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  • UK Singles Charts: 1983 (including chart panel sales)

    As I'm sure we are all aware, at the end of 1982 Gallup took over chart compilation duties from the British Market Research Bureau, bringing the compilation of the UK chart into the computer era. BMRB had compiled the singles and albums charts from diaries which had to be hand completed by the record shop assistant and then returned to the BMRB by either post or courier. Gallup set about changing the data collection process by introducing computer terminals (known as dataports) in which the sales assistant would type in the catalogue number of a record when it was sold (this method was later replaced by barcodes and barcode readers). The information would then be sent electronically to Gallup. One major improvement this brought was that Gallup were not only able to compile the charts much quicker but they were also able to produce better sales statistics and in a much quicker time frame.

    One major improvement was the way in which sales data was able to be distributed to the music industry. BMRB did provide sales data to record companies but it was a time consuming process. Gallup were able to produce this information in a much quicker time frame and in much more depth.

    Anyone who has followed the UK chart threads at UKMIx will know that Gallup produced a booklet each week which contained a number of charts with the sales index (or panel sales) for each title. These reports are held by the BPI for the entirety (1983 to 1994) of Gallup's tenure as chart compiler. Some UKMix posters had started to visit the BPI library in the mid to late 00s to copy sales information only to have the BPI pull the plug by closing the library to the public.

    A few weeks ago I was contacted by a UKMIx member who informed me that he had also visited the library but had been able to obtain all the weekly sales information for the UK singles charts during the whole of this period. This was the full top 200 chart for each week too. The member suggested that I share the information with anyone who was interested in seeing the full top 200 charts with sales (along with the various titles that were starred out each week, some weeks this is quite a large amount) and agreed that I could post these charts on the forum. With a massive thanks to UKMix member kobyhadrian, who has literally provided a jaw-dropping amount of information that I had thought we would never be able to see, here are the Gallup charts from this era, along with the sales index for each title. These are better known as their chart panel sales, the hypothetical amount that each title was calculated to have sold in a 250 strong panel of record shops (a throwback to the early days of the BMRB chart when the chart panel was 250 shops). I would also like to thank kingofskiffle for his help too.

    Hopefully everyone will enjoy seeing these charts. With the addition of panel sales I feel they really help flesh out the charts from that era. With the bonus of the full top 200 for each week they also reveal a part of the larger industry chart that has largely been hidden from most chart watchers and chart followers. I hope to be able to post at least one chart per day, hopefully more if time allows. So with no further delay here we go...

