1980 in music

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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1980.

Events[edit]

January–March[edit]

April–June[edit]

July–September[edit]

October–December[edit]

Also in 1980[edit]

Bands formed[edit]

See Category:Musical groups established in 1980

Bands disbanded[edit]

See Category:Musical groups disestablished in 1980

Albums released[edit]

January – March[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
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1 Permanent Waves Rush
4 The Romantics The Romantics
17 Metamatic John Foxx
19 Pretenders The Pretenders
21 True Colours Split Enz
28 Love Stinks The J. Geils Band
30 Air Pocket Roger Powell
Christopher Cross Christopher Cross -
Malice in Wonderland Nazareth -
Metal Rendez-vous Krokus -
No Place to Run UFO -
Un Peu de l'Âme des Bandits Aksak Maboul -
Rockin' into the Night 38 Special -
Short Stories Jon and Vangelis -
Sit Down and Talk to Me Lou Rawls -
Union Jacks The Babys -
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1 Sheer Greed Girl
4 The Age of Plastic The Buggles
End of the Century Ramones
5 Boys Don't Cry The Cure
7 Soldier Iggy Pop
12 Bryan Adams Bryan Adams
14 Bebe Le Strange Heart
15 ...But the Little Girls Understand The Knack
Earth & Sky Graham Nash
Get Happy!! Elvis Costello
The Rose Bette Midler Soundtrack to 1979 film
22 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Second Edition Public Image Ltd reissue of 1979's Metal Box
Sheep Farming in Barnet Toyah expanded reissue of 1979 EP
23 Too Much Pressure The Selector
25 Against the Wind Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
Warm Thoughts Smokey Robinson
27 Remorse Code Desperate Bicycles
After Dark Andy Gibb
Argybargy Squeeze
Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School Warren Zevon
Colossal Youth Young Marble Giants
Conquest Uriah Heep
Don't Fight It Red Rider
Mad Love Linda Ronstadt
Metal for Muthas Various Artists
The Psychedelic Furs The Psychedelic Furs
The Return of the Durutti Column The Durutti Column
Supercharged Tavares -
Survivor Survivor -
That's What You Get Babe Kevin Ayers
Willie Nile Willie Nile
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7 Nobody's Heroes Stiff Little Fingers
14 On Through the Night Def Leppard
17 Let's Get Serious Jermaine Jackson
18 Dreams Grace Slick
23 Departure Journey
24 Keepin' the Summer Alive The Beach Boys
Rarities The Beatles Compilation
25 Progressions of Power Triumph
26 Naughty Chaka Khan -
Women and Children First Van Halen
28 Duke Genesis
Look Hear? 10cc
29 Glass Houses Billy Joel
Coal Miner's Daughter Soundtrack Various Artists Soundtrack
Crash and Burn Pat Travers Band -
Dolly, Dolly, Dolly Dolly Parton -
Frantic City Teenage Head -
Gideon Kenny Rogers -
Invasion Manilla Road -
Let the Music Do the Talking The Joe Perry Project -
Lost in Love Air Supply -
Sacred Songs Daryl Hall -
Somebody's Waiting Anne Murray -
Suicide: Alan Vega and Martin Rev Suicide -

