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The critics choice for

ARTIST of the DECADE

No. ARTIST
1 PRINCE
2 MICHAEL JACKSON
3 THE SMITHS
4 MADONNA
5 U2

In 1989 50 leading music journalists were asked for their choice of

MOST OVER-RATED ARTIST of the DECADE

No. ARTIST
1 THE SMITHS
2 BROS
3 U2
4 ELVIS COSTELLO
5 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

    1980

  • UB40 and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark made their UK top 20 debuts in this year.
  • The Beats `Mirror in the Bathroom` was the UKs first digitally recorded hit.
  • Adam and the Ants released `Dirk Wears White Soxs` Which reached No1 in the indie charts.
  • Cliff Richard had his 2nd US Top 10 hit with `We Don't Talk anymore`.
  • Joy Divisions Lead singer Ian Curtis Committed Suicide.They also had a Top 20 Hit with `Love will Tear us Apart`.
  • The UKs Top single and Album were from the Police `Don't stand so close to me` and `Zenyatta Mondatta`
  • Abba had their last no1 with `Super Trooper`.
  • The First British female singer to top the alum charts was Kate bush with `Never for Ever`.

    1981

  • Michael Jackson had his first solo no1 with `one day in your life`.
  • Human League reached No.1 with the single `Don`t you want me` and the album `Dare`.
  • `Tainted Love` by Soft Cell was the top single of this year.
  • The Specials last single`Ghost Town` topped the Charts.
  • Meat loaf entered the album chart at No.1 with `Dead Ringer`.
  • Major bands to chart this year were Ultravox,New Order,Duran Duran,Spandau Ballet,Kim Wilde.
  • Phil Collins Released his first solo album `Face Value`.

    1982

  • Shakin Stevens had his 3rd No.1 with `Oh Julie`.
  • Madness were probably the FIRST band ever to have simultaneous #1s in the Singles (House Of Fun), Albums (Complete Madness) and Videos (Complete Madness) Charts.
  • The Top pop TV show `The Tube` was launched.
  • Major bands to chart this year were Wham!,Tears for Fears,Culture Club,Bananarama.All having major success in the US..
  • The Youngest group to chart this year was musical youth, with `Pass the Dutchie`.
  • Asia Topped the US chart for 9 weeks,but failed to make the UK top 10.
  • The Jam had their only No.1 album `The Gift`.
  • The TV series `Fame` spawned hit singles and albums.
  • The UKs top single was `come on Eileen` by Dexys Midnight Runners,
  • Adam Ant went solo, his first single `Goody Two Shoes` topped the Charts.

    1983

  • David Bowie Had 10 albums in the UK top 100.
  • New Order released `Blue Monday` on 12" single only, it spent nearly one year in the Chart.
  • CDs went on sale for the first time.
  • Major Bands to Chart this year were, U2,The Thompson Twins,The Eurythmics.
  • The Police had their last no.1 single and album with `Every breath you take` and `Synchronicity`.
  • The UKs top single was Culture Clubs `Karma Chameleon`.
  • The biggest album was Michael Jacksons `Triller`.

    1984

  • Frankie goes to Hollywood Topped the chart with `Relax`,`Two Tribes`and `The Power of Love`.
  • The Smiths were voted best new group in NME poll.
  • Bob Marleys album `Legend` was no.1 for 3 months.
  • George Michael had his first solo No.1 with the million seller `Careless Whisper`.
  • The Biggest selling single this year was Band Aid`s `Do They Know its Christmas`.
  • U2 had their first top 5 hit with `Pride`.

    1985

  • Wham! were the first western group to play China.
  • George Michael became the youngest person to receive the songwriter of the year award.
  • Bruce Springsteen mega selling ` Born in the USA` top the UK charts.
  • Dire Straits released the album ` Brothers in Arms`
  • David Bowie and Mike Jagger had a No.1 with `Dancing in the Street`.

    1986

  • Wham! Split. Frankie goes to Hollywood split.
  • George Michael had his 2nd solo No.1 with `A Different Corner` the 1st UK no1 to be written,produced,arranged and all instruments played by the same person.
  • Madonna`s album `True Blue ` became the first US female artist to enter the album chart at No.1
  • House music made a impact on the UK chart with `Love can`t turn you around` by Jackmaster funk.
  • Bob Geldorf received a honorary Knighthood for his Charity work.

    1987

  • The top UK single this year was Rick Astley`s `Never gonna give you up`.
  • MTV debuted in Europe.
  • The first record to top pop, dance and indie charts, was Marrs `Pump up the Volume`.
  • Cliff Richard had his 50th UK top ten with `My pretty One`.
  • Bananarama had their 13th hit,a record for a British female group.

    1988

  • Boy Band Bros had their first No.1 with `I owe you Nothing`.
  • Kylie had her first UK No.1 with the suberb `I Should be so Lucky`.
  • UK producers Stock,Aitkin and Waterman had major singles in the charts.
  • The UKs fastest selling single was Cliff Richards `Mistletoe and Wine`.

    1989

  • Again UK producers Stock,Aitkin and Waterman had major singles in the charts.
  • Top of the Pops celebrated its 25th birthday.
  • Pet Shop boys toured the UK for the first time.
  • The UKs top single was Black Box`s `Ride on Time`