1982 in British music

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This is a summary of 1982 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year.

Events[edit]

Charts[edit]

Number-one singles[edit]

Issue Date Song Artist(s)
2 January "Don't You Want Me" The Human League
9 January
16 January "The Land of Make Believe" Bucks Fizz
23 January
30 January "Oh Julie" Shakin' Stevens
6 February "The Model"/"Computer Love" Kraftwerk
13 February "Town Called Malice"/"Precious" The Jam
20 February
27 February
6 March "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" Tight Fit
13 March
20 March
27 March "Seven Tears" Goombay Dance Band
3 April
10 April
17 April "My Camera Never Lies" Bucks Fizz
24 April "Ebony and Ivory" Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
1 May
8 May
15 May "A Little Peace" Nicole
22 May
29 May "House of Fun" Madness
5 June
12 June "Goody Two Shoes" Adam Ant
19 June
26 June "I've Never Been to Me" Charlene
3 July "Happy Talk" Captain Sensible
10 July
17 July "Fame" Irene Cara
24 July
31 July
7 August "Come on Eileen" Dexys Midnight Runners
14 August
21 August
28 August
4 September "Eye of the Tiger" Survivor
11 September
18 September
25 September
2 October "Pass the Dutchie" Musical Youth
9 October
16 October
23 October "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" Culture Club
30 October
6 November
13 November "I Don't Wanna Dance" Eddy Grant
20 November
27 November
4 December "Beat Surrender" The Jam
11 December
18 December "Save Your Love" Renée and Renato
25 December

"The Model"/"Computer Love" was the first single by a German artist to top the chart since its establishment 29 years earlier. By the end of the 1982, there had been two further number ones, "Seven Tears" and "A Little Peace".


Number-one albums[edit]

Issue Date Song Artist(s)
2 January The Visitors ABBA
9 January Dare The Human League
16 January
23 January
30 January Love Songs Barbra Streisand
6 February
13 February
20 February
27 February
6 March
13 March
20 March The Gift The Jam
27 March Love Songs Barbra Streisand
3 April
10 April The Number of the Beast Iron Maiden
17 April
24 April 1+9+8+2 Status Quo
1 May Barry Live In Britain Barry Manilow
8 May Tug of War Paul McCartney
15 May
22 May Complete Madness Madness
29 May
5 June Avalon Roxy Music
12 June Complete Madness Madness
19 June Avalon Roxy Music
26 June
3 July The Lexicon of Love ABC
10 July
17 July
24 July Fame Soundtrack
31 July
7 August The Kids from "Fame" The Kids from "Fame"
14 August
21 August
28 August
4 September
11 September
18 September
25 September
2 October Love Over Gold Dire Straits
9 October
16 October
23 October
30 October The Kids from "Fame" The Kids from "Fame"
6 November
13 November
20 November
27 November The Singles: The First Ten Years ABBA
4 December The John Lennon Collection John Lennon
11 December
18 December
25 December


The Top-selling Singles of 1982[edit]