April – June[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
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R
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4 Wheels of Steel Saxon
14 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden
18 Seventeen Seconds The Cure
21 Empty Glass Pete Townshend
24 Cameosis Cameo
28 Flush the Fashion Alice Cooper
Go to Heaven Grateful Dead
Animal Magnetism Scorpions -
British Steel Judas Priest -
Crazy Rhythms The Feelies -
Give 'Em Hell Witchfynde -
Growing Up in Public Lou Reed -
Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath -
Holiday '80 The Human League EP
Hypnotised The Undertones -
Just One Night Eric Clapton Live
Los Angeles X -
Marauder Magnum Live
Metal for Muthas Volume II: Cut Loud Various Artists -
Middle Man Boz Scaggs -
Ska 'n' B Bad Manners -
Sky 2 Sky -
Snakes and Ladders Gerry Rafferty -
The Tale of the Tape Billy Squier -
Tommy Tutone Tommy Tutone -
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A
Y
3 The Golden Years Motörhead EP
5 Totale's Turns (It's Now or Never) The Fall -
9 Bass Culture Linton Kwesi Johnson -
Warm Leatherette Grace Jones -
13 Avoid Freud Rough Trade -
21 at 33 Elton John -
16 I Just Can't Stop It The Beat -
McCartney II Paul McCartney -
20 Unmasked Kiss -
22 diana Diana Ross -
23 The Up Escalator Graham Parker -
28 Tight Shoes Foghat -
30 Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel third album
Can't Stop the Music Village People Soundtrack
Danger Zone Sammy Hagar -
Fame Various Artists Soundtrack
The Magic of Boney M. - 20 Golden Hits Boney M. Compilation
Music Man Waylon Jennings -
Quicksand Shoes Streetheart -
Ready an' Willing Whitesnake -
Roses in the Snow Emmylou Harris -
Scream Dream Ted Nugent -
Sportscar Judy Tzuke -
Tangram Tangerine Dream -
Three Mantras Cabaret Voltaire -
Travelogue The Human League -
What's the Word The Fabulous Thunderbirds -
Woman Love Burton Cummings -
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2 Found All the Parts Cheap Trick EP
4 East Cold Chisel -
One for the Road The Kinks Live
6 The Blue Meaning Toyah -
10 Uprising Bob Marley & The Wailers -
14 Cultösaurus Erectus Blue Öyster Cult -
15 Chipmunk Punk The Chipmunks -
16 Come Upstairs Carly Simon -
20 The Blues Brothers: Music From the Soundtrack Various Artists Soundtrack
Emotional Rescue The Rolling Stones -
Rise Up Peter Frampton Brazil
23 Saved Bob Dylan -
24 Hold Out Jackson Browne -
25 Huey Lewis and the News Huey Lewis and the News -
28 Underwater Moonlight The Soft Boys -
30 The Game Queen -
Real People Chic -
The Art of Walking Pere Ubu -
Defector Steve Hackett -
Demolition Girlschool -
Endangered Species Klaatu -
Flesh and Blood Roxy Music -
Head On Samson -
Heathen Earth Throbbing Gristle -
I'm a Rebel Accept -
I've Got Something to Say David Allan Coe -
Live at Last Black Sabbath Live 1973
New Clear Days The Vapors -
Romance Dance Kim Carnes -
There and Back Jeff Beck -
Tomcattin' Blackfoot -
Urban Cowboy Soundtrack Various Artists Soundtrack
Xanadu Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra Soundtrack

July – September[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
J
U
L
Y
3 Triumph The Jacksons -
5 Freedom of Choice Devo -
11 Vienna Ultravox -
15 Back on the Streets Donnie Iris -
16 Garden of Love Rick James -
18 Closer Joy Division -
Crocodiles Echo & the Bunnymen -
Full Moon Charlie Daniels Band -
Honeysuckle Rose Willie Nelson Soundtrack
21 Chicago XIV Chicago -
25 Back in Black AC/DC -
TP Teddy Pendergrass -
28 Zapp Zapp -
29 Voices Hall & Oates -
Chipmunk Punk The Chipmunks -
Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep Purple Deep Purple Compilation
Hot on the One James Brown Live
John Anderson John Anderson -
Playing for Keeps Eddie Money -
Searching for the Young Soul Rebels Dexys Midnight Runners -
Sinsemilla Black Uhuru -
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U
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6 Crimes of Passion Pat Benatar -
15 Alibi America -
Panorama The Cars -
18 No More Dirty Deals Johnny Van Zant -
21 Black Rose Cher -
22 Drama Yes -
23 Wild Cat Tygers of Pan Tang -
27 Wild Planet The B-52's -
29 A Jethro Tull -
Signing Off UB40 -
The Affectionate Punch Associates -
Common One Van Morrison -
Doc at the Radar Station Captain Beefheart -
Give Me the Night George Benson -
Jealous Again Black Flag EP
Kaleidoscope Siouxsie & the Banshees -
Killing Joke Killing Joke -
Lightning to the Nations Diamond Head -
Living in a Fantasy Leo Sayer -
The Michael Schenker Group Michael Schenker Group -
Neutronica Donovan -
One-Trick Pony Paul Simon -
Reach for the Sky The Allman Brothers Band -
Special Things The Pointer Sisters -
Stand Up and Fight Quartz -
The Swing of Delight Carlos Santana -
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1 Empires and Dance Simple Minds -
5 Telekon Gary Numan -
Waiting for a Miracle Comsat Angels -
8 Never for Ever Kate Bush -
Times Square Various Artists Soundtrack
12 Black Sea XTC -
Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) David Bowie -
16 Nothin' Matters and What If It Did John Cougar -
17 Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo -
One Step Closer The Doobie Brothers -
Solo in Soho Phil Lynott -
19 White Spirit White Spirit -
20 Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne UK
24 Deface the Music Utopia -
29 Celebrate! Kool & the Gang -
Hotter than July Stevie Wonder -
Kurtis Blow Kurtis Blow -
24 Carrots Al Stewart -
The Absolute Game Skids -
Absolutely Madness -
Arc of a Diver Steve Winwood -
Audio-Visions Kansas -
Beatin' the Odds Molly Hatchet -
Clues Robert Palmer -
Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables Dead Kennedys -
Guilty Barbra Streisand -
Heartattack and Vine Tom Waits -
I'm No Hero Cliff Richard -
Kenny Loggins Alive Kenny Loggins Live
Out of Control Peter Criss -
Paris Supertramp Live
Pucker Up Lipps Inc. -
Rev Up The Rezillos as The Revillos
Shadows and Light Joni Mitchell Live
Taking Liberties Elvis Costello Compilation