  • #2
    8 January 1983 (the first Gallup singles chart, sales week ending 1 January 1983)
    Twk Lwk Wks Title Artist Sales
    1 1 11 Save Your Love Renée And Renato 6578
    2 6 6 You Can't Hurry Love Phil Collins 4478
    3 7 5 A Winter's Tale David Essex 4278
    4 8 9 Best Years Of Our Lives Modern Romance 3631
    5 5 7 Our House Madness 3515
    6 4 7 Time (Clock Of The Heart) Culture Club 2907
    7 2 5 Special Edition Shakin' Stevens 2503
    8 33 4 Orville's Song Keith Harris And Orville, Arranged and Conducted by Chris Walker 2441
    9 3 7 Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy David Bowie And Bing Crosby 1998
    10 14 5 All The Love In The World Dionne Warwick 1860
    11 18 6 Buffalo Gals Malcolm McLaren & The World's Famous Supreme Team 1747
    12 16 7 Hymn Ultravox 1674
    13 20 7 If You Can't Stand The Heat Bucks Fizz 1659
    14 13 13 Young Guns (Go For It) Wham! 1548
    15 10 6 Beat Surrender The Jam 1492
    16 28 6 Cacharpaya (Andes Pumpsá Dèsi) Incantation 1477
    17 9 8 Truly Lionel Richie 1474
    18 11 6 Little Town Cliff Richard featuring Tony Rivers And Nigel Perrin 1387
    19 15 7 Friends (Edit.) Shalamar 1361
    20 12 8 Mirror Man The Human League 1273
    21 17 6 Let's Get This Straight (From The Start) / Old Kevin Rowland & Dexy's Midnight Runners 1175
    22 23 6 I Feel Love (Part 1) Donna Summer, Remixed by Patrick Cowley 1136
    23 21 9 Rio Duran Duran 1038
    24 34 4 Theme From E.T. (The Extra-Terrestrial) Conducted by John Williams 1024
    25 24 10 Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You) A Flock Of Seagulls 911
    26 26 5 Under Attack Abba 907
    27 22 11 Living On The Ceiling Blancmange 862
    28 25 8 The Other Side Of Love Yazoo 830
    29 39 5 Heartache Avenue The Maisonettes 793
    30 19 5 Singalong-A-Santa Santa Claus And The Christmas Trees 722
    31 29 5 Dear Addy Kid Creole & The Coconuts 702
    32 38 8 Youth of Today Musical Youth 655
    33 30 13 I Don't Wanna Dance Eddy Grant 652
    34 59 3 The Story Of The Blues Part One Wah! 588
    35 32 6 Hi De Hi, Hi De Ho Kool & The Gang 506
    36 27 6 Where The Heart Is Soft Cell 489
    37 37 11 (Sexual) Healing Marvin Gaye 486
    38 1 Down Under Men At Work 471
    39 43 5 Changes Imagination 405
    40 1 European Female The Stranglers 394
    41 51 4 Gloria Laura Branigan 378
    42 42 4 Baa Baa Black Sheep The Singing Sheep 348
    43 31 11 It's Raining Again Supertramp 306
    44 36 6 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter Barry Manilow 305
    45 47 15 Mad World Tears For Fears 302
    46 55 27 Birdie Song (Birdie Dance) The Tweets 290
    47 54 10 State Of Independence Donna Summer 281
    48 60 4 Oh Diane Fleetwood Mac 279
    49 40 8 Night Porter Japan 264
    50 1 Steppin' Out Joe Jackson 263
    51 41 12 Heartbreaker Dionne Warwick 260
    52 50 6 Cheers Then Bananarama 258
    53 35 9 Talk Talk Talk Talk 257
    54 70 11 Postman Pat Ken Barrie 247
    55 68 17 Do You Really Want To Hurt Me Culture Club 236
    56 52 5 Mannequin The Kids From "Fame" featuring Gene Anthony Ray 232
    57 44 4 Xmas Party The Snowmen
    58 48 5 Party Party Elvis Costello & The Attractions with The Royal Guard Horns 221
    59 58 6 In And Out Willie Hutch 200
    60 45 4 Christmas Wrapping The Waitresses 197
    61 1 My Love Is Waiting Marvin Gaye 192
    62 56 26 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) John & Yoko / The Plastic Ono Band With The Harlem Community Choir
    63 69 3 The Smurf Tyrone Brunson 179
    64 73 3 Magic's Wand Whodini 173
    65 13 Pass The Dutchie Musical Youth 164
    66 61 11 Maneater Daryl Hall & John Oates 164
    67 53 10 Theme From Harry's Game Clannad 164
    68 1 Hold Me Tighter In The Rain Billy Griffin 156
    69 46 10 Here I Go Again / Bloody Luxury Whitesnake 153
    70 65 7 Desperate But Not Serious Adam Ant 143
    71 1 In The Bleak Midwinter Nevada 141
    72 67 16 Merry Xmas Everybody Slade 141
    73 72 3 I Believe In Father Christmas Greg Lake
    74 49 4 Christmas Rapping Dizzy 'H'
    75 5 Let's Go To Bed The Cure 133
    76 1 I Honestly Love You Olivia Newton-John 133
    77 62 8 Love John Lennon 129
    78 1 In The Name Of Love Sharon Redd 127
    79 71 10 The Girl Is Mine Michael Jackson / Paul McCartney 124
    80 74 6 Melt! / Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant Siouxsie And The Banshees 120
    81 63 7 I'm Alright Young Steve And The Afternoon Boys 120
    82 57 6 Loopzilla George Clinton 119
    83 1 Heavy Vibes Montana Sextet, Arranged & Conducted by Vincent Montana Jnr 116
    84 1 War Crimes (The War Crime Remains The Same) The Special AKA 114
