1984 Weekly Charts (Pop and TV)

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Corfe Castle Dorset

4th JAN 1984

A new year and my parents were selling the house I was born in, my mother was born in, my brother was born in (Cliff Street Mansfield) which meant I had to get a flat, stay in declining Mansfield just as the pits were on strike and put up with a dead-end factory job, or else jack it in and move South to Poole and join my parents (they were running a NAAFI) and look for a new job, leave my relatives and friends behind. After 4 years of disappointment, 2 years on the dole, 2 in a factory, and no chance of my degree ever looking remotely useful for anything in Mansfield, I took a chance and opted for Dorset.

For now though, it was a wintry hello to the New Year, video-recording classic oldies TV from Channel 4 onto Betamax (oops!), alternative comedy (Comic Strip and Whoops Apocalypse) and not much happening in the charts, save a high new entry from Police (their last-ever single as it happened), newcomer Cyndi Lauper and her fab quirky new toon, and HiNRG camp dance from Be-skirted ample Divine, and a bit of climbing for Lionel Richie and Icicle Works.

1 ( 1 ) MY OH MY Slade
2 ( 2 ) I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake
3 ( 3 ) VICTIMS Culture Club
4 ( 4 ) WHAT IS LOVE Howard Jones
5 ( 5 ) MARGUERITA TIME Status Quo
6 ( 6 ) PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney
7 ( 10 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
8 ( 8 ) HOLD ME NOW The Thompson Twins
9 ( NEW ) KING OF PAIN The Police
10 ( 14 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow

11 ( 9 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Paul Young
12 ( 12 ) 2000 MILES The Pretenders
13 ( 7 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
14 ( 20 ) COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
15 ( 17 ) TELL HER ABOUT IT Billy Joel
16 ( 13 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS UB40
17 ( 11 ) PLEASE DON’T FALL IN LOVE Cliff Richard
18 ( NEW ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
19 ( 22 ) I CAN HELP Elvis Presley
20 ( 15 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba

21 ( 16 ) LET’S STAY TOGETHER Tina Turner
22 ( 28 ) DUCK FOR THE OYSTER Malcolm McLaren
23 ( 19 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Tracey Ullman
24 ( 21 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
25 ( 27 ) TIME (aka ARRIVAL) Frida and B.A. Robertson
26 ( 18 ) ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
27 ( 32 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Kool And The Gang
28 ( 26 ) CRY JUST A LITTLE BIT Shakin’ Stevens
29 ( 24 ) CALLING YOUR NAME Marilyn
30 ( 37 ) INSIDE LOVE George Benson

31 ( 31 ) UPTOWN GIRL Billy Joel
32 ( 29 ) CHRISTMAS SPECTRE The Jingle Belles
33 ( 25 ) ONLY YOU The Flying Pickets
34 ( 38 ) WHERE IS MY MAN Eartha Kitt
35 ( 49 ) RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT Lionel Richie
36 ( 36 ) THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths
37 ( 39 ) THEME FROM TERRAHAWKS Terrahawks
38 ( 35 ) THE LOVE CATS The Cure
39 ( 40 ) THE WAY YOU ARE Tears For Fears
40 ( 23 ) TWIST OF FATE Olivia Newton-John

41 ( 30 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
42 ( 43 ) OWNER OF A LONELY HEART Yes
43 ( 74 ) LOVE IS A WONDERFUL COLOUR The Icicle Works
44 ( 33 ) I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles
45 ( 58 ) SWEET SURRENDER Rod Stewart
46 ( 52 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
47 ( 42 ) SAY SAY SAY Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
48 ( 45 ) THEY DON’T KNOW Tracey Ullman
49 ( 61 ) RAT RAPPING Roland Rat
50 ( 34 ) ON A SUNDAY Nick Heyward

51 ( 41 ) THE RULES OF THE GAME Bucks Fizz
52 ( 55 ) UNION OF THE SNAKE Duran Duran
53 ( 53 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
54 ( 56 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
55 ( 48 ) KARMA CHAMELEON Culture Club
56 ( 47 ) THE SUN AND THE RAIN Madness
57 ( 44 ) SYNCHRONICITY II The Police
58 ( 63 ) I AM WHAT I AM Gloria Gaynor
59 ( 54 ) DEAR PRUDENCE Siouxsie & The Banshees
60 ( 59 ) DEAR SANTA The Weather Girls

