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.


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