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Throwback Thursday: 1983

Are you sitting down?  No seriously sit down for this.  I’ll wait…

Ok, I hope you’re ready…1983…was THIRTY-FOUR years ago!!!  WHAT????  Where has the time gone??  Now if you were born after 1983 you are probably not alarmed by this, but if you were around in 1983 you may have just passed out.


It’s Throwback Thursday and today we are taking it back to, you guessed it, 1983.  If you need some reminders of what the year was like, here you go:

Cost Of Living 1983

Yearly Inflation Rate USA – 3.22%
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 1258
Interest Rates Year End Federal Reserve 11.00%
Average Cost of new house $82,600
Median Price Of and Existing Home $70,300
Average Income per year $21,070.00
Average Monthly Rent $335.00
More Prices From 1983
Dodge RAM 50 Truck $5,665.00
Volkswagen Rabbit $6,994.00
Ford Mustang $6,572.00
Timex Sinclair Color Computer $179.99
Milk 2% Gallon $1.35
Kraft Singles Cheese (12) $1.49
Mens Leather Shoes $39.99

Pretty crazy to think you could get a new car for 6 grand.  Today you can get a car with no engine or tires, and some body damage for 7 grand.  Another big change since 1983 has been the music.  Some people think it’s only gotten worse, and some think it’s way better.  One thing is for sure, there were some classics that year that are still great even today.

TOP 20 of 1983
1 Police Every Breath You Take
2 Michael Jackson Billie Jean
3 Irene Cara Flashdance… What A Feeling
4 Men At Work Down Under
5 Michael Jackson Beat It
6 Bonnie Tyler Total Eclipse Of The Heart
7 Daryl Hall and John Oates Maneater
8 Patti Austin and James Ingram Baby Come To Me
9 Michael Sembello Maniac
10 Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
11 Culture Club Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
12 Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle You And I
13 Dexy’s Midnight Runners Come On Eileen
14 Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band Shame On The Moon
15 Donna Summer She Works Hard For The Money
16 Sergio Mendes Never Gonna Let You Go
17 Duran Duran Hungry Like The Wolf
18 David Bowie Let’s Dance
19 Golden Earring Twilight Zone
20 Frida I Know There’s Something Going On


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