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Top 20 UK best-selling singles of the 80's (Songs: 15-11)


Remember the 1980s? The decade of big hair, neon-bright clothing and consumerism. A new television network called Music Television, or MTV, launched early in the decade and gave rise to the popularity of music videos. By the end of the 1980s, global politics would change forever as the Berlin Wall fell. The 80's was a decade of invention, too.

Disposable cameras, compact discs, camcorders, mobile phones, the space shuttle, IBM and Macintosh computers, DNA and the artificial heart all saw daylight during this decade. 

Musically, we saw the rise of New Wave, Disco and Post-Punk.

The following is a countdown of the 20 best-selling singles in the United Kingdom during that era:


15. Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan - Especially for You (Listen to our version, click here)

 
"Especially for You" debuted at number two in Australia and stayed at that position for four consecutive weeks. This is Donovan's highest peak in Australia, but not Minogue's, after setting a record with her first three singles debuting at Number One. In New Zealand, the song debuted at number four, until peaking at number two. To date, this is Donovan's only single to peak in the Top 20, and is currently Minogue's highest and longest single to date in that country, staying for 21 weeks. The song then debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart, staying there for four weeks, rising to number one for three consecutive weeks.


14. Adam and the Ants - Stand and Deliver (Listen to our version, click here)

 
The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number one on 9 May 1981, and remained there for five weeks. It has sold 1.03 million copies in the UK. On the US Dance chart, "Stand and Deliver" peaked at #38. In 2015 the song was voted by the British public as the nation's 15th favourite 1980s number one in a poll for ITV.


13. New Order - Blue Monday (Listen to our version, click here)

 
At nearly seven-and-a-half minutes, "Blue Monday" is one of the longest tracks ever to chart on the UK Singles Chart. Despite selling well it was not eligible for an official gold disc because Factory Records was not a member of the British Phonographic Industry association. According to the Official Charts Company, its total sales stands at 1.16 million in the United Kingdom alone, and "Blue Monday" came 69th in the all-time UK best-selling singles chart published in November 2012.


12. Survivor - Eye of the Tiger (Listen to our version, click here)

 
"Eye of the Tiger" gained tremendous MTV and radio airplay and topped charts worldwide during 1982. In the United States, it held number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for six consecutive weeks and was the No. 2 single of 1982, behind Olivia Newton-John's "Physical". The band won a 1982 Grammy Award for "Best Rock Performance by Duo or Group With Vocal" at the 25th Annual Grammy Awards. The song was written by Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan and keyboardist Jim Peterik and was done so at the request of Rocky III star, writer, and director Sylvester Stallone, after Queen denied him permission to use "Another One Bites the Dust", the song Stallone intended to use as the Rocky III theme, in the film


11. Soft Cell - Tainted Love (Listen to our version, click here)

 
"Tainted Love" is a song composed by Ed Cobb, formerly of American group The Four Preps, which was originally recorded by Gloria Jones in 1964. English vocal-and-synth duo Soft Cell became aware of the song through its status as a UK "Northern Soul" hit, and recorded a drastically different arrangement in 1981. The Soft Cell recording featured a slower tempo than Jones' version, and was in the key of G rather than the original C to match Marc Almond's lower voice. On the US chart dated January 16, 1982, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #90. It appeared to peak at #64 and fell to #100 on February 27. After spending a second week at #100, it started climbing again. It took 19 weeks to crack the US Top 40. The song reached #8 during the summer of 1982 and spent a then record-breaking 43 weeks on the Hot 100. In 2015 the song was voted by the British public as the nation's fourth favourite 1980s number one in a poll for ITV.

 

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