John Peel Festive Fifty 1981

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1981 saw the final Festive 50 made up of listeners all-time favourite tracks. Peel may well have made the decision to go for a split chart the following year whilst compiling the 1981 Festive 50, as it had not moved on very much from the 1980 chart. There was a first entry for a notable later chart regular Nick Cave (here with The Birthday Party) and perhaps some rather unexpected pop tunes from Altered Images, Heaven 17 and Pigbag. Other than that, this chart was rather business as usual and crying out for a change of format.

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.

1Joy Division - Atmosphere7"
2Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The UK7"In Stock
3Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart7"In Stock
4New Order - Ceremony7"In Stock
5Joy Division - New Dawn FadesLPOn Album: Unknown PleasuresIn Stock
6Undertones - Teenage Kicks7"In Stock
7Joy Division - DecadesLPOn Album: CloserIn Stock
8Cure - A Forest7"In Stock
9Dead Kennedys - Holiday In Cambodia7"In Stock
10Clash - White Man In Hammersmith Palais7"
11Joy Division - Dead Souls7"B-Side of: Licht Und Blindheit
12Damned - New Rose7"In Stock
13Jam - Down In The Tube Station At Midnight7"In Stock
14Joy Division - Transmission7"In Stock
15Altered Images - Dead Pop-Stars7"
16Stiff Little Fingers - Alternative Ulster7"In Stock
17Sex Pistols - Holidays In The Sun7"In Stock
18Clash - Complete Control7"In Stock
19Birthday Party - Release The Bats7"
20Undertones - Get Over You7"In Stock
21Specials - Ghost Town7"In Stock
22Scritti Politti - The Sweetest Girl7"In Stock
23Jam - Going Underground7"In Stock
24Stiff Little Fingers - Johnny WasLPOn Album: Inflammable Material
25Theatre Of Hate - Legion7"
26PIL - Public Image7"In Stock
27Killing Joke - Requiem7"
28Killing Joke - Follow The Leaders7"
29Heaven 17 - (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang7"In Stock
30Fall - Fiery Jack7"In Stock
31Ruts - In A Rut7"In Stock
32Stiff Little Fingers - Suspect Device7"In Stock
33Fall - How I Wrote Elastic Man7"In Stock
34Laurie Anderson - O Superman7"In Stock
35Siouxsie & The Banshees - Jigsaw FeelingLPOn Album: The Scream
36B-Movie - Remembrance Day7"In Stock
37Siouxsie & The Banshees - Israel7"In Stock
38Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen7"In Stock
39Pigbag - Papa's Got A Brand-New Pigbag7"
40Siouxsie & The Banshees - IconLPOn Album: Join Hands
41Only Ones - Another Girl, Another Planet7"In Stock
42Dead Kennedys - California Uber Alles7"In Stock
43Joy Division - Twenty-Four HoursLPOn Album: CloserIn Stock
44Joy Division - IsolationLPOn Album: CloserIn Stock
45Killing Joke - Pssyche7"B-Side of: Wardance
46Echo & The Bunnymen - Over The Wall7"
47Fall - Lie Dream Of A Casino Soul7"In Stock
48New Order - Procession7"In Stock
49Siouxsie & The Banshees - SwitchLPOn Album: The Scream
50Altered Images - Happy Birthday7"In Stock
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