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Biggest Artists 1983

The UK's Top 20 best-performing artists in 1983 are listed below. They are ordered by their total Chart Measured Performance (CHAMP) scores for the year. Singles are listed per artist in chronological order (from left to right) with a symbol denoting peak position. The Jam have their best-ever year but it is their last. Yet the trio's two No. 1s and one unofficial No. 1 cannot overtake the "nutty boys", whose 41 weeks on the Top 40 see them crowned as year-end champs for a second time. After a five year absence, The Stranglers make a final return to the year-end Top 20 on the back of their No. 2 hit Golden Brown. Bucks Fizz, Dexys Midnight Runners and Duran Duran have strong years. As do Culture Club, but it is only a warm up for huge success in 1983.

★No. 1 ●Top Ten ○Top 40 (all on official chart) ☆Unofficial No. 1 (i.e. No. 1 only on NME Chart)
WKS: total weeks spent on the official Top 40

1 CULTURE CLUB●Church Of The Poisoned Mind  ★Karma Chameleon  ●Victims 33 3,636
2 PAUL YOUNG★Wherever I Lay My Hat  ●Come Back And Stay  ☆Love Of The Common People 31 3,532
3 MICHAEL JACKSON★Billie Jean  ●Beat It  ●Wanna Be Startin' Something  ●Thriller 39 3,464
4 EURYTHMICS●Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)  ●Love Is A Stranger  ●Who’s That Girl?  ●Right By Your Side 35 2,900
5 WHAM!●Wham Rap  ●Bad Boys  ●Club Tropicana  ○Club Fantastic Megamix 35 2,860
6 DAVID BOWIE★Let’s Dance  ☆China Girl  ●Modern Love 23 2,812
7 KAJAGOOGOO★Too Shy  ●Ooh To Be Aah  ○Hang On Now  ●Big Apple 29 2,341
8 UB40★Red Red Wine  ●Please Don’t Make Me Cry  ○Too Many Rivers To Cross 27 2,331
9 THE THOMPSON TWINS● Love On Your Side  ●We Are Detective  ○Watching  ●Hold Me Now 33 2,327
10 MODERN ROMANCE●Best Years Of Our Lives  ●High Life Don’t Stop That Crazy Rhythm  ●Walking In The Rain 31 2,194
11 THE STYLE COUNCIL●Speak Like A Child  ●Money Go Round (Part 1)  ●Long Hot Summer  ●Solid Bond In Your Heart 23 2,193
12 TRACEY ULLMAN●Breakaway  ●They Don't Know About Us  ●Move Over Darling 26 2,112
13 HEAVEN 17●Temptation  ●Come Live With Me  ●Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry 26 2,080
14 NEW ORDER●Blue Monday  ●Confusion 25 1,955
15 THE POLICE●Every Breath You Take  ●Wrapped Around Your Finger  ○Synchronicity II 19 1,936
16 ROD STEWART★Baby Jane  ●What Am I Gonna Do 19 1,866
17 ELTON JOHN●I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues  ●I'm Still Standing  ●Kiss The Bride  ○Cold As Christmas 27 1,799
18 MADNESS●Tomorrow’s (Just Another Day)  ●Wings Of A Dove  ●The Sun And The Rain 21 1,787
19 MEN AT WORK●Down Under  ●Overkill  ○It's A Mistake  ○Dr Hekyll And Mr Jive 22 1,616
20 BILLY JOEL★Uptown Girl 18 1,614

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★No.1 ●Top Ten ○Top 40 (all on official chart) ☆Unofficial No. 1 (i.e. No. 1 only on NME Chart)

WKS: total weeks spent on the official Top 40

Part of the chart run was in 1982 or 1984, which has been included in calculating the CHAMP score