Wednesday, December 30, 2020

My Top 40 Songs of 1980

Joy Division : Love Will Tear Us Apart

While you were living in 2020, I spent the year, musically at least, in 1980 where some artists also felt depressed, mostly about the state of the world in the midst of a cold war and leaders who were looking after the rich rather than the working people. An amazing year,  I could have easily made a Top 100 songs of the year. I'm just starting to look at 1981 and there's no way it can compete.

1. Joy Division : Love Will Tear Us Apart
2. David Bowie: Ashes To Ashes
3. The Jam: Going Underground
4. The Pretenders : Talk Of The Town
5. The Cure : A Forest
6. Echo And The Bunnymen : Rescue
7. Kurtis Blow : The Breaks
8. NRBQ : Me And The Boys
9. Squeeze: Another Nail In My Heart
10. Robert Palmer: Looking For Clues

11. The Sound : Heyday
12. The Beat : Mirror In The Bathroom
13. Devo:  Whip It
14. Peter Gabriel Games Without Frontiers
15. The Pretenders : Brass In Pocket
16. Magazine : Song From Under The Floorboards
17. The Clash : Train In Vain
18. Talking Heads : Once In a Lifetime
19. Bruce Springsteen : Hungry Heart
20. Joy Division : Atmosphere

21. Split Enz: I Got You
22. Bush Tetras: Too Many Creeps
23. U2 : I Will Follow
24. Bob Marley and the Wailers : Could You Be Loved
25. Mission of Burma : Academy Fight Song
26. Martha and the Muffins : Echo Beach
27. Lipps Inc : Funkytown
28. The Jam : Start!
29. Blondie: Call Me
30. XTC : Generals and Majors

31. Prince: Dirty Mind
32. Roxy Music : Same Old Scene
33. Diana Ross : I'm Coming Out
34. Donnie Iris : Ah! Leah
35. John Lennon/Yoko Ono : (Just Like) Starting Over/ Kiss Kiss Kiss
36. Ambrosia : Biggest Part Of Me
37. Japan : Gentlemen Take Polaroids
38. Pylon : Cool/Dub
39. Siouxsie and The Banshees : Happy House
40. Jim Carroll Band : People Who Died


  1. Excellent selection, but then there was a lot to choose from as you say. Thanks for all the good stuff this year, looking forward to 1981

  2. I Got You is such an unusual song. The verses are so new wave and of the time. Then you get to the timeless chorus that's as catchy as you'll ever hear. Sounds timeless. So many important tracks here. Especially nice to see NRBQ.