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1980s No2s

80sReally Bad Hair, and 168 No2s.

Notable Hits that failed to make No1 were two Christmas hits that went on to sell a million: ‘Last Christmas’ by Wham!, and ‘Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues ft. Kirsty MacColl.

There were several misses by Madonna and Kylie, and even the mighty Weather Girls anthem ‘It’s Raining Men’ stalled at No2.

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Randy Crawford is a Jazz and Blues singer who has had considerably more success in Europe than her native USA. ‘One Day I’ll Fly Away’ was her biggest hit, peaking at No2 in 1980.

The song was written by Joe Sample.  The video below is a live performance by Ms Crawford with the Joe Sample Trio.  A great version of a great song.

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‘One Day I’ll Fly Away’ by Randy Crawford

 

 

Chart W/E

Track

Track

Track

331

19/01/80

With You I’m Born Again

Billy Preston and Syreeta

Brass in Pocket - The Pretenders

332

23/02/80

And the Beat Goes On

The Whispers

Coward of the County - Kenny Rogers

333

30/03/80

Dance Yourself Dizzy

Liquid Gold

Going Underground/Dreams of Children - The Jam, Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me Girl - Detroit Spinners

334

03/05/80

Coming Up

Paul McCartney

Geno - Dexys Midnight Runners

335

24/05/80

No Doubt About It

Hot Chocolate

What’s Another Year - Johnny Logan, Theme from M*A*S*H (Suicide is Painless) - MASH

336

28/06/80

Funkytown

Lipps Inc.

Crying - Don McLean

337

02/08/80

More Than I Can Say

Leo Sayer

Use It Up and Wear It Out - Odyssey

338

09/08/80

Upside Down

Diana Ross

The Winner Takes It All - Abba

339

20/09/80

One Day I’ll Fly Away

Randy Crawford

Feels Like I’m in Love - Kelly Marie, Don’t Stand Too Close to Me - The Police

340

04/10/80

Masterblaster (Jammin’)

Stevie Wonder

Don’t Stand Too Close to Me - The Police

341

11/10/80

D.I.S.C.O.

Ottawan

Don’t Stand Too Close to Me - The Police, Woman in Love - Barbra Streisand

342

01/11/80

What You’re Proposing

Status Quo

Woman in Love - Barbra Streisand

343

10/01/81

Happy Xmas (War is Over)

John (Lennon) and Yoko (Ono) and The Plastic Ono Band

Imagine - John Lennon

344

17/01/81

Antmusic

Adan & The Ants

Imagine - John Lennon

345

07/02/81

In the Air Tonight

Phil Collins

Woman - John Lennon

346

14/02/81

Vienna

Ultravox

Woman - John Lennon, Shaddup You Face - Joe Dolce Music Theatre

347

14/03/81

Kings of the Wild Frontier

Adam & The Ants

Jealous Guy - Roxy Music

348

28/03/81

Kids in America

Kim Wilde

This Ole House - Shakin’ Stevens

349

25/04/81

Chi Mai (Theme from ‘Life and Times of David Lloyd-George’)

Ennio Morricone

Making Your Mind Up - Bucks Fizz

350

09/05/81

Stars on 45

Star Sound

Stand and Deliver - Adam & The Ants

351

16/05/81

You Drive Me Crazy

Shakin’ Stevens

Stand and Deliver - Adam & The Ants

352

13/06/81

More Than in Love

Kate Robbins and Beyond

Being with You - Smokey Robinson

353

18/07/81

Stars on 45 (Volume 2)

Star Sound

Ghost Town - The Specials

354

08/08/81

Happy Birthday

Stevie Wonder

Green Door - Shakin’ Stevens

355

15/08/81

Hooked on Classics

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Green Door - SHakin’ Stevens

356

03/10/81

Invisible Sun

The Police

Prince Charming - Adam & The Ants

357

10/10/81

The Birdie Song (Birdie Dance)

The Tweets

Prince Charming - Adam & The Ants, It’s My Party - Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin

358

24/10/81

O Superman

Laurie Anderson

It’s My Party - Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin

359

31/10/81

Happy Birthday

Altered Images

It’s My Party - Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin, Every Little Thing She Does is Magic - The Police

360

12/12/81

Daddy’s Home

Cliff Richard

Don’t You Want Me - Cliff Richard

361

13/02/82

Golden Brown

The Stranglers

A Town Called Malice/Precious - The Jam

362

06/03/82

Mickey

Toni Basil

The Lion Sleeps Tonight - Tight Fit

363

03/04/82

Just an Illusion

Imagination

Seven Tears - Goombay Dance Band

364

17/04/82

Ain’t No Pleasing You

Chas and Dave

My Camera Never Lies - Bucks Fizz

365

01/05/82

One Step Further

Bardo

Ebony and Ivory - Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder

366

08/05/82

This Time (We’ll Get It Right)

