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Amarillo’s Top 10 For July 23, 1983 [VIDEOS]


This week’s Top 10 in Amarillo for 1983 features three artist’s that broke off from their groups to do some solo work, the former ‘Queen’ of Disco‘ and two groups that hadn’t cracked the top 10 in over a decade.

Find out which song started the whole ‘pop music in films’ phenomenon, the one that was a cleverly disguised protest song and the tune that was written at the same place as the James Bond novels.

It’s time to check out Amarillo’s Top 10 for July 23, 1983.


Donna Summer – She Works Hard For The Money



The video became very popular on MTV after Michael Jackson broke the color barrier. Summer was the first black female artist to have a video played in ‘hot rotation.’



Stevie Nicks – Stand Back



After hearing ‘Little Red Corvette’ by Prince, Nicks was inspired to write this song. On the day she recorded this in the studio, Prince came in and played synthesizers.



Frida – I Know There’s Something Going On



Written by Rod Argent (‘Hold Your Head Up’) and produced by Phil Collins, who also played drums on the track, this would be her first and only U.S. hit since leaving ABBA in 1982.



Madness – Our House



Although a few months after this song Madness would crack the top 40 one more time with ‘It Must Be Love’ this would be their biggest U.S. hit.



Kinks – Come Dancing



Sometimes called the ‘dueling Davies’ brothers Ray and Dave would return to the top 10, with a song inspired by their sister. This would come 13 years after their last top 10 hit, ‘Lola.’



Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’



This would be the fourth of seven top 10’s from the King of Pop’s ‘Thriller’ album. An urban legend surrounding the album was that the seven digit UPC code on the album was MJ’s phone number.



Sergio Mendes – Never Gonna Let You Go



The last time Sergio Mendes cracked the top five in the U.S. was in 1968 with ‘The Look of Love.’ The success of that song was partly due to being featured in ‘Casino Royale’ starring David Niven and Peter Sellers.



Irene Cara – Flashdance (What A Feeling)



This song would stay at number one for a total of six weeks go on to earn a Grammy and an Oscar in 1983. It also started the trend of integrating pop music into films and led the way for ‘Dirty Dancing’ and ‘Footloose.’



Eddie Grant – Electric Avenue



This was a shopping area in the Brixton section of London and it was the first area that got electric lights. This was also the scene of riots that took place in 1981, which Grant sings about in the opening line of the song. ‘Now in the streets there is violence.’



Police – Every Breath You Take



Written at the same desk in Jamaica where Ian Flemming wrote his James Bond novels, this song would become the number one song of 1983. It would win two Grammy’s in 1983, including Song of the Year.


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