    85 64 7 (And Now: The Waltz) C'Est La Vie Slade 104
    86 1 Loch Lomond Runrig 103
    87 1 Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do) (Special U.S. Re-Mix) Wham! 102
    88 75 7 Thank You The Pale Fountains 102
    89 1 The More I See (The Less I Believe) The Fun Boy Three 101
    90 8 Caroline (Live At The N.E.C.) Status Quo 100
    91 12 The Look Of Love ABC 99
    92 1 So Close To Me Julio Iglesias 98
    93 1 Wonderful You Are Sleeping Lions 91
    94 11 Cry Boy Cry Blue Zoo 79
    95 10 Do It To The Music Raw Silk 79
    96 1 Out On The Floor (Original Version) Dobie Gray 78
    97 7 Let Me Go Heaven 17 77
    98 10 Ooh La, La, La (Let's Go Dancin) Kool & The Gang 75
    99 9 Annie, I'm Not Your Daddy Kid Creole & The Coconuts 73
    100 1 Symptom Of The Universe Ozzy Osbourne 72
    101 14 Walking On Sunshine Rocker's Revenge featuring Donnie Calvin 71
    101 1 Scorpio Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five 71
    103 66 8 Heartlight Neil Diamond, Arranged and Conducted by Burt Bacharach 70
    104 6 Love Is A Stranger Eurythmics 69
    105 8 Ziggy Stardust Bauhaus 68
    105 16 Eye Of The Tiger Survivor 68
    107 1 Fatman / Moya The Southern Death Cult 67
    107 6 Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) Simple Minds 67
    107 12 Don't Go Yazoo 67
    110 8 Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile) Kevin Rowland & Dexy's Midnight Runners 65
    111 17 Fame Irene Cara 64
    112 29 The Loco-Motion Little Eva 63
    112 1 Shadows Of The Night Pat Benatar 63
    114 4 Pleasure Boys Visage 61
    115 10 The Message Grand Master Flash & The Furious Five 60
    117 4 Uncertain Smile The The 58
    117 9 Jack & Diane (edit.) John Cougar 58
    117 1 Past, Present And Future Cindy & The Saffrons 58
    121 12 Zoom Fat Larry's Band 57
    122 12 Girls On Film Duran Duran 56
    122 8 Love Me Do The Beatles 56
    122 11 Starmaker The Kids From "Fame" 56
    122 1 Gis A Job Yosser's Gang 56
    126 1 For You The Anti-Nowhere League 55
    126 1 Old And Wise The Alan Parsons Project 55
    126 18 Come On Eileen Dexy's Midnight Runners & The Emerald Express 55
    126 1 Soul Makossa Nairobi 55
    131 15 Only You Yazoo 54
    132 13 There's A Ghost In My House R. Dean Taylor 53
    133 7 Life In Tokyo (Special Remix) Japan 52
    133 1 Be Mine Tonight The Jammers 52
    136 3 Market Square Heroes Marillion 49
    136 1 Okey Cokey Slade 49
    138 1 Electric Avenue Eddy Grant 48
    138 9 Town Called Malice / Precious The Jam 48
    138 1 Play At Your Own Risk (Vocal) Planet Patrol 48
    138 10 Never Give You Up Sharon Redd 48
    138 22 Jimmy Mack Martha And The Vandellas 48
    144 1 I Have The Touch Peter Gabriel 44
    145 4 I Confess The Beat 43
    145 8 The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow) The Jam 43
    145 5 Back To Love Evelyn King 43
    149 8 When You're Young The Jam 41
    149 9 Old Flames Foster & Allen 41
    151 12 All Around The World The Jam 40
    151 9 Friend Or Foe Adam Ant 40
    151 13 The Eton Rifles The Jam 40
    155 9 Love's Comin' At Ya Melba Moore 39
    155 18 Chariots Of Fire - Titles Vangelis 39
    158 10 Muscles Diana Ross 38
    162 10 Lifeline Spandau Ballet 37
    162 10 Save A Prayer Duran Duran 37
    162 10 Going Underground / The Dreams Of Children The Jam 37
    162 1 Rawhide Featuring 1) Ghost Riders In The Sky 2) I Belong To Glasgow The Chaps 37
    167 12 Sultans Of Swing Dire Straits 36
    167 10 Reap The Wild Wind Ultravox 36
    167 6 Five Tracks Of Laughter The Hysterics 36
    171 10 Should I Stay Or Should I Go / Straight To Hell (Edit Version) The Clash 35
    171 1 Crème De Crème William De Vaughn 35
    171 9 Do Ya Wanna Funk Sylvester With Patrick Cowley 35
    177 6 Don't Pay The Ferryman Chris de Burgh 34
    178 11 Rock The Casbah The Clash 33
    178 4 Stranger Shakatak 33
    178 1 Emotion Explosion Art School & The Mighty Motor Gang 33
    178 1 Cross My Paws And Hope To Die Paddington Bear 33
    184 9 I'll Be Satisfied Shakin' Stevens 32
    184 1 Love Is Just The Great Pretender Animal Nightlife 32
    184 14 Love Come Down Evelyn King 32
    187 12 Ain't No Pleasing You Chas & Dave 31
    187 1 Let's Dance The Rockolas featuring Mike Read 31
    192 1 I Will Always Love You Dolly Parton 30
    195 11 In The City The Jam 29
    195 10 Back On The Chain Gang Pretenders 29
    195 10 Free Bird Lynyrd Skynyrd 29
    200 31 Tainted Love Soft Cell 28
    200 6 Who Can It Be Now Men At Work 28
    200 14 Shout Lulu And The Luvers 28
    200 11 There It Is (Edited Version) Shalamar 28
    200 7 Funeral Pyre The Jam 28

