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1980 - Big Hits

Featuring Madness, Adam Ant, The Pretenders, Dexys Midnight Runners, Spandau Ballet, The Piranhas, The Beat, Hot Chocolate, OMD, Motorhead and many more top hits from 1980.

British pop and the BBC's flagship chart show said goodbye to the 70s and trembled on the edge of a new era for the show, for British music and for British society. This meant a continuing love for the nutty boys, Madness, who feature in this compilation with My Girl, and the man with the best cheekbones in pop, Adam Ant, gave us Antmusic.

We get to check out The Pretenders' first number one, Brass in Pocket, alongside Dexys Midnight Runners' tribute to soul legend Geno Washington. There are the early stirrings of new romantic with Spandau Ballet, and it's a veritable mod revival with The Piranhas and 2-Tone with The Beat.

Plus Hot Chocolate, OMD, Motorhead and many more top hits proving the 80s were truly beginning.

59 minutes

Last on

Sat 2 Dec 2017 00:55

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Madness

    My Girl

  • The Pretenders

    Brass In Pocket

  • Fern Kinney

    Together We Are Beautiful

  • The Vapors

    Turning Japanese

  • Genesis

    Turn It On Again

  • Dr. Hook

    Sexy Eyes

  • Dexys Midnight Runners


  • Hot Chocolate

    No Doubt About It

  • The Beat

    Mirror In The Bathroom

  • Four Bucketeers

    The Bucket Of Water Song

  • Jona Lewie

    You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties

  • The Piranhas

    Tom Hark

  • Sheena Easton

    9 To 5

  • Bad Manners

    Lip Up Fatty

  • Ramones

    Baby I Love You

  • Kelly Marie

    Feels Like I'm In Love

  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

    Enola Gay

  • Motörhead

    Ace Of Spades

  • Dennis Waterman

    I Could Be So Good For You

  • Spandau Ballet

    To Cut A Long Story Short

  • Adam and the Ants

    Ant Music


Role Contributor
Producer Dione Newton
Executive Producer Mark Cooper


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