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1982 In Numbers

21 Chart Toppers

Over 20 singles climbed to the top spot on the official chart during the calendar year.

Title Artist Weeks No.1
The Land Of Make Believe Bucks Fizz 2
Oh Julie Shakin' Stevens 1
The Model Kraftwerk 1
Town Called Malice The Jam 3
The Lion Sleeps Tonight Tight Fit 3
Seven Tears Goombay Dance Band 3
My Camera Never Lies Bucks Fizz 1
Ebony And Ivory Paul Mccartney And Stevie Wonder 3
A Little Peace Nicole 2
House Of Fun Madness 2
Goody Two Shoes Adam Ant 2
I've Never Been To Me Charlene 1
Happy Talk Captain Sensible 2
Fame Irene Cara 3
Come On Eileen Dexy's Midnight Runners 4
Eye Of The Tiger Survivor 4
Pass The Dutchie Musical Youth 3
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me Culture Club 3
I Don't Wanna Dance Eddy Grant 3
Beat Surrender The Jam 2
Save Your Love Renee And Renato 4
Includes two weeks in 1983
Source:Official Charts logo

7 Unofficial No. 1s

Seven songs topped the NME chart but not the official one used by the BBC. The Jam had three No. 1s on the NME chart during 1982.

Title Artist BBC Chart
I Won't Let You Down PhD 3
Abracadabra Steve Miller Band 2
Private Investigations Dire Straits 2
The Bitterest Pill The Jam 2
Heartbreaker Dionne Warwick 2
Mirror Man The Human League 2
Time (Clock Of The Heart) Culture Club 3

11 Runners Up

Eighteen songs peaked at No. 2 for a total of 27 weeks. Golden Brown by The Stranglers was the biggest No.2 hit of the year (see Biggest Singles ’82).

Title Artist Weeks No.2
Golden Brown The Stranglers 2
Mickey Toni Basil 2
Just An Illusion Imagination 2
Ain’t No Pleasing You Chas And Dave 1
One Step Further Bardo 1
This Time (We’ll Get It Right) England World Cup Squad 1
Only You Yazoo 1
Torch Soft Cell 1
Abracadabra Steve Miller Band 2
Da Da Da Trio 1
Save A Prayer Duran Duran 1
Private Investigations Dire Straits 1
The Bitterest Pill The Jam 2
Zoom Fat Larry’s Band 1
Annie I'm Not Your Daddy Kid Creole And The Coconuts 1
Heartbreaker Dionne Warwick 2
Mirror Man The Human League 3
Blue Christmas (EP) Shakin’ Stevens 2
Includes one week in 1983
Source:Official Charts logo

78M Singles Shifted

Sales of singles edged up by 1M to reach the highest-ever level outside the peak years of 1978 and 1979.

Source: BPI

1 Million Seller

Come On Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners was the only single to sell a million copies during its chart run.

146 Top 10 Hits

Almost half of all official Top 40 hits reached the top quarter of the chart, more than any year other during The Golden Years (1977-85).

311 Top 40 Hits

A total of 311 singles peaked inside the official Top 40 during the calendar year. The biggest hit not to reach the Top 10 this year was Today by Talk Talk, which spent 12 weeks in the Top 40.

55 Top 3 Hits

More singles reached the Top 3 this year than any other during The Golden Years (1977-1985).

65 New Acts On TOTP

Groups appearing for the first time on Top Of The Pops this year included Simple Minds, Yazoo, Echo and the Bunnymen, Culture Club, Tears for Fears and Wham.

19 Gold Discs

The records certified as selling more than 500k copies included Fame, Golden Brown, It Must Be Love, The Model, Town Called Malice and Eye Of The Tiger (which would later pass the one million mark). Both Madness and Culture Club received two gold discs.

21 Weeks In Top 10

Madness spent over 20 weeks in the Top 10, the most of any act this year, helping the "nutty boys" become the biggest chart act of 1982.