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    by 04-08-17, 19:19

    I've been preparing this thread for quite some time (most of this year especially) but now it seems I'm ready to present it. The initial purpose was to collate the chart successes of the biggest hits from the "New Wave" movement - precisely, its electronic side. There were quite a few of the influential artists who only ended up as one-hit wonders for most of the world - and it's them whom I originally centered my research on. There were, of course, artists who had a prolonged successful carrier but I decided to leave them out as they have numerous big hits. So initially this thread was going to be a sort of "New Wave one-hit wonders" one. Gradually though it started to spread wider and now it's more like "1980s one-hit wonders" with a hundred songs that had worldwide success during that decade (well, during 1979-1988, to be correct). Of course I wasn't going to gather info on all of the one-hit wonders of that decade, only on songs that are to my taste or those I have an interest in or curious about. So - an opinionated list which is just that and not anything comprehensive.

    The songs I've been choosing had various degrees of chart success around the world. So I decided to include only those that charted in 11 or more countries (well, the more the better). That's the only bottom line. I also wanted to present as full info as possible but for quite a few countries I only know the peak position as anything else is hard or impossible to find (if anyone can help - please do so!). I'll try to present songs in more or less chronological order. Most are from the UK but with lots of European hits too as Europe really came into force with the advent of the new musical technologies during the early 1980s. The USA are not forgotten, too.

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    by 04-08-17, 19:21

    Sources:

    Australia - Kent Report/Australian Music Report (posted by year here) + ARIA (since 1988)
    Austria - Der Musikmarkt & 3 Hitparade (since 1980)
    Belgium - BRT Top 30 with additional data from Joepie's Belgie Super 30 (for 1984-1986)
    Canada - RPM with additional data from The Record
    Denmark - IFPI/BT Top 15
    Finland
    France - Top France, Infodisc, TMP France, since 1984 - the official chart
    (West) Germany - Media Control
    Hong Kong (for 1978-1980 via Icelandic newspaper "Dagbladet")
    Iceland - Visir/Dagbladet Visir (via Timarit.is)
    Ireland
    Israel - Israel Broadcasting Authority/Reshet Gimmel/Kol Israel
    Italy - Musica e Dischi, RAI Hit Parade, TV Sorrisi e Canzoni
    Japan - Oricon with additional data from Music Labo (via Billboard), All Japan Pop 20
    The Netherlands - De Nederlandse Top 40 & Nationale Hitparade
    New Zealand - RIANZ
    Norway - VG-Lista
    Poland - Listy Przebojow 3
    Portugal - Musica & Som (1979-1984) ; Topdisco
    South Africa - Springbok Radio
    Spain - Superventas & AFYVE (since 1986)
    Sweden - Topplistan & Trackslistan (since 1984)
    Switzerland - Der Musikmarkt & DRS Hitparade/Schweizer Hitparade
    UK - Musik Week, New Musical Express, Melody Maker, Record Business (1980-1983), The Network Chart
    USA - Billboard, Cash Box, Radio & Records, Record World
    Zimbabwe (via book by C. Kimberley)

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    by 04-08-17, 19:21

    Here will be the list of the featured songs (each one will be linked to after publication). Information is presented this way: year of release or main success, song title by performer, number of countries charted / number of #1 peaks.

    As for the entries themselves, they'll look like this: song title by performer, then the information about the song (author(s), producer(s), date of release, country of origin). After that there'll be countries in which the song charted in the main chart(s) (name of the chart, if there were more than one - date of chart entry - peak position with number of weeks at the top if the song reached No. 1 - overall number of weeks in the chart). The countries will be by alphabetical order.

