Pick of the Year: 1982

MTV didn’t exist in 1980, but by 1982, it had gotten to be a force to be reckoned with’ – Nick Rhodes
Dad’s ‘Pick of the Year’ tapes were always a firm family favourite, where he would make a compilation cassette of his favourite songs form that year. He stopped in 1992 however, when music got a bit too modern for him. It’s something over the years I’ve tried to carry on, and did for a while but, no one listens to CDs anymore and they don’t have the same impact as mp3 playlists. I’ve often thought about restarting it all from 1982 on my blog though just so I have somewhere to put them all for prosperity sake.
The first rule of POTY is DON’T TALK ABOUT PICK OF THE YEAR, sorry, that’s the illegal underground fight club i’m part of.
The first rule of POTY is that you can only pick songs that charted in the top 75 in the UK. The second rule of POTY is that you can only pick enough songs that would fit onto an old C120 cassette (between 30-40 track). The final rule, one which i’ve imposed myself, is that you must include that year’s Christmas number 1 (highlighted in green)


Newborn Helen with Mum & Big Brother Gary in 1982

  1. Bananarama – Shy Boy
  2. Foreigner – Waiting For A Girl Like You
  3. Soft Cell – Say Hello Wave Goodbye
  4. J Giles Band – Centerfold
  5. Billy Idol – Hot In The City
  6. ABC – The Look of Love
  7. Steve Winwood – Valerie
  8. Kraftwerk – The Model
  9. Junior – Mama Used To Say
  10. Tight Fight – The Lion Sleeps Tonight
  11. Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
  12. Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra
  13. ABC – All of My Heart
  14. Human League – Don’t You Want Me
  15. XTC – Senses Working Overtime
  16. Madness – House of Fun
  17. Toni Basil – Mickey
  18. Dexies Midnight Runners – Come on Eileen
  19. Yazoo – Only You
  20. Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie
  21. Culture Club – Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
  22. Irene Cara – Fame
  23. Chicago – Hard to Say I’m Sorry
  24. Hall & Oates – Maneater
  25. Bob Seger – We’ve Got Tonight
  26. Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
  27. The Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go
  28. Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love
  29. Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing
  30. Hall & Oats – I Can’t Go For That
  31. Toto – Africa
  32. Renee and Renato – Save Your Love

1 Comment

  1. November 1, 2015 / 9:52 am

    Love this! Some of my favourites were here. What a blast from the past.

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