Pick of the Year: 1983

In 1983, NASA invited Canada to fly three payload specialists, in part because we had contributed the robotic arm that is used on the shuttle’ – Marc Garneau

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)

One year old and smiling in front of the radiator (I do like being warm!)
One year old and smiling in front of the radiator (I do like being warm!)
  1. Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams
  2. Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
  3. Bananarama – Na Na Hey Hey
  4. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
  5. Paul Young – Wherever I Lay My Hat
  6. Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
  7. Kajagoogoo – Too Shy
  8. New Order – Blue Monday
  9. Men At Work – Down Under
  10. Lionel Richie – All Night Long
  11. Elton John – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
  12. Joe Cocker – Up Where We Belong
  13. Prince – 1999
  14. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart
  15. Michael Jackson – Thriller
  16. Men Without Hats – Safety Dance
  17. Police – Every Breath You Take
  18. Wham – Club Tropicana
  19. Toto – Rosanna
  20. Yes – Owner of a Lonely Heart
  21. Spandau Ballet – True
  22. Heaven 17 – Temptation
  23. Bananarama – Cruel Summer
  24. Michael Jackson – Beat It
  25. David Bowie – Let’s Dance
  26. Bob Marley – Buffalo Soldier
  27. UB40 – Red Red Wine
  28. Nik Kershaw – I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
  29. Flying Pickets – Only You
  30. Spandau Ballet – Gold

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