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List of years in music
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This is a list of notable events in music from 1982, a year in which Madonna made her debut and Michael Jackson released Thriller, which still holds the title for the world's best selling album.

Events

January–March

April – August

September–December

Also in 1982

Bands formed

Bands disbanded

Albums released

In the US, the RIAA stated that 2,630 albums, 2,710 cassettes and 2,285 singles were released.

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Biggest hit singles

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1982.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Survivor Eye of the Tiger 1982 23x15pxScript error: No such module "Check for unknown parameters". UK 1 – Jul 1982, US BB 1 – Jun 1982, US CashBox 1 of 1982, Canada 1 – Jun 1982, Norway 1 – Aug 1982, Australia 1 of 1982, Kazakhstan 1 – Jul 1982, Ireland 1 – Sep 1982, Australia 1 for 6 weeks Aug 1983, Netherlands 2 – Sep 1982, Austria 2 – Sep 1982, South Africa 2 of 1982, Sweden (alt) 5 – Aug 1982, Switzerland 6 – Aug 1982, US BB 7 of 1982, France 7 – Jan 1983, POP 7 of 1982, Germany 18 – Jan 1983, Scrobulate 20 of 80s, Italy 23 of 1982, Poland 24 – Jul 1982, Global 33 (5 M sold) – 1982, Europe 46 of the 1980s, OzNet 82
2 Men at Work Down Under 1982 23x15pxScript error: No such module "Check for unknown parameters". UK 1 – Jan 1983, US BB 1 – Nov 1982, Canada 1 – Sep 1982, Switzerland 1 – Jun 1982, Poland 1 – Jan 1983, Ireland 1 – Jan 1983, New Zealand 1 for 2 weeks Feb 1982, Australia 1 for 6 weeks Nov 1982, Netherlands 2 – Mar 1982, Norway 2 – Feb 1983, France 4 – Aug 1982, Sweden (alt) 6 – Feb 1983, US CashBox 8 of 1983, South Africa 8 of 1982, OzNet 8, Germany 10 – Mar 1983, POP 16 of 1983, US BB 21 of 1983, Australia 24 of 1982, Europe 36 of the 1980s, KROQ 70 of 1982, Scrobulate 83 of 80s, RYM 96 of 1981
3 Joan Jett & The Blackhearts I Love Rock 'n' Roll 1982 23x15pxScript error: No such module "Check for unknown parameters". US BB 1 – Feb 1982, Canada 1 – Jan 1982, Netherlands 1 – Apr 1982, Sweden (alt) 1 – Jun 1982, New Zealand 1 for 4 weeks Jun 1982, Australia 1 for 5 weeks Mar 1983, Poland 2 – May 1982, Switzerland 3 – Mar 1982, UK 4 – Apr 1982, POP 4 of 1982, US CashBox 5 of 1982, Austria 5 – May 1982, Germany 6 – Apr 1982, Australia 7 of 1982, South Africa 7 of 1982, US BB 8 of 1982, France 10 – Mar 1982, KROQ 71 of 1982, Party 80 of 1999, RIAA 177, Acclaimed 295, Germany 348 of the 1980s, TheQ 463, Rolling Stone 484
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5 Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder Ebony and Ivory 1982 23x15pxScript error: No such module "Check for unknown parameters". 23x15pxScript error: No such module "Check for unknown parameters". UK 1 – Apr 1982 (10 weeks), US Billboard 1 – Apr 1982 (19 weeks), Canada 1 – Apr 1982 (14 weeks), Norway 1 – Apr 1982 (18 weeks), Belgium 1 – Apr 1982 (10 weeks), Germany 1 – May 1982 (5 months), Eire 1 for 3 weeks – Apr 1982, Canada RPM 1 for 5 weeks – May 1982, Germany 1 for 5 weeks – Jun 1982, Spain 1 for 1 week – Jun 1982, Sweden (alt) 2 – Apr 1982 (21 weeks), Switzerland 2 – Apr 1982 (12 weeks), Grammy in 1982 (Nominated), Netherlands 3 – Apr 1982 (9 weeks), Austria 3 – May 1982 (5 weeks), Springbok 3 – May 1982 (13 weeks), US CashBox 4 of 1982, Poland 4 – May 1982 (7 weeks)

Chronological table of US and UK number one hit singles

UK number one singles and artist
(weeks at number one)
U.S. number one singles and artist
(weeks at number one)

"Don't You Want Me" – The Human League (3 weeks in 1981 + 2 weeks in 1982)
"Land of Make Believe" – Bucks Fizz (2)
"Oh Julie" – Shakin' Stevens (1)
"The Model" – Kraftwerk (1)
"Town Called Malice" – The Jam (3)
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" – Tight Fit (3)
"Seven Tears" – Goombay Dance Band (3)
"My Camera Never Lies" – Bucks Fizz (1)
"Ebony and Ivory" – Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder (3)
"A Little Peace" – Nicole (2) 500th UK No. 1 single
"House of Fun" – Madness (2)
"Goody Two Shoes" – Adam Ant (2)
"I've Never Been to Me" – Charlene (1)
"Happy Talk" – Captain Sensible (2)
"Come on Eileen" – Dexys Midnight Runners (4) best selling single of the year
"Eye of the Tiger" – Survivor (4)
"Pass the Dutchie" – Musical Youth (3)
"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" – Culture Club (3)
"I Don't Wanna Dance" – Eddy Grant (3)
"Beat Surrender" – The Jam (2)
"Save Your Love" – Renée and Renato (2 weeks in 1982 + 2 weeks in 1983)

"Physical" – Olivia Newton-John (6 weeks in 1981 + 4 weeks in 1982) best selling single of the year
"I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" – Daryl Hall & John Oates (1)
"Centerfold" – The J. Geils Band (6)
"I Love Rock 'N Roll" – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (7)
"Titles" – Vangelis (1)
"Ebony And Ivory" – Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder (7)
"Don't You Want Me" – The Human League (3)
"Eye Of The Tiger" – Survivor (6)
"Abracadabra" – Steve Miller Band (2)
"Hard To Say I'm Sorry" – Chicago (2)
"Jack And Diane" – John Cougar (4)
"Who Can It Be Now?" – Men at Work (1)
"Up Where We Belong" – Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes (3)
"Truly" – Lionel Richie (2)
"Mickey" – Toni Basil (1)
"Maneater" – Daryl Hall & John Oates (2 weeks in 1982 + 2 weeks in 1983)
Or see: Hot 100 No. 1 Hits of 1982

1982's significant singles

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Published popular music


Births

Deaths

Awards

Grammy Awards

Country Music Association Awards

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Eurovision Song Contest

Charts

List of No. 1 Hits

See also

References

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