61 ( 46 ) SAY IT ISN’T SO Daryl Hall & John Oates
62 ( 50 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
63 ( 64 ) CLUB FANTASTIC MEGAMIX Wham!
64 ( 72 ) BIRD OF PARADISE Snowy White
65 ( 51 ) UNDERCOVER OF THE NIGHT The Rolling Stones
66 ( 60 ) OBLIVIOUS Aztec Camera
67 ( 65 ) WATERFRONT Simple Minds
68 ( 68 ) STEAMHAMMER SAM Interferon
69 ( 57 ) MAXINE Raf Ravenscroft
70 ( 69 ) MAMA Genesis

71 ( NEW ) SHAKE IT UP Divine
72 ( 62 ) THAT’S LOVE THAT IT IS Blancmange
73 ( 67 ) A SOLID BOND IN YOUR HEART The Style Council
74 ( 71 ) ONLY FOR LOVE Limahl
75 ( 66 ) TRUE LOVE Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly

TV
1 Cheers
2 Comic Strip Presents: Dirty Movie
3 REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER (film)
4 Whoops Apocolypse!
5 MASH
6 Soap
7 The Twilight Zone
8 Top Of The Pops
9 Bewitched
10 The Goodies
11 The Avengers
12 The Munsters
13 The Dick Van Dyke Show
14 Dallas
15 The Other Side Of The Tracks
16 Reamington Steele
17 A Kick Up The 80’s
18 The Prisoner
19 Doctor Who (2 eps)
20 Grange Hill (2 eps)

11th JAN 1984

Straight in at 2 from nowhere a catchy unexpected bonus from the late John Lennon. Tracks he had been working on before his shocking murder by an evil lunatic, as one of my huge heroes he manged to outdo Beatlemate Paul’s latest UK chart-topping single. Bad news for Paul, as in retrospect his single is the better one. Will either one get to Number one? Tune in…

Massive leap at last for Relax, of course you know it even though it was banned by the BBC in the 80’s, one of the biggest-selling singles of all time in the UK. The Beeb do enjoy getting it wrong sometimes… Of course John, Paul and Frankie are all Scousers, or Liverpool-born as it’s more polite to say these days. My grandma lived in Liverpool until 1989, and I lived there for a year in 1966/67, so I knew it well.

Malcolm McLaren gets another quirky Top 20 hit, Flying Pickets belatedly grab a number 18 place, and two great new entries from Pat Benatar (a year ahead of becoming a hit with her fabulous Battlefield track covered lower down by Smokie’s Chris Norman) and Eurythmics last single off the fab album Touch, the haunting Here Comes The Rain Again. Lower down, ABC‘s S.O.S.(not the Abba track, it‘s a great synthpop ballad) and Shaky & Bonnie (a Welsh 50’s retro-cover doubler) sneak in while the gentle Bird Of Paradise goes Top 40 for Snowy “Thin Lizzy” White.

1 ( 1 ) MY OH MY Slade
2 ( NEW ) NOBODY TOLD ME John Lennon
3 ( 2 ) I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake
4 ( 6 ) PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney
5 ( 9 ) KING OF PAIN The Police
6 ( 41 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
7 ( 5 ) MARGUERITA TIME Status Quo
8 ( 3 ) VICTIMS Culture Club
9 ( 7 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
10 ( 4 ) WHAT IS LOVE Howard Jones

11 ( 12 ) 2000 MILES The Pretenders
12 ( 11 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Paul Young
13 ( 18 ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
14 ( 19 ) I CAN HELP Elvis Presley
15 ( 10 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow
16 ( 8 ) HOLD ME NOW The Thompson Twins
17 ( 22 ) DUCK FOR THE OYSTER Malcolm McLaren
18 ( 33 ) ONLY YOU The Flying Pickets
19 ( 13 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
20 ( 15 ) TELL HER ABOUT IT Billy Joel

21 ( 17 ) PLEASE DON’T FALL IN LOVE Cliff Richard
22 ( 14 ) COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
23 ( 16 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS UB40
24 ( 24 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
25 ( 51 ) THE RULES OF THE GAME Bucks Fizz
26 ( 20 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
27 ( 27 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Kool And The Gang
28 ( 21 ) LET’S STAY TOGETHER Tina Turner
29 ( 35 ) RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT Lionel Richie
30 ( 26 ) ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton

