List of UK Singles Chart number ones of the 1980s

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UK Singles Chart number ones
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Christmas number one

The UK Singles Chart is the official record chart in the United Kingdom. Until 1983, it was compiled weekly by the British Market Research Bureau (BMRB) on behalf of the British record industry with a two-week break each Christmas.[1] The BMRB used motorcycle couriers to collect the sales figures taken up to the close of trade on Saturday. This data was compiled on Monday and given to the BBC on Tuesday to be announced on Johnnie Walker's afternoon show and later published in Music Week.[1] On 4 January 1983, the chart was taken over by Gallup who expanded the chart from the Top 75 to the Top 100[2] and began the introduction of computerised tills which automated the data collection process.[1][2] The chart was based entirely on sales of physical singles from retail outlets and announced on Tuesday until October 1987, when the Top 40 was revealed each Sunday, due to the new automated process.[3]

During the 1980s there were a total of 191 singles which took the UK chart number 1 spot.[4] In terms of number-one singles, Madonna was the most successful single act of the decade, as six of her singles reached the top spot. George Michael had significant involvement with eight number-one singles; with two number-one singles as a solo artist, four as a member of pop duo Wham!, one as a duet with Aretha Franklin and one as a member of charity supergroup Band Aid. The longest duration of a single at number one was nine weeks, achieved by Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Two Tribes" in 1984.[5]

The best-selling single of the decade was "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid, selling over 3.5 million copies, and passing "Mull of Kintyre" by Wings' to become the best-selling single ever.[6] "Do They Know It's Christmas?" is currently the second best-selling song after "Candle in the Wind 1997" by Elton John.[7]

The 1980s saw the introduction of the cassette single (or "cassingle") alongside the 7-inch and 12-inch record formats and in 1987 major record labels developed a common format for the CD single.[8] For the chart week ending 3 May 1989, chart regulations confined Kylie Minogue's song "Hand on Your Heart" to number two. Minogue would have reached number one if sales from cassette singles were included but they were sold for £1.99 – cheaper than was allowed at the time. Following the debacle the British Phonographic Industry reduced the minimum price for cassette singles to become eligible towards sales figures.[9]