    1. M - Pop Muzik [23 / 10]
    2. The Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star [22 / 12]
    3. Lipps, Inc. - Funkytown [23 / 15]
    4. The Korgis - Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime [12 / 2]
    5. Jona Lewie - Stop the Cavalry [13 / 3]
    6. Visage - Fade to Grey [16 / 3]
    7. Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes [24 / 14]
    8. Aneka - Japanese Boy [21 / 9]
    9. Dave Stewart with Barbara Gaskin - It's My Party [17 / 4]
    10. Soft Cell - Tainted Love [18 / 9]

    11. The Human League - Don't You Want Me [23 / 10]
    12. Jon & Vangelis - I'll Find My Way Home [15 / 2]
    13. Secret Service - Flash in the Night [12 / 2]
    14. Ph.D. - I Won't Let You Down [12 / 4]
    15. The J. Geils Band - Centerfold [17 / 5]
    16. Quarterflash - Harden My Heart [14 / 2]
    17. Men at Work - Down Under [21 / 10]
    18. The Steve Miller Band - Abracadabra [25 / 14]
    19. Toni Basil - Mickey [14 / 3]
    20. ABC - The Look of Love [19 / 2]

    21. Adam Ant - Goody Two Shoes [17 / 2]
    22. Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come on Eileen [21 / 9]
    23. Trio - Da Da Da [23 / 6]
    24. Yazoo - Don't Go [21 / 5]
    25. Captain Sensible - Wot! [12 / 1]
    26. Taco - Puttin' on the Ritz [17 / 5]
    27. Frida - I Know There's Something Going on [22 / 3]
    28. F.R. David - Words [22 / 15]
    29. Peter Schilling - Major Tom [14 / 4]
    30. Nena - 99 Luftballons (Red Balloons) [23 / 17]

    31. Kajagoogoo - Too Shy [22 / 8]
    32. Spandau Ballet - True [18 / 4]
    33. Greg Kihn Band - Jeopardy [18 / 3]
    34. Mike Oldfield with Maggie Reilly - Moonlight Shadow [22 / 13]
    35. Men Without Hats - The Safety Dance [20 / 3]
    36. Trans-X - Living on Video [11]
    37. Freeez - I.O.U. [18 / 3]
    38. Herbie Hancock - Rockit [17 / 1]
    39. Laid Back - Sunshine Reggae [16 / 4]
    40. Righeira - Vamos a la Playa [14 / 2]

    41. Ryan Paris - Dolce Vita [20 / 7]
    42. Gazebo - I Like Chopin [13 / 10]
    43. Michael Sembello - Maniac [18 / 5]
    44. The Romantics - Talking in Your Sleep [16 / 1]
    45. Yes - Owner of a Lonely Heart [21 / 3]
    46. The Assembly - Never Never [15 / 1]
    47. Shannon - Let the Music Play [13]
    48. Matthew Wilder - Break My Stride [20 / 2]
    49. Wang Chung - Dance Hall Days [15 / 1]
    50. Alphaville - Big in Japan [22 / 4]

    51. Fiction Factory - (Feels Like) Heaven [13]
    52. Rockwell - Somebody's Watching Me [25 / 5]
    53. Break Machine - Street Dance [20 / 4]
    54. The Cars - Drive [20]
    55. Limahl - The Never Ending Story [24 / 7]
    56. Jermaine Jackson & Pia Zadora - When the Rain Begins to Fall [15 / 5]
    57. John Waite - Missing You [15 / 2]
    58. Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok [24 / 10]
    59. Maria Vidal - Body Rock [15 / 1]
    60. King - Love & Pride [15 / 1]

    61. Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round [20 / 5]
    62. Go West - We Close Our Eyes [17]
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    by 04-08-17, 19:22

    I'd like to give my sincerest thanks to the UKMix users (in no particular order):

    davidalic, trebor, grendizer, chartwatcherdl, SimoneMJJ, DrTravel, Nugs, francisplaiy, CZB, kingofskiffle, mario, Hanboo, Ohanna, yuvalzirler, Lewis17, VelaLuka, Robbie, me, Gambo, anpt

    Last but not least, I urge anyone who has access to the chart information that could be presented here to contact me via PM or by posting the info here - I certainly missed something along the way or may not know, so will be really grateful for any kind of help.

