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Some '80s Xmas singles

Vote for your favourite ’80s Christmas hit!

Yes, it’s that time of year again – November. But the Christmas albums are starting to make their way into the shops, so it’s time to start planning our annual Off The Chart Christmas special. Like last year we’re asking you to vote for your favourite ’80s Christmas hits – tick off as many as you like, we’ll count up the votes and present the top twenty on a special Off The Chart over the festive period.

We’ve painstakingly gone through the Official Charts website and extracted every Christmas single that entered the UK singles chart for the first time between 1980 and 1989. That rules out things like Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody1 and Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, because although they were hits at various points throughout the ’80s, they were reissues of ’70s hits; but David Bowie and Bing Crosby’s Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy makes the cut although it was recorded in 1977, because it wasn’t a hit single until 1982. So if any of your favourites are missing, that’s because they didn’t qualify. Sorry about that, but we have to draw the line somewhere…

The poll closes at midnight on 1 December 2018, so vote early and vote often!2

UPDATE The poll is now CLOSED! Thank you to everyone who voted. Look out for the results on the Off The Chart Xmas Special on Mad Wasp Radio and Mixcloud over the festive period!

Off The Sleigh: the Off The Chart Christmas Special 2017

Off The Sleigh

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Off The Chart: 24 December 1980

Off The Chart: 24 December 1980

All the way back to 1980 this week on Off The Chart for one of the least festive charts imaginable. As Britain faces up to rising unemployment, Christmas without John Lennon and a lorryload of inedible poultry, join Steve and … read more

Off The Tree

Off The Tree

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“I can’t go on singing the same theme” – Top of the Pops, 25 December 1985

Dead Or Alive

As a bit of a diversion from the relentless chronological trudge through the early ’80s editions of TOTP, and because it’s nearly Christmas, here’s a quick distraction with the Christmas Day edition from 1985, courtesy of a seemingly apropos-of-nothing repeat … read more

1989 Christmas Top 40

Andy Stewart

In many ways the last year of the decade wasn’t too dissimilar from the early years – people were still using synths and computers to make their records, except the computers were now the size of a suitcase rather than … read more

1988 Christmas Top 40

Kylie & Jason

Thanks to the increased availability of samplers and home recording equipment, in 1988 36% of the population was taking old records apart and welding them back together to make new ones. Bomb The Bass, Coldcut and S-Express were the most … read more