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    • I would have thought Olivia & John would have sold more than 140k at the top, I read somwhere that it its peak it accounted for a third of all singles sold, which I would estimate to be atleast 300k..

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      • Graham - even more interesting; thanks again. All I need now is the time to peruse all these as thoroughly as I would like....

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        • Originally posted by fiesta
          I would have thought Olivia & John would have sold more than 140k at the top, I read somwhere that it its peak it accounted for a third of all singles sold, which I would estimate to be atleast 300k..
          It had already reached it's peak on w/k endings 17th/24th/1st July. The equivalent w/k ending for this chart, compared to BMRB would be 8th July 78. 252,000 was the peak on 17th. It sold 1.8 million in total, during 78. Hence the major calamity of sales lost by Father Abraham in the Decca couldn't meet the demand story.

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          • Been doing some research into "Needletime" Magazine & "Radio & Record News". It was a couple of guys from Radio & Record News, that joined Record Business Magazine at the start.

            "Needltime" started on 1st August 1975, as a monthly mag, featuring airplay charts from across many Radio stations. On 7th August 1976, "Needletime" became a weekly & featured a GALLUP compiled singles & album chart.

            The magazine changed it's name to "Radio & Record News" on 6th August 1977. It had avertising problems & many debts, finally closing in January 1980.

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            • I think this was the first time Gallup had compiled music charts. And apparently they weren't very good at it at the time with the chart beset by problems with hyping including one record that Alan Jones once commented on - though he never named the actual single - which entered the chart in the 20s based on hyped sales returns from one record shop on Merseyside which reported the single had sold thousands when it apparently didn't sell a single copy. The unnamed single never charted in any of the other national charts.

              When Radio & Record News closed it owed Gallup several thousands of pounds which they had to write off.

              Gallup learnt from its own mistakes in compiling this chart and used this experience to draw up a successful bid for compiling the official chart from January 1983 in place of the less than efficient BMRB.

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              • An Ozzie Yue band (Supercharge) I think or possibly Marseille (which was a heavy metal outfit).

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                • Marseille or Ozzie Yue / Supercharge would make sense as I notice they are all from Merseyside.

                  I notice that Marseille featured Neil Buchanan on lead guitar. Buchanan was one of the presenters of ITV Saturday morning childrens TV programme "No. 73" and its replacement "Motormouth" as well as "Art Attack" and "Finders Keepers". Apparently the band have reformed and released an album in 2010. Ozzy Yue is a well known actor who has appeared in a number of TV programmes including "Coronation Street", "Father Ted", "All Quiet On The Preston Front" and "Doctor Who".

                  I'm not sure why the record label of whoever it was that was hyped tried to do it to a chart that was relatively unknown unless the idea was to get it into the likes of the R&RN chart before trying to hype it into the BMRB chart. If it was in one chart then it would be less likely to attract suspicion with the compilers of other charts. At least that was probably the theory but it didn't work in practice. I assume Gallup must not have had a system in place for checking up on fast climbers and new entries such as what BMRB had in place by having an additional set of record shops on their panel that didn't provide sales information as such but who were there to confirm sales patterns. One record that was removed by BMRB for initially failing its security procedure was 'Kids In America' by Kim Wilde which initially charted on the singles chart dated 14 February 1981 and spent two hours at number 65 before being, as Alan Jones described it, "booted out of the chart". Presumably RAK must have made representations to BMRB because the following week it was allowed back on to the chart and entered at number 62 before quickly climbing to number 2.

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                    • Originally posted by Graham76man
                      Simon Napier-Bell in the excellent book 'Black Vinyl White Powder' mentions the Official charts for the 80's. He clearly states on page 322 that the charts by 1987 "were a joke". It seems the reason for this statement was that the BPI companies decided the rules, then in the same week went out to break them. With over 200 singles a week being released, yet as low as only 3% selling, many record shops got fed up with the record companies cluttering up their shops and went a "chart only singles" shop.
                      I suspect that became a greater motive to get a record into the charts.
                      In the book further on page 324 it shows that even the legal department were aware of their own record companies fiddling the chart. And one member pointed out that judging by the chart positions of the companies record's, that they were not very good at hyping them!
                      It's quite ironic that the chart had became open to more sophisticated hyping just as the sample size was increasing to a figure that should have made hyping harder.