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    by 04-08-17, 19:23

    1. POP MUZIK by M

    Written by: Robin Scott
    Produced by: Robin Scott
    Country of origin: UK
    Release date: 9 March 1979

    Australia
    4 June 1979 - #1 (3) - 21 weeks

    Austria
    Der Musikmarkt: 15 July 1979 - #2 - 16 weeks

    Belgium
    26 May 1979 - #3 - 9 weeks

    Canada
    25 August 1979 - #1 (2) - 20 weeks

    Denmark
    #1

    Finland
    September 1979 - #9 - 2 months

    France
    InfoDisc: 11 May 1979 - #12 - 19 weeks
    TMP France: 10 June 1979 - #3 - 19 weeks
    Top France: 23 June 1979 - #5 - 10 weeks

    (West) Germany
    4 June 1979 - #1 (6) - 22 weeks

    Hong Kong
    13 October 1979 - #1 (1) - 10 weeks

    Ireland
    3 May 1979 - #2 - 8 weeks

    Israel
    14 May 1979 - #4 - 11 weeks

    Italy
    Musica e Dischi: 8 September 1979 - #5 - 25 weeks
    RAI Hit Parade: 7 October 1979 - #5 - 22 weeks
    TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 21 October 1979 - #13 - 20 weeks

    Japan
    Oricon: 25 July 1979 - #66 - 17 weeks
    All Japan Pop 20: ? 1979 - #4 - 23 weeks

    The Netherlands
    De Nederlandse Top 40: 12 May 1979 - #3 - 11 weeks
    Nationale Hitparade: 19 May 1979 - #3 - 11 weeks

    New Zealand
    15 July 1979 - #3 - 18 weeks

    Norway
    13 June 1979 - #5 - 14 weeks

    South Africa
    3 August 1979 - #1 (3) - 18 weeks

    Spain
    3 November 1979 - #22 - 5 weeks

    Sweden
    1 June 1979 - #1 (2) - 24 weeks

    Switzerland
    Der Musikmarkt: 15 June 1979 - #1 (2) - 18 weeks
    DRS Hitparade: 17 June 1979 - #1 (3) - 14 weeks

    UK
    Record Business: 2 April 1979 - #1 (2) - 14 weeks
    Music Week: 7 April 1979 - #2 - 14 weeks
    New Musical Express: 21 April 1979 - #1 (1) - 10 weeks
    Melody Maker: 14 April 1979 - #1 (1) - 11 weeks

    USA
    Billboard: 11 August 1979 - #1 (1) - 24 weeks
    Cash Box: 11 August 1979 - #4 - 24 weeks
    Record World: 11 August 1979 - #4 - 26 weeks
    Radio & Records: 17 August 1979 - #3 - 13 weeks

    Zimbabwe
    13 October 1979 - #5 - 12 weeks

    1.1. POP MUZIK '89 by M

    Australia
    9 October 1989 - #86 - 6 weeks

    Ireland
    6 July 1989 - #8 - 3 weeks

    New Zealand
    15 October 1989 - #8 - 5 weeks

    UK
    Music Week: 10 June 1989 - #15 - 9 weeks
    The Network Chart: 17 June 1989 - #9 - 7 weeks

    1.2. Pop Muzik by All Systems Go

    Switzerland
    14 August 1988 - #14 - 6 weeks

    UK
    Music Week: 18 June 1988 - #63 - 3 weeks

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    by 04-08-17, 20:06

    A good idea for a thread! I wonder how many I'll recognise. Or recognise and like?!

    Additional UK chart info for 'Pop Muzik'

    Record Business: 2 April 1979 (as RB charts are dated to a Monday this corresponds to the entry week on Music Week of 7 April 1979) - #1 (2) - 14 weeks

    I still own the original 12" single of 'Pop Muzik'. It was released as a "double groove" 12" release. As the entry at discogs explains "Side A is the first released 'Double Groove' (ie: has two grooves) - depending on where the needle lands you either get 'Pop Muzik' or 'M Factor' coming out of the speakers. "

    https://www.discogs.com/M-Pop-Muzik-M-F ... ase/323038

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    by 04-08-17, 20:52

    Nice idea... and quite a work!