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    • #3
      Some titles are missing from the above chart. The above chart was compiled using "last week" positions and sales and therefore not all positions for the week ending 8 January 1983 chart are known.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Robbie View Post
        Some titles are missing from the above chart. The above chart was compiled using "last week" positions and sales and therefore not all positions for the week ending 8 January 1983 chart are known.
        problem is solved,
        i was just about to complain

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        • #5
          Amazing news, the best ever Robbie
          Thank you so much in advance
          Last edited by hardtogethits; Mon March 14, 2022, 22:31.

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          • #6
            Wow!

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            • #7
              Wow. Some of the panel sales are missing. Is this unique to this week?

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              • #8
                Yes - that particular chart was missing from the archive. The Top 100 positions could be located from the relevant Music Week chart but the sales could not.
                http://thechartbook.co.uk - for the latest are best chart book - By Decade!
                Now including NME, Record Mirror and Melody Maker from the UK and some Billboard charts

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                • #9
                  15 January 1983
                  Twk Lwk Wks Title Artist Sales
                  1 2 7 You Can't Hurry Love Phil Collins 4958
                  2 3 6 A Winter's Tale David Essex 2567
                  3 1 12 Save Your Love Renée And Renato 2298
                  4 8 5 Orville's Song Keith Harris And Orville, Arranged and Conducted by Chris Walker 2293
                  5 4 10 Best Years Of Our Lives Modern Romance 2218
                  6 34 4 The Story Of The Blues Part One Wah! 1996
                  7 38 2 Down Under Men At Work 1798
                  8 6 8 Time (Clock Of The Heart) Culture Club 1697
                  9 11 7 Buffalo Gals Malcolm McLaren & The World's Famous Supreme Team 1634
                  10 13 8 If You Can't Stand The Heat Bucks Fizz 1482
                  11 12 8 Hymn Ultravox 1449
                  12 10 6 All The Love In The World Dionne Warwick 1441
                  13 5 8 Our House Madness 1427
                  14 16 7 Cacharpaya (Andes Pumpsá Dèsi) Incantation 1318
                  15 29 6 Heartache Avenue The Maisonettes 1145
                  16 40 2 European Female The Stranglers 936
                  17 24 5 Theme From E.T. (The Extra-Terrestrial) Conducted by John Williams 851
                  18 14 14 Young Guns (Go For It) Wham! 829
                  19 50 2 Steppin' Out Joe Jackson 823
                  20 19 8 Friends (Edit.) Shalamar 670
                  21 22 7 I Feel Love (Part 1) Donna Summer, Remixed by Patrick Cowley 661
                  22 138 2 Electric Avenue Eddy Grant 650
                  23 21 7 Let's Get This Straight (From The Start) / Old Kevin Rowland & Dexy's Midnight Runners 551
                  24 15 7 Beat Surrender The Jam 541
                  25 7 6 Special Edition Shakin' Stevens 512
                  26 26 6 Under Attack Abba 495
                  27 17 9 Truly Lionel Richie 458
                  28 27 12 Living On The Ceiling Blancmange 433
                  29 20 9 Mirror Man The Human League 414
                  30 25 11 Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You) A Flock Of Seagulls 409
                  31 39 6 Changes Imagination 402
                  32 41 5 Gloria Laura Branigan 381
                  33 23 10 Rio Duran Duran 361
                  34 28 9 The Other Side Of Love Yazoo 356
                  35 61 2 My Love Is Waiting Marvin Gaye 324
                  36 1 Mind Up Tonight Melba Moore 297
                  37 48 5 Oh Diane Fleetwood Mac 281
                  38 68 2 Hold Me Tighter In The Rain Billy Griffin 280
                  39 31 6 Dear Addy Kid Creole & The Coconuts 259
                  40 37 12 (Sexual) Healing Marvin Gaye 246
                  41 1 Up Where We Belong Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes 244
                  42 35 7 Hi De Hi, Hi De Ho Kool & The Gang 233
                  43 33 14 I Don't Wanna Dance Eddy Grant 230
                  44 18 7 Little Town Cliff Richard featuring Tony Rivers And Nigel Perrin 224
                  45 32 9 Youth of Today Musical Youth 207
                  46 9 8 Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy David Bowie And Bing Crosby 202
                  47 64 4 Magic's Wand Whodini 197
                  48 36 7 Where The Heart Is Soft Cell 191
                  49 46 28 Birdie Song (Birdie Dance) The Tweets 177
                  50 1 So Close Diana Ross 174
