List of UK Indie Chart number-one singles of the 1980s

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These are The Official UK Charts Company UK Official Indie Chart number-one hits of the 1980s. [1][dead link]

1980[edit]

Issue date Song Artist Duration
19 January Where's Captain Kirk? Spizzenergi 7 weeks
8 March Food for Thought / King UB40 12 weeks
31 May Bloody Revolutions Crass 5 weeks
5 July Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division 10* weeks
30 August Paranoid Black Sabbath 5* weeks
13 September Can't Cheat Karma Zounds 2 weeks
18 October Requiem Killing Joke 1 week
25 October Atmosphere Joy Division 2 weeks
8 November Kill the Poor Dead Kennedys 1 week
15 November The Earth Dies Screaming / Dream a Lie UB40 5* weeks
6 December Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers Motörhead 1 week
27 December Cartrouble Adam and the Ants 7* weeks

1981[edit]

Issue date Song Artist Duration
24 January Zerox Adam and the Ants 3 weeks
7 March Nagasaki Nightmare Crass 2 weeks
21 March Ceremony New Order 3 weeks
11 April Four from Toyah Toyah 3 weeks
2 May Dreaming of Me Depeche Mode 1 week
9 May Why Discharge 2 weeks
23 May I Want To Be Free Toyah 1 week
30 May Don't Let It Pass You By / Don't Slow Down UB40 1 week
6 June Too Drunk to Fuck Dead Kennedys 5 weeks
11 July New Life Depeche Mode 7 weeks
29 August One in Ten UB40 4 weeks
26 September Just Can't Get Enough Depeche Mode 2 weeks
10 October Procession New Order 3 weeks
31 October Thunder In The Mountains Toyah 4 weeks
28 November Six Guns Anti-Pasti 1 week
5 December Four More From Toyah Toyah 5* weeks
19 December Don't Let 'Em Grind You Down The Exploited & Anti-Pasti 1 week

1982[edit]

Issue date Song Artist Duration
16 January Streets of London Anti-Nowhere League 2 weeks
30 January Do You Believe in the Westworld? Theatre of Hate 2 weeks
13 February See You Depeche Mode 7 weeks
3 April I Hate People Anti-Nowhere League 2 weeks
17 April Papa's Got a Brand New Pigbag Pigbag 4 weeks
15 May Only You Yazoo 5 weeks
19 June Temptation New Order 3 weeks
10 July Woman Anti-Nowhere League 2 weeks
24 July Don't Go Yazoo 8 weeks
18 September Leave in Silence Depeche Mode 6 weeks
30 October Shipbuilding Robert Wyatt 3* weeks
6 November How Does It Feel To Be The Mother Of 1000 Dead? Crass 3 weeks
27 November The Other Side of Love Yazoo 4 weeks
25 December Save Your Love Renée and Renato 3 weeks

1983[edit]

Issue date Song Artist Duration
15 January Fat Man Southern Death Cult 2 weeks
29 January Heartache Avenue The Maisonettes 3 weeks
19 February Oblivious Aztec Camera 2 weeks
12 March Get the Balance Right! Depeche Mode 2 weeks
26 March Blue Monday New Order 13* weeks
11 June Nobody's Diary Yazoo 1 week
18 June Pills and Soap The Imposter (Elvis Costello) 2 weeks
2 July Sheep Farming In The Falklands Crass 2 weeks
16 July War Baby Tom Robinson 3 weeks
6 August Everything Counts Depeche Mode 5 weeks
10 September Confusion New Order 4 weeks
5 November Temple of Love The Sisters of Mercy 1 week
26 November This Charming Man The Smiths 7* weeks
3 December Never Never The Assembly 2 weeks

1984[edit]

Issue date Song Artist Duration
28 January What Difference Does It Make? The Smiths 9 weeks
31 March You're Already Dead Crass 1 week
7 April People Are People Depeche Mode 3 weeks
28 April Hand in Glove Sandie Shaw 1 week
5 May Thieves Like Us New Order 2 weeks
19 May Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops Cocteau Twins 2 weeks
2 June Spiritwalker The Cult 1 week
9 June Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now The Smiths 3* weeks
23 June Thanks for the Night The Damned 2 weeks
14 July In the Ghetto Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4 weeks
11 August Walk Into The Sun The March Violets 2 weeks
25 August Agadoo Black Lace 2 weeks
8 September William, It Was Really Nothing The Smiths 2 weeks
22 September Master and Servant Depeche Mode 6 weeks
3 November Marimba Jive Red Guitars 2 weeks
17 November The Price New Model Army 1 week
24 November Blasphemous Rumours / Somebody Depeche Mode 3 weeks
15 December Nellie the Elephant Toy Dolls 7 weeks

1985[edit]

Issue date Song Artist Duration
2 February Upside Down The Jesus and Mary Chain 4* weeks
16 February How Soon Is Now? The Smiths 4 weeks
30 March Aikea-Guinea Cocteau Twins 2* weeks
6 April Shakespeare's Sister The Smiths 3 weeks
4 May Be With Me Red Guitars 2 weeks
18 May Shake the Disease Depeche Mode 2 weeks
1 June The Perfect Kiss New Order 3 weeks
22 June You'll Never Walk Alone The Crowd 3 weeks
13 July Iron Masters The Men They Couldn't Hang 3* weeks
20 July That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore The Smiths 2 weeks
17 August Tupelo Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 2 weeks
31 August Well Well Well The Woodentops 3 weeks
21 September Primitive Painters Felt 2 weeks
5 October It's Called a Heart Depeche Mode 1 week
12 October The Boy with the Thorn in His Side The Smiths 3 weeks
2 November The Battle Continues Conflict 2 weeks
16 November Can Your Pussy Do the Dog? The Cramps 1 week
13 November Sub-culture New Order 1 week
30 November Tiny Dynamine Cocteau Twins 2 weeks
14 December Echoes in a Shallow Bay Cocteau Twins 8 weeks

