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

This week’s Time Capsule!





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


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


Adult Contemporary Blue Eyes Elton John


Rock Everybody Wants You Billy Squier


Album American Fool John Cougar


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!


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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