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Countdown commentary

The KROQ Top 106.7 Songs of 1983

Ranking

Artist Name

Song Title

Album Title

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1.

Duran Duran

Is There Something I Should Know?

Duran Duran

Is There Something I Should Know?

2.

Men Without Hats

The Safety Dance

-

-

3.

The Police

Every Breath You Take

Synchronicity

Every Breath You Take

4.

Big Country

In a Big Country

The Crossing

Big Country - The Best of Big Country - In a Big Country

5.

Culture Club

Church of the Poison Mind

Colour By Numbers

Church of the Poison Mind

6.

David Bowie

Let's Dance

Let's Dance

Let's Dance

7.

Tears for Fears

Mad World

The Hurting

Mad World

8.

Peter Schilling

Major Tom (Coming Home)

-

-

9.

Duran Duran

Union of the Snake

Seven And The Ragged Tiger

Union of the Snake

10.

The English Beat

I Confess

Special Beat Service

The English Beat - Special Beat Service - I Confess

11.

Culture Club

Do You Really Want to Hurt Me

Kissing to Be Clever

Do You Really Want to Hurt Me

12.

David Bowie

Modern Love

Let's Dance

Modern Love

13.

Talking Heads

Burning Down the House

Speaking in Tongues

Talking Heads - Speaking in Tongues - Burning Down the House

14.

U2

New Year's Day

War

New Year's Day

15.

Madness

Our House

-

-

16.

Culture Club

I'll Tumble 4 Ya

Kissing to Be Clever

I'll Tumble 4 Ya

17.

The Police

King of Pain

Synchronicity

King of Pain

18.

Greg Kihn Band

Jeopardy

-

-

19.

The Fixx

One Thing Leads to Another

Reach the Beach

The Fixx - Reach the Beach - One Thing Leads to Another

20.

Nena

99 Luftballoons

-

-

21.

The Polecats

Make a Circuit With Me

-

-

22.

Tim Scott

Swear

-

-

23.

Suicidal Tendencies

Institutionalized

Suicidal Tendencies

-

24.

The Rolling Stones

Undercover of the Night

Undercover

-

25.

Culture Club

Karma Chameleon

Colour By Numbers

Karma Chameleon

26.

Echo & the Bunnymen

Never Stop

-

-

27.

Eurythmics

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) [Bonus Tracks] - Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

28.

Adam Ant

Strip

Strip

Adam Ant - Antics in the Forbidden Zone - Strip

29.

Tears for Fears

Pale Shelter

The Hurting

Pale Shelter

30.

The English Beat

Save It for Later

Special Beat Service

The English Beat - Special Beat Service - Save It for Later

31.

Thomas Dolby

She Blinded Me With Science

-

-

32.

Blancmange

Living on the Ceiling

-

-

33.

Culture Club

Miss Me Blind

Colour By Numbers

Miss Me Blind

34.

Elvis Costello

Everyday I Write the Book

Punch The Clock

-

35.

Barbie and the Kens

Just a Gigolo

-

-

36.

The Romantics

Talking in Your Sleep

-

-

37.

INXS

The One Thing

Shabooh Shoobah

INXS - Shabooh Shoobah - The One Thing

38.

The Cure

The Love Cats

-

-

39.

Sparks

Cool Places

In Outer Space

Sparks - In Outer Space - Cool Places (Sparks and Jane Wiedlin)

40.

Red Rockers

China

-

-

41.

Icicle Works

Whisper to a Scream (Birds Fly)

-

-

42.

The B-52's

Whammy Kiss

Whammy!

The B-52's - Whammy! - Whammy Kiss

43.

Bill Nelson

Acceleration

-

-

44.

The Fixx

Saved by Zero

Reach the Beach

The Fixx - Reach the Beach - Saved By Zero

45.

The Police

Synchronicity II

Synchronicity

Synchronicity 2

46.

Tears for Fears

Change

The Hurting

Change

47.

Billy Idol

Rebel Yell

Rebel Yell

Rebel Yell

48.

Echo & the Bunnymen

The Cutter

Porcupine

-

49.

Siouxsie and the Banshees

Dear Prudence

Hyśna

Siouxsie and The Banshees - The Best of Siouxsie and The Banshees - Dear Prudence

50.

UB40

Red Red Wine

Labour Of Love

UB40 - Labour of Love - Red, Red Wine

51.

The Cure

Let's Go to Bed

-

-

52.

Spandau Ballet

Lifeline

-

-

53.

Duran Duran

The Reflex

Seven And The Ragged Tiger

The Reflex

54.

New Order

Blue Monday

Power, Corruption & Lies

-

55.

