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Off The Chart: 18 January 1982

Off The Chart: 18 January 1982

Let’s not worry about the fact that all these songs are now forty years old, just enjoy the ride as we go back to this day in 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart! We’ll distract you with two hours of obscure and half-remembered hits, plus tracks from three of the week’s big albums, a look at the day’s goings-on, an unexpected look at the Danish chart and the UK’s top five in full.

  • Which future Eurovision winner covered a song by another Eurovision winner in another language?
  • Whose top 40 career consisted of two non-consecutive weeks at number 40 with the same single?
  • And whose album was a bigger hit once sides one and two were reversed?

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!

Off The Chart: 26 January 1982

Off The Chart: 26 January 1982

We’re on a journey back to this day in 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart for a look at a rather strange and unsettling top 75. Along the way we’ll uncover some hits you don’t often hear, three new … read more

Off The Chart: 8 September 1982

Off The Chart: 8 September 1982

Come back to this day in 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart as we revisit the UK singles chart, picking out some of the hits you’ve forgotten or never knew existed. We’ll also keep you abreast of the day’s … read more

Off The Chart: 27 October 1987

Off The Chart: 27 October 1987

Come back to 1987 for another brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits on this week’s Off The Chart! Steve and Julian pick out some of the hits from this week that you don’t normally hear, as well as three tracks … read more

Off The Chart: 24 March 1981

Off The Chart: 24 March 1981

We’re rewinding to 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from a featured album, a look at the day’s events, a hit from the German chart and the top … read more

Virtual C90: March 2017

Virtual C90 March 2017

What better way to launch our new look than with a brand new Virtual C90? This month we have tracks from new releases by Duran Duran, Marc Almond, Marti Pellow, a-ha’s Paul Waaktaar-Savoy and Asia, plus the usual mix of … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 10 March 2017

Marc Almond - Hits & Pieces

While the “singles chart” is full of Ed Sheeran tracks that aren’t singles, let’s have a look at the Physical Singles Chart where Depeche Mode’s Where’s The Revolution enters at number 1, knocking David Bowie’s No Plan EP down to … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 30 September 2016

The Beat feat Ranking Roger - Bounce

A strong week for ’80s acts as Bruce Springsteen‘s new compilation Chapter and Verse débuts at number 2 on the album chart, followed closely by Marillion‘s F E A R at number 4, with Billy Bragg and Joe Henry‘s Shine … read more