1980 in British music

1980 In British Music

1980 in British music

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This is a summary of 1980 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year.

Pop music

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 and Odyssey 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's "Crying". British genres Ska and Mod reached their peak this year, with strong chart showings by The Jam, The Specials and Madness. 1970s favourites ABBA and Blondie 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.


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