John Peel Festive Fifty 1979

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The 1979 chart was, to some degree, a reshuffling of the previous year’s chart and must have given Peel concerns that an all-time chart would be repetitive and would need tweaking to be a long term feature. That said, there were 23 new chart entries with a decent number from the new wave genre to compliment the old punk standards.

The breakthrough of the Jam was represented by 4 entries including “Down In The Tube Station” at number 4, as the old guard from 1976 said their final chart goodbyes.

The "FM" column in the list below shows the format the tracks can be collected in. Our preference is always to display the 7" if that version is available, with a 12" single as a second choice. "LP" will appear if the track is LP only. Click any band name to see our full stock list by that artist, or the "In Stock" button to view that specific item.

1Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The UK7"In Stock
2Undertones - Teenage Kicks7"In Stock
3Clash - White Man In Hammersmith Palais7"
4Jam - Down In The Tube Station At Midnight7"In Stock
5Clash - Complete Control7"In Stock
6Stiff Little Fingers - Alternative Ulster7"In Stock
7Special AKA - Gangsters7"In Stock
8Stiff Little Fingers - Suspect Device7"In Stock
9PIL - Public Image7"In Stock
10Damned - New Rose7"In Stock
11Ruts - In A Rut7"In Stock
12Undertones - Get Over You7"In Stock
13Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen7"In Stock
14Sex Pistols - Holidays In The Sun7"In Stock
15Stiff Little Fingers - Johnny WasLPOn Album: Inflammable Material
16Sex Pistols - Pretty Vacant7"In Stock
17Magazine - Shot By Both Sides7"In Stock
18Stiff Little Fingers - Wasted Life7"B-Side of: Suspect Device
19Jam - Eton Rifles7"
20Only Ones - Another Girl, Another Planet7"In Stock
21Siouxsie & The Banshees - Love In A Void7"B-Side of: Mittageisen
22Damned - Love Song7"In Stock
23Gang Of Four - Damaged Goods7"In Stock
24Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven7"
25Buzzcocks - Boredom7"B-Side of: Spiral Scratch EP
26Clash - White Riot7"In Stock
27Jam - Strange Town7"In Stock
28PIL - Death Disco7"In Stock
29Undertones - You've Got My Number7"
30Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond7"
31Undertones - Jimmy Jimmy7"In Stock
32Who - My Generation7"In Stock
33Dead Kennedys - California Uber Alles7"In Stock
34David Bowie - Heroes7"In Stock
35Siouxsie & The Banshees - IconLPOn Album: Join Hands
36Specials - Too Much Too Young7"In Stock
37Skids - Into The Valley7"In Stock
38Siouxsie & The Banshees - SwitchLPOn Album: The Scream
39Tubeway Army - Are Friends Electric?7"
40Fall - Rowche Rumble7"
41Mekons - Where Were You?7"In Stock
42Siouxsie & The Banshees - Jigsaw FeelingLPOn Album: The Scream
43Cure - 10:15 Saturday Night7"B-Side of: Killing An Arab
44Siouxsie & The Banshees - Playground Twist7"In Stock
45Stranglers - No More Heroes7"In Stock
46Siouxsie & The Banshees - Helter SkelterLPOn Album: The Scream
47Ruts - Babylon's Burning7"In Stock
48Siouxsie & The Banshees - Hong Kong Garden7"In Stock
49Clash - Police & ThievesLPOn Album: The Clash
50Buzzcocks - What Do I Get?7"In Stock
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