9 April 2021 Releases: Brett Kissel, Maude Audet…

A low number of releases this week does not indicate a lack of quality. Find big, bold, and beautiful new discs from JUNO winners Brett Kissel and Justin Bieber and JUNO nominee Justin Nozuka. The ever-popular Vincent Vallières joins in. Chloris contributes a fine alternative rock album, Vancouver’s Loig Morin serves a nice slice of electropop, Maude Audet a sumptuous singer-songwriter work, and Edmonton’s Motorbike James skids in with something pleasantly trippy.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
Chloris  Chloris  Alt Rock
Printemps Loig Morin  Alt Pop
Toute beauté n’est pas perdue  Vincent Vallières  Pop
Translations Maude Audet S-S
Viisions Motorbike James Alternative
What Is Life? Brett Kissel (JW) Country
EP2 Pièce sur Pièce  Folk
Freedom (EP) Justin Bieber (JW) R&B
Quiet Clapping (EP) Pallmer Alternative
then, now & again (EP) Justin Nozuka (JN) R&B

Mathieu Bourret Winterizes Taïga

Perhaps due to the success of now certified platinum album Inscape from Alexandra Stréliski, a number of musicians are releasing piano albums. The piano is one of the few acoustic instruments that sounds sophisticated enough to stand on its own. Montreal based US citizen Jean-Michel Pilc dropped a splendid EP this year called Visions. Another standout is Taïga from Mathieu Bourret. He was involved in group Oktopus that landed a JUNO nomination in 2018. Mathieu’s plan is to create an album dedicated to each season. Last year, his Léonides was inspired by autumn. Taïga is dedicated to winter. The tracks are delicately played, as we envision thick flakes of slowly falling snow. To achieve a softer sound, he experimented with his instrument, wrapping the piano strings with blankets or masking tape! Lucie Martel adds her beautiful voice to track “Humani”. We’re looking forward to his next release for spring.

Molly Annelle Redefines Elevator Music

With her debut album, teen prodigy Molly Annelle wants to redefine elevator music, switching things from a strings’ orchestra playing Burt Bacharach to dreamily sculpted pop with R&B trimmings. Molly and producer Louise Burns add enough style to give the songs a unique edge ensuring they remain far more interesting than the tokens of generic mediocrity emerging from current factories of convention. You’ll have fun just listening to the unpredictable ways Annelle trills out the lyrics. The 14-track disc follows the release of a few singles. Standouts include the fluttering “All In”, the hazy “How Was Your Day”, bubbly “Bobbie”, thickly grooved “Natural”, irresistible “Sunday”, and playful plus magical “Garden at Home”. One of the year’s best albums, Molly Annelle’s Elevator Music has a universal appeal that folks of all ages can enjoy. Released through Vancouver record label 604 Records, the album, very disappointingly, is not available on compact disc. You’ll have to settle for owning a copy with a low bit rate or not at all.

Bleu Kérosène Sets Off Dawn Fireworks

Earlier this year, Bleu Kérosène dropped its second EP, L’artifice de l’aube. The wonderful disc offers a mixture of dawn fireworks and evening lounge, a jazzy, colourful pop experience that takes us through both chipper and melancholy terrain. The group cites as influences Radiohead and fellow Canadian greats Patrick Watson and Daniel Bélanger. But with this EP, the quintet has definitely cooked up its own dessert, with soulful singer Érika Hagen-Veilleux delivering poetry quilled not by candlelight but by blue kerosene flame. Bleu Kérosène’s L’artifice de l’aube feels both festive and reflective with carefully placed textures. Give it a spin and lose yourself in its fabric. Live set of track “Child” embedded below.

Easter 2021 Releases and Industry Affairs

Compact Discs are Still King

Canadians bought more than 46,000 compact discs last week, the highest number across all album formats. Slightly less – 45,000 – digital albums were sold and only 17,000 of the older physical formats. It makes sense that the format with the best sound quality – the CD – continues to be the most popular over lower bit rate digital albums and staticky vinyl records. Despite this fact, media is falsely portraying the CD as the least popular, usually through indirect inferences. Whether or not record companies have chosen to believe this, there seems to be a disappointing trend: releasing many of their artists’ works on digital only. The message this gives is that “our artists’ music isn’t good enough for CD; you’ll have to settle for listening to it at a low bit rate”. The music of Canadian recording artists is better than that.

Seductive forces of the dark side have managed to sway the industry into channelling the cash flow into the personal Cayman Islands’ bank account of Daniel Ek, corporate executive of streaming service Spotify, which has a current balance of 4.5 billion USD.

The suits may be awash in self-congratulation over recent press releases of the IFPI’s latest report on the state of the music industry, which has revenues up in 2020 over 2019. However, the news covers up the distribution of earnings and the names of the individuals into whose personal pockets most of the money is going. It is a safe bet to assume that only a small percentage is being steered into the hands of the ones who are actually creating the music, i.e. the artists.

Where to Buy CDs

Besides stand-alone record shops and record label boutiques are chains and online sellers listed below. It is by no means a complete list but hopefully you can find what you’re looking for among them.

Sunrise Records is a Canadian owned record store chain. If there is no shop in your neighbourhood, you can order from its website. https://www.sunriserecords.com/

Archambault is an excellent Canadian seller with a website in both official languages. Free shipping on eligible orders over $39. https://www.archambault.ca/

Amazon Canada. Originally a books seller, Amazon bought out online retailer CD Now and to bypass customs duties at the border opened a Canadian chapter. Free shipping on eligible orders over $35. https://www.amazon.ca/

Tower Records is a US based online retailer. It may have CDs you can’t find at the Canadian sites. https://towerrecords.com/

YesAsia specializes in Asian products but includes others as well. Based in the US, it has a large selection of K-Pop, J-Pop, C-Pop (Mandopop and Cantopop), and much more. https://www.yesasia.com/us/en/home.html

Easter Releases

This week’s releases are scant (this release day is a holiday). Fans of fun punk music, rejoice! 123Go Ninja! has released Ça fait peur en titi! … ! Filpo dazzles with remarkably good rock album, housing a progressive lean, Printemps. Waiting to Get Paid, released through Vancouver’s Light Organ Records, is a superb alternative work from Alex Little & The Suspicious Minds. Those are all full-length discs. For the EPs, we have singer-songwriter fest À découvert by Rick McGale and Hood Avant Garde from rapper Charmaine.

26 March 2021 Releases: Ariane Moffatt, Tate McRae…

 

Three JUNO award winners and six nominees have released new discs this week. The trophy-bearing are Ariane Moffatt who has momentarily stepped aside from her recent pop excursions into more singer-songwriter territory. Her fresh album Incarnat is exquisite. Alternative rock’s diesel engine – Death From Above 1979 – has released Is 4 Lovers, and R&B specialist JRDN has contributed Ralph. The half-dozen JUNO nominees are Zeds Dead with electronic album Catching Z’s, rap outfit Manila Grey with No Saints on Knight Street, roots master Annabelle Chvostek with String of Pearls, R&B slayer Ali Gatie with The Idea of Her, pop newcomer Tate McRae with Too Young to Be Sad (EP), and new age crafter Mythos with XXV (EP). Besides several new pieces, the latter includes remasters of previously released material. Also out is One Pus One Equals Us from Billboard Top 40 charting artist Andee. Good things among the 28 releases listed below include delicious alternative album Ego Death from Beams, the magnificent Les dahlias ne meurent pas from Claudelle, and catchy EP Australia from Valérie Lahaie.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
À l’ouest du réel  Reney Ray  Folk Pop
Across the Neuro Seas Bryce Thomas  S-S
Catching Z’s Zeds Dead (JN) Electronic
Dream Logic Sarah Jerrom  Jazz
Ego Death Beams Alternative
Everybody Loves a Winner Matt Masters  Country
Funambule Samüel Jean  S-S
Incarnat Ariane Moffatt (JW) S-S
Is 4 Lovers Death from Above 1979 (JW) Alt Rock
Les dahlias ne meurent pas  Claudelle  AC
No Saints on Knight Street Manila Grey (JN) Rap
One Day Older None the Wiser Jay Pollmann  Alt Folk

One Pus One Equals Us

Andee Pop
Parce qu’il m’arrive Benny Jones  Folk Pop
Pink Lights Nolton Lake  S-S
Processed Strings Vol. 5 – Green Thomas Carbou  Electronic
Ralph JRDN (JW) R&B
Strange Flight The Wanted  Country
String of Pearls Annabelle Chvostek (JN) Folk
Sunny Soul Endrick and the Sandwiches  Blues
The Idea of Her Ali Gatie (JN) R&B
Australia (EP) Valérie Lahaie  Alternative
Everyday Son, Pt. 2 (EP) David Laflèche  Country
Mesures (EP) Simon Provencher  Experimental
Portraits, Vol. 1 (EP) Jocelyne Baribeau  Country
Too Young to Be Sad (EP) Tate McRae (JN) Pop
Tough Times (EP) Owen Barney Country
XXV (EP) Mythos (JN) New Age

The Sounds of Vancouver: 1984 Year-End Charts

Lori Fung of Vancouver became the first person on Earth to win the gold medal for the all-around rhythmic gymnastics at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games. Another local, Michael J. Fox, was becoming a big name. He was starring in television comedy series Family Ties. In 1984, its popularity skyrocketed to becoming the 5th most popular show on television. “Ghostbusters” from Ray Parker Jr. was the 13th biggest hit of 1984 on Vancouver’s CKLG and continues to sell, especially around Halloween. The song was the theme of the blockbuster feature film of the same name, a movie that was strong in CanCon. Ghostbusters, starring Canadian actors Dan Aykroyd and Rick Moranis, was the second highest grossing movie of the year.

We do not have a year-end chart for 1984 from CFUN and cannot say whether or not the station bothered with one. CFUN ceased to be a Top 40 hit station at the end of 1984, switching formats to adult contemporary; LG73 continued on as the main CHR station in the city. On New Year’s eve of 1984, LG counted down the 73 biggest hits of the year, crowning John Waite’s “Missing You” as the year’s biggest hit. There is no question that the most successful artist through the year was Cyndi Lauper. She scored three #1 hits that finished the year in 5th, 10th, and 11th place. More chart information can be found on our Charts Page here.

1 MISSING YOU JOHN WAITE
2 99 Red Balloons Nena
3 Against All Odds Phil Collins
4 Footloose Kenny Loggins
5 She-Bop Cyndi Lauper
6 When Doves Cry Prince
7 What’s Love Got To Do With It Tina Turner
8 Dancing In The Dark Bruce Springsteen
9 Jump Van Halen
10 Girls Just Want To Have Fun Cyndi Lauper
11 Time After Time Cyndi Lauper
12 Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go Wham
13 Ghostbusters Ray Parker Jr.
14 Karma Chameleon Culture Club
15 Talking In Your Sleep Romantics
16 Let’s Go Crazy Prince
17 The Re-Flex Duran Duran
18 Sister Christian Night Ranger
19 Thriller Michael Jackson
20 Somebody’s Watching Me Rockwell
21 I Just Called To Say I Love You Stevie Wonder
22 Hello Lionel Richie
23 Oh Sherrie Steve Perry
24 Warrior Scandal
25 Hold Me Now Thompson Twins
26 Here Comes The Rain Again Eurythmics
27 Owner Of A Lonely Heart Yes
28 Red Red Wine UB40
29 Send Me An Angel Real Life
30 I Want A New Drug Huey Lewis & The News
31 Heart Of Rock & Roll Huey Lewis & The News
32 Round & Round Ratt
33 Eyes Without A Face Billy Idol
34 Almost Paradise Mike Reno & Anne Wilson
35 State Of Shock Michael Jackson & Mick Jagger
36 Purple Rain Prince
37 They Don’t Know Tracey Ullman
38 Better Be Good To Me Tina Turner
39 Eat It Weird Al Yankovic
40 Strut Sheena Easton
41 Dance Hall Days Wang Chung
42 You Might Think The Cars
43 Major Tom Peter Schilling
44 Say Say Say Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
45 That’s All Genesis
46 Rebel Yell Billy Idol
47 Miss Me Blind Culture Club
48 Rockit Herbie Hancock
49 Self Control Laura Branigan
50 Caribbean Queen Billy Ocean
51 Let’s Hear It For The Boy Deniece Williams
52 Wouldn’t It Be Good Nik Kershaw
53 Doctor Doctor Thompson Twins
54 Sad Songs Elton John
55 If This Is It Huey Lewis & The News
56 Stuck On You Lionel Richie
57 Drive The Cars
58 Breakdance Irene Cara
59 Panama Van Halen
60 Legs ZZ Top
61 If Ever You’re In My Arms Again Peabo Bryson
62 The Glamorous Life Sheila E
63 Twist Of Fate Olivia Newton-John
64 Think Of Laura Christopher Cross
65 Girls Dwight Twilley
66 Authority Song John Cougar
67 Don’t Answer Me Alan Parsons Project
68 Automatic Pointer Sisters
69 Jump Pointer Sisters
70 Dynamite Jermaine Jackson
71 Sea Of Love Honeydrippers
72 Love Is A Battlefield Pat Benatar
73 Union Of The Snake Duran Duran

