1982

Top Selling Singles

  1. Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
  2. Irene Cara – Fame
  3. Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger
  4. Tight Fit – The Lions Sleeps Tonight
  5. Culture Club – Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
  6. Musical Youth – Pass The Dutchie
  7. Eddy Grant – I Don’t Wanna Dance
  8. Goombay Dance Band – Seven Tears
  9. Paul McCartney With Stevie Wonder – Ebony And Ivory
  10. Jam – Town Called Malice/Precious

Christmas No.1: Renee and Renato – Save Your Love

Top Selling Albums

  1. MICHAEL JACKSON – THRILLER
  2. EAGLES – EAGLES GREATEST HITS VOLUME II
  3. ERIC CLAPTON – TIMEPIECES: THE BEST OF…
  4. FOREIGNER – RECORDS
  5. PHIL COLLINS – HELLO, I MUST BE GOING
  6. JOHN MELLENCAMP – AMERICAN FOOL
  7. TOTO – TOTO IV
  8. ALABAMA – MOUNTAIN MUSIC
  9. HANK WILLIAMS, JR – GREATEST HITS .
  10. CULTURE CLUB – KISSING TO BE CLEVER

At the Box Office

  1. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
  2. Annie
  3. Mad Max 2
  4. Rocky III
  5. Death Wish II
  6. Poltergeist
  7. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  8. Firefox
  9. TRON
  10. Blade Runner

Cost of Living

Average house price£33,000
Average salary £7,117
Average car price £4,232
Petrol £1.64 /gallon (41p/litre)
Pint of beer 61p
Packet of 20 Cigarettes
Pint of milk 20p

In the News

  • Mark Thatcher, son of the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, disappears in the Sahara desert during the Paris-Dakar rally. Then found 6 days later.
  • Unemployment in the United Kingdom is recorded at over 3 million people for the first time since the 1930s
  • Laker Airways collapses, leaving 6,000 passengers stranded, with debts of £270million
  • Opening of the first Next clothing store – at the time specialising in womens clothing
  • Falklands War begins as Argentina invades the Falkland Islands
  • Britain’s first test tube twins, are born at the Royal Free Hospital in London.
  • The Smiths formed in Manchester by Johnny Marr and Morrissey.
  • Michael Fagan breaks into Buckingham Palace and is apprehended after entering the royal bedroom

On the Telly

  • Cagney & Lacey
  • Dynasty
  • Wogan
  • The Late, Late Breakfast Show
  • Emu’s World
  • Shine on Harvey Moon
  • Hill Street Blues
  • Clive James on Television
  • Countdown
  • Brookside
  • The Paul Hogan Show
  • Treasure Hunt

Top Selling Christmas Toys

  • Stompers Truck – £1.99 (£6.82)
  • G.I. Joe Figures – £1.17 (£4.02)
  • BMX Bike – £45 (£154.25)
  • Glo Worm – £4.99 (£17.10)
  • Commodore 64 – £117.85 (£403.98)

Gadgets

  • The first compact disc (CD) player hit the market and changed the way people listened to music.

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