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Gezza
post Dec 12 2016, 04:32 PM
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Hi All


It's the most wonderful time of the year apparently, and to prove it we'll be doing an "Alan Jones" style commentary on the 10 Christmas charts throughout the decade that was the 80s with all the songs that featured in the top 10 in the Christmas week.

We'll start naturally with 1980 when most of the big names of the time had singles out and selling well.

As always your comments are encouraged throughout, the sales are my estimates in most cases and where not credit goes to Alan Jones and Record Retailer.
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post Dec 12 2016, 04:40 PM
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post Dec 12 2016, 04:58 PM
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The subtitle - Acceptable in the 80s laugh.gif - I always thought of the similarly titled Calvin Harris tune as more indie than dance.

By the end of the decade we may see some big early dance tunes. Will the early funky house anthem that is Good Life appear for 1988 though?


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post Dec 12 2016, 05:25 PM
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Ooh yay, hoping to rediscover a few classics wub.gif
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post Dec 12 2016, 06:10 PM
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Just to let you know that they will be written contemporaneously and so will not reference any "future" works....
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post Dec 12 2016, 06:11 PM
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27TH DECEMBER 1980



In a week in which most of the music industry were refusing to believe that anything but John Lennon would be the festive No 1 St Winifred's School Choir have turned up a chart surprise as "There's No-One Quite Like Grandma" becomes the Christmas No 1 for 1980 and a record equaling 26th No 1 of the calendar year drawing 1980 level with 1965. They sold 252,000 copies of their track last week to sprint over the 550,000 copies mark just in time as we finish the year, naturally that's the best tally of the year (as Christmas normally is) but it was far from a convincing victory!





Both new entries to the top 10 come this week from the man himself John Lennon. Some suggest that were not for the split in sales then "(Just Like) Starting Over" would easily have seen the year out at No 1 and in truth the three titles sold a cumulative 412,000 copies over the last week, "Starting Over" itself responsible for 231,000 as it slid to No 2 on a 5% sales dip. However a fully re-issued "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" hurtles 45-4 this week selling 122,000 in the copies and was of course a No 4 hit for John & Yoko back in 1972 and so has at least matched that peak and may out do it yet with New Year still ahead of us.





Another re-issue comes in the form of Lennon's 1975 track "Imagine" which peaked at No 6 five years ago but perhaps with more poignant lyrics given recent events it may re-peak, it slams straight into the top 10 at No 9 ( 59,000) and brings to 10 in total the number of tracks to achieve this feat in 1980.





Adam & The Ants also make some headway jumping 10-7 and record a 99% sales increase to 77,000 which in some weeks this year would see them at No 1 but as its Christmas No 7 will have to suffice.





With the exception of St Winifred's and Adam & The Ants nothing else is climbing in the top 10 though as you might expect everything goes up sales wise. Jona Lewie up 61% to 183,000 and holds at No 3





Abba up 29% to 86,000 despite a one place drop





The police similarly drop 1 with sales up 25%





Madness continue to fall 6-8 (71,000) sales up 32%





and Stray Cats dip 9-10 (58,000) with a 45% sales hike.



1- THERE’S NO-ONE QUITE LIKE GRANDMA- St Winifred’s School Choir (252,000)
2- (JUST LIKE) STARTING OVER- John Lennon & Yoko Ono (231,000)
3- STOP THE CAVALRY- Jona Lewie (183,000)
4- HAPPY CHRISTMAS (WAR IS OVER)- John Lennon (122,000)
5- SUPER TROUPER- Abba (86,000)
6- DE DO DO DO, DE DA DA DA- The Police (83,000)
7- ANTMUSIC- Adam & The Ants (77,000)
8- EMBARRASSMENT- Madness (71,000)
9- IMAGINE- John Lennon (59,000)
10- RUNAWAY BOYS- Stray Cats (58,000)

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post Dec 12 2016, 08:14 PM
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John Lennon really was robbed there! sad.gif would've been a great tribute to have him as xmas #1 - and that grandma song is god-awful
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post Dec 12 2016, 09:00 PM
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It literally was robbed of reports of the chart collection are believed to be true but I think it was just when Christmas fell which lead to them not being able to get enough copies of War is Over into the shops!! Adam Ant and John Lennon Imagine are both future no1s on here.

Really only got into a few Adam Ant tracks when I listened to them on TOTPs 1980 in the past few years. Funny watching the videos now as TOTPs 1982 only two years later looks so much different in terms of the make up of the studio!
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post Dec 12 2016, 09:08 PM
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I think the plethora of JL singles available undoubtedly split sales and it would have been more effective to focus sales, this was the first full week after his death so new copies would have been pressed for the shops- 412k sales of three titles is impressive!
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post Dec 12 2016, 09:52 PM
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Yeh it's fantastic sales for the whole top 10!
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QUOTE(Steve201 @ Dec 12 2016, 09:00 PM) *
Adam Ant and John Lennon Imagine are both future no1s on here.


Antmusic never made No.1.


