1982 in British music

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List of years in British music

This is a summary of 1982 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year.

Events[edit]

Charts[edit]

Number-one singles[edit]

Issue Date Song Artist(s)
2 January "Don't You Want Me" The Human League
9 January
16 January "The Land of Make Believe" Bucks Fizz
23 January
30 January "Oh Julie" Shakin' Stevens
6 February "The Model"/"Computer Love" Kraftwerk
13 February "Town Called Malice"/"Precious" The Jam
20 February
27 February
6 March "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" Tight Fit
13 March
20 March
27 March "Seven Tears" Goombay Dance Band
3 April
10 April
17 April "My Camera Never Lies" Bucks Fizz
24 April "Ebony and Ivory" Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
1 May
8 May
15 May "A Little Peace" Nicole
22 May
29 May "House of Fun" Madness
5 June
12 June "Goody Two Shoes" Adam Ant
19 June
26 June "I've Never Been to Me" Charlene
3 July "Happy Talk" Captain Sensible
10 July
17 July "Fame" Irene Cara
24 July
31 July
7 August "Come on Eileen" Dexys Midnight Runners
14 August
21 August
28 August
4 September "Eye of the Tiger" Survivor
11 September
18 September
25 September
2 October "Pass the Dutchie" Musical Youth
9 October
16 October
23 October "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" Culture Club
30 October
6 November
13 November "I Don't Wanna Dance" Eddy Grant
20 November
27 November
4 December "Beat Surrender" The Jam
11 December
18 December "Save Your Love" Renée and Renato
25 December

"The Model"/"Computer Love" was the first single by a German artist to top the chart since its establishment 29 years earlier. By the end of 1982, there had been two further number ones by German artists, "Seven Tears" and "A Little Peace".

Number-one albums[edit]

Issue Date Song Artist(s)
2 January The Visitors ABBA
9 January Dare The Human League
16 January
23 January
30 January Love Songs Barbra Streisand
6 February
13 February
20 February
27 February
6 March
13 March
20 March The Gift The Jam
27 March Love Songs Barbra Streisand
3 April
10 April The Number of the Beast Iron Maiden
17 April
24 April 1+9+8+2 Status Quo
1 May Barry Live In Britain Barry Manilow
8 May Tug of War Paul McCartney
15 May
22 May Complete Madness Madness
29 May
5 June Avalon Roxy Music
12 June Complete Madness Madness
19 June Avalon Roxy Music
26 June
3 July The Lexicon of Love ABC
10 July
17 July
24 July Fame Soundtrack
31 July
7 August The Kids from "Fame" The Kids from "Fame"
14 August
21 August
28 August
4 September
11 September
18 September
25 September
2 October Love Over Gold Dire Straits
9 October
16 October
23 October
30 October The Kids from "Fame" The Kids from "Fame"
6 November
13 November
20 November
27 November The Singles: The First Ten Years ABBA
4 December The John Lennon Collection John Lennon
11 December
18 December
25 December

Year-end charts[edit]

The tables below include sales between 1 January and 31 December 1982: the year-end charts reproduced in the issue of Music Week dated 26 December 1982 and played on Radio 1 on 2 January 1983 only include sales figures up until 11 December 1982.

Best-selling singles[edit]

[2]

