List of Billboard Adult Contemporary number ones of 1983

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Lionel Richie (pictured in 2011) had three number ones in 1983.

Adult Contemporary is a chart published by Billboard ranking the top-performing songs in the United States in the adult contemporary music (AC) genre. In 1983, 18 songs topped the chart, based on playlists submitted by radio stations.[1]

In the year's first issue of Billboard the number one song was "The Girl Is Mine" by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney, which retained its position from the last chart of 1982.[2] It held the top spot for three weeks in 1983 before being displaced by "Baby, Come to Me" by Patti Austin and James Ingram. The duet had originally been released the previous year and achieved little success. It was re-released, however, after it was featured on the soap opera General Hospital, sparking renewed interest in the song which sent it to the top of both the AC chart and Billboard's all-genre listing, the Hot 100.[3][4] Three other songs topped both listings in 1983, including Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton's "Islands in the Stream", which was a triple chart-topper, also reaching number one on the Hot Country Singles chart.[5][6] In 2005 the song topped a poll run by country music television channel CMT of the best country duets of all time.[7]

The most successful act on the AC chart in 1983 was Lionel Richie, who had three number ones and spent a total of fourteen weeks in the top spot. He was the only act to have more than one chart-topper in 1983 and also claimed the longest-running number one of the year, spending six consecutive weeks atop the chart with "You Are". No other act spent more than four weeks at number one in total during the year. Richie, lead singer of the Commodores, had launched his solo career the previous year and quickly reached superstar status.[8] His song "All Night Long (All Night)" was another triple chart-topper, as it also reached number one on the Hot 100 and the Hot Black Singles listing.[9] The year's final AC number one was Barry Manilow's version of "Read 'Em and Weep", a song originally recorded by hard rock singer Meat Loaf.[10]

Chart history[edit]

A man with dark hair and mustache playing guitar and singing into a microphone
Toto (founder member Steve Lukather pictured) reached number one with "I Won't Hold You Back".
A dark-skinned woman and a dark-skinned man with a beard and mustache
Patti Austin and James Ingram topped the chart with their duet "Baby, Come to Me".
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"Shame on the Moon" was a chart-topper for Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 1 "The Girl Is Mine" Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney [2]
January 8 [11]
January 15 [12]
January 22 "Baby, Come to Me" Patti Austin and James Ingram [13]
January 29 [14]
February 5 [15]
February 12 "Shame on the Moon" Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band [16]
February 19 [17]
February 26 "You Are" Lionel Richie [18]
March 5 [19]
March 12 [20]
March 19 [21]
March 26 [22]
April 2 [23]
April 9 "Make Love Stay" Dan Fogelberg [24]
April 16 "It Might Be You" Stephen Bishop [25]
April 23 [26]
April 30 "I Won't Hold You Back" Toto [27]
May 7 [28]
May 14 [29]
May 21 "My Love" Lionel Richie [30]
May 28 [31]
June 4 [32]
June 11 [33]
June 18 "Never Gonna Let You Go" Sérgio Mendes [34]
June 25 [35]
July 2 [36]
July 9 [37]
July 16 "All This Love" DeBarge [38]
July 23 [39]
July 30 [40]
August 6 "All Time High" Rita Coolidge [41]
August 13 [42]
August 20 [43]
August 27 [44]
September 3 "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" Laura Branigan [45]
September 10 [46]
September 17 [47]
September 24 "Tell Her About It" Billy Joel [48]
October 1 [49]
October 8 "True" Spandau Ballet [50]
October 15 "Islands in the Stream" Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton [51]
October 22 [52]
October 29 [53]
November 5 [54]
November 12 "All Night Long (All Night)" Lionel Richie [55]
November 19 [56]
November 26 [57]
December 3 [58]
December 10 "The Way He Makes Me Feel" Barbra Streisand [59]
December 17 [60]
December 24 "Read 'Em and Weep" Barry Manilow [61]
December 31 [62]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2007). Joel Whitburn Presents Billboard Top Adult Songs, 1961-2006. Record Research Incorporated. p. vi. ISBN 9780898201697.
  2. ^ a b "Adult Contemporary chart for January 1, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  3. ^ Kellman, Andy. "James Ingram Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  4. ^ Sweeting, Adam (January 30, 2019). "James Ingram obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  5. ^ Hoffmann, Frank (2016). Chronology of American Popular Music, 1900-2000. Routledge. ISBN 9781135868857. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  6. ^ "Flashback: Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers Take 'Islands in the Stream' to New Heights". Rolling Stone. October 29, 2014. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  7. ^ Shelburne, Craig (June 9, 2005). ""Islands in the Stream" Named Greatest Country Duet". CMT. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  8. ^ Huey, Steve. "Lionel Richie Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  9. ^ "Lionel Richie". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  10. ^ Petridis, Alexis (August 30, 2018). "Barry Manilow – all his greatest songs ranked!". The Guardian. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  11. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for January 8, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  12. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for January 15, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  13. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for January 22, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  14. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for January 29, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  15. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for February 5, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  16. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for February 12, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  17. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for February 19, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  18. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for February 26, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  19. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for March 5, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  20. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for March 12, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  21. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for March 19, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  22. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for March 26, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  23. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for April 2, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  24. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for April 9, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  25. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for April 16, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  26. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for April 23, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  27. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for April 30, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  28. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for May 7, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  29. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for May 14, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  30. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for May 21, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  31. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for May 28, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  32. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for June 4, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  33. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for June 11, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  34. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for June 18, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  35. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for June 25, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  36. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for July 2, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  37. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for July 9, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  38. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for July 16, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  39. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for July 23, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  40. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for July 30, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  41. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for August 6, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  42. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for August 13, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  43. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for August 20, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  44. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for August 27, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  45. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for September 3, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  46. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for September 10, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  47. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for September 17, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  48. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for September 24, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  49. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for October 1, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  50. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for October 8, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  51. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for October 15, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  52. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for October 22, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  53. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for October 29, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  54. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for November 5, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  55. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for November 12, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  56. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for November 19, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  57. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for November 26, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  58. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for December 3, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  59. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for December 10, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  60. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for December 17, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  61. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for December 24, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  62. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for December 31, 1983". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.

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