1980

Off The Chart: 28 December 1980

Off The Chart: 28 December 1980

After the excitement of Christmas we’re back to normal on this week’s Off The Chart and, inconveniently, we’ve landed on 1980 where there was no chart published at all in the week after Christmas. Nevertheless we can still bring you two hours of obscure, forgotten and half-remembered hits, plus three of the week’s big albums, a look at what was happening away from the chart, a hit from New Zealand where they seem to still be counting, and the top five singles in full.

  • Whose second hit on the singles chart was absolutely not a single?
  • Which ’70s hitmaker scored their only UK hit album this week?
  • And whose first top 40 hit spent five consecutive weeks at number 33?

Tune in and find out!


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Spotify playlists

If you’ve missed a previous edition they’re all on our Mixcloud page, or for a taster of the music we play, listen to our Spotify playlist Way Off The Chart including one track from each show!

We also have a Spotify playlist for our #ICEOTWF feature, including all (well, most) of the international hits we’ve played since the feature began in March 2017. There are all sorts of oddities in here, all of which were hits somewhere in the world but not in the UK!

More from 1980

Off The Chart: 19 October 1980

Off The Chart: 19 October 1980

Brace yourselves, we’re going all the way back to 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of obscure and unfamiliar hits, tracks from three of the week’s new albums, a round-up of the day’s events, … read more

Off The Chart: 10 August 1980

Off The Chart: 10 August 1980

We’re safely back in the studio this week for a look at the UK singles chart from this day way back in 1980. As always we’ll be bringing you a wealth of obscure, forgotten and half-remembered hits, plus three of … read more

Off The Chart: 25 May 1980

Off The Chart: 25 May 1980

We’re going back more than four decades on this week’s Off The Chart to play some wax cylinders from this week in 1980! We’ll be unearthing some of the week’s more obscure and forgotten hits as well as three new … read more

Off The Chart: 16 March 1980

Off The Chart: 16 March 1980

Hey, wanna feel old? No, of course you don’t, nobody does. But nevertheless we’re revisiting the UK singles chart from this day in 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart! As always we’ll have a lorryload of obscure and forgotten … read more

Off The Chart: 5 January 1980

Off The Chart: 5 January 1980

Those of you who don’t like ’80s music are in for a treat on this week’s Off The Chart as we’ve gone all the way back to the first week of 1980, when the last chart of the 1970s was … read more

Off The Chart: 27 October 1980

Off The Chart: 27 October 1980

Buckle up, we’re going back a full four decades on this week’s Off The Chart to stick exploratory needles in this day in 1980! As always we’ll have a load of hits you might not remember, plus three of the … read more

Off The Chart: 18 August 1980

Off The Chart: 18 August 1980

Brace yourselves, we’re going back a full four decades to revisit this day in 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart! As usual there’s a brace of hits you might not remember, plus three of the week’s new albums, a … read more

Off The Chart: 9 June 1980

Off The Chart: 9 June 1980

Come back a full four decades to revisit this day in 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart! There’s the usual batch of obscure and forgotten hits, three of the week’s big new albums, a round-up of the day’s events, … read more

Off The Chart: 31 March 1980

Off The Chart: 31 March 1980

Your hosts Steve and Julian have gone to great lengths to ensure this week’s Off The Chart goes ahead – about ten miles, in fact, so the links might sound slightly muffled in places but everything else carries on as … read more

Off The Chart: 21 January 1980

Off The Chart: 21 January 1980

It’s almost a 1970s special on your favourite ’80s chart show this week, as we go back a whole forty years to this day in January 1980! As usual there’s two hours of hits you might just about vaguely remember, … read more

Off The Chart: 12 November 1980

Off The Chart: 12 November 1980

We’re going all the way back to today in 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of hits you’ve forgotten about – or never heard in the first place – plus the usual look at the … read more