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Library of Top Ten Songs From 1980 with Instant Videos

Updated on December 8, 2016

The Year is 1980

This year is 1980. Out with Jimmy Carter, In With Ronald Reagan as President. Cost of gas, $1.19 per gallon. Ground beef cost $1.39 per pound. Magnavox Home Movie Camera, $1599.00. Average income, $19,500 yearly. Release of the arcade game, PAC MAN, United States leads boycott of Olympics against Russia. Mt St Helens erupts. The post in note is invented and introduced..

Vinyl was still in fashion, album art was at its best
Vinyl was still in fashion, album art was at its best | Source

The Top Ten List

The Top Ten List is brought to you through a collection and review of a wide range of sources including Billboard charts, popular polls, and historic hindsights. We hope you enjoy this list and welcome any comment or suggestions.

Call Me

No. 1: Blondie

Call Me was sung by the American New Wave Band, Blondie. It became the theme song for the movie, American Gigolo. It was a number one hit for six weeks in a row on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. It became Blondie’s biggest single hit ever and their second number one spot on the charts. In the United Kingdom and in Canada, Call Me hit number one on their charts and it was also their fourth and second top of the charts placers By the end of the year, it became Billboard's top number one hit.

It's Still Rock & Roll to Me

No. 2: Billy Joel

It's Still Rock and Roll to Me was performed by Billy Joel and is from the album, Glass Houses. The song made it to the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for two weeks in a row. It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me was on the top of the Billboard Hot charts for 11 weeks before peaking at number one. The song has special significance to musicians and entertainers everywhere expressing the challenge and how fame impacts artist. The single alone reached the platinum level from the RIAA for achieving sales of over one million copies in the United States alone.

Emotional Rescue

No 3: Rolling Stones

Emotional Rescue was sung by the English rock band, The Rolling Stones and was written by Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. It is the feature song on the album by the same name. Emotional Rescue is a strongly disco influenced work sort of like the band's piece, Miss You.

It is rumored that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were on the outs not just over this song but with the way the band was going. Jagger seemingly wanted to take the band in more of a disco direction. Keith, did not.

Little Jeannie

No. 4: Elton John

Little Jeannie was written by Elton John and Gary Osborne and recorded and performed by Elton.

It reached number three on the Billboard Pop Chart in the United States, his biggest hit since 1976. On the Adult Contemporary Chart, Elton John hit number one and was certified gold by the RIAA. On both the Billboard and Cash Box it peaked at number 3.

Even though Little Jeannie did so well, Elton John rarely sang it live except on his 1980 and One Night Only concerts

Against The Wind

No. 5: Bob Seger & The Siver Bullet Band

Against the Wind was written and sung by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band. It was the title song from the album, Against the Wind. Against the wind did better in the rankings than any other song from the album. It ranked peaking at number 5 on the charts.

In an interview, Bob Seger said that the inspiration for Against the Wind came from the time spent on his high school cross country team.

KISS 1980
KISS 1980 | Source

Let My Love Open The Door

No. 6: Pete Townshend

Let My Love Open the Door is written, performed, and recorded by Pete Townshend. The song can be found on his 1980 album, Empty Glass. In the United States, Let My Love Open the Door, traveled up the charts reaching number nine on the top ten charts. In Canada, it climbed the charts to reach number five. On the British charts, it made the top one hundred at number forty-six.

Let My Love Open the Door was Pete Townshend only solo top ten hit on the Billboard’s Hot 100.

Ashes To Ashes

No. 7: David Bowie

Ashes to Ashes was both written and recorded by David Bowie. Originally, it was found on the 1980 album, Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) from where the lead single came from. Ashes to Ashes became David Bowie's second United Kingdom number one single. The video produced from it, was, for the time period, purported as the most expensive music video ever made.

Ashes to Ashes original song title was called, “People Are Turning to Gold” David Bowie’s lyrics are reminiscent of the 1969 “Space Oddity” including parts of the original which are referenced.

You Shook Me All Night Long

No. 8: AC/DC

You Shook Me All Night Long, from the album Back in Black by AC/DC was their first single that featured Brian Johnson as the lead singer.

You Shook Me All Night Long hit the number one spot on VH1’s Top Ten AC/DC Songs and number 80 on VH!’s “100 Greatest Guitar Solos” list. On VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 80’s, it placed number 10. On the United States Hot 100 list, You Shook Me reached number 35 on the chart.

"AC/DC" is an abbreviation and means, "alternating current/direct current" electricity which is where the name of the band came from.

Whip It

No. 9: Devo

Whip It was written by Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale of the American New Wave Band, Devo and the second single of the band’s third studio album, Freedom of Choice in 1980. Whip It was Devo’s biggest and most memorable hitting the number fourteen spot on the Billboards Hot 100 chart and then number eleven on the Canadian Singles Chart. On the Australian Singles Chart, it reached number seventy-seven.

On the VH1 100 Greatest Songs of the 80’s, it reached sixty-two, and hit number fifteen on the VH1 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 1980’s.

Another One Bites The Dust

No. 10: Queen

Another One Bites the Dust was performed and recorded by the British Rock Band, Queen. It was written by the guitarist, John Deacon. Another One Bites the Dust was the band's eighth featured song from the album, The Game.

Another One Bites the Dust hit fame and acclaim worldwide. It hit number one on the United States Billboard Hot 100 and spent fifteen weeks there. On all of the main charts, it spent a total of thirty-one weeks, including the Disco Top 100, and the Hot Soul Singles charts.

Another One Bites the Dust won an American Music Award and received a Grammy nomination for the Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

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80's Relived


Glad you could stop by and enjoy a musical taste of the past. Please feel free to leave comments below or suggestions of other years you would like to see. Although we cant's cover all of the information about each band and each song, we would be glad to add whatever you would like more information on.

Thanks for stopping by--Keep on Rockin!


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