Popjustice Retrochart - January 1980 - w/e 12/01/80

12/01/80 Singles Charts - What is the hottest song of the week?

  • It's Different For Girls - Joe Jackson

  • On The Radio - Donna Summer

  • Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes

  • Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight) - ABBA

  • Rock With You - Michael Jackson

  • Relight My Fire - Dan Hartman

  • Union City Blue - Blondie

  • Brass In Pocket - The Pretenders

  • Video Killed The Radio Star - Buggles

  • Tears Of A Clown - The Beat


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The Chart

- This is a retrochart which commenced week ending 5 January 1980.

- Post in the thread each week or start a new conversation with me with your top 10/20/100 songs.

- You can still vote in the weekly poll if you don't feel able to submit a chart!

- Each week I will post a list of new entries and releases that are eligible to chart and links to international charts (click on the flag / icon or title for the hyperlink).

- The list will not be exhaustive and you are free to add any more obscure songs on your personal list released up to that date or songs contemporaneously charting on international charts. If you do I would appreciate any links to evidence the release date or chart history to update the archive.

- You are free to use your own personal charts from the time (if you have them) or create an updated list for this chart.

- Please rank your songs from your favourite downwards. (eg #1 down to #100). Your #1 gets 100 points, #2 gets 99 points etc

- The weekly PJOPS Retrochart is compiled from accumulated points each week.

- It would be fantastic if you could regularly contribute lists but understandably there may be weeks you can not. If someone fails to contribute towards a weekly chart their previous week’s choices will be frozen and contribute to the chart but the points will be halved. This is to prevent wild fluctuations in chart positions depending on contributions.

- There are no tied positions and in the event of a points tie the song gaining most points or losing fewer points will chart higher.

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The Popjustice Retrochart w/e 12/01/80

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05 01 02 Brass In Pocket The Pretenders
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03 02 02 Union City Blue Blondie

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01 01 02 Another Brick In The Wall Part II Pink Floyd

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08 04 02 No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand

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02 02 02 I Have A Dream ABBA
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04 04 02 London Calling The Clash

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10 07 02 Tears Of A Clown The Beat

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06 06 02 Walking On The Moon The Police

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21 09 02 Gimme Gimme Gimme ABBA

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07 07 02 Rapper's Delight The Sugarhill Gang

…and the rest...

11 29 11 02 My Girl Madness*
12 11 11 02 Don't Stop Til You Get Enough Michael Jackson
13 12 12 02 I Only Want To Be With You The Tourists
14 20 14 02 Sara Fleetwood Mac*
15 42 15 02 Video Killed The Radio Star Buggles
16 16 16 02 Rock With You Michael Jackson

17 09 09 02 Off The Wall Michael Jackson
18 14 14 02 John I'm Only Dancing (Again) David Bowie
19 15 15 02 Crazy Little Thing Called Love Queen
20 30 20 02 I'm In The Mood For Dancing The Nolans*
21 13 13 02 Wonderful Christmastime Paul McCartney
22 17 17 02 The Eton Rifles The Jam
23 18 18 02 One Step Beyond Madness
24 33 24 02 On The Radio Donna Summer
25 32 25 02 Relight My Fire Dan Hartman
26 38 26 02 Le Banana Split Lio

27 25 25 02 I Wanna Be Your Lover Prince
28 ne 28 01 Oh Susie Secret Service*
29 67 29 02 I Wanna Hold Your Hand Dollar*
30 ne 30 01 Street Life The Crusaders & Randy Crawford*
31 65 31 02 The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan Marianne Faithfull
32 43 32 02 Please Don't Go KC & The Sunshine Band
33 77 33 02 Harmony In My Head Buzzcocks*
34 37 34 02 I Was Made For Lovin' You KISS

