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Top 80 Songs of 1982

It was all about that crazy Casbah sound when the Clash crashed America with Combat Rock. Rolling through the stadiums with the Who, it would be the band’s glorious moment in the sun. The new wave was cresting bigger than ever, with giants like Soft Cell, Human League and Modern English delivering timeless classics. Joan Jett was flying the rock ‘n’ roll flag, and Joe Jackson was steppin’ out. From Tommy Tutone’s and the  most famous phone number of the year to Berkeley’s finest, The Motels, hitting the mainstream, everybody was listening to KROQ to discover what was coming next.

TOP 80 SONGS OF 1982

1.      Rock The Casbah -- Clash

2.      I Ran -- A Flock Of Seagulls

3.      Sex Dwarf -- Soft Cell

4.      Words -- Missing Persons

5.      Don’t You Want Me -- Human League

6.      Rock This Town -- Stray Cats

7.      I Melt With You -- Modern English

8.      Vacation -- Go Go’s

9.      Talk Talk -- Talk Talk

10.    Blue Spark -- X

11.    Walking In LA -- Missing Persons

12.    Poison Arrow -- ABC

13.    Town Called Malice -- Jam

14.    Since You’re Gone -- Cars

15.    Situation -- Yaz

16.    Never Say Never -- Romeo Void

17.    Stand & Deliver -- Adam & The Ands

18.    Red Skies -- Fixx

19.    Peek-A-Boo -- Devo

20.    Shock The Monkey -- Peter Gabriel

21.    Avalon -- Roxy Music

22.    Senses Working Overtime -- XTC

23.    White Wedding -- Billy Idol

24.    Goodie Two Shoes -- Adam Ant

25.    Love Plus One -- Haircut 100

26.    Hungry Like The Wolf -- Duran Duran

27.    I Love A Man In A Uniform -- Gang Of Four

28.    The Space Between -- Roxy Music

29.    Sex -- Berlin

30.    Should I Stay Or Should I Go -- Clash

31.    Open Your Eyes -- Lords Of The New Church

32.    Space Age Love Song -- A Flock Of Seagulls

33.    Girls On Film -- Duran Duran

34.    Stray Cat Strut -- Stray Cats

35.    Who Can It Be Now? -- Men At Work

36.    Europa And The Pirate Twins -- Thomas Dolby

37.    Tainted Love -- Soft Cell

38.    Promised You A Miracle -- Simple Minds

39.    Destination Unknown -- Missing Persons

40.    Primary -- Cure

41.    Rio -- Duran Duran

42.    Back On The Chain Gang -- Pretenders

43.    Mexican Radio -- Wall Of Voodoo

44.    Electric Avenue -- Eddy Grant

45.    Don’t Change -- INXS

46.    Wild Sex -- Oingo Boingo

47.    Spring In Fialta -- Slow Children

48.    Teenage Enema Nurses In Bondage -- Killer Pussy

49.    Seconds -- Human League

50.    Come On Eileen -- Dexy’s Midnight Runners

51.    Madness -- Madness

52.    867-5309 (Jenny) -- Tommy Tutone

53.    I Eat Cannibals -- Toto Coelo

54.    One World -- Police

55.    Only The Lonely -- Motels

56.    Mickey Mouse -- Sparks

57.    Desperate But Not Serious -- Adam Ant

58.    The Hungry Wolf -- X

59.    Goodbye Goodbye -- Oingo Boingo

60.    Shake It Up -- Cars

61.    Don’t Go -- Yaz

62.    Precious -- Jam

63.    Down Under -- Men At Work

64.    I Love Rock & Roll -- Joan Jett

65.    Spirits In The Material World -- Police

66.    Reap The Wild Wind -- Ultravox

67.    Prince Charming -- Adam & The Ants

68.    Baby Oh No -- Bow Wow Wow

69.    Favourite Shirts -- Haircut 100

70.    In The Name Of Love -- Thompson Twins

71.    Insecure Me? -- Soft Cell

72.    My City Was Gone -- Pretenders

73.    Under Pressure -- Queen & David Bowie

74.    Look Of Love -- ABC

75.    Da Da Da -- Trio

76.    Black Coffee In Bed -- Squeeze

77.    Save A Prayer -- Duran Duran

78.    Radio Clash -- Clash

79.    Steppin’ Out -- Joe Jackson

80.    Hot In The City -- Billy Idol

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