The Essential Soundtrack to Pop's Greatest (and Gayest) Year

2.26.2014

By Aaron Hicklin

A Musical Primer to 1983 (if there was a better year for music, we'd like to hear it).

LISTEN: SPOTIFY PLAYLIST OF 1983, LAST GREAT YEAR OF POP

Previously... in 1982:
Soft Cell’s cover of “Tainted Love” meanders weirdly around the bottom of the Billboard charts for months before ascending into the top 40, where it would settle at number 8. The single — a starting gun on the second British Invasion — spends a record-breaking 43 weeks on the Hot 100. (Twenty years later, a cover of the same song by Marilyn Manson would become his biggest U.K. hit.)

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