                  51 1 Sign Of The Times The Belle Stars 169
                  52 63 4 The Smurf Tyrone Brunson 169
                  53 78 2 In The Name Of Love Sharon Redd 157
                  54 76 2 I Honestly Love You Olivia Newton-John 152
                  55 52 7 Cheers Then Bananarama 145
                  56 117 2 Past, Present And Future Cindy & The Saffrons 144
                  57 45 16 Mad World Tears For Fears 143
                  58 1 The Chinese Way Level 42 142
                  59 83 2 Heavy Vibes Montana Sextet, Arranged & Conducted by Vincent Montana Jnr 130
                  60 53 10 Talk Talk Talk Talk 130
                  61 55 18 Do You Really Want To Hurt Me Culture Club 129
                  62 44 7 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter Barry Manilow 128
                  63 87 2 Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do) (Special U.S. Re-Mix) Wham! 127
                  64 49 9 Night Porter Japan 127
                  65 59 7 In And Out Willie Hutch 123
                  66 51 13 Heartbreaker Dionne Warwick 123
                  67 1 Silver Machine Hawkwind 113
                  68 89 2 The More I See (The Less I Believe) The Fun Boy Three 112
                  69 47 11 State Of Independence Donna Summer 110
                  70 56 6 Mannequin The Kids From "Fame" featuring Gene Anthony Ray 108
                  71 91 13 The Look Of Love ABC 98
                  72 58 6 Party Party Elvis Costello & The Attractions with The Royal Guard Horns 96
                  73 42 5 Baa Baa Black Sheep The Singing Sheep 96
                  74 126 2 Old And Wise The Alan Parsons Project 94
                  75 79 11 The Girl Is Mine Michael Jackson / Paul McCartney 94
                  76 82 7 Loopzilla George Clinton 93
                  77 67 11 Theme From Harry's Game Clannad 93
                  78 1 One On One Daryl Hall & John Oates 91
                  79 54 12 Postman Pat Ken Barrie 90
                  80 101 15 Walking On Sunshine Rocker's Revenge featuring Donnie Calvin 85
                  81 1 Shiny Shiny Haysi Fantayzee 84
                  82 43 12 It's Raining Again Supertramp 81
                  83 75 6 Let's Go To Bed The Cure 80
                  84 1 Gasoline Alley Elkie Brooks 78
                  85 93 2 Wonderful You Are Sleeping Lions 72
                  86 84 2 War Crimes (The War Crime Remains The Same) The Special AKA 69
                  87 1 Christian China Crisis 67
                  87 1 Dance Sucker Set The Tone 67
                  89 97 8 Let Me Go Heaven 17 65
                  90 88 8 Thank You The Pale Fountains 64
                  91 187 2 Let's Dance The Rockolas featuring Mike Read 63
                  92 117 5 Uncertain Smile The The 63
                  93 126 19 Come On Eileen Dexy's Midnight Runners & The Emerald Express 62
                  94 107 2 Fatman / Moya The Southern Death Cult 62
                  95 133 2 Be Mine Tonight The Jammers 61
                  96 101 2 Scorpio Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five 61
                  97 80 7 Melt! / Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant Siouxsie And The Banshees 60
                  98 104 7 Love Is A Stranger Eurythmics 59
                  99 69 11 Here I Go Again / Bloody Luxury Whitesnake 59
                  100 65 14 Pass The Dutchie Musical Youth 59
                  101 167 13 Sultans Of Swing Dire Straits 57
                  102 66 12 Maneater Daryl Hall & John Oates 57
                  103 1 Crags Of Tumbledown Mountain The Pipes & Drums Of The 2nd Bn. Scots Guards And The Regimental Band Of The Scots Guards 56
                  104 126 2 Soul Makossa Nairobi 56
                  105 107 13 Don't Go Yazoo 55
                  106 105 17 Eye Of The Tiger Survivor 55
                  107 96 2 Out On The Floor (Original Version) Dobie Gray 54
                  108 184 2 Love Is Just The Great Pretender Animal Nightlife 53
                  109 121 13 Zoom Fat Larry's Band 53
                  110 171 2 Crème De Crème William De Vaughn 52
                  111 1 Come Dancing The Kinks 51
                  112 200 7 Who Can It Be Now Men At Work 51
                  113 1 Message II (Survival) Melle Mel & Duke Bootee Of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five 50
                  114 99 10 Annie, I'm Not Your Daddy Kid Creole & The Coconuts 50
                  115 138 2 Play At Your Own Risk (Vocal) Planet Patrol 49
                  116 1 The Love Parade The Undertones 46
                  117 138 11 Never Give You Up Sharon Redd 46
                  118 1 Haven't Been Funked Enough (Ex Tras Special Version) Ex Tras 45
                  119 94 12 Cry Boy Cry Blue Zoo 45
                  120 114 5 Pleasure Boys Visage 42
                  121 70 8 Desperate But Not Serious Adam Ant 42
                  122 1 Let's Stay Together Bobby M featuring Jean Carne 41