31 ( 25 ) TIME (aka ARRIVAL) Frida and B.A. Robertson
32 ( 28 ) CRY JUST A LITTLE BIT Shakin’ Stevens
33 ( 49 ) RAT RAPPING Roland Rat
34 ( 23 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Tracey Ullman
35 ( 57 ) I AM WHAT I AM Gloria Gaynor
36 ( 31 ) UPTOWN GIRL Billy Joel
37 ( NEW ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
38 ( 45 ) SWEET SURRENDER Rod Stewart
39 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
40 ( 64 ) BIRD OF PARADISE Snowy White

41 ( 32 ) CHRISTMAS SPECTRE The Jingle Belles
42 ( 30 ) INSIDE LOVE George Benson
43 ( 43 ) LOVE IS A WONDERFUL COLOUR The Icicle Works
44 ( RE ) BLUE MONDAY New Order
45 ( 29 ) CALLING YOUR NAME Marilyn
46 ( 46 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
47 ( 36 ) THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths
48 ( 38 ) THE LOVE CATS The Cure
49 ( 39 ) THE WAY YOU ARE Tears For Fears
50 ( 34 ) WHERE IS MY MAN Eartha Kitt

51 ( 52 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
52 ( 53 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
53 ( 48 ) THEY DON’T KNOW Tracey Ullman
54 ( 47 ) SAY SAY SAY Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
55 ( NEW ) SIXTEEN Musical Youth
56 ( 44 ) I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles
57 ( 37 ) THEME FROM TERRAHAWKS Terrahawks
58 ( 54 ) KARMA CHAMELEON Culture Club
59 ( NEW ) A ROCKIN’ GOOD WAY Shaky and Bonnie (Stevens & Tyler)
60 ( 40 ) TWIST OF FATE Olivia Newton-John

61 ( NEW ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Chris Norman
62 ( 42 ) OWNER OF A LONELY HEART Yes
63 ( 51 ) UNION OF THE SNAKE Duran Duran
64 ( 63 ) CLUB FANTASTIC MEGAMIX Wham!
65 ( 58 ) DEAR PRUDENCE Siouxsie & The Banshees
66 ( 74 ) ONLY FOR LOVE Limahl
67 ( NEW ) S.O.S. ABC
68 ( 50 ) ON A SUNDAY Nick Heyward
69 ( 55 ) THE SUN AND THE RAIN Madness
70 ( 56 ) SYNCHRONICITY II The Police

71 ( NEW ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder
72 ( 60 ) SAY IT ISN’T SO Daryl Hall & John Oates
73 ( 70 ) MAMA Genesis
74 ( 59 ) DEAR SANTA The Weather Girls
75 ( RE ) ALL NIGHT LONG (ALL NIGHT) Lionel Richie

TV
1 Cheers
2 Comic Strip Presents: Susie
3 MASH
4 The Twilight Zone
5 Bewitched
6 Doctor Who (2 eps)
7 Whoops Apocalypse
8 The Phil Silvers Show (Bilko)
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Grange Hill (2 eps)
11 Barney Miller
12 Soap
13 The Living Planet
14 The Avengers
15 The Prisoner

18th JAN 1984

John beats Paul 1 and 2, and both beat Frankie at 3 for an all-Scouse Top 3. Eurythmics rocket up to 4 to keep the Top 10 run going, veteran 50’s diva Eartha “Catwoman” Kitt camps it up to 7, Pat Benatar rocks up to 17, with Shaky & Bonnie both rockin’ up a good 1983 to 18. At this point I’ll ignore Roland Rat, I have NO idea what that’s doing in the Top 20! A moment of madness!

Great wistful synthpop new entries from Fiction Factory and China Crisis, a bit of Scot-rock from Big Country, 40’s retro from Kid Creole (as Elbow Bones & The Racketeers) and his gorgeous A Night In New York, and some dirge from a TV show at 75. Better TV was Comic Strip’s A Fistful Of Traveller’s Cheques, some great Spaghetti Western one-liners in it. “John Paul George and Gringo!” “I think I’m getting a suntan” Trust me, it’s funny in context..

