20 Songs Released in 1982 You Must Hear

My rules:

  • Only one song per artist/group
  • The song must be released that specific year
  • Songs from live albums not allowed
  • Restricted to only 20 songs

Some great music was released in 1982, here are my 20 chosen songs.

Bruce Springsteen – Atlantic City

A song written and recorded by Bruce Springsteen, which first appeared on Springsteen’s 1982 solo album Nebraska. Springsteen has often played the song in a full band arrangement in concert.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_color=”mulled_wine” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-quote-left”]Well, they blew up the chicken man in Philly last night
Now they blew up his house, too

Van Morrison – Vanlose Stairway

A song written by the Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, and included on his 1982 album Beautiful Vision. It has remained a popular concert performance throughout Morrison’s career and has become one of his most played songs.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_color=”mulled_wine” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-quote-left”]Send me your picture
Send me your pillow
Send it through Krishna
On the Vanlose stairway

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Billy Joe Shaver – Old Five And Dimers Like Me

New version recorded for his 1982 album “Billy Joe Shaver”.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_color=”mulled_wine” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-quote-left”]I’ve spent the lifetime making up my mind to be
More than the measure of what I thought others could see
Good luck and fast bucks are too far and too few between

The Clash – Straight To Hell

A song by the Clash, from their album Combat Rock (1982). It was released as a double A-side single with “Should I Stay or Should I Go” on 17 September 1982 in 12″ and 7″ vinyl format.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_color=”mulled_wine” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-quote-left”]If you can play on the fiddle
How’s about a British jig and reel?

Elvis Costello – Man Out of Time

A song written by new wave musician Elvis Costello and performed by Elvis Costello and the Attractions on their 1982 album, Imperial Bedroom. With lyrics detailing a political scandal, “Man Out of Time” features a lush arrangement that was a conscious departure from the aggressive style of Costello’s previous work.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_color=”mulled_wine” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-quote-left”]So this is where he came to hide
When he ran from you
In a private detective`s overcoat

Warren Zevon – The Envoy

The title track from Zevon’s 1982 album.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_color=”mulled_wine” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-quote-left”]Nuclear arms in the Middle East
Israel is attacking the Iraqis
The Syrians are mad at the Lebanese
And Baghdad does whatever she please
Looks like another threat to world peace
For the envoy

Roxy Music – Avalon

A 1982 song by the English rock band Roxy Music. It was released as the second single from their album Avalon. The single, with its B-side, “Always Unknowing”, charted at No. 13 in the UK.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_color=”mulled_wine” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-quote-left”]Now the party’s over, I’m so tired
Then I see you coming, out of nowhere

Richard and Linda Thompson – Wall of Death

A song by from their album Shoot Out the Lights (1982).

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_color=”mulled_wine” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-quote-left”]Let me ride on the Wall Of Death one more time
Let me ride on the Wall Of Death one more time

Iron Maiden – Hallowed Be Thy Name

A song written by Steve Harris for the 1982 Iron Maiden album The Number of the Beast. It has been acclaimed as one of the greatest heavy metal songs of all time and is also considered one of the band’s signature songs.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_color=”mulled_wine” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-quote-left”]I’m waiting in my cold cell when the bell begins to chime
Reflecting on my past life and it doesn’t have much time

Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen

A song by English group Dexys Midnight Runners (credited to Dexys Midnight Runners and the Emerald Express), released in the United Kingdom on 25 June 1982 as a single from their album Too-Rye-Ay.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_color=”mulled_wine” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-quote-left”]Poor old Jonny Ray
Sounded sad upon the radio

Prince – Little Red Corvette

From the album 1999 (1982). The song was at that point Prince’s highest charting single and his first to reach the top 10 in the U.S., peaking at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also his first single to perform better on the pop chart than the R&B chart.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_color=”mulled_wine” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-quote-left”]I guess I should’ve known
By the way you parked your car sideways
That it wouldn’t last

Willie Nelson – Always on My Mind

Willie Nelson recorded and released the song in early 1982. It raced to number one on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart that May, spending two weeks on top and a total of 21 weeks on the chart.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_color=”mulled_wine” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-quote-left”]Maybe I didn’t love you
Quite as often as I could have

Michael Jackson – Billie Jean

From the album Thriller (1982). It was written and composed by Jackson and produced by Jackson and Quincy Jones. “Billie Jean” blends post-disco, rhythm and blues, funk and dance-pop. The lyrics describe a woman, Billie Jean, who claims that the narrator is the father of her newborn son, which he denies.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_color=”mulled_wine” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-quote-left”]She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene
I said don’t mind, but what do you mean, I am the one
Who will dance on the floor in the round?

John Anderson – Wild and Blue

“Wild and Blue” is a song written by John Scott Sherrill, and recorded by American country music artist John Anderson. It was released in September 1982 as the first single and title track from the album Wild & Blue.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_color=”mulled_wine” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-quote-left”]Way across town a phone rings off the wall
If you know he ain’t home why do you keep callin’

Lou Reed – The Blue Mask

From the album “The Blue Mask” (1982).

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_color=”mulled_wine” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-quote-left”]They tied his arms behind his back
To teach him how to swim
They put blood in his coffee
And milk in his gin

Donald Fagen – I.G.Y. (What a Beautiful World)

A song written and performed by American songwriter, singer and musician Donald Fagen. It was the first track on his platinum-certified debut solo album The Nightfly, and was released in September 1982 as its first single.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_color=”mulled_wine” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-quote-left”]Standing tough under stars and stripes
We can tell
This dream’s in sight

Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing

A song recorded by American singer Marvin Gaye from his album Midnight Love (1982). It was his first single since his exit from his long-term record label Motown earlier in the year.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_color=”mulled_wine” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-quote-left”]Oh, baby now let’s get down tonight (ba-ba-ba, bum)
Ooh baby, I’m hot just like an oven (heal me my darling, heal me my darling)

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message

A song by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. It was released as a single by Sugar Hill Records on July 1, 1982, and was later featured on the group’s first studio album, The Message.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_color=”mulled_wine” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-quote-left”]It’s like a jungle sometimes
It makes me wonder how I keep from going under

Robert Wyatt – Shipbuilding

Originally released as a single on Rough Trade on 20 August 1982, but failed to chart. It was re-released on 22 April 1983 when it reached number 35 in the UK Singles Chart, marking the first ever UK Top 40 entry for Rough Trade.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_color=”mulled_wine” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-quote-left”]Is it worth it?
A new winter coat and shoes for the wife
And a bicycle on the boy’s birthday.

The Who – I’ve Known No War

From the 1982 album “It’s Hard”.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_color=”mulled_wine” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-quote-left”]I’ve known no war
And if I ever do I won’t know for sure
Who’ll be fighting whom

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