The Year Was 1983

The year was 1983. We cruised the highways of California with Ponch and John, laughed along with Taxi and SCTV,  waited to see what would happen with Joanie and Chachi and cried a little as we said goodbye to MASH. 

It was a huge year at the movies with titles like Star Wars Episode VI, Tootsie, Trading Places, War Games, National Lampoon's Vacation (are you singing the song in your head too) and Terms of Endearment. 

The average cost of a new house was $82,600, average income was $21,070.00, a Ford Mustang cost $6,572.00, milk was $1.35 and in 1983 I discovered hard rock and metal. 

So without further ado here are my favorite songs in order from 1983. 

 #16 Down Under - Men At Work

They were an Australian rock band formed in 79. In January of 83 they were the first Australian artists to have a simultaneous #1 album and #1 single in the United States. 

#15 Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Bonnie Tyler

A Welsh Singer, known for her husky voice, Bonnie became popular with her 1977 album release The World Starts Tonight. Her single from that album It's A heartache reached #3 on the Billboard hot 100. 

#14 Balls To The Walls - Accept

Accept is a German Heavy Metal band formed by former singer Udo Dirkschneider (say that 10 times fast.) The band played an important role in the developement of speed and thrash metal.

#13 Breaking The Chains - Dokken

Dokken was formed in 1979, split up in 89 and reformed four years later. They had 3 charting singles and sold 10 million albums worldwide. 

#12 I Know There's Something going On - Frida

Frida Princess Reuss of Plauen is a Norwegian born singer best know as one of the two singers of ABBA. 

#11 Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy - Sammy Hagar

Mr. Red Rocker himself Sammy became popular in the 70's with the band Montrose then launched a successful solo career befor replacing and making better in my opinion Van Halen. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 as a member of Van Halen. 

#10 Cum On Feel The Noise - Quiet Riot

An is American Heavy Metal Band formed by Ozzy's right hand man Randy Rhoads in 1973. Their first name was Mach 1 they changed their name to Little Women before setteling on Quiet Riot in 75. The band is ranked #100 on VH1's Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. A little side history. I cut a chord of wood to earn enough money to buy this album. 

#9 Rebel Yell - Billy Idol

Michael Albert Broad better know as Billy Idol is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor. He came to fame in the 70's in the punk band Generation X. 

#8 The Trooper - Iron Maiden

An English Heavy metal band formed in London in 75 by bassist Steve Harris, Iron Maiden has 38 albums, including 16 studio, 12 live and 7 compilations. 

#7 Seek And Destroy - Metallica

The band was formed in 81 by drummer Lars Ulrich (top 10 best drummers ever) and singer James Hetfield. The line up has changed over the years as well as the their sound but they remain one of the most influential Metal band of all time. 

#6 Screeming In The Night Krokus

Krokus is a hard rock band from Switzerland founded in 1975. They had several hits in the 80's but this one is one of my all time favorites that turned me on to power ballads. 

#5 Photograph - Def Leppard

An English band formed in 1977 as part of the new wave British heavy metal movement I found them through this song even though they had a couple albums previous to Pyromania. I loved this whole album so much I literally listened to it over and over on our vacation to the East Coast and back. 

#4 Little Red Corvette - #3 1999 - Prince

God rest his soul ( he was one of my favorite artists from the early 80's) Prince was known for his electric work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant fashion sense and use of makeup. He sold over 100 millionrecords worldwide, making him one of the best selling music artists of all time. 

#2 Looks That Kill - #1 Shout At The Devil - Motley Crue

An American heavy metal band and my all time favorite hair band, they were formed in L.A. in 1981. Crue has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 25 million in the United States making them one of the all time best sell bands. Is it weird that over 30 years later I can still recite the opening lines to this song. Enjoy metal heads. 

As you can see my musical tastes are changing as I hit my teen years but it's all in good fun. I don't see it as any different than when our parents were into Elvis. I hope you enjoyed this weeks installment of music from 1983. What were your favorite bands and songs, hit me up and let me know. Also as an Amazon Affiliate let me know what products you would like me to offer. See you next week in 1984 it was a huge year for music, think Jovi and Van Halen and many more. 