    Some suggestions:
    For better understanding it may be helpful for the readers if the size and the chart cycle were noted along with the chart data. Like S/50/W, S/25/B, S/20/M, etc. S=Singles, 50=Chart size is a Top 50, W = weekly publication, B = bi-weekly, M = monthly,etc.
    Personal input and opinion, only.
    Italy: The charts from Billboard by Germano Ruscitto are worthless; they do not match any other chart of that time and the source was never named. Please ask user @me for his opinion. I would ditch his lists completely.
    Switzerland: Since you are referring to two charts (which is laudable) I highly suggest you also use the weekly charts published by "Der Blick". Contrary to what swisscharts.com suggest NO list before November 6, 1983 was deemed official.
    Austria: 3-Hitparade. This was the Austrian Public Broadcaster's radio chart and was primarily driven by listener's votes. These lists are for sentimental (and country specific historical) value, only; and should never be used in a (semi-)official context.

    //
    Quite surprised to learn that "Pop Muzik" only made #13 on the Italian TV Sorrisi & Canzoni chart.

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    by 05-08-17, 17:39

    Robbie, thanks a lot for the RB info! I only have it for 1980-83, so earlier data is much welcome. For my part just added a cover version from 1988 that I didn't know charted. Don't know though if I should add cover versions?..

    By the way, just recently bought a 7" of "Pop Muzik" just for historical value as I've yet to have a turntable!

    As for opinions that'll be just great to see here, however critical. I included several "controversial" songs in the list so a bit of discussion is always welcome!

    Trebor, thanks for your thoughts. I'll certainly do a layout for chart sources in the future - I actually wanted to do something like that but thought it'll be too much in a way of information, but you're right, it'll gave a better picture.

    Now for charts - when I started gathering all this info what I had for Italy was those charts from Billboard, as I haven't bought Me's books then. So I naturally wrote to him and he told me this: "Germano Ruscitto was the editor and the owner of a magazine Discografia Internazionale. It was a competitor of Musica e Dischi from 1966 until 1972. When this magazine closed, at the end of 1972, Ruscitto continued to produce charts only for Billboard. He had a sector in his company (advertising company) only for these charts. They were sales charts, but I don't know how many shops were involved, probably not many. He stopped producing charts in 1988". Maybe GR info is unnecessary, though, as we already see THREE charts from one country! I'll think about it.

    I by the way too marvel at variety of Italian information - from what I can tell it, Musica & Dischi and RAI were quite close most of the time with S&C giving the most divergent positions. I wonder what's the reason for it

    I know about Swiss Der Blick charts as I've closely followed your great thread about those other charts, but I didn't know how influential/reliable those were. Well, if you suggest those then maybe you have time to add chart info for the songs I feature? I'll gladly add it to the list!

    As for Austria, wasn't 3-Hitparade the most well-known chart from this country, used by Europarade etc? I remember reading that here on UKMix. The same situation was in Sweden, by the way, with sales-based Topplistan chart and radio voted Tracks (since 1984), with the latter being the most discussed and followed. I feature Tracks info so I think there's no harm to feature 3 I know though that listeners votes based charts can be highly suspectable but just for the sake of a more complete picture (and to honour the hours I spend looking though every week of those damned lists!!! ) I'll let them stay.

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    by 05-08-17, 19:09

    ^^
    Thank you very much for your detailed answer!

    Italy: GR: Thanks for the info which was new to me. So, my apologies. Never heard of that publication; will look into it. Still deem the leader in radio (RAI), the industry leader (M&D), and the leader in print (TV S&C) to be more than exhaustive.
    Here is the methodology used by TV S&C.
    Switzerland: Same situation as above (DRS (radio); BLICK (print), Der Musikmarkt (industry). The "Der Musikmarkt" charts were introduced because industry and retail were not happy with the radio chart, the domestic musician's association weren't happy either and went with "Der Blick". #Mess
    Austria: It's probably very likely that the 3 radio charts were used as Austria's "chart" in publications. Not too familiar with this country' true history; and whether there were more sales charts (there must have been, though). I use the charts from "Der Musikmarkt" as a reference.

    Keep up the great work! (and sorry for the interference)

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    by 06-08-17, 11:46

    No interference, Trebor, you're welcome to comment (as much as anyone) Always great to exchange the chart knowledge and opinion!

