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radication

1980 in music

Events

January

  • January 1 - The year starts off with a strong disco backlash, which causes the majority of musicians to abandon the use of real instruments in an attempt to distant themselves from anything associated with disco. The decade will be dominated by electronically made music and numerous musicians who had played in disco orchestras find themselves without a job. Cliff Richard is appointed an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II. The only other pop music acts to be created MBEs are the Beatles and Elton John
  • January 1 The Melbourne Music scene explodes with independent bands, with various influences from US and UK Punk/New Wave. The Zorros audition Drummer Greg Pedley on new years day.
  • January 7 - At the age of 45, songwriter Larry Williams is found dead in his Los Angeles, California home of a gunshot wound to the head. Investigators are never able to determine whether his death was a murder or suicide.
  • January 13 - The Beach Boys, Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Starship perform at a benefit concert at Oakland Coliseum for the people of Kampuchea.
  • January 16 - Paul McCartney is arrested in Tokyo for possession of a half pound of marijuana. The remaining part of McCartney's tour had to be canceled.
  • January 25 - Paul McCartney is released from a Japanese jail and is kicked out of the country by Japanese authorities.
  • January - Daniel Amos and Randy Stonehill wrap up the first part of the Amos and Randy Tour in Toronto. Both artists are joined on stage by Larry Norman for an encore. The event makes the news on local television and newspapers.
  • January - The Buggles created their Music video for their song Living in the Plastic Age.

February

March

April–December

Other events

Bands disbanded

Bands formed

Albums released

Awards

Charts

List of Number 1 Hits

Biggest hit singles

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1980.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Pink Floyd Another Brick in the Wall (part 2) 1980 UK 1 - Dec 1979, US BB 1 - Feb 1980, Canada 1 - Jan 1980, Sweden (alt) 1 - Feb 1980, France 1 - Feb 1980, Austria 1 - Feb 1980, Switzerland 1 - Jan 1980, Norway 1 - Jan 1980, Germany 1 - Jan 1980, Éire 1 - Dec 1979, Poland 1 of all time, US CashBox 3 of 1980, Holland 3 - Dec 1979, Australia 4 of 1980, KROQ 6 of 1980, POP 7 of 1980, South Africa 8 of 1980, Germany 9 of the 1980s, Europe 11 of the 1970s, Italy 12 of 1980, US BB 15 of 1980, RYM 18 of 1979, TheQ 28, Virgin 39, Belgium 50 of all time, Scrobulate 51 of live, RIAA 296, Rolling Stone 375, Acclaimed 392, OzNet 594
2 Diana Ross Upside Down 1980 US BB 1 - Aug 1980, Sweden (alt) 1 - Aug 1980, France 1 - Aug 1980, Switzerland 1 - Aug 1980, Norway 1 - Aug 1980, New Zealand 1 for 3 weeks Oct 1980, Australia 1 for 4 weeks Aug 1981, UK 2 - Jul 1980, Holland 2 - Jul 1980, Austria 2 - Oct 1980, US CashBox 4 of 1980, Germany 4 - Sep 1980, Canada 8 - Sep 1980, Italy 8 of 1980, South Africa 11 of 1980, Australia 15 of 1980, POP 22 of 1980, US BB 30 of 1980, Scrobulate 42 of disco, RYM 83 of 1980, Germany 87 of the 1980s, Acclaimed 1364
3 Barbra Streisand Woman in Love 1980 UK 1 - Oct 1980, US BB 1 - Sep 1980, Holland 1 - Sep 1980, Sweden (alt) 1 - Oct 1980, Austria 1 - Dec 1980, Switzerland 1 - Oct 1980, Norway 1 - Nov 1980, Germany 1 - Jan 1981, Éire 1 - Oct 1980, Australia 1 for 2 weeks Sep 1981, South Africa 2 of 1980, Italy 3 of 1981, France 7 - Oct 1980, US CashBox 9 of 1980, Australia 21 of 1980, Germany 36 of the 1980s, RYM 157 of 1980
4 Lipps Inc Funkytown 1980 US BB 1 - Apr 1980, Holland 1 - Apr 1980, Austria 1 - Jul 1980, Switzerland 1 - May 1980, Norway 1 - Jul 1980, Germany 1 - Jun 1980, UK 2 - May 1980, Sweden (alt) 2 - Jun 1980, US BB 4 of 1980, POP 5 of 1980, Scrobulate 7 of disco, Australia 9 of 1980, US CashBox 10 of 1980, Germany 14 of the 1980s, Italy 30 of 1980, RYM 73 of 1979, Acclaimed 520
5 John Lennon (Just Like) Starting Over 1980 UK 1 - Nov 1980, US BB 1 - Nov 1980, Canada 1 - Nov 1980, Switzerland 1 - Dec 1980, Australia 1 for 4 weeks Dec 1981, Austria 2 - Feb 1981, Norway 2 - Dec 1980, Sweden (alt) 3 - Nov 1980, Germany 6 - Jan 1981, France 9 - Nov 1980, US BB 12 of 1980, Australia 18 of 1981, Italy 29 of 1981, RYM 32 of 1980, POP 49 of 1980, US CashBox 57 of 1980, Germany 298 of the 1980s, OzNet 683, Acclaimed 1637

US and UK #1 hit singles

(in chronological order)
US #1 Singles and Artist(Weeks at #1)
"Please Don't Go" - KC & The Sunshine Band(1)
"Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" - Rupert Holmes(2 weeks in 1979 + 1 week in 1980)
"Rock with You" - Michael Jackson(4)
"Do That to Me One More Time" - The Captain & Tennille(1)
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love" - Queen(4)
"Another Brick in the Wall, Part II" - Pink Floyd(4)
"Call Me" - Blondie(6), best selling single of the year
"Funkytown" - Lipps Inc(4)
"Coming Up (Live At Glasgow)" - Paul McCartney(3)
"It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" - Billy Joel(2)
"Magic" - Olivia Newton-John(4)
"Sailing" - Christopher Cross(1)
"Upside Down" - Diana Ross(4)
"Another One Bites the Dust" - Queen(3)
"Woman in Love" - Barbra Streisand(3)
"Lady" - Kenny Rogers(6)
"(Just Like) Starting Over" - John Lennon(1 week in 1980 + 2 weeks in 1981)
UK #1 Singles and Artist(Weeks at #1)
"Another Brick in the Wall, Part II" - Pink Floyd(3 weeks in 1979 + 2 weeks in 1980)
"Brass in Pocket" - Pretenders(2)
"The Special AKA Live!" - The Specials(2)
"Coward of the County" - Kenny Rogers(2)
"Atomic" - Blondie(2)
"Together We Are Beautiful" - Fern Kinney(1)
"Going Underground/The Dreams Of Children" - 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)
"Suicide Is Painless" (Theme From M*A*S*H)- The Mash(3)
"Crying" - Don McLean(3)
"Xanadu" - Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra(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), best selling single of the year
"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 week in 1980 + 1 week in 1981)

Other significant singles

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