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During the early '80s transition from tape recorder to boom box, I spent an embarrassing amount of time manning the record button while listening to Casey Kasem's popular "America's Top 40" weekly program. I don't feel quite so bad about that, given the fact that I was 11 years old in 1983. I mean, what else was I gonna do, go out and paint the town?

Still, maybe my deep familiarity with the popular songs of that year has made compiling my list of the top songs of 1983 that much more enjoyable. What a great year it was for pop music, replete with new wave, synth pop, early pop metal, and every style in between. So please accept my long distance dedication, built especially for you, by checking out my retrospective America's Top 10.


July 2, 2006 at 8:57 pm
(1) Heather says:

I used to Listen to the The Top 40 week. I would sit and right it all down. At the end of the year, I would do the year countdown. I would try to predict what would be number one. I grew up in the ’80′s and love 80′s music. It was a great decade for music in my opinion.


July 3, 2006 at 11:33 am
(2) Laura says:

I also used to listen to the countdown, fingers paused over the record button. I also used to collect(and I think still have buried in an old box) printouts of the local Chicago radio stations listing their top 40 songs and albums of the week. Ahh… memories!!

September 27, 2006 at 5:29 pm
(3) Jim says:

All I can say, as a fellow AT40 addict…

You request ‘em, radio stations play ‘em, Billboard ranks ‘em, and AT40 counts ‘em down!

October 30, 2008 at 6:21 pm
(4) James says:

Hehe, now 30 years later I still remember Kasey Kasim’s voice so vividly I listened to him a lot back in the day, I still remember the America’s Top 40 at the end of the Gulf War “We are broadcasting live to Kuwait City, the Gulf War is over!”

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