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

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Maneater Daryl Hall + John Oates 1
R & B Sexual Healing Marvin Gaye


Country Somewhere Between Right and Wrong Earl Thomas Conley


Adult Contemporary Heartbreaker Dionne Warwick


Rock Down Under Men At Work 3
Album Business As Usual Men At Work


This week sees pioneering New Romantic band ABC log their first #1 on the Dance charts. The Look of Love was their second UK single and their first in the U.S. It eased from #21 to #20 on the Hot 100 this week, headed for its peak at #18 over the holidays. It was the biggest hit from their debut album, the brilliant Lexicon of Love. The band shrunk to a trio for its follow-up, the occasionally wonderful but spotty Beauty Stab. After that, they were fundamentally a duo, with guest members appearing on some albums. Their biggest U.S. hitmaker was 1985’s How to be a…Zillionaire! which included their first U.S. Top Ten, Be Near Me, [#9] which also topped the Dance chart. Their last big hit was When Smokey Sings [#5, #1 Dance] in 1987. Martin Fry and Mark White still perform together as ABC; they last released an album in 2008.


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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