35 22 22 02 Complex Gary Numan
36 ne 36 01 Rock Lobster B-52s
37 24 24 02 Message In A Bottle The Police
38 74 38 02 Transmission Joy Division
39 27 27 02 My Feet Keep Dancing Chic
40 ne 40 01 Lost In Music Sister Sledge
41 28 28 02 Spacer Sheila & B. Devotion
42 70 42 02 7 Teen Regents*
43 26 26 02 Ladies Night Kool & The Gang
44 ne 44 01 Cars Gary Numan
45 31 31 02 Back To Nature Fad Gadget
46 36 36 02 Aurora B. Chrisma
47 34 34 02 Empire State Human Human League
48 35 35 02 Money Flying Lizards
49 45 45 02 Quiet Life Japan
50 39 39 02 Tar Visage
51 40 40 02 Damaged Goods Gang Of Four
52 ne 52 01 Bobby Brown Goes Down Frank Zappa
53 44 44 02 Bela Lugosi's Dead Bauhaus
54 ne 54 01 Human Fly The Cramps
55 46 46 02 Life During Wartime Talking Heads
56 41 41 02 Map Ref 41 N 93 W Wire
57 ne 57 01 Bright Eyes Art Garfunkel
58 47 47 02 Confusion / Last Train To London E.L.O.
59 ne 59 01 California Uber Alles Dead Kennedys
60 19 19 02 Boys Don't Cry The Cure
61 60 60 02 No GDM Gina X
62 51 51 02 Is It Love You're After Rose Royce
63 52 52 02 Dreaming Blondie
64 63 63 02 Bad Girls Donna Summer
65 49 49 02 Thrash Cowboys International
66 57 57 02 Bomber Motorhead
67 ne 67 01 I Hear You Now Jon & Vengelis
68 ne 68 01 The Second Time Around Shalamar

69 50 50 02 Genetic Warfare Vice Versa
70 55 55 02 Nights In White Satin (re-entry) The Moody Blues
71 61 61 02 Dream Police Cheap Trick
72 ne 72 01 Do You Love What You Feel Chaka Khan
73 58 58 02 Blue Peter Mike Oldfield
74 53 53 02 Rocking On The Red Book Henriette Coulouvrat
75 48 48 02 We Don't Talk Anymore Cliff Richard
76 54 54 02 Straight Lines New Musik
77 62 62 02 Working My Way Back To You The Spinners
78 ne 78 01 Better Love Next Time Dr Hook
79 72 72 02 Gotta Go Home Boney M
80 23 23 02 Living On An Island Status Quo
81 ne 81 01 Crawling From The Wreckage Dave Edmunds
82 ne 82 01 Wait For Me Hall & Oates*

83 59 59 02 Love Pains Yvonne Elliman
84 64 64 02 Green Onions Booker T & The MG's
85 81 81 02 It's My House Diana Ross
86 76 76 02 6060-842 B-52s
87 66 66 02 Soldier Solider Spizzenergi
88 69 69 02 Des Laids, Des Laids Serge Gainsbourg
89 68 68 02 Silent Command Cabaret Voltaire
90 ne 90 01 Since You Been Gone Rainbow
91 73 73 02 On Your Knees Grace Jones
92 75 75 02 Rise Herb Alpert
93 78 78 02 Here Comes The Summer The Undertones
94 79 79 02 Knocked It Off B.A. Robertson
95 87 87 02 When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman Dr. Hook
96 80 80 02 Dim All The Lights Donna Summer
97 83 83 02 On My Radio The Selecter
98 82 82 02 It's Different For Girls Joe Jackson
99 ne 99 01 I'm The Man Joe Jackson
100 ne 100 01 Them Heavy People Kate Bush


*featured this week.

PJOPS Number Ones
05/01/80 Another Brick In The Wall (Part II) Pink Floyd 452
12/01/80 Brass In Pocket The Pretenders 548

This week's #1s

Australia Kent Music Report Video Killed The Radio Star Buggles (6th week)
Europe Europarade Video Killed The Radio Star Buggles (2nd week)
France IFOP Video Killed The Radio Star Buggles (9th week)
Germany Media Control Top 100 Singles Maybe Thom Pace (9th week)
UK BMRB Top 75 Another Brick In The Wall (Part II) Pink Floyd (5th week)
US Billboard Hot 100 Escape (The Pina Colada Song) Rupert Holmes (1st week)
Canada RPM Top Singles Escape (The Pina Colada Song) Rupert Holmes (1st week)

