Thursday, July 21, 2022

K Special 1980 VA - The 150 Best Singles of 1980 (Super Deluxe Edition) [2022] (8xCD's)


K  Special 1980      VA - The 150 Best Singles of 1980 (Super Deluxe Edition) [2022] (8xCD's)

My own compilation of what I consider to be the 150 best singles released around the world in 1980.

This is what NOW Yearbook '80 should look like in terms of track listing!

The 1980's saw the emergence of electronic dance music and new wave, also known as Modern Rock. As disco fell out of fashion in the decade's early years, genres such as post-disco, Italo disco, Euro disco, and dance-pop became more popular. Rock music continued to enjoy a wide audience. Soft rock, glam metal, thrash metal, shred guitar characterized by heavy distortion, pinch harmonics, and whammy bar abuse became very popular. Adult contemporary, quiet storm, and smooth jazz gained popularity.

The 1980's are commonly remembered for a great increase in the use of digital recording, associated with the usage of synthesizers, with synth-pop music and other electronic genres featuring non-traditional instruments increasing in popularity.

1980 was a tumultuous year for pop music. While exciting moments included Kate Bush becoming the first British female artist to score a Number 1 album, and Ozzy Osbourne released his breakthrough debut Blizzard of Ozz, the year also saw the tragic deaths of Joy Division's Ian Curtis and John Lennon.  It was also a busy year at the top end of the UK Official Singles Chart, with 24 songs reaching the summit across 12 months. The longest-running Number 1 of the year, at four weeks, was 'Don't Stand So Close to Me' by The Police, and ranks as the UK's best-selling song of 1980 with estimated sales of 808,000, according to the Official Charts Company.

The Police's third UK Number 1 easily claimed 1980's top seller, finishing 28,000 ahead of its closest competitor, Barbra Streisand's 'Woman in Love' (780k). The singer's track, written by Bee Gees brothers Barry and Robin Gibb, was her first and only UK Number 1 single, logging three weeks at the summit across October and November.

In third is Scottish singer Kelly Marie with 'Feels Like I'm in Love' (760k). The track, which spent two weeks at Number 1 in September that year, was originally intended for Elvis Presley, who recorded it in 1977 but died before it was released. Close behind in fourth is ABBA's 'Super Trouper' (709k), the band's ninth and final UK chart-topping single, while French duo Ottawan round out the Top 5 with 'D.I.S.C.O' (706k), a hit across Europe and a Number 2 smash in the UK.

Further down the Top 50, there are multiple entries for Blondie, who scored a trio of chart-toppers that year with 'The Tide Is High', 'Atomic' and 'Call Me', while Madness also make three entries despite failing to bag a Number 1 that year, with 'Baggy Trousers', 'My Girl' and 'Embarrassment'.

Other big Number 1s from 1980 in the Top 50 best-sellers include 'Geno' by Dexys Midnight Runners, Kenny Rogers' 'Coward of the County' and David Bowie's 'Ashes to Ashes'. The Jam also went straight in at Number 1 with 'Going Underground', the first time since Slade achieved the same success three times with 'Cum On Feel the Noize', 'Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me' and 'Merry Xmas Everybody' all in 1973.




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Track lists


01 Motörhead Ace of Spades 2:47

02 Rainbow All Night Long 3:50

03 Squeeze Another Nail in My Heart 2:59

04 Queen Another One Bites the Dust 3:35

05 Adam and the Ants "Antmusic" (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 3:15

06 Journey Any Way You Want It 3:23

07 Kate Bush Army Dreamers (Original 1980 7" Extended Single Mix) 3:13

08 David Bowie Ashes to Ashes (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 3:37

09 Stiff Little Fingers At the Edge 2:59

10 Joy Division Atmosphere 4:09

11 Blondie Atomic (Original 1980 7" Single Mix) 3:46

12 Kate Bush Babooshka (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 3:29

13 AC/DC Back in Black 4:15

14 Stiff Little Fingers Back to Front 3:00

15 Madness Baggy Trousers 2:46

16 The Boomtown Rats Banana Republic (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 3:29

17 The Clash Bankrobber 4:34

18 The Police The Bed's Too Big Without You 4:25

19 The Beat Best Friend 3:02

20 Pretenders Brass in Pocket 3:05


21 Judas Priest Breaking the Law 2:35

22 Kate Bush Breathing (Original 1980 7" Single Mix) 5:25

23 Plasmatics Butcher Baby 3:33

24 Bow Wow Wow C·30 C·60 C·90 Go! 3:00

25 Blondie Call Me (Original 1980 7" Single Edit) 3:30

26 The Clash The Call Up 5:25

27 Adam and the Ants Cartrouble (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 3:26

28 Siouxsie & the Banshees Christine 2:59

29 Skids Circus Games (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 4:06

30 Elvis Costello & the Attractions Clubland 3:44

31 Bob Marley & the Wailers Could You Be Loved 3:58

32 The Lambrettas D-a-a-ance 2:19

33 The Police De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da 4:08

34 The Specials feat. Rico with The Ice Rink String Sounds Do Nothing (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 3:41

