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Best Songs of the 80s
The Best Selling Songs in the UK
This is the top 10 best selling singles in the UK for the whole of the eighties. I was quite surprised to find that a few of my favorites didn't make the list - how about yours? Be sure to let me know.
Whatever we think of the following songs, these are what the UK public were buying throughout possibly the best musical decade - the 1980s.
Which 80s Song is the Best?
These songs are the top ten best selling singles of the eighties according to the people buying the black vinyl round things we called 45s in the UK, but which do you think is the best.......
Which of These Best Selling Songs of the 80s is Your Favorite?
The UK Best Selling Singles of the Eighties
1. Do They Know It's Christmas
Frankie Goes To Hollywood
3. I Just Called To Say I Love You
4. Two Tribes
Frankie Goes To Hollywood
5. Don't You Want Me?
Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid
Not only was Do They Know It's Christmas? the best selling song of the 80s it remained the highest selling single of all time until 1997 when Elton John released Candle in the Wind, Goodbye England’s Rose.
The song was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure and was performed by the top British artists of 1984 (under the name Band Aid) to raise money for the famine in Ethiopia.
Do They Know It's Christmas Music Video - Band Aid
Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Relax was their first single and when the song was at number 6 in the UK Charts it was famously banned by the BBC. The result of banning Relax? It consequently hit the number one spot and stayed there for five weeks!
The song is now considered an iconic 80s song and spawned the Frankie Say Relax t-shirts of the 80s, similar to the Wham! Choose Life and Go Go t-shirts.
Relax Music Video - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
I Just Called To Say I Love You
Blind from birth Stevie Wonder was signed to Motown at just 11 under the moniker of Little Stevie Wonder and had his first hit at age 13.
I Just Called To Say I Love You was written, produced and sung by Stevie Wonder on the soundtrack of the 1984 film Lady in Red. The song became his first UK solo hit record. I Just Called To Say I Love You also won Stevie Wonder an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
I Just Called To Say I Love You Music Video - Stevie Wonder
Two Tribes - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Frankie Goes To Hollywood actually became only the second UK group to have their first 3 singles hit the number one spot in the charts. (60s Liverpool band Gerry and the Pacemakers being the first) The singles - Relax, Two Tribes and The Power of Love were all taken from this album which makes it an essential album of the 80s.
Two Tribes Music Video - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Don't You Want Me - Human League
The song Don't You Want Me was from the Human Leagues most successful album - Dare. Dare was a triple platinum album.
Don't You Want Me is said to have been inspired by the movie A Star is Born.
Don't You Want Me Music Video - Human League
UK Best Selling Singles of the Eighties
6. Last Christmas
7. Karma Chameleon
8. Careless Whisper
9. The Power of Love
10. Come on Eileen
Dexy's Midnight Runners
Last Christmas - Wham!
Wham!’s Last Christmas actually held a record of being the highest selling single to peak at the number 2 spot in the UK charts. It was released at the same time as Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas. Instead of feeling cheated out of a Christmas number one slot the Wham! boys donated all of their royalties to the Ethiopian famine appeal.
Last Christmas Music Video - Wham!
Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
Karma Chameleon is the second single off of Culture Club's most successful album, Colour by Numbers. It was originally going to be called Cameo Chameleon, but was changed at the last minute.
In an interview Boy George explained what the song is about. "The song is about the terrible fear of alienation that people have, the fear of standing up for one thing.......... Basically, if you aren't true, if you don't act like you feel, then you get Karma-justice, that's nature's way of paying you back."
Karma Chameleon was Culture Club's second number one in the UK, but was the only US number one that Culture Club ever had. Karma Chameleon became the biggest selling UK single of 1983 and was a number one hit in 16 countries.
Karma Chameleon Music Video - Culture Club
Careless Whisper - George Michael
This was George’s first solo release which helped him set a record in 1984 as being the only artist to have number 1 hits as 3 separate entities. A soloist, as a member of Wham! and as a member of Band Aid.
The ironic thing about this song was that it was co-written by his Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley. Most of Wham!'s songs were written by George.
Careless Whisper appeared on Wham!'s Make It Big album even though it was a George Michael solo. In the US it was released under the name Wham! featuring George Michael.
Careless Whisper Music Video - George Michael
The Power of Love - Jennifer Rush
Jennifer Rush's The Power Of Love became the biggest selling single of 1985 in the UK and was a number one hit in Australia, South Africa, Japan and several European countries. Despite her success, the single was unable to crack into the Top 40 in the US.
Jennifer Rush did however make it into the Guiness Book of Records as "the best selling single by a female solo artist in the history of the British music industry" for The Power of Love. She held on to this record until 1992 when she was usurped by Whitney Houston and I Will Always Love You.
The Power of Love Music Video - Jennifer Rush
Come on Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
Come On Eileen became a number one single around the world and is still popular today appearing on the majority of 80s compilations.
It is often referred to as a one hit wonder, although in the UK they had already had a number one single a couple of years earlier and continued to have hits.
Come On Eileen Music Video - Dexys Midnight Runners
Links for These 80s Stars
- Frankie Goes To Hollywood's Official Site
With top 80s hits like Relax, Two Tribes and The Power of Love Frankie Goes To Hollywood are 80s royalty.
- Stevie Wonder's Official Site
Still going strong today Stevie Wonder's I Just Called to Say I Love You is an absolute classic.
- The Human League
An unofficial website on The Human League, they do not have an official site because Phil Oakley believes they aren't important enough to warrant one!
A site all about the history and songs of Wham!
- George Michael
The official George Michael website.
- Culture Club
The official Culture Club website.
- Jennifer Rush
The official Jennifer Rush website.
- Dexy's Midnight Runners
A Dexy's Midnight Runners fansite.
- Culture Club
A site all about Culture Club's days as one of the biggest bands of the 80s.
Is your favorite song in the top ten UK hits of the 80s?