@2014 No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand (2nd week)
@Eric Generic Brass In Pocket The Pretenders (1st week)
@Hairycub1969 Brass In Pocket The Pretenders (1st week)
@KamikazeHeart Oh Susie Secret Service
@phoenix123 Off The Wall Michael Jackson (1st Week)
@Russron Don't Stop Til You Get Enough Michael Jackson (2nd week)
@nnnumb Back To Nature Fad Gadget (2nd week)

BMRB UK Top 75
Billboard Top 100
French Top 40 Airplay
Canadian Top 100
Swedish Top 20


New in the UK for 12/01/80

Escape (The Pina Colada Song) Rupert Holmes climber US #1
It's Different For Girls Joe Jackson
Jazz Carnival Azymuth
Young Blood UFO

New in the US for 12/01/80
Too Late Journey
Let Me Go, Love Nicolette Larson
Remember Aerosmith
On The Radio Donna Summer
Kiss Me In The Rain Barbra Streisand
Trust Me Cindy Bullens
Takin' It Back Breathless

Bubbling under

I Don't Like Mondays The Boomtown Rats (21/07/79) climber CAN #4
Rock Lobster B-52s (11/08/79)
Lost In Music Sister Sledge (11/08/79)
Street Life The Crusaders & Randy Crawford (18/08/79) non mover FRA #7
Cars Gary Numan (01/09/79)
Since You've Been Gone Rainbow (15/09/79)
I Need A Lover John Cougar (13/10/79) non mover US #69
Wait For Me Hall & Oates (27/10/79) climber US #23 CAN #83
Victim Of Love Elton John (27/10/79) non mover CAN #66
Don't Drop My Love Anita Ward (03/11/79) climber FRA #17
Jealousy Amii Stewart (03/11/79) climber CAN #79
Deja Vu Dionne Warwick (10/11/79) climber US #27
I'm The Man Joe Jackson (10/11/79) climber CAN #25
The Second Time Around Shalamar (24/11/79) climber US #67
My Simple Heart The Three Degrees (24/11/79) non mover UK #10
Send One Your Love Stevie Wonder (24/11/79) non mover US #4
Don't Do Me Like That Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (24/11/79) climber CAN #13 US #22
Do You Love What You Feel Rufus & Chaka Khan (24/11/79) climber US #44
The Long Run The Eagles (01/12/79) climber US #13 CAN #17
Head Games Foreigner (08/12/79) climber CAN #23
With You I'm Born Again Billy Preston & Syreeta Wright (15/12/79) climber UK #11
Heartbreaker Pat Benatar (22/12/79) US #64
99 Toto (22/12/79) climber US #65
Can We Still Be Friends Robert Palmer (22/12/79) climber US #70
We Got The Funk Positive Force (22/12/79) climber UK #34
I Don't Want To Talk About It Rod Stewart (22/12/79) climber US #71
Better Love Next Time Dr Hook (05/01/80) climber UK #31 CAN #39
Babe Styx (05/01/80) climber UK #37
Spirits (Having Flown) Bee Gees (05/01/80) climber UK #38
I Hear You Now Jon & Vangelis (05/01/80) climber UK #45
 
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WEEK 2

Global Chart Top 10 w/e 12/01/80

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01 01 07 Video Killed The Radio Star Buggles FOURTH WEEK AT NUMBER ONE

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03 02 17 We Don't Talk Anymore Cliff Richard
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04 03 06 Please Don't Go KC & The Sunshine Band
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06 04 04 Escape (The Pina Colada Song) Rupert Holmes

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02 01 10 No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer
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07 05 10 Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight) ABBA
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06 06 04 Another Brick In The Wall (Part II) Pink Floyd

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10 08 03 Send One Your Love Stevie Wonder

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--- 09 01 Rock With You Michael Jackson

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08 08 03 I Have A Dream ABBA
 
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you are free to include any more obscure songs on your personal list released up to that date (within the prior 12 months).
Are you quite sure about this? Those of us who didn't actually have proper personal charts in those times risk having to send rather stagnated "hindsight lists" every week if we're not forced to disqualify songs older than, say, six months, hehe.

Personally I was already excited about having to drop a few early July releases this week and needing find some newer stuff to take their place...
 
I prefer a 6-month cut-off too, although it won't make any difference to my own charts, as I never featured anything very old back then, and so won't do now.
 
