Billboard #1s for the Week Ending May 14, 1983

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Beat It Michael Jackson 3
R & B Candy Girl New Edition


Country Whatever Happened to Old Fashioned Love? B.J. Thomas


Adult Contemporary I Won’t Hold You Back Toto


Rock She’s A Beauty The Tubes 3
Album Thriller Michael Jackson


Eurythmics-Sweet-Dream-VinylThis week sees a mainstay of the 80s charts debut with their first hit. Annie Lennox and David Stewart had been in the Tourists together before that band disintegrated. They formed their own musical partnership, Eurythmics, and released a debut album that went nowhere.

Regrouping, they found their distinctive sound, mixing eerie electronics, rock underpinnings, and Lennox’s wonderful voice into a mix unlike anything else around. The title track from their second album Sweet Dreams (Are Made of  This), entered the Hot 100 at #90 this week. It eased up the chart, lodging at #2 for four weeks behind Every Breath You Take before spending a single week at the top. While it was their only #1 in the U.S., it began a successful run that included many big hits and best-selling albums.

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Freelance writer and researcher; fan of comic books, folk music, and British TV

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