                      The 1980s saw some rather desperate attempts by record companies to get their singles into the top 40. This need to get a single straight into the top 40 on the first week of release became more of an obsession in the latter part of the decade as fewer records were taking the traditional route of climbing into the top 40 but instead were entering the top 75 not only inside the top 40 but increasingly in higher and higher positions.

                      The record labels employed a number of ways of trying to getting singles into the chart but they did apparently rely less and less on "buying back" stock. Once Gallup took over and brought in computerisation it did begin to affect the ability of reps to get record shops to falsify returns. This was especially true when the first generation of chart return terminals began to make way for point of sale terminals which linked record sales to stock control. So labels began to package singles with freebies such as an older (flop) single or, in the case of a Randy Crawford release which I bought, an expensive free T-Shirt which was worth many times the price I paid for the single. As each gimmick was outlawed by the chart supervisory committee labels would find even more inventive ways to sell singles and by the end of the 80s it was common for singles to be released in a large number of formats. This too was then outlawed in April 1990 when a maximum limit was placed on the number of chart eligible formats.

                      My favourite gimmick, which was pleasing to both my record collection and my wallet, was labels giving record shops what amounted to free singles which the shop would then sell at a ridiculously low price. In the mid 80s I used to buy a lot of my singles from a record shop in Newcastle which was essentially a dance music / Hi-NRG / US soul imports specialist but because they were a chart return shop the various reps would give them a large number of new pop single releases for next to nothing. As the shop only bothered with a top 20 singles chart display and even then the owner wasn't that interested in pop singles the new releases were all put into a big box on the counter and sold for 25p each. I sometimes would buy 10 or more singles a week and the cost of 2.50 or so was hardly bank breaking. Some of these singles went on to be massive hits ('The Power Of Love' by Jennifer Rush being the main one) and a fair number probably only made it into the top 40 due to the singles virtually being given away.

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                      • In an August 1976 issue of Needletime, Jonathan King tells about his version of "Missisippi". He gave many copies away free to record shops. It had just got into the top 60 & Mr King was forced to withdraw his version, with the Pussycat version, yet to be released.

                        I'll list a chart from them, in the near future....

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                          • The listings on page 4 of this thread are intresting. have not examined them yet but has anyone got network chart lists for 30 September to 16 December 1984? These are still missing.

                            Also, was there a longer Network Chart under no 30 in 1984? Thought the full Network Chart was a Top 75.

                            Also, any more Record Business Top 100s - particularly the first half of 1979 would be very interesting.

                            Also, can anyone confirm the first date of the Record Business Top 100? When in 1978?

                            davetaylor - if you have any more of these please can you get in touch.

                            Thanks.

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                            • Monday 19th March 1978 was the first issue of Record Business, which would of been the equivalent to the chart w/k ending 25th March for BMRB. It was inconsistent in format. The Top 100 was printed every week & the Ones To Watch varied from 120 to 130 positions each week. The sales percentage & airplay percentage was noted against every position (except that of 101+). So it was possible to separate the airplay from the sales in the complete top 100. The figures disappeared in September 1981, when the Indie Chart started to be credited to MRIB.

                              The 14th Feb 83 was the last ever issue. So, after that there was no Independant Radio chart show, until the Network Chart began (on trial on Capital from later August 84). Sounds printed the Record Business chart from 12th Sept 81, until the end also. After it ended, Sounds printed the London HMV Chart, until the Summer of 83 & for a while the Gallup chart. No Singles or Album chart featured in Sounds from Sept 83 to April 84 (although they did feature a MRIB Rock Singles & album Top 50). The MRIB Singles chart top 50, then appeared in Sounds from April 84 to May 88 (totally sales based & usually mistake ridden). The Network Chart featured Airplay in the complete Top 75, based only on Independant Radio Airplay & sales to 300 stores, excluding Woolworths (while RB was based on total Airplay on all Radio Stations & TV...MRIB did not cover all stations i.e. anything BBC). Can MRIB be compared to Record Business? Not really. Unless you comapre it to the chart in Sounds.

