A look at the top 40 charts in Christmas week throughout the ’80s. You may remember the Christmas number ones, but what competition were they up against?

Off The Rooftops

Off The Rooftops

Join us on Mad Wasp Radio at 5pm on Christmas Day for Off The Rooftops, the 2019 Off The Chart Christmas Special in which we reveal the results of our 2019 poll to find your favourite ’80s Xmas Hits! We’ll be playing the top twenty as voted for by you, plus a few little bonus items slipped in here and there to keep you on your toes.

  • Which of last year’s top five has plummeted almost out of the top twenty?
  • Which festive hit is one of only two songs to have reached number one in four different versions?
  • And who owes their Christmas success to the son of the founder of Mothercare?

Tune in and find out!

Listen to Off The Rooftops on Mad Wasp Radio at 5pm on Christmas Day! You can stream Mad Wasp Radio via their website, their apps for iOS or Android, or through TuneIn and MyTuner – and don’t forget to tweet along using the hashtag #OffTheChart. If you really can’t get away from the in-laws for a couple of hours, catch up on Mixcloud afterwards.

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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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