Best of 1983 - The Singles List

The year 1982 was all about Michael Jackson's Thriller which became the best selling album of all time. The video for the song proved to be challenging for the MTV airwaves and it is also considered as one of the best videos of all time. Along with Michael Jackson's success other artists followed; David Bowie released Let's Dance, his most commercial album to date and ladies rocked too, Madonna and Cyndi Lauper released their debuts too exploring the weird and unconventional and Kim Wilde won the Brit Award for best British female artist. 
In 1982, the first compact discs were produced in Germany and were already sold in Japan during the third quarter of the same year. In 1983 they also went on sale in the USA and they will certainly revolutionize the music industry in the coming years. 
New Wave slowly faded into Pop and its biggest stars of the decade Michal Jackson, Madonna, Prince and George Michael will rule the charts for the rest of the decade and beyond.

The following Top 50 represents the result of the 'Best of 1983 - The Singles List' poll from 2013 together with our in-house votes. 

Updated: 06/2020

01. New Order- Blue Monday 
02. Depeche Mode- Everything Counts 
03. The Smiths- This Charming Man 
04. Michael Jackson - Thriller 
05. The Sisters of Mercy- Temple of Love 
06. Simple Minds- New Gold Dream 81-82-83-84 
07. Frankie Goes To Hollywood- Relax 
08. Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) 
09. The The- This is the Day 
10. Siouxsie and The Banshees- Dear Prudence 
11. Yazoo- Nobody's Diary 
12. Echo & The Bunnymen- The Cutter 
13. U2- New Year’s Day 
14. David Bowie – Let's Dance
15. Cyndi Lauper- Girls Just Wanna have Fun
16. Pat Benetar - Love is a Battlefield 
17. Talking Heads - Burning Down The House 
18. R.E.M.- Radio Free Europe 
19. Spandau Ballet - True 
20. PIL- This is not a Love Song 
21. Michal Jackson – Beat It
22. Depeche Mode- Get The Balance Right 
23. Culture Club- Karma Chameleon 
24. Kraftwerk- Tour de France 
25. Kajagoogoo- Too Shy 
26. The Stranglers- Midnight Summer Dream 
27. Eurythmics – Who’s That Girl 
28. Madonna - Burning Up 
29. Wang Chung - Dance Hall Days 
30. Cocteau Twins - Sugar Hiccup 
31. Heaven 17 - Temptation 
32. INXS - The Original Sin 
33. Malcolm Mclaren - Double Dutch 
34. Pointer Sisters - Automatic 
35. Paul Young - Come Back and Stay 
36. The Cure - Love Cats 
37. Orange Juice - Rip it Up 
38. OMD – Genetic Engineering 
39. Howard Jones- What is Love? 
40. Fiction Factory - (Feels Like) Heaven 
41. Howard Devoto - Rainy Season 
42. David Bowie - Modern Love
43. Billy Idol – Rebel Yell 
44. Bananarama – Cruel Summer 
45. Mike Oldfield – Moonlight Shadow 
46. Blancmange – Blind Vision 
47. The Chameleons – Don’t Fall 
48. Thomas Dolby - One of Our Submarines 
49. This Mortal Coil – Song to the Siren 
50. The Icicle Works - Love is a Wonderful Colour