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WOW's Top 20 Singles from 1983

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THE GOLDEN YEARS

Featured Year...

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

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Highlights 1979

Pink Floyd release their first single in 12 years and it tops the chart... Blondie have two consecutive No. 1s... Gary Numan lights the touchpaper for the explosion in electronic pop... Cliff Richard has his first No. 1 in 11 years... it's a vintage year for punk and new wave... and disco has its last hurrah with the million-selling Y.M.C.A...

Biggest Chart Single

Art Garfunkel Bright Eyes Biggest Chart Hit 1979

BRIGHT EYES
Art Garfunkel

The curly-haired half of Simon & Garfunkel had his second and final solo No. 1 in the UK with this leporine ballad from the movie Watership Down. See Biggest Chart Singles

Biggest Chart Act

ABBA Biggest Chart Act 1979

ABBA

For the first time in three years, the Swedish superstars failed to reach No. 1, yet they were the biggest chart act of the year. See Biggest Chart Artists

NME Song of the Year

The Jam Eton Rifles NME Song of the Year 1979

ETON RIFLES
The Jam

The Jam's thunderous tirade about class war was the trio's biggest hit to date - and lit the fuse for their successful UK career. See WOW's Top Singles for 1979

Ivor Novello for Best Pop Song

I Don't Like Mondays won the Ivor Novello for Best Pop Song 1979

I DON'T LIKE MONDAYS
The Boomtown Rats

A haunting and original song about the San Diego school shooting that gave The Rats back-to-back No. 1s. See WOW's Top Singles for 1979

WOW's Top Single of 1979

TTubeway Army Are Friends' Electric Wow's Top Single of the Year 1979

ARE 'FRIENDS' ELECTRIC
Tubeway Army

The first electronic No. 1 of the post-punk era was a peek into a dystopian future filled with android sex workers. See WOW's Top Singles for 1979

Most Played Song on the Radio

Art Garfunkel Bright Eyes the Most Played Song on the Radio 1979

BRIGHT EYES
Art Garfunkel

The year's best-selling single was also the most played on the radio - a nice earner for song writer Mike Batt
The disc received the Ivor Novello award for most performed song of 1979

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