Best of 1982 - The Singles List

After having been propelled further by the New Romantic movement and becoming much easier to handle, Synthesizers became dominant in pop music and a possible formula for future success. The Human League were still ruling the charts and won the BRIT Award for the best Breakthrough act. Following their success story other bands like Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Soft Cell adopted synthesizers as main instruments which had an impact in launching of the Second British Invasion in the US. This  brought the new styles, rhythms and stars to the States including Duran Duran, The Human League, Eurythmics, Billy Idol and more. Sadly some of the great bands from late 70's and early 80's disbanded which included most notably Blondie, Adam and The Ants, Abba and Japan.

During our 30 year anniversary of 1982 in 2011, the following albums were voted Top 50 singles by Burning Flame friends and readers including in-house votes.

Updated: 06/2020


01. Yaz(oo)- Don't Go 
02. Tears for Fears- Mad World 
03. Heaven 17- Let Me Go 
04. Talk Talk- Talk Talk 
05. Yazoo- Situation 
06. Duran Duran- Rio 
07. Tears for Fears- Pale Shelter 
08. Eurythmics- Love is a Stranger
09. A Flock of Seagulls- I Ran (So Far Away) 
10. Japan- Ghosts 
11. The Psychedelic Furs- Love My Way 
12. Visage- The Damned Don't Cry 
13. New Order- Temptation 
14. Soft Cell- Torch 
15. Simple Minds- Promised You A Miracle 
16. The Stranglers - Golden Brown
17. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark- Maid of Orleans 
18. Modern English - I Melt with You 
19. Duran Duran- Save a Prayer 
20. ABC- Poison Arrow 
21. Billy Idol - White Wedding
22. Simple Minds- Someone Somewhere in the Summertime 
23. Siouxsie and the Banshees - Fireworks
24. The Clash - Rock The Casbah 
25. B-Movie - Nowhere Girl
26. The Associates- Party Fears Two 
27. Culture Club - Time
28. Duran Duran- Hungry Like A Wolf 
29. The The - Uncertain Smile
30. Ultravox- Reap The Wild Wind
31. The Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go
32. The Associates - Club Country
33. Ultravox - Hymn
34. The Human League - Mirror Man
35. Dexy's Midnight Runners - Com'on Eileen
36. Gang of Four - I Love A Man in Uniform
37. Japan - European Son
38. Bauhuas - Ziggy Stardust
39. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'n' Roll
40. Roxy Music - Take A Chance with Me
41. Berlin - Sex (I'm...)
42. INXS - Don't Change
43. Spoons - Nova Heart
44. The Names - Calcutta
45. Kim Wilde - View from the Bridge
46. Pale Fountains - Thanks You
47. Vision - Lucifer's Friend
48. The Gun Club - The Fire of Love
49. Eurythmics - The Walk
50. Crowded House - Six Months in a Leaking Boat