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WOW's Top 20 Singles from 1983

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 1983

Culture Club have the second bestselling single of the decade to date with Karma Chameleon… The Police have their biggest hit with Every Breath You Take… Rod Stewart tops the UK singles chart for the last time… My Oh My gives glam rockers Slade a surprise No.2… The Kinks chart again with Come Dancing… Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet both top the charts for the first time…

Biggest Chart Single

Culture Club Karma Chameleon Biggest Chart Hit 1983

KARMA CHAMELEON
Culture Club

After shocking the nation by his androgynous appearance the year before, Boy George takes Culture Club into superstardom with this huge hit. See Biggest Chart Singles

Biggest Chart Act

Culture Club Biggest Chart Act 1983

CULTURE CLUB

Three hits, including a six week stint at No. 1, was enough for Culture Club to see off a strong challenge from Paul Young to claim the crown of biggest chart art of the year. See Biggest Chart Artists

NME Song of the Year

Michael Jackson Billie Jean NME Song of the Year 1983

BILLIE JEAN
Michael Jackson

The stoned rockers at NME surprisingly opted for not only a dance track but also the bestselling single worldwide this year. See WOW's Top Singles for 1983

Brit for Best Single

Culture Club Karma Chameleon Brit For Best Song 1983

KARMA CHAMELEON
Culture Club

Following its usual practice, the BPI bestowed its Best Single accolade to the biggest selling disc of the year. See WOW's Top Singles for 1983

WOW's Top Single of 1983

Michael Jackson Beat It WOW Top Single of the Year 1983

BEAT IT
Michael Jackson

The newly crowned global King of Pop was Michael Jackson and this rock-pop masterpiece featuring Eddie Van Halen is arguably his finest single. See WOW's Top Singles for 1983

Most Played Song on the Radio

The Police Every Breath You Take Most Played Song on the Radio 1983

EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE
The Police

This Grammy winner was another huge hit this year, especially in the US where it was the biggest selling single of the year.
The disc received the Ivor Novello award for most performed song of 1983

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