35 Ramones Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? 3:51

36 Adam and the Ants Dog Eat Dog (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 3:03

37 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Don't Do Me Like That 2:42

38 The Police Don't Stand So Close to Me 4:04


39 UB40 Dream a Lie (Original 1980 12" Extended Single Version) 7:53

40 Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls Dream Sequence I 3:19

41 UB40 The Earth Dies Screaming (Original 1980 12" Extended Single Version) 8:20

42 Martha and the Muffins Echo Beach 3:31

43 Madness Embarrassment 3:10

44 The Rolling Stones Emotional Rescue (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 3:43

45 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Enola Gay 3:31

46 The Korgis Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 4:16

47 Visage Fade to Grey (Original 1980 7" Single Edit) 3:50

48 The Dickies Fan Mail 3:06

49 David Bowie Fashion (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 3:26

50 UB40 Food for Thought 4:11

51 The Cure A Forest (Original 1980 12" Extended Single Version) 5:55

52 Lipps Inc. Funkytown (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 3:59

53 Peter Gabriel Games Without Frontiers (Original 1980 7" Single Edit) 3:57

54 XTC Generals and Majors (Original 1980 7" Single Edit) 3:41


55 Dexys Midnight Runners Geno 3:27

56 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 3:31

57 Girls at Our Best! Getting Nowhere Fast 2:00

58 The Jam Going Underground 2:53

59 The Beat Hands Off... She's Mine 2:59

60 Siouxsie & the Banshees Happy House 3:50

61 Elvis Costello & the Attractions High Fidelity 2:29

62 Pat Benatar Hit Me with Your Best Shot 2:51

63 Dead Kennedys Holiday in Cambodia (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 3:45

64 The Fall How I Wrote 'Elastic Man' 4:20

65 Elvis Costello & the Attractions I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down 2:08

66 Split Enz I Got You 3:27

67 Jon & Vangelis I Hear You Now (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 4:13

68 UB40 I Think It's Going to Rain Today (Original 1980 12" Extended Single Version) 7:31

69 Simple Minds I Travel (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 3:09

70 U2 I Will Follow 3:38

71 Diana Ross I'm Coming Out (Original 1980 12" Extended Single Version) 5:20

72 The Korgis If It's Alright with You Baby (Original 1980 7" Single Edit) 3:46

73 Joe Jackson It's Different for Girls 3:42


74 Au Pairs It's Obvious (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 5:45

75 Stacy Lattisaw Jump to the Beat (Original 1980 12" Extended Single Version) 5:17

76 UB40 King 4:36

77 Adam and the Ants Kings of the Wild Frontier 3:55

78 Pete Townshend Let My Love Open the Door (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 2:42

79 New Musik Living by Numbers 3:28

80 Lori and the Chameleons The Lonely Spy 3:27

81 Joy Division Love Will Tear Us Apart (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 3:24

82 The Chords Maybe Tomorrow 3:14

83 Joan Armatrading Me Myself and I 3:13

84 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Messages (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 4:01