                              The entire catalogue of Record Business Magazine is at the British Newspaper Library. I don't recall any paper printing the Network Chart until 1985 & (although I have the run of the chart from Sounds from 84 to 85) I don't have the Network Chart from 7th Oct to 16th Dec 84 or the Capital only run from 26th Aug to 23rd Sept. All I have on that run are the Top 2s, as wel as the run from 1985 to 2008 & the finish of MRIB.

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                              • I feel like flagellating myself publically for even bothering to consider to post such a pedantic correction (let alone actually doing so) especially of someone who plainly has a far greater knowledge of this particular topic than I'll ever have. But because I seem to have a spare few seconds, just for the record folks, the date of the first 'Record Business' publication would've been Monday 20th (not 19th) March 1978!

                                Sorry. I'll go back to reading my book of 1970s calendars now.....

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                                • A-ha Gambo...But the first show on the Radio was Sunday 19th March. Though you are correct that the Magazine was dated 20th in it's first issue.

                                  The first show being (I think) the first time a complete sales top 30 was played on Capital Radio. Many different Radio Stations used various presenters including Mike Smith, Richard Allinson, Gary Crowley, Brian Day, Pete Drummond & Bob Stewart. It was even played out on Radio Luxembourg on Saturday nights. Then various Newspapers (such as) the newly launched Daily Star featured it (from around November 78). With the Magazine being something of a collectors thing. Never selling on the high street, but more a subscriber thing.

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                                  • Originally posted by Graham76man
                                    Originally posted by Gambo
                                    "http://www.45cat.com"

                                    Quite an interesting site that Graham; thanks for linking here. Didn't know of its existence until today!
                                    Check out the forum section. There's some copies of new release sheets from various sources including Record Retailer from 1960 to 1963.

                                    And there's a companion site too for 78's, CD, 12", and Cassette Singles.
                                    Here: http://www.45worlds.com/
                                    Please can you post a link to the new release sheets I cannot find them despite looking. Sorry

                                    Thanks.

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                                      • Record Business Top 130 17th August 1981

