1983 in music

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List of years in music (table)
In radio
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
In television
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1983.

Specific locations[edit]

Specific genres[edit]

Trends[edit]

Events[edit]

January–April[edit]

May–August[edit]

September–December[edit]

Bands formed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Bands reformed[edit]

Albums released[edit]

January–March[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
J
A
N
U
A
R
Y
1 Feline The Stranglers -
4 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) Eurythmics -
10 ExtendedancEPlay Dire Straits EP
14 Nena Nena -
16 G Force Kenny G -
17 Trouble in Paradise Randy Newman -
18 Cuts Like a Knife Bryan Adams -
20 American Made The Oak Ridge Boys -
Pyromania Def Leppard -
21 The Law of Devil's Land Loudness -
28 Never Surrender Triumph -
31 Another Page Christopher Cross -
? The Art of Falling Apart Soft Cell -
Touch the Sky Smokey Robinson -
What Makes a Man Start Fires? Minutemen -
What's Funk? Grand Funk -
F
E
B
R
U
A
R
Y
1 Frontiers Journey -
3 Powerlight Earth, Wind & Fire -
4 All the Best Stiff Little Fingers -
Porcupine Echo & The Bunnymen -
8 Michael W. Smith Project Michael W. Smith -
11 Lucky Marty Balin -
Mommy's Little Monster Social Distortion -
14 Making Contact UFO -
18 Somewhere in Afrika Manfred Mann's Earth Band -
22 Kilroy Was Here Styx -
Subterranean Jungle Ramones -
28 The Key Joan Armatrading -
So Fired Up Le Roux -
War U2 -
? Confusion Is Sex Sonic Youth -
Kihnspiracy The Greg Kihn Band -
Money and Cigarettes Eric Clapton -
Quick Step and Side Kick/Side Kicks Thompson Twins -
Rock Goddess Rock Goddess -
Seal in Red Rufus -
Strong Stuff Hank Williams, Jr. -
Waiting Fun Boy Three -
Youngblood Carl Wilson -
M
A
R
C
H
1 Candy Girl New Edition -
Legendary Hearts Lou Reed -
4 Dazzle Ships Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark -
Thunder and Lightning Thin Lizzy -
True Spandau Ballet -
7 Cool Kids Kix -
The Hurting Tears For Fears -
11 Metal Health Quiet Riot -
No Rest for the Wicked Helix -
14 Europe Europe -
Script for a Jester's Tear Marillion -
16 Outside Inside The Tubes -
21 The Final Cut Pink Floyd -
Power & the Glory Saxon -
23 Eliminator ZZ Top -
28 Baby Snakes Frank Zappa Soundtrack
Jarreau Al Jarreau -
The Man from Utopia Frank Zappa -
31 Dancing With Danger Streetheart -
? The Abominable Showman Nick Lowe -
Branigan 2 Laura Branigan -
Dig That Groove Baby Toy Dolls -
The High Road Roxy Music Live EP
If You Leave Me Now Chicago Compilation
Inarticulate Speech of the Heart Van Morrison -
Julio Julio Iglesias -
Local Hero Mark Knopfler Soundtrack
Naked Eyes Naked Eyes Titled "Burning Bridges" in the UK
No Guts...No Glory Molly Hatchet -