England World Cup Squad

Ebony and Ivory - Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder

367

22/05/82

Only You

Yazoo

A Little Peace - Nicole

368

19/06/82

Torch

Soft Cell

Goody Two Shoes - Adam Ant

369

10/07/82

Abracadabra

The Steve Miller Band

Happy Talk - Captain Sensible, Fame - Irene Cara

370

24/07/82

Da Da Da

Trio

Fame - Irene Cara

371

11/09/82

Save a Prayer

Duran Duran

Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

372

18/09/82

Private Investigations

Dire Straits

Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

373

25/09/82

The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swallow)

The Jam

Eye of the Tiger - Survivor, Pass the Dutchie - Musical Youth

374

09/10/82

Zoom

Fat Larry’s Band

Pass the Dutchie - Musical Youth

375

30/10/82

Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy

Kid Creole & The Coconuts

Do You Really Want to Hurt Me - Culture Club

376

13/11/82

Heartbreaker

Dionne Warwick

I Don’t Wanna Dance - Eddy Grant

377

27/11/82

Mirror Man

The Human League

I Don’t Wanna Dance - Eddy Grant, Beat Surrender - The Jam

378

25/12/82

The Shakin’ Stevens EP (Blue Christmas)

Shakin’ Stevens

Save Your Love - Renee and Renato

379

15/01/83

A Winter’s Tale

David Essex

You Can’t Hurry Love - Phil Collins

380

05/02/83

Electric Avenue

Eddy Grant

Down Under - Men at Work

381

19/03/83

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

Eurythmics

Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler

382

16/04/83

Church of the Poison Mind

Culture Club

Let’s Dance - David Bowie

383

30/04/83

Words

F. R. David

True - Spandau Ballet

384

14/05/83

(Keep Feeling) Fascination

The Human League

True - Spandau Ballet

385

21/05/83

Temptation

Heaven 17

True - Spandau Ballet

386

04/06/83

Bad Boys

Wham!

Every Breath You Take - The Police

387

18/06/83

China Girl

David Bowie

Every Breath You Take - The Police

388

09/07/83

Flashdance....What a Feeling

Irene Cara

Baby Jane - Rod Stewart

389

23/07/83

I.O.U.

Freeez

Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home) - Paul Young

390

20/08/83

Gold

Spandau Ballet

Give It Up - KC and The Sunshine Band

391

10/09/83

Wings of a Dove

Madness

Red Red Wine - UB40

392

17/09/83

Tonight I Celebrate My Love

Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack

Red Red Wine - UB40

393

08/10/83

Modern Love

David Bowie

Karma Chameleon - Culture Club

394

15/10/83

They Don’t Know

Tracey Ullman

Karma Chameleon - Culture Club

395

29/10/83

All Night Long (All Night)

Lionel Richie

Karma Chameleon - Culture Club,  Uptown Girl - Billy Joel

396

19/11/83

Say Say Say

Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson

Uptown Girl - Billy Joel

397

03/12/83

Love of the Common People

Paul Young

Uptown Girl - Billy Joel, Only You - The Flying Pickets

398

24/12/83

My Oh My

Slade

Only You - The Flying Pickets

399

14/01/84

What is Love?

Howard Jones

Pipes of Peace - Paul McCartney

400

04/02/84

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Cyndi Lauper

Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood

401

11/02/84

Radio Ga Ga

Queen

Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood

402

10/03/84

Joanna/Tonight

Kool & The Gang

99 Red Balloons - Nena

403

31/03/84

It’s Raining Men

Weather Girls

Hello - Lionel Richie

404

07/04/84

A Love Worth Waiting For

Shakin’ Stevens

Hello - Lionel Richie

405

21/04/84

You Take Me Up

The Thompson Twins

Hello - Lionel Richie

406

28/04/84

Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)

Phil Collins

Hello - Lionel Richie, The Reflex - Duran Duran

407

19/05/84

Automatic

The Pointer Sisters

The Reflex - Duran Duran

408

02/06/84

Let’s Hear it for the Boy

Deniece Williams

Wake Me Up Before You Go Go - Wham!

409

30/06/84

I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me

Nik Kershaw

Two Tribes - Frankie Goes to Hollywood

410

21/07/84

Hole in My Shoe

Neil

Two Tribes - Frankie Goes to Hollywood

411

18/08/84

Agadoo

Blacklace

Careless Whisper - George Michael

412

22/09/84

Ghostbusters

Ray Parker Jr.

I Just Called to Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder

413

13/10/84

The War Song

Culture Club

I Just Called to Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder

414

27/10/84

No More Lonely Nights (Ballad)

Paul McCartney

Freedom - Wham!

