List of Billboard 200 number-one albums of 1983

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Michael Jackson's sixth album Thriller spent twenty-two weeks at number one, sold more than fifteen million copies to become the best-selling album of 1983, and won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

The Billboard 200, published in Billboard magazine, is a weekly chart that ranks the highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States. In 1983, the name of the chart was Top LPs & Tape. Before Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, Billboard estimated sales from a representative sampling of record stores nationwide, using telephone, fax or messenger service.[1] Data were based on rankings made by the record stores of the best-selling records, not on actual sales figures.[2][3]

There were six number-one albums on this chart in 1983, including the debut album of the Australian band Men at Work, Business as Usual, which spent the last seven weeks of 1982 and the first eight weeks of 1983 at number one, and was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 1984.[4] Thriller, the sixth studio album by recording artist Michael Jackson, was released on November 1982. It peaked at number one for twenty-two non-consecutive weeks in 1983 with another fifteen consecutive weeks at the top into the following year, and seven songs from the album became top ten singles between late 1982 and early 1984.[5] Two of them: "Billie Jean" and "Beat It", reached the top position of the Billboard Hot 100.[6][7] Thriller won seven Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year at the 26th Grammy Awards,[8] and was the best-selling album of 1983 with more than fifteen million copies sold.[9] In 2008, twenty-five years after its release, the record was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and a few weeks later, it was among twenty-five recordings preserved by the Library of Congress to the National Recording Registry as "culturally significant".[10][11]

Flashdance, the soundtrack to the 1983 musical and romance film of the same name, peaked at number one for two weeks and won the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture.[12] The two singles released from the album, "Flashdance... What a Feeling" by Irene Cara, and "Maniac" by Michael Sembello, reached the top of the singles chart in 1983.[13][14] The New York Times considered the British band The Police to be the year's most influential rock band. Australian, British, and American bands copied the white-reggae formula of their (The Police's) earlier successes.[9] The group released their fifth and final studio album, Synchronicity, in 1983. The album, a varied accomplished blend of rock, funk, and third-world rhythms,[9] stayed at number one for seventeen weeks and was certified four times platinum by the RIAA in 1984.[4] Metal Health, the third album by heavy metal band Quiet Riot, peaked at number one for one week, becoming the first heavy metal record to reach the top of the Billboard 200.[15] Singer-songwriter Lionel Richie released his second album Can't Slow Down in 1983, which spent three weeks at the top and won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year at the 27th Grammy Awards.[16]

Albums[edit]

Issue Date Album Artist Reference
January 1 Business as Usual Men at Work [17]
January 8 [18]
January 15 [19]
January 22 [20]
January 29 [21]
February 5 [22]
February 12 [23]
February 19 [24]
February 26 Thriller Michael Jackson [25]
March 5 [26]
March 12 [27]
March 19 [28]
March 26 [29]
April 2 [30]
April 9 [31]
April 16 [32]
April 23 [33]
April 30 [34]
May 7 [35]
May 14 [36]
May 21 [37]
May 28 [38]
June 4 [39]
June 11 [40]
June 18 [41]
June 25 Flashdance Soundtrack [42]
July 2 [43]
July 9 Thriller Michael Jackson [44]
July 16 [45]
July 23 Synchronicity The Police [46]
July 30 [47]
August 6 [48]
August 13 [49]
August 20 [50]
August 27 [51]
September 3 [52]
September 10 Thriller Michael Jackson [53]
September 17 Synchronicity The Police [54]
September 24 [55]
October 1 [56]
October 8 [57]
October 15 [58]
October 22 [59]
October 29 [60]
November 5 [61]
November 12 [62]
November 19 [63]
November 26 Metal Health Quiet Riot [64]
December 3 Can't Slow Down Lionel Richie [65]
December 10 [66]
December 17 [67]
December 24 Thriller Michael Jackson [68]
December 31 [69]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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