1979 in British music

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This is a summary of 1979 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year. 1979 saw the beginning of a few trends in British music. The start of the New Romantic movement and synthesiser bands began to gather momentum (although both these trends had to wait for the eighties for real growth) and the first rap hit in the UK for the Sugar Hill Gang. The 2 Tone movement also emerged with early work from bands like The Specials and Madness. Disco music was still the most popular music of the year, although showed signs of dying out in later months. 1979 remains the biggest-selling year ever for physical format singles sales in the UK.

Events[edit]

Charts[edit]

Number one singles[edit]

Date Song Artist Weeks
6 January "Y.M.C.A." Village People 3
24 January "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" Ian Dury and the Blockheads 1
3 February "Heart of Glass" Blondie 4
3 March "Tragedy" Bee Gees 2
17 March "I Will Survive" Gloria Gaynor 4
14 April "Bright Eyes" Art Garfunkel 6
26 May "Sunday Girl" Blondie 3
16 June "Ring My Bell" Anita Ward 2
30 June "Are 'Friends' Electric?" Tubeway Army 4
28 July "I Don't Like Mondays" The Boomtown Rats 4
25 August "We Don't Talk Anymore" Cliff Richard 4
22 September "Cars" Gary Numan 1
29 September "Message in a Bottle" The Police 3
20 October "Video Killed the Radio Star" The Buggles 1
27 October "One Day at a Time" Lena Martell 3
17 November "When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman" Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show 3
8 December "Walking on the Moon" The Police 1
15 December "Another Brick in the Wall Part II" Pink Floyd 3

Number one albums[edit]

Date Album Artist Weeks
6 January Greatest Hits Showaddywaddy 2
20 January Don't Walk - Boogie Various artists 3
10 February Action Replay Various artists 1
17 February Parallel Lines Blondie 4
17 March Spirits Having Flown Bee Gees 2
31 March Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits Vol. 2 Barbra Streisand 4
28 April The Very Best of Leo Sayer Leo Sayer 3
19 May Voulez-Vous ABBA 4
16 June Discovery Electric Light Orchestra 5
21 July Replicas Tubeway Army 1
28 July The Best Disco Album in the World Various artists 6
8 September In Through the Out Door Led Zeppelin 2
22 September The Pleasure Principle Gary Numan 1
29 September Oceans of Fantasy Boney M 1
6 October The Pleasure Principle Gary Numan 1
=13 October Eat to the Beat Blondie 1
=13 October Reggatta De Blanc The Police 4
10 November Tusk Fleetwood Mac 1
17 November Greatest Hits Vol. 2 ABBA 3
8 December Greatest Hits Vol.1 Rod Stewart 4

Top selling singles[edit]

  1. "Bright Eyes" - Art Garfunkel
  2. "Heart of Glass" - Blondie
  3. "We Don't Talk Anymore" - Cliff Richard
  4. "I Don't Like Mondays" - The Boomtown Rats
  5. "When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman" - Dr Hook
  6. "I Will Survive" - Gloria Gaynor
  7. "Are Friends Electric" - Tubeway Army
  8. "Dance Away" - Roxy Music
  9. "Sunday Girl" - Blondie
  10. "One Day at a Time" - Lena Martell
  11. "Message in a Bottle" - The Police
  12. "Pop Muzik" - M
  13. "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" - Ian Dury and The Blockheads
  14. "Oliver's Army - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
  15. "Tragedy" - Bee Gees
  16. "Chiquitita - ABBA
  17. "Video Killed the Radio Star" - The Buggles
  18. "Cars" - Gary Numan
  19. "Every Day Hurts" - Sad Café
  20. "Ring My Bell - Anita Ward
  21. "Some Girls" - Racey
  22. "Boogie Wonderland - Earth Wind & Fire featuring The Emotions
  23. "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" - Michael Jackson
  24. "Woman in Love" - The Three Degrees
  25. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" - Queen
  26. "YMCA" - The Village People
  27. "Reunited" - Peaches & Herb
  28. "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" - ABBA
  29. "Lucky Number" - Lene Lovich
  30. "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me" - The Bellamy Brothers
  31. "Cool for Cats" - Squeeze
  32. "Something Else" - The Sex Pistols
  33. "Silly Games" - Janet Kay
  34. "Bang Bang" - B A Robertson
  35. "Dreaming" - Blondie
  36. "Wanted" - The Dooleys
  37. "Can You Feel the Force" - The Real Thing
  38. "Knock On Wood" - Amii Stewart
  39. "Contact" - Edwin Starr
  40. "I Want Your Love" - Chic

Top selling albums[edit]

  1. Parallel Lines - Blondie
  2. Discovery - Electric Light Orchestra
  3. The Very Best Of - Leo Sayer
  4. Breakfast in America - Supertramp
  5. Voulez-Vous - ABBA
  6. Greatest Hits Vol.2 - Barbra Streisand
  7. Spirits Having Flown - Bee Gees
  8. Greatest Hits Vol.2 - ABBA
  9. Reggatta de Blanc - The Police
  10. Manilow Magic - Barry Manilow
  11. Greatest Hits - Rod Stewart
  12. Last the Whole Night Long - James Last
  13. Armed Forces - Elvis Costello and the Attractions
  14. Outlandos d'Amour - The Police
  15. The Best Disco Album in the World - Various Artists
  16. Replicas - Tubeway Army
  17. I Am - Earth Wind and Fire
  18. C'est Chic - Chic
  19. Dire Straits - Dire Straits
  20. Manifesto - Roxy Music
  21. Eat to the Beat - Blondie
  22. War of the Worlds - Jeff Wayne
  23. Bat Out of Hell - Meat Loaf
  24. Do It Yourself - Ian Dury and the Blockheads
  25. Tusk - Fleetwood Mac
  26. Out of the Blue - Electric Light Orchestra
  27. New Boots and Panties - Ian Dury and the Blockheads
  28. 20 Golden Greats - Diana Ross
  29. Night Owl - Gerry Rafferty
  30. Don't Walk - Boogie - Various Artists
  31. Fate for Breakfast - Art Garfunkel
  32. The Best Of - Earth Wind and Fire
  33. Black Rose: A Rock Legend - Thin Lizzy
  34. The Pleasure Principle - Gary Numan
  35. Action Replay - Various Artists
  36. In Through the Out Door - Led Zeppelin
  37. The Great Rock and Roll Swindle - Sex Pistols
  38. String of Hits - The Shadows
  39. Live Killers - Queen
  40. Lodger - David Bowie[3]

Classical music: new works[edit]

Opera[edit]

Film and Incidental music[edit]

Musical theatre[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zachary Woolfe "Richard Rodney Bennett, British Composer, Dies at 76", New York Times, 30 December 2012
  2. ^ http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/arthur-oldham-730288.html The Independent, 13 May 2003]
  3. ^ Music Week, top selling albums 1979 (pub.January 1980)
  4. ^ Hampton, Wilborn.Hugh Wheeler obituary, New York Times, July 28, 1987.
  5. ^ "Patto". Alexgitlin.com. 1979-03-03. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  6. ^ 'Hugh Ottaway', The Musical Times, Vol. 121, No. 1643 (Jan., 1980), p. 48
  7. ^ The Glasgow Herald, 25 January 1980