                  123 192 2 I Will Always Love You Dolly Parton 40
                  124 122 9 Love Me Do The Beatles 40
                  125 122 2 Gis A Job Yosser's Gang 39
                  126 131 16 Only You Yazoo 38
                  127 105 9 Ziggy Stardust Bauhaus 38
                  128 145 9 The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow) The Jam 37
                  129 136 4 Market Square Heroes Marillion 37
                  130 90 9 Caroline (Live At The N.E.C.) Status Quo 37
                  131 85 8 (And Now: The Waltz) C'Est La Vie Slade 37
                  132 1 E.T. Phone Home Jupiter 8 featuring Kitty Woodson 36
                  133 1 Shipbuilding Robert Wyatt 36
                  134 144 2 I Have The Touch Peter Gabriel 36
                  135 103 9 Heartlight Neil Diamond, Arranged and Conducted by Burt Bacharach 36
                  136 4 Lies Thompson Twins 35
                  137 126 2 For You The Anti-Nowhere League 35
                  138 115 11 The Message Grand Master Flash & The Furious Five 35
                  139 1 Keep The Fire Burning Gwen McRae 34
                  140 1 Jazzy Rhythm Michelle Wallace 33
                  141 107 7 Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) Simple Minds 33
                  142 71 2 In The Bleak Midwinter Nevada 33
                  143 1 Carioca (Part 1) Blue Rondo A La Turk 32
                  144 112 2 Shadows Of The Night Pat Benatar 32
                  145 111 18 Fame Irene Cara 32
                  146 1 Censored Paris 31
                  147 1 Dirty Laundry Don Henley 31
                  148 16 Hard To Say I'm Sorry Chicago 31
                  149 184 15 Love Come Down Evelyn King 31
                  150 30 6 Singalong-A-Santa Santa Claus And The Christmas Trees 31
                  151 1 Time Heals Todd Rundgren 30
                  152 4 You've Said Enough Central Line 30
                  153 178 2 Emotion Explosion Art School & The Mighty Motor Gang 30
                  153 178 2 Cross My Paws And Hope To Die Paddington Bear 30
                  155 162 11 Save A Prayer Duran Duran 30
                  156 77 9 Love John Lennon 30
                  157 11 Just Can't Get Enough Depeche Mode 29
                  158 1 Gis' A Job The Blackstuff Lads 29
                  159 1 Pal Of My Cradle Days Ann Williamson 29
                  160 81 8 I'm Alright Young Steve And The Afternoon Boys 29
                  161 1 I Turn In (To You) Messengers 28
                  162 200 15 Shout Lulu And The Luvers 28
                  163 158 11 Muscles Diana Ross 28
                  164 132 14 There's A Ghost In My House R. Dean Taylor 28
                  165 98 11 Ooh La, La, La (Let's Go Dancin) Kool & The Gang 28
                  166 1 Obsession Buzzz 27
                  167 171 11 Should I Stay Or Should I Go / Straight To Hell (Edit Version) The Clash 27
                  168 95 11 Do It To The Music Raw Silk 27
                  169 4 Holy Joe Haysi Fantayzee 26
                  170 1 Music / Slow Down John Miles 26
                  171 178 5 Stranger Shakatak 26
                  172 133 8 Life In Tokyo (Special Remix) Japan 26
                  173 60 5 Christmas Wrapping The Waitresses 26
                  174 1 Let Love Shine New York Skyy 25
                  175 5 The Apple Stretching / Nipple To The Bottle Grace Jones 25
                  176 1 Nunk Warp 9 25
                  177 145 6 Back To Love Evelyn King 25
                  178 122 13 Girls On Film Duran Duran 25
                  179 117 10 Jack & Diane (edit.) John Cougar 25
                  180 92 2 So Close To Me Julio Iglesias 25
                  181 5 (Beware) Boyfriend Mari Wilson 24
                  181 4 Don't Make Me Wait Peech Boys 24
                  182 10 Danger Games The Pinkees 23
                  183 5 Hi Ho Silver Lining Jeff Beck 23
                  184 177 7 Don't Pay The Ferryman Chris de Burgh 23
                  185 162 11 Lifeline Spandau Ballet 23
                  186 138 10 Town Called Malice / Precious The Jam 23
                  186 138 23 Jimmy Mack Martha And The Vandellas 23
                  188 86 2 Loch Lomond Runrig 23
                  189 1 (The Best Part Of) Breakin' Up Roni Griffiths 22
                  189 1 Under The Blade Twisted Sister 22
                  191 100 2 Symptom Of The Universe Ozzy Osbourne 22
                  191 122 12 Starmaker The Kids From "Fame" 22
                  192 1 1999 Prince 21
                  193 3 It's You, Only You (Mein Schmerz) Lene Lovich 21
                  194 1 Bela Lugos Is Dead Bauhaus 21
                  195 178 12 Rock The Casbah The Clash 21
                  196 167 11 Reap The Wild Wind Ultravox 21
                  196 167 7 Five Tracks Of Laughter The Hysterics 21
                  198 155 19 Chariots Of Fire - Titles Vangelis 21
                  199 151 10 Friend Or Foe Adam Ant 21
                  200 136 2 Okey Cokey Slade 21