No. Title Artist Peak
position
1 "Come On Eileen" Dexys Midnight Runners & the Emerald Express 1
2 "Fame" Irene Cara 1
3 "Eye of the Tiger" Survivor 1
4 "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" Tight Fit 1
5 "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" Culture Club 1
6 "Pass the Dutchie" Musical Youth 1
7 "I Don't Wanna Dance" Eddy Grant 1
8 "Seven Tears" Goombay Dance Band 1
9 "Ebony and Ivory" Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder 1
10 "Town Called Malice"/"Precious" The Jam 1
11 "Golden Brown" The Stranglers 2
12 "Mad World" Tears for Fears 3
13 "Mickey" Toni Basil 2
14 "Love Plus One" Haircut One Hundred 3
15 "The Model"/"Computer Love" Kraftwerk 1
16 "Oh Julie" Shakin' Stevens 1
17 "Goody Two Shoes" Adam Ant 1
18 "Heartbreaker" Dionne Warwick 2
19 "Only You" Yazoo 2
20 "Don't Go" 3
21 "Walking on Sunshine" Rockers Revenge featuring Donnie Calvin 4
22 "Zoom" Fat Larry's Band 2
23 "Save Your Love" Renée and Renato 1
24 "I Won't Let You Down" PhD 3
25 "Just an Illusion" Imagination 2
26 "Starmaker" The Kids from "Fame" 3
27 "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" Chicago 4
28 "Abracadabra" Steve Miller Band 2
29 "The Look of Love" ABC 4
30 "Centerfold" The J. Geils Band 3
31 "House of Fun" Madness 1
32 "The Land of Make Believe" Bucks Fizz 1
33 "Maid of Orleans (The Waltz Joan of Arc)" Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 4
34 "Young Guns (Go for It)" Wham! 3
35 "Ain't No Pleasing You" Chas & Dave 2
36 "Save a Prayer" Duran Duran 2
37 "T'ain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It)" Fun Boy Three with Bananarama 4
38 "A Little Peace" Nicole 1
39 "Hungry Like the Wolf" Duran Duran 5
40 "My Camera Never Lies" Bucks Fizz 1
41 "It Started with a Kiss" Hot Chocolate 5
42 "Fantasy Island" Tight Fit 5
43 "Dead Ringer for Love" Meat Loaf 5
44 "Inside Out" Odyssey 3
45 "Torch" Soft Cell 2
46 "This Time (We'll Get It Right)"/"We'll Fly the Flag" England World Cup Squad 2
47 "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye" Soft Cell 3
48 "I've Never Been to Me" Charlene 1
49 "Mirror Man" The Human League 2
50 "Papa's Got a Brand New Pigbag" Pigbag 3

Best-selling albums[edit]

[3]

No. Title Artist Peak
position
1 Love Songs Barbra Streisand 1
2 The Kids from "Fame" The Kids from "Fame" 1
3 Complete Madness Madness 1
4 The Lexicon of Love ABC 1
5 Rio Duran Duran 2
6 Love Over Gold Dire Straits 1
7 Pelican West Haircut One Hundred 2
8 Dare The Human League 1
9 Avalon Roxy Music 1
10 The John Lennon Collection John Lennon 1
11 Too Rye Ay Dexys Midnight Runners 2
12 Pearls Elkie Brooks 2
13 All for a Song Barbara Dickson 3
14 Upstairs at Eric's Yazoo 2
15 Tropical Gangsters Kid Creole and the Coconuts 3
16 The Gift The Jam 1
17 Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf 12[a]
18 Tug of War Paul McCartney 1
19 The Number of the Beast Iron Maiden 1
20 Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret Soft Cell 5
21 Friends Shalamar 11
22 Chariots of Fire Vangelis 6
23 Architecture & Morality Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3
24 Love and Dancing League Unlimited Orchestra 3
25 The Singles: The First Ten Years ABBA 1
26 Barry Live in Britain Barry Manilow 1
27 Greatest Hits Queen 2[b]
28 Fame Original Soundtrack 1
29 4 Foreigner 5
30 The Kids from "Fame" Again The Kids from "Fame" 2
31 Night Birds Shakatak 4
32 Love Songs The Commodores 5
33 Tin Drum Japan 13
34 Action Trax Various Artists 2
35 Asia Asia 11
36 Heartbreaker Dionne Warwick 3
37 Still Life The Rolling Stones 4
38 Reflections Various Artists 4
39 Give Me Your Heart Tonight Shakin' Stevens 3
40 Dead Ringer Meat Loaf 7[c]
41 Kissing to Be Clever Culture Club 5
42 Three Sides Live Genesis 2
43 The Concert in Central Park Simon & Garfunkel 6
44 Mirage Fleetwood Mac 5
45 Begin the Beguine Julio Iglesias 5
46 1+9+8+2 Status Quo 1
47 From the Makers of... 4
48 Chart Beat/Chart Heat Various Artists 2
49 Pearls II Elkie Brooks 5
50 In the Heat of the Night Imagination 7

Notes:

  1. ^ Reached number 9 in 1981
  2. ^ Reached number 1 in 1981
  3. ^ Reached number 1 in 1981

Classical music[edit]

New works[edit]

Opera[edit]

Film and Incidental music[edit]

Musical theatre[edit]

Music awards[edit]

BRIT Awards[edit]

The 1982 BRIT Awards winners were:

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Top 10 crazy music myths
  2. ^ Rees, Dafydd; Lazell, Barry; Jones, Alan (1983). "The Top 100 UK Singles". Chart File Volume 2. London, England: Virgin Books. pp. 80–81. ISBN 0-907080-73-1.
  3. ^ Rees; Lazell; Jones (1983). "The Top 100 UK Albums". pp. 82–83.
  4. ^ "INTERVIEW / Ol' blue eyes is back", The Independent, 1 May 1994. Accessed 11 March 2014

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