The Sounds of Vancouver: 1984 Hits

Below is a listing of 284 songs that were hits on Vancouver’s top radio stations LG73 and CFUN in the year 1984. Both stations ran weekly Top 30 countdowns. Find all of these songs with their peak position on these and date reached. Note that songs that charted on one station but not the other are included. Songs on the LG playlist that didn’t make the countdown are included with the date when it was first added to the playlist. These are indicated with the word “Airplay”. The songs are sorted in chronological order by LG73 peak date and then by peak position. CFUN switched to adult contemporary at the end of 1984. Songs which debuted on LG73 at the end of the year and probably reached their chart peaks in 1985 are included below at the bottom in a separate category. Songs at the end of the year that may have peaked in ’85 are marked with an asterisk. For an analysis and highlights of the listing, check out our post here. More chart information can be found on our Charts Page here.

Twist Of Fate, Olivia Newton-John
#3, January 5, 1984 (LG73)
#3, December 31, 1983 (CFUN)

I Won’t Stand In Your Way, Stray Cats
#25, January 5, 1984 (LG73)

If I’d Been The One, 38 Special
#27, January 5, 1984 (LG73)
#10, January 21, 1984 (CFUN)

Ask The Lonely, Journey
Airplay, January 5, 1984 (LG73)

Owner Of A Lonely Heart, Yes
#2, January 12, 1984 (LG73)
#1, January 14, 1984 (CFUN)

Undercover Of The Night, Rolling Stones
#10, January 12, 1984 (LG73)
#5, January 7, 1984 (CFUN)

Old Emotions, The Spoons
#25, January 12, 1984 (LG73)

That Was Then But This Is Now, ABC
#27, January 12, 1984 (LG73)

Read Em’ And Weep, Barry Manilow
#13, January 14, 1984 (CFUN)

Karma Chameleon, Culture Club
#1, January 19, 1984 (LG73)
#3, January 21, 1984 (CFUN)

Gold, Spandau Ballet
#11, January 19, 1984 (LG73)
#17, January 28, 1984 (CFUN)

Talking In Your Sleep, The Romantics
#1, January 26, 1984 (LG73)
#4, January 21, 1984 (CFUN)

I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues, Elton John
#3, January 26, 1984 (LG73)
#1, January 21, 1984 (CFUN)

Red Red Wine, UB40
#4, January 26, 1984 (LG73)
#6, January 28, 1984 (CFUN)

That’s All, Genesis
#6, January 26, 1984 (LG73)
#1, January 28, 1984 (CFUN)

Break My Stride, Matthew Wilder
#10, January 26, 1984 (LG73)
#5, January 14, 1984 (CFUN)

Stay With Me, Jeffrey Osborne
#4, February 4, 1984 (CFUN)

Pink Houses, John Cougar
#14, January 26, 1984 (LG73)
#7, February 18, 1984 (CFUN)

Wrapped Around Your Finger, The Police
#26, January 26, 1984 (LG73)
#10, February 18, 1984 (CFUN)

Over My Head, Toni Basil
#27, January 26, 1984 (LG73)

I Still Can’t Get Over Loving You, Ray Parker Jr.
#22, February 2, 1984 (LG73)
#3, February 11, 1984 (CFUN)

99 Red Balloons, Nena
#1, February 9, 1984 (LG73)
#1, February 25, 1984 (CFUN)

Middle Of The Road, The Pretenders
#12, February 9, 1984 (LG73)
#11, March 3, 1984 (CFUN)

Running With The Night, Lionel Richie
#18, February 9, 1984 (LG73)
#8, February 4, 1984 (CFUN)

Thriller, Michael Jackson
#2, February 16, 1984 (LG73)
#1, March 10, 1984 (CFUN)

Think Of Laura, Christopher Cross
#6, February 16, 1984 (LG73)
#12, March 3, 1984 (CFUN)

Nobody Told Me, John Lennon
#8, February 16, 1984 (LG73)
#3, March 3, 1984 (CFUN)

An Innocent Man, Billy Joel
#21, February 16, 1984 (LG73)
#2, February 11, 1984 (CFUN)

Heaven, Bryan Adams
#17, February 23, 1984 (LG73)

Send Me An Angel, Real Life
#4, March 1, 1984 (LG73)
#15, March 24, 1984 (CFUN)

So Bad, Paul McCartney
#23, March 1, 1984 (LG73)
#19, February 18, 1984 (CFUN)

Sunglasses At Night, Corey Hart
#24, March 1, 1984 (LG73)

Leave It, Yes
Airplay, March 1, 1984 (LG73)
#17, April 21, 1984 (CFUN)

Please Don’t Make Me Cry, UB40
Airplay, March 1, 1984 (LG73)

When The Lady Smiles, Golden Earring
Airplay, March 1, 1984 (LG73)

I Want A New Drug, Huey Lewis & The News
#5, March 8, 1984 (LG73)
#5, March 31, 1984 (CFUN)

New Moon On Monday, Duran Duran
#16, March 8, 1984 (LG73)
#8, March 24, 1984 (CFUN)

Holding Out For A Hero, Bonnie Tyler
Airplay, March 8, 1984 (LG73)

Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper
#1, March 15, 1984 (LG73)
#3, May 5, 1984 (CFUN)

Here Comes The Rain Again, Eurythmics
#5, March 15, 1984 (LG73)
#2, March 17, 1984 (CFUN)

Rebel Yell, Billy Idol
#8, March 15, 1984 (LG73)
#20, April 21, 1984 (CFUN)

Joanna, Kool & The Gang
#10, March 15, 1984 (LG73)
#3, February 18, 1984 (CFUN)

The Politics Of Dancing, Re-Flex
#17, March 15, 1984 (LG73)

One In A Million, Romantics
Airplay, March 15, 1984 (LG73)
#15, April 28, 1984 (CFUN)

This Woman, Kenny Rogers
#20, March 17, 1984 (CFUN)

Yah Mo B There, James Ingram & Michael McDonald
#16, March 22, 1984 (LG73)
#5, March 10, 1984 (CFUN)

Got A Hold On Me, Christine McVie
#19, March 22, 1984 (LG73)
#7, March 24, 1984 (CFUN)

The Language Of Love, Dan Fogelberg
#9, March 24, 1984 (CFUN)

Jump, Van Halen
#1, March 29, 1984 (LG73)
#1, March 17, 1984 (CFUN)

Let The Music Play, Shannon
#11, March 29, 1984 (LG73)
#21, April 28, 1984 (CFUN)

Dumb Blonde, France Joli
Airplay, March 29, 1984 (LG73)

I Need Your Love, Stan Meisner
Airplay, March 29, 1984 (LG73)

Listen To The Radio, Pukka Orchestra
Airplay, March 29, 1984 (LG73)

Hold Me Now, Thompson Twins
#7, April 5, 1984 (LG73)
#4, April 14, 1984 (CFUN)

Hyperactive, Thomas Dolby
#15, April 5, 1984 (LG73)

Radio Ga Ga, Queen
#17, April 5, 1984 (LG73)
#20, April 7, 1984 (CFUN)

Only You, Flying Pickets
Airplay, April 5, 1984 (LG73)
#11, June 2, 1984 (CFUN)

Something Better, The Tenants
Airplay, April 5, 1984 (LG73)

Take It From Me, Platinum Blonde
Airplay, April 5, 1984 (LG73)

Footloose, Kenny Loggins
#1, April 12, 1984 (LG73)
#1, March 31, 1984 (CFUN)

Somebody’s Watching Me, Rockwell
#3, April 12, 1984 (LG73)
#4, March 24, 1984 (CFUN)

Eat It, Weird Al Yankovic
#4, April 12, 1984 (LG73)
#6, April 21, 1984 (CFUN)

The Runner, Manfred Mann
#15, April 12, 1984 (LG73)
#19, April 14, 1984 (CFUN)

One Time For Old Times, 38 Special
Airplay, April 12, 1984 (LG73)

Tonight, Kool & The Gang
#18, April 14, 1984 (CFUN)

Kid’s American, Matthew Wilder
#22, April 14, 1984 (CFUN)

Automatic, Pointer Sisters
#9, April 19, 1984 (LG73)
#14, March 31, 1984 (CFUN)

Come Back And Stay, Paul Young
#11, April 19, 1984 (LG73)
#13, March 31, 1984 (CFUN)

New Song, Howard Jones
#24, April 19, 1984 (LG73)
#13, April 21, 1984 (CFUN)

No More Words, Berlin
Airplay, April 19, 1984 (LG73)

Two Days & Three Nights, Tim Ryan
Airplay, April 19, 1984 (LG73)

Miss Me Blind, Culture Club
#6, April 26, 1984 (LG73)
#2, April 14, 1984 (CFUN)

Love Somebody, Rick Springfield
#15, April 26, 1984 (LG73)
#16, April 21, 1984 (CFUN)

Adult Education, Hall & Oates
#19, April 26, 1984 (LG73)
#7, April 14, 1984 (CFUN)

Against All Odds, Phil Collins
#1, May 3, 1984 (LG73)
#1, April 21, 1984 (CFUN)

Girls, Dwight Twilley
#5, May 3, 1984 (LG73)
#5, April 14, 1984 (CFUN)

Don’t Answer Me, Alan Parsons Project
#8, May 3, 1984 (LG73)
#13, April 14, 1984 (CFUN)

I Want To Break Free, Queen
Airplay, May 3, 1984 (LG73)

Still In Love With You, LaBarge
Airplay, May 3, 1984 (LG73)

Sunshine Reggae, Allen Harris
Airplay, May 3, 1984 (LG73)
#26, August 4, 1984 (CFUN)

Show Me, The Pretenders
#22, May 10, 1984 (LG73)
#19, May 26, 1984 (CFUN)

Would You Miss Me, Sherry Kean
Airplay, May 10, 1984 (LG73)

Young Thing, Wild Dreams, Red Rider
Airplay, May 10, 1984 (LG73)

They Don’t Know, Tracey Ullman
#3, May 17, 1984 (LG73)
#9, April 14, 1984 (CFUN)

You Might Think, The Cars
#6, May 17, 1984 (LG73)
#6, May 19, 1984 (CFUN)

It’s My Life, Talk Talk
#21, May 17, 1984 (LG73)

Got You On My Mind, Chilliwack
Airplay, May 17, 1984 (LG73)

My Ever Changing Moods, Style Council
Airplay, May 17, 1984 (LG73)

You Can’t Get What You Want, Joe Jackson
Airplay, May 17, 1984 (LG73)

Borderline, Madonna
#17, May 19, 1984 (CFUN)

Hello, Lionel Richie
#1, May 24, 1984 (LG73)
#2, April 28, 1984 (CFUN)

Rock it, Herbie Hancock
#5, May 24, 1984 (LG73)
#4, May 26, 1984 (CFUN)

The Longest Time, Billy Joel
#24, May 24, 1984 (LG73)
#18, May 12, 1984 (CFUN)

Head Over Heels, Go-Go’s
#29, May 24, 1984 (LG73)

Special Girl, Eddie Schwartz
Airplay, May 24, 1984 (LG73)