    Now, the next one:

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    by 06-08-17, 12:11

    2. VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR by The Buggles

    Written by: Bruce Woolley/Trevor Horn/Geoff Downes
    Produced by: The Buggles
    Country of origin: UK
    Release date: 7 September 1979

    Australia
    5 November 1979 - #1 (7) - 22 weeks

    Austria
    Der Musikmarkt: 15 December 1979 - #1 (6) - 16 weeks
    3-Hitparade: 3 February 1980 - #4 - 6 weeks

    Belgium
    17 November 1979 - #7 - 4 weeks

    Canada
    8 December 1979 - #6 - 26 weeks

    Denmark
    ? December 1979 - #1 (7) - 13+ weeks

    France
    Top France: 10 November 1979 - #1 (10) - 19 weeks
    Infodisc: 5 October 1979 - #1 (10) - 23 weeks
    TMP France Top 40: 21 October 1979 - #1 (6) - 21 weeks
    IFOP: 5 January 2013 - #190 - 1 week

    (West) Germany
    12 November 1979 - #2 (8) - 23 weeks

    Hong Kong
    1 February 1980 - #1 (2) - 5+ weeks

    Ireland
    14 October 1979 - #1 (2) - 6 weeks

    Israel
    5 November 1979 - #8 - 11 weeks

    Italy
    TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 20 January 1980 - #1 (15) - 30 weeks
    RAI Hit Parade: 20 January 1980 - #1 (14) -
    Musica e Dischi: 26 January 1980 - #1 (15) - 28 weeks

    Japan
    Oricon: 20 December 1979 - #25 - 20 weeks
    Oricon International: #1 (5)
    All Japan Pop 20: ? 1980 - #1 (8) - 23 weeks
    Music Labo: 10 March 1980 - #20 - 1 week

    The Netherlands
    De Nederlandse Top 40: 27 October 1979 - #17 - 6 weeks
    Nationale Hitparade: 3 November 1979 - #16 - 6 weeks

    New Zealand
    25 November 1979 - #2 - 15 weeks

    Portugal
    #2

    South Africa
    26 January 1980 - #6 - 11 weeks

    Spain
    2 February 1980 - #1 (5) - 19 weeks

    Sweden
    30 November 1979 - #1 (2) - 18 weeks

    Switzerland
    DRS Hitparade: 11 November 1979 - #1 (2) - 12 weeks
    Der Musikmarkt: 1 December 1979 - #3 - 12 weeks

    UK
    Record Business: 17 September 1979 - #1 (1) - 11 weeks
    Music Week: 22 September 1979 - #1 (1) - 11 weeks
    Melody Maker: 29 September 1979 - #1 (2) - 8 weeks
    New Musical Express: 6 October 1979 - #1 (2) - 7 weeks

    USA
    Billboard: 10 November 1979 - #40 - 10 weeks
    Cash Box: 10 November 1979 - #40 - 11 weeks
    Record World: 17 November 1979 - #59 - 5 weeks

    Zimbabwe
    16 February 1980 - #3 - 13 weeks

    2.2. Video Killed the Radio Star by Bruce Woolley & The Camera Club

    Australia
    19 November 1979 - #94 -2 weeks

    Canada
    ?

    2.3. Video Killed the Radio Star by Rewind feat. Madame Denise

    Austria
    25 July 1993 - #19 - 6 weeks

    2.4. Video Killed the Radio Star by The Presidents of the United States of America

    UK
    1 August 1998 - #52 - 1 week

    2.5. Video Killed the Radio Star by Two in One

    Austria
    10 June 2001 - #24 - 9 weeks

    2.6. Video Killed the Radio Star by Dragonheart

    UK
    27 November 2004 - #74 - 1 week

    2.7. Video Killed the Radio Star by Bitch Alert

    Finland
    3 July 2005 - #11 - 2 weeks

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    by 06-08-17, 14:00

    On the Record Business chart in the UK 'Video Killed The Radio Star' made its debut on the chart dated 17 September 1979. Again a Monday date, this matches the same chart week the record entered the Music Week chart. It spent one week at the top, though this was one week later than the week it reached number 1 in MW. Weeks on chart were 11 which match that of Music Week.

    A great record too!