1 ( 2 ) NOBODY TOLD ME John Lennon
2 ( 4 ) PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney
3 ( 6 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 39 ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
5 ( 5 ) KING OF PAIN The Police
6 ( 1 ) MY OH MY Slade
7 ( 50 ) WHERE IS MY MAN Eartha Kitt
8 ( 3 ) I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake
9 ( 9 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
10 ( 10 ) WHAT IS LOVE Howard Jones

11 ( 13 ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
12 ( 7 ) MARGUERITA TIME Status Quo
13 ( 29 ) RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT Lionel Richie
14 ( 14 ) I CAN HELP Elvis Presley
15 ( 8 ) VICTIMS Culture Club
16 ( 12 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Paul Young
17 ( 37 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
18 ( 59 ) A ROCKIN’ GOOD WAY Shaky and Bonnie (Stevens & Tyler)
19 ( 33 ) RAT RAPPING Roland Rat
20 ( 27 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Kool And The Gang

21 ( 15 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow
22 ( 16 ) HOLD ME NOW The Thompson Twins
23 ( 35 ) I AM WHAT I AM Gloria Gaynor
24 ( NEW ) (FEELS LIKE) HEAVEN Fiction Factory
25 ( 25 ) THE RULES OF THE GAME Bucks Fizz
26 ( 22 ) CRYSTAL/ COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
27 ( 20 ) TELL HER ABOUT IT Billy Joel
28 ( NEW ) WISHFUL THINKING China Crisis
29 ( 11 ) 2000 MILES The Pretenders
30 ( 17 ) DUCK FOR THE OYSTER Malcolm McLaren

31 ( 26 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
32 ( 71 ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder
33 ( 40 ) BIRD OF PARADISE Snowy White
34 ( 30 ) ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
35 ( 28 ) LET’S STAY TOGETHER Tina Turner
36 ( 19 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
37 ( 44 ) BLUE MONDAY New Order
38 ( 38 ) SWEET SURRENDER Rod Stewart
39 ( 24 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
40 ( 43 ) LOVE IS A WONDERFUL COLOUR The Icicle Works

41 ( 23 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS UB40
42 ( 18 ) ONLY YOU The Flying Pickets
43 ( 36 ) UPTOWN GIRL Billy Joel
44 ( 21 ) PLEASE DON’T FALL IN LOVE Cliff Richard
45 ( 32 ) CRY JUST A LITTLE BIT Shakin’ Stevens
46 ( 46 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
47 ( 67 ) S.O.S. ABC
48 ( 34 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Tracey Ullman
49 ( RE ) NEW SONG Howard Jones
50 ( 55 ) SIXTEEN Musical Youth

51 ( 42 ) INSIDE LOVE George Benson
52 ( 51 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
53 ( 52 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
54 ( 47 ) THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths
55 ( 53 ) THEY DON’T KNOW Tracey Ullman
56 ( 54 ) SAY SAY SAY Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
57 ( 48 ) THE LOVE CATS The Cure
58 ( 61 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Chris Norman
59 ( 45 ) CALLING YOUR NAME Marilyn
60 ( 31 ) TIME (aka ARRIVAL) Frida and B.A. Robertson

61 ( 49 ) THE WAY YOU ARE Tears For Fears
62 ( NEW ) WONDERLAND Big Country
63 ( 63 ) UNION OF THE SNAKE Duran Duran
64 ( 58 ) KARMA CHAMELEON Culture Club
65 ( 56 ) I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles
66 ( NEW ) A NIGHT IN NEW YORK Elbow Bones and The Racketeers
67 ( 60 ) TWIST OF FATE Olivia Newton-John
68 ( 62 ) OWNER OF A LONELY HEART Yes
69 ( 65 ) DEAR PRUDENCE Siouxsie & The Banshees
70 ( 70 ) SYNCHRONICITY II The Police

71 ( NEW ) HUMAN TOUCH Rick Springfield
72 ( NEW ) WHERE WERE YOU HIDING WHEN THE STORM BROKE The Alarm
73 ( NEW ) HYPERACTIVE Thomas Dolby
74 ( 57 ) THEME FROM TERRAHAWKS Terrahawks
75 ( NEW ) THAT’S LIVING ALRIGHT Joe Fagin

TV
1 Comic Strip Presents: A Fistful Of Traveller’s Cheques
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Young Ones: Bomb
5 Whoops Apocalypse
6 Twilight Zone
7 MASH
8 Doctor Who (2 eps)
9 Bewitched
10 Avengers
11 Soap
12 Grange Hill ( 2 eps)
13 Top Of The Pops
14 The Phil Silvers Show (Bilko)
15 The Other Side Of The Tracks
16 The Living Planet
17 Chocky
18 A Kick Up The 80’s
19 Hollywood Legends
20 The World At War

