Yes this summer will be an 80s summer in honour of this thread! Firstly a few notes to answer some queries that some may have about this thread..... 1) "We already know what the top 100 hits of the 80s are though don't we?" Well, a top 100 was produced in a book by Guiness covering the 80s which was published in 1990 and a rundown containing the top 80 of the 80s was broadcast on Radio 1 around new years day 1990 so there is one in existence. This has been reproduced in many places over the years. 2) "Why then do we need this thread?" There are several well documented anomolies in the list and tallies and positions which do not tally with the respective Y/E charts, Y/E positions and other bits of information which have been gathered over the years especially the 2002 GBHS list. 3) How do you (Gezza) know better than that list?" Well I don't necessarily but this chart is an atempt to iron out those annomolies, using Y/E charts, panel sales which I have seen, information from other posters which all put together gives this chart. It is my contention whilst researching this over the course of the last year that the list we "know" is made up (to a high degree) of record company figures and shipment figures, NOT panel sales. What this means in relation to this list is: a) As BMRB (British Market Research Bureau) did not collect data during the Christmas Period for when it adminstered the charts this top 200 does not estimate sales over these weeks either. Therefore the following weeks are not taken into consideration for my calculations 03.01.81, 02.01.82 and 01.01.83. It is obvious that for the Gallup list that they used record company figures for these weeks, but it wouldn't be "evidenced" with panel sales. b) Several figures that are historical have had to be copied by the OCC for subsequent lists as they do not have access to panel sales and data pre 1994 (as I understand it) so some figures are significantly different to what is "established". Whilst I don't present this list as "official" I would say it is probably more accurate than the list we know at present. Yes there is still a large degree of estimates used (certainly in the 1980-83) period but figures and other people's estimates that I have seen have been altered in line with any panel sales that I have seen. I should also note that some figures here are altered from the top 200 female solo singles of the decade purely because I have got more accurate information, that's the thing with estimates they tend to alter till we get the actual figure! My thanks to Chart stats, You tube, Wiikipedia, MFR, "1000 UK No 1 hits" (Kutner & Leigh) and a few other sources who don't wish to be named (you know who you are). I would suggest if you have time to view the TOTP performances I'll be posting to really get into the decade as we go along- any questions feel free to ask, and above all ENJOY!