Number-one singles

The Jam managed four number ones during the 1980s, two in 1980 and two in 1982.
In 1980, ABBA had two number ones and their last being Super Trouper.
John Lennon was murdered in 1980 and his song, "Imagine", reached number one posthumously.[10]
During the 1980s, Michael Jackson had number-one singles with "One Day in Your Life", "Billie Jean" and "I Just Can't Stop Loving You".
Bucks Fizz scored three number-one singles during the 1980s.
During the 1980s, Culture Club had two number ones, including the best-selling single of 1983, "Karma Chameleon".
George Michael was one of the most successful artists of the 1980s, with two number-one singles as a solo artist, four with Wham! and one as a duet with Aretha Franklin.
Bob Geldof co-wrote "Do They Know It's Christmas?", which was the biggest-selling single of the decade.
Frankie Goes to Hollywood had three consecutive singles reach number one, of which two, "Relax" and "Two Tribes", sold over one million copies.
In 1985, Jennifer Rush was the first solo female to have a single sell over a million copies.[citation needed]
The 1980s saw the beginning of Madonna's music career, where she scored six number ones, her first being "Into the Groove" in 1985.
During the 1980s, the Pet Shop Boys gained four number ones, "West End Girls", "It's a Sin", "Always on My Mind" and "Heart".
Mel and Kim were the only British girl group to achieve a number one during the 1980s.[citation needed]
In 1988, Kylie Minogue went to number one with her debut single "I Should Be So Lucky", and achieved three more number ones, including as a part of Band Aid II.
Key
Best-selling single of the year[11]
Best-selling single of the decade[11]
* Indicates a single that did not reach number one in the NME singles chart, which was compiled separately until 4 May 1988
Contents
No. Artist[nb 1] Single[nb 1] Week ending date[nb 1] Weeks at
number one[nb 1]
1980
448 Pink Floyd "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)" 15 December 1979 5
449 Pretenders "Brass in Pocket" 19 January 1980 2
450 The Special A.K.A. feat. Rico The Special A.K.A. Live![nb 2] 2 February 1980 2
451 Rogers, KennyKenny Rogers "Coward of the County" 16 February 1980 2
452 Blondie "Atomic" 1 March 1980 2
453 Kinney, FernFern Kinney "Together We Are Beautiful" 15 March 1980 1
454 The Jam "Going Underground" / "Dreams of Children" 22 March 1980 3
455 Detroit Spinners "Working My Way Back to You – Forgive Me Girl" * 12 April 1980 2
456 Blondie "Call Me" 26 April 1980 1
457 Dexys Midnight Runners "Geno" 3 May 1980 2
458 Logan, JohnnyJohnny Logan "What's Another Year" 17 May 1980 2
459 The Mash "Theme from M*A*S*H (Suicide is Painless)" 31 May 1980 3
460 McLean, DonDon McLean "Crying" 21 June 1980 3
461 Newton-John, OliviaOlivia Newton-John and the Electric Light Orchestra "Xanadu" 12 July 1980 2
462 Odyssey "Use It Up and Wear It Out" 26 July 1980 2
463 ABBA "Winner Takes It All, TheThe Winner Takes It All" 9 August 1980 2
464 Bowie, DavidDavid Bowie "Ashes to Ashes" 23 August 1980 2
465 The Jam "Start!" 6 September 1980 1
466 Marie, KellyKelly Marie "Feels Like I'm in Love" * 13 September 1980 2
467 The Police "Don't Stand So Close to Me" † 27 September 1980 4
468 Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand "Woman in Love" 25 October 1980 3
469 Blondie "Tide Is High, TheThe Tide Is High" 15 November 1980 2
470 ABBA "Super Trouper" 29 November 1980 3
471 Lennon, JohnJohn Lennon "(Just Like) Starting Over" 20 December 1980 1
472 St Winifred's School Choir "There's No One Quite Like Grandma" * 27 December 1980 2
1981
473 Lennon, JohnJohn Lennon "Imagine" 10 January 1981 4
474 Lennon, JohnJohn Lennon "Woman" * 7 February 1981 2
475 Joe Dolce Music Theatre "Shaddap You Face" 21 February 1981 3
476 Roxy Music "Jealous Guy" 14 March 1981 2
477 Shakin' Stevens "This Ole House" 28 March 1981 3
478 Bucks Fizz "Making Your Mind Up" 18 April 1981 3
479 Adam and the Ants "Stand and Deliver" 9 May 1981 5
480 Robinson, SmokeySmokey Robinson "Being with You" 13 June 1981 2
481 Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson "One Day In Your Life" 27 June 1981 2
482 The Specials "Ghost Town" 11 July 1981 3
483 Shakin' Stevens "Green Door" 1 August 1981 4
484 Aneka "Japanese Boy" 29 August 1981 1
485 Soft Cell "Tainted Love" † 5 September 1981 2
486 Adam and the Ants "Prince Charming" 19 September 1981 4
487 Stewart, DaveDave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin "It's My Party" 17 October 1981 4
488 The Police "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" 14 November 1981 1
489 Queen and David Bowie "Under Pressure" 21 November 1981 2
490 Iglesias, JulioJulio Iglesias "Begin The Beguine (Volver A Empezar)" 5 December 1981 1
491 The Human League "Don't You Want Me" 12 December 1981 5
1982
492 Bucks Fizz "Land of Make Believe, TheThe Land of Make Believe" 16 January 1982 2
493 Shakin' Stevens "Oh Julie" * 30 January 1982 1
