Looking back, it’s obvious that 1982 was a transition year as pop music tastes swung wildly from new wave fun (“Tainted Love” by Soft Cell and “Love Plus One” by Haircut 100) to novelty hits (“Take Off” by Bob and Doug McKenzie featuring Geddy Lee of Rush and “Pac-Man Fever” by Buckner and Garcia”).
“Hooked on Swing” is essentially warmed-over big-band music with a disco beat. It is truly awful.
Indeed, it was a strange time to listen to the radio.
The biggest song of the year was “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor from Rocky III.
Ultra-sensitive ballads were still in the mix. Sneaker hit #34 with their enduring Toto meets Electric Light Orchestra-sounding “More Than Just the Two of Us.” Charlene delivered the ridiculously sentimental “I’ve Never Been to Me” that features the spoken-word section with the following lyrics:
Hey, you know what paradise is?
It’s a lie
a fantasy we created about people and places
as we like them to be
but you know what truth is?
it’s that little baby you’re holding
and it’s that man you fought with this morning
the same one you are gonna make love to tonight
that’s truth that’s love
1982 is also the year that Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a bat during a performance, launching one of the great rock legends of all time. Sadly, a few months later Ozzy’s wunderkind guitarist, Randy Rhodes, is killed when his airplane buzzes Ozzy’s tour bus, then crashes into a house and bursts into flames killing everyone on board. And yet another rock legend is born.
Oh yeah, and a little album named Thriller by a guy from Indiana named Michael Jackson was released in November of 1982. It’s only the biggest album of all time with more than 100 million copies sold worldwide.
But what I really care about are the one-hit wonders of 1982. It was a good year for one-hit wonders with 34 bands hitting the Billboard Top 40 for their first and only time. In the mix are two number one songs: “Mickey” by Toni Basil and “Chariots of Fire” by Vangelis.
So, without further ado, here is a list of one-hit wonders from 1982.
Hear the One-Hit Wonders of 1982
List of 1982 One-Hit Wonders
|More Than Just the Two of Us||Sneaker||34|
|Hooked on Classics||Royal Philharmonic Orchestra||10|
|All Our Tomorrows||Eddie Schwartz||28|
|Don’t Let Him Know||Prism||39|
|Pac-Man Fever||Buckner & Garcia||9|
|Take Off||Bob and Doug McKenzie||16|
|Key Largo||Bertie Higgins||8|
|Nobody Said It Was Easy (Lookin’ For the Lights)||Le Roux||18|
|Mama Used to Say||Junior||30|
|Genius of Love||Tom Tom Club||31|
|Goin’ Down||Greg Guidry||17|
|If I Had My Wish Tonight||David Lasley||36|
|Chariots of Fire Theme||Vangelis||1|
|I’ve Never Been to Me||Charlene||3|
|Forget Me Nots||Patrice Rushen||23|
|Let It Whip||Dazz Band||5|
|Tainted Love||Soft Cell||8|
|Hooked on Swing||Larry Elgart and His Manhattan Swing Orchestra||31|
|Nice Girls||Eye to Eye||37|
|Love Plus One||Haircut 100||37|
|If the Love Fits Wear It||Leslie Pearl||28|
|And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going||Jennifer Holliday||22|
|Someday, Someway||Marshall Crenshaw||36|
|Valley Girl||Frank Zappa||32|
|Holdin’ On||Tane Cain||37|
|New World Man||Rush||21|
|I.G.Y. (What a Beautiful World)||Donald Fagen||26|
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