Walkaway, The Box
Airplay, May 24, 1984 (LG73)

The Reflex, Duran Duran
#1, May 31, 1984 (LG73)
#2, May 26, 1984 (CFUN)

Authority Song, John Cougar
#8, May 31, 1984 (LG73)
#29, April 28, 1984 (CFUN)

A Fine Fine Day, Tony Carey
#10, May 31, 1984 (LG73)
#12, May 26, 1984 (CFUN)

Sharp Dressed Man, ZZ Top
#13, May 31, 1984 (LG73)
#26, April 28, 1984 (CFUN)

Tell Me I’m Not Dreamin’, Jermaine & Michael Jackson
#19, May 31, 1984 (LG73)

I’ll Wait, Van Halen
#21, May 31, 1984 (LG73)
#10, May 19, 1984 (CFUN)

You Are (All These Things To Me), Villains
Airplay, May 31, 1984 (LG73)

To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before, Julio/Willie
#7, June 2, 1984 (CFUN)

Dancing In The Sheets, Shalamar
#14, June 2, 1984 (CFUN)

Oh Sherrie, Steve Perry
#3, June 7, 1984 (LG73)
#3, June 16, 1984 (CFUN)

Breakdance, Irene Cara
#4, June 7, 1984 (LG73)
#5, May 26, 1984 (CFUN)

Who’s That Girl, Eurythmics
#18, June 7, 1984 (LG73)
#14, June 9, 1984 (CFUN)

Black Stations/White Stations, M + M
#22, June 7, 1984 (LG73)
#18, June 9, 1984 (CFUN)

It’s A Miracle, Culture Club
#25, June 7, 1984 (LG73)
#22, July 7, 1984 (CFUN)

Gonna Get Close to You, Dalbello
Airplay, June 7, 1984 (LG73)

Stay The Night, Chicago
Airplay, June 7, 1984 (LG73)
#17, July 21, 1984 (CFUN)

Turn It Around, Gino Soccio
Airplay, June 7, 1984 (LG73)

Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper
#1, June 14, 1984 (LG73)
#1, June 9, 1984 (CFUN)

Modern Day Delilah, Van Stephenson
#22, June 16, 1984 (CFUN)

Let’s Hear It For The Boy, Deniece Williams
#2, June 21, 1984 (LG73)
#5, June 30, 1984 (CFUN)

Cooling the Medium, M + M
Airplay, June 21, 1984 (LG73)

Turn Up The Music, Johnny Lovesin
Airplay, June 21, 1984 (LG73)

Dancing In The Dark, Bruce Springsteen
#2, June 28, 1984 (LG73)
#3, June 30, 1984 (CFUN)

Heart Of Rock & Roll, Huey Lewis & The News
#3, June 28, 1984 (LG73)
#6, June 2, 1984 (CFUN)

Original Sin, INXS
#16, June 28, 1984 (LG73)
#16, June 30, 1984 (CFUN)

Run Runaway, Slade
#17, June 28, 1984 (LG73)
#6, July 14, 1984 (CFUN)

Where Do The Boys Go, Men Without Hats
Airplay, June 28, 1984 (LG73)

Eyes Without A Face, Billy Idol
#1, July 5, 1984 (LG73)
#2, June 23, 1984 (CFUN)

Wouldn’t It Be Good, Nik Kershaw
#5, July 5, 1984 (LG73)
#3, July 14, 1984 (CFUN)

Self Control, Laura Branigan
#7, July 5, 1984 (LG73)
#5, July 21, 1984 (CFUN)

Relax, Frankie Goes To Hollywood
#26, July 5, 1984 (LG73)
#13, July 28, 1984 (CFUN)

Meet Me In The Middle, The Arrows
#28, July 5, 1984 (LG73)
#26, July 7, 1984 (CFUN)

Don’t Tell Me, Blancmange
Airplay, July 5, 1984 (LG73)

I’m Free (Heaven Helps The Man), Kenny Loggins
Airplay, July 5, 1984 (LG73)

Take This Heart, Harlequin
Airplay, July 5, 1984 (LG73)

Sister Christian, Night Ranger
#1, July 12, 1984 (LG73)
#1, June 30, 1984 (CFUN)

Magic, The Cars
#14, July 12, 1984 (LG73)
#10, July 28, 1984 (CFUN)

Infatuation, Rod Stewart
#24, July 12, 1984 (LG73)
#9, August 11, 1984 (CFUN)

Can’t Wait All Night, Juice Newton
Airplay, July 12, 1984 (LG73)

Go Crazy, The Villains
Airplay, July 12, 1984 (LG73)

Almost Paradise, Mike Reno & Ann Wilson
#2, July 19, 1984 (LG73)
#2, July 14, 1984 (CFUN)

Dance Hall Days, Wang Chung
#3, July 19, 1984 (LG73)
#7, July 7, 1984 (CFUN)

Doctor Doctor, Thompson Twins
#8, July 19, 1984 (LG73)
#6, July 7, 1984 (CFUN)

Must I Always Remember, The Box
Airplay, July 19, 1984 (LG73)

When Doves Cry, Prince
#1, July 26, 1984 (LG73)
#1, July 28, 1984 (CFUN)

State Of Shock, Michael Jackson & Mick Jagger
#5, July 26, 1984 (LG73)
#3, July 21, 1984 (CFUN)

Legs, ZZ Top
#10, July 26, 1984 (LG73)
#2, July 21, 1984 (CFUN)

High On Emotion, Chris De Burgh
#19, July 26, 1984 (LG73)
#16, August 25, 1984 (CFUN)

She’s Mine, Steve Perry
#22, July 26, 1984 (LG73)
#20, August 25, 1984 (CFUN)

No Way Out, Jefferson Starship
#28, July 26, 1984 (LG73)
#21, August 4, 1984 (CFUN)

Boys Do Fall In Love, Robin Gibb
Airplay, July 26, 1984 (LG73)

You Can’t Do That, The Front
Airplay, July 26, 1984 (LG73)

Ghostbusters, Ray Parker Jr.
#2, August 2, 1984 (LG73)
#1, August 4, 1984 (CFUN)

Jump, Pointer Sisters
#9, August 2, 1984 (LG73)
#9, July 28, 1984 (CFUN)

Breakin’ (No Stoppin’ Us), Ollie & Jerry
#24, August 2, 1984 (LG73)
#15, August 18, 1984 (CFUN)

She Got The Radio, Corey Hart
Airplay, August 2, 1984 (LG73)

Sad Songs (Say So Much), Elton John
#5, August 9, 1984 (LG73)
#4, September 8, 1984 (CFUN)

I Can Dream About You, Dan Hartman
#13, August 9, 1984 (LG73)
#18, August 25, 1984 (CFUN)

Are You Really Gonna Walk Out, Chilliwack
Airplay, August 9, 1984 (LG73)

I’m Gonna Need A Miracle Tonight, Baron Longfellow
Airplay, August 9, 1984 (LG73)

Romancing The Stone, Eddy Grant
#7, August 11, 1984 (CFUN)

Go Insane, Lindsey Buckingham
Airplay, August 16, 1984 (LG73)

I’ll Do You Right, Ian Thomas
Airplay, August 16, 1984 (LG73)

Panama, Van Halen
#5, August 23, 1984 (LG73)
#7, August 18, 1984 (CFUN)

Lovers In A Dangerous Time, Bruce Cockburn
#19, August 23, 1984 (LG73)
#28, August 11, 1984 (CFUN)

New Romance, Holly Woods & Toronto
#30, August 23, 1984 (LG73)

Go For Soda, Kim Mitchell
Airplay, August 23, 1984 (LG73)

Leave A Tender Moment Alone, Billy Joel
#21, August 25, 1984 (CFUN)

What’s Love Got To Do With It, Tina Turner
#1, August 30, 1984 (LG73)
#1, September 8, 1984 (CFUN)

If This Is It, Huey Lewis & The News
#5, August 30, 1984 (LG73)
#6, September 8, 1984 (CFUN)

Stuck On You, Lionel Richie
#7, August 30, 1984 (LG73)
#7, September 1, 1984 (CFUN)

Rock Me Tonight, Billy Squier
#10, August 30, 1984 (LG73)

Dancing With Tears In My Eyes, Ultravox
#12, August 30, 1984 (LG73)
#18, September 8, 1984 (CFUN)

My Oh My, Slade
#19, August 30, 1984 (LG73)

Sexy Girl, Glenn Frey
#22, August 30, 1984 (LG73)
#12, September 8, 1984 (CFUN)

Breaking Curfew, Red Rider
Airplay, August 30, 1984 (LG73)

Alibis, Sergio Mendes
#21, September 1, 1984 (CFUN)

She Bop, Cyndi Lauper
#1, September 6, 1984 (LG73)
#2, September 1, 1984 (CFUN)

Only When You Leave, Spandau Ballet
#22, September 6, 1984 (LG73)
#25, September 15, 1984 (CFUN)

Two Tribes, Frankie Goes To Hollywood
#29, September 6, 1984 (LG73)

Get It While You Can, Gary O
Airplay, September 6, 1984 (LG73)

Love Is Love, Culture Club
Airplay, September 6, 1984 (LG73)

Making Contact, Bruce Cockburn
Airplay, September 6, 1984 (LG73)

Passion, Zappacosta
Airplay, September 6, 1984 (LG73)

All Of You, Iglesias/Ross
#16, September 8, 1984 (CFUN)

Drive, The Cars
#6, September 13, 1984 (LG73)
#8, September 22, 1984 (CFUN)

Lights Out, Peter Wolf
#12, September 13, 1984 (LG73)
#9, September 1, 1984 (CFUN)

New Girl Now, Honeymoon Suite
#19, September 13, 1984 (LG73)

Let It Go, Luba
#27, September 13, 1984 (LG73)

Tell No Lies, The Spoons
Airplay, September 13, 1984 (LG73)

The Lucky One, Laura Branigan
#22, September 15, 1984 (CFUN)

Missing You, John Waite
#1, September 20, 1984 (LG73)
#1, September 22, 1984 (CFUN)

Torture, Jacksons
#20, September 20, 1984 (LG73)
#12, September 22, 1984 (CFUN)

Not In Love, Platinum Blonde
Airplay, September 20, 1984 (LG73)

The Warrior, Scandal
#2, September 27, 1984 (LG73)
#2, September 29, 1984 (CFUN)

Dynamite, Jermaine Jackson
#8, September 27, 1984 (LG73)
#7, September 29, 1984 (CFUN)

Are We Ourselves, The Fixx
#15, September 27, 1984 (LG73)

There Goes My Baby, Donna Summer
#16, September 27, 1984 (LG73)
#26, October 6, 1984 (CFUN)

Desperation, Holly Woods & Toronto
Airplay, September 27, 1984 (LG73)

Out Of My Life, Gino Soccio
Airplay, September 27, 1984 (LG73)

Storm Before The Calm, Luba
Airplay, September 27, 1984 (LG73)

What In The Name Of Love, Naked Eyes
Airplay, September 27, 1984 (LG73)

Let’s Go Crazy, Prince
#2, October 4, 1984 (LG73)
#3, September 22, 1984 (CFUN)

Round and Round, Ratt
#4, October 4, 1984 (LG73)
#6, October 20, 1984 (CFUN)

If Ever You’re In My Arms Again, Peabo Bryson
#7, October 4, 1984 (LG73)
#5, September 29, 1984 (CFUN)

Flesh For Fantasy, Billy Idol
#9, October 4, 1984 (LG73)

Cover Me, Bruce Springsteen
#10, October 4, 1984 (LG73)
#8, October 27, 1984 (CFUN)

Who Wears These Shoes, Elton John
#16, October 4, 1984 (LG73)
#18, October 6, 1984 (CFUN)

Some Guys Have All The Luck, Rod Stewart
#22, October 4, 1984 (LG73)
#13, October 20, 1984 (CFUN)

Blue Jean, David Bowie
#15, October 11, 1984 (LG73)
#15, November 3, 1984 (CFUN)

A Girl In Trouble Is A Temporary Thing, Romeo Void
Airplay, October 11, 1984 (LG73)