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                  • #10
                    Note added by kobyhadrian for chart dated w/e 15 January 1983: 'Danger Games' by The Pinkees listed at number 182 despite two records at number 181.

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                    • #11
                      A couple of these early charts have errors in them - in a week or two an album sneaks into the singles chart. We actually see the same sort of thing with the Millwood Brown changeover in 1994 as the compilers work out what should go where. Gallup where trying to do a computer system but errors do creep in and manual entry was almost certainly used in places.
                      http://thechartbook.co.uk - for the latest are best chart book - By Decade!
                      Now including NME, Record Mirror and Melody Maker from the UK and some Billboard charts

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                      • #12
                        How do you convert these Panel Sales into actual over-the-counter sales?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by brian05 View Post
                          How do you convert these Panel Sales into actual over-the-counter sales?
                          The sales are through the sample of shops that Gallup had on their books (the idea being that it would be 250). BMRB had a panel of 750 shops they rotated through to form a 250 panel chart. The wisdom of the time is that you multiply by 17 to get the true picture - this would give 4,250 record shops in the UK at the time and so is meant to give a true picture of the sales...

                          The figure can be reverse engineered though as if you locate a record with a BPI award very early in its chart life and add the sales you can arrive at a multiplier.

                          So on the 15 Jan chart above you'd need to sell about 350 copies nationally to make the 21 sales in the chart return shops to then chart at 200 or so.
                          http://thechartbook.co.uk - for the latest are best chart book - By Decade!
                          Now including NME, Record Mirror and Melody Maker from the UK and some Billboard charts

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                          • #14
                            I take it the BPI would have album sales for this period too. I would be interested in the big sellers from ABBA, Queen, Madonna, Fleetwood Mac etc.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Nameless View Post
                              I take it the BPI would have album sales for this period too. I would be interested in the big sellers from ABBA, Queen, Madonna, Fleetwood Mac etc.
                              Yes, the same information exists for albums as for singles in terms what Gallup produced. The reports produced where about 100 or so pages per week as I recall, with the main Singles 200 listed in detail, then a 200 7 Inch chart, a 200 12 Inch chart (I could be mistaken on the length here as memory is going back 13 years) and then then an albums chart as well with similar information provided. They also included a Cassette albums and, I think, a Vinyl only albums chart.

                              Section 1 - Singles 200
                              Section 2 - 7 Inch
                              Section 3 - 12 Inch
                              Section 4 - Albums 200
                              Section 5 - Vinyl Albums (I think)
                              Section 6 - Cassette (I think)

                              At this point only the above where compiled by Gallup. By the end of the decade They had reduced the info shown and went from 15 records a page to 40 - reducing the size of the booklets which was needed as Albums started on page 36 on the week of 15 Jan 1983 (I copied a couple from Jan 1983 and have the 7 Inch 200 for 22 Jan by mistake as I copied the wrong pages!
                              http://thechartbook.co.uk - for the latest are best chart book - By Decade!
                              Now including NME, Record Mirror and Melody Maker from the UK and some Billboard charts

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                              • #16
                                Will we know which are the starred out singles?

