Best of 1980 - Top 50 Singles List

It was an interesting year at the crossroads still very influenced by the 70's music and culture but also slowly opening the doors to the new decade and adopting new trends and styles. Blondie, Abba, The Police and The Jam still ruled the charts. David Bowie scored his second number one hit this year while Kate Bush became the first British female artist to have a No.1 album. It was also a sad year in music as the music world lost two very influential musical artists and iconic figures. Ian Curtis of Joy Division hanged himself just days before the US Tour kick off and John Lennon was shot dead outside his apartment building in New York City, both leaving their families and thousands of fans in mourning and sorrow. The year ended with John Lennon's song "{Just Like) Starting Over" reaching number one in the UK charts announcing the new decade.

During our 30 year anniversary of 1980 in 2010, the following albums were voted Top 50 Singles by Burning Flame friends and readers including in-house votes.

Updated: 05/2020


01. Joy Division- Love Will Tear Us Apart 
02. Visage- Fade to Grey 
03. Orchestral Manouvers in the Dark- Enola Gay 
04. Joy Division- Atmosphere 
05. David Bowie- Ashes to Ashes
06. The Cure- A Forest 
07. The Korgis - Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometimes 
08. Blondie- Atomic 
09. Spandau Ballet- To Cut A Long Story Short
10. Siouxsie and the Banshees- Happy House 
11. Peter Gabriel- Games Without The Frontiers 
12. Robert Palmer - Johnny and Mary
13. John Foxx- Underpass
14. Martha and The Muffins- Echo Beach
15. The Clash - Train in Vain
16. The Jam- Going Underground
17. Kate Bush- Babooska 
18. The Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated
19. Bauhaus - Dark Entries
20. Ultravox- Passing Strangers 
21. Bruce Springsteen - Hungry Heart
22. Echo & The Bunnymen - Rescue
23. Grace Jones - Love is a Drug
24. The Vapors - Turning Japanese
25. Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
26. Marianne Faithfull - Broken English
27. John Lennon - (Just Like) Starting Over
28. Gen X - Dancing with Myself 
29. David Bowie - Fashion
30. The Human League- Only After Dark
31. U2 - I Will Follow
32. Abba - The Winner Takes it All
33. The Boomtown Rats - Banana Republic
34. Devo- Whip It
35. Gary Numan - We Are Glass
36. The Specials - Rat Race
37. Dire Straits - Romeo and Juliet
38. Diana Ross - Upside Down 
39. Siouxsie and the Banshees- Christine
40. Lipps Inc - Funky Town
41. Go Go's - We've Got The Beat
42. OMD - Red Frame / White Light
43. Blondie - Call Me
44. Simple Minds - I Travel
45. Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids
46. INXS - Just Keep Walking
47. A Certain Ratio - Shack Up
48. Adam and The Ants - Antmusic
49. Roxy Music - Same Old Scene
50. Department S - Is Vic There?


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