April–June[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
A
P
R
I
L
1 Fastway Fastway -
Havana Moon Carlos Santana -
8 Faster Than the Speed of Night Bonnie Tyler -
The Luxury Gap Heaven 17 -
11 Sirens Savatage -
Style Cameo -
Flashdance Various Artists Soundtrack
13 Mary Jane Girls Mary Jane Girls -
Murmur R.E.M. -
Violent Femmes Violent Femmes -
14 Let's Dance David Bowie -
18 It Pulp -
25 Headhunter Krokus -
27 Whammy! The B-52s -
29 Cargo Men At Work -
Listen A Flock of Seagulls -
Hootenanny The Replacements -
? High Land, Hard Rain Aztec Camera -
In Outer Space Sparks -
Information Dave Edmunds -
It's Only Rock & Roll Waylon Jennings -
Living in Oz Rick Springfield -
Madness Madness US Compilation
Michael Bolton Michael Bolton -
Midnight at the Lost and Found Meat Loaf -
Out of Step Minor Threat -
Scoop Pete Townshend Compilation of unreleased tracks
Take It to the Limit Willie Nelson with Waylon Jennings -
Steve Miller Band Live! Steve Miller Band Live
M
A
Y
1 Life's a Riot with Spy vs Spy Billy Bragg debut
2 Burlap & Satin Dolly Parton -
Power, Corruption & Lies New Order -
3 "Weird Al" Yankovic "Weird Al" Yankovic -
10 She Works Hard for the Money Donna Summer -
With Sympathy Ministry -
11 Zig-Zag Walk Foghat -
15 Feast The Creatures -
Reach the Beach The Fixx -
Ring of Changes Barclay James Harvest -
16 Piece of Mind Iron Maiden -
18 In Your Eyes George Benson -
21 You Bought It, You Name It Joe Walsh -
23 Confrontation Bob Marley & The Wailers -
25 Holy Diver Dio -
27 Crises Mike Oldfield -
Duck Rock Malcolm McLaren -
30 Too Low for Zero Elton John -
31 Speaking in Tongues Talking Heads -
Wrap Your Arms Around Me Agnetha Fältskog -
? Back to Mystery City Hanoi Rocks -
Bruiseology The Waitresses -
C'est C Bon Carlene Carter -
The Eleventh Hour Magnum -
The First Flower Play Dead -
Head First Uriah Heep -
Learning to Cope with Cowardice Mark Stewart -
Mama Africa Peter Tosh -
The Net Little River Band -
Siogo Blackfoot -
J
U
N
E
3 Your Move America -
4 Another Perfect Day Motörhead -
6 Allies Crosby, Stills & Nash Live +2 new studio tracks
8 Plays Live Peter Gabriel Live
9 London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 1 Frank Zappa -
Ross Diana Ross -
10 Body Wishes Rod Stewart -
Metal Magic Pantera debut
Oil on Canvas Japan Live
State of Confusion The Kinks -
This Means War Tank -
The Wild Heart Stevie Nicks -
13 Texas Flood Stevie Ray Vaughan debut
16 Old Wave Ringo Starr -
17 Synchronicity The Police -
18 Works Pink Floyd Compilation
24 Secret Messages Electric Light Orchestra -
27 You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll Twisted Sister -
30 Keep it Up Loverboy -
? Diamond Jack and the Queen of Pain Kevin Ayers -
Farewell Tour Doobie Brothers Live
Field Day Marshall Crenshaw -
The Fugitive Tony Banks -
Girl at Her Volcano Rickie Lee Jones EP
Hand of Kindness Richard Thompson -
Sound Elixir Nazareth -
Staying Alive Bee Gees et al. Soundtrack
You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess Yello -
Variations on a Theme David Thomas
& the Pedestrians
-