494 Kraftwerk "Computer Love" / "The Model" 6 February 1982 1
495 The Jam "Town Called Malice" / "Precious" 13 February 1982 3
496 Tight Fit "Lion Sleeps Tonight, TheThe Lion Sleeps Tonight" 6 March 1982 3
497 Goombay Dance Band "Seven Tears" 27 March 1982 3
498 Bucks Fizz "My Camera Never Lies" 17 April 1982 1
499 McCartney, PaulPaul McCartney and Stevie Wonder "Ebony and Ivory" 24 April 1982 3
500 Nicole "Little Peace, AA Little Peace" 15 May 1982 2
501 Madness "House of Fun" 29 May 1982 2
502 Ant, AdamAdam Ant "Goody Two Shoes" 12 June 1982 2
503 Charlene "I've Never Been to Me" 26 June 1982 1
504 Captain Sensible "Happy Talk" 3 July 1982 2
505 Cara, IreneIrene Cara "Fame" 17 July 1982 3
506 Dexys Midnight Runners and the Emerald Express "Come On Eileen" † 7 August 1982 4
507 Survivor "Eye of the Tiger" 4 September 1982 4
508 Musical Youth "Pass the Dutchie" 2 October 1982 3
509 Culture Club "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" 23 October 1982 3
510 Grant, EddyEddy Grant "I Don't Wanna Dance" 13 November 1982 3
511 The Jam "Beat Surrender" 4 December 1982 2
512 Renée and Renato "Save Your Love" 18 December 1982 4
1983
513 Collins, PhilPhil Collins "You Can't Hurry Love" 15 January 1983 2
514 Men at Work "Down Under" 29 January 1983 3
515 Kajagoogoo "Too Shy" 19 February 1983 2
516 Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson "Billie Jean" 5 March 1983 1
517 Tyler, BonnieBonnie Tyler "Total Eclipse of the Heart" 12 March 1983 2
518 Duran Duran "Is There Something I Should Know?" 26 March 1983 2
519 Bowie, DavidDavid Bowie "Let's Dance" 9 April 1983 3
520 Spandau Ballet "True" 30 April 1983 4
521 New Edition "Candy Girl" 28 May 1983 1
522 The Police "Every Breath You Take" 4 June 1983 4
523 Stewart, RodRod Stewart "Baby Jane" 2 July 1983 3
524 Young, PaulPaul Young "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" 23 July 1983 3
525 KC and the Sunshine Band "Give It Up" 13 August 1983 3
526 UB40 "Red Red Wine" 3 September 1983 3
527 Culture Club "Karma Chameleon" † 24 September 1983 6
528 Joel, BillyBilly Joel "Uptown Girl" 5 November 1983 5
529 The Flying Pickets "Only You" 10 December 1983 5
1984
530 McCartney, PaulPaul McCartney "Pipes of Peace" 14 January 1984 2
531 Frankie Goes to Hollywood "Relax" 28 January 1984 5
532 Nena "99 Red Balloons" 3 March 1984 3
533 Richie, LionelLionel Richie "Hello" 24 March 1984 6
534 Duran Duran "Reflex, TheThe Reflex" 5 May 1984 4
535 Wham! "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" 2 June 1984 2
536 Frankie Goes to Hollywood "Two Tribes" 16 June 1984 9
537 Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael "Careless Whisper" 18 August 1984 3
538 Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder "I Just Called to Say I Love You" 8 September 1984 6
539 Wham! "Freedom" 20 October 1984 3
540 Khan, ChakaChaka Khan "I Feel for You" 10 November 1984 3
541 Diamond, JimJim Diamond "I Should Have Known Better" 1 December 1984 1
542 Frankie Goes to Hollywood "Power of Love, TheThe Power of Love" * 8 December 1984 1
543 Band Aid "Do They Know It's Christmas?" ‡ 15 December 1984 5
1985
544 Foreigner "I Want to Know What Love Is" 19 January 1985 3
545 Paige, ElaineElaine Paige and Barbara Dickson "I Know Him So Well" 9 February 1985 4
546 Dead or Alive "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" 9 March 1985 2
547 Bailey, PhilipPhilip Bailey (duet with Phil Collins) "Easy Lover" 23 March 1985 4
548 USA for Africa "We Are the World" * 20 April 1985 2
549 Nelson, PhyllisPhyllis Nelson "Move Closer" 4 May 1985 1
550 Hardcastle, PaulPaul Hardcastle "19" 11 May 1985 5
551 The Crowd "You'll Never Walk Alone" 15 June 1985 2
552 Sister Sledge "Frankie" 29 June 1985 4
553 Eurythmics "There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)" 27 July 1985 1
554 Madonna "Into the Groove" 3 August 1985 4
555 UB40 and Chrissie Hynde "I Got You Babe" 31 August 1985 1
556 Bowie, DavidDavid Bowie and Mick Jagger "Dancing in the Street" 7 September 1985 4
557 Ure, MidgeMidge Ure "If I Was" 5 October 1985 1
558 Rush, JenniferJennifer Rush "Power of Love, TheThe Power of Love" † 12 October 1985 5
559 Sharkey, FeargalFeargal Sharkey "Good Heart, AA Good Heart" 16 November 1985 2
560 Wham! "I'm Your Man" 30 November 1985 2
561 Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston "Saving All My Love for You" 14 December 1985 2
562 Shakin' Stevens "Merry Christmas Everyone" * 28 December 1985 2
1986
563 Pet Shop Boys "West End Girls" 11 January 1986 2
564 a-ha "Sun Always Shines on T.V., TheThe Sun Always Shines on T.V." 25 January 1986 2
565 Ocean, BillyBilly Ocean "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going" 8 February 1986 4
566 Ross, DianaDiana Ross "Chain Reaction" 8 March 1986 3
567 Richard, CliffCliff Richard and The Young Ones "Living Doll" 29 March 1986 3
568 Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael "Different Corner, AA Different Corner" 19 April 1986 3
569 Falco "Rock Me Amadeus" 10 May 1986 1