October – December[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
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C
T
O
B
E
R
3 Zenyatta Mondatta The Police -
8 Dirty Mind Prince -
Remain in Light Talking Heads -
10 Chance Manfred Mann's Earth Band -
Chinatown Thin Lizzy -
Icehouse Icehouse as Flowers
13 INXS INXS -
The River Bruce Springsteen -
14 Faces Earth, Wind & Fire -
17 Making Movies Dire Straits -
20 Boy U2 -
The Wanderer Donna Summer -
24 Organisation Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark -
27 All Shook Up Cheap Trick -
Drugstore Dancer Streetheart -
Levitation Hawkwind -
31 Dig It Klaus Schulze -
Aretha Aretha Franklin -
Beat Crazy Joe Jackson -
The Black Album The Damned -
Black Market Clash The Clash 10" mini LP released in U.S. & Canada only
Borderline Ry Cooder -
Commercial Album The Residents -
The Concert Creedence Clearwater Revival Live 1970
Explorer Suite New England -
Glory Road Gillan -
Grace and Danger John Martyn -
Greatest Hits Aerosmith Compilation
Greatest Hits Kenny Rogers Compilation
In the Flat Field Bauhaus -
Just Supposin' Status Quo -
Kilamanjaro The Teardrop Explodes -
More George Thorogood and the Destroyers George Thorogood and the Destroyers -
More Specials The Specials -
Rockabilly Blues Johnny Cash -
Seconds of Pleasure Rockpile -
Universal Juveniles Max Webster -
The Witch of Berkeley A II Z Live
31 QE2 Mike Oldfield
? Greatest Hits (compilation) Aerosmith -
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2 Stage Struck Rory Gallagher Live
3 Hawks & Doves Neil Young -
Super Trouper ABBA -
7 Divine Madness Bette Midler Live
Eagles Live Eagles Live
8 Ace of Spades Motörhead -
10 The Jazz Singer Neil Diamond Soundtrack
13 Slade Smashes! Slade Compilation
17 Double Fantasy John Lennon & Yoko Ono -
Grotesque (After the Gramme) The Fall -
19 Barry Barry Manilow -
21 Foolish Behaviour Rod Stewart -
Gaucho Steely Dan -
Hi Infidelity REO Speedwagon -
22 Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers Motörhead EP
24 Yesshows Yes Live
28 Laughter Ian Drury & The Blockheads -
Sound Affects The Jam -
Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! Toyah Live
Angel Witch Angel Witch -
Autoamerican Blondie -
The Birthday Party The Birthday Party as The Boys Next Door
Gentlemen Take Polaroids Japan -
Kings of the Wild Frontier Adam and the Ants -
Live...in the Heart of the City Whitesnake Live
Memories Barbra Streisand Compilation +3 new songs
Mr. Hands Herbie Hancock -
9 to 5 and Odd Jobs Dolly Parton -
Solid Pleasure Yello -
Song of Seven Jon Anderson -
Stage Fright Witchfynde -
Strong Arm of the Law Saxon -
The Turn of a Friendly Card The Alan Parsons Project -
Turn the Hell On Fist -
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5 Trombipulation Parliament -
8 Flash Gordon Queen Soundtrack
Replay Crosby, Stills & Nash -
Live Fleetwood Mac Live
10 Dream, After Dream Journey Soundtrack
12 Sandinista! The Clash -
26 Stand in the Fire Warren Zevon Live
? The Decline of Western Civilization Various Artists Soundtrack
I've Always Wanted to Do This Jack Bruce -
Love Uprising Tavares -
Made in America The Blues Brothers Live
National Breakout The Romantics -
Shades of Blue Lou Rawls -

