In Focus- 1980

1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap yearstarting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1980th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 980th year of the 2nd millennium, the 80th year of the 20th century, and the 1st year of the 1980s decade.

Music in focus-


Number 1 singles in 1980


DateArtist/sTitleLabelWeeks At #1
19th JanuaryPretendersBrass In PocketMercury3
2nd FebruarySpecialsThe Special AKA Live2 Tone2
16th FebruaryKenny RogersCoward Of The CountyUnited Artists2
1st MarchBlondieAtomicChrysalis2
15th MarchFern KinneyTogether We Are BeautifulWEA1
22nd MarchJamGoing UndergroundPolydor3
12th AprilDetroit SpinnersWorking My Way Back To YouAtlantic2
26th AprilBlondieCall MeChrysalis1
3rd MayDexy’s Midnight RunnersGenoParlophone2
17th MayJohnny LoganWhat’s Another YearEpic2
31st MayMASHTheme FromCBS3
21st JuneDon McLeanCryingEMI3
12th JulyOlivia Newton JohnXanaduJet2
26th JulyOdysseyUse It Up And Wear It OutRCA2
9th AugustABBAThe Winner Takes It AllEpic2
23rd AugustDavid BowieAshes To AshesRCA2
6th SeptemberJamStartPolydor1
13th SeptemberKelly MarieFeel’s Like I’m In LoveCalibre2
27th SeptemberPoliceDon’t Stand So Close To MeA&M4
25th OctoberBarbra StreisandWoman In LoveCBS3
15th NovemberBlondieThe Tide Is HighChrysalis2
29th NovemberABBASuper TrouperEpic3
20th DecemberJohn Lennon(Just Like) Starting OverGeffen1
27th DecemberSt Winifrid’s School ChoirThere’s No One Quite Like GrandmaMFP2


Number 1 Albums of 1980


PositionArtist/sTitleHighest PositionWeeks At #1
1The PoliceDon’t Stand So Close To Me14
2Barbra StreisandWoman In Love13
3Kelly MarieFeels Like I’m In Love12
4AbbaSuper Trooper13
5OttowaD I S C O2n/a
6BlondieThe Tide Is High12
7Dexy’s Midnight RunnersGeno12
8Kenny RogersCoward Of The County12
9Fern KinneyTogether We Are Beautiful11
10John Lennon(Just Like) Starting Over11


Movies in 1980



Television in 1980



  • 1 January – A brand new sitcom called Hi-de-Hi! debuts on BBC1.
  • 20 January – The British record TV audience for a film is set when some 23,500,000 viewers tune in for the ITV showing of the James Bond film Live and Let Die, released in 1973 and starring Roger Moore who is now in the process of filming his fifth film as the spy.
  • 28 January – The first edition of Newsnight is broadcast on BBC2. Its launch had been delayed for four months by the Association of Broadcasting Staff, at the time the main BBC trade union.[



  • March – The very first in-vision Ceefax transmissions are broadcast. These consist of three 30-minute transmissions broadcast between 0830 and 0900 on BBC1 and 1000–1030 and 1530–1600 on BBC2. However if BBC2 was transmitting programmes at these times, the channel would broadcast Ceefax pages for the 30 minutes prior to the start of the first programme.



  • 5 May – Both the BBC and ITV interrupt their scheduled programming to broadcast the SAS assault during the Iranian Embassy siege. The coverage launches the careers of several journalists, such as the BBC’s Kate Adie, while ITN Director, David Goldsmith and his team receive a BAFTA for their coverage.




  • No events.



  • 1 October – BBC1’s lunchtime children’s programme is labelled See Saw for the first time.



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