The Official Top 40 best-selling songs of 1983

The UK's top selling tracks of 1983, including Culture Club, Bonnie Tyler and Michael Jackson.

The UK's best-selling single of 1983 was Culture Club's Karma Chameleon with 955,000 sales, according Official Charts Company data. 

As revealed on new Channel 5 series Britain's favourite 80s songs, currently airing every Friday at 10pm, Culture Club's iconic six-week Number 1 leads the year's top sellers list and was easily the biggest single of the 12 month period. 

In second place, and just over 350,000 sales behind, is Billy Joel's global hit Uptown Girl (602k), followed by UB40's Red Red Wine at 3 (550k) - the reggae-pop band's track logged three weeks at the summit in September that year. 

David Bowie's Let's Dance - produced by Nile Rodgers - places fourth for the year with an esitmated 471,000 sales, while Bonnie Tyler claims the year's best-selling track by a female artist (and is the only woman in the Top 10) with Total Eclipse Of The Heart - her first and only Number 1 single spent two weeks at the top in March that year.

Further down the Top 40, Michael Jackson makes the most appearances with three, two of which are from his hugely successful Thriller album - Billie Jean and Beat It - plus Paul McCartney collaboration Say Say Say. British musician Paul Young also has multiple entries, with chart-topper Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home) at 14 and Love Of The Common People at 15. 

Official Top 40 best-selling songs of 1983

POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK
1 KARMA CHAMELEON CULTURE CLUB 1
2 UPTOWN GIRL BILLY JOEL 1
3 RED RED WINE UB40 1
4 LET'S DANCE DAVID BOWIE 1
5 TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART BONNIE TYLER 1
6 TRUE SPANDAU BALLET 1
7 DOWN UNDER MEN AT WORK 1
8 BILLIE JEAN MICHAEL JACKSON 1
9 ONLY YOU FLYING PICKETS 1
10 ALL NIGHT LONG (ALL NIGHT) LIONEL RICHIE 2
11 SWEET DREAM (ARE MADE OF THIS) EURYTHMICS 2
12 YOU CAN'T HURRY LOVE PHIL COLLINS 1
13 TOO SHY KAJAGOOGOO 1
14 WHEREVER I LAY MY HAT (THAT'S MY HOME) PAUL YOUNG 1
15 LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE PAUL YOUNG 2
16 EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE POLICE 1
17 IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW DURAN DURAN 1
18 BLUE MONDAY NEW ORDER 9
19 GIVE IT UP KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND 1
20 I.O.U FREEZ 2
21 BABY JANE ROD STEWART 1
22 SAY SAY SAY PAUL MC CARTNEY/MICHAEL JACKSON 2
23 THEY DON'T KNOW TRACEY ULLMAN 2
24 TONIGHT I CELEBRATE MY LOVE PEABO BRYSON & ROBERTA FLACK 2
25 WORDS FR DAVID 2
26 BAD BOYS WHAM 2
27 FLASHDANCE... WHAT A FEELING IRENE CARA 2
28 NEW SONG HOWARD JONES 3
29 MOONLIGHT SHADOW MIKE OLDFIELD & MAGGIE RILEY 4
30 MY OH MY SLADE 2
31 SIGN OF THE TIMES BELLE STARS 3
32 HOLD ME NOW THOMPSON TWINS 4
33 CANDY GIRL NEW EDITION 1
34 TEMPTATION HEAVEN 17 2
35 CRY JUST A LITTLE BIT SHAKIN STEVENS 3
36 CHURCH OF THE POISON MIND CULTURE CLUB 2
37 ELECTRIC AVENUE EDDY GRANT 2
38 MAMA GENESIS 4
39 BEAT IT MICHAEL JACKSON 3
40 DOUBLE DUTCH MALCOM MCLAREN 3

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Please note, this chart may differ from previously published charts as it is compiled using the very latest Official Charts Company sales information now available for the 1980s period. Read more on how the Official Charts were compiled back in the 1980s here.