Big Country

Fields of Fire

The Crossing

Big Country - The Best of Big Country - Fields of Fire (400 Miles)

56.

Toy Dolls

Nellie the Elephant

-

-

57.

Adam Ant

Puss'n Boots

Strip

Adam Ant - Antics in the Forbidden Zone - Puss 'n Boots

58.

Haysi Fantayzee

Shiny Shiny

-

-

59.

Reflex

The Politics of Dancing

-

-

60.

Thompson Twins

Lies

Quick Step & Side Kick

Thompson Twins - Thompson Twins: Greatest Hits - Lies

61.

David Bowie

China Girl

Let's Dance

China Girl

62.

Eurythmics

Love is a Stranger

Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) [Bonus Tracks] - Love Is a Stranger

63.

Pat Wilson

Bop Girl

-

-

64.

Jimmy the Hoover

Tantalize

-

-

65.

The B-52's

Legal Tender

Whammy!

The B-52's - Whammy! - Legal Tender

66.

OMD

Radio Waves

Dazzle Ships

-

67.

Real Life

Send Me an Angel

-

-

68.

Roman Holiday

Don't Try to Stop It

-

-

69.

R.E.M.

Radio Free Europe

Murmur

-

70.

Falco

Der Kommisar

-

-

71.

The Rolling Stones

Too Much Blood

Undercover

-

72.

Heaven 17

Let Me Go

-

-

73.

Devo

Dr. Detroit

-

-

74.

Soft Cell

It's a Mugs Game

-

-

75.

Midnight Oil

Power and the Passion

10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

Midnight Oil - 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 - Power and the Passion

76.

The Psychedelic Furs

Love My Way

Forever Now

-

77.

Bongos

Numbers with Wings

-

-

78.

INXS

Black and White

Shabooh Shoobah

INXS - Shabooh Shoobah - Black and White

79.

Freur

Doot Doot

-

-

80.

Stray Cats

(Sheís) Sexy and 17

Rant N' Rave with the Stray Cats

(She's) Sexy and 17

81.

A Flock of Seagulls

Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)

Listen

A Flock of Seagulls - I Ran - The Best of a Flock of Seagulls - Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)

82.

Grandmaster Flash

White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)

-

-

83.

Ric Ocasek

Gimme Something to Grab For

-

-

84.

Howard Devoto

Rainy Season

-

-

85.

Peter Godwin

Baby's in the Mountains

-

-

86.

Malcolm McLaren

Buffalo Gals

-

-

87.

Aztec Camera

Oblivious

-

-

88.

Sparks

All You Ever Think About is Sex

In Outer Space

Sparks - In Outer Space - All You Ever Think About Is Sex

89.

X

New World

More Fun in the New World

-

90.

B-Movie

Nowhere Girl

-

-

91.

Peter Gabriel

Shock the Monkey

Security

-

92.

Oingo Boingo

Nothing Bad Ever Happens

Good For Your Soul

-

93.

Wham!

Young Guns (Go for It)

-

-

94.

Spandau Ballet

Communication

-

-

95.

Cyndi Lauper

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

-

-

96.

Public Image Ltd.

This is Not a Love Song

This Is What You Want...This Is What You Get

Public Image Ltd. - Public Image Ltd.: The Greatest Hits, So Far - This Is Not a Love Song

97.

Kajagoogoo

Too Shy

-

-

98.

Bongos

Barbarella

-

-

99.

Pete Shelley

Telephone Operator

-

-

100.

The Human League

(Keep Feeling) Fascination

Fascination!

-

101.

Machinations

Pressure Sway

-

-

102.

The Fixx

Red Skies

Shuttered Room

The Fixx - One Thing Leads to Another: Greatest Hits - Red Skies

103.

Burning Sensations

Belly of the Whale

-

-

104.

JoBoxers

Just Got Lucky

-

-

105.

A Flock of Seagulls

Committed

-

-

106.

Dave Edmunds

Slipping Away

-

-

106.7.

Robert Roll

The Dog Boat

-

-

Commentary

bulletIn the wake of the success of Duran Duran's Rio album in 1982, their first album Duran Duran from 1981 was repackaged with the new song Is There Something I Should Know? (#1).  I assume the success of the song during the summer of 1983 helped them ship a bunch of copies of the album.
bulletKROQ showed its willingness to branch out--punk with Suicidal Tendencies' Institutionalized (#23) and rap with Grandmaster Flash's White Lines (#82).
bulletThis is the year the Violent Femmes self-titled debut album came out.  4 songs from the album, Blister in the Sun, Add It Up, Kiss Off and Gone Daddy Gone are standards on the Flashback Lunch today...and not one made the list--what's up with that?