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Top 80 Songs of 1980

Whip it good! 1980 was the dawn of a brave new world in rock ‘n’ roll. The year was dominated by two pioneering bands both from the great state of Ohio: Devo and the Pretenders. London was calling in the form of The Clash and David Bowie was the pinnacle of art-rock fa-fa-fashion. The West Coast was flying high, from the Dead Kennedys punk rocking by The Bay while the Go-Go’s and Missing Persons led the SoCal new wave. The party that would become the big, bad ‘80s had started with a pop-tastic bang.

TOP 80 SONGS OF 1980

1.      Whip It -- Devo

2.      The Wait -- Pretenders

3.      Private Idaho -- B- 52’s

4.      De Do Do Do De Da Da Da-- Police

5.      Heart Of Glass -- Blondie

6.      Once In A Lifetime -- Talking Heads

7.      Train In Vain -- Clash

8.      Only A Lad -- Oingo Boingo

9.      Turning Japanese -- Vapors

10.    Holiday In Cambodia -- Dead Kennedys

11.    Los Angeles -- X

12.    Freedom Of Choice -- Devo

13.    What I Like About You -- Romantics

14.    Mystery Achievement -- Pretenders

15.    Ashes To Ashes -- David Bowie

16.    Games Without Frontiers -- Peter Gabriel

17.    Give Me Back My Man -- B-52’s

18.    Tattooed Love Boys -- Pretenders

19.    Don’t Stand So Close To Me -- Police

20.    Life During Wartime -- Talking Heads

21.    Clampdown -- Clash

22.    Danger -- Motels

23.    Cars -- Gary Numan

24.    Fashion -- David Bowie

25.    Ain’t This The Life -- Oingo Boingo

26.    Girl U Want -- Devo

27.    Strobe Light -- B-52’s

28.    Talk Of The Town -- Pretenders

29.    Canary In A Colemine -- Police

30.    Generals & Majors -- XTC

31.    Gates Of Steel -- Devo

32.    London Calling -- Clash

33.    I Can’t Stand Up -- Elvis Costello

34.    Christine -- Siouxsie & The Banshees

35.    Drivin To Tears -- Police

36.    She Talks In Stereo -- Gary Myrick

37.    Rock And Roll High School -- Ramones

38.    Cuban Slide -- Pretenders

39.    Zero Hour -- Plimsoles

40.    Pulling Mussels From A Shell -- Squeeze

41.    Lust For Life -- Iggy Pop

42.    Is She Really Going Out With Him -- Joe Jackson

43.    Message In A Bottle -- Police

44.    Radio Radio -- Elvis Costello

45.    Crosseyed And Painless -- Talking Heads

46.    Brass In  Pocket -- Pretenders

47.    Making Plans For Nigel -- XTC

48.    10:15 Saturday Night -- Cure

49.    Are Friends Electric -- Gary Numan

50.    Angel Eyes -- Roxy Music

51.    Call Me -- Blondie

52.    Money (That’s What I Want) -- Flying Lizards

53.    Bela Lugosi’s Dead -- Bauhaus

54.    Boys Don’t Cry -- Cure

55.    Accidents Will Happen -- Elvis Costello

56.    Cruel To Be Kind -- Nick Lowe

57.    Rock Lobster -- B-52’s

58.    Electricity -- OMD

59.    What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding -- Elvis Costello

60.    I Zimbra -- Talking Heads

61.    I Don’t Like Mondays -- Boomtown Rats

62.    Let’s Go -- Cars

63.    Lost In The Supermarket -- Clash

64.    My Sharona -- Knack

65.    One Step Beyond -- Madness

66.    Pop Muzik -- M

67.    Stop Your Sobbing -- Pretenders

68.    Smash It Up -- Damned

69.    Tears Of A Clown -- English Beat

70.    Sunday Papers-- Joe Jackson

71.    Atomic -- Blondie

72.    Video Killed The Radio Star -- Buggles

73.    Walking On The Moon -- Police

74.    Love Will Tears Us Apart -- Joy Division

75.    I Will Follow -- U2

76.    Enola Gay -- OMD

77.    Mirror In The Bathroom -- (English) Beat

78.    I Got You -- Split Enz

79.    Antmusic -- Adam And The Ants

80.    Scary Monsters -- David Bowie

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