1980 Number 1 Hits

And so, the 1980’s started. The first number 1 record of the 80’s in the UK was a hangover from Christmas ’79. Pink Floyd’s Another Brick In The Wall (Part II) stayed as the number 1 UK single from 15 December 1979 until Chrissie Hynd and her Pretenders knocked it off on 19 January 1980.

Setting the tone for the rest of the 1980s, there were some brilliant number 1 records. Three tracks from Blondie, Atomic, Call Me and The Tide Is High spent their share of the year at the top. Also reaching the elusive holy grail were stand out tracks from David Bowie (Ashes To Ashes), Dexy’s Midnight Runners (Geno) and two massive smashes from The Jam – the double A-side Going Underground and Dreams Of Children along with Start!

Towards the end of the year, John Lennon scored the first of his three posthumous number 1 records with (Just Like) Starting Over before the novelty record to end all novelty records took the number 1 Christmas plaudits. I can’t even bring myself to write the name of it…

ArtistTitleMade Number 1Pink FloydAnother Brick In The Wall (Partr II)The SeventiesThe PretendersBrass in PocketJanuary 19 1980The SpecialsThe Special AKA Live!February 2 1980Kenny RogersCoward of the CountyFebruary 16 1980BlondieAtomicMarch 1 1980Fern KinneyTogether We Are BeautifulMarch 15 1980The JamGoing Underground / Dreams Of ChildrenMarch 22 1980The Detroit SpinnersWorking My Way Back to YouApril 12 1980BlondieCall MeApril 26 1980Dexys Midnight RunnersGenoMay 3 1980Johnny LoganWhat’s Another YearMay 17 1980M*A*S*HTheme From M*A*S*H (Suicide is Painless)May 31 1980Don McLeanCryingJune 21 1980Olivia Newton-John & ELOXanaduJuly 12 1980OdysseyUse It Up and Wear It OutAugust 26 1980ABBAThe Winner Takes It AllAugust 9 1980David BowieAshes To AshesAugust 23 1980The JamStart!September 6 1980Kelly MarieFeels Like I’m in LoveSeptember 13 1980The PoliceDon’t Stand So Close to MeSeptember 27 1980Barbra StreisandWoman in LoveOctober 25 1980BlondieThe Tide Is HighNovember 15 1980ABBASuper TrouperNovember 29 1980John Lennon(Just Like) Starting OverDecember 20 1980St Winifred’s School ChoirThere’s No-one Quite Like GrandmaDecember 27 1980

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