570 Spitting Image "Chicken Song, TheThe Chicken Song" 17 May 1986 3
571 Doctor and the Medics "Spirit in the Sky" 7 June 1986 3
572 Wham! "Edge of Heaven, TheThe Edge of Heaven" 28 June 1986 2
573 Madonna "Papa Don't Preach" 12 July 1986 3
574 de Burgh, ChrisChris de Burgh "Lady in Red, TheThe Lady in Red" 2 August 1986 3
575 Gardiner, BorisBoris Gardiner "I Want to Wake Up with You" 23 August 1986 3
576 The Communards "Don't Leave Me This Way" † 13 September 1986 4
577 Madonna "True Blue" 11 October 1986 1
578 Berry, NickNick Berry "Every Loser Wins" 18 October 1986 3
579 Berlin "Take My Breath Away (Love Theme from Top Gun)" 8 November 1986 4
580 Europe "Final Countdown, TheThe Final Countdown" 6 December 1986 2
581 The Housemartins "Caravan of Love" 20 December 1986 1
582 Wilson, JackieJackie Wilson "Reet Petite (The Sweetest Girl in Town)" 27 December 1986 4
1987
583 Hurley, Steve "Silk"Steve "Silk" Hurley "Jack Your Body" * [nb 3] 24 January 1987 2
584 Franklin, ArethaAretha Franklin and George Michael "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" 7 February 1987 2
585 King, Ben E.Ben E. King "Stand by Me" 21 February 1987 3
586 George, BoyBoy George "Everything I Own" 14 March 1987 2
587 Mel and Kim "Respectable" 28 March 1987 1
588 Ferry Aid "Let It Be" 4 April 1987 3
589 Madonna "La Isla Bonita" 25 April 1987 2
590 Starship "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" 9 May 1987 4
591 Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" 6 June 1987 2
592 The Firm "Star Trekkin'" 20 June 1987 2
593 Pet Shop Boys "It's a Sin" 4 July 1987 3
594 Madonna "Who's That Girl" 25 July 1987 1
595 Los Lobos "La Bamba" 1 August 1987 2
596 Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson and Siedah Garrett "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" 15 August 1987 2
597 Astley, RickRick Astley "Never Gonna Give You Up" † 29 August 1987 5
598 MARRS "Pump Up the Volume" / "Anitina (The First Time I See She Dance)" 3 October 1987 2
599 Bee Gees "You Win Again" 17 October 1987 4
600 T'Pau "China in Your Hand" 14 November 1987 5
601 Pet Shop Boys "Always on My Mind" 19 December 1987 4
1988
602 Carlisle, BelindaBelinda Carlisle "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" 16 January 1988 2
603 Tiffany "I Think We're Alone Now" 30 January 1988 3
604 Minogue, KylieKylie Minogue "I Should Be So Lucky" 20 February 1988 5
605 Aswad "Don't Turn Around" 26 March 1988 2
606 Pet Shop Boys "Heart" 9 April 1988 3
607 S-Express "Theme from S-Express" 30 April 1988 2
608 Fairground Attraction "Perfect" 14 May 1988 1
609 Wet Wet Wet
Billy Bragg and Cara Tivey
"With a Little Help from My Friends"
"She's Leaving Home"
21 May 1988 4
610 The Timelords "Doctorin' the Tardis" 18 June 1988 1
611 Bros "I Owe You Nothing" 25 June 1988 2
612 Medeiros, GlennGlenn Medeiros "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You" 9 July 1988 4
613 Yazz and the Plastic Population "Only Way Is Up, TheThe Only Way Is Up" 6 August 1988 5
614 Collins, PhilPhil Collins "Groovy Kind of Love, AA Groovy Kind of Love" 10 September 1988 2
615 The Hollies "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" 24 September 1988 2
616 U2 "Desire" 8 October 1988 1
617 Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston "One Moment in Time" 15 October 1988 2
618 Enya "Orinoco Flow" 29 October 1988 3
619 Beck, RobinRobin Beck "First Time" 19 November 1988 3
620 Richard, CliffCliff Richard "Mistletoe and Wine" † 10 December 1988 4
1989
621 Minogue, KylieKylie Minogue and Jason Donovan "Especially for You" 7 January 1989 3
622 Almond, MarcMarc Almond feat. Gene Pitney "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart" 28 January 1989 4
623 Simple Minds "Belfast Child" 25 February 1989 2
624 Donovan, JasonJason Donovan "Too Many Broken Hearts" 11 March 1989 2
625 Madonna "Like a Prayer" 25 March 1989 3
626 The Bangles "Eternal Flame" 15 April 1989 4
627 Minogue, KylieKylie Minogue "Hand on Your Heart" 13 May 1989 1
628 The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden and Stock Aitken Waterman "Ferry 'Cross the Mersey" 20 May 1989 3
629 Donovan, JasonJason Donovan "Sealed with a Kiss" 10 June 1989 2
630 Soul II Soul feat. Caron Wheeler "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)" 24 June 1989 4
631 Sonia "You'll Never Stop Me Loving You" 22 July 1989 2
632 Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers "Swing the Mood" 5 August 1989 5
633 Black Box "Ride On Time" † 9 September 1989 6
634 Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers "That's What I Like" 21 October 1989 3
635 Stansfield, LisaLisa Stansfield "All Around the World" 11 November 1989 2
636 New Kids on the Block "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" 25 November 1989 3
637 Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers "Let's Party" 16 December 1989 1
638 Band Aid II "Do They Know It's Christmas?" 23 December 1989 3
Contents

