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WOW's Top 20 Singles from 1983

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THE GOLDEN YEARS

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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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Highlights 1980

Brass In Pocket by The Pretenders kicks off the 1980s... The Specials have a No. 1 and 2-Tone is the music genre of the year... David Bowie's sequel to Space Oddity reaches the top with the most expensive pop video to date... Blondie has a hat-trick of chart toppers... John Lennon has the first of three posthumous No. 1s after his murder...

Biggest Chart Single

ABBA Super Trouper Biggest Chart Hit 1980

SUPER TROUPER
ABBA

In a year of poor single sales, ABBA's ninth and final No. 1 was the best performing song in the UK charts. See Biggest Chart Singles

Biggest Chart Act

Madness Biggest Chart Act 1980

MADNESS

With three official Top 10 hits and an unofficial No. 1 (on the NME chart), Madness were the year's best performing chart act. See Biggest Chart Artists

NME Song of the Year

Joy Division Love Will Tear Us Apart NME Song of the Year 1980

LOVE WILL TEAR US APART
Joy Division

For years, this haunting love song and indie classic was considered the best-ever single by the NME. See WOW's Top Singles for 1980

Ivor Novello for Best Pop Song

Jona Lewie Stop The Cavalry Ivor Novello for Best Pop Song 1980

STOP THE CAVALRY
Jona Lewie

A protest song about war, and the misplaced belief that World War I would be over by Christmas, Jona Lewie's hit was never intended to be a festive favourite.

WOW's Top Single of 1980

The Clash London Calling WOW Top Single of the Year 1980

LONDON CALLING
The Clash

A bleak portrayal of a post-cataclysmic London - complete with the SOS Morse code beeping desperately at the end - is The Clash's finest single. See WOW's Top Singles for 1980

Most Played Song on the Radio

Fern Kinney Together We Are Beautiful Most Played Song on the Radio 1980

TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL
Fern Kinney

This disco-inspired ballad hit No. 1 for one week in March but was one of the biggest singles of the year. See Biggest Chart Singles
The disc received the Ivor Novello award for most performed song of 1980

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