John Peel Festive Fifty 1980

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The 1980 Festive 50 was actually a Festive 65, although only the top 50 were broadcast on the Peel programmes. The chart matched the previous years in having 23 new entries in the main 50, with a further 13 included in numbers 51 to 65 and were included presumably to reinforce Peel’s preference for new music over the “old guard”. 1980 was the year when Joy Division first hit the Festive 50 and there were few surprises in this chart, apart from the inclusion of “Kings Of The Wild Frontier” by Adam and The Ants (which possibly was aided by it’s current chart position at the time of voting... or at least we hope so..!).

Interestingly, there must be a few original Peel-typed and signed copies of the 1980 chart knocking around these days, as apparently they could be obtained from the BBC by sending an SAE marked, somewhat cryptically, “Sheena Easton”. There could be one on eBay, going for a song…

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
2Joy Division - Atmosphere7"
3Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart7"In Stock
4Jam - Down In The Tube Station At Midnight7"In Stock
5Clash - White Man In Hammersmith Palais7"
6Dead Kennedys - Holiday In Cambodia7"In Stock
7Undertones - Teenage Kicks7"In Stock
8Damned - New Rose7"In Stock
9Stiff Little Fingers - Alternative Ulster7"In Stock
10Joy Division - Transmission7"In Stock
11PIL - Public Image7"In Stock
12Sex Pistols - Holidays In The Sun7"In Stock
13Jam - Going Underground7"In Stock
14Joy Division - DecadesLPOn Album: CloserIn Stock
15Clash - Complete Control7"In Stock
16Stiff Little Fingers - Johnny WasLPOn Album: Inflammable Material
17Undertones - Get Over You7"In Stock
18Cure - A Forest7"In Stock
19Ruts - In A Rut7"In Stock
20Joy Division - New Dawn FadesLPOn Album: Unknown PleasuresIn Stock
21Fall - Totally Wired7"In Stock
22Joy Division - She's Lost Control7"
23Sex Pistols - Pretty Vacant7"In Stock
24Stiff Little Fingers - Suspect Device7"In Stock
25Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen7"In Stock
26Fall - How I Wrote Elastic Man7"In Stock
27Stiff Little Fingers - Wasted Life7"
28Only Ones - Another Girl, Another Planet7"In Stock
29Damned - Love Song7"In Stock
30Adam & The Ants - Kings Of The Wild Frontier7"In Stock
31Dead Kennedys - California Uber Alles7"In Stock
32Specials - Gangsters7"
33PIL - PoptonesBOXMetal Box
34PIL - CareeringBOXMetal Box
35Killing Joke - Requiem7"In Stock
36Killing Joke - Pssyche7"B-Side of: Wardance
37Siouxsie & The Banshees - Jigsaw FeelingLPOn Album: The Scream
38Fall - Fiery Jack7"In Stock
39Clash - Armagideon Time7"
40Spizzenergi - Where's Captain Kirk?7"In Stock
41Joy Division - Twenty-Four HoursLPOn Album: CloserIn Stock
42Damned - Smash It Up7"In Stock
43Teardrop Explodes - Treason7"
44Siouxsie & The Banshees - SwitchLPOn Album: The Scream
45Siouxsie & The Banshees - IconLPOn Album: Join Hands
46Clash - Bankrobber7"In Stock
47Siouxsie & The Banshees - Hong Kong Garden7"In Stock
48Clash - White Riot7"In Stock
49Fall - Rowche Rumble7"
50Gang Of Four - Damaged Goods7"In Stock
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