By artist

American entertainer Madonna was the most successful act of the decade in terms of number-one singles. She had six number ones: "Into the Groove" (1985); "Papa Don't Preach", "True Blue" (both 1986); "La Isla Bonita", "Who's That Girl" (both 1987); and "Like a Prayer" (1989). George Michael had significant involvement with seven number-one singles; he was also involved with Band Aid single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" but his contribution was less significant. He had two number-one singles as a solo artist, four as a member of pop duo Wham!, and one as a duet with Aretha Franklin. The following artists achieved three or more number-one hits during the 1980s.

Artist Number ones Weeks at
number one
Madonna 6 14
Pet Shop Boys 4 12
Bowie, DavidDavid Bowie 4 11
Shakin' Stevens 4 10
The Jam 4 9
Wham! 4 9
Frankie Goes to Hollywood 3 15
Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers 3 9
Minogue, KylieKylie Minogue 3 9
The Police 3 9
Collins, PhilPhil Collins 3 8
McCartney, PaulPaul McCartney 3 8
Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael 3 8
Donovan, JasonJason Donovan 3 7
Lennon, JohnJohn Lennon 3 7
Bucks Fizz 3 6
Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston 3 6
Blondie 3 5
Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson 3 5

Million-selling and platinum records

The British Phonographic Industry classified singles and albums since 1973 by the number of units sold, with the highest threshold being a "platinum record". Before 1989, a platinum record was given to singles that sold over 1,000,000 units, a gold record for 500,000 unit sales and a silver record for 250,000.[26] For singles released after 1 January 1989, the number of sales required to qualify for platinum, gold and silver records was dropped to 600,000 units (platinum), 400,000 units (gold) and 200,000 units (silver).[26][27][28] Fifteen records were classified platinum in the 1980s.[29] These include two songs from the 1970s that were classified platinum in the 1980s: Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody", released in 1973, re-entered the charts and was classified platinum in 1980 and sold over one million copies in 1985. Pink Floyd's 1979 release "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)" was classified platinum at the beginning of 1980 and, although certified as selling 0.995 million units, is believed to have surpassed a million copies in the 1980s when sales not "over-the-counter" are included.[30][31]

In the 1980s, twelve songs were released that were classified platinum in the decade; eleven of these also sold one million units in that time.[30] The double A-side, "Last Christmas" / "Everything She Wants" by Wham!, is notable for being the only million-selling single of the decade not to reach number one due to Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas? being released at the same time.[32] In addition, a new version of Do They Know It's Christmas? by Band Aid II was released in December 1989 and was classified platinum in 1990 and John Lennon's "Imagine" (originally released in 1975), reached number one in 1981 following his death and sold over a million copies.[10][30]

Twelve other songs originally released in the 1980s have since sold one million units, eleven of them following the introduction of music downloads in 2004.[33][34][35][36][37][38] The other song released in the 1980s to sell a million copies is Blue Monday by New Order which charted in several years during the 80s, but was not listed as a million seller until later.