Inevitable, Bolero Lava
Airplay, October 11, 1984 (LG73)

I Just Called To Say I Love You, Stevie Wonder
#1, October 18, 1984 (LG73)
#2, October 6, 1984 (CFUN)

Hard Habit To Break, Chicago
#9, October 18, 1984 (LG73)
#6, October 27, 1984 (CFUN)

Cruel Summer, Bananarama
#10, October 18, 1984 (LG73)
#12, October 20, 1984 (CFUN)

Girls With Guns, Tommy Shaw
Airplay, October 18, 1984 (LG73)

The Glamorous Life, Sheila E
#8, October 25, 1984 (LG73)
#9, November 10, 1984 (CFUN)

On The Dark Side, John Cafferty
#14, October 25, 1984 (LG73)
#8, November 10, 1984 (CFUN)

Alphabet Town, Gerry Cott
Airplay, October 25, 1984 (LG73)

Penny Lover, Lionel Richie
Airplay, October 25, 1984 (LG73)

What’s It Gonna Take, Fast Forward
Airplay, October 25, 1984 (LG73)

Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, Wham
#1, November 1, 1984 (LG73)
#1, October 13, 1984 (CFUN)

Lucky Star, Madonna
#8, November 1, 1984 (LG73)
#14, November 10, 1984 (CFUN)

Desert Moon, Dennis Deyoung
#16, November 1, 1984 (LG73)
#6, December 1, 1984 (CFUN)

What About Me, Rogers Carnes Ingram
#27, November 1, 1984 (LG73)
#20, December 8, 1984 (CFUN)

All We Are, Kim Mitchell
Airplay, November 1, 1984 (LG73)

If It Happens Again, UB40
Airplay, November 1, 1984 (LG73)

We’re Not Gonna Take It, Twisted Sister
#14, November 3, 1984 (CFUN)

Purple Rain, Prince
#3, November 8, 1984 (LG73)
#3, November 17, 1984 (CFUN)

I’m So Excited, Pointer Sisters
#10, November 8, 1984 (LG73)
#11, November 17, 1984 (CFUN)

Swept Away, Diana Ross
#14, November 8, 1984 (LG73)
#20, November 17, 1984 (CFUN)

The War Song, Culture Club
#15, November 8, 1984 (LG73)
#18, November 24, 1984 (CFUN)

Burning In Love, Honeymoon Suite
Airplay, November 8, 1984 (LG73)

Don’t Cry Tonight, Paul Janz
Airplay, November 8, 1984 (LG73)

Pride (In The Name Of Love), U2
#20, November 15, 1984 (LG73)

Shangri-La, Steve Miller
#26, November 15, 1984 (LG73)

Never Be Another One, Arrows
Airplay, November 15, 1984 (LG73)

We Should Be Lovers, Zappacosta
Airplay, November 15, 1984 (LG73)

Better Be Good To Me, Tina Turner
#3, November 22, 1984 (LG73)
#5, November 10, 1984 (CFUN)

Strut, Sheena Easton
#5, November 22, 1984 (LG73)
#3, November 24, 1984 (CFUN)

Teacher Teacher, 38 Special
#11, November 22, 1984 (LG73)
#19, December 1, 1984 (CFUN)

Hold Me, Baron Longfellow
Airplay, November 22, 1984 (LG73)

Romantic Traffic, The Spoons
Airplay, November 22, 1984 (LG73)

The Boys Of Summer, Don Henley
Airplay, November 22, 1984 (LG73)*

Had A Dream, Roger Hodgson
#21, November 29, 1984 (LG73)

Heaven, Eurogliders
#23, November 29, 1984 (LG73)

Cool It Now, New Edition
Airplay, November 29, 1984 (LG73)*

Danger Zone, Everest
Airplay, November 29, 1984 (LG73)

Don’t Come To Me, Eddie Schwartz
Airplay, November 29, 1984 (LG73)

Easy Lover, Philip Bailey & Phil Collins
Airplay, November 29, 1984 (LG73)*

Understanding, Bob Seger
Airplay, November 29, 1984 (LG73)*

Wild Boys, Duran Duran
#2, December 6, 1984 (LG73)
#6, December 22, 1984 (CFUN)

Run To You, Bryan Adams
#6, December 6, 1984 (LG73)
#10, December 1, 1984 (CFUN)

No More Lonely Nights, Paul McCartney
#7, December 6, 1984 (LG73)
#9, December 1, 1984 (CFUN)

All Through The Night, Cyndi Lauper
#10, December 6, 1984 (LG73)
#4, November 24, 1984 (CFUN)

Valotte, Julian Lennon
#12, December 6, 1984 (LG73)
#16, December 1, 1984 (CFUN)

I Would Die For You, Prince
Airplay, December 6, 1984 (LG73)*

Jamie, Ray Parker Jr.
Airplay, December 6, 1984 (LG73)*

Look What’s Showing Through, Holly Woods & Toronto
Airplay, December 6, 1984 (LG73)

Sea Of Love, The Honeydrippers
#1, December 13, 1984 (LG73)
#1, December 15, 1984 (CFUN)

Caribbean Queen, Billy Ocean
#3, December 13, 1984 (LG73)*
#5, December 8, 1984 (CFUN)

Stranger In Town, Toto
#15, December 13, 1984 (LG73)

Do What You Do, Jermaine Jackson
#21, December 13, 1984 (LG73)*
#19, December 15, 1984 (CFUN)

In Neon, Elton John
Airplay, December 13, 1984 (LG73)*

Loverboy, Billy Ocean
Airplay, December 13, 1984 (LG73)*
#24, December 22, 1984 (CFUN)

Tender Years, John Cafferty
Airplay, December 13, 1984 (LG73)*

I Feel For You, Chaka Khan
#2, December 20, 1984 (LG73)*
#2, December 8, 1984 (CFUN)

Out Of Touch, Hall & Oates
#8, December 20, 1984 (LG73)*
#6, December 15, 1984 (CFUN)

I Can’t Hold Back, Survivor
#12, December 20, 1984 (LG73)*
#8, December 22, 1984 (CFUN)

Edge Of A Dream, Joe Cocker
#18, December 20, 1984 (LG73)*
#22, December 15, 1984 (CFUN)

Tears, John Waite
#26, December 20, 1984 (LG73)

Method Of Modern Love, Hall & Oates
Airplay, December 20, 1984 (LG73)*

Money Changes Everything, Cyndi Lauper
Airplay, December 20, 1984 (LG73)*

Somebody, Bryan Adams
Airplay, December 20, 1984 (LG73)

We Belong, Pat Benatar
#4, December 27, 1984 (LG73)*
#9, December 8, 1984 (CFUN)

All I Need, Jack Wagner
#9, December 27, 1984 (LG73)*
#5, December 22, 1984 (CFUN)

Hello Again, The Cars
#16, December 27, 1984 (LG73)
#12, December 22, 1984 (CFUN)*

Power Of Love, Frankie Goes To Hollywood
#24, December 27, 1984 (LG73)*

The Belle Of St. Mark, Sheila E
#27, December 27, 1984 (LG73)*

Bruce, Rick Springfield
#29, December 27, 1984 (LG73)*

SONGS THAT PROBABLY PEAKED IN 1985

Smalltown Boy, Bronski Beat
Airplay, December 13, 1984 (LG73)

Like A Virgin, Madonna
#5, December 27, 1984 (LG73)
#17, December 22, 1984 (CFUN)

Careless Whisper, Wham
#11, December 27, 1984 (LG73)

Do They Know It’s Christmas, Bandaid
#14, December 27, 1984 (LG73)

Born In The USA, Bruce Springsteen
#15, December 27, 1984 (LG73)
#11, December 15, 1984 (CFUN)

You’re The Inspiration, Chicago
#20, December 27, 1984 (LG73)
#16, December 22, 1984 (CFUN)

I Want To Know What Love Is, Foreigner
#23, December 27, 1984 (LG73)
#30, December 22, 1984 (CFUN)

At The Feet Of The Moon, Parachute Club
#26, December 27, 1984 (LG73)
#23, December 22, 1984 (CFUN)

The Sounds of Vancouver: 1984 Highlights

Vancouver’s AM dial decided it did not have room for two Top 40 hit music stations and one of them had to go. In the ratings battle, LG73 won out over CFUN, and at the end of 1984, the latter announced it was switching to the adult contemporary format. We do not have a year-end 1984 chart from CFUN. LG’s puts John Waite’s “Missing You” in 1st place, in contrast to the RPM national chart which tipped its toque to Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You”; that song was 21st of the year in Vancouver. The biggest hit of the year that involved a Canadian artist was “Almost Paradise” with Loverboy’s Mike Reno teaming up with Heart’s Ann Wilson. “Run to You” by Bryan Adams was the biggest Canadian song of 1984 in Vancouver.

1984 Number Ones Chronologically on LG73

★ Karma Chameleon, Culture Club
★ Talking In Your Sleep, The Romantics
★ 99 Red Balloons, Nena
★ Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper
★ Jump, Van Halen
★ Footloose, Kenny Loggins
★ Against All Odds, Phil Collins
★ Hello, Lionel Richie
★ The Reflex, Duran Duran
★ Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper
★ Eyes Without A Face, Billy Idol
★ Sister Christian, Night Ranger
★ When Doves Cry, Prince
★ What’s Love Got To Do With It, Tina Turner
★ She Bop, Cyndi Lauper
★ Missing You, John Waite
★ I Just Called To Say I Love You, Stevie Wonder
★ Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, Wham
★ Sea Of Love, The Honeydrippers

1984 Number Ones Chronologically on CFUN

★ Owner Of A Lonely Heart, Yes
★ I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues, Elton John
★ That’s All, Genesis
★ 99 Red Balloons, Nena
★ Thriller, Michael Jackson
★ Jump, Van Halen
★ Footloose, Kenny Loggins
★ Against All Odds, Phil Collins
★ Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper
★ Sister Christian, Night Ranger
★ When Doves Cry, Prince
★ Ghostbusters, Ray Parker Jr.
★ What’s Love Got To Do With It, Tina Turner
★ Missing You, John Waite
★ Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, Wham
★ Sea Of Love, The Honeydrippers

Bigger in Vancouver

British synth pioneering group Ultravox finally broke through on this side of the Atlantic. “Dancing with Tears in My Eyes” was #12 and #18 on LG and CFUN respectively. The song does not appear to have charted in RPM. “Send Me an Angel” from Australia’s Real Life did superbly on LG (#4) but not as well nation-wide (RPM #18). British artist Howard Jones, who spent part of his childhood living in Ottawa, had a hit with “New Song”. It did better on CFUN #13 than nation-wide (RPM #22). Talk Talk’s “It’s My Life” was #21 on LG but nine positions lower in RPM (#30).

Hit Songs at LG73 Passed on by CFUN

“Flesh for Fantasy” by Billy Idol was #9 on LG73 but CFUN fantasized it away. Number 10 hit “Rock Me Tonight” from another Billy (Squier) was rocked over to the trash bin by CFUN.

Songs That Did Better at LG73 Than at CFUN

“Authority Song” from John Cougar enjoyed the enviable weekly chart peak of #8, but barely clawed into the Top 30 (#29) on CFUN. ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man” performed acceptably on CFUN at #26 but halved that number on LG (#13).

Hit Songs at CFUN Passed on by LG73

The biggest hits on CFUN that LG73 passed up included “Stay with Me” by Jeffrey Osborne (#4), “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” from Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson (#7), and, surprisingly Eddy Grant’s “Romancing the Stone” (#7).

Songs That Did Better at CFUN Than at LG73

Billy Joel’s “An Innocent Man” and Ray Parker Jr.’s “I Still Can’t Get Over Loving You” were huge hits on CFUN at #2 and #3 respectively but only #21 and #22 on LG73, a difference for both of 19 chart positions.

Canadian Hits

Loverboy’s Mike Reno joined Heart’s Ann Wilson in the Eric Carmen and Dean Pitchford penned “Almost Paradise” which appeared on the blockbuster Footloose soundtrack. It cannot be considered a Canadian song, though Mike is from the land of the toque (he prefers the headband). The biggest Canadian song of 1984 was Bryan Adams “Run to You” which reached #6 on LG73 and #10 on CFUN.