415

17/11/84

The Wild Boys

Duran Duran

I Feel For You - Chaka Khan

416

15/12/84

Last Christmas/Everything She Wants

Wham!

Do They Know It’s Christmas? - Band Aid

417

26/01/85

1999/Little Red Corvette

Prince

I Want to Know What Love Is - Foreigner

418

09/02/85

Love and Pride

King

I Know Him So Well - Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson

419

23/03/85

That Ole Devil Called Love

Alison Moyet

Easy Lover - Philip Bailey with Phil Collins

420

06/04/85

Welcome to the Pleasure Dome

Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Easy Lover - Philip Bailey with Phil Collins

421

20/04/85

Everybody Want to Rule the World

Tears for Fears

We are the World - USA for Africa

422

25/05/85

A View to a Kill

Duran Duran

19 - Paul Hardcastle

423

15/06/85

Kayleigh

Marillion

You’ll Never Walk Alone - The Crowd

424

29/06/85

Crazy for You

Madonna

Frankie - Sister Sledge

425

06/07/85

Axel F

Harold Faltermeyer

Frankie - Sister Sledge

426

17/08/85

Holiday

Madonna

Into the Groove - Madonna

427

08/09/85

Holding Out for a Hero

Bonnie Tyler

Dancing in the Street - David Bowie and Mick Jagger

428

26/10/85

Take On Me

A-ha

The Power of Love - Jennifer Rush

429

25/01/86

Walk of Life

Dire Straits

The Sun Always Shines on TV - A-ha

430

01/02/86

Only Love

Nana Mouskouri

The Sun Always Shines on TV - A-ha

431

15/02/86

Borderline

Madonna

When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going - Billy Ocean

432

22/02/86

Starting Together

Su Pollard

When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going - Billy Ocean

433

15/03/86

Manic Monday

The Bangles

Chain Reaction - Diana Ross

434

22/03/86

Absolute Beginners

David Bowie

Chain Reaction - Diana Ross

435

05/04/86

Wonderful World

Sam Cooke

Living Doll - Cliff Richard and The Young Ones

436

10/05/86

Madonna

Live to Tell

Rock Me Amadeus - Falco

437

17/05/86

On My Own

Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald

The Chicken Song - Spitting Image

438

07/06/86

Holding Back the Years

Simply Red

Spirit in the Sky - Doctor and The Medics

439

28/06/86

I Can’t Wait

Nu Shooz

The Edge of Heaven - Wham!

440

19/07/86

Every Beat of My Heart

Rod Stewart

Papa Don’t Preach

441

09/08/86

So Macho/Cruising

Sinitta

The Lady in Red - Chris De Burgh, I Want to Wake Up With You - Boris Gardiner

442

20/09/86

We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off

Jermaine Stewart

Don’t Leave Me This Way - The Communards

443

04/10/86

Rain or Shine

Five Starr

Don’t Leave Me This Way - The Communards, True Blue - Madonna

444

01/11/86

In the Army Now

Status Quo

Every Loser Wins - Nick Berry

445

15/11/86

You Keep Me Hanging On

Kim Wilde

Take My Breath Away (Love Theme from ‘Top Gun’) - Berlin

446

13/12/86

Sometimes

Erasure

The Final Countdown - Europe

447

07/02/87

Heartache

Pepsi and Shirlie

I Knew You Were Waiting for Me - George Michael and Aretha Franklin

448

28/02/87

When a Man Loves a Woman

Percy Sledge

Stand By Me - Ben E King

449

25/04/87

Can’t Be With You Tonight

Judy Boucher

La Isla Bonita - Madonna, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship

450

23/05/87

A Boy From Nowhere

Tom Jones

Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship

451

13/06/87

Hold Me Now

Johnny Logan

I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston

452

11/07/87

Under the Boardwalk

Bruce Willis

It’s a Sin - Pet Shop Boys

453

22/08/87

Call Me

Spagna

I Just Can’t Stop Loving You - Michael Jackson with Siedah Garrett

454

29/08/87

What Have I Done to Deserve This

Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield

Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley

455

12/09/87

Wipeout

The Fat Boys and The Beach Boys

Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley

456

10/10/87

Full Metal Jacket (I Wanna be Your Drill Instructor)

Abigail Mead and Nigel Goulding

Pump Up the Volume/Anitina (The First Time I See She Dance) - M/A/R/R/S, You Win Again - The Bee Gees

457

24/10/87

Crockett’s Theme

Jan Hammer

You Win Again - The Bee Gees

458

31/10/87

Faith

George Michael

You Win Again - The Bee Gees

459

14/11/87

Got My Mind Set on You

George Harrison

China in Your Hand - T’Pau

460

12/12/87

When I Fall in Love

Rick Astley

China in Your Hand - T’Pau, Always on My Mind - Pet Shop Boys

461

26/12/87

Fairytale of New York

The Pogues ft Kirsty MacColl

Always on My Mind - Pet Shop Boys

462

23/01/88

Sign Your Name

Terence Trent D’Arby

Heaven is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle

463

06/02/88

When Will I be Famous?

