Following the tragic death of John Lennon in December 1980, the world was still in mourning after suffering one of the most influential musicians. All this did also had impact on the charts as his biggest hits "Woman" and "Jealous Guy" dominated the music charts. Even Roxy Music paid tribute by covering "Jealous Guy".
Apart from this, the charts were still dominated by the rising stars from 1980, Adam and the Ants, The Police and the Human League re-formed exiting the dark phase and releasing "Don't You Want Me Baby" which together with Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" helped to emblem the music style which would in the coming years be known as Synth-pop, at least on the old continent.
Along with the increasing popularity of synth driven music, the New Romanitic movement was in bloom as new kids adopted synths and started wearing lipstick.
Perhaps the biggest event of the year whose impact will be measured in the years to come was the launch of MTV which aired "Video Killed a Radio Star" by the Buggles as their kick off song.
In the context of 30 years of 1981, we have done a poll to celebrate 1980 and to see how the the artists and their songs are rated 30 years after. Below find the result of the poll and votes.
2.The Cure- Charlotte Sometimes
3.The Human League- Don't You Want Me
4.Siouxsie and The Banshees- Spellbound
5.New Order- Ceremony
6.Soft Cell- Tainted Love
8.Talking Heads- Once in a Lifetime
9.Duran Duran- Planet Earth
10.Depeche Mode- New Life
11.Japan- Quiet Life
12.Duran Duran- Girls on Film
13.Depeche Mode- Just Can't Get Enough
14.Simple Minds- Love Song
15.Soft Cell- Memorabilia
16.Kraftwek- Computer Love
17.Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark-Souvenir
18.b-Movie- Remembrance Day
19.Heaven 17 -We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang
20.The Human League- The Sound of the Crowd