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Hits of 1980

What I'm Listening To

For 2020 I decided that I'd do a monthly 'what I'm listening to' feature based on my favourite songs from a particular year. This month I've got my top ten from 1980...

Don't Stand So Close To Me - The Police

This was the best selling song of 1980 and the video even features Grange Hill's resident swot, Pamela Cartwright (Rene Alperstein). Sting's past as an English teacher does serve to make the lyrics still more dubious, but musically it remains a triumph.

Mirror in the Bathroom - The Beat

2 Tone classic that peaked at #4.

Stop The Cavalry - Jona Lewie

Because nothing says Christmas like an anti-war protest song.

To Cut a Long Story Short - Spandau Ballet

Spandau's first single, and my all time favourite. It peaked at #5.

I Got You - Split Enz

Released in late 1979, it was well into 1980 by the time the song completed the trip from New Zealand. It peaked at #12 in the UK and #19 in Ireland.

Baggy Trousers - Madness

1980 was a busy year for Madness but I think Baggy Trousers was the jewel in the crown.

It's Still Rock and Roll To Me - Billy Joel

I've always loved this song even if half the lyrics made no sense to me as kid. Even with the help of Google I'm still not 100% sure what the hell 'pink sidewinders' are!

My Perfect Cousin - The Undertones

Everybody knows a Kevin. ("He's his family's private joy / His mother's little golden boy ... He thinks that I'm a cabbage / 'cause I hate University Challenge ... Oh, my perfect cousin / what I like to do he doesn't.")

Echo Beach - Martha & The Muffins

Absolutely perfect in every way, it was the only real international hit the band had, though they did do better back home in Canada. It peaked at #10 in the UK.

D.I.S.C.O. - Ottawan

It deserves a spot on the list for this video alone.

What was your favourite hit of 1980? Let me know in the comments. :)

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