July–September[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
J
U
L
Y
1 Into Glory Ride Manowar -
4 You and Me Both Yazoo -
5 Suicidal Tendencies Suicidal Tendencies -
8 Whodini Whodini -
9 Fantastic Wham! -
11 The Look Shalamar -
The Principle of Moments Robert Plant -
14 Get It Right Aretha Franklin -
15 The Crossing Big Country -
18 No Parlez Paul Young -
21 Burning Farm Shonen Knife -
25 Kill 'em All Metallica -
26 Alpha Asia -
Good for Your Soul Oingo Boingo -
27 Everybody's Rockin' Neil Young and the Shocking Pinks -
It's Your Night James Ingram Debut
Madonna Madonna Debut
? Album Joan Jett -
All of the Good Ones Are Taken Ian Hunter -
Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks Brian Eno -
Close to the Bone Tom Tom Club -
Burning from the Inside Bauhaus -
Butthole Surfers Butthole Surfers EP
Drastic Measures Kansas -
Fire Dances Killing Joke -
Outta Hand Coney Hatch -
Out For Blood Lita Ford -
Private Collection Jon and Vangelis -
Salute Gordon Lightfoot -
The Waterboys The Waterboys -
Works Status Quo Compilation
A
U
G
U
S
T
1 No Frills Bette Midler -
2 Lawyers in Love Jackson Browne -
5 Cold Blooded Rick James -
Punch the Clock Elvis Costello and the Attractions -
7 Born Again Black Sabbath -
8 An Innocent Man Billy Joel -
Script of the Bridge The Chameleons -
9 Ark The Animals -
10 Stompin' at the Savoy Rufus Live
12 Queensrÿche Queensrÿche EP
15 Flick of the Switch AC/DC -
Next Position Please Cheap Trick -
Rant N' Rave with the Stray Cats The Stray Cats -
18 White Feathers Kajagoogoo -
20 Passionworks Heart -
22 Construction Time Again Depeche Mode -
23 Ratt Ratt EP
24 Bent Out of Shape Rainbow -
28 The Present Moody Blues -
30 Mummer XTC -
31 Eyes That See in the Dark Kenny Rogers -
Hello Big Man Carly Simon -
? All for One Raven -
Dirty Looks Juice Newton -
Future Shock Herbie Hancock -
The Crackdown Cabaret Voltaire -
Torment and Toreros Marc and the Mambas -
S
E
P
T
E
M
B
E
R
1 Swordfishtrombones Tom Waits -
12 Heads or Tales Saga -
Labour of Love UB40 -
14 Commodores 13 Commodores -
15 Sports Huey Lewis and the News -
16 Warriors Gary Numan -
Little Robbers The Motels -
18 Breaking the Chains Dokken US Remix
Lick It Up Kiss -
20 Time-Line Renaissance -
26 The Golden Section John Foxx -
Shout at the Devil Mötley Crüe -
Into Battle with the Art of Noise Art of Noise EP
28 DaDa Alice Cooper -
How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye Dionne Warwick -
Righeira Righeira Debut
? Born to Laugh at Tornadoes Was (Not Was) -
Built to Destroy Michael Schenker Group -
Canterbury Diamond Head -
Good For Your Soul Oingo Boingo -
Hard Gang of Four -
In Heat The Romantics -
Johnny 99 Johnny Cash -
Land The Comsat Angels -
Live in Tokyo Public Image Ltd. Live
Mean Streak Y & T -
Mike's Murder Joe Jackson Soundtrack
More Fun in the New World X -
Once a Rocker, Always a Rocker The Joe Perry Project -
One Particular Harbour Jimmy Buffett -
Pitt Street Farmers The Reels EP
Subject...Aldo Nova Aldo Nova -
Windows in the Jungle 10cc -
What's New Linda Ronstadt -