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I thought everything he released until 1982 did lol - yeh I was totally just guessing from memory!
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QUOTE(Steve201 @ Dec 12 2016, 10:07 PM) *
I thought everything he released until 1982 did lol - yeh I was totally just guessing from memory!


I think it was kept off by Imagine actually.
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Adam & The Ants only had two Number One singles: 'Prince Charming' and 'Stand And Deliver'. Oh, and some copies of 'Goody Two Shoes' say "Adam & The Ants" on the cover, but it was officially an Adam Ant solo single.
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QUOTE(The Hit Parade @ Dec 12 2016, 11:40 PM) *
Adam & The Ants only had two Number One singles: 'Prince Charming' and 'Stand And Deliver'. Oh, and some copies of 'Goody Two Shoes' say "Adam & The Ants" on the cover, but it was officially an Adam Ant solo single.


Indeed. My release day copy of Goody Two Shoes has 'Adam and the Ants' on the LABEL!
I always hoped it would be worth a fortune. Apparently not. ohmy.gif
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QUOTE(Steve201 @ Dec 12 2016, 09:52 PM) *
Yeh it's fantastic sales for the whole top 10!



Wait until 1984's sales. wink.gif
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post Dec 13 2016, 01:06 PM
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Lol Band Aid and Wham - the peak of the 80s xmas charts!
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post Dec 13 2016, 03:15 PM
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26TH DECEMBER



So here it is then the Christmas chart 1981 and as BMRB are on holiday next week the final chart of the year which doesn't make it a dull week by any means with three new entries to cover. Firstly though the big news, Human League hold for a third week (and consequently a fourth) on a sale of 207,000 copies, narrowly beating "Tainted Love" for the honour of highest weekly sales for the year and its total sales swell to 558,000 after a month on sale, the track now rests at No 21 for the year.





Curiously a third track to be released from their "Just Supposin" album which came out in 1980 and has already had a follow up album this year, Status Quo have only recently decided to release a re-edited version of the track "Rock N Roll" which was never intended as a Status Quo song, Rossi and Frost wrote it with a view to giving the song away, it ascends 12-8 (92,000) this week, that's enough for No 1 three weeks ago! and is now their 14th top 10 hit in the UK.





It's been an interesting 2 years for Dollar who found success after they formed from the remnants of Guys and Dolls in the late 70s and hit the top 10 with "Love's Gotta Hold On Me" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand" before mis-firing with a second album and an absence from the top 40 (not to mention an engagement between the Van Day and Bazar which was later to be uncovered as a publicity stunt) until they hooked up with Trevor Horn (ex-Buggles) who had just left Yes to concentrate on production duties. He seems to have worked some magic into the band as "Hand Held In Black and White" peaked at No 19, and now the follow up "Mirror Mirror" goes even better rising 19-9 (90,000) this week.





Speaking of people who have left Yes, count as one Jon Anderson who is back in the top ten with his new musical partner Vangelis on "I'll Find My Way Home 26-10 (86,000) which is the follow up to "I Hear You Now" which peaked at No 8 last year, the duo have certainly taken their time to make the move but it seems to have paid off.



Now we've dealt with the new entries so let see how those other Christmas big hitters fared in the end.



First up well done to Abba who again have the festive No 1 album with "The Visitors" but can't progress beyond No 3 on the singles chart with "One Of Us" (152,000) though they won't be disappointed with the sales of the single which trip over 300,000 after 3 weeks,





but they can't overhaul Cliff who keeps the No 2 spot for a third week in a row and creeps up sales wise to 157,000, he should sell his half millionth copy sometime next week.





Adam & The Ants also remain locked in at the No 4 spot well off the pace in the end with a sale of 139,000, they could have expected more but it seems maybe a case of overkill for the group in the year, still 294,000 copies in 3 weeks is a still a notable success.





Madness drop a spot to No 6 (111,000) though they post a sales increase





but have to make way for Bucks Fizz who halve their weekly position 10-5 (112,000)





and in the process slip past Godly & Crème who climb a place 8-7 (97,000)




1- DON’T YOU WANT ME- Human League (207,000)
2- DADDY’S HOME- Cliff Richard (157,000)
3- ONE OF US- Abba (152,000)
4- ANT RAP- Adam & The Ants (139,000)
5- LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE- Bucks Fizz (112,000)
6- IT MUST BE LOVE- Madness (111,000)
7- WEDDING BELLS- Godley & Crème (97,000)
8- ROCK N ROLL- Status Quo (92,000)
9- MIRROR MIRROR- Dollar (90,000)
10- I’LL FIND MY WAY HOME- Jon & Vangelis (86,000)

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post Dec 13 2016, 03:29 PM
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OMG at those 86k sales for a no10 in 1981!! Unreal.

This must have been the end of the ABBA dominance and what an amazing no1 even if it isn't all that Christmassy!

Could we say the Sound of Make Believe was the only remotely Christmassy song in the top 10 which would go to no1 eventually?
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Loads of Adam heart.gif A big fan of him, even now.

Also good to see Don't You Want Me at #1, such a great track.
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