Canadian Songs That Should Have Done Better

1984 was not a big year in Canadian music. New, emerging, and established artists released some great songs, but they were not given the spins they deserved. Here are just a few examples.

Canada was not known for its female soloists in the 80s (francophone women did better, but that is another story). And yet, there were some women who were dropping deliciously good tunes. One of them was Sherry Kean. “I Want You Back” made it to #19 in RPM but did not chart in Vancouver which is criminal. Her “Would You Miss Me” received some airplay on LG73.

Martha and the Muffins re-christened itself with the less tacky name of M+M and released “Black Stations/White Stations”. It had a super catchy vibe and a wonderful message. It only made it to #26 in RPM, doing slightly better at CFUN charting to #18.

In our analysis of 1983, we looked at how and why Men Without Hats’ “The Safety Dance” did better in foreign countries than here a home. There was another doozy in ’84. This one may surprise you. Do you remember Corey Hart‘s “Sunglasses at Night” being a big hit? It wasn’t. It did not chart on CFUN and only made it to #24 both on LG73 and in RPM. In the United States, it shimmied up the Billboard Hot 100 to #7. The song even did better in Australia and New Zealand than in Canada. LG gave some airplay to his “She Got the Radio”, but poor Corey was not definitively successful at home until he released his second album in 1985.

There really is no excuse for Zappacosta‘s “Passion” not becoming the hit it deserved. It did receive a few spins on LG, but it was arguably one of the best Canadian songs of the year and deserved better.

The aforementioned Men Without Hats released the infectious “Where Do the Boys Go”. It did okay nationally at #30, and received airplay on LG, but was good enough to top the charts.

Overlooked International Songs

These tunes strike us as ones that were worthy of some lodging in the charts but somehow got overlooked. In no particular order, the theme from The Terminator directed by Canada’s James Cameron was a super cool instrumental piece. “Gratitude” from Oingo Boingo (that’s Danny Elfman’s old band) was included on the Beverly Hills cop soundtrack but was passed up by radio. Britain’s Bill Nelson churned out some good tunes, like “Acceleration”. Echo and the Bunnymen’s “The Killing Moon” was brilliant as was The Stranglers’ “Skin Deep”. Sheena Easton’s beautiful “Almost Over You” did not chart in Vancouver and deserved better than its #35 peak in RPM.

On to the 1984 hits…

More on the Charts…

The Sounds of Vancouver: 1983 Year-End Charts

BC Place was constructed as part of the preparations for Vancouver’s hosting of Expo 86. It held its grand opening June 19, 1983 when Irene Cara’s (no relation to Alessia) “Flashdance” was #1 in the city. It was the world’s largest air-supported domed stadium. The first event was an NASL soccer game between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders who played before a crowd of over 60,000. On June 23, the BC Lions played its first game there, a preseason 41–19 victory against the Calgary Stampeders. The stadium’s first rock concert took place on August 9: David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, and The Tubes.

We do not have a year-end chart for 1983 from CFUN and cannot say whether or not the station bothered with one. It was to spend only one more year as a Top 40 hit station (more on that when we explore 1984). On New Year’s eve of 1983, LG73 counted down the biggest hits of the year; however, the station reduced it from the usual 100 to only 73, a pretentious move perhaps. LG crowned The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” as the year’s biggest hit. The top Canadian artist entry was Bryan Adams’ “Cuts Like a Knife” at 33rd of ’83. More chart information can be found on our Charts Page here.

1 Every Breath You Take The Police
2 Total Eclipse Of The Heart Bonnie Tyler
3 Sweet Dreams Eurythmics
4 Flashdance (What A Feeling) Irene Cara
5 Electric Avenue Eddy Grant
6 Hungry Like The Wolf Duran Duran
7 Modern Love David Bowie
8 (She’s) Sexy & 17 Stray Cats
9 Billie Jean Michael Jackson
10 She Works Hard For The Money Donna Summer
11 King Of Pain The Police
12 She Blinded Me With Science Thomas Dolby
13 Back On the Chain Gang The Pretenders
14 Goody Two Shoes Adam Ant
15 Maniac Michael Sembello
16 Do You Really Want To Hurt Me Culture Club
17 Let’s Dance David Bowie
18 Our House Madness
19 True Spandau Ballet
20 Africa Toto
21 Always Something There To Remind Me Naked Eyes
22 Beat It Michael Jackson
23 Telefone Sheena Easton
24 One Thing Leads To Another The Fixx
25 Making Love Air Supply
26 In A Big Country Big Country
27 All Night Long (All Night) Lionel Richie
28 Midnight Blue Louise Tucker
29 (Keep Feeling) Fascination Human League
30 Pass The Dutchie Musical Youth
31 Baby Come To Me Patti Austin & James Ingram
32 1999 Prince
33 Cuts Like A Knife Bryan Adams
34 Major Tom (Coming Home) Peter Schilling
35 Uptown Girl Billy Joel
36 Jeopardy Greg Kihn
37 Mr. Roboto Styx
38 Maneater Hall & Oates
39 Gloria Laura Branigan
40 Heart & Soul Huey Lewis & The News
41 Stray Cat Strut Stray Cats
42 Heartbreaker Dionne Warwick
43 Come Dancing The Kinks
44 You Can’t Hurry Love Phil Collins
45 Suddenly Last Summer The Motels
46 Puttin’ On The Ritz Taco
47 Tell Her About It Billy Joel
48 Never Gonna Let You Go Sergio Mendes
49 Time (Clock Of The Heart) Culture Club
50 Don’t Forget To Dance The Kinks
51 Promises Promises Naked Eyes
52 Sexual Healing Marvin Gaye
53 Mickey Toni Basil
54 Baby Jane Rod Stewart
55 Love Is A Battlefield Pat Benatar
56 Far From Over Frank Stallone
57 One On One Hall & Oates
58 Shy Boy Bananarama
59 Say Say Say Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
60 Overkill Men At Work
61 Dirty Laundry Don Henley
62 Is There Something I Should Know Duran Duran
63 Whirly Girl Oxo
64 Lawyers In Love Jackson Browne
65 Delirious Prince
66 China Girl David Bowie
67 Church Of The Poison Mind Culture Club
68 Love Is A Stranger Eurythmics
69 Too Shy Kajagoogoo
70 Some Kind Of Friend Barry Manilow
71 You Are Lionel Richie
72 The Girl Is Mine Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney
73 Crumblin’ Down John Cougar Mellencamp

The Sounds of Vancouver: 1983 Hits

Below is a listing of 199 songs that were hits on Vancouver’s top radio stations LG73 and CFUN in the year 1983. The former ran weekly Top 20 countdowns and then switched to the Top 30 as of August 24. CFUN ran the Top 30 through the year. Find all of these songs with their peak position on these and date reached. Note that songs that charted on one station but not the other are included. Songs on the LG playlist that didn’t make the countdown are included with the date when it was first added to the playlist. These are indicated with the word “Airplay”. The songs are sorted in chronological order by LG73 peak date and then by peak position. For an analysis and highlights of the listing, check out our post here. More chart information can be found on our Charts Page here.

I Do, J. Geils Band
#5, January 1, 1983 (CFUN)

Gloria, Laura Branigan
#1, January 12, 1983 (LG73)
#1, December 4, 1982 (CFUN)

Silhouettes, The Nylons
#17, January 12, 1983 (LG73)
#7, January 1, 1983 (CFUN)

The Other Guy, Little River Band
#18, January 12, 1983 (LG73)
#6, January 8, 1983 (CFUN)

You Got Lucky, Tom Petty
#19, January 12, 1983 (LG73)
#4, January 1, 1983 (CFUN)

Love In Store, Fleetwood Mac
Airplay, January 12, 1983 (LG73)
#9, February 5, 1983 (CFUN)

Der Kommissar, Falco
#8, January 15, 1983 (CFUN)

You Can’t Hurry Love, Phil Collins
#7, January 19, 1983 (LG73)
#9, December 18, 1982 (CFUN)

Heart To Heart, Kenny Loggins
Airplay, January 19, 1983 (LG73)
#10, February 12, 1983 (CFUN)

Heartbreaker, Dionne Warwick
#1, January 26, 1983 (LG73)
#3, January 1, 1983 (CFUN)

Baby Come To Me, Patti Austin & James Ingram
#2, January 26, 1983 (LG73)
#1, February 5, 1983 (CFUN)

Shame On The Moon, Bob Seger
#13, January 26, 1983 (LG73)
#1, February 26, 1983 (CFUN)

Allentown, Billy Joel
#18, January 26, 1983 (LG73)
#14, February 12, 1983 (CFUN)

I Gotta Try, Michael McDonald
Airplay, January 26, 1983 (LG73)
#9, January 15, 1983 (CFUN)

Africa, Toto
#1, February 2, 1983 (LG73)
#1, January 1, 1983 (CFUN)

Who Knows How To Make Love Stay, Doug & Slugs
#19, February 2, 1983 (LG73)

What About Me, Moving Pictures
#12, February 5, 1983 (CFUN)

Pass The Dutchie, Musical Youth
#1, February 9, 1983 (LG73)
#1, February 12, 1983 (CFUN)

Sexual Healing, Marvin Gaye
#4, February 9, 1983 (LG73)
#6, January 29, 1983 (CFUN)

Secret Information, Chilliwack
#17, February 9, 1983 (LG73)
#11, March 12, 1983 (CFUN)

Heart Of The Night, Juice Newton
#20, February 9, 1983 (LG73)
#19, February 12, 1983 (CFUN)

All Those Lies, Glenn Frey
#6, February 12, 1983 (CFUN)

Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy, Sammy Hagar
#10, February 19, 1983 (CFUN)

Goody Two Shoes, Adam Ant
#2, February 25, 1983 (LG73)
#3, January 29, 1983 (CFUN)

Stray Cat Strut, Stray Cats
#3, February 25, 1983 (LG73)
#4, February 12, 1983 (CFUN)

All Right, Christopher Cross
#17, February 25, 1983 (LG73)
#6, March 19, 1983 (CFUN)

Do You Really Want To Hurt Me, Culture Club
#1, March 1, 1983 (LG73)
#4, February 26, 1983 (CFUN)

I Can’t Stand Still, Don Henley
Airplay, March 1, 1983 (LG73)

My Kind Of Lady, Supertramp
Airplay, March 1, 1983 (LG73)
#20, March 19, 1983 (CFUN)

Hungry Like The Wolf, Duran Duran
#1, March 9, 1983 (LG73)
#1, March 12, 1983 (CFUN)

We’ve Got Tonight, Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton
#13, March 9, 1983 (LG73)
#13, March 26, 1983 (CFUN)

Fall In Love With Me, Earth, Wind & Fire
Airplay, March 9, 1983 (LG73)

One On One, Hall & Oates
#6, March 16, 1983 (LG73)
#4, April 2, 1983 (CFUN)

Nice Girls, Melissa Manchester
#24, March 19, 1983 (CFUN)

The Woman In Me, Donna Summer
#25, March 19, 1983 (CFUN)

You Are, Lionel Richie
#11, March 23, 1983 (LG73)
#2, March 12, 1983 (CFUN)

Breaking Us In Two, Joe Jackson
#17, March 23, 1983 (LG73)
#13, March 12, 1983 (CFUN)

Back On The Chain Gang, The Pretenders
#2, March 30, 1983 (LG73)
#5, March 5, 1983 (CFUN)

Shy Boy, Bananarama
#4, March 30, 1983 (LG73)
#3, March 12, 1983 (CFUN)

Take The Short Way Home, Dionne Warwick
Airplay, March 30, 1983 (LG73)
#18, April 30, 1983 (CFUN)

Billie Jean, Michael Jackson
#1, April 6, 1983 (LG73)
#1, April 9, 1983 (CFUN)

I’ve Got A Rock & Roll Heart, Eric Clapton
#16, April 6, 1983 (LG73)
#6, March 26, 1983 (CFUN)

Come On Eileen, Dexy’s Midnight Runners
#20, April 6, 1983 (LG73)
#4, January 15, 1983 (CFUN)

Poison Arrow, ABC
#6, April 16, 1983 (CFUN)