                                        100 NE GIVE ME BACK MY MAN - B-52's
                                        099 66 JIMMIE JONES - VAPORS
                                        098 87 HEAVEN & HELL - VANGELIS
                                        097 75 JINGO - CANDIDO
                                        096 NE NERO - THEATRE OF HATE
                                        095 NE BETCHA WOULDN'T HURT ME - QUINCY JONES
                                        094 NE EVERLASTING LOVE - REX SMITH/RACHEL SWEET
                                        093 58 RAZZAMATAZZ - QUINCY JONES/PATTI AUSTIN
                                        092 NE THE THIN WALL - ULTRAVOX
                                        091 100 NEU SMELL E.P. - FLUX OF PINK INDIANS
                                        090 NE HEART & SOUL - EXILE
                                        089 79 YOU ARE FOREVER - SMOKEY ROBINSON
                                        088 NE SUPREMES MEDLEY PTS 1 & 2 - DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES
                                        087 90 THE VOICE - MOODY BLUES
                                        086 67 ON THE BEAT - B,B & Q BAND
                                        085 93 I WANT YOU BACK - KATE ROBBINS & BEYOND
                                        084 94 I AM KID - KID CREOLE & THE COCONUTS
                                        083 76 LOVE'S MADE OF FOOL OF YOU - MATCHBOX
                                        082 96 HANDS UP - OTTAWAN
                                        081 80 MOTORHEAD - HAWKWIND
                                        080 81 SHAKE IT UP TONIGHT - CHERYL LYNN
                                        079 86 SLOW HAND - POINTER SISTERS
                                        078 56 THE REAL THING - BROTHERS JOHNSON
                                        077 98 WALKING INTO SUNSHINE - CENTRAL LINE
                                        076 64 LI'L RED RIDING HOOD - 999
                                        075 77 ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST - GENERAL SAINT/CLINT EASTWOOD
                                        074 57 COMPUTER LOVE - KRAFTWERK
                                        073 74 STAND & DELIVER - ADAM & THE ANTS
                                        072 99 HAND HELD IN BLACK & WHITE - DOLLAR
                                        071 47 GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS - ODYSSEY
                                        070 59 ROCK 'N' ROLL DREAMS COME THROUGH - JIM STEINMAN
                                        069 51 MEMORY - ELAINE PAIGE
                                        068 50 STORMTROOPER IN DRAG - PAUL GARDINER
                                        067 NE EVERYBODY SALSA - MODERN ROMANCE
                                        066 NE AS THE TIME GOES BY - FUNKAPOLITAN
                                        065 48 YOU MIGHT NEED SOMEBODY - RANDY CRAWFORD
                                        064 54 BRAZILIAN DAWN - SHAKATAK
                                        063 69 JOLE BLON - GARY U.S. BONDS
                                        062 83 ONE OF THOSE NIGHTS - BUCKS FIZZ
                                        061 43 ONE DAY IN YOUR LIFE - MICHAEL JACKSON
                                        060 44 NEVER SURRENDER - SAXON
                                        059 40 WORDY RAPPINGHOOD - TOM TOM CLUB
                                        058 71 INSIDE OUT - CLASSIX NOUVEAX
                                        057 NE ABACAB - GENESIS
                                        056 53 LADY - COMMODORES
                                        055 68 PRINCE OF DARKNESS - BOW WOW WOW
                                        054 38 MOTORHEAD (LIVE) - MOTORDHEAD
                                        053 63 TURN IT ON - LEVEL 42
                                        052 62 STOP DRAGGIN' MY HEART AROUND - STEVIE NICKS/TOM PETTY
                                        051 45 WE'RE ALMOST THERE - MICHAEL JACKSON
                                        050 49 PAPA'S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG - PIGBAG
                                        049 NE LOVE SONG - SIMPLE MINDS
                                        048 48 LAWNCHAIRS - OUR DAUGHTER'S WEDDING
                                        047 78 CHEMISTRY - NOLANS
                                        046 65 TROUBLE BOYS - THIN LIZZY
                                        045 52 DRAW OF THE CARDS - KIM CARNES
                                        044 35 JULIE OCEAN - UNDERTONES
                                        043 34 NO WOMAN NO CRY - BOB MARLEY
                                        042 39 I LOVE YOU YES I LOVE YOU - EDDIE GRANT
                                        041 36 TEMPTED - SQUEEZE
                                        040 25 SAT IN YOUR LAP - KATE BUSH
                                        039 61 RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA - RANDY CRAWFORD
                                        038 55 I LOVE MUSIC (MEDLEY) - ENIGMA
                                        037 60 YOU'LL NEVER KNOW - HI-GLOSS
                                        036 31 VISAGE - VISAGE
                                        035 41 DANCIN' THE NIGHT AWAY - VOGGUE
                                        034 32 I'M IN LOVE - EVELYN KING
                                        033 29 SHE'S A BAD MAMA JAMA - CARL CARLTON
                                        032 28 WE'RE ALL GROWN UP - HAZEL O'CONNOR
                                        031 42 STARTRAX CLUB DISCO - STARTRAX

