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post Nov 30 2017, 07:34 PM
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I've been reading quite a lot of Into The Popvoid later and I was rather amazed about the quantity of 80's songs that are still much remembered nowadays but didn't go far in the British charts. Some of them were US or Continental Europe charttoppers, some are heavily played in 80's themed radio stations and parties but none of them cracked the UK top 40.

Here are some of my favorites:

After The Fire - Der Komissaar (#47)
Alphaville - Forever Young (#98)
Bryan Adams - Summer Of 69 (#42)
Bryan Adams - Straight From The Heart (#51)
Carly Simon - Let The River Run (#79)
Christopher Cross - Sailing (#48)
Cyndi Lauper - Change Of Heart (#67)
Falco - Jeany (#68)
Frida - I Know There's Something Going On (#43)
Go-Go's - Our Lips Are Sealed (#47)
Hall & Oates - Out Of Touch (#48)
Jermaine Jackson & Pia Zadora - When The Rain Begins To Fall (#68)
Michael Sembello - Maniac (#43)
Mike Oldfield - To France (#48)
Modern Talking - You're My Heart, You're My Soul (#56)
Modern Talking - You Can Win If You Want (#70)
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle (#56)
Outfield - Your Love (#83)
Paula Abdul - Cold Hearted (#46)
Peter Cetera & Amy Grant - Next Time I Fall In Love (#78)
Peter Schilling - Major Tom (#42)
Ready For The World - Oh Sheila (#50)
Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl (#43)
Righeira - Vamos A La Playa (#53)
Sandra - (I'll Never Be) Maria Magadalena (#87)
Sheila E. - The Glamorous Life (#96)
Spagna - Easy Lady (#62)
Stacey Q - Two Of Hearts (#87)
Stéphanie - Irresistible (Ouragon) (#84)
Wang Chung - Everybody Have Fun Tonight (#76)
Wax - Right Between The Eyes (#60)
Young MC - Bust-a-move (#73)

What others could be added up to that list?
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post Nov 30 2017, 07:39 PM
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The Church - Under The Milky Way (#88, 1988). Maybe not the most known of songs but a Top 40 hit in the US, used to great effect in Donnie Darko and definitely a bit of a cult classic.
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post Nov 30 2017, 07:43 PM
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A Flock Of Seagulls - I Ran (So Far Away) #43, has gotta be one of my favourites

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post Nov 30 2017, 07:53 PM
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Dolly Parton - 9 To 5 - #47
Air Supply - Making Love Out Of Nothing At All - #80
The Jeff Healey Band - Angel Eyes - #86
Tom Petty - Free Fallin' - #59
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post Nov 30 2017, 07:58 PM
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Eric Carmen Hungry Eyes (peaked at 80)
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post Nov 30 2017, 08:08 PM
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Summer of 69, Bryan Adams (number 42)

I do believe this has managed to build up some respectable sales over the years since its release, but it is a classic song that has a number 1 feel to it.
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post Nov 30 2017, 08:26 PM
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First thought was Debbie Gibson - Lost in Your Eyes

That was the lead single of her 2nd album after the big success of album 1 (out of the blue)
It went easily to #1 in the US, but surprisingly only made it to #34 in the UK
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post Nov 30 2017, 08:40 PM
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Jolene? Or was that a big hit? I can’t quite remember.
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post Nov 30 2017, 08:44 PM
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QUOTE(cqmerqn @ Nov 30 2017, 08:40 PM) *
Jolene? Or was that a big hit? I can’t quite remember.


It was #7
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post Nov 30 2017, 09:22 PM
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QUOTE(cqmerqn @ Nov 30 2017, 08:40 PM) *
Jolene? Or was that a big hit? I can’t quite remember.


Top Ten. But 9 To 5 (already mentioned) and Here You Come Again both missed the Top 40.
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post Nov 30 2017, 09:47 PM
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I'm astounded that 'Let The River Run' failed to make an impact here, or even in the states, though it did of course receive an Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy. I always imagined it to have performed similar to 'Nobody Does It Better.'
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post Nov 30 2017, 09:59 PM
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Some Europop in the original list, didn't always crossover in the UK in the Eighties.
Personally preferred classic 80s Artists like Talk Talk who had near misses 'Such A Shame' (#49) and 'Living In Another World' (#48) and Lloyd Cole and the Commotions with 'Forest Fire' (#41).
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post Nov 30 2017, 10:16 PM
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I see Hall & Oates mentioned in the OP but to add to that 'You Make My Dreams' never charted in the UK.
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post Nov 30 2017, 10:23 PM
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Chris Rea Driving Home for Christmas & Waitresses Christmas Wrapping


Failed to chart in the 80s but have done better now!
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post Nov 30 2017, 10:54 PM
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Sheryl Lee Ralph - In The Evening is my nomination, as quite a well-known disco staple.
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post Nov 30 2017, 11:11 PM
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Journey - Don't Stop Believin' (obviously became a bigger hit in the download era)
Squeeze - Tempted
Bruce Springsteen - Hungry Heart (reached #28 on re-issue in 1995)
Van Morrison - Have I Told You Lately
Billy Joel - She's Always A Woman (went top 40 in the download era after Fyfe Dangerfield covered it)
Tracy Chapman - Baby Can I Hold You Tonight (Boyzone's cover reached #2 in 1997)
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post Nov 30 2017, 11:22 PM
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I was shocked to find out that Pat Benatar wasn’t big in the U.K. Her videos practically sustained MTV when it started out.
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QUOTE(Tawdry Hepburn @ Nov 30 2017, 11:54 PM) *
Sheryl Lee Ralph - In The Evening is my nomination, as quite a well-known disco staple.


Still listen to that now! Almighty remixed it in the 90s - such a classic tune.
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post Dec 1 2017, 01:40 AM
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I'm a massive fan of European 80s pop that didn't for one reason or another make it to the UK...half of them weren't even given a release, shame as I think all these would have been huge in the UK given the chance:

Gazebo - I Like Chopin
Masquerade - Guardian Angel
Modern Talking - You're My Heart, You're My Soul
Sandra - Maria Magdalena
Mixed Emotions - You Want Love (Maria Maria)
Fancy - Flames of Love
Mysterious Art - Das Omen
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post Dec 1 2017, 08:31 AM
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A few more...

One 2 Many - Downtown (the lead singer Camilla Griehsel later married Colin Vearncombe aka Black)
Soulsister - Way To Your Heart
Fantastique - Mama Told Me
Lime - Guilty
Miquel Brown - So Many Men So Little Time (Miquel is Sinitta's mum and Amii Stewart's step sister)
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