Mr. Roboto, Styx
#3, April 20, 1983 (LG73)
#2, April 23, 1983 (CFUN)

Cuts Like A Knife, Bryan Adams
#5, April 20, 1983 (LG73)
#2, May 7, 1983 (CFUN)

Separate Ways, Journey
#11, April 20, 1983 (LG73)
#7, March 26, 1983 (CFUN)

I Won’t Hold You Back, Toto
#11, April 27, 1983 (LG73)
#4, May 7, 1983 (CFUN)

Welcome To Heartlight, Kenny Loggins
#9, April 30, 1983 (CFUN)

Twistin’ By The Pool, Dire Straits
#11, April 30, 1983 (CFUN)

Human Race, Red Rider
#17, April 30, 1983 (CFUN)

She Blinded Me With Science, Thomas Dolby
#1, May 4, 1983 (LG73)
#3, May 14, 1983 (CFUN)

Whirly Girl, Oxo
#4, May 4, 1983 (LG73)
#13, April 30, 1983 (CFUN)

It Might Be You, Stephen Bishop
#11, May 4, 1983 (LG73)
#4, May 14, 1983 (CFUN)

Even Now, Bob Seger
#18, May 4, 1983 (LG73)
#8, May 14, 1983 (CFUN)

Beat It, Michael Jackson
#1, May 11, 1983 (LG73)
#1, May 7, 1983 (CFUN)

Overkill, Men At Work
#6, May 11, 1983 (LG73)
#1, June 11, 1983 (CFUN)

Swingin’, John Anderson
#19, May 14, 1983 (CFUN)

Let’s Dance, David Bowie
#1, May 18, 1983 (LG73)
#1, May 21, 1983 (CFUN)

Jeopardy, Greg Kihn
#5, May 18, 1983 (LG73)
#2, April 9, 1983 (CFUN)

Some Kind Of Friend, Barry Manilow
#7, May 18, 1983 (LG73)
#15, May 7, 1983 (CFUN)

Faithfully, Journey
Airplay, May 18, 1983 (LG73)

Mornin’, Al Jarreau
Airplay, May 18, 1983 (LG73)
#12, June 4, 1983 (CFUN)

So Wrong, Patrick Simmons
#24, May 21, 1983 (CFUN)

Flashdance, Irene Cara
#1, May 25, 1983 (LG73)
#1, June 18, 1983 (CFUN)

Little Red Corvette, Prince
#2, June 1, 1983 (LG73)
#5, June 4, 1983 (CFUN)

Rio, Duran Duran
#19, June 1, 1983 (LG73)
#16, May 7, 1983 (CFUN)

We Two, Little River Band
Airplay, June 1, 1983 (LG73)
#12, July 16, 1983 (CFUN)

Straight From The Heart, Bryan Adams
#9, June 8, 1983 (LG73)
#9, May 28, 1983 (CFUN)

My Love, Lionel Richie
#19, June 8, 1983 (LG73)
#12, June 18, 1983 (CFUN)

Electric Avenue, Eddy Grant
#2, June 15, 1983 (LG73)
#2, July 2, 1983 (CFUN)

Midnight Blue, Louise Tucker
#3, June 15, 1983 (LG73)
#5, July 16, 1983 (CFUN)

Always Something There To Remind Me, Naked Eyes
#4, June 15, 1983 (LG73)
#3, June 25, 1983 (CFUN)

Solitaire, Laura Branigan
#10, June 15, 1983 (LG73)
#7, May 28, 1983 (CFUN)

Stranger In My House, Ronnie Milsap
#11, June 15, 1983 (LG73)

Don’t Let It End, Styx
#12, June 15, 1983 (LG73)
#10, June 25, 1983 (CFUN)

She’s A Beauty, The Tubes
#6, June 18, 1983 (CFUN)

Every Breath You Take, The Police
#1, June 22, 1983 (LG73)
#1, July 9, 1983 (CFUN)

Puttin’ On The Ritz, Taco
#5, June 22, 1983 (LG73)
#4, July 16, 1983 (CFUN)

Time (Clock Of The Heart), Culture Club
#7, June 22, 1983 (LG73)
#2, June 11, 1983 (CFUN)

Wishing, A Flock Of Seagulls
Airplay, June 22, 1983 (LG73)

Affair Of The Heart, Rick Springfield
#8, June 25, 1983 (CFUN)

That’s Love, Jim Capaldi
#19, June 25, 1983 (CFUN)

Come Dancing, The Kinks
#2, July 6, 1983 (LG73)
#3, July 9, 1983 (CFUN)

I’m Still Standing, Elton John
#15, July 6, 1983 (LG73)
#7, July 9, 1983 (CFUN)

Family Man, Hall & Oates
#20, July 9, 1983 (CFUN)

Too Shy, Kajagoogoo
#9, July 13, 1983 (LG73)
#11, July 16, 1983 (CFUN)

Hot Girls In Love, Loverboy
#13, July 13, 1983 (LG73)
#10, July 16, 1983 (CFUN)

All Time High, Rita Coolidge
Airplay, July 13, 1983 (LG73)

Stop In The Name Of Love, The Hollies
Airplay, July 13, 1983 (LG73)

Wanna Be Startin’ Something, Michael Jackson
Airplay, July 13, 1983 (LG73)
#13, July 30, 1983 (CFUN)

Never Gonna Let You Go, Sergio Mendes
#3, July 20, 1983 (LG73)
#6, July 16, 1983 (CFUN)

China Girl, David Bowie
#9, August 3, 1983 (LG73)
#11, August 20, 1983 (CFUN)

Our House, Madness
#2, August 10, 1983 (LG73)
#2, July 30, 1983 (CFUN)

Baby Jane, Rod Stewart
#6, August 10, 1983 (LG73)
#5, July 23, 1983 (CFUN)

All This Love, Debarge
#15, August 17, 1983 (LG73)
#17, July 16, 1983 (CFUN)

Stand Back, Stevie Nicks
#17, August 17, 1983 (LG73)
#8, July 23, 1983 (CFUN)

It’s A Mistake, Men At Work
#19, August 17, 1983 (LG73)
#5, August 20, 1983 (CFUN)

The Border, America
#20, August 17, 1983 (LG73)
#15, August 27, 1983 (CFUN)

After The Fall, Journey
Airplay, August 17, 1983 (LG73)
#13, August 20, 1983 (CFUN)

Pieces Of Ice, Diana Ross
#17, August 20, 1983 (CFUN)

Sweet Dreams, Eurythmics
#1, August 24, 1983 (LG73)
#4, August 13, 1983 (CFUN)

Is There Something I Should Know, Duran Duran
#9, August 24, 1983 (LG73)
#3, July 30, 1983 (CFUN)

Mistake, Mike Oldfield
#29, August 24, 1983 (LG73)

Total Eclipse Of The Heart, Bonnie Tyler
#1, August 31, 1983 (LG73)
#1, September 3, 1983 (CFUN)

1999, Prince
#3, August 31, 1983 (LG73)
#10, July 23, 1983 (CFUN)

This Time, Bryan Adams
#26, August 31, 1983 (LG73)

The Message, Men Without Hats
#28, August 31, 1983 (LG73)

Video Kids, Prototype
#29, August 31, 1983 (LG73)

She Works Hard For The Money, Donna Summer
#1, September 7, 1983 (LG73)
#3, August 27, 1983 (CFUN)

Lawyers In Love, Jackson Browne
#10, September 7, 1983 (LG73)
#6, September 3, 1983 (CFUN)

Rock And Roll Is King, Electric Light Orchestra
#13, September 7, 1983 (LG73)
#6, August 27, 1983 (CFUN)

I’ll Tumble 4 Ya, Culture Club
#16, September 7, 1983 (LG73)

Take Me To Heart, Quarterflash
#18, September 7, 1983 (LG73)
#10, August 13, 1983 (CFUN)

Don’t Cry, Asia
#26, September 7, 1983 (LG73)
#12, October 1, 1983 (CFUN)

Rise Up, Parachute Club
#30, September 7, 1983 (LG73)

Cold Blooded, Rick James
Airplay, September 7, 1983 (LG73)

Dead Giveaway, Shalamar
Airplay, September 7, 1983 (LG73)

How Can I Refuse, Heart
Airplay, September 7, 1983 (LG73)

Kiss The Bride, Elton John
Airplay, September 7, 1983 (LG73)
#16, October 8, 1983 (CFUN)

Scatterlings Of Africa, Juluka
Airplay, September 7, 1983 (LG73)

Wherever I Lay My Hat, Paul Young
Airplay, September 7, 1983 (LG73)

Maniac, Michael Sembello
#3, September 14, 1983 (LG73)
#2, August 13, 1983 (CFUN)

Tell Her About It, Billy Joel
#7, September 14, 1983 (LG73)
#1, September 24, 1983 (CFUN)

Human Touch, Rick Springfield
#12, September 14, 1983 (LG73)

Through The Years, Tim Finn
#23, September 14, 1983 (LG73)

Far From Over, Frank Stallone
#4, September 21, 1983 (LG73)
#5, October 8, 1983 (CFUN)

What Am I Gonna Do, Rod Stewart
Airplay, September 21, 1983 (LG73)

Sexy And 17, Stray Cats
#2, September 28, 1983 (LG73)
#11, October 15, 1983 (CFUN)

(Keep Feeling) Fascination, Human League
#3, September 28, 1983 (LG73)
#6, September 17, 1983 (CFUN)

Never Said I Loved You, Payola$
#15, September 28, 1983 (LG73)
#19, October 22, 1983 (CFUN)

Human Nature, Michael Jackson
#22, September 28, 1983 (LG73)
#1, September 17, 1983 (CFUN)

Sitting At The Wheel, Moody Blues
#28, September 28, 1983 (LG73)
#11, October 29, 1983 (CFUN)

Safety Dance, Men Without Hats
#3, October 1, 1983 (CFUN)

King Of Pain, The Police
#1, October 5, 1983 (LG73)
#1, October 8, 1983 (CFUN)

It Must Be Love, Madness
#30, October 5, 1983 (LG73)
#21, October 22, 1983 (CFUN)

Making Love, Air Supply
#3, October 12, 1983 (LG73)
#1, October 29, 1983 (CFUN)

Burning Down The House, Talking Heads
#22, October 12, 1983 (LG73)

Never Say Die, Cliff Richard
Airplay, October 12, 1983 (LG73)

Promises Promises, Naked Eyes
#8, October 19, 1983 (LG73)
#6, October 1, 1983 (CFUN)

I Don’t Wanna Dance, Eddy Grant
#14, October 19, 1983 (LG73)

How Am I Supposed to Live Without You, Laura Branigan
#18, October 19, 1983 (LG73)
#8, September 17, 1983 (CFUN)

If Anyone Falls, Stevie Nicks
#24, October 19, 1983 (LG73)
#10, October 22, 1983 (CFUN)

Telefone, Sheena Easton
#1, October 26, 1983 (LG73)
#3, October 29, 1983 (CFUN)

One Thing Leads To Another, The Fixx
#4, October 26, 1983 (LG73)
#9, October 22, 1983 (CFUN)

Don’t Forget To Dance, The Kinks
#8, October 26, 1983 (LG73)

Big Log, Robert Plant
#11, October 26, 1983 (LG73)
#6, October 15, 1983 (CFUN)

Dr. Heckyll And Mr. Jive, Men At Work
#24, October 29, 1983 (CFUN)

Modern Love, David Bowie
#1, November 3, 1983 (LG73)
#1, November 5, 1983 (CFUN)

Suddenly Last Summer, The Motels
#5, November 3, 1983 (LG73)
#8, November 5, 1983 (CFUN)

Uptown Girl, Billy Joel
#6, November 3, 1983 (LG73)
#2, November 26, 1983 (CFUN)

Delirious, Prince
#10, November 3, 1983 (LG73)
#11, November 5, 1983 (CFUN)

Can’t Shake Loose, Agnetha Faltskog
#23, November 3, 1983 (LG73)
#11, November 12, 1983 (CFUN)

Foolin’, Def Leppard
Airplay, November 3, 1983 (LG73)

