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Off The Chart: 12 October 1984

Off The Chart: 12 October 1984

More light entertainment for all the family this week on Off The Chart as we go back to this day in 1984! We’ll have the usual complement of obscure and forgotten hits, plus an intriguing mix of new entries from the album chart, a look at the day’s (rather grim) goings on, a jaunt to New Zealand to look at their top ten, and back home for the top five singles in full.

  • Who finally got to write a song for his ’50s favourites, ten years after they broke up?
  • Who had sixteen hit albums but only two weeks on the singles chart, thirteen years apart?
  • And whose only hit single was very much like making love to a beautiful woman?

Tune in and find out!


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Spotify playlists

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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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Off The Chart: 27 October 1987

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Off The Chart: 6 January 1986

Off The Chart: 6 January 1986

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Off The Chart: 23 September 1984

Off The Chart: 23 September 1984

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Off The Chart: 8 October 1984

Off The Chart: 8 October 1984

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1984 Christmas Top 40

Band Aid

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