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 80’s, 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…

Artist Title Topping out date
The Pretenders Brass in Pocket January 19 1980
The Specials The Special AKA Live! February 2 1980
Kenny Rogers Coward of the County February 16 1980
Blondie Atomic March 1 1980
Fern Kinney Together We Are Beautiful March 15 1980
The Jam Going Underground / Dreams Of Children March 22 1980
The Detroit Spinners Working My Way Back to You April 12 1980
Blondie Call Me April 26 1980
Dexys Midnight Runners Geno May 3 1980
Johnny Logan What’s Another Year May 17 1980
Mash Theme From M*A*S*H (Suicide is Painless) May 31 1980
Don McLean Crying June 21 1980
Olivia Newton-John & ELO Xanadu July 12 1980
Odyssey Use It Up and Wear It Out July 26 1980
ABBA The Winner Takes It All August 9 1980
David Bowie Ashes To Ashes August 23 1980
The Jam Start! September 6 1980
Kelly Marie Feels Like I’m in Love September 13 1980
The Police Don’t Stand So Close to Me September 27 1980
Barbra Streisand Woman in Love October 25 1980
Blondie The Tide Is High November 15 1980
ABBA Super Trouper November 29 1980
John Lennon (Just Like) Starting Over December 20 1980
St Winifred’s School Choir There’s No-one Quite Like Grandma December 27 1980

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