In the Mood, Robert Plant
Airplay, November 3, 1983 (LG73)

Just A Job to Do, Genesis
Airplay, November 3, 1983 (LG73)

Little Robbers, The Motels
Airplay, November 3, 1983 (LG73)

Trash It Up, Southside Johnny
Airplay, November 3, 1983 (LG73)

When The Lights Go Out, Naked Eyes
Airplay, November 3, 1983 (LG73)

True, Spandau Ballet
#3, November 9, 1983 (LG73)
#2, October 29, 1983 (CFUN)

Pale Shelter, Tears For Fears
#26, November 9, 1983 (LG73)

Blue World, Moody Blues
Airplay, November 9, 1983 (LG73)

Hey Little Girl, Icehouse
Airplay, November 9, 1983 (LG73)

It Must Be Hell, Rolling Stones
Airplay, November 9, 1983 (LG73)

She Was Hot, Rolling Stones
Airplay, November 9, 1983 (LG73)

Tie You Up (Pain Of Love), Rolling Stones
Airplay, November 9, 1983 (LG73)

You Don’t Believe, Alan Parsons Project
Airplay, November 9, 1983 (LG73)

Islands In The Stream, Rogers/Parton
#1, November 12, 1983 (CFUN)

In A Big Country, Big Country
#4, November 16, 1983 (LG73)
#1, December 3, 1983 (CFUN)

Dancing With Myself, Billy Idol
#14, November 16, 1983 (LG73)

Crumblin’ Down, John Cougar
#16, November 16, 1983 (LG73)
#7, December 3, 1983 (CFUN)

Weapons, Rough Trade
#29, November 16, 1983 (LG73)

Tender Is The Night, Jackson Browne
Airplay, November 16, 1983 (LG73)
#19, December 3, 1983 (CFUN)

Major Tom, Peter Schilling
#1, November 23, 1983 (LG73)
#2, December 17, 1983 (CFUN)

All Night Long, Lionel Richie
#3, November 23, 1983 (LG73)
#1, November 26, 1983 (CFUN)

Love Is A Stranger, Eurythmics
#12, November 23, 1983 (LG73)
#13, November 26, 1983 (CFUN)

Cum On Feel The Noise, Quiet Riot
Airplay, November 23, 1983 (LG73)
#9, December 10, 1983 (CFUN)

Say Say Say, Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
#2, November 30, 1983 (LG73)
#1, December 10, 1983 (CFUN)

Heart And Soul, Huey Lewis & The News
#7, November 30, 1983 (LG73)
#4, November 26, 1983 (CFUN)

P.Y.T., Michael Jackson
#21, November 30, 1983 (LG73)
#4, December 3, 1983 (CFUN)

The Best Was Yet To Come, Bryan Adams
#22, November 30, 1983 (LG73)

Moonlight Shadow, Mike Oldfield
#25, November 30, 1983 (LG73)

Mama, Genesis
Airplay, November 30, 1983 (LG73)

Right By Your Side, Eurythmics
Airplay, November 30, 1983 (LG73)

She’s Trouble, Musical Youth
Airplay, November 30, 1983 (LG73)

Love Is A Battlefield, Pat Benatar
#3, December 7, 1983 (LG73)
#4, December 17, 1983 (CFUN)

Union Of The Snake, Duran Duran
#4, December 7, 1983 (LG73)
#1, December 31, 1983 (CFUN)

Synchronicity II, The Police
#16, December 7, 1983 (LG73)
#22, December 17, 1983 (CFUN)

Holiday, Madonna
Airplay, December 7, 1983 (LG73)

Sign Of Fire, The Fixx
Airplay, December 7, 1983 (LG73)

Church Of The Poison Mind, Culture Club
#7, December 15, 1983 (LG73)
#1, December 17, 1983 (CFUN)

Lust For Love, Images In Vogue
#13, December 15, 1983 (LG73)

Send Her My Love, Journey
#20, December 15, 1983 (LG73)
#16, December 10, 1983 (CFUN)

2,000 Miles, The Pretenders
Airplay, December 15, 1983 (LG73)

Whistle Down The Wind, Nick Heyward
Airplay, December 15, 1983 (LG73)

Say It Isn’t So, Hall & Oates
#7, December 22, 1983 (LG73)
#11, December 3, 1983 (CFUN)

Invisible Hands, Kim Carnes
#11, December 22, 1983 (LG73)

Why Me, Irene Cara
#22, December 22, 1983 (LG73)
#7, January 7, 1984 (CFUN)

Smile Has Left Your Eyes, Asia
#13, December 24, 1983 (CFUN)

The Sounds of Vancouver: 1983 Highlights

We do not have a year-end chart for CFUN, but the universally accepted song of the year 1983 was “Every Breath You Take” from The Police, tops on both LG73 and RPM. No one seemed to mind its glorification of stalking behaviours. The biggest Canadian artist song of 1983 was “Cuts Like a Knife” from Bryan Adams, reaching a weekly peak of #5 on LG and #2 on CFUN. Also, find a case study below of the odd chart moves of Men Without Hats’ “The Safety Dance”, a #3 hit on CFUN … eventually.

1983 Number Ones Chronologically on LG73

★ Gloria, Laura Branigan
★ Heartbreaker, Dionne Warwick
★ Africa, Toto
★ Pass The Dutchie, Musical Youth
★ Do You Really Want To Hurt Me, Culture Club
★ Hungry Like The Wolf, Duran Duran
★ Billie Jean, Michael Jackson
★ She Blinded Me With Science, Thomas Dolby
★ Beat It, Michael Jackson
★ Let’s Dance, David Bowie
★ Flashdance, Irene Cara
★ Every Breath You Take, The Police
★ Sweet Dreams, Eurythmics
★ Total Eclipse Of The Heart, Bonnie Tyler
★ She Works Hard For The Money, Donna Summer
★ Of Pain, The Police
★ Telefone, Sheena Easton
★ Modern Love, David Bowie
★ Major Tom, Peter Schilling

1983 Number Ones Chronologically on CFUN

★ Africa, Toto
★ Baby Come To Me, Patti Austin & James Ingram
★ Pass The Dutchie, Musical Youth
★ Shame On The Moon, Bob Seger
★ Hungry Like The Wolf, Duran Duran
★ Billie Jean, Michael Jackson
★ Beat It, Michael Jackson
★ Let’s Dance, David Bowie
★ Overkill, Men At Work
★ Flashdance, Irene Cara
★ Every Breath You Take, The Police
★ Total Eclipse Of The Heart, Bonnie Tyler
★ Human Nature, Michael Jackson
★ Tell Her About It, Billy Joel
★ King Of Pain, The Police
★ Making Love, Air Supply
★ Modern Love, David Bowie
★ Islands In The Stream, Rogers/Parton
★ All Night Long, Lionel Richie
★ In A Big Country, Big Country
★ Say Say Say, Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
★ Church Of The Poison Mind, Culture Club
★ Union Of The Snake, Duran Duran

Bigger in Vancouver

Canada had a delayed liking of The Eurythmics. “Love Is a Stranger” did not chart in RPM; however, Vancouver radio was enthusiastic about the new duo, as the song climbed up to #12 and #13 on LG73 and CFUN respectively. “I Got the Message” by Men Without Hats was a #28 hit on LG but not in RPM. LG supported local synth band Images in Vogue, with “Lust for Love” making a #13 achievement. The rest of Canada was oblivious. Robert Plant’s “Big Log” did better in Vancouver at #11 and #6 (LG and CFUN respectively) with RPM seeing it climb only to #23. Joe Jackson’s “Breaking Us in Two” only scratched the Top 40 in RPM but made it to #17 and #13 on LG and CFUN.

Bigger in Canada

Vancouver was not as teary-eyed over Tears for Fears as the rest of the nation. While “Pale Shelter” did make it to #26 on LG73, RPM awarded it a #12 weekly peak. “Change” did not chart in Vancouver while making it to #23 in RPM. It is unfortunate that “Mad World” was ignored Canada wide. Perhaps the clever lyric “I think it’s kinda funny, I think it’s kinda sad; the dreams I’ve had of dying are the best I’ve ever had” was seen as inappropriate for airplay.

Though Wall of Voodoo’s “Mexican Radio” may have received some spins in Vancouver, it did not chart on either station but made it to #18 in RPM. Also not charting in Vancouver were The Human League’s “Mirror Man (#7 in Canada) and Sheriff’s “When I’m with You” (#8 in RPM). Flock of Seagull’s “Wishing” was #10 in Canada; LG73 granted it airplay, but the song did not make its Top 30 countdown. “Rise Up” by Toronto’s The Parachute Club was a #9 hit in RPM but just made it to #30 on LG.

Why The National Charts Sometimes Make Less Sense

Universally loved, and considered by many as one of the classics of the 80s, “The Safety Dance” from Canada’s Men Without Hats was a big hit around the world: #3 in the US, #3 in Ireland, #1 in South Africa, #2 in New Zealand, #3 in Norway, #5 in Australia, #3 in Sweden, #4 in Switzerland, #6 in the UK, and #2 in Germany.

In Canada itself, “The Safety Dance” from Canadian act Men Without Hats peaked at the less impressive position of #11 in RPM magazine. How come?

Sometimes a song receives radio airplay in different regions of the country in different time periods. This is especially true for new artists. Vancouver radio is not necessarily looking for new acts coming out of Toronto or Montreal but is more intent on supporting and trying to break out local talent. Foreign countries on the other hand will have the radar turned on for new Canadian hits regardless of where in Canada the artist is from.

When Men Without Hats released “The Safety Dance” in the spring of 1983, LG73 gave it some initial spins, but suddenly dropped it without any explanation. The station opted instead for the band’s “The Message” which charted to #28. Nothing much happened with the group’s music on CFUN at that time. So, without support from Canada’s third largest metropolitan area, Men Without Hats’ “The Safety Dance” only charted to #11 in RPM on May 14.

Then what happened?

The song was discovered internationally. The world’s largest music market – The United States – fell in love with it, months later, in the autumn. It hurled up to #3 on the Billboard US Hot 100.

What does Canadian radio do when a Canadian artist song it rejected becomes a big hit south of the border (besides being very embarrassed of course)? Two things: either pretend none of this is really happening or begin playing it. LG73 opted for the first option and CFUN the second.

Men Without Hats’ “The Safety Dance” had a second chart run in the autumn of 1983, peaking at #3 on CFUN on October 1.

When songs chart in one part of the country in one time period and another part or parts of the country in other time periods, obviously it will not perform well on the national charts which represent a national aggregate at a particular time.

Sometimes, local charts are more accurate as to the relative popularity of a song.

Hit Songs at LG73 Passed on by CFUN

In 1983, most of the big hits on LG73 were tapped by CFUN. A few fairly big hits that did not chart on CFUN were The Kinks’ “Don’t Forget to Dance”, #8 on LG, and a pair reaching #11 on LG: Kim Carnes’ “Invisible Hands” and Ronnie Milsap’s “Stranger in My House”.

Songs That Did Better at LG73 Than at CFUN

73ers were nuts about “Sexy and 17” by The Stray Cats, a #2 hit at the station, while it strayed to #11 on CFUN. “Whirly Girl” by Oxo was #4 and #13 on LG and CFUN respectively. Barry Manilow was still cranking out the hits in ’83 but “Some Kind of Friend” was a better pal of LG73’s (#7) than CFUN’s (#15).

Hit Songs at CFUN Passed on by LG73

It is surprising that #1 hit on CFUN, “Islands in the Stream” by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, was shirked by LG73, as it was the sort of song the station would normally spin like mad. The aforementioned Men Without Hats’ “Safety Dance”, a #3 hit on CFUN, was tossed by LG, though the latter station curiously spun “The Message” from the Montreal group enough for it to enter the Top 30 countdown (#28). Another sizeable hit (#5) on CFUN that LG skipped was “I Do” by the J. Geils Band.

Songs That Did Better at CFUN Than at LG73

Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” was a #1 hit on CFUN but only made it to #22 on LG73. The so-called king of pop’s “PYT” was #4 on CFUN but only #21 on LG. “Sitting at the Wheel” by The Moody Blues was #11 on CFUN but #28 on LG.