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The Year Was 1982

The Year Was 1982

Welcome to 1982, this was the year I let my hair grow out like Scott Baio and gave myself my first tattoo with a pin and non-toxic ink. What else happened in 82? I'm glad you asked. Jump into the Delorean and let's take a trip back in time.

In 1982 Doctors performed the first implant of a permanent heart, Michael Jackson releases Thriller, the very first CD player was sold in Japan, Time magazines man of the year was the computer, EPCOT Center opened and commercial Whaling was ended.

The median price of a home was $67,800, average income was $21,050.0, gas was $0.91 cents, a bag of cheese puffs was $0.89 cents and a GMC 1500 Pickup was $5,400.

The hot movies were, E.T., Rocky 3, Porky's, An Officer and a Gentleman and Poltergeist. On TV we watched, Magnum, P.I., Dynasty, Falcon Crest and Knight Rider

Now to make you feel really old, born this year was Kelly Clarkson and LeAnn Rimes.

Now for my favorite part, the Music. Here are my favorite songs in order from 1982. Enjoy

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The Year Was 1981

The year was 1981 and every boy wished he could have Jessie's girl. The space shuttle Columbia had it's first flight, the aids virus was identified, the word internet was first mentioned, MS Dos was released along with the first IBM PC and Prince Charles and Lady Di were married.

The Average yearly income was $21,050.00, the average cost of a new house was $78,200 and a gallon of gas cost $1.32.

On the television Luke married Laura on General Hospital, the cops on Hill Street Blues kept the streets safe and The Greatest American Hero flew across our screens, speaking of screens on the large screen was Raiders of the lost Arc, On Golden Pond and the Fox and the Hound. 

Now this should make you feel old if you don't already, Jennifer Tisdale, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake were born within this year and on the home front I was discovering more great music.

There is so much music from the 80's I love but I think last week I got a little carried away, so this week I cut my favorites to 10 to make it a bit easier to digest. So without further ado in order here is is my top ten list from 1981.

#10 Alan Parsons Project - Games People Play

The Alan Parsons Project consisted of the line up of several British rock bands and were active between 1975 and 1990. 

#9 Gino Vannelli - Living Inside

Gino is a Canadian singer-songwriter who had several hit songs from the 70's and 80's

#8 REO Speedwagon - Take It On The Run

An American band from Illinois, they were formed in 1967 (wow the band is 1 yr older than I am.) They had great success in the early to mid 80's. Their album Hi Infidelity had 4 top 40 hits in the US and sold 10 million copies. 

#7 Frankie and The Knockouts - Sweetheart

They were formed in my home state of New Jersey and the song sweetheart was their most popular even though they had 3 other top 40 singles. They wrote the original version of Hungry Eyes sung by Eric Carmen and won and Academy Award for the song The time of My Life from Dirty Dancing. 

#6 Pat Benatar - Treat Me Right

Patricia Mae Benatar, who most likely will show up a few more times on my lists, is a singer, a songwriter, an actress and 4 time Grammy Award winner. She has too many accolades to list so let's just enjoy her music. 

#5 Journey - Don't Stop Believing

In my opinion one of the best feel good songs ever. Tell me honestly you haven't sang along with this song when you have heard it on the radio. Formed in 1973 they had their greatest success between 1978 and 1987 again in my opinion thanks to Steve Perry. Journey had a successful reunion in the 1990's then later regrouped with a series of lead singers.

#4 Dan Folgelberg - Same Old Land Syne

A super talented composer and multi-instrumentalist he is best known for his hit songs Longer, Leader Of The Band and Same Old Lang Syne. 

#3 Greg Kihn Band - The Breakup Song

Started by frontman Greg Kihn, their most succesful songs were Jeopardy and The Breakup Song.

#2 Climax Blues Band - I Love You

The Climax Blues Band is a British band formed in 1967 in England by vocalist Colin Cooper. 

#1 Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl

Richard Lewis Springthorpe is an Austrailian singer, actor, songwriter and author better known as Rick Springfield. He was a member of the group Zoot from 69 to 71 then started his solo career. He went on to have 4 top ten hits and his two most popular albums are Working Class Dog and Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet. 

There you have it my favorite songs from 1981. Hey can you guess what next week's blog is going to be about yup you guessed it 1982. Until then have a great week and stay up to date by following one of my social links. See you in 1982, don't forget your Aqua Net.

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