|1||1||11||Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk||–||Dr. Hook|
|2||2||7||I Like…||–||John Ireland|
|3||14||4||Eye of the Tiger||–||Survivor|
|5||4||17||I Love Rock ‘n Roll||–||Joan Jett & The Blackhearts|
|6||5||12||Just an Illusion||–||Imagination|
|7||7||8||Have I Told You Lately That I Love You||–||Geraldine|
|9||10||6||The Other Woman||–||Ray Parker Jr.|
|10||6||9||Just How High||–||Mike Eager|
|11||11||4||Heat of the Moment||–||Asia|
|12||12||4||I Won’t Let You Down||–||Ph.D.|
|13||8||10||Try Jah Love||–||Third World|
|14||9||7||A Bunch of Thyme||–||Foster & Allen|
|16||17||3||I Found Love||–||Alida White|
|17||18||2||Slipping Out the Back Way||–||Dale Stephens|
|18||19||3||Who’s Foolin’ Who||–||One Way|
|19||20||2||Don’t Talk to Strangers||–||Rick Springfield|
|20||16||17||Oh Julie||–||Shakin’ Stevens|
|Down Under||–||Men At Work|
|Las Palabras De Amor (Words Of Love)||–||Queen|
|Gee Vir My ‘n Bietjie Country||–||Cora Marie|
|House Of Fun||–||Madness|
|Freeze Frame||–||J Geils Band|
|Maid Of Orleans||–||OMD|
|Goody Two Shoes||–||Adam Ant|
‘Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk’ by Dr Hook became the 28th song to spend at least 7 weeks at 1 as it continued its run at the top of the charts. John Ireland’s ‘I Like…’ spent a second week at 2. But it was the climber of the week, Survivor’s ‘Eye Of The Tiger’, which posed the biggest threat to the current number 1. A former US and Capital 604 chart topper, ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ jumped a massive 11 places from 14 to 3 to become the 48th song, and the first since ‘Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk’ had a 12 place climb, to climb 11 or more in a week.
Dr Hook had now spent a total of 13 weeks at 1 (the 6 others coming with ‘Sylvia’s Mother’) and this put them tied 7th for weeks at 1, joining Chris Andrews and Johnny Nash there.
Apart from ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ mentioned above, the only other star rater was Toto’s ‘Rosanna’ which moved up 5 from 13 to 8.
Third World’s ‘Try Jah Love’ and Forster & Allen’s ‘A Bunch Of Thyme’ were the fallers of the week. They both fell 5 to land at 13 and 14 respectively.
The 2 oldest on last week’s chart, ‘Oh Julie’ by Shakin’ Stevens and ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’ by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts were still with us as they clocked up their 17th week in the charts and their 4th as the oldest.
There was only 1 song that left the chart this week and that was Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder’s ‘Ebony And Ivory’. It spent 13 weeks on the charts and peaked at 3, the best performing hit for Paul McCartney so far if one excludes those credited to Wings. It far out performed Wonder’s only other hit to date, ‘Yester-me, Yester-You, Yesterday’ which had only peaked at 14 during a 4 week run. Both artists would be seen again on our charts,
Olivia Newton-John became the 19th act to clock up at least 10 hits as her ‘Physical’ was the only new entry this week. She was the 3rd woman after Petula Clark (who was on 11 hits) and Barbra Ray (who was on 12) to reach double figures for number of hits. The song was written by Steve Kipner and Terry Shaddick and was originally intended for Rod Stewart. It was also offered to Tina Turner but she didn’t want it either so it was offered to Olivia and this proved a good move as it would top the charts for 10 weeks in the US, a record run for any song in the 80s. It would also go to the top of the charts in Australia, Belgium, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland and Zimbabwe. It would make number 7 in the UK and 6 on the Capital 604 charts but wouldn’t make the Radio 5 charts. Once again, we saw members of Toto featuring on an SA top 20 hit as both Steve Lukather and David Hungate from that band played on ‘Physical’.