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1 2 9 BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
2 4 4 SARA Fleetwood Mac
3 1 7 ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL PT.2 Pink Floyd
4 13 5 LONDON CALLING The Clash
5 9 8 OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
6 5 8 UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
7 6 7 WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
8 3 7 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
9 7 9 CONFUSION / LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
10 15 5 JOHN I'M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) David Bowie
11 8 11 NO MORE TEARS Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
12 10 7 RAPPER'S DELIGHT Sugarhill Gang
13 18 8 I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
14 29 2 I'M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING Nolans
15 12 6 BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
16 20 10 I ONLY WANNA BE WITH YOU Tourists
17 17 5 I HAVE A DREAM ABBA
18 11 8 LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
19 14 8 COMPLEX Gary Numan
20 - 1 MY GIRL Madness
21 26 8 IT'S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
22 16 11 THE ETON RIFLES The Jam
23 25 6 MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
24 27 6 TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
25 21 12 LADIES NIGHT Kool & The Gang
26 19 10 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
27 23 13 CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen
28 - 1 PLEASE DON'T GO K.C. & The Sunshine Band
29 22 14 RISE Herb Alpert
30 24 12 KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson

I have very vivid memories of Brass In Pocket from New Year's Day 1980, for some reason. Probably to do with it being the first new decade I saw in. So it has to be my first new #1 of the 80s. Likewise I remember London Calling a lot from this era, probably booming out of the shops down the Kings Road when I tagged along with my parents on a Saturday. Cool song, but the 8yr old me preferred the Nolans, naturally!

Just two new entries, as I'm waiting for certain classics outside the UK Top 40 to make their debut there first.
 
UK Official Singles Chart Top 75 w/e 12/01/80

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01 01 07 Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) Pink Floyd 78,000 FIFTH WEEK AT NUMBER ONE
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02 02 05 I Have A Dream Abba 71,000
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05 03 09 Brass In Pocket The Pretenders 70,000
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03 03 05 Day Trip To Bangor (Didn't We Have A Lovely Time) Fiddler's Dram 58,000
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04 04 10 I Only Want To Be With You The Tourists 52,000
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17 06 06 Tears Of A Clown The Beat 49,000
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20 07 06 Please Don't Go KC & The Sunshine Band 48,000
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07 03 06 Rapper's Delight Sugarhill Gang
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08 01 06 Walking On The Moon The Police 34,000
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10 09 07 My Simple Heart The Three Degrees 30,000
A new decade may very well have dawned but Pink Floyd won't have noted it as they start of the 80s exactly as they finished the 70s with the No 1 song in the land "Another Brick In The Wall" which shifts a further 78,000 last week to take its overall tally to in excess of 820,000 over the course of last 7 weeks and now looks certain to pass the million mark sometime this year. Naturally its sales plummet from the 200,000 plus of last week but it still managed to keep clear of Abba who spend a fourth week as the bridesmaids in this chart battle.

Selling a further 71,000 copies they pulled nearer to Pink Floyd than in any other previous week but the steep decline of both songs must mean that their respective time is up at the top. That almost happened this week as The Pretenders ran them very close for the runner up spot with "Brass In Pocket" which slides sales wise but is holding up rather well with 70,000 copies passing over the counter.

The top 3 are quite a bit clear of the rest of the field with just two tracks climbing into the top 10. First up are Birmingham's "The Beat" who manage to score parent label 2tone a second top 10 hit in just months, the label of course being set up by Jerry Dammers of the Specials who gave his group the labels first top 10 hit in November with "A Message To You/ Nite Klub". It actually only managed to increase sales minimally but jumps 17-6 due to everything else around it collapsing, it sold 49,000.

Better known for their disco output KC & The Sunshine Band return to the big 10 today and the US No 1 spot with "Please Don't Go on sale of 48,000. It's their first top tenner since "That's The Way (I Like It)" five years ago and looks like a possible contender for a similar chart position here as it has achieved stateside.