Artist Song Date released Date certified
platinum
Year of millionth
sale
Lennon, JohnJohn Lennon "Imagine" 1 October 1975 1 February 1981 1981
The Human League "Don't You Want Me" 27 November 1981 1 January 1982 1981
Dexys Midnight Runners and the Emerald Express "Come On Eileen" 1 June 1982 1 September 1982 1982
New Order "Blue Monday" [No. 3] 7 March 1983 1983
Culture Club "Karma Chameleon" 6 September 1983 1 October 1983 1983
Frankie Goes to Hollywood "Relax" 1 January 1984 1 March 1984 1984
Frankie Goes to Hollywood "Two Tribes" May 1984 1 June 1984 1984
Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael "Careless Whisper" 23 July 1984 1 September 1984 1984
Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder "I Just Called to Say I Love You" 17 August 1984 1 September 1984 1984
Band Aid "Do They Know It's Christmas?" 28 November 1984 1 December 1984 1984
Wham! "Last Christmas" / "Everything She Wants"[No. 2] 3 December 1984 1 January 1985 1984
Jennifer Rush "Power of Love, TheThe Power of Love" 28 May 1985 1 November 1985 1985
Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers "Swing the Mood" June 1989 1 August 1989
Black Box "Ride On Time" 18 August 1989 1 October 1989 2004–10
Band Aid II "Do They Know It's Christmas?" 11 December 1989 1 April 1990
Adam and the Ants "Stand and Deliver" 1 May 1981 2004–10
Tight Fit "Lion Sleeps Tonight, TheThe Lion Sleeps Tonight" 1 January 1982 2010–12
Cara, IreneIrene Cara "Fame" 1 June 1982 2004–10
Survivor "Eye of the Tiger" 2 July 1982 2004–10
Joel, BillyBilly Joel "Uptown Girl" 30 September 1983 2004–12
Parker, Jr., RayRay Parker, Jr. "Ghostbusters"[No. 2] 17 August 1984 2004–10
The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl "Fairytale of New York"[No. 2] 23 November 1987 2011
UB40 "Red Red Wine" 20 August 1983 2014
Journey "Don't Stop Believin'"[No. 62] 1 December 1981 2014
Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan "Especially for You" 28 November 1988 2014

Additional information

[No. 2]: The singles "Last Christmas", "Ghostbusters" and "Fairytale of New York" peaked at number two in the UK singles chart.

[No. 3]: "Blue Monday" was originally released as a 12" single in 1983, where it peaked at number 9 in the UK Singles Chart. It was re-released in 7" format in 1988 as "Blue Monday 1988" where it reached a higher peak of number 3. It has also been re-released on other occasions, most notably 1995. New Order's label, Factory Records, were not a member of the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) so they never received any sales certifications. However, "Blue Monday" sold more than one million units through combined sales total.

[No. 62]: "Don't Stop Believin'" originally peaked in the UK at number 62 in 1982, but reached number 6 in 2010 following performances on X Factor.

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d The artist, song name, week-ending date of number-one and consecutive number of weeks at the top are those given by The Official Charts Company. The dates are those for the Saturday after publication. The actual sales week represented is that up to and including the previous Saturday (i.e. from 13 to 7 days prior to the chart date).[12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21]
  2. ^ This number-one record was not a single but a five-track extended play (EP) with "Too Much Too Young" as the lead track.[22] The rules now require at most four distinct songs to be eligible for the UK Singles Chart.[23] Although the EP is credited to The Special A.K.A. on the record sleeve the record label credits The Specials.[24]
  3. ^ "Jack Your Body" was released on a 12" single that was over 25 minutes long, exceededing the maximum time for a record to be classified as a single. The track should have been classified as an album instead (as it was in NME) and, during the two weeks it spent at number one, "Reet Petite" would have been number one for a fifth week and "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" would have become number one a week earlier.[25]

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  38. ^ Ken Bruce (presenter) (30 August 2010). "UK's Million Sellers with Ken Bruce". BBC. BBC Radio Two.  Missing or empty |series= (help)

Further reading

  • Davis, Sharon. 80s Chart Toppers: Every Chart-Topper Tells a Story. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing, 1999 ISBN 1-85158-838-8, 462p.

External links

  • Archive of all UK Number One Singles of the 1980s with images of original packaging
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