25th JAN 1984

Relax gets it’s first week at the top. I had to buy it to get to hear it, but it was such a classic pop record, Trevor Horn’s epic production had notched pop music up and set a new standard. Being a bit naughty, and dragging gay culture into the mainstream didn’t hurt either. This wasn’t a pretty media-friendly version of being gay, this was down n dirty and it was making a point that hadn’t been made before. Flash on 30 years and pop music is much about graphic sex acts and swearwords, but mostly it’s about making cash because sex sells (rather than to be shocking or outrageous). When something becomes the norm it becomes a cliché..

Queen were back with a bang! Not the Queen ewe were used to, this was all synth and Fritz Lang, and was terrific. Freddie had hit a creative block as far as singles were concerned for most of the early 80’s, but happily his bandmates took up the slack and came up with some corkers. Into the Top 40 from nowhere a white dance act strutting her stuff on The Tube, brother dancing behind her and dressed in her own style. She was called Madonna and looked like a one-hit-wonder with a great catchy pop single. I wonder what happened to her?

Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin follow-up It’s My Party into the Top 40 3 years on with a bonafide flop, Matthew Wilder inexplicably breaks into my Top 5 (actually I’d got the single in a bargain bin and it seemed better than it was), China Crisis glide into the Top 10, and Cyndi bops her way in too, at last, whiler new at the lower end a massive classic from Echo & The Bunny men (later used to brilliant effect in movie Donnie Darko) and future 1985 hit (and much-sampled) Yah Mo Be There.

1 ( 3 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 1 ) NOBODY TOLD ME John Lennon
3 ( 2 ) PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney
4 ( 4 ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
5 ( 32 ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder
6 ( 5 ) KING OF PAIN The Police
7 ( 7 ) WHERE IS MY MAN Eartha Kitt
8 ( NEW ) RADIO GA GA Queen
9 ( 28 ) WISHFUL THINKING China Crisis
10 ( 11 ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper

11 ( 13 ) RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT Lionel Richie
12 ( 6 ) MY OH MY Slade
13 ( 24 ) (FEELS LIKE) HEAVEN Fiction Factory
14 ( 9 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
15 ( 10 ) WHAT IS LOVE Howard Jones
16 ( 18 ) A ROCKIN’ GOOD WAY Shaky and Bonnie (Stevens & Tyler)
17 ( 17 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
18 ( 12 ) MARGUERITA TIME Status Quo
19 ( 15 ) VICTIMS Culture Club
20 ( 8 ) I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake

21 ( 16 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Paul Young
22 ( 23 ) I AM WHAT I AM Gloria Gaynor
23 ( 62 ) WONDERLAND Big Country
24 ( 21 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow
25 ( 40 ) LOVE IS A WONDERFUL COLOUR The Icicle Works
26 ( 26 ) CRYSTAL/ COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
27 ( NEW ) HOLIDAY Madonna
28 ( NEW ) LEIPZIG Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin
29 ( 50 ) SIXTEEN Musical Youth
30 ( 19 ) RAT RAPPING Roland Rat

31 ( 14 ) I CAN HELP Elvis Presley
32 ( 22 ) HOLD ME NOW The Thompson Twins
33 ( 33 ) BIRD OF PARADISE Snowy White
34 ( 20 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Kool And The Gang
35 ( 27 ) TELL HER ABOUT IT Billy Joel
36 ( 47 ) S.O.S. ABC
37 ( 31 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
38 ( 25 ) THE RULES OF THE GAME Bucks Fizz
39 ( 71 ) HUMAN TOUCH Rick Springfield
40 ( 29 ) 2000 MILES The Pretenders

41 ( 34 ) ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
42 ( 49 ) NEW SONG Howard Jones
43 ( 39 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
44 ( 66 ) A NIGHT IN NEW YORK Elbow Bones and The Racketeers
45 ( 36 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
46 ( 46 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
47 ( 35 ) LET’S STAY TOGETHER Tina Turner
48 ( 37 ) BLUE MONDAY New Order
49 ( 54 ) THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths
50 ( 30 ) DUCK FOR THE OYSTER Malcolm McLaren

