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The Number One Hits of 1980

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This playlist contains all 17 songs that made it to the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1980. The Hot 100 ranks singles based on both sales and airplay, so it's a good measure of the music that was the most popular for a moment in time. If you were alive in 1980 you are certainly very familiar with all of the tracks in this playlist.

As you reminisce about 1980 with the help of this playlist you may remember some of the following key news events of said year:

-Pittsburgh Steelers win Super Bowl XIV becoming the first NFL franchise to win 4 Super Bowls

-The 13th Winter Olympics were held in Lake Placid, New York -- these were the Olympic games where the US hockey team famously defeated the Soviet Union in the "Miracle On Ice"

-NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft proves the existence of Janus, one of Saturn's moons

-The United States boycotts the Summer Olympic games that were held in Moscow as a protest of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan

-Zimbabwe gains independence from the United Kingdom

-Rosie Ruiz wins the Boston Marathon by jumping into the race in the last mile -- she was stripped of the award

-57 people die when Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington

-Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is released

-Comedian Richard Pryor is seriously burned while freebasing cocaine

-An estimated 1700 people die in the worst heat wave in US history

-The Iran-Iraq War begins

-Reggae legend Bob Marley plays his final show at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, PA

-Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham dies by asphyxiating on his own vomit

-Republican challenger Ronald Reagan beats incumbent Democratic President Jimmy Carter in a landslide victory for the presidency

-Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull, starring Robert De Niro, premieres

-John Lennon is shot to death outside his New York City apartment building by Mark David Chapman

The Number One Hits of 1980 Playlist

1. Please Don't Go (LP Version) - KC & The Sunshine Band

2. Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes 

3. Rock With You - Michael Jackson

4. Do That To Me One More Time - The Captain & Tennille 

5. Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen

6. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2 - Pink Floyd

7. Call Me - Blondie

8. Funkytown - Lipps, Inc. 

9. Coming Up (Live) - Paul McCartney

10. It's Still Rock And Roll To Me - Billy Joel

11. Magic - Olivia Newton-John

12. Sailing - Christopher Cross 

13. Upside Down - Diana Ross

14. Another One Bites The Dust - Queen

15. Woman In Love - Barbra Streisand

16. Lady - Kenny Rogers 

17. (Just Like) Starting Over - John Lennon 

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