The remaining tracks in the top 10 are all falling in the post Christmas slump and with memories of those Christmas parties fading so does Fiddler's Dram (58,000) who move 3-4. The Tourists similarly drop 1 to 5 (52,000). Former No 1 from the Police "Walking On The Moon" continues to descend gently to No 9 (34,000) and the Three Degrees round off the top 10 with a non mover (30,000)

https://forum.popjustice.com/threads/80s-week-by-week-top-10-sales-1980-1981.31536/
New Entries
#50 It's Different For Girls Joe Jackson
#63 Young Blood UFO
#65 Jazz Carnival Azymuth
#72 Escape (The Pina Colada Song) Rupert Holmes


UK Charts
NME Singles Chart Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) Pink Floyd FOURTH WEEK AT NUMBER ONE

UK Official Indie Singles Chart N/A
UK Official Album Chart Greatest Hits, Volume 2 ABBA NEW NUMBER ONE
 
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US Billboard Hot 100 w/e 12/01/80

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02 01 13 Escape Rupert Holmes THIRD WEEK AT NUMBER ONE
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03 02 11 Rock With You Michael Jackson
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05 03 13 Do That To Me One More Time Captain & Tennille
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04 04 11 Send One Your Love Stevie Wonder
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01 01 21 Please Don't Go KC & The Sunshine Band
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07 01 16 Still Commodores
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08 07 09 Coward Of The Country Kenny Rogers
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09 08 15 Ladies Night Kool & The Gang
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10 09 13 We Don't Talk Anymore Cliff Richard
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06 01 15 Babe Styx

Chart Entries
#81 Too Late Journey
#82 Let Me Go, Love Nicolette Larson with Michael McDonald
#84 Remember (Walking In The Sand) Aerosmith
#86 On The Radio Donna Summer
#90 Kiss Me In The Rain Barbra Streisand
#93 Trust Me Cindy Bullens
#96 Takin' It Back Breathless

US Charts

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Billboard Magazine 12/01/80
Billboard 200 Albums Bee Gees Greatest Bee Gees NEW NUMBER ONE
Billboard Adult Contemporary Send One Your Love Stevie Wonder FOURTH WEEK AT NUMBER ONE
Billboard Dance / Disco Tracks Top 80 Vertigo / Relight My Fire / Free Ride Dan Hartman NEW NUMBER ONE
Billboard Hot Soul Singles Rock With You Michael Jackson SECOND WEEK AT NUMBER ONE
 
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Bubbling under
Rock Lobster B-52s (11/08/79)
Lost In Music Sister Sledge (11/08/79)
Cars Gary Numan (01/09/79)
I'm The Man Joe Jackson (10/11/79) climber CAN #25
We Got The Funk Positive Force (22/12/79) climber UK #34
Whoa, there goes my tentative top 30 out the window! (Thanks)

I had even taken a quick look last week at Wikipedia and saw that "Rock Lobster" was marked for '78 -- but didn't read close enough to learn that the album version I had learned to love was indeed a later single.

The things you learn in this retrochart!
 
Canadian Singles Chart Top 100 w/e 13/01/80

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02 02 10 No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer
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01 01 13 Babe Styx
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07 04 10 I Don't Like Mondays Boomtown Rats
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03 02 11 Still Commodores
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12 06 09 Message In A Bottle The Police
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08 07 09 Send Your Love Stevie Wonder
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04 04 12 Take The Long Way Home Supertramp
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10 09 11 Please Don't Go KC & The Sunshine Band
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05 03 14 Heartache Tonight Eagles

Chart Entries
#78 Daydream Believer Anne Murray
#89 Crazy Little Thing Called Love Queen
#93 September Morn' Neil Diamond
#97 Its Time Saga
#99 Romeo's Tune Steve Forbert
100 Changes Private Eye


Canada Charts
Canadian Album Chart Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits Vol 2 Barbra Streisand NEW NUMBER ONE
 
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Okay so after all the new overlooked songs AND realizing that all the July 13th songs are still eligible i thought I'd better extend my chart to 40 songs (The Floyd and Chrissie gain some 60 points each, too!):


