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UK Top 200 Best Selling Female Solo Hits Of The 80s

Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by gezza76, Jul 18, 2021.

  1. Hi All

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    We've had this thread before (about 2011) but this is the updated list......

    Here we are then with the top 200 best selling female solo hits of the 80s with a twist. This list is based on total sales up to June 2021 and so is an attempt to factor in streaming and downloads so you can see what has been selling best in the modern era.

    As such the list is much more reliant on estimates than the list of just 80s sales and so the figures should be taken as approximates rather than known sales.

    Beside each entry I’ll note the tracks position on the top 200 based on physical sales in the 80s alone however the positions on that list are not directly comparable as some tracks on the original list have been removed because, though they sold enough in the 80s to make the top 200 of the decade, they were remixes or re-issues of hits from previous decades and it is not possible to split sales of remixes from the original tracks. In total 4 tracks were excluded due to that fact. Also some sales have been fine-tuned since the original list in 2011 so some songs appear to have moved substantially between 2011 and 2021 but are also a result of sales re-estimations. Thirdly songs which were still charting at the end of 1989 also have their 1990 sales added to them which helped to boost them.

    No spoilers please as to what might top the list this time around and at the very least it's a chance to celebrate the ladies of the 80s!

    LIST SO FAR
    101 97 BABOOSHKA KATE BUSH 328,000
    102 92 WHY CARLY SIMON 327,000

    103 149 YOU MIGHT NEED SOMEBODY RANDY CRAWFORD 323,000
    104 159 COMING AROUND AGAIN CARLY SIMON 322,000
    105 126 LOVE RESURRECTION ALISON MOYET 314,000

    106 74 CALL ME SPAGNA 314,000
    107 73 JUMP TO THE BEAT STACY LATTISAW 313,000

    108 156 DEAR JESSIE MADONNA 313,000
    109 77 STOP SAM BROWN 306,000
    110 91 AIN'T NOTHIN GOIN ON BUT THE RENT GWEN GUTHRIE 301,000

    111 62 WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) HAZELL DEAN 300,000

    112 114 DON'T WANNA LOSE YOU GLORIA ESTEFAN 299,000
    113 125 CAUSING A COMMOTION MADONNA 298,000

    114 NEW THIS WOMAN'S WORK KATE BUSH 298,000
    115 101 MY OLD PIANO DIANA ROSS 294,000
    116 93 CHEQUERED LOVE KIM WILDE 291,000

    117 154 I FOUND SOMEONE CHER 291,000
    118 133 FRENCH KISSIN IN THE USA DEBBIE HARRY 288,000
    119 147 EXPRESS YOURSELF MADONNA 287,000
    120 131 WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY ALISON MOYET 284,000


    121 108 WILL YOU HAZEL O'CONNOR 283,000
    122 103 WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY? JANET JACKSON 283,000
    123 99 BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) SABRINA 283,000
    124 117 CAMBODIA KIM WILDE 279,000

    125 164 ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD DIONNE WARWICK 278,000
    126 124 A NEW ENGLAND KIRSTY MACCOLL 274,000
    127 200 SOMEBODY ELSE'S GUY JOCELYN BROWN 273,000
    128 83 STARTING TOGETHER SU POLLARD 271,000
    129 89 GAMBLER MADONNA 270,000
    130 122 MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME NINA SIMONE 269,000

    131 111 OPEN YOUR HEART MADONNA 268,000
    132 127 SO EMOTIONAL WHITNEY HOUSTON 266,000
    133 69 HI ENERGY EVELYN THOMAS 265,000
    134 107 ALMAZ RANDY CRAWFORD 263,000

    135 151 CHERISH MADONNA 260,000
    136 152 I DON'T WANNA LOSE YOU TINA TURNER 259,000

    137 109 ANGEL MADONNA 258,000
    138 NEW SWEET LOVE ANITA BAKER 254,000
    139 94 ONLY LOVE NANA MOUSKOURI 254,000
    140 NEW DIDN'T WE ALMOST HAVE IT ALL WHITNEY HOUSTON 252,000

    141 120 WORK THAT BODY DIANA ROSS 251,000
    142 82 SEARCHIN (I GOTTA FIND A MAN) HAZELL DEAN 248,000
    143 138 I DROVE ALL NIGHT CYNDI LAUPER 248,000
    144 136 JOE LE TAXI VANESSA PARADIS 247,000
    145 115 NO MORE THE FOOL ELKIE BROOKS 246,000