85 The Beat Mirror in the Bathroom 3:09

86 Stiff Little Fingers Mr. Fire Coal Man 4:54

87 Madness My Girl 2:44

88 The Undertones My Perfect Cousin 2:36

89 UB40 My Way of Thinking (Original 1980 12" Extended Single Version) 6:50

90 Stephanie Mills Never Knew Love Like This Before (Original 1980 12" Extended Single Version) 5:26


91 Elvis Costello New Amsterdam 2:11

92 Graham Parker and the Rumour No Holding Back 3:17

93 Stiff Little Fingers Nobody's Hero 4:10

94 Roxy Music Oh Yeah (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 4:12

95 Donna Summer On the Radio (Original 1980 7" Single Edit) 4:05

96 Randy Crawford One Day I'll Fly Away (Original 1980 12" Extended Single Version) 5:02

97 Roxy Music Over You 3:28

98 Protex A Place in Your Heart (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 3:08

99 The Clash Police on My Back 3:16

100 Grace Jones Private Life (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 4:39

101 Squeeze Pulling Mussels (From the Shell) 4:01

102 Japan Quiet Life (Original 1980 7" German Single Mix) 3:52

103 The Specials Rat Race 3:10

104 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Refugee 3:21

105 Echo & the Bunnymen Rescue 4:26

106 The Bodysnatchers Ruder Than You 2:49

107 The Clash Rudie Can't Fail 3:28

108 Stray Cats Runaway Boys 3:01

109 Martha and the Muffins Saigon (Original 1980 Re-recorded 7" Single Version) 3:51


110 Roxy Music Same Old Scene 3:59

111 The Revillos Scuba Scuba (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 2:08

112 XTC Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me) (Original 1980 7" Single Edit) 3:36

113 Splodgenessabounds Simon Templer 2:38

114 Ultravox Sleepwalk 3:11

115 The Chords Something's Missing 3:26

116 Magazine A Song from Under the Floorboards 4:10

117 Bad Manners Special Brew (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 3:19

118 Rush The Spirit of Radio 4:56

119 The Jam Start! (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 2:16

120 Graham Parker and the Rumour Stupefaction 3:31

121 ABBA Super Trouper 4:15

122 Pretenders Talk of the Town 3:14

123 The Shivvers Teen Line (Original 1980 Fliptop Records 7" Single Version) 3:42

124 Holly and the Italians Tell That Girl to Shut Up (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 2:59

125 Dexys Midnight Runners There, There, My Dear 3:15

126 New Musik This World of Water 3:39

127 Bob Marley & the Wailers Three Little Birds 2:59

128 Blondie The Tide Is High (Original 1980 7" Single Edit) 3:49

129 Stiff Little Fingers Tin Soldiers 4:47


130 Spandau Ballet To Cut a Long Story Short 3:21

131 The Piranhas Tom Hark 2:43

132 The Special A.K.A. feat. Rico Too Much Too Young (Live at the Lyceum, London) (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 2:04

133 The Fall Totally Wired 3:25

134 The Cars Touch and Go 4:55

135 The Clash Train in Vain 3:10

136 The Teardrop Explodes Treason (It's Just a Story) 2:56

137 Genesis Turn It On Again 3:49

138 The Vapors Turning Japanese 3:43

139 Splodgenessabounds Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Please 2:13

140 John Foxx Underpass (Original 1980 7" Single Edit) 3:19

141 Diana Ross Upside Down (Original 1980 12" Extended Single Version) 4:04

142 XTC Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down 4:20

143 The Undertones Wednesday Week 2:16

144 The Romantics What I Like About You 2:55

145 Sparks When I'm with You (Original 1980 7" Single Edit) 3:54

146 Devo Whip It 2:38

147 ABBA The Winner Takes It All 4:56

148 Delta 5 You 3:51

149 Jona Lewie You'll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties 3:00

150 AC/DC You Shook Me All Night Long 3:30




  1. Nothing to disagree with here. Even tracks that were not really part of my listening then, I now appreciate. And good to see Japan there - I was a big fan from Quiet life onwards, but they were much derided at the time, so good to see they are still treasured.

    1. Hi dchughes62.
      Glad you like it. Lots to enjoy.

  2. Magnificent. More great tunes from my youth. Still waiting patiently for the 1978 edition. Thanks as ever K & BB. SPx

  3. Another incredible offering from K & Butterboy!! Keep them coming! I lve these year collections.

    1. Thanks Pat Harrington,
      There are more to come , so there will be more to enjoy.

  4. I think Julie Andrews (The Sound of Music spent 70 weeks at number 1) might have something to say about that Kate Bush claim but anyway its impressive that you can put together a collection of 150 singles worth recalling from 1980.

    I certainly couldn't have done. It was all a bit of an anti-climax after the late 1970's and particularly after Going Underground / Dreams of Children (one of my favourite singles of all time) had been released and John Lennon assassinated. The rest of the year musically largely disappeared for me. Pity you didn't include 'Dreams' as it is one of Weller's finest tracks and the single was a double A but it was largely ignored by DJ's at the time.

    Also a quick shout for Secret Affair (Sound of Confusion), Merton Parkas (Put You In The Picture), The Purple Hearts (My Life's A Jigsaw), Nine Below Zero (Home work), Red Beans And Rice (That Driving Beat), The Killermeters (Twisted Wheel) and Squire (My Mind Goes Round In Circles) amongst others as 1980, not that the charts (Ska aside) really reflected it much, was the year of the Mod Revival. One heady summer of post Quadrophenia bank holiday mayhem and it all started to fade away......

    Certainly the collection gives a decent flavour of the mainstream music around that year. Thanks for collating it.

    1. Thank you Manny Kent.
      I'll Leave it to K to add comment if he wants

  5. Thanks once again for an entertaining and varied compile of trax

    1. Hi eelcat.
      Glad these offerings are really being enjoyed.

  6. Superb. Waiting for the Orwell year compilation... Cheers.

    1. Hi StoneRose.
      Glad you like this one and are anticipating more.

  7. Wonderful compilation K! but a few suggestions that were MIA: Masterblaster (Jammin') -Stevie Wonder, Hungry Heart-Bruce Springsteen and Coming Up - Paul McCartney