Billboard #1s for the Week Ending September 18, 1982

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart

Song

Act

Weeks

Hot 100 Hard To Say I’m Sorry Chicago 2
R & B Jump to It Aretha Franklin

3

Country She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft) Jerry Reed

2

Adult Contemporary Blue Eyes Elton John

2

Rock Everybody Wants You Billy Squier

4

Album American Fool John Cougar

2

This week sees two more songs with double chart runs make their first debut on the Hot 100. The Pointer Sisters come in at #79 with I’m So Excited. The song lasted 16 weeks on the charts, but only logged six of them in the Top 40, peaking at #30 on November 27. The sisters loved the song and included a slight remix on their next album, Break Out. It was a prophetic title, and after two big Top 5 hits, they released the revised version. It debuted on August 4, 1984 and sailed to #9. Logging another 24 weeks on the charts, the song totalled an impressive 40 weeks, ranking fourth for the decade and fifth overall for the pre-SoundScan era.

Debuting slightly higher at #75 was the lone hit for the Australian band Moving Pictures. What About Me made a long, slow climb to #29, where it peaked on February 12, 1983. It stayed in the Top 40 for 13 weeks — a long run for a low-20s peak — and spent an impressive 26 weeks in the Hot 100. Its long chart run earned it the #88 song of the year slot in the Billboard 1983 rankings; it’s rare for a song peaking below #20 to show up on the year-end charts at all. The song was re-released in 1989, debuting on August 12 and peaking at #46 eight weeks later. Logging another 17 weeks on the Hot 100, it racked up a total of 43. That brought it in second for the 80s and for the pre-SoundScan era, beaten only by the tenacious Tainted Love by Soft Cell (also 43 weeks but in a single run).

BONUS TRIVIA: This is also a very rare week in that there are no new #1s on any charts this week!

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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