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    by 07-08-17, 23:21

    Thank you Robbie! It is a great record and, as fasr as I can tell, on the back of it Buggles were percieved as a future major force in pop - for some time. It kinda happened, though not as everybody imagined

    Interesting fact that, if I'm not wrong, drums on this record were played by Richard Burgess (at least he appeared with Buggles on Top of the Pops etc) - another noted and very successful 1980s producer (at least one of his productions will appear here) and frontman of another one hit wonder group Landscape.

    What I find very strange about VKTRS is that in failed in Norway and Finland - for some reason these countries were among the tough nuts to crack. And what about The Netherlands? Only a minor Top 20 hit compared to smash successes all around... :(

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    by 09-08-17, 11:54

    Just to say that if only on your personal selection of genres I will likely end up liking and owning pretty-much every entry on your list to come! As my memories and knowledge of this excellent era in popular music are inevitably very UK-driven as I've only ever really followed the British official chart, I am hoping it may unearth for me some hitherto-unknown tracks that were one-off hits in other countries, but not in the UK. Looking forward to some decent additions for my existing play lists.

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    by 09-08-17, 23:45

    Yes, Gambo, the one problem with my list is that it for the most part features well-known songs (for a reason, of course). But there are several non-UK pop smashes, we just need to get a bit deeper into the 1980s

    Now, next entry - not New Wave as such, but strangely (or maybe not so strangely after all) rather influential for the genre - while being of course one of the biggest (and best) links from pure disco to dance pop of the new decade. And one of the most widespread hits on my list - 23 countries!

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    by 09-08-17, 23:53

    3. FUNKYTOWN by Lipps, Inc.

    Written by: Steven Greenberg
    Produced by: Steven Greenberg
    Country of origin: USA
    Release date: January 1980

    Australia
    9 June 1980 - #1 (2) - 23 weeks

    Austria
    3-Hitparade: 29 June 1980 - #1 (8) - 20 weeks
    Der Musikmarkt: 1 July 1980 - #1 (6) - 18 weeks

    Belgium
    19 April 1980 - #1 (1) - 14 weeks

    Canada
    26 April 1980 - #1 (1) - 26 weeks

    Denmark
    11 July 1980 - #1 (3) - 16 weeks

    Finland
    June 1980 - #3 - 22 weeks

    France
    TMP France Top 100: 23 March 1980 - #1 (3) - 22 weeks
    Infodisc: 2 May 1980 - #1 (2) - 26 weeks
    Top France: 21 June 1980 - #4 - 15 weeks
    (Video)Music Actualite: 25 June 1980 - #2 - 20 weeks

    (West) Germany
    9 June 1980 - #1 (10) - 25 weeks

    Ireland
    22 June 1980 - #3 - 10 weeks

    Israel
    13 June 1980 - #1 (3) - 14 weeks

    Italy
    Musica e Dischi: 8 March 1980 - #5 - 26 weeks
    TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 6 April 1980 - #3 - 22 weeks
    RAI Hit-Parade: 6 April 1980 - #6 - 20 weeks

    Japan
    Oricon: 25 May 1980 - #36 - 18 weeks
    All Japan Pop 20: #6 - 9 weeks

    Mexico
    2 May 1980 - #3 - 16 weeks

    The Netherlands
    De Nederlandse Top 40: 26 April 1980 - #1 (3) - 15 weeks
    Nationale Hitparade: 3 May 1980 - #1 (4) - 16 weeks

    New Zealand
    15 June 1980 - #1 (1) - 17 weeks

    Norway
    25 June 1980 - #1 (2) - 19 weeks

    Portugal
    #3

    South Africa
    6 September 1980 - #5 - 8 weeks

    Spain
    24 May 1980 - #1 (7) - 24 weeks

    Sweden
    27 June 1980 - #2 - 20 weeks

    Switzerland
    DRS Hitparade: 25 May 1980 - #1 (7) - 16 weeks
    Der Musikmarkt: 15 June 1980 - #1 (8) - 16 weeks

    UK
    Music Week: 17 May 1980 - #2 - 13 weeks
    Record Business: 19 May 1980 - #2 - 13 wks
    New Musical Express: 31 May 1980 - #1 (1) - 9 weeks
    Melody Maker: 31 May 1980 - #2 - 9 weeks