    146 191 STATE OF INDEPENDENCE DONNA SUMMER 244,000
    147 129 I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE MARTIKA 243,000
    148 116 LET THE MUSIC PLAY SHANNON 242,000
    149 105 BREAKAWAY TRACEY ULLMAN 242,000
    150 112 DRESS YOU UP MADONNA 241,000

    151 139 VOYAGE VOYAGE DESIRELESS 239,000
    152 110 STAND UP FOR YOUR LOVE RIGHTS YAZZ 329,000

    153 190 SAT IN YOUR LAP KATE BUSH 237,000
    154 135 WHO'S LEAVING WHO HAZELL DEAN 235,000
    155 196 WHO'S ZOOMIN WHO ARETHA FRANKLIN 234,000
    156 NEW PULL UP TO THE BUMPER GRACE JONES 233,000
    157 140 O SUPERMAN LAURIE ANDERSON 232,000
    158 119 SAY I'M YOUR NUMBER ONE PRINCESS 231,000

    159 163 JANUARY FEBRUARY BARBARA DICKSON 225,000
    160 150 LICENCE TO KILL GLADYS KNIGHT 225,000

    161 NEW TALKIN BOUT A REVOLUTION TRACY CHAPMAN 219,000
    162 128 RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM SINITTA 219,000
    163 178 CIRCLE IN THE SAND BELINDA CARLISE 218,000
    164 113 BEN MARTI WEBB 218,000
    165 181 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM GRACE JONES 217,000
    166 121 MY TOOT TOOT DENISE LASALLE 216,000
    167 143 FOUR LETTER WORD KIM WILDE 214,000
    168 142 PINK CADILLAC NATALIE COLE 214,000
    169 123 IKO IKO NATASHA 213,000

    170 NEW HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT PAT BENATAR 208,000

    171 NEW HOUNDS OF LOVE KATE BUSH 207,000
    172 NEW FOOLISH BEAT DEBBIE GIBSON 205,000

    173 192 I AM WHAT I AM GLORIA GAYNOR 204,000
    174 NEW I WANT THAT MAN DEBBIE HARRY 204,000
    175 132 COULD'VE BEEN TIFFANY 203,000
    176 165 MANCHILD NENEH CHERRY 201,000

    177 187 I GET WEAK BELINDA CARLISE 199,000
    178 137 GIRLIE GIRLIE SOPHIA GEORGE 197,000
    179 NEW IN PRIVATE DUSTY SPRINGFIELD 197,000
    180 134 NEVER TOO LATE KYLIE MINOGUE 194,000

    181 153 SET ME FREE JAKI GRAHAM 191,000
    182 144 I NEED YOUR LOVIN ALYSON WILLIAMS 189,000
    183 146 BEHIND THE GROOVE TEENA MARIE 189,000
    184 148 COME INTO MY LIFE JOYCE SIMS 188,000
    185 162 D-DAYS HAZEL O'CONNOR 187,000

    186 189 WATER ON GLASS/ BOYS KIM WILDE 185,000
    187 175 SHAKE YOUR LOVE DEBBIE GIBSON 184,000
    188 157 JUST WHAT I ALWAYS WANTED MARI WILSON 183,000
    189 173 I DON'T WANNA GET HURT DONNA SUMMER 178,000
    190 161 ROUND AND AROUND JAKI GRAHAM 178,000


    191 198 DROP THE PILOT JOAN ARMATRADING 178,000
    192 NEW CLOUDBUSTING KATE BUSH 177,000
    193 183 WHEN I THINK OF YOU JANET JACKSON 176,000
    194 184 STAR KIKI DEE 176,000

    195 NEW TWIST IN MY SOBRIETY TANITA TIKARAM 176,000
    196 158 SUPERWOMAN KARYN WHITE 174,000
    197 179 MY ONE TEMPTATION MICA PARIS 172,000

    198 NEW RUSH HOUR JANE WIEDLIN 171,000
    199 171 CROSS MY BROKEN HEART SINITTA 169,000
    200 166 ON THE INSIDE LYNNE HAMILTON 168,000
     
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2021
  2. I've totally forgotten the original rundown, so no chance of naughty-step spoilers from me!
     
