Our Top 10 Singles from the 80s
Disco began to fall out of fashion and dance music and new wave began to emerge, and the second generation of post-punk began to appear, with the Smiths, the Cure, and Sting’s band the Police began to gain popularity. New wave British artists like Duran Duran, Dire Straits, Annie Lennox and Boy George experienced popularity in both the UK and North America, labelled the “Second British Invasion”. New Romanticism also dominated the charts, and heavy metal began to gain popularity. Here at Seacroft Holiday Village we love the 80s, and have many fantastic acts showing appreciation for the decade of dance – and if you’re lucky, you may even see the real thing! Here, we list our top 10 singles from the 80s!
The Jam – Going Underground
A punk rock and mod revival band, the Jam wore tailored suits rather than the usual torn up clothes of their peers. With 18 consecutive Top 40 Singles as well as four number one hits, including “That’s Entertainment” and “Just Who Is the 5 O’Clock Hero?”. As the group disbanded in 1982, “Going Underground” was one of the Jam’s last hits.
Adam & The Ants – Prince Charming
Another band who split in 1982, Adam and the Ant’s last number one would be “Prince Charming” before Adam Ant disbanded the group in the Spring of 1982. The band had previously experienced success with chart topping “Stand and Deliver”. Arguably their most recognisable song, “Prince Charming” secures its position on our top 10 singles from the 80s.
Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come on Eileen
Arguably the band’s most well-known song, “Come on Eileen” topped the charts in summer 1982 for 4 weeks and earned the 1983 Brit Award for Best British Single. “Come on Eileen” also reached number one in Austrailia, Ireland, and the US, marking its popularity in the 80s. The band’s only other UK number one was Geno, which reached the spot in 1980.
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
The band that made Boy George famous, Culture Club had many hits in the 1980s alongside “Karma Chameleon” such as “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” and “I Just Wanna Be Loved”. Led by the androgynous Boy George, the band celebrated lots of success in the 1980s including multiple Brit Awards, a Grammy Award, and more. The band broke up in 1986, reuniting briefly over the years and have a tour in Austrailia planned for the end of this year.
Lionel Richie – Hello
Kicking off his career in 1968 with funk and soul band The Commodores, Lionel Richie went on to enjoy a successful solo career at the beginning of the 80s. Richie had other hits such as “All Night Long”, Dancing on the Ceiling, and collaborated on the charity single “We Are the World” with Michael Jackson in 1985. Lionel Richie is still performing today around the world.
David Bowie & Mick Jagger – Dancing in the Street
Two of the world’s most legendary artists by today’s standards, David Bowie was an icon of glam rock and Mick Jagger was the face of English rock with The Rolling Stones. The iconic singers came together in 1985 as a duo to raise money for Live Aid. Whilst David Bowie sadly died in 2015, Mick Jagger still performs with the Rolling Stones in the present day.
Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach
Still performing with great success today, Madonna released “Papa Don’t Preach” in 1986, one of six UK number one hits from her third album “True Blue”. The the album topped the chart in over 28 countries. Madonna is still popular today, and whilst firmly placing herself on our top 10 singles from the 80s, she has had many popular hits over the decades!
Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
Rick Astley’s UK number one song in 1987, “Never Gonna Give You Up”, also won the 1988 Brit Award for Best British Single. After initially retiring in 1993 with 40 million worldwide record sales under his belt, Astley returned to music in 2001 with his album “Keep It Turned On”. Rick Astley is still releasing music and performing in the present day.
Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky
Starting her career as Charlene Robinson in Austrailian soap “Neighbours” and becoming a household name, Kylie launched her pop career in 1987. “I Should Be Lucky” was her first number 1 single in the same year, and went on to earn another 3 more UK number one singles in the 80s. “I Should Be So Lucky” earns itself a place on our top 10 singles from the 80s for being Kylie Minogue’s very first UK number 1!
Band Aid II – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
A follow up to the initial Band Aid, founded in 1984 as a way to raise money for the anti-famine efforts in Ethiopia by Bob Geldof, Band Aid II’s effort topped the charts for 3 weeks in December and became the 9th biggest selling record of the year. Band Aid II featured 80s favourites such as Bananarama, Jason Donovan, Kylie Minogue, Cliff Richard, Wet Wet Wet, and more!
So there you have it, our top 10 singles of the 70s! There’s many more – too many to fit into one article! Click here to go to our top singles of the 70s, click here for the 60s or here for the 50s!