                                Never heard of that Ex Tras one. I've heard ET Come Home before.

                                Great to see Eddy Grant jumping so hugely.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Blondini View Post
                                  Will we know which are the starred out singles?

                                  Never heard of that Ex Tras one. I've heard ET Come Home before.

                                  Great to see Eddy Grant jumping so hugely.
                                  Yes, all the starred out singles appear on the file in the right places. Pain to set up, but worth it You'll see when Robbie posts the next one. It's interesting how many have been starred out some weeks and which weeks have almost none
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                                  • #18
                                    Truly a holy grail for many chartwatchers. And for such a terrific era too. This is going to make fascinating reading week-in, week-out for months to come! Sincere thanks to all involved in facilitating this mammoth task.

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                                    • #19
                                      These reports are held by the BPI for the entirety (1983 to 1994) of Gallup's tenure as chart compiler.
                                      Robbie Are you really going to publish the top 200 charts for those 12 years?

                                      That's 624 week's worth of charts - a mammoth task. Good luck then.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by brian05 View Post

                                        Robbie Are you really going to publish the top 200 charts for those 12 years?

                                        That's 624 week's worth of charts - a mammoth task. Good luck then.
                                        It's an ongoing project. Obviously there's more than just myself involved so my part in the project will be to post the charts that I have. It is a mammoth task and it's one that I'm looking forward to.

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                                        • #21
                                          Messengers is an Ultravox soundalike produced by Midge Ure

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                                          • #22
                                            Originally posted by kingofskiffle View Post
                                            A couple of these early charts have errors in them - in a week or two an album sneaks into the singles chart. We actually see the same sort of thing with the Millwood Brown changeover in 1994 as the compilers work out what should go where. Gallup where trying to do a computer system but errors do creep in and manual entry was almost certainly used in places.
                                            True fact - I had an interview for a job at the charts department of Millward Brown the day after the first Millward Brown chart was announced on Radio 1. I was a little surprised at the lack of interest they showed in the things I was doing at the time – my attempts to understand the relationship between pre-release airplay and first week chart position, for example. On the whole though, I thought the interview was going VERY well.

                                            Then, the very senior manager on the interview panel threw in the rather conversational double-question “So, did you hear yesterday’s chart? What did you think?” I responded enthusiastically along the lines of “There were a few real surprises, weren’t there? I really didn’t anticipate Mariah Carey at number one!”

                                            I can only assume that this remark was mistaken as a challenge to the integrity and/or the accuracy of the chart. It wasn't. The chap genuinely seemed to go into a sulk, any rapport we had was lost and the interview faded away into nothingness. I left the building knowing I hadn’t got the job. Millward Brown reneged on their promise to pay me expenses, and my car's passenger door was damaged in their car park.

                                            And one thing I remember in all of this was that Millward Brown were looking for someone to filter out the rogue elements of early charts, which were inflitrated by barcodes that didn't relate to music product at all. A packet of AA batteries being a particular case in point.

                                            In case you're wondering why I tell the whole story, it's because it's the only way of substantiating what would otherwise seem like an urban myth.

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                                            • #23
                                              Originally posted by Gambo View Post
                                              Truly a holy grail for many chartwatchers. And for such a terrific era too. This is going to make fascinating reading week-in, week-out for months to come! Sincere thanks to all involved in facilitating this mammoth task.
                                              Truly is a holy grail! I noticed something a couple of weeks ago that makes it even harder to estimate Gallup panel chart sales in 1983...
                                              In the chart in Music Week, there was a 'key' (legend) next to the chart, indicating that an upward pointing arrow would be shown in the case of increased panel sales. The key wasn't ever-present throughout the year. When I spot-checked individual charts (including all Jan and Feb IIRC), the arrows weren't actually used! At all! (I haven't seen the 1983 issues online btw, I was looking at my own collection)

                                              Which leads me to ask, does anyone know when the "increase sales" arrows began to be shown in Music Week?
                                              Last edited by hardtogethits; Tue March 15, 2022, 19:24.

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                                              • #24
                                                ^ what a perfect record (Without You) to soundtrack your misery! Tragi-comedy at its best.

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                                                • #25
                                                  Music Week ditched the symbol on 19 March 1983 without using it. 1 March 1986 is when they seem to have added that feature back, although the symbols exist for a few weeks before with no indication as to their origin.
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