Throwback Thursday: The top 10 songs this week in 1983

This week 32 years ago, the film "Return of the Jedi" was released, Deputed Testamony won the 108th Preakness, "Dallas" was the top-rated TV show, and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.

10. "Time (Clock of the Heart)," Culture Club

The follow-up to the new wavers' "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" — and a classic lost-love song. It would eventually hit No. 2 and Culture Club would win best new artist at the 1984 Grammys.

9. "My Love," Lionel Richie

The third single off Richie's self-titled debut, "My Love" established him as the consummate 1980s ballader, even if the follow-up single, "All Night Long (All Night)," from his second solo album, was more rockin' (well, in Lionel Richie 1983 terms).

8. "Jeopardy," The Greg Kihn Band

Like "Time," this super-'80s track hit No. 2, but also received a "Weird Al" Yankovic parody, "I Lost on Jeopardy." Not exactly his most inspired title, but I digress.

7. "Solitaire," Laura Branigan

Branigan's follow-up to her massive hit "Gloria" was also the first smash for co-writer Diane Warren, who would go on to write songs such as "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" and "Because You Loved Me." Somewhat weirdly, "Solitaire" was originally a French song

6. "Little Red Corvette," Prince

Because of Prince's ongoing I Hate YouTube Campaign, his song isn't available, which is a shame because it's my personal favorite of his. So here's John Mayer's cover. Thanks a lot, Prince.

5. "She Blinded Me With Science," Thomas Dolby

I'm not sure why the video for Dolby's signature song is also not on YouTube, but you could go to the Johns Hopkins University to ask him yourself. He's there as the school's first Homewood Professor of the Arts.

4. "Overkill," Men at Work

This was the Australian band at its peak — right after "Down Under" and the Grammy for best new artist. And "Overkill" reached a new audience in the 2000s when lead singer-songwriter Colin Hay recorded an acoustic version that landed on the soundtrack to the TV series "Scrubs."

3. "Flashdance...What a Feeling," Irene Cara

The theme to the relatable Pittsburgh-steel-mill-worker-becomes-stripper-then-pro-dancer movie of the same name, this was Cara's only No. 1 hit. But hey, it won an Oscar, so not bad at all.

2. "Beat It," Michael Jackson

The third single from "Thriller," this may be the only song covered by Alvin and the Chipmunks that was also used for an anti-drunk driving campaign. But don't quote me on that.

1. "Let's Dance," David Bowie

"Let's Dance" was No. 1 for just one week before yielding to the definitely unBowie-like "Flashdance," which would top the Hot 100 for six weeks. Bowie's follow-up, "China Girl" would hit the top 10. Bowie's only other U.S. Hot 100 No. 1? 1975's "Fame."

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