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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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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!

Off The Chart: 26 October 1985

Off The Chart: 26 October 1985

Somehow we’ve made it back to 1985 again on this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for a withering look at the UK singles chart from this week in 1985, including a brace of obscure, forgotten or overlooked hits, plus … read more

Off The Chart: 8 June 1988

Off The Chart: 8 June 1988

It’s the start of the Off The Chart summer season this week as we begin a new dexy with a trip back to this day in 1988! Join us for two hours of less obvious hits, the week’s new albums, … read more

Off The Chart: 11 May 1989

Off The Chart: 11 May 1989

What we’re gonna do right here is go back… back to this day in 1989 for another Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of obscure and forgotten hits, three of the week’s big new albums, a look at … read more

Off The Chart: 11 February 1982

Off The Chart: 11 February 1982

We’re heading back to 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of less obvious hits! Along the way we’ll be digging up the day’s events, highlighting three new entries on the week’s album chart, taking a … read more

Off The Chart: 3 September 1980

Off The Chart: 3 September 1980

We’re going all the way back to 1980 this week as Steve and Julian fight off the studio gremlins to bring you another edition of Off The Chart! The links might sound a bit odd but the music is top … read more

Off The Chart: 23 July 1986

Off The Chart: 23 July 1986

Polish your helicopters, don your ginger wigs and come back to this day in 1986 for a special Royal Wedding edition of Off The Chart! Among the street parties and random tossing of confetti there’ll be the usual brace of … read more

Off The Chart: 9 July 1988

Off The Chart: 9 July 1988

The cycle never stops – no sooner have we come to the end of one dexy than we’re starting another one! It’s 1988 on this week’s Off The Chart, with the usual mixture of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three of … read more

Sound of the Crowd – a Discography of the ’80s: Fourth Edition available now!

Sound of the Crowd - 4th Edition cover

Sound Of The Crowd: a Discography of the ’80s is the ultimate record collector’s guide to the 1980s. In the era of multi-formatting, picture discs, coloured vinyl, multiple remixes, funny shaped records and tiny CDs you could lose down the back … read more

Off The Chart: 30 September 1980

Off The Chart: 30 September 1980

Come with us all the way back to this week in 1980 on Off The Chart! Steve and Julian uncover some of the week’s forgotten hits, look at the day’s events, pick a track from an international chart, play three … read more

Off The Chart: 10 June 1986

Off The Chart: 10 June 1986

It’s 1986 this week on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian play some of the week’s less well remembered hits, which include a record from the ’70s, a musician from the ’50s and a band who claimed to be … read more

Off The Chart: 22 April 1983

Off The Chart: 22 April 1983

All back to ours for another Off The Chart as Steve and Julian dissect the UK singles chart of 22 April 1983, playing some of the hits you don’t hear so often, three tracks from a featured album, a hit … read more