This is a summary of 1980 in music
in the United Kingdom
, including the official charts from that year.
The first year of the decade saw the 1980s get off to an odd start with a very varied list of artists reaching No. 1. This year saw the likes of Kenny Rogers
, The Jam
all vying for chart supremacy by reaching the top. The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums
stated that the year had a very dated appearance, most likely due to a number of songs reaching No. 1 which had been recorded years previously such as the "Theme from M*A*S*H*
" and Don McLean
". British genres Ska
reached their peak this year, with strong chart showings by The Jam, The Specials
. 1970s favourites ABBA
both had their last years as chart heavyweights, clocking up 5 No.1 singles between them. David Bowie
scored his second No.1 this year, while the death of John Lennon
at the end of the year gave him his first chart topper (and would dominate the early months of 1981). Kate Bush
became the first British female artist to have a No.1 album, and The Police
finished the year as the top selling act.