51 ( 72 ) WHERE WERE YOU HIDING WHEN THE STORM BROKE The Alarm
52 ( 45 ) CRY JUST A LITTLE BIT Shakin’ Stevens
53 ( 52 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
54 ( 53 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
55 ( 43 ) UPTOWN GIRL Billy Joel
56 ( 41 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS UB40
57 ( 73 ) HYPERACTIVE Thomas Dolby
58 ( 38 ) SWEET SURRENDER Rod Stewart
59 ( 56 ) SAY SAY SAY Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
60 ( 55 ) THEY DON’T KNOW Tracey Ullman

61 ( 44 ) PLEASE DON’T FALL IN LOVE Cliff Richard
62 ( NEW ) THE COLOUR FIELD The Colour Field
63 ( NEW ) GIVE ME MORE TIME Whitesnake
64 ( 48 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Tracey Ullman
65 ( NEW ) CRIME OF PASSION Mike Oldfield
66 ( 51 ) INSIDE LOVE George Benson
67 ( 57 ) THE LOVE CATS The Cure
68 ( 59 ) CALLING YOUR NAME Marilyn
69 ( 42 ) ONLY YOU The Flying Pickets
70 ( 64 ) KARMA CHAMELEON Culture Club

71 ( NEW ) YAH MO BE THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
72 ( 63 ) UNION OF THE SNAKE Duran Duran
73 ( 69 ) DEAR PRUDENCE Siouxsie & The Banshees
74 ( NEW ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
75 ( NEW ) SPICE OF LIFE Manhattan Transfer

TV
1 Comic Strip Presents: Gino
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 Mary Tyler Moore Show
5 Twilight Zone
6 Phil Silvers Show
7 MASH
8 Top Of The Pops
9 Whoops Apocalypse
10 Soap
11 Bewitched
12 Chocky
13 Grange Hill (2)
14 Tucker’s Luck
15 Rockford Files
16 Other Side Of The Tracks
17 Avengers
18 Munsters
19 Doctor Who (2)
20 The Living Planet

31st JAN 1984

2nd Week at 1 for Frankie, dance act Madonna climbs quickly to 11, leapfrogging rock chick Pat’s Battlefield. I don’t think I’m giving too much away when I say both records return in 1985 and become even bigger hits (in the UK charts and in mine). Meanwhile Icicle Works finally break into the Top 20, and Lionel Ritchie into the 10, and highest new entry is The Pretenders, a single that flopped in the UK but scored with me – I especially loved the whoo-oohs whooping 60’s stylee from something in my childhood that had a haunting effect on me (TV Theme I think) which I’m still struggling to identify!

Thomas Dolby gets another Top 40 hit, Manhattan Transfer get their last, and Hot Chocolate also get their last hit (barring remixes and re-entries) underlining that things were coming to an end in my life too, as I prepared to leave the friendlier north for the indifferent south. Happily The Smiths 2nd hit nestles by the still-strong 1st, Shannon pops in with an important dance stomper (influencing not just Pet Shop Boys but dance music in general), a bit of indie from This Mortal Coil (that’s Indie 80’s style, not an alternative name for “rock or synth-based music” a la 2014), bit of Jazz from Matt Bianco, a solo Bee Gee, a solo Carol Kenyon (she of the stunning vocals in Heaven 17’s Temptation), and Simple Minds firmly moving from Indie to Rock with the fab Speed Your Love To Me.

(Or, moving from Indie to Indie according to 2014 crappy music labelling. Sorry, just annoys me that there are now only 6 or so genres in pop: Pop, Rock, Indie, Dance, Rap, Country and the lines between them are all blurred, confused or mis-labelled. Indie is Rock or Synth or Goth or Alternative; Dance is club, funk, soul, rap; Rap is dance, rap, rock; Pop is dance, country, rap, pop; Country is rock, Rock is Metal, Punk, Goth but not Old-style rock music who are now Indie or country. Yawn.)