                                        Top 30 (plus sales ratings)
                                        30 21 BODY TALK (VOCAL) - IMAGINATION 13
                                        29 27 ARABIAN KNIGHTS - SIOUXIE & THE BANSHEES 13
                                        28 20 LAY ALL YOUR LOVE ON ME - ABBA 13
                                        27 26 SHOW ME - DEXY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS 14
                                        26 14 CAN CAN - BAD MANNERS 14
                                        25 19 BACKFIRED - DEBBIE HARRY 15
                                        24 16 DANCIN' ON THE FLOOR - THIRD WORLD 15
                                        23 33 WUNDERBAR - TENPOLE TUDOR 16
                                        22 12 STARS ON 45 VOL. 2 - STAR SOUND 16
                                        21 23 TAKE IT ON THE RUN - REO SPEEDWAGON 17
                                        20 22 SI SI JE SUIS UN ROCK STAR - BILL WYMAN 17
                                        19 17 NEW LIFE/SHOUT - DEPECHE MODE 19
                                        18 15 FIRE - U2 21
                                        17 30 TAINTED LOVE - SOFT CELL 21
                                        16 37 ONE IN TEN - UB40 22
                                        15 05 GHOST TOWN - SPECIALS 23
                                        14 13 FOR YOUR EYES ONLY - SHEENA EASTON 23
                                        13 10 WALK RIGHT NOW - JACKSONS 24
                                        12 18 BEACH BOY GOLD - GIDEA PARK 26
                                        11 24 CARIBBEAN DISCO SHOW - LOBO 26
                                        10 NE JAPANESE BOY - ANEKA 27
                                        09 07 WATER ON GLASS/BOYS - KIM WILDE 27
                                        08 11 GIRLS ON FILM - DURAN DURAN 31
                                        07 08 HOLD ON TIGHT - ELO 35
                                        06 04 CHANT NO. 1 - SPANDAU BALLET 38
                                        05 06 BACK TO THE 60S - TIGHT FIT 39
                                        04 02 HAPPY BIRTHDAY - STEVIE WONDER 47
                                        03 09 LOVE ACTION - HUMAN LEAGUE 48
                                        02 03 HOOKED ON CLASSICS - ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA/LOUIS CLARK 54
                                        01 01 GREEN DOOR - SHAKIN' STEVENS 61

                                        Bubblin' Under
                                        101 COASTIN' - COAST TO COAST
                                        102 PUPPETS OF WAR - CHRON GEN
                                        103 AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH-REMEMBER ME (MEDLEY) - BOYSTOWN GANG
                                        104 URGENT - FOREIGNER
                                        105 MARILYN DREAMS - B MOVIE
                                        106 I'VE SEEN THAT FACE BEFORE - GRACE JONES
                                        107 SEE YOU SHAKE - WAY OF THE WEST
                                        108 MATTRESS OF WIRE - AZTEC CAMERA
                                        109 CEREMONY - NEW ORDER
                                        110 TURN ME LOOSE - LOVERBOY
                                        111 ALL NIGHT LONG - JOE WALSH
                                        112 IT'S YOUR CONSCIENCE - DENIECE WILLIAMS
                                        113 CRAZY 'BOUT AN AUTOMOBILE - RY COODER
                                        114 BEECHWOOD 4-5-7-8-9 - CARPENTERS
                                        115 LONG LIVE ROCK 'N' ROLL - RAINBOW
                                        116 UPTOWN FESTIVAL/TAKE THAT TO THE BANK - SHALAMAR
                                        117 SOMETHING ON THE SIDE - WINSTON GROOVY
                                        118 YOU SURE LOOK GOOD TO ME - PHYLLIS HYMAN
                                        119 DOUBLE DUTCH BUS - FRANKIE SMITH
                                        120 LIVE A LIFE - BLACK SLATE
                                        121 FIELDS - SKIDS
                                        122 DON'T STOP YOUR LOVE - KELLY MARIE
                                        123 MAGIC MAN - HERB ALPERT
                                        124 FREAKED - CHARLIE HARPER
                                        125 THIRD DEGREE - YARBOROUGH & PEOPLES
                                        126 JESSIE'S GIRL - RICK SPRINGFIELD
                                        127 SPONJI REGGAE - BLACK UHURU
                                        128 CAN YOU FIND THE TIME - CHAMPAIGN
                                        129 DO YOU LIKE - MORRISEY MULLEN
                                        130 DO YOU LOVE ME - PATTI AUSTIN

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                                        • Thanks Dave. Once again, most appreciated! The addition of sales in once again welcome.

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                                          • Was 17 August 1981 the first one? Do you have any more of these?

                                            Thanks. (And once again - a great help - cheers!).

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                                            • Planning on sourcing the complete 1978 to 1983 run. I know where to get them.