01 -- 01 02 michael jackson - don't stop 'til you get enough (released aug 10)
02 -- 02 02 donna summer - on the radio (nov)
03 -- 03 02 the flying lizards - money (july 13)
04 -- 04 02 lio - le banana split (it's a safe bet it was late 1979...)
05 -- 05 02 gang of four - damaged goods (2nd single off a sept album, i.e. another safe bet..)
06 -- 06 02 bauhaus - bela lugosi's dead (aug 6)
07 -- 07 02 talking heads - life during wartime (nov)
08 -- 08 02 david bowie - john, i'm only dancing (again) (dec)
09 -- ne 01 the b52s - rock lobster (aug 11)
10 -- 09 02 abba - gimme gimme gimme
11 -- 10 02 blondie - dreaming (sep 14)
12 -- 11 02 the beat - tears of a clown (sep)
13 -- 12 02 motörhead - bomber (dec)
14 -- 13 02 cheap trick - dream police (sep)
15 -- ne 01 marianne faithfull - the ballad of lucy jordan (nov)
16 -- 14 02 abba - i have a dream
17 -- 15 02 donna summer & barbra streisand - no more tears
18 -- ne 01 dave edmunds - crawling from the wreckage (late '79)
19 -- ne 01 dan hartman - relight my fire
20 -- 16 02 chic - my feet keep dancing
21 -- 17 02 booker t & the mg's - green onions (re-release dec)
22 -- 18 02 spizzenergi - soldier soldier (sep 21)
23 -- 19 02 serge gainsbourg - des laids, des laids (aug)
24 -- 20 02 the sugarhill gang - rapper's delight
25 -- ne 01 sister sledge - lost in music
26 -- 21 02 grace jones - on your knees (aug)
27 -- 22 02 joy division - transmission (oct)
28 -- 23 02 buzzcocks - harmony in my head (july 13)
29 -- 24 02 the undertones - here comes the summer (july 13)
30 -- ne 01 gary numan - cars (aug 21)
31 -- 25 02 madness - one step beyond (oct 26)
32 -- 26 02 donna summer - dim all the lights (aug)
33 -- 27 02 the police - message in a bottle (sep)
34 -- 28 02 the selecter - on my radio (oct 26)
35 -- 29 02 the clash - london calling
36 -- 30 02 blondie - union city blue
37 -- ne 01 joe jackson - i'm the man (nov 11)
38 -- ne 01 positive force - we got the funk (dec 22)
39 -- ne 01 pink floyd -- another brick in the wall
40 -- ne 01 pretenders - brass in pocket


Try to pay no mind to all the dates at the end -- without them I'd never remember when to drop the songs in due time! (Actually I ought to add them to everything, I'll never be able to juggle it all when a few more weeks pass...)
 
The Australian Countdown Chart Top 50 w/e 13/01/80

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01 01 09 Video Killed The Radio Star Buggles
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02 02 08 Don't Stop Til You Get Enough Michael Jackson
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03 01 12 Computer Games Mi-Sex
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04 04 10 Sure Know Something Kiss
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05 05 11 Dream Police Cheap Trick
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07 06 06 Babe Styx
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06 03 14 Tusk Fleetwood Mac
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08 08 10 No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
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10 09 07 Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight) ABBA
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12 10 05 Message In A Bottle The Police

Chart Entries
#31 Escape Rupert Holmes
#43 C'mon Aussie S'mon (The New Era) Mojo Singers
#49 Love Will Find A Way The Reels


Top 100 Entries
#97 Midnight Wind John Stewart
#99 Arabian Nights Dalton Brothers
100 This Is It Kenny Loggins


Australian Charts
ARIA Singles Top 100 13/01/80 (blog courtesy of @SmashHitter)
Australian Album Chart ELO's Greatest Hits ELO NEW NUMBER ONE
 
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Just to be clear to others for the future, my intention with the 6 month rule is not to limit the chart life of a song to 6 months. You may wish to do that, by all means, but the rule is to avoid "new entries" by older songs not representative of the time.

There may well be songs people like enough to have on their chart for more than 26 weeks and that's perfectly acceptable.

I think I will have a top 40 also. Just expanding my list.

Thanks to Russron also for providing links to some of the tracks. Might be a nice idea for people to do this with their new entries or unique picks?
 
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Just to be clear to others for the future, my intention with the 6 month rule is not to limit the chart life of a song to 6 months. You may wish to do that, by all means, but the rule is to avoid "new entries" by older songs not representative of the time.

