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Mr. Miyagi meets Laura Branigan in The Twilight Zone

June 21, 2011

I have been doing some major renovations in my house over the past few weeks.  A lot of painting and brick work.  It got very monotonous at times.  Luckily, there was music to occupy the empty spaces between my brush strokes and sand paper.  I procrastinated  and ended up against a deadline that I had to meet because my wife was throwing a baby shower.  That meant some long hours.

“Miyagi say sand the floor, paint da fence, wax on, wax off.”

I digress.

So I found this playlist in iTunes that I had not listened to very much.  It was the Billboard top 100 songs of 1983.  Someone gave me the Billboard Top 100 songs for each of the years in the 80’s (the late 80’s are  pathetic).  I listened to this playlist straight through from 1-100.  6 hours and 53 minutes of nostalgia.

At times it was blissful:


while others, grueling:


1983 was an important year for me musically.  I really began paying attention to what was on the radio, my clothes, my hair, etc.  The hit songs of that year were well played, well written and were a great mix of technology and styles.  Also, I swear every song had an instrumental solo.

There were also some classic lines that came out of these tunes:

“That woman is wild, wooo wooo”

“We can dress real neat from our hats to our feet and surprise them with a victory cry.”

“Oh baby…just you shut your mouth.”

“Can we film the operation?  Is the head dead yet?”


The list…


1 Every Breath You Take Police
2 Billie Jean Michael Jackson
3 What A Feeling (Flashdance) Irene Cara
4 Down Under Men At Work
5 Beat It Michael Jackson
6 Total Eclipse Of The Heart Bonnie Tyler
7 Maneater Daryl Hall & John Oates
8 Baby Come To Me Patti Austin & James Ingram
9 Maniac Michael Sembello
10 Sweet Dreams Eurythmics
11 Do You Really Want To Hurt Me Culture Club
12 You & I Eddie Rabbit & Crystal Gayle
13 Come On Eileen Dexy’s Midnight Runners
14 Shame On The Moon Bob Seger
15 She Works Hard For The Money Donna Summer
16 Never Gonna Let You Go Sergio Mendes
17 Hungry Like The Wolf Duran Duran
18 Let’s Dance David Bowie
19 Twilight Zone Golden Earring
20 I Know There’s Something Going On Frida
21 Jeopardy Greg Kihn Band
22 Electric Avenue Eddie Grant
23 She Blinded Me With Science Thomas Dolby
24 Africa Toto
25 Little Red Corvette Prince
26 Back On The Chain Gang Pretenders
27 Up Where We Belong Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
28 Mr Roboto Styx
29 You Are Lionel Richie
30 Der Komissar After The Fire
31 Puttin’ On The Ritz Taco
32 Sexual Healing Marvin Gaye
33 Fascination Human League
34 Time (Clock Of The Heart) Culture Club
35 The Safety Dance Men Without Hats
36 Mickey Toni Basil
37 You Can’t Hurry Love Phil Collins
38 Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) Journey
39 One On One Hall & Oates
40 We’ve Got Tonight Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton
41 1999 Prince
42 Stray Cat Strut Stray Cats
43 Allentown Billy Joel
44 Stand Back Stevie Nicks
45 Tell Her About It Billy Joel
46 Always Something There To Remind Me Naked Eyes
47 Truly Lionel Richie
48 Dirty Laundry Don Henley
49 The Girl Is Mine Michael Jackson
50 Too Shy Kajagoogoo
51 Goody Two Shoes Adam Ant
52 Rock The Casbah Clash
53 Our House Madness
54 Overkill Men At Work
55 Is There Something I Should Know Duran Duran
56 Gloria Laura Branigan
57 Affair Of The Heart Rick Springfield
58 She’s A Beauty Tubes
59 Solitaire Laura Branigan
60 Don’t Let It End Styx
61 How Am I Suppose To Live Without You Laura Branigan
62 China Girl David Bowie
63 Come Dancing Kinks
64 Promises Promises Naked Eyes
65 The Other Guy Little River Band
66 Making Love Out Of Nothing At All Air Supply
67 Family Man Hall & Oates
68 Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ Michael Jackson
69 I Won’t Hold You Back Toto
70 All Right Christopher Cross
71 Straight From The Heart Bryan Adams
72 Heart To Heart Kenny Loggins
73 My Love Lionel Richie
74 I’m Still Standing Elton John
75 Hot Girls In Love Loverboy
76 It’s A Mistake Men At Work
77 I’ll Tumble 4 Ya Culture Club
78 All This Love El DeBarge
79 Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy Sammy Hagar
80 Heartbreaker Dionne Warwick
81 Faithfully Journey
82 Steppin’ Out Joe Jackson
83 Take Me To Heart Quarterflash
84 (She’s) Sexy & 17 Stray Cats
85 Try Again Champaign
86 Dead Give Away Shalamar
87 Lawyers In Love Jackson Brown
88 What About Me Moving Pictures
89 Human Nature Michael Jackson
90 Photograph Def Leppard
91 Pass The Dutchie (On The Left Hand Side) Musical Youth
92 True Spandau Ballet
93 Far From Over Frank Stallone
94 I’ve Got A Rock ‘N’ Roll Heart Eric Clapton
95 It Might Be You Stephen Bishop
96 Tonight I Celebrate My Love Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack
97 You Got Lucky Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
98 Don’t Cry Asia
99 Breaking Us In Two Joe Jackson
100 Fall In Love With Me Earth Wind & Fire
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