AMERICAN TOP 40- THE 80’S- WEEK OF DECEMBER 20, 1980

American Top 40- The 80’s- Week Of December 20, 1980. This was a pretty good Top 40- and a good mixture of music- a little bit of everything even a handful of country songs on the charts. Note- John Lennon’s “Starting Over” is at #3 this was less than two weeks after his assassination. On the December 6th Top 40- just before his death – “Starting Over” was at #6.

1 1 LADY –•– Kenny Rogers (Liberty)-12 (6 weeks at #1) (1) C
2 2 MORE THAN I CAN SAY –•– Leo Sayer (Warner Brothers)-13 (2) C
3 4 (Just Like) STARTING OVER –•– John Lennon (Geffen)-8 (3) A+
4 6 LOVE ON THE ROCKS –•– Neil Diamond (Capitol)-8 (4) C+
5 5 MASTER BLASTER (Jammin’) –•– Stevie Wonder (Tamla)-14 (5) A+
6 7 HUNGRY HEART –•– Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)-7 (6) A
7 3 ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST –•– Queen (Elektra)-19 (1) A+
8 9 GUILTY –•– Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb (Columbia)-8 (8) B
9 10 HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT –•– Pat Benatar (Chrysalis)-12 (9) A
10 11 EVERY WOMAN IN THE WORLD –•– Air Supply (Arista)-9 (10) C

11 20 THE TIDE IS HIGH –•– Blondie (Chrysalis)-6 (11) A
12 13 TELL IT LIKE IT IS –•– Heart (Epic)-5 (12) B
13 8 WOMAN IN LOVE –•– Barbra Streisand (Columbia)-16 (1) B
14 16 DE DO DO DO, DE DA DA DA –•– The Police (A&M)-9 (14) A+
15 12 YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING –•– Daryl Hall and John Oates (RCA)-13 (12) B
16 24 PASSION –•– Rod Stewart (Warner Brothers)-5 (16) B-
17 18 IT’S MY TURN –•– Diana Ross (Motown)-9 (17) B
18 17 WHIP IT –•– Devo (Warner Brothers)-17 (14) A+
19 19 EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME –•– The Korgis (Asylum)-11 (19) C
20 25 CELEBRATION –•– Kool and the Gang (De-Lite)-9 (20) A

21 21 THEME FROM “THE DUKES OF HAZZARD” (Good Ol’ Boys) –•– Waylon (RCA)-15 (21) B-
22 29 I MADE IT THROUGH THE RAIN –•– Barry Manilow (Arista)-5 (22) C
23 23 SEQUEL –•– Harry Chapin (Boardwalk)-8 (23) A
24 26 I BELIEVE IN YOU –•– Don Williams (MCA)-13 (24) A
25 28 SUDDENLY –•– Olivia Newton-John and Cliff Richard (MCA)-9 (25) C
26 32 I LOVE A RAINY NIGHT –•– Eddie Rabbitt (Elektra)-7 (26) B
27 35 HEY NINETEEN –•– Steely Dan (MCA)-4 (27) A+
28 30 ONE STEP CLOSER –•– The Doobie Brothers (Warner Brothers)-5 (28) C
29 31 TIME IS TIME –•– Andy Gibb (RSO)-5 (29) C
30 14 I’M COMING OUT –•– Diana Ross (Motown)-12 (5) A

31 15 NEVER BE THE SAME –•– Christopher Cross (Warner Brothers)-11 (15) B
32 27 THIS TIME –•– John Cougar (Riva)-13 (27) B-
33 38 TOGETHER –•– Tierra (Boardwalk)-7 (33) C
34 34 GIRLS CAN GET IT –•– Dr. Hook (Casablanca)-8 (34) C
35 33 DREAMING –•– Cliff Richard (EMI-America)-15 (10) B
36 22 DEEP INSIDE MY HEART –•– Randy Meisner (Epic)-10 (22) C
37 36 THE WANDERER –•– Donna Summer (Geffen)-14 (3) A+
38 69 GIVING IT UP FOR YOUR LOVE –•– Delbert McClinton (Capitol/MSS)-3 (38) A
39 45 9 TO 5 –•– Dolly Parton (RCA)-4 (39) B
40 37 HE’S SO SHY –•– The Pointer Sisters (Planet)-22 (3)OP A

11 responses to “AMERICAN TOP 40- THE 80’S- WEEK OF DECEMBER 20, 1980

  1. Master Blaster! Oh, yeah. You don’t hear that on the radio anymore. Hit Me With Your Best Shot…the most overplayed Benatar song in existence. I love her but, I have grown to hate that song. From that album, I’d rather hear “I’m Gonna Follow You.” Devo! I hated the radio version of The Dukes of Hazzard. It was a different recording than the TV show version. Time is Time is my favorite Andy Gibb song. I still have that 45 and Woman In Love 45…though, I can’t stand Streisand anymore. I haven’t heard Sequel in YEARS.

    This was my ninth grade year. Awesome stuff.

  2. Whip it, whip it good ! I bought that 45 and I don’t care what others may say, that record is fun & exciting.. and that video – that was half of the package right there.

    But the Police – that De do do do, De da da da song – it’s just stupid, except maybe for little children or something. I had the thought they made that record just to see how many loyal fans would pay $$ for crap..and they did haha

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