1 ( 1 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 2 ) NOBODY TOLD ME John Lennon
3 ( 4 ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
4 ( 8 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
5 ( 5 ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder
6 ( 9 ) WISHFUL THINKING China Crisis
7 ( 3 ) PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney
8 ( 13 ) (FEELS LIKE) HEAVEN Fiction Factory
9 ( 11 ) RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT Lionel Richie
10 ( 10 ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper

11 ( 27 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
12 ( 17 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
13 ( 7 ) WHERE IS MY MAN Eartha Kitt
14 ( 25 ) LOVE IS A WONDERFUL COLOUR The Icicle Works
15 ( 6 ) KING OF PAIN The Police
16 ( 23 ) WONDERLAND Big Country
17 ( 14 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
18 ( 12 ) MY OH MY Slade
19 ( 15 ) WHAT IS LOVE Howard Jones
20 ( 22 ) I AM WHAT I AM Gloria Gaynor

21 ( 36 ) S.O.S. ABC
22 ( 19 ) VICTIMS Culture Club
23 ( 18 ) MARGUERITA TIME Status Quo
24 ( 24 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow
25 ( 28 ) LEIPZIG Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin
26 ( 16 ) A ROCKIN’ GOOD WAY Shaky and Bonnie (Stevens & Tyler)
27 ( 39 ) HUMAN TOUCH Rick Springfield
28 ( 29 ) SIXTEEN Musical Youth
29 ( 21 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Paul Young
30 ( 20 ) I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake

31 ( 26 ) CRYSTAL/ COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
32 ( 44 ) A NIGHT IN NEW YORK Elbow Bones and The Racketeers
33 ( 74 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
34 ( NEW ) MIDDLE OF THE ROAD The Pretenders
35 ( 35 ) TELL HER ABOUT IT Billy Joel
36 ( 57 ) HYPERACTIVE Thomas Dolby
37 ( 75 ) SPICE OF LIFE Manhattan Transfer
38 ( 38 ) THE RULES OF THE GAME Bucks Fizz
39 ( 37 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
40 ( 51 ) WHERE WERE YOU HIDING WHEN THE STORM BROKE The Alarm

41 ( 46 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
42 ( 30 ) RAT RAPPING Roland Rat
43 ( 40 ) 2000 MILES The Pretenders
44 ( 31 ) I CAN HELP Elvis Presley
45 ( 34 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Kool And The Gang
46 ( 32 ) HOLD ME NOW The Thompson Twins
47 ( NEW ) THE POLITICS OF DANCING Re-Flex
48 ( NEW ) JOANNA Kool And The Gang
49 ( 45 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
50 ( NEW ) I GAVE YOU MY HEART (DIDN’T I) Hot Chocolate

51 ( 43 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
52 ( 65 ) CRIME OF PASSION Mike Oldfield
53 ( 53 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
54 ( 54 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
55 ( 49 ) THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths
56 ( NEW ) WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE The Smiths
57 ( 41 ) ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
58 ( 33 ) BIRD OF PARADISE Snowy White
59 ( 42 ) NEW SONG Howard Jones
60 ( NEW ) DOCTOR DOCTOR Thompson Twins

61 ( 48 ) BLUE MONDAY New Order
62 ( 62 ) THE COLOUR FIELD The Colour Field
63 ( NEW ) LET THE MUSIC PLAY Shannon
64 ( 60 ) THEY DON’T KNOW Tracey Ullman
65 ( 47 ) LET’S STAY TOGETHER Tina Turner
66 ( 71 ) YAH MO BE THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
67 ( 55 ) UPTOWN GIRL Billy Joel
68 ( 68 ) CALLING YOUR NAME Marilyn
69 ( 52 ) CRY JUST A LITTLE BIT Shakin’ Stevens
70 ( NEW ) GET OUT OF YOUR LAZY BED Matt Bianco

71 ( NEW ) SONG TO THE SIREN This Mortal Coil
72 ( 59 ) SAY SAY SAY Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
73 ( NEW ) ANOTHER LONELY NIGHT IN NEW YORK Robin Gibb
74 ( NEW ) SPEED YOUR LOVE TO ME Simple Minds
75 ( NEW ) WARRIOR WOMAN Carol Kenyon

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2 thoughts on “1984 Weekly Charts (Pop and TV)

  1. Hi, John! Oh, 1984… What a year it was! I was 13 and i fell in love for the first time. She was my classmate. And she never knew that i liked her. I was king of pain!
    I met her some years ago. What did i find in her then?
    1984 musically was the best year of the whole decade IMO. I love all your Top10, except for Quo and Barry, maybe. I would add ABBA and Cyndi or Genesis’ That’s All instead.

    • Hi Andrej, ah teen love all those tummy butterflies:) The world is so much more vivid when you’re that age, and 1984 was a great year for music. Cyndi will be in the Top 10 don’t worry! Thanks for the little anecdote, very sweet!

      cheers
      john

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