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WOW's Top 20 Singles from 1983

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THE GOLDEN YEARS

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Indulge in a little nostalgia. Rewind to 1977 and relive the music and events that defined the year.

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Highlights 1981

Electronic music rules the charts - two of the year's three million-sellers are Tainted Love and Don't You Want Me... Adam And The Ants assault the charts with seven hits... Queen and David Bowie team-up for one of the finest No. 1s of the decade... expensive promotional videos and 12" singles are all the rage... perfect for new romantics to make a great impression this year...

Biggest Chart Single

John Lennon Imagine Biggest Chart Hit 1981

IMAGINE
John Lennon

Its second stint in the Top 40 saw Lennon's masterpiece hit No. 1. In the wake of his murder, he had three posthumous chart toppers. See Biggest Chart Singles

Biggest Chart Act

Adam & The Ants Biggest Chart Act 1981

ADAM & THE ANTS

King Adam's 64 weeks in the Top 40 during the calendar year was the second highest of the Golden Years (1977-85). See Biggest Chart Artists

NME Song of the Year

The Specials Ghost Town NME Song of the Year 1981

GHOST TOWN
The Specials

Few tracks are as original as Ghost Town, and even fewer capture the zeitgeist as it did during the troubled summer of 1981. See WOW's Top Singles for 1981

Brit for Best Single

Soft Cell Tainted Love Brit For Best Song 1981

TAINTED LOVE
Soft Cell

The inaugural annual Brit Awards annointed one of the iconic 1980s tracks as the best of the year. A worthy winner. See WOW's Top Singles for 1981

WOW's Top Single of 1981

The Specials Ghost Town WOW Top Single of the Year 1981

GHOST TOWN
The Specials

The only year in which we agree with the NME - Ghost Town is one of the standout singles of the Golden Years. See WOW's Top Singles for 1981

Most Played Song on the Radio

Shakin' Stevens You Drive Me Crazy Most Played Song on the Radio 1981

YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY
Shakin' Stevens

Shakin' Stevens was one of the most prominent solo artists of the 1980s, and this was his most successful year.
The disc received the Ivor Novello award for most performed song of 1981

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