Characterized by big hair bands and great socioeconomic change, the 1980s laid the foundation for many things we now take for granted.
While 1983 follows many of these trends, the year possesses some notable events all its own. To set the scene, imagine a year with a population of just under 4.7 billion and a lot of babies named Michael or Jennifer. Stephen King’s horror novels Christine and Pet Sematary dominated the bookshelves and The Color Purple took home the Pulitzer.
On the big screen, Flashdance, Star Wars Episode VI, Scarface, and A Christmas Story garnered the highest ticket sales.
In the world of music, David Bowie hit the number one chart with his single ‘“Let’s Dance”. In 1983, while we gained Carrie Underwood and Amy Winehouse, we lost both playwright Tennessee Williams and professional boxer Jack Dempsey. Outside of media and births, 1983 offered plenty of interesting events.
The year was marked by a variety of firsts: Sally Ride became the first woman in space. The UK introduced its first one pound coin. The US Congress initiated its War Powers Act for the first time. India launched its first rocket. The world also saw its first reconstruction of the human head via a CT scan.
In 1963, the Supreme Court also struck down many abortion restrictions. In a bit less of a controversial move, the US government established Martin Luther King Jr Day. To allow Japanese families to take a different kind of holiday, Tokyo opened its own version of Disneyland on April 15th. In one of the world’s biggest illusion acts, David Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty vanish in front of an audience on April 8th. Basically, whether you love Flashdance or have been helped by a CT scan, 1983 had plenty to offer the world.
Which were the most popular movies released this year ?
Which were the top hits of 1983 ?
Top #10 songs in the USA
- Irene Cara - Flashdance...What A Feeling
- The Police - Every Breath You Take
- Kenny Rogers - Islands In The Stream
- Lionel Richie - All Night Long (All Night)
- Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart
- Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
- Michael Jackson - Beat It
- Billy Joel - Uptown Girl
- David Bowie - Let's Dance
- Patti Austin - Baby, Come To Me
Top #10 songs in the UK
- Freeez - IOU
- Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
- Paul Young - Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)
- Billy Joel - Uptown Girl
- Rod Stewart - Baby Jane
- Men At Work - Down Under
- Duran Duran - Is There Something I Should Know?
- David Essex - A Winter's Tale
- Renee & Renato - Save Your Love
- Howard Jones - New Song
Which were the most popular books released in 1983 ?
Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1983 in the USA ?
Top #10 male names
Top #10 female names
What happened in each day of 1983
Click on the dates below to find out what the world looked like in each day of 1983