    USA
    Cash Box: 29 March 1980 - #1 (5) - 23 weeks
    Record World: 29 March 1980 - #1 (4) - 28 weeks
    Billboard: 29 March 1980 - #1 (4) - 23 weeks
    Radio & Records: 25 April 1980 - #7 - 11 weeks

    3.2. Funky Town by Pseudo Echo

    This one I decided to present as a separate entry for it being another worldwide one hit wonder - so waiting for the year 1987

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    by 10-08-17, 07:34

    I have to admit that back in 1980 I didn't care too much for 'Funkytown'. I like the track a bit more now, probably more from a nostalgia point of view than an appreciation of the musical merits (or lack of) of the record.

    What happened to 'Funkytown' on the Radio & Records chart? Or was that chart airplay only? I know of the magazine from its later years, from the early 00s and before Billboard bought the title, and all the charts were airplay only.

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    by 10-08-17, 10:01

    Italy
    RAI Hit-Parade: #6 - 20 weeks
    Date: Print date: April 6, 1980
    [The chart was aired on Fridays (Top 10) and Sundays ("Dischi Caldi" (11-20); so the real chart date must be one or two weekends prior.]

    Here is the complete archive

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    by 11-08-17, 00:01

    Quote Originally Posted by Passing_Strang
    Yes, Gambo, the one problem with my list is that it for the most part features well-known songs (for a reason, of course). But there are several non-UK pop smashes, we just need to get a bit deeper into the 1980s

    Now, next entry - not New Wave as such, but strangely (or maybe not so strangely after all) rather influential for the genre - while being of course one of the biggest (and best) links from pure disco to dance pop of the new decade. And one of the most widespread hits on my list - 23 countries!
    Thanks for the trip down memory lane! Many years in campus/alternative radio during this time period.

    I pmed Gambo with a begin suggestion as to not clutter the bread

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    by 11-08-17, 00:47

    Thanks for your replies, guys - always appreciated! Trebor, thanks for the RAI info - I downloaded the 1980 issues of the magazine but didn't get around to extracting the chart data yet, so your help is spot on Robbie, I'm too surprised about such a low peak of Funkytown, but R&R chart was predominantly a radio one, yes, and also I think there may have been signs of anti-disco backlash maybe?

    Now, after the dancey ones, a couple of more laid back sounds. They didn't have as widespread success as the previous ones that are among the most successful on my list - which is somewhat surprising, actually, as ballads are generally well-liked everywhere. Anyway, the first of those is:

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    by 11-08-17, 00:54

    4. EVERYBODY'S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME by The Korgis

    Written by: James Warren
    Produced by: David Lord
    Country of origin: UK
    Release date: 11 April 1980

    Australia
    1 September 1980 - #11 - 17 weeks

    Belgium
    19 July 1980 - #10 - 8 weeks

    France
    Infodisc: 4 July 1980 - #1 (6) - 24 weeks
    TMP France Top 40: 6 July 1980 - #1 (7) - 22 weeks
    Top France: 2 August 1980 - #1 (4) - 15 weeks
    IFOP: 28 March 2015 - #133 - 1 week

    (West) Germany
    18 August 1980 - #48 - 8 weeks

    Ireland
    5 July 1980 - #5 - 4 weeks

    Israel
    7 July 1980 - #12 - 6 weeks

    The Netherlands
    Nationale Hitparade: 28 June 1980 - #11 - 11 weeks
    De Nederlandse Top 40: 5 July 1980 - #14 - 9 weeks

    New Zealand
    25 January 1981 - #12 - 10 weeks

    Spain
    21 March 1981 - #1 (3) - 20 weeks

    Switzerland
    DRS Hitparade: 21 September 1980 - #6 - 7 weeks
    Der Musikmarkt: 1 November 1980 - #16 - 4 weeks

    UK
    Record Business: 19 May 1980 - #4 - 12 weeks
    Music Week: 24 May 1980 - #5 - 12 weeks
    Melody Maker: 7 June 1980 - #4 - 8 weeks
    New Musical Express: 7 June 1980 - #4 - 7 weeks

