Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 1980. Oh yes, I welcome you to the EIGHTIES!
1980 was another eventful year. John Lennon was shot and killed in New York, a former Hollywood actor became the president of the United States, Alton Towers opened, the Rubik’s Cube was voted best toy, terrorists seized the Iranian embassy in London, which leads to the SAS to storm the embassy and release all the hostages, the world found out “who shot JR?” and my all time favourite film The Shining is released. And I turned the grand old age of 4 years old.
So here’s my top ten songs from 1980. There’s a few repeat artists here (artists that have appeared on previous Top Tens), but this list is no weaker for it. Lots of strong tunes here and there’s a Spotify playlist at the end as always.
1. Babooshka by Kate Bush
2. Baggy Trousers by Madness
3. Going Underground by the Jam
4. Too Much Too Young by the Specials
5. Master Blaster (Jammin’) by Stevie Wonder
6. Happy House by Siouxsie and the Banshees
7. Ashes to Ashes by David Bowie
8. Atomic by Blondie
9. Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division
10. Brass in Pocket by The Pretenders
Whilst it’s very close between Blondie and Joy Division for my favourite track this week (kind of annoying these two songs appear within the same year tbh), but it has to be Joy Division. Love Will Tear Us Apart is one of the greatest songs every written. So, which is your favourite then?
See you next week for 1981!