                                              Though the sales percentages ceased to be listed after 1981. Interesting point (in comparing the sales of RB with BMRB). Apparently the RB figure has to be multiplied by 13 to make a rough equal to BMRB's figures. This takes into account the loss of sales from Woolworths (which were not included in RB's polls).

                                              Example is the 520 complete figure of Michael Jackson's "One Day In Your Life". This is equal to the 676,000 in BMRB's terms at BMRB's own x11 figures. Though Alan Jones (in his wisdom or not) has used a x12 in his Top 200 of the 80s (giving Jacko 728,000), for the BMRB period & Alan, then switches to 17s, 18s & 19s for the Gallup period. He tended to use a x19 for 1985, x18 for 1983 &1984. His 1986 figures are a mix of x18 & 19. He then goes to 1987/88 with a mix up of x17s & 18s & finally goes to a x17 for 1989. Where as Gallup said they always used a x17. I'm currently going through Alan's Top 200 of the 80s & noting what he apparently did & noting the x11 & x17 figures, for comparison. The curiosity I've found (so far) is Madonna. Alan suggests that "Into The Groove" was her biggest seller of the 80s at 760,000. However, Alan used a x19 for this & a x18 for "Like A Virgin". On taking both singles down to a x17, "Like A Virgin" becomes her biggest 1980's seller. Which was actually confirmed by the late Barry Lazell, for MRIB. Where as Barry was a Chart chief for MRIB & founder, Alan was/is just a column writer & not a sales expert. So, his 80s chart, takes a lot to be desired.

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                                              • Thought it might be nice to list the RB/MRIB best sellers of the years 1980 - 1989.

                                                For this comp, I've taken the complete sales across 2 years i.e. those that were still around in the January (of the following year) are sales ranked complete.

                                                Starting from w/k beginning Friday 28th December 1979 onwards.

                                                Figures are rounded to the nearest complete number.

