1983 Uptown Girl by Billy Joel

Composed and recorded by Billy Joel for his ninth studio album, An Innocent Man. The song is about a working class downtown man attempting to woo a wealthy uptown girl. Billy Joel had originally titled the song Uptown Girls, at a time when he was surrounded by Christie Brinkley, Whitney Houston, and his then girlfriend Elle Macpherson. According to the singer, the song was initially written about his relationship with Elle Macpherson but then ended up being about his soon to be wife, Christie Brinkley, as well. He also said the song was inspired by the music of American band Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. In the music video, Billy Joel plays an auto mechanic who, with the help of three other mechanics, attempts to impress a high-class uptown girl whose car has arrived at the auto shop/gas station for gas. The Uptown Girl featured in the video is played by Christie Brinkley, whom Billy Joel married two years later.

Weekly Chart History (1983 – 1984)Peak Position
Australia1
Austria18
Belgium3
Canada Adult Contemporary Chart1
Canada Top 100 Singles Chart4
Denmark8
Finland26
Germany (West)18
Ireland1
Netherlands10
New Zealand1
Norway3
South Africa8
United Kingdom1
USA Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart2
USA Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart3
USA Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart22
Zimbabwe9
Year-End Chart History (1983)Final Position
Australia62
Canada Top 100 Singles Chart 46
Year -End Chart History (1984)Final Position
USA Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart 39