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Indulge in a little nostalgia. Rewind to 1977 and relive the music and events that defined the year.

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Biggest Artists 1979

The UK's Top 20 best-performing artists in 1979 are listed below. They are ordered by their total Chart Measured Performance (CHAMP) scores for the year. Singles are listed per artist in chronological order (from left to right) with a symbol denoting peak position. It was a two horse race this year with ABBA's five Top 10 hits (including an unofficial No. 1) edging out Blondie. Had Union City Blue done a little better, the US group would have secured the No. 1 spot. The Sex Pistols had their best year - and achieved the highest placing of any punk group in our yearly charts. The Police enter for the first time - and will end up as one of the biggest artists of the Golden Years (1977-85).

★No. 1 ●Top Ten ○Top 40 (all on official chart) ☆Unofficial No. 1 (i.e. No. 1 only on NME Chart)
WKS: total weeks spent on the official Top 40

1 ABBA☆Chiquitita  ●Does Your Mother Know  ●Angel Eyes/Voulez-Vous  ●Gimme Gimme Gimme  ●I Have A Dream 40 4,071
2 BLONDIE★Heart Of Glass  ★Sunday Girl  ●Dreaming  ○Union City Blue 36 3,935
3 THE POLICE○Roxanne  ●Can't Stand Losing You  ★Message In A Bottle  ★Walking On The Moon 31 3,373
4 GARY NUMAN★Are 'Friends' Electric?1  ★Cars  ●Complex 27 3,154
5 EARTH WIND AND FIRE●September  ●Boogie Wonderland2  ●After The Love Has Gone  ●Star 25 3,122
6 VILLAGE PEOPLE★YMCA  ☆In The Navy  ○Go West 27 3,020
7 ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA●Shine A Little Love  ●The Diary Of Horace Wimp  ●Don’t Bring Me Down  ●Last Train To London/Confusion 31 2,424
8 RACEY●Lay Your Love On Me  ●Some Girls  ○Boy Oh Boy 27 2,344
9 SEX PISTOLS●Something Else  ●Silly Thing  ●C’Mon Everybody  ○The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle 29 2,236
10 THE THREE DEGREES●Women In Love  ●My Simple Heart  ●The Runner 26 2,129
11 ROXY MUSIC○Trash  ☆Dance Away  ●Angel Eyes 21 2,061
12 SQUEEZE●Cool For Cats  ●Up The Junction  ○Slap And Tickle 23 2,055
13 ART GARFUNKEL★Bright Eyes 14 1,860
14 CHIC●I Want Your Love  ●Good Times  ○My Forbidden Lover 23 1,847
15 THE BOOMTOWN RATS★I Don’t Like Mondays  ○Diamond Smiles 17 1,830
16 CLIFF RICHARD★We Don’t Talk Anymore 14 1,725
17 BONEY M●Painter Man  ●Hooray Hooray It’s A Holi- Holiday  ○Gotta Go Home 22 1,698
18 DR HOOK★When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman 14 1,691
19 QUEEN●Don’t Stop Me Now  ●Crazy Little Thing Called Love 22 1,661
20 GLORIA GAYNOR★I Will Survive  ○Let Me Know (I Have A Right) 15 1,641

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★No. 1 ●Top Ten ○Top 40 (all on official chart) ☆Unofficial No. 1 (i.e. No. 1 only on NME Chart)

TOP 40: total weeks spent on the official Top 40

1 Credited as Tubeway Army
2 With The Emotions