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Biggest Singles 1983

The UK's Top 40 best-performing singles in 1983 are listed below. They are ordered by their Chart Measured Performance (CHAMP) scores. A single's peak position and the month it peaked are also provided. John Lennon heads the chart - his posthumous re-release of Imagine beats the year's biggest selling single by The Human League into second place. Vienna - the single infamously denied the official No. 1 spot by a dreadful novelty record - is the fifth biggest chart single of the year. Adam And The Ants have three singles inside the Top 20. Ant Music's 16-week run in the Top 40 - the longest of any single this year - helps it secure the No. 3 spot. Adam Ant will be back in 1982.

– ➈ NME peak position (if different from official chart)

Peak Month Peak CHAMP
1 KARMA CHAMELEONCulture Club September 1 1,908
2 UPTOWN GIRLBilly Joel November 1 1,614
3 BLUE MONDAY New Order October 9 1,563
4 YOU CAN'T HURRY LOVEPhil Collins January 1 1,456
5 RED RED WINEUB40 September 1 1,449
6 WHEREVER I LAY MY HAT (THAT'S MY HOME)Paul Young July 1 1,455
7 LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLEPaul Young December 2 1,388
8 I.O.U.Freeez July 2 1,342
9 BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson March 1 1,331
10 LET'S DANCEDavid Bowie April 1 1,313
11 EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE The Police June 1 1,304
12 ONLY YOUThe Flying Pickets December 1 1,294
13 BABY JANERod Stewart July 1 1,289
14 TRUESpandau Ballet April 1 1,270
15 DOWN UNDERMen At Work January 1 1,263
16 SAY SAY SAYPaul McCartney And Michael Jackson November 2 1,241
17 GIVE IT UPKC And The Sunshine Band August 1 1,209
18 TOO SHYKajagoogoo February 1 1,197
19 TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEARTBonnie Tyler March 1 1,185
20 FLASHDANCE....WHAT A FEELINGIrene Cara July 2 1,179
21 ALL NIGHT LONG (ALL NIGHT)Lionel Richie October 2 1,154
22 BAD BOYSWham! June 2 1,127
23 HOLD ME NOW The Thompson Twins December 4 1,103
24 MOONLIGHT SHADOWMike Oldfield July 4 1,050
25 SWEET DREAMS (ARE MADE OF THIS) Eurythmics March 2 1,026
26 TEMPTATION Heaven 17 May 2 1,013
27 MY OH MYSlade December 2 1,010
28 DOUBLE DUTCHMalcolm McLaren August 3 994
29 WORDSF.R. David April 2 993
30 VICTIMSCulture Club December 3 947
31 BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVESModern Romance January 4 944
32 THRILLERMichael Jackson December 10 920
33 THEY DON'T KNOWTracey Ullman October 2 899
34 LET'S STAY TOGETHER Tina Turner December 6 896
35 SIGN OF THE TIMESThe Belle Stars February 3 895
36 GOLDSpandau Ballet August 2 886
37 IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW?Duran Duran March 1 885
38 CRY JUST A LITTLE BITShakin' Stevens November 3 881
39 TONIGHT I CELEBRATE MY LOVEPeabo Bryson And Roberta Flack September 3 872
40 CANDY GIRLNew Edition May 1 842

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– ➈ NME peak position (if different from official chart)

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

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