There may well be songs people like enough to have on their chart for more than 26 weeks and that's perfectly acceptable.
Oh! I didn't realize even that -- but on the other hand, if I didn't drop mine after six months, there'd be so little change each week it'd become rather boring for myself to compile them...

In fact, it looks like it's a whole different ball game for us "hindsighters" compared to alla yous bona fide chart compilers from way back, right?
 
The biggest travesty of the 6 month rule is no "They Don't Know" which could feasibly have been still on some people's charts in Jan 1980!
 
Here is this week's chart from @Hairycub1969!

W/e 12th Jan 1980
TW LW Title Artist

1 2 BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
2 1 WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
3 4 TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
4 6 PLEASE DON'T GO KC and the Sunshine Band
5 16 MY GIRL Madness
6 3 I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
7 13 LONDON CALLING The Clash
8 7 UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
9 5 ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART TWO) Pink Floyd
10 19 ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
11 10 IS IT LOVE YOU'RE AFTER? Rose Royce
12 9 I HAVE A DREAM Abba
13 NEW I HEAR YOU NOW Jon and Vengelis
14 17 SPACER Sheila and B Devotion
15 8 RAPPER'S DELIGHT Sugarhill Gang
16 NEW I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
17 NEW BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr Hook
18 14 COMPLEX Gary Numan
19 20 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince
20 NEW 7TEEN The Regents
 
Retrochart w/e 12 January 1980

01 05 01 02 Off The Wall Michael Jackson
02 02 02 02 I Have A Dream ABBA
03 03 03 02 I Only Want To Be With You The Tourists

04 01 01 02 Relight My Fire Dan Hartman
05 15 05 02 Crazy Little Thing Called Love Queen
06 17 06 02 Don't Stop Til You Get Enough Michael Jackson
07 14 07 02 London Calling The Clash
08 08 08 02 Union City Blue Blondie
09 09 09 02 Brass In Pocket The Pretenders

10 04 04 02 Rapper's Delight The Sugarhill Gang
11 18 11 02 Rock With You Michael Jackson
12 19 12 02 No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
13 22 13 02 The Second Time Around Shalamar
14 23 14 02 Do You Love What You Feel Chaka Khan

15 10 10 02 Tears Of A Clown The Beat
16 07 07 02 We Don't Talk Anymore Cliff Richard
17 13 13 02 The Eton Rifles The Jam
18 21 18 02 Wait For Me Hall & Oates
19 12 12 02 Love Pains Yvonne Elliman
20 16 16 02 Another Brick In The Wall Part II Pink Floyd
21 ne 21 01 My Girl Madness
22 34 23 02 I'm In The Mood For Dancing The Nolans

23 11 11 02 Walking On The Moon The Police
24 24 24 02 Wonderful Christmastime Paul McCartney
25 25 25 02 Since You Been Gone Rainbow
26 20 20 02 Ladies Night Kool & The Gang
27 26 26 02 Gimme Gimme Gimme ABBA
28 27 27 02 Street Life The Crusaders & Randy Crawford
29 28 28 02 Rock Lobster B-52s
30 29 29 02 When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman Dr Hook
 

2014

Staff member
Ok here's mine! Only 2 new entries, the top 5 are still the same just a some swapping around.


TW/LW/WoC/ ARTIST/TITLE

1 1 2 Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand - No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)
2 2 2 Michael Jackson - Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough
3 4 2 The Pretenders - Brass In Pocket
4 5 2 The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star
5 3 2 Kiss - I Was Made For Lovin’ You

6 6 2 The Police - Message In A Bottle
7 - 1 Donna Summer - On The Radio [NEW]
8 16 2 Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover
9 7 2 Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall
10 10 2 Michael Jackson - Rock With You

11 8 2 ABBA - Gimme Gimme Gimme
12 15 2 Donna Summer - Bad Girls
13 18 2 The Nolans - I’m In The Mood For Dancing
14 11 2 The Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin
15 9 2 Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love

16 12 2 Fleetwood Mac - Sara
17 14 2 The Spinners - Working My Way Back To You
18 20 2 Boney M. - Gotta Go Home
19 - 1 Sister Sledge - Lost In Music [NEW]
20 13 2 Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime
 
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