October–December[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
O
C
T
O
B
E
R
1 Ziggy Stardust – The Motion Picture David Bowie Live 1973
3 Genesis Genesis -
6 Right or Wrong George Strait -
8 Feel My Soul Jennifer Holliday -
10 Colour by Numbers Culture Club -
11 Can't Slow Down Lionel Richie -
14 She's So Unusual Cyndi Lauper Debut
Snap! The Jam Compilation
15 Live from Earth Pat Benatar Live +2 new studio tracks
No Parole from Rock 'n' Roll Alcatrazz -
16 Life Thin Lizzy Live
18 Rock 'n Soul Part 1 Hall & Oates Compilation
Voice of the Heart The Carpenters -
20 Deliver Oak Ridge Boys -
21 Silver Cliff Richard -
Soul Mining The The -
23 Uh-Huh John Cougar Mellencamp -
24 Head over Heels Cocteau Twins -
Without a Song Willie Nelson -
26 Midnight Madness Night Ranger -
27 Infidels Bob Dylan -
28 North of a Miracle Nick Heyward -
Zones Hawkwind -
30 Melissa Mercyful Fate -
31 Pipes of Peace Paul McCartney -
Star Fleet Project Brian May + Friends EP
Working with Fire and Steel – Possible Pop Songs Volume Two China Crisis -
? 1st Streets -
Alive, She Cried The Doors Live
Caught in the Game Survivor -
Hell Hath No Fury Rock Goddess -
Man of Steel Hank Williams Jr. -
Metal Circus Hüsker Dü EP
Never Let You Go Rita Coolidge -
Standing in the Light Level 42 -
N
O
V
E
M
B
E
R
2 What a Feelin' Irene Cara -
4 Electric Universe Earth, Wind & Fire -
Have You Ever Been In Love Leo Sayer -
Hearts and Bones Paul Simon -
5 Clics Modernos Charly Garcia -
6 Break Out Pointer Sisters -
7 Strip Adam Ant -
Undercover The Rolling Stones -
8 Play Dirty Girlschool -
The Revölution by Night Blue Öyster Cult -
Yentl Barbra Streisand Soundtrack
10 Rebel Yell Billy Idol -
11 First Offense Corey Hart -
90125 Yes -
14 Beauty Stab ABC -
Believer Chic -
Touch Eurythmics -
15 It's About Time John Denver -
18 Walk Into Light Ian Anderson -
21 Seven and the Ragged Tiger Duran Duran -
Under a Blood Red Sky U2 Live
23 Who's Greatest Hits The Who Compilation
25 Back to Back Status Quo -
I'm in Love Again Patti LaBelle -
Nocturne Siouxsie and the Banshees Live
You Broke My Heart in 17 Places Tracey Ullman -
30 Into the Unknown Bad Religion -
? Cloak and Dagger Witchfynde -
Conflicting Emotions Split Enz -
Greatest Hits Volume II Barry Manilow Compilation
Music For Films Volume 2 Brian Eno -
Now That's What I Call Music Various Artists Compilation
The Politics of Dancing Re-Flex -
Treeless Plain The Triffids -
D
E
C
E
M
B
E
R
2 The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome Slade -
Show No Mercy Slayer -
Bark at the Moon Ozzy Osbourne -
5 Balls to the Wall Accept -
6 Japanese Whispers The Cure Compilation
7 Ammonia Avenue The Alan Parsons Project -
12 Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood Misfits -
Perverted By Language The Fall -
14 Service Yellow Magic Orchestra -
20 You Shouldn't-Nuf Bit Fish George Clinton -