  3. I'll pop some stats on tonight in terms of how many new songs are on the list that weren't on there at the end of the 80s plus we'll have a review of the 10 tracks which have increased their tallies by more than 50k yet still missed the top 200
     
  4. Are we ready for some stats then? Well there are 16 songs in the top 200 that weren't there at the end of the 80s and we have 18 ladies who have at least 3 entries on the list!

    Thanks to the following people/sites for helping to fine tune the figures!
    Thanks go to mfr, youtube, BPI, shireblogger, LiamK, Haven, Buzzjack


    For those of you wondering I have ignored (by and large) the recent figures from the OCC on the 80s lists as they are so riddled with errors to be meaningless except 1988 and 1989. I'll glaze over the argument about whether "Sales" are "Streams" etc and have just lumped them together as sales so apologies if you don't agree but there's little way to separate them out.

    Next up, as promised 10 tracks which miss the top 200 but have still added over 50,000 sales since the end of the 80s.
     
  5. First up on the "Bubbling Under" front is....


    WHITNEY HOUSTON- LOVE WILL SAVE THE DAY- Whitney Houston (128,000)

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    Whitney has done well on the list, I suppose that having “passed” tends to do well for sales, this was a No 10 hit back in 1988 for her but sold poorly and has subsequently doubled its sales but still misses out on a top 200 placement. Though it was produced by Jellybean it was hampered by lack of a promo.


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  6. JANET JACKSON- NASTY (138,000)

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    Another US top 10 single that missed here peaking at No 19, it has since become iconic naturally and is based on a real life experience of Jackson when she was taking a break from recording the album and was wolf whistled as she walked down the street. Jam & Lewis co-write and produce it and as it’s the 80s Paula’s on the choreography in the video.


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  8. This is perhaps the most @WhatKindOfKylie? appropriate thread ever created on Popjustice.
     
  9. @gezza76 - may I ask whether this list will look at worldwide chart stats? Are we due to see the likes of Selena, Dalida, Mylene Farmer etc on the list? Perched either way!

    EDIT: Scratch Selena, I see her bigger hits were mostly in the 90s!
     
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2021
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  10. No this is UK sales only I'm afraid as it is pretty much an update on a previous thread. There's quite a few surprises on the way though in terms of how much some acts are doing and how much some aren't in terms of streaming.
     
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  11. Always loved the Whitney single. Should have been the 3rd single, not the 5th or 6th or whatever it was. I think it even pre-dates the rest of the Whitney album by quite a bit...1986?

    Nasty is great...light on melody, maybe, but it had the sound and the sass which really made a mark. When I heard this on the US chart show back in the Spring of 1986, I knew it was a game-changer.
     
  12. Love Will Save The Day, has always been a favourite of mine, proof that The Voice could tackle anything. Criminal it's near enough long forgotten.
     
  13. 'Love Will Save The Day' is great. I love the lyrics which still have relevance in this day and age.
     
  14. Love Will Save The Day is easily one of Whitney's best singles, shame it never got a music video and is so forgotten these days. Love the Jellybean remix too



    This is why we need an expanded Whitney reissue @PatHouston!
     
  15. Some more tracks that have added 50,000 "sales" but miss the top 200

    DONNA SUMMER- DINNER WITH GERSHWIN (138,000)

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    Returning Summer to the top 20 for the first time in 4 years, this was written by Brenda Russell who then gave it to Summer to record before putting it on her own album a few years later.


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  16. KATE BUSH- BREATHING (141,000)

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    In and out the charts in 7 weeks back in 1980, this one didn’t hang around and was Kate’s first single of the decade and lead single from her album “Never For Ever”. It’s about a foetus that is worried about the fallout from a nuclear war and is aware of what is happening in the world despite not being born yet. You can’t say she’s commonplace in her subject matter!


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  17. OFRA HAZA- IM NIN ALU (144,000)

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    The Israeli Madonna apparently, Haza came to recognition in the Eurovision when she represented her country in 1983. She really broke internationally with this track which topped countries all over Europe but just missed out on the top 10 here. It’s been sampled several times since and is actually a Hebrew poem set to music, Haza died in 2000.


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  18. Why do I think that somehow my streaming alone of this is responsible for that sales increase?! TUNE.
     
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