “She’s Tight” – Cheap Trick

98. “Everybody Wants You” – Billy Squier

97. “Poison Arrow” – ABC

96. “That Girl” – Stevie Wonder

95. “Bad to the Bone” – George Thorogood & the Destroyers

94. “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” – Jennifer Holiday

93. “Love Is in Control” – Donna Summer

92. “Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor

91. “Working for the Weekend” – Loverboy

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90. “Down Under” – Men at Work

89. “Homosapien” – Pete Shelley

88. “(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang” – Heaven 17

87. “O Superman (For Massenet)” – Laurie Anderson

86. “Jump” – Loverboy

85. “It’s Raining Men” – The Weather Girls

84. “Hurts So Good” – John Cougar

83. “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” – Chicago

82. “Only You” – Yaz

81. “Thriller” – Michael Jackson

Toto Portrait Session

80. “Rosanna” – Toto

79. “(Keep Feeling) Fascination” – The Human League

78. “Dirty Laundry” – Don Henley

77. “Candy Girl” – New Edition

76. “Twilight Zone” – Golden Earring

75. “White Wedding” – Billy Idol

74. “Africa” – Toto

73. “Rio” – Duran Duran

72. “Allentown” – Billy Joel

71. “Beat Surrender” – The Jam

70. “Hold Me” – Fleetwood Mac

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69. “No One like You” – Scorpions

68. “Temptation” – New Order

67. “Nasty Girl” – Vanity 6

66. “It’s Raining Again” – Supertramp

65. “Don’t Fight It” – Kenny Loggins with Steve Perry

64. “Fantasy” – Aldo Nova

63. “Mickey” – Toni Basil

62. “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)” – Michael McDonald

61. “Eye in the Sky” – Alan Parsons Project

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60. “Do You Believe in Love” – Huey Lewis & the News

59. “Think I’m in Love” – Eddie Money (It saddens to hear while I am typing this entry that Eddie Money passed away this morning at the age of 70. It had been recently reported that he was suffering from Stage 4 esophageal cancer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.)

58. “The Walk” – The Time

57. “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” – Judas Priest

56. “Senses Working Overtime” – XTC

55. “The Bitterest Pill (I’ve Ever Had to Swallow)” – The Jam

54. “Run to the Hills” – Iron Maiden

53. “Human Nature” – Michael Jackson

52. “Save a Prayer” – Duran Duran

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51. “Situation” – Yaz

50. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” – Bonnie Tyler

49. “Wanna Be Startin’ Something” – Michael Jackson

48. “She Blinded Me with Science” – Thomas Dolby

47. “Jack and Diane” – John Cougar

46. “I Want Candy” – Bow Wow Wow

45. “Heat of the Moment” – Asia

44. “Shock the Monkey” – Peter Gabriel

43. “Steppin’ Out” – Joe Jackson

42. “Goody Two Shoes” – Adam Ant

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41. “Caught Up in You” – .38 Special

40. “Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven with You)” – Dexys Midnight Runners

39. “Someday, Someway” – Marshall Crenshaw

38. “Save It for Later” – The English Beat

37. “Love My Way” – The Psychedelic Furs

36. “Mexican Radio” – Wall of Voodoo

35. “Kids in America” – Kim Wilde

34. “We Got the Beat” – The Go-Go’s

33. “Rock This Town” – Stray Cats

32. “Don’t Go” – Yaz

31. “My City Was Gone” – The Pretenders

30. “More Than This” – Roxy Music

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29. “Let It Whip” – Dazz Band

28. “Who Can It Be Now” – Men at Work

27. “Time (Clock of My Heart)” – Culture Club

26. “I There’s Something Going On” – Frida

25. “Cynical Girl” – Marshall Crenshaw

24. “You Dropped a Bomb on Me” – Gap Band

23. “The Look of Love” – ABC

22. “I Ran (So Far Away)” – A Flock of Seagulls

21. “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” – Culture Club

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20. “867-5309/Jenny” – Tommy Tutone

19. “I Melt with You” – Modern English

18. “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” – The Clash

17. “Back on the Chain Gang” – The Pretenders

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16. “Atomic Dog” – George Clinton

15. “Maneater” – Daryl Hall & John Oates

14. “Rock the Casbah” – The Clash

13. “Hungry like the Wolf” – Duran Duran

12. “Town Called Malice” – The Jam

11. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” – Eurythmics

10. “1999” – Prince

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9. “Don’t You Want Me” – The Human League

8. “Beat It” – Michael Jackson

7. “Tainted Love” – Soft Cell

6. “Billie Jean” – Michael Jackson

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5. “Sexual Healing” – Marvin Gaye

4. “Planet Rock” – Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force

3. “The Message” – Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five

2. “Come On Eileen” – Dexys Midnight Runners

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1. “Little Red Corvette” – Prince

Author: ifmyalbumscouldtalk

I am just a long-time music fan who used to be a high school science teacher and a varsity coach of several high school athletic teams. Before that, I worked as a medical technologist at three hospitals in their labs, mainly as a microbiologist. I am retired/disabled (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome), and this is my attempt to remain a human. Additionally, I am a serious vinyl aficionado, with a CD addiction and a love of reading about rock history. Finally, I am a fan of Prince, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Hall & Oates, Springsteen, Paul Weller & his bands and Power Pop music.

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