Canadian Hits

Bryan Adams was emerging as a force to be reckoned with. “Cuts Like a Knife” made it to #2 on CFUN and #5 on LG73. With the song, he finally broke out nationally with RPM giving it a #12 position. It also did well in the United States climbing to #15 on its Hot 100. Adams’ “Straight from The Heart” also did well in Vancouver charting to #9 on both stations. As mentioned, Men Without Hats’ “The Safety Dance” peaked at #3 on CFUN. A top 10 hit at the station was “Silhouettes” by The Nylons (#7). Loverboy’s “Hot Girls in Love” was #10 on CFUN.

Overlooked by All

Canadian EDM outfit Trans X released “Living on Video” in 1983 which was overlooked both locally and nationwide. A less remarkable remix of the song became a radio hit three years later. New Order was still not deemed worthy of the mainstream. It released critically acclaimed album Power, Corruption, and Lies in ’83 with amazing songs like “Your Silent Face”. “The Village” received spins on university radio (UBC). Phil Collins’ “I Don’t Care Anymore” arguably one of his best did not chart locally or nationally. Ditto for ELO’s “Stranger” which carries a similar vibe to Al Stewart’s “On the Radio”.

On to the 1983 hits…

More on the Charts…

Spring Equinox Releases 2021: Justin Bieber, Daniel Lanois…

There is no shortage of new releases this week. Find a listing below of 22 LPs and 6 EPs for a total of 28. Among the batch are JUNO Award Winners Justin Bieber (Justice), Daniel Lanois (Heavy Sun), Whitehorse (Modern Love), and instrumental group pictured above Bell Orchestre (House Music). The latter is particularly good. JUNO Nominated Artists include alternative craftsman Chad VanGaalen (World’s Most Stressed Out Gardener) and rock band The Blue Stones (Hidden Gems). We at the CMB are particularly impressed by 44° North, 63° West from Dezza, a tour de force EDM work and the mesmerizing In Era from Vallens released through excellent label Hand Drawn Dracula. Find these and lots more selections below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
44° North, 63° West Dezza EDM
Constellations Roby Talbot  Piano
Double vision White-B Rap
Entering Utopia TuneTown Jazz
Forever Is Now Les Shirley Rock
Heavy Sun Daniel Lanois (JW) Alternative
Hidden Gems The Blue Stones (JN) Rock
House Music Bell Orchestre (JW) Instrumental
In Era Vallens Alternative
Inheritance Depths of Hatred  Metal
Joseph Mihalcean Joseph Mihalcean Alternative
Justice Justin Bieber (JW) R&B
Le pont Étienne Drapeau S-S
Modern Love Whiehorse (JW) Alternative
Nokta ŝoforo Yves Desrosiers  Instrumental
Nos maisons Belle Grand Fille S-S
On the Wings of the Wind Alec Fraser Jr  S-S
Passages Claud Michaud  Folk
Pop de Ville, Vol. 1 Carl Mayotte  Jazz
Shell(e) Marie-Clo  Alternative
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The Sounds of Vancouver: 1982 Year-End Charts

The Vancouver Canucks had never experienced a playoff run like 1982’s. “King” Richard Brodeur, Big Harold Snepsts, Stan “Steamer” Smyl, Dave “Tiger” Williams, Thomas Gradin, and Darcy Rota dazzled on the ice with the crowd singing “Na na na na, (insert team name), goodbye” as the Canucks won each round. And then of course, there were the white towels. The Canucks did not stand a chance in the Finals against the red-hot New York Islanders, but were seldom more than one goal behind. It was a very emotional time. On New Year’s eve of 1982, local hit music stations LG73 and CFUN counted down their year-end Top 100. LG gave the trophy to Soft Cell for “Tainted Love”. CFUN opted instead for Men at Work’s “Who Can It Be Now”. The top Canadian artist entry on both charts was The Payola$ “Eyes of a Stranger”. More chart information can be found on our Charts Page here.

LG73’s Top 100 of 1982

1 TAINTED LOVE SOFT CELL
2 Eye Of The Tiger Survivor
3 Physical Olivia Newton-John
4 Abracadabra Steve Miller
5 Who Can It Be Now Men At Work
6 Don’t You Want Me Human League
7 Ebony And Ivory Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
8 Young Turks Rod Stewart
9 Eye In The Sky The Alan Parsons Project
10 Hard To Say I’m Sorry Chicago
11 Freeze-Frame The J. Geils Band
12 Centrefold The J. Geils Band
13 Hurts So Good John Cougar
14 You Should Hear How She Talks About You Melissa Manchester
15 Six Months In A Leaky Boat Split Enz
16 Titles “Chariots Of Fire” Vangelis
17 Make A Move On Me Olivia Newton-John
18 Down Under Men At Work
19 Trouble Lindsey Buckingham
20 Rosanna Toto
21 Eyes Of A Stranger Payolas
22 I’ve Never Been to Me Charlene
23 Don’t Talk To Strangers Rick Springfield
24 Up Where We Belong Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
25 867-5309 / Jenny Tommy Tutone
26 Leather And Lace Stevie Nicks
27 Harden My Heart Quarterflash
28 Our Lips Are Sealed Go Go’s
29 Maneater Hall & Oates
30 I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) Hall & Oates
31 ’65 Love Affair Paul Davis
32 Gloria Laura Branigan
33 The Other Woman Ray Parker Jr.
34 Dirty Laundry Don Henley
35 Don’t It Make Ya Feel Headpins
36 You Can Do Magic America
37 The Look Of Love ABC
38 It’s Raining Again Supertramp
39 Open Arms Journey
40 Only The Lonely Motels
41 Jack And Diane John Cougar
42 Key Largo Bertie Higgins
43 I Ran A Flock Of Seagulls
44 Rock This Town Stray Cats
45 Heart Attack Olivia Newton-John
46 Even The Nights Are Better Air Supply
47 Family Man Mike Oldfield
48 Don’t Stop Believin’ Journey
49 Tonight Rod Stewart
50 Steppin’ Out Joe Jackson
51 Hold Me Fleetwood Mac
52 I Believe Chilliwack
53 Shake It Up Cars
54 Heat Of The Moment Asia
55 Vacation Go Go’s
56 Empty Garden Elton John
57 Leader Of The Band Dan Fogelberg
58 Waiting On A Friend Rolling Stones
59 Under Pressure David Bowie / Queen
60 Pressure Billy Joel
61 Loves Been A Little Bit Hard On Me Juice Newton
62 Voyeur Kim Carnes
63 Always On My Mind Willie Nelson
64 Take It Away Paul McCartney
65 Out Of Work Gary U.S. Bonds
66 Did It In A Minute Hall & Oates
67 Whatcha Gonna Do Chilliwack
68 What Kind Of Love Is this Streetheart
69 Do You Believe In Love Huey Lewis & The News
70 I.G.Y. (What A Beautiful World) Donald Fagen
71 Somebody’s Baby Jackson Browne
72 Take A Chance With Me Roxy Music
73 Someone Could Lose A Heart Tonight Eddie Rabbitt
74 Nobody Sylvia
75 Spirits In the Material World Police
76 Movie Medley Beatles
77 Caught Up In You 38th Special
78 When All Is Said And Done Abba
79 New World Man Rush
80 Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk Dr. Hook
81 Hold On Santana
82 Personally Karla Bonoff
83 Edge Of Seventeen Stevie Nicks
84 Find Another Fool Quarterflash
85 Paperlate Genesis
86 Going To A Go-Go Rolling Stones
87 Should I Do It Pointer Sisters
88 Love Is Alright Tonite Rick Springfield
89 You Could Have Been With Me Sheena Easton
90 When It’s Over Loverboy
91 More Than This Roxy Music
92 Wasted On The Way Crosby, Stills & Nash
93 Angel In Blue The J. Geils Band
94 I Keep Forgettin’ Michael McDonald
95 Love Plus One Haircut 100
96 Boys Of Autumn David Roberts
97 Yesterday’s Songs Neil Diamond
98 Abacab Genesis
99 Hooked On Classics Royal Philharmonic
100 Cool Night Paul Davis

CFUN’s Top 100 of 1982

1 WHO CAN IT BE NOW MEN AT WORK
2 Abracadabra Steve Miller
3 Eye Of The Tiger Survivor
4 Chariots Of Fire Vangelis
5 Hard To Say I’m Sorry Chicago
6 Ebony And Ivory Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
7 Down Under Men At Work
8 Eye In The Sky Allan Parsons
9 Tainted Love Soft Cell
10 867-5309 (Jenny) Tommy Tutone
11 Don’t You Want Me Human League
12 Maneater Hall & Oates
13 Hurt So Good John Cougar
14 Centerfold J. Geils Band
15 Rosanna Toto
16 Six Months In A Leaky Boat Split Enz
17 Harden My Heart Quarterflash
18 More Than This Roxy Music
19 Did It In A Minute Hall & Oates
20 Don’t Talk To Strangers Rick Springfield
21 65 Love Affair Paul Davis
22 Steppin’ Out Joe Jackson
23 I Love Rock & Roll Joan Jett
24 Jack And Diane John Cougar
25 Freeze Frame J. Geils Band
26 Gloria Laura Branigan
27 We Got The Beat Go Go’s
28 Love Is Alright Tonight Rick Springfield
29 I Can’t Go For That Hall & Oates
30 Do You Believe In Love Huey Lewis & The News
31 Up Where We Belong Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
32 Somebody’s Baby Jackson Browne
33 Heat Of The Moment Asia
34 Mickey Toni Basil
35 Body Language Queen
36 Make A Move On Me Olivia Newton-John
37 Eyes Of A Stranger Payolas
38 Love’s Been A Little Big Hard On Me Juice Newton
39 Only Time Will Tell Asia
40 Don’t It Make Ya Feel Headpins
41 Even The Nights Are Better Air Supply
42 Family Man Mike Oldfield
43 Tonight I’m Yours Rod Stewart
44 Turn Your Love Around George Benson
45 Waiting On A Friend Rolling Stones
46 Shake It Up Cars
47 Spirits In The Material World Police
48 Our Lips Are Sealed Go Go’s
49 Only The Lonely Motels
50 Take It Easy On Me Little River Band
51 It’s Raining Again Supertramp
52 Man On The Corner Genesis
53 Juke Box Hero Foreigner
54 You Should Hear How She Talks About You Melissa Manchester
55 Vacation Go Go’s
56 That Girl Stevie Wonder
57 Open Arms Journey
58 Love Me Tomorrow Chicago
59 Physical Olivia Newton-John
60 When It’s Over Loverboy
61 Someone Could Lose A Heart Tonight Eddie Rabbitt
62 You Can Do Magic America
63 Heart Like A Wheel Steve Miller
64 The Other Woman Ray Parker Jr.
65 Key Largo Bertie Higgins
66 Under Pressure Queen
67 Love Song Simple Minds
68 The One You Love Glenn Frey
69 Blue Eyes Elton John
70 I.G.Y. Donald Fagen
71 Should I Do It Pointer Sisters
72 Hold Me Fleetwood Mac
73 Rock This Town Stray Cats
74 I Ran A Flock Of Seagulls
75 Don’t Fight It Kenny Loggins
76 Pretty Woman Van Halen
77 Truly Lionel Richie
78 All Our Tomorrows Eddie Schwartz
79 Abacab Genesis
80 Trouble Lindsey Buckingham
81 Hold On Santana
82 I Believe Chilliwack
83 Empty Garden Elton John
84 Dirty Laundry Don Henley
85 I Found Somebody Glenn Frey
86 Southern Cross Crosby, Stills & Nash
87 Caught Up In You 38 Special
88 Still In The Game Steve Winwood
89 Don’t Turn Me Away 10cc
90 Personally Karla Bonoff
91 New World Man Rush
92 Da Da Da Trio
93 Wasted On The Way Crosby, Stills & Nash
94 Leather And Lace Stevie Nicks/Don Henley
95 Love Plus One Haircut 100
96 The Look Of Love ABC
97 Take A Chance Roxy Music
98 I Keep Forgettin’ Michael MacDonald
99 Missing You Dan Fogelberg
100 Nobody Sylvia