1983

Off The Chart: 13 August 1983

Off The Chart: 13 August 1983

Join us for a trip back to this day in 1983 for another edition of Off The Chart! As always we’re bringing you two hours of hits, headlines and hoovering from thirty-six years ago, including a load of hits you haven’t heard for ages (if ever), three new entries from the album chart, a hit from the Japanese chart, a round-up of the day’s events and the top five singles in full. Which rock megastar had to wait over a decade for his first ever top 40 single? Who was South Africa’s most famous musician from Lancashire? And which ’70s stars had a number one hit completely out of the blue more than three years after their last chart entry? Tune in and find out!

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If you’ve missed a previous edition they’re all on our Mixcloud page, or for a taster of the music we play, listen to our Spotify playlist Way Off The Chart including one track from each show!

We also have a Spotify playlist for our #ICEOTWF feature, including all (well, most) of the international hits we’ve played since the feature began in March 2017. There are all sorts of oddities in here, all of which were hits somewhere in the world but not in the UK!

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Now, That's What I Call Music

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