1986[edit]

Issue date Song Artist Duration
8 February Giving Ground The Sisterhood 4* weeks
1 March Stripped Depeche Mode 1 week
15 March The Trumpton Riots Half Man Half Biscuit 3 weeks
5 April Shellshock New Order 3 weeks
26 April Godstar Psychic TV & The Angels of Light 2 weeks
10 May Rules and Regulations We've Got a Fuzzbox and We're Gonna Use It 4 weeks
7 June Bigmouth Strikes Again The Smiths 5 weeks
12 July The Singer Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 2 weeks
26 July Garden of Delight The Mission 2 weeks
9 August Panic The Smiths 4 weeks
9 September Tokyo Storm Warning Elvis Costello & The Attractions 2 weeks
20 September Come Here My Love This Mortal Coil 1 week
27 September State of the Nation New Order 3 weeks
18 October Dickie Davies Eyes Half Man Half Biscuit 1 week
25 October (Love Affair With) Everyday Living The Woodentops 1 week
1 November Love's Easy Tears Cocteau Twins 1 week
8 November Ask The Smiths 2 weeks
22 November Bizarre Love Triangle New Order 2 weeks
5 December Sometimes Erasure 4 weeks

1987[edit]

Issue date Song Artist Duration
3 January Into the Groove Ciccone Youth 1 week
10 January Kiss Age of Chance 3 weeks
31 January Shoplifters of the World Unite The Smiths 4 weeks
28 February It Doesn't Have to Be Erasure 8 weeks
25 April Sheila Take a Bow The Smiths 3 weeks
16 May Nosedive Karma Gaye Bykers on Acid 3 weeks
6 June Victim of Love Erasure 2 weeks
20 June Can't Take No More The Soup Dragons 4 weeks
18 July Flowers In Our Hair All About Eve 2 weeks
1 August True Faith New Order 3 weeks
22 August Girlfriend in a Coma The Smiths 2 weeks
5 September Pump Up the Volume M/A/R/R/S 7 weeks
24 October Blue Water Fields of the Nephilim 2 weeks
7 November My Baby Just Cares for Me Nina Simone 5 weeks
12 December Touched by the Hand of God New Order 6 weeks

1988[edit]

Issue date Song Artist Duration
23 January Behind the Wheel Depeche Mode 1 week
30 January Rok Da House Cookie Crew & Beatmasters 1 week
6 February Coldsweat The Sugarcubes 2 weeks
20 February I Should Be So Lucky Kylie Minogue 1 week
27 February Beat Dis Bomb the Bass 4 weeks
26 March Ship of Fools Erasure 4 weeks
23 April Theme From S'Express S'Express 4 weeks
21 May Blue Monday 1988 New Order 2 weeks
4 June Got to Be Certain Kylie Minogue 1 week
11 June Moonchild Fields of the Nephilim 2 weeks
25 June Doctorin' the Tardis The Timelords 4 weeks
23 July Superfly Guy S'Express 3 weeks
13 August The Only Way Is Up Yazz & The Plastic Population 5 weeks
17 September Birthday The Sugarcubes 1 week
24 September Stop This Crazy Thing Coldcut feat. Junior Reid 1 week
1 October Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now? The Wedding Present 3 weeks
22 October A Little Respect Erasure 2 weeks
5 November Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi Kylie Minogue 1 week
12 November Stand Up for Your Love Rights Yazz 3 weeks
3 December Say A Little Prayer Bomb the Bass feat. Maureen 1 week
10 December Fine Time New Order 2 weeks
24 December Crackers International Erasure 8 weeks

1989[edit]

Issue date Song Artist Duration
4 February Black Sun Loop 2 Weeks
18 February Can't Be Sure The Sundays 3 weeks
11 March Hey Music Lover S'Express 1 week
18 March Too Many Broken Hearts Jason Donovan 1 week
25 March Round And Round New Order 1 week
1 April The Power Of Lard EP Lard 1 week
8 April Monkey Gone to Heaven Pixies 4 weeks
6 May Who's In The House? Beatmasters feat. MC Merlin 1 week
13 May Hand On Your Heart Kylie Minogue 1 week
20 May Just Like Heaven Dinosaur Jr. 1 week
27 May Ferry Cross the Mersey The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock Aitken Waterman 3 weeks
17 June Sealed with a Kiss Jason Donovan 2 weeks
1 July Here Comes Your Man Pixies 3 weeks
22 July Hypnotized Spacemen 3 1 week
29 July She Bangs the Drums The Stone Roses 3 weeks
19 August Pure Lightning Seeds 2 weeks
2 September Hey DJ / I Can't Dance (To That Music You're Playing) Beatmasters feat. Betty Boo 1 week
9 September Find Out Why Inspiral Carpets 1 week
16 September Run 2 New Order 1 week
23 September Regina The Sugarcubes 1 week
30 September Personal Jesus Depeche Mode 1 week
7 October Drama! Erasure 1 week
14 October Wrote For Luck Happy Mondays 1 week
21 October Street Tuff Rebel MC & Double Trouble 2 weeks
4 November Eye Know De La Soul 1 week
11 November Widowermaker Butthole Surfers 2 weeks
25 November Move Inspiral Carpets 1 week
2 December Fools Gold / What the World Is Waiting For The Stone Roses 3 weeks
23 December Getting Away with It Electronic 3 weeks

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Archive of the indie Number Ones of 1980