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Steve Crawford’s Top 100 Songs of 1982

Rolling Stone magazine recently released their “Top 100 Songs of 1982” and while it isn’t gut wrenchingly bad, any list that puts Depeche Mode’s “Just Can’t Get Enough” or Trio’s “Da Da Da” on a best of is obviously trying to pull you into the bitter laughpit of destiny. You can see their entire list here –

My own list replicated almost half of Rolling Stone’s (duplicates are noted) with my criteria that the song had to be released, not peak on the charts in 1982. Feel free to mix and match, make your own playlist, and wonder at an era when liberals considered Cowboy Ronnie to be the worst POTUS of all time.

100.  “4 Windows,” Calculated X  

99.  “She’s Tight,” Cheap Trick  

98.  “Goodbye to You,” Scandal  

97.  “The Look of Love,” ABC  

96.  “It’s Raining Men,” The Weather Girls (Rolling Stone #14)  

95.  “Stone Cold,” Rainbow  

94.  “Do You Believe in Love,” Huey Lewis and the News  

93.  “Pressue,” Billy Joel  

92.  “Bam Bam,” Sister Nancy  

91.  “Shadows of the Night,” Pat Benatar  

90.  “I Love it Loud,” Kiss  

89.  “The Other Woman,” Ray Parker Jr. (Rolling Stone #41)  

88.  “Shock the Monkey,” Peter Gabriel (Rolling Stone #63)  

87.  “Africa,” Toto (Rolling Stone #100)  

86.  “Mickey,” Toni Basil (Rolling Stone #98)  

85.  “Rock This Town,” Stray Cats  

84.  “Don’t Change,” INXS  

83.  “Space Age Love Song,” A Flock of Seagulls (Rolling Stone #15)  

82.  “Planet Rock,” Afrika Bambaata and the Soul Sonic Force (Rolling Stone #18)  

81.  “The Real World,” The Bangles  (Rolling Stone #89)  

80.  “Who Can It Be Now?,” Men at Work (Rolling Stone #80)  

79.  “White Wedding,” Billy Idol (Rolling Stone #50)  

78.  “Somebody’s Baby,” Jackson Browne  

77.  “My City Was Gone,” Pretenders  

76.  “Abracadabra,” Steve Miller Band  

75.  “Always on My Mind,” Willie Nelson  

74,  “I Keep Forgettin’,” Michael McDonald  

73.  “Stray Cat Strut,” Stray Cats  

72.  “Maneater,” Hall & Oates (Rolling Stone #95)  

71.  “Love My Way,” Psychedelic Furs (Rolling Stone #25)  

70.  “Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy,” Kid Creole and the Coconuts  

69.  “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” Culture Club  

68.   “Nipple to the Bottle (12″ Version),” Grace Jones (Rolling Stone #9)  

67.  “She Sheila,” The Producers  

66.  “Someday Someway,” Marshall Crenshaw  

65.  “That’s Good,” Devo  

64.  “Run and Run,” Psychedelic Furs  

63.  “A Million Miles Away,” The Plimsouls  

62.  “The Classical,” The Fall (Rolling Stone #60)  

61.  “Iron Fist,” Motörhead (Rolling Stone #70)  

60.  “Tell Me When It’s Over,” Dream Syndicate  

59.  “Did She Jump or Was She Pushed,” Richard and Linda Thompson  

58.  “That Girl,” Stevie Wonder  

57.  “New Frontier,” Donald Fagen (Rolling Stone #74)  

56.  “A Night to Remember,” Shalamar (Rolling Stone #72)  

55.  “Mary Anne,” Marshall Crenshaw (Rolling Stone #67)  

54.  “Man out of Time,” Elvis Costello and the Attractions  

53.  “Losing True,” The Roches  

52.  “Town Called Malice,” The Jam (Rolling Stone #52)  

51.  “More Than This,” Roxy Music (Rolling Stone #20)  

50.  “Shakin’,” Eddie Money (Rolling Stone #77)  

49.  “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (Rolling Stone #42)  

48.  “Halloween,” The Dream Syndicate (Rolling Stone #28)  

47.  “Temptation,” New Order (Rolling Stone #6)  

46.  “I Ran (So Far Away),” A Flock of Seagulls   

45.  “Early in the Morning,” Gap Band  

44.  “Rio,” Duran Duran  

43.  “My House,” Lou Reed (Rolling Stone #34)  

42.  “Lights Out,” Angry Samoans  

41.  “Forget Me Nots,” Patrice Rushen  

40.  “Beat It,” Michael Jackson  

39.  “Little Guitars,” Van Halen (Rolling Stone #61)  

38.  “Save it for Later,” English Beat  

37.  “Time (Clock of the Heart),” Culture Club (Rolling Stone #10)  

36.  “Astro Zombies,” Misfits  

35.  “Do I Do,” Stevie Wonder (Rolling Stone #99)  

34.  “867-5309,” Tommy Tutone  

33.  “Kids Don’t Follow,” The Replacements (Rolling Stone #23)  

32.  “Let It Whip,” The Dazz Band (Rolling Stone #82)  

31.  “Cynical Girl,” Marshall Crenshaw  

30.  “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” The Clash  

29.  “I.G.Y. (What a Wonderful World),” Donald Fagen  

28.  “Bikeage,” Descendents  

27.  “If You Want My Love,” Cheap Trick  

26.  “Atomic Dog,” George Clinton (Rolling Stone #8)  

25.  “Hungry Like the Wolf,” Duran Duran (Rolling Stone #5)  

24.  “Steppin’ Out,” Joe Jackson (Rolling Stone #93)  

23.  “Goody Two Shoes,” Adam Ant (Rolling Stone #40)  

22.  “Vacation,” The Go-Go’s (Rolling Stone #7)  

21.  “Back on the Chain Gang,” Pretenders (Rolling Stone #39)  

20.  “1999,” Prince  

19.  “Thriller,” Michael Jackson  

18.  “Kids in America,” Kim Wilde (Rolling Stone #69)  

17.  “Never Say Never,” Romeo Void (Rolling Stone #22)  

16.  “You Got Lucky,” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers  

15.  “Girls Like Me,” Bonnie Hayes with the Wild Combo  

14.  “Sex Bomb,” Flipper  

13.  “Wild and Blue,” John Anderson (Rolling Stone #86)  

12.  “Beyond Belief,” Elvis Costello (Rolling Stone #47)  

11.  “I Melt with You,” Modern English (Rolling Stone #43)  

10.  “You Dropped a Bomb on Me,” The Gap Band (Rolling Stone #30)  

9.  “The Message,” Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (Rolling Stone #1)  

8.  “Billie Jean,” Michael Jackson (Rolling Stone #3)  

7.  “Atlantic City,” Bruce Springsteen  

6.  “Come On, Eileen,” Dexys Midnight Runners  

5.  “Rock the Casbah,” The Clash (Rolling Stone #21)  

4.  “Sexual Healing,” Marvin Gaye (Rolling Stone #13)  

3.  “Cleaning Windows,” Van Morrison  

2.  “Little Red Corvette,” Prince (Rolling Stone #2)  

1.  “There She Goes Again,” Marshall Crenshaw  

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