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1980 In Numbers

24 Chart Toppers

Two dozen singles climbed to the top spot on the official chart during the calendar year, the highest total during The Golden Years (1977-85).

Title Artist Weeks No.1
Brass In Pocket The Pretenders 2
Too Much Too Young The Specials 2
Coward Of The County Kenny Rogers 2
Atomic Blondie 2
Together We Are Beautiful Fern Kinney 1
Going Underground The Jam 3
Working My Way Back To You Detroit Spinners 2
Call Me Blondie 1
Geno Dexy's Midnight Runners 2
What's Another Year Johnny Logan 2
Theme From M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless) Mash 3
Crying Don Mclean 3
Xanadu Olivia Newton-John And ELO 2
Use It Up And Wear It Out Odyssey 2
The Winner Takes It All ABBA 2
Ashes To Ashes David Bowie 2
START The Jam 1
Feels Like I'm In Love Kelly Marie 2
Don't Stand So Close To Me The Police 4
Woman In Love Barbra Streisand 3
The Tide Is High Blondie 2
Super Trouper ABBA 3
(Just Like) Starting Over John Lennon 1
There's No One Quite Like Grandma St. Winifred's School Choir 1
Source:Official Charts logo

7 Unofficial No. 1s

Seven songs topped the NME chart but not the official one used by the BBC. These are the unofficial number ones of 1980.

Title Artist BBC Chart
My Girl Madness 3
Dance Yourself Dizzy Liquid Gold 2
No Doubt About It Hot Chocolate 2
Funky Town Lipps Inc 2
Upside Down Diana Ross 2
One Day I'll Fly Away Randy Crawford 2
Stop The Cavalry Jona Lewie 3

13 Near misses

Thirteen songs peaked at No. 2 for a total of 21 weeks. Funky Town by Lipps Inc was the biggest hit not to reach the official No. 1 spot.

Title Artist Weeks No.2
I Have A Dream ABBA 2
With You I'm Born Again Billy Preston And Syreeta 2
And The Beat Goes On The Whispers 1
Dance Yourself Dizzy Liquid Gold 2
Coming Up Paul McCartney 1
No Doubt About It Hot Chocolate 3
Funky Town Lipps Inc 2
More Than I Can Say Leo Sayer 1
Upside Down Diana Ross 2
One Day I'll Fly Away Randy Crawford 2
Masterblaster (Jammin') Stevie Wonder 1
D.I.S.C.O. Ottawan 2
What You're Proposing Status Quo 2
Source:Official Charts logo

77M Singles Shifted

Despite a record 12M drop in sales from the previous year, 1980 saw the third highest volume of singles sold in the UK to date.

Source: BPI

0 Million Sellers

This year’s biggest selling single, Don’t Stand So Close To Me by The Police, shifted 750,000 copies.

138 Top 10 Hits

The longest stay in the Top 10 was just 8 weeks, the lowest during the Golden Years (1977-85).

334 Top 40 Hits

A total of 334 singles peaked on the official Top 40 during the year, the highest number of the Golden Years (1977-85).

3 In A Row

Blondie were the first act since ABBA in 1976 to have three official chart toppers in a calendar year.

61 New Acts On TOTP

Dexy's Midnight Runners, UB40, The Cure, The Human League, Adam And The Ants and Spandau Ballet were among the acts to appear on Top Of The Pops for the first time this year.

13 Week Run

The single with the longest run in the official Top 40 was John Lennon's No. 1 hit (Just Like) Starting Over.

0 At No. 27

In a chart oddity, no single peaked at No. 27. Bizarrely, this also happened in 1979. One for the numerologists.