1983 is one of those landmark years in pop music: it shaped everything that’s come after. Thriller on its own changed music. It’s also the year the Police—who started as a punk-reggae hybrid—became the biggest band in the world. The most popular songs from that year show a surprising variety, and many stand the test of time surprisingly well (others, not so much). Be sure to check out our College Rock playlist, too, since many of those songs were released around the same time.
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I once almost got into a fist fight when someone suggested the guy from Bush could sing better than Eddie Vedder. Who I favorite: Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Snarky Puppy, Wilco, Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs, Tame Impala, Herbie Hancock, Beck, Prince, Rolling Stones, U2, Led Zeppelin, St. Vincent, The Police, Pearl Jam, Robert Glasper, Real Estate, Bruce Springsteen, The Decemberists, The Clash, The Band Who I skip: Jethro Tull, The Eagles, Boston