Release date unknown[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1983.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Culture Club "Karma Chameleon" 1983 United Kingdom UK 1 – September 1983, US BB 1 – February 1984, Canada 1 – December 1983, Netherlands 1 – September 1983, Sweden (alt) 1 – October 1983, Switzerland 1 – October 1983, Norway 1 – October 1983, Republic of Ireland 1 – September 1983, New Zealand 1 for 6 weeks October 1983, Australia 1 for 5 weeks July 1984, Austria 3 – November 1983, Germany 3 – January 1984, South Africa 7 of 1984, Poland 8 – September 1983, Australia 8 of 1983, US CashBox 14 of 1984, POP 15 of 1984, Italy 16 of 1983, KROQ 25 of 1983, US BB 29 of 1984, RYM 49 of 1983, Scrobulate 71 of 80s, Germany 159 of the 1980s, OzNet 979
2 Michael Jackson "Billie Jean" 1983 United States UK 1 – January 1983, US BB 1 – January 1983, Canada 1 – February 1983, Switzerland 1 – March 1983, Republic of Ireland 1 – March 1983, Australia 1 for 5 weeks February 1984, Netherlands 2 – January 1983, Sweden (alt) 2 – March 1983, France 2 – January 1983, US CashBox 3 of 1983, Austria 3 – April 1983, Poland 3 – February 1983, Germany 3 – March 1983, Australia 4 of 1983, RYM 4 of 1983, POP 4 of 1983, Norway 6 – April 1983, Italy 8 of 1983, South Africa 15 of 1983, 15 in 2FM list, Scrobulate 16 of pop, Global 33 (5 M sold) – 1983, Acclaimed 33, Europe 40 of the 1980s, Party 53 of 2007, Rolling Stone 58, Germany 139 of the 1980s, OzNet 249, WXPN 620
3 Irene Cara "Flashdance...What a Feeling" 1983 United States US BB 1 – April 1983, US CashBox 1 of 1983, Canada 1 – May 1983, Canada RPM 1 for 3 weeks – June 1983, Sweden (alt) 1 – May 1983, France 1 – July 1983, France SNEP 1 – September 1983, Switzerland 1 – June 1983, Norway 1 – June 1983, Italy 1 for 9 weeks – November 1983, New Zealand 1 for 6 weeks – July 1983, Australia 1 for 7 weeks – June 1983, UK 2 – June 1983, Austria 4 – August 1983, Japan 1 for 2 weeks – August 1983, Germany 4 – June 1983, Netherlands 13 – April 1983, Belgium 20 – May 1983, Poland 21 – July 1983, US BB 6 of 1983, Japan 7 of all time (international songs), Australia 2 of 1983, POP 3 of 1983, South Africa 9 of 1983, Scrobulate 31 of gay, AFI 55, Germany 57 of the 1980s, RYM 121 of 1983, OzNet 243, RIAA 256, Oscar in 1983
4 David Bowie "Let's Dance" 1983 United Kingdom UK 1 – March 1983, US BB 1 – April 1983, Canada 1 – March 1983, Netherlands 1 – March 1983, Sweden (alt) 1 – April 1983, France 1 – March 1983, Switzerland 1 – April 1983, Norway 1 – March 1983, Republic of Ireland 1 – April 1983, New Zealand 1 for 6 weeks April 1983, Austria 2 – May 1983, Germany 2 – April 1983, US CashBox 4 of 1983, Poland 5 – April 1983, KROQ 6 of 1983, US BB 15 of 1983, Italy 19 of 1983, Australia 24 of 1983, RYM 32 of 1983, Scrobulate 40 of 80s, POP 47 of 1983, Germany 172 of the 1980s, Belgium 258 of all time, Acclaimed 1445
5 The Police "Every Breath You Take" 1983 United Kingdom UK 1 – May 1983, US BB 1 – July 1983, US BB 1 of 1983, Canada 1 – May 1983, Republic of Ireland 1 – June 1983, US CashBox 2 of 1983, Sweden (alt) 2 – June 1983, Norway 2 – June 1983, KROQ 3 of 1983, Poland 5 – June 1983, South Africa 5 of 1983, Netherlands 6 – May 1983, Switzerland 6 – July 1983, Austria 8 – August 1983, Germany 8 – June 1983, France 10 – May 1983, Australia 10 of 1983, Italy 10 of 1983, Virgin 12, Scrobulate 13 of 80s, US BB 16 of 1983, RYM 16 of 1983, Europe 33 of the 1980s, Acclaimed 38, OzNet 38, RIAA 44, POP 49 of 1983, Poland 68 of all time, TheQ 76, Rolling Stone 84, 90 in 2FM list, Belgium 110 of all time, WXPN 216

Significant songs[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Premieres[edit]

Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Ligeti, György Sonata for Solo Cello 1983-10-24 France Paris Stilz[18]

Compositions[edit]

Opera[edit]

Jazz[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Musical television[edit]

Births[edit]

Births
January–April births · May–August births · September–December births · Date unknown

January–April births[edit]

January[edit]

February births[edit]

March births[edit]

April births[edit]

May–August births[edit]

May births[edit]

June births[edit]

July births[edit]

August births[edit]

September–December births[edit]

September births[edit]

October births[edit]

November births[edit]

December births[edit]

Birth date unknown[edit]

  • unknown

Deaths[edit]

Deaths
January–April deaths · May–August deaths · September–December deaths · Date unknown

January–April deaths[edit]

January deaths[edit]

February deaths[edit]

March deaths[edit]

April deaths[edit]

May–August deaths[edit]

May deaths[edit]

June deaths[edit]

July deaths[edit]

August deaths[edit]

September–December deaths[edit]

September deaths[edit]

October deaths[edit]

November deaths[edit]

December deaths[edit]

Death date unknown[edit]

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Country Music Association Awards[edit]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Charts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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