                                                1980
                                                01 DON'T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME - POLICE 795,000
                                                02 WOMAN IN LOVE - BARBRA STREISAND 741,000
                                                03 STARTING OVER - JOHN LENNON 731,500 (this doesn't include the missed RB week of 29th Dec 1980. If it did, it would be #1 at around 860,000)
                                                04 FEELS LIKE I'M IN LOVE - KELLY MARIE 726,000
                                                05 THE TIDE IS HIGH - BLONDIE 697,000
                                                06 SUPER TROUPER - ABBA 682,000 (doesn't include the missed week. If it did it would be around 760,000 behind Police)
                                                07 D.I.S.C.O. - OTTAWAN 633,000
                                                08 GENO - DEXY MIDNIGHT RUNNERS 630,000
                                                09 TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL - FERN KINNEY 616,000
                                                10 STOP THE CAVALRY - JONA LEWIE 600,000
                                                11 ATOMIC - BLONDIE 593,000 (Obviously the group sold better in the Independant shops)
                                                12 WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU - DETROIT SPINNERS 589,000
                                                13 BAGGY TROUSERS - MADNESS 588,000
                                                14 COWARD OF THE COUNTY - KENNY ROGERS 579,000
                                                15 9 TO 5 - SHEENA EASTON 575,000
                                                16 ASHES TO ASHES - DAVID BOWIE 563,000
                                                17 THERE'S NO ONE QUITE LIKE GRANDMA - ST WINIFRED'S SCHOOL CHOIR 561,000 (without the missed week, but remeber not #1 in RB)
                                                18 TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG - SPECIALS 548,000 (again selling better in the Independant shops)
                                                19 CRYING - DON MCLEAN 537,000
                                                20 THEME FROM MASH 536,000
                                                21 GOING UNDERGROUND 526,000
                                                22 WINNER TAKES IT ALL - ABBA 500,000
                                                23 DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY - LIQUID GOLD 489,000
                                                24 UPSIDE DOWN - DIANA ROSS 483,000
                                                25 USE IT UP & WEAR IT OUT - ODYSSEY 479,000
                                                26 BRASS IN POCKET - PRETENDERS 475,000
                                                27 START - THE JAM 474,000
                                                28 I'M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING - NOLANS 470,000 (1980 on it's own)
                                                29 ONE DAY I'LL FLY AWAY - RANDY CRAWFORD 463,000
                                                30 FUNKY TOWN - LIPPS INC. 458,000
                                                31 MASTERBLASTER - STEVIE WONDER 449,000
                                                32 BANANA REPUBLIC - BOOMTOWN RATS 440,000
                                                33 EMBARRASSMENT - MADNESS 435,000
                                                34 IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A WAY OUT - ODYSSEY 395,000
                                                35 XANADU - ELO & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN 395,000
                                                36 MY GIRL - MADNESS 347,000
                                                37 CALL ME - BLONDIE 342,000
                                                38 DE DO DO DO DE DA DA DA - POLICE 335,000
                                                39 TO CUT A LONG STORY SHORT - SPANDAU BALLET 330,000
                                                40 TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE - MARTI WEBB 326,000
                                                41 OOPS UP SIDE YOUR HEAD - GAP BAND 321,000
                                                42 ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL PT 2 - PINK FLOYD (1980 on it's own) 320,000
                                                43 FOOD FOR THOUGHT - UB40 315,000
                                                44 NO DOUBT ABOUT IT - HOT CHOCOLATE 314,000
                                                45 WHAT YOU'RE PROPOSING - STATUS QUO 314,000
                                                46 AND THE BEAT GOES ON - WHISPERS 310,000
                                                47 SPECIAL BREW - BAD MANNERS 310,000
                                                48 I COULD BE SO GOOD FOR YOU - DENNIS WATERMAN 305,000
                                                49 TURNING JAPANESE - VAPORS 304,000
                                                50 WHEN YOU ASK ABOUT LOVE - MATCHBOX 301,000
                                                51 NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS BEFORE - STEPHANIE MILLS 294,000
                                                52 ENOLA GAY - OMD 291,000
                                                53 I HAVE A DREAM - ABBA 285,000
                                                54 MORE THAN I CAN SAY - LEO SAYER 284,000
                                                55 MODERN GIRL - SHEENA EASTON 279,000
                                                56 COULD YOU BE LOVED - BOB MARLEY 275,000
                                                57 FASHION - DAVID BOWIE 274,000
                                                58 EIGHTH DAY - HAZEL O'CONNOR 273,000
                                                59 DOG EAT DOG - ADAM AND THE ANTS 270,000
                                                60 ALL NIGHT LONG - RAINBOW 268,000