Position Song Title Artist Sales Highest Position
1 "Come On Eileen" Dexys Midnight Runners 1
2 "Fame" Irene Cara 1
3 "Eye of the Tiger" Survivor 1
4 "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" Tight Fit 1
5 "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" Culture Club 1
6 "Pass the Dutchie" Musical Youth 1
7 "I Don't Wanna Dance" Eddy Grant 1
8 "Seven Tears" Goombay Dance Band 1
9 "Ebony and Ivory" Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder 1
10 "Town Called Malice" / "Precious" The Jam 1
11 "Golden Brown" The Stranglers 2
12 "Mad World" Tears for Fears 3
13 "Mickey" Toni Basil 2
14 "Love Plus One" Haircut One Hundred 3
15 "The Model" / "Computer Love" Kraftwerk 1
16 "Oh Julie" Shakin' Stevens 1
17 "Goody Two Shoes" Adam Ant 1
18 "Only You" Yazoo 2
19 "Heartbreaker" Dionne Warwick 2
20 "Don't Go" Yazoo 3
21 "Walkin' On Sunshine" Rockers Revenge featuring Donnie Calvin 4
22 "Zoom!" Fat Larry's Band 2
23 "I Won't Let You Down" PhD 3
24 "Just an Illusion" Imagination 2
25 "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" Chicago 4
26 "Abracadabra" Steve Miller Band 2
27 "Starmaker" The Kids from "Fame" 3
28 "Centerfold" The J. Geils Band 3
29 "House of Fun" Madness 1
30 "The Land of Make Believe" Bucks Fizz 1
31 "Maid of Orleans" Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 4
32 "The Look of Love" ABC 4
33 "Ain't No Pleasing You" Chas & Dave 2
34 "Save a Prayer" Duran Duran 2
35 "T'ain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It)" Fun Boy Three with Bananarama 4
36 "A Little Peace" Nicole 1
37 "Hungry Like the Wolf" Duran Duran 5
38 "My Camera Never Lies" Bucks Fizz 1
39 "It Started With a Kiss" Hot Chocolate 5
40 "Fantasy Island" Tight Fit 5
41 "Torch" Soft Cell 2
42 "Inside Out" Odyssey 3
43 "Young Guns (Go for It)" Wham! 3
44 "Happy Talk" Captain Sensible 1
45 "The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swallow)" The Jam 2
46 "I've Never Been to Me" Charlene 1
47 "Mirror Man" The Human League 2
48 "Love Come Down" Evelyn King 7
49 "Get Down On It" Kool & The Gang 3
50 "Da Da Da" Trio 2

Top-selling Albums of 1982[edit]

  1. Love Songs - Barbra Streisand
  2. The Kids from "Fame" - The Kids from "Fame"
  3. Complete Madness - Madness
  4. The Lexicon of Love - ABC
  5. Rio - Duran Duran
  6. Love Over Gold - Dire Straits
  7. Pelican West - Haircut One Hundred
  8. Dare - The Human League
  9. Avalon - Roxy Music
  10. The John Lennon Collection - John Lennon
  11. Too Rye Ay - Dexy's Midnight Runners
  12. Pearls - Elkie Brooks
  13. All for a Song - Barbara Dickson
  14. Upstairs at Eric's - Yazoo
  15. Tropical Gangsters - Kid Creole and the Coconuts
  16. The Gift - The Jam
  17. Bat Out of Hell - Meat Loaf
  18. Tug of War - Paul McCartney
  19. The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
  20. Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret - Soft Cell
  21. Friends - Shalamar
  22. Chariots of Fire - Vangelis
  23. Architecture & Morality - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  24. Love and Dancing - League Unlimited Orchestra
  25. The Singles: The First Ten Years - ABBA
  26. Barry Live in Britain - Barry Manilow
  27. Greatest Hits - Queen
  28. Fame - Original Soundtrack
  29. 4 - Foreigner
  30. The Kids from "Fame" Again - The Kids from "Fame"
  31. Night Birds - Shakatak
  32. Love Songs - The Commodores
  33. Tin Drum - Japan
  34. Action Trax - Various Artists
  35. Asia - Asia
  36. Heartbreaker - Dionne Warwick
  37. Still Life (American Concert 1981) - The Rolling Stones
  38. Reflections - Various Artists
  39. Give Me Your Heart Tonight - Shakin' Stevens
  40. Dead Ringer - Meat Loaf
  41. Kissing to Be Clever - Culture Club
  42. Three Sides Live - Genesis
  43. The Concert in Central Park - Simon and Garfunkel
  44. Mirage - Fleetwood Mac
  45. Begin the Beguine - Julio Iglesias
  46. 1+9+8+2 - Status Quo
  47. From the Makers of... - Status Quo
  48. Chart Beat / Chart Heat - Various Artists
  49. Pearls II - Elkie Brooks
  50. In the Heat of the Night - Imagination

Classical music[edit]

New works[edit]

Opera[edit]

Film and Incidental music[edit]

Musical theatre[edit]

Music awards[edit]

BRIT Awards[edit]

The 1982 BRIT Awards winners were:

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