WOW! The 80s. What a decade for music.
From punk rock, glam rock and soft rock to dance music, synth pop and the starting of house - there surely has to be something that everyone liked in the 1980s. (Personally for me, I fell in love with 2 boys from Bushey!!!)
But what were the best-selling albums and singles of the 1980s??
Top 20 Best Selling Albums of the 1980s
The biggest-selling album of the 1980s was Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits, which was the first album to sell a million copies on CD.
Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Madonna had two of the best selling albums of the decade each, with Jackson's two being the second and third best-sellers of the decade.
Top 20 Best Selling Singles of the 1980s
During the 1980s the chart was based purely on the sales of physical singles - since we bought records, yes records, or cassette tapes and by the end of the decade very expensive CDs - download had yet to become the norm!
And, to be precise this is the Top 21 - Band Aid so obviously blew sales out of the water in the 1980s, that it's only fair that we don't really count it. It became the biggest selling single of all time in the UK until 1997, when Elton John's "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" / "Candle in the Wind 1997" overtook it.
At number six is Wham! with "Last Christmas / Everything She Wants", which is the highest selling number two hit and the highest selling single not to top the chart. In total, there were 20 non-number one singles in the Top 100 (eight of these in the bottom ten), including the biggest selling number three single "Blue Monday" by New Order.
Jennifer Rush at number nine with "The Power of Love" became the first female artist ever to have a million-selling single in the UK.
All these singles are on our YouTube Channel - Playlist - Best Selling Singles of the 1980s - if you want to "Step Back in Time" (now there's a great Kylie track!!!)
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