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                                                  • 1981
                                                    01 DON'T YOU WANT ME - HUMAN LEAGUE 1.1m
                                                    02 TAINTED LOVE - SOFT CELL 1.020m
                                                    03 STAND & DELIVER - ADAM AND THE ANTS 892,000
                                                    04 PRINCE CHARMING - ADAM AND THE ANTS 725,000
                                                    05 VIENNA - ULTRAVOX 720,000
                                                    06 THIS OLE HOUSE - SHAKIN' STEVENS 711,000
                                                    07 IMAGINE - JOHN LENNON 695,000 (without the missed week of late 1980. If included, it would be just below "Stand & Deliver" around 795,000)
                                                    08 ANT MUSIC - ADAM AND THE ANTS 690,000 (without the missed 1980 week. It would be around 770,000, if included)
                                                    09 ONE DAY IN YOUR LIFE - MICHAEL JACKSON 675,000
                                                    10 MAKING YOUR MIND UP - BUCKS FIZZ 665,000
                                                    11 BIRDIE SONG - TWEETS 640,000
                                                    12 BEING WITH YOU - SMOKEY ROBINSON 624,000
                                                    13 STARS ON 45 - STARSOUND 614,000
                                                    14 GHOST TOWN - SPECIALS 608,000
                                                    15 IT'S MY PARTY - DAVE STEWART & BARBRA GASKIN 590,000
                                                    16 YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY - SHAKIN' STEVENS 549,000
                                                    17 LOVE ACTION - HUMAN LEAGUE 540,000
                                                    18 SHADDUP YOU FACE - JOE DOLCE 535,000
                                                    19 WOMAN - JOHN LENNON 530,000
                                                    20 SOUVENIR - OMD 505,000
                                                    21 JEALOUS GUY - ROXY MUSIC 502,000
                                                    22 DADDY'S HOME - CLIFF RICHARD 500,000 (without the missed week. If included it would just below "Ghost Town"
                                                    23 CHI MAI - ENNIO MORRICONE 482,000
                                                    24 HOLD ON TIGHT - ELO 478,000
                                                    25 JAPANESE BOY - ANEKA 477,000 (not a RB #1)
                                                    26 GREEN DOOR - SHAKIN' STEVENS 474,500
                                                    27 KIDS IN AMERICA - KIM WILDE 472,000
                                                    28 HANDS UP GIVE ME YOUR HEART - OTTAWAN 471,000
                                                    29 BEGIN THE BEGUINE - JULIO IGLESIAS 470,000
                                                    30 HOOKED ON CLASSICS - RPO 454,000 (a RB #1)
                                                    31 HAPPY BIRTHDAY - ALTERED IMAGES 450,000 (a RB #1)
                                                    32 IN THE AIR TONIGHT - PHIL COLLINS 420,000 (a RB #1)
                                                    33 EVERY LITTLE THING SHE DOES IS MAGIC - POLICE 420,000
                                                    34 BODY TALK - IMAGINATION 419,000
                                                    35 FOUR FROM TOYAH E.P. - TOYAH 414,000
                                                    36 KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER - ADAM AND THE ANTS 410,000
                                                    37 ONE OF US - ABBA 405,000 (without the missed week. It would be on about 495,000, if included)
                                                    38 CAN CAN - BAD MANNERS 399,000
                                                    39 ANT RAP - ADAM AND THE ANTS 390,000 (without the missed week. If included, it would be around 470,000)
                                                    40 IT MUST BE LOVE - MADNESS 385,000 (without the missed week. If included, it would be around 455,000)
                                                    41 GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS - ODYSSEY 380,000
                                                    42 I SURRENDER - RAINBOW 375,000
                                                    43 UNDER PRESSURE - QUEEN & DAVID BOWIE 374,000
                                                    44 LATELY - STEVIE WONDER 372,000
                                                    45 HAPPY BIRTHDAY - STEVIE WONDER 370,500
                                                    46 HOW 'BOUT US - CHAMPAIGN 369,000
                                                    47 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) - JOHN LENNON & THE PLASTIC ONO BAND 357,000 (without the missed late 1980 week, where it never made #1, no matter what people say! With the missed week, it would be on around 470,000)
                                                    48 STARS ON 45 (VOL. 2) - STARSOUND 352,000
                                                    49 THUNDER IN THE MOUNTAINS - TOYAH 350,000
                                                    50 WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE - DIANA ROSS 344,000
                                                    51 LET'S GROOVE - EARTH WIND & FIRE 343,000
                                                    52 MORE THAN IN LOVE - KATE ROBBINS & BEYOND 342,000
                                                    53 EINSTEIN A-GO-GO - LANDSCAPE 341,000
                                                    54 CAN YOU FEEL IT - JACKSONS 335,000
                                                    55 I WANT TO BE FREE - TOYAH 325,000
                                                    56 CHANT NO. 1 - SPANDAU BALLET 321,000
                                                    57 BEDSITTER - SOFT CELL 320,000
                                                    58 UNDER YOUR THUMB - GODLEY & CREME 320,000
                                                    59 GIRLS ON FILM - DURAN DURAN 318,500
                                                    60 GREY DAY - MADNESS 315,000
                                                    61 JOAN OF ARC - OMD 308,000
                                                    62 GOOD THING GOING - SUGAR MINOTT 305,500
                                                    63 ONE IN TEN - UB40 302,000
                                                    64 GOOD YEAR FOR THE ROSES - ELVIS COSTELLO 301,000
                                                    65 THE HUCKLEBUCK - COAST TO COAST 300,000

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