In "1980", Estelle talks about her childhood; she titled the song "1980" for the year she was born. The single reached number 14 on the UK Singles Chart and was the highest charting single from her debut album. The song samples Tony Orlando and Dawn's "Lazy Susan". It remains one of Estelle's most well-known hits in the UK. The single is also one of her biggest hits in Australia, where "1980" peaked inside the top 40 at number 36.[when?]
Estelle performed the song during her set at the BBC 1Xtra urban music event.[when?]
The music video for "1980" depicts events that took place in Estelle's younger years, which are featured in the lyrics of the song. The video features members of Estelle's family and leads into album track and the B-side for "1980", "Don't Talk" at the end of the video. This video, as well as her video for "Free" was directed by Andy Hylton.