Top Ten Tunes- 1982

Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 1982.

For previous top ten tunes, please click on the year: 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981


The Mary Rose. King Henry VIII’s flagship.

Events in 1982 include Argentina invading the Falklands, Channel 4 is launched in the UK (wow we had a whole 4 channels to choose from back then), the Queen celebrates her Pearl Jubilee, the Eurovision Song Contest is held in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Prince William is born, a man manages to break into the Queen’s bedroom, the Mary Rose flagship of Henry VIII is raised from the Solent, the IRA detonate two bombs in central London killing 8 soldiers and 7 horses and wounding 47 people and the film E.T. was released. I celebrated my 6th Birthday.


Straight up apologies, for Come on Eileen, but I’ve heard you far too many times to still love you as much as I did. Here’s my top ten tracks of 1982 regardless.

  1. The Lion Sleeps Tonight by Tight Fit (for the love of God- watch this. Watch this now. This video is all kinds of terrible and has to be seen in its entirety).

2. Pass the Dutchie by Musical Youth 

3. Golden Brown by the Stranglers


4. Mad World by Tears for Fears


5. A Town Called Malice by The Jam


6. Heartbreaker by Dionne Warwick


7. (Sexual) Healing by Marvin Gaye


8. Only You by Yazoo


9. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye by Soft Cell


10. Seven Tears by Goombay Dance Band


Come on and tell me your favourite (what do you mean it’s not the Goombay Dance Band?!). Mine’s Tear for Fears. It’s a still mad world lads. See you next week for 1983.



  1. rachaelstray · 13 Days Ago

    I’ve never seen the Lion Sleeps Tonight video before but wow! Now the song is stuck in my head. I used to sing it a lot when I was younger!! xx

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  2. Phil Taylor · 13 Days Ago

    A lot of great artists but for me, none of those songs make my list. Centerfold by J. Geils, Tainted Love by Soft Cell and 867-5309/Jenny by Tommy Tutone are some of my favorites from 82

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    • thebeasley · 13 Days Ago

      Oh my God- I’d completely forgotten about Centrefold! That brings back memories! Tainted Love was in my 1981 list- maybe released a year earlier over here?


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  4. Ritu · 13 Days Ago

    Pass the Dutchy has special memories . I remember finding the lyrics in the Sun paper. (Yes I know… sorry about the rag I used to read!) and trying to sing along!!!

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    • thebeasley · 13 Days Ago

      Aaah another song that my brother & I loved. We used to sing it, innocently passing the “dutchie” to each other. Without knowing what a dutchie was of course!


  5. kedawithani · 13 Days Ago

    I’m only familiar with one song on your entire list! lol I love me some Marvin Gaye

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  6. emfletche · 12 Days Ago

    Say Hello Wave Goodbye totally wins 1982 for me (although Tight Fit and Goombay Dance Band come very close 😁)

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    • thebeasley · 12 Days Ago

      Haha so glad you love a bit of Tight Fit and Goombay too! Yes that Soft Cell is lush, isn’t it? Cheers Em x

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  7. Judy E Martin · 11 Days Ago

    Oh how I love the 80’s! Tight Fit was giving it their all in that video, weren’t they! I love ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye, it was one of my favourites. Yazoo were brilliant too, oh, and I bought the um, 12-inch version of ‘Sexual Healing!’ Fantastic choices as always Hayley, you put a huge smile on my face 🙂

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    • thebeasley · 11 Days Ago

      Ah that’s so lovely. Thanks Judy. Love that you bought the 12 inch of Sexual Healing haha. Soft Cell & Yazoo also excellent choices. Cheers Judy x

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  8. angelanoelauthor · 9 Days Ago

    Whoa-Goombay Dance Band. Never heard of them and when I listened, I’m sorry to say, I kinda know why. And the leotards in the Lion Sleeps Tonight almost made me spit out my coffee. I definitely owned one of those, I’m sure of it. Happy 6th birthday little 1982 Hayley!
    Can I just also say that the fact that horses died in the IRA bombing really struck me. It’s a tragedy that anyone died, and I’m glad you included that it wasn’t just the humans we mourn.

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    • thebeasley · 8 Days Ago

      Haha. Yes the Goombay Dance Band were this terrible German band, but I had to include this song as it was one of mine & my brother’s favourite songs from our childhood. I know, those 7 horses dying struck me too. I always feel animals and children are the most innocent victims of all. Thanks Angela (so glad you’re enjoying the history bits too. I’m really enjoying researching those bits) x


  9. dgkaye · 8 Days Ago

    Hi Haley, love your music picks. I’m good with Marvin Gaye any day! I popped over from Esme’s blog. 🙂 And nice to see my friend Judy here too. 🙂

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  10. music2commute2 · 7 Days Ago

    Worst track was Golden Brown until I got to the Goombay Dance Band!! But having said that it is such a catchy tune…
    I don’t know if its the video but Pass The Dutchie always makes me think of long hot summers of my youth. Life seemed so much less complicated then. Nostalgia goggles misting over lol. Another great list!

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    • thebeasley · 6 Days Ago

      Yep Golden Brown always gets slated, but have affection for it as it always reminds me of my childhood. Nothing like a song about heroin to remind you of your childhood! Haha and yes same goes for the Goombay Dance Band, it strongly reminds me of me & my brother, so it had to go in. Life was definitely a lot less complicated then. Cheers for popping by.

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