Release Date Unknown[edit]

Awards[edit]

Charts[edit]

List of number 1 hits[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1980.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart entries
1 Pink Floyd Another Brick in the Wall (part 2) 1980 United Kingdom UK 1 – Dec 1979, US BB 1 – Feb 1980, Canada 1 – Jan 1980, Sweden (alt) 1 – Feb 1980, France 1 – Feb 1980, Austria 1 – Feb 1980, Switzerland 1 – Jan 1980, Norway 1 – Jan 1980, Germany 1 – Jan 1980, Éire 1 – Dec 1979, Poland 1 of all time, US CashBox 3 of 1980, Netherlands 3 – Dec 1979, Australia 4 of 1980, KROQ 6 of 1980, POP 7 of 1980, South Africa 8 of 1980, Germany 9 of the 1980s, Europe 11 of the 1970s, Italy 12 of 1980, US BB 15 of 1980, RYM 18 of 1979, TheQ 28, Virgin 39, Belgium 50 of all time, Scrobulate 51 of live, RIAA 296, Rolling Stone 375, Acclaimed 392, OzNet 594
2 Diana Ross Upside Down 1980 United States US BB 1 – Aug 1980, Sweden (alt) 1 – Aug 1980, France 1 – Aug 1980, Switzerland 1 – Aug 1980, Norway 1 – Aug 1980, New Zealand 1 for 3 weeks Oct 1980, Australia 1 for 4 weeks Aug 1981, UK 2 – Jul 1980, Netherlands 2 – Jul 1980, Austria 2 – Oct 1980, US CashBox 4 of 1980, Germany 4 – Sep 1980, Canada 8 – Sep 1980, Italy 8 of 1980, South Africa 11 of 1980, Australia 15 of 1980, POP 22 of 1980, US BB 30 of 1980, Scrobulate 42 of disco, RYM 83 of 1980, Germany 87 of the 1980s, Acclaimed 1364
3 Barbra Streisand Woman in Love 1980 United States UK 1 – Oct 1980, US BB 1 – Sep 1980, Netherlands 1 – Sep 1980, Sweden (alt) 1 – Oct 1980, Austria 1 – Dec 1980, Switzerland 1 – Oct 1980, Norway 1 – Nov 1980, Germany 1 – Jan 1981, Éire 1 – Oct 1980, Australia 1 for 2 weeks Sep 1981, South Africa 2 of 1980, Italy 3 of 1981, France 7 – Oct 1980, US CashBox 9 of 1980, Australia 21 of 1980, Germany 36 of the 1980s, RYM 157 of 1980
4 Lipps Inc Funkytown 1980 United States US BB 1 – Apr 1980, Netherlands 1 – Apr 1980, Austria 1 – Jul 1980, Switzerland 1 – May 1980, Norway 1 – Jul 1980, Germany 1 – Jun 1980, UK 2 – May 1980, Sweden (alt) 2 – Jun 1980, US BB 4 of 1980, POP 5 of 1980, Scrobulate 7 of disco, Australia 9 of 1980, US CashBox 10 of 1980, Germany 14 of the 1980s, Italy 30 of 1980, RYM 73 of 1979, Acclaimed 520
5 John Lennon (Just Like) Starting Over 1980 United Kingdom UK 1 – Nov 1980, US BB 1 – Nov 1980, Canada 1 – Nov 1980, Switzerland 1 – Dec 1980, Australia 1 for 4 weeks Dec 1981, Austria 2 – Feb 1981, Norway 2 – Dec 1980, Sweden (alt) 3 – Nov 1980, Germany 6 – Jan 1981, France 9 – Nov 1980, US BB 12 of 1980, Australia 18 of 1981, Italy 29 of 1981, RYM 32 of 1980, POP 49 of 1980, US CashBox 57 of 1980, Germany 298 of the 1980s, OzNet 683, Acclaimed 1637

US and UK #1 hit singles[edit]

(in chronological order)

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

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