    USA
    Billboard: 11 October 1980 - #18 - 19 weeks
    Cash Box: 11 October 1980 - #23 - 18 weeks
    Record World: 11 October 1980 - #29 - 18 weeks
    Radio & Records: 31 October 1980 - #13 - 8 weeks

    4.1. EVERYBODY'S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME (DNA Remix 93) by The Korgis

    Ireland
    8 July 1993 - #29 - 1 week

    4.2. Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime by Yazz

    UK
    9 July 1994 - #56 - 2 weeks

    4.3. I Need Your Loving (Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime) by Baby D

    Germany
    10 July 1995 - #55 - 6 weeks

    Ireland
    1 June 1995 - #13 - 7 weeks

    UK
    3 June 1995 - #3 - 12 weeks

    4.4. I Need Your Lovin' (Like The Sunshine) by Marc et Claude

    Germany
    24 July 2000 - #81 - 3 weeks

    Ireland
    13 July 2000 - #28 - 3 weeks

    UK
    22 July 2000 - #12 - 7 weeks

    4.5. Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime by Zucchero & Vanessa Carlton feat. Haylie Hecker

    Austria
    13 June 2004 - #56 - 7 weeks

    France
    22 August 2004 - #39 - 11 weeks

    The Netherlands
    Mega Top 100: 15 May 2004 - #90 - 5 weeks

    4.6. Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime by Cantamus Girls Choir

    UK
    31 December 2005 - #73 - 1 week

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    by 12-08-17, 06:46

    I love 'Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime'. It entered the charts the week I left school!

    I know it's not strictly a cover version but I would have also included 'I Need Your Lovin' (Like The Sunshine)' by Marc et Claude from 2000 in the list of cover versions of the song. Unlike many records which feature a sample, the Marc et Claude record is almost an alternate cover version of the song.

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    by 13-08-17, 17:23

    It's interesting but over the years I read numerous mentions of that song with people having strong memories associated with it sometimes. I wonder why that is, seems like the song had a certain magic to it

    Didn't know about that Marc et Claude thing. Will surely add it, thank you, Robbie!

    Now another timeless favourite:

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    by 13-08-17, 17:28

    5. STOP THE CAVALRY by Jona Lewie

    Written by: Jona Lewie
    Produced by: Jona Lewie & Bob Andrews
    Country of origin: UK
    Release date: 21 November 1980

    Australia
    29 December 1980 - #2 - 19 weeks

    Austria
    3-Hitparade: 18 January 1981 - #6 - 14 weeks
    Der Musikmarkt: 15 February 1981 - #1 (1) - 14 weeks

    Belgium
    3 January 1981 - #4 - 7 weeks

    France
    Infodisc: 30 January 1981 - #1 (6) - 23 weeks
    TMP France Top 40: 1 February 1981 - #1 (1) - 21 weeks
    Top France: 14 March 1981 - #1 (2) - 17 weeks

    (West) Germany
    7 February 1981 - #2 - 28 weeks

    Ireland
    7 December 1980 - #5 - 8 weeks

    The Netherlands
    De Nederlandse Top 40: 20 December 1980 - #9 - 7 weeks
    Nationale Hitparade: 27 December 1980 - #6 - 6 weeks

    New Zealand
    8 March 1981 - #3 - 13 weeks

    South Africa
    7 February 1981 - #4 - 10 weeks

    Sweden
    13 March 1981 - #13 - 4 weeks

    Switzerland
    DRS Hitparade: 8 March 1981 - #4 - 9 weeks
    Der Musikmarkt: 1 April 1981 - #4 - 8 weeks

    UK
    Music Week: 29 November 1980 - #3 - 14 weeks
    Record Business: 1 December 1980 - #1 (1) - 11 weeks
    Melody Maker: 6 December 1980 - #1 (3) - 8 weeks
    New Musical Express: 13 December 1980 - #1 (2) - 8 weeks

    Zimbabwe
    21 February 1981 - #16 - 2 weeks

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    by 14-08-17, 11:03

    Another record I love! I think I may make a Spotify playlist of your choices when you've posted them all as (so far!) they've all been great. Well, apart from 'Funkytown' and even that one I can listen to these days...

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