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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, tracks from three of the week’s new hit albums, a look at what was going on in the world, a quick trip to the South African chart and the top five singles in full.

  • Which psychedelic rockers had to upgrade their transport to score their first UK hit single?
  • Which superstar just missed the UK top 40 with his first hit and had to wait three years for his second?
  • And which of this week’s hits was added to the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress?

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!

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