Madacy's Rock On 1983 shows just how popular the new wave style had become. Of the 12 songs the compilers picked to represent the year, eight could be considered new wave to some degree. Thomas Dolby's "She Blinded Me with Science," Naked Eyes' "Always Something There to Remind Me," and the Tubes' "She's a Beauty" are the best of this bunch. The other four songs are mainstream rock from Pat Benatar and David Bowie and MOR pop from Air Supply and Sheena Easton. This volume of the Rock On series is one of the narrowest and points to the increasing segregation of pop music. It is entirely consistent with the rest of the volumes in the series by being too brief and insubstantial. Consider it instead a tiny piece of the puzzle and not a representative collection.
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AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra