[New Year, Old Songs] -- And so we have arrived at the final Friday of 2021. This weekend we'll launch into 2022 (and hope it's not "2020, too," right?). As I have spent many of my 2021 posts celebrating the 40th anniversary of songs and albums from 1981, why not go into 2022 by revisiting what topped the charts the week of January 2, 1982. As 1981 turned to 1982, New Year's Eve fell to Thursday, 12/31/1981, and the first two days of 1982 were a Friday and Saturday. Therefore, the Billboard Hot 100 for that week's most popular songs fell on Saturday, 1/2/1982. And the song topping the chart that week was merely in the middle of its 10-week run in the #1 spot! But what other songs were getting the most airplay as 1981 faded into memory? Well, in the spirit of counting down to a new year and all that, I've made a YouTube playlist with the top ten tracks of 1/2/1982 in reverse order:
10. “Trouble” – Lindsey Buckingham9. “Don't Stop Believin'” – Journey8. “Leather And Lace” – Stevie Nicks With Don Henley7. “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” – Diana Ross6. “Harden My Heart” – Quarterflash5. “Young Turks” – Rod Stewart4. “I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)” – Daryl Hall John Oates3. “Let's Groove” – Earth, Wind & Fire2 . “Waiting For A Girl Like You” – Foreigner1 . “Physical” – Olivia Newton-John
Flashback: New Year 1982 Playlist for New Year 2022!
If you want to see more of the Billboard Hot 100 from 40 years ago this week, here is the full list.
Otherwise, that's all till next week. Dedicated 80s-philes can find more flashbacks in the Prophet or Madman archives or via Bookended's 80s Flashback tag. As always, your comments are welcome on today's, or any other, flashback post. And if you like what I'm doing here, please share the link with your friends. If, however, you don't like the flashback, feel free to share it with your enemies.
I'll see you in seven!