Bros

I Think We’re Alone Now - Tiffany

464

27/02/88

Beat Dis

Bomb the Bass

I Should Be So Lucky - Kylie Minogue

465

12/03/88

Together Forever

Rick Astley

I Should Be So Lucky - Kylie Minogue

466

26/03/88

Drop the Boy

Bros

Don’t Turn Around - Aswad, Heart - Pet Shop Boys

467

23/04/88

Love Changes (Everything)

Climie Fisher

Heart - Pet Shop Boys

468

28/05/88

Got to be Certain

Kylie Minogue

With a Little Help from My Friends/She’s Leaving Home - Wet Wet Wet/Billy Bragg with Cara Tivey

469

02/07/88

The Twist (Yo, Twist)

The Fat Boys with Chubby Checker

I Owe You Nothing - Bros, Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You - Glenn Medeiros

470

16/07/88

Push It/Tramp

Salt-N-Pepa

Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You - Glenn Medeiros

471

06/08/88

The Loco-motion

Kylie Minogue

The Only Way is Up - Yazz and The Plastic Population

472

03/09/88

The Harder I Try

Brother Beyond

The Only Way is Up - Yazz and The Plastic Population, Groovy Kind of Love - Phil Collins

473

22/10/88

Don’t Worry Be Happy

Bobby McFerrin

One Moment in Time - Whitney Houston

474

29/10/88

Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi

Kylie Minogue

Orinoco Flow - Enya

475

19/11/88

Stand Up for Your Love Rights

Yazz

First Time - Robin Beck

476

20/11/88

Need You Tonight

INXS

First Time - Robin Beck

477

03/12/88

Cat Among the Pigeons/Silent Night

Bros

First Time - Robin Beck

478

07/01/89

Crackers International (EP) (Stop!)

Erasure

Especially for You - Kylie (Minogue) and Jason (Donovan)

479

28/01/89

The Living Years

Mike and the Mechanics

Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart - Marc Almond ft Gene Pitney

480

25/02/89

Love Changes Everything

Michael Ball

Belfast Child - Simple Minds

481

04/03/89

Leave Me Alone

Michael Jackson

Belfast Child - Simple Minds, Too Many Broken Hearts - Jason Donovan

482

15/04/89

If You Don’t Know Me By Now

Simply Red

Eternal Flame - The Bangles

483

03/06/89

Miss You Like Crazy

Natalie Cole

Ferry Cross the Mersey - Gerry Marsden, Paul McCartney, Holly Johnson, & The Christians

484

10/06/89

The Best of Me

Cliff Richard

Sealed with a Kiss - Jason Donovan

485

01/07/89

Batdance

Prince

Back to Life (However Do You Want Me) - Soul II Soul

486

08/07/89

Song for Whoever

The Beautiful South

Back to Life (However Do You Want Me) - Soul II Soul

487

22/07/89

London Nights

London Boys

You’ll Never Stop Me from Loving You - Sonia

488

29/07/89

Too Much

Bros

You’ll Never Stop Me from Loving You - Sonia

489

05/08/89

Wouldn’t Change a Thing

Kylie Minogue

Swing the Mood - Jive Bunny and The Mastermixers

490

19/08/89

French Kiss

Lil’ Louis

Swing the Mood - Jive Bunny and The Mastermixers

491

26/08/89

Poison

Alice Cooper

Swing the Mood - Jive Bunny and The Mastermixers

492

16/09/89

Every Day (I Love You More)

Jason Donovan

Ride On Time - Black Box

493

23/09/89

Right Here Waiting

Richard Marx

Ride On Time - Black Box

494

07/10/89

Pump Up the Jam

Technotronic ft. Felly

Ride On Time - Black Box

495

28/10/89

Girl I’m Gonna Miss You

Milli Vanilli

That’s What I Like - Jive Bunny and The Mastermixers, All Around the World - Lisa Stansfield

496

18/11/89

Another Day in Paradise

Phil Collins

All Around the World - Lisa Stansfield

497

02/12/89

Don’t Know Much

Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville

You Got It (The Right Stuff) - New Kids on the Block

498

16/12/89

When You Come Back to Me

Jason Donovan

Let’s Party - Jive Bunny and The Mastermixers, Do They Know It’s Christmas? - Band Aid II {6/1/90}, Hanging Tough - New Kids on the Block {13/1/90}

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