The Top Rock Music Charts from 1980

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Looking for a blast from the past? Check out our list of the top rock music charts from 1980!

Billboard Top 100

The Billboard Top 100 is a chart that ranks the 100 most popular songs in the United States. The chart is published by Billboard magazine and is based on sales of digital downloads, radio airplay, and streaming activity. The chart was first published in 1980 and has been released on a weekly basis since then.

MTV’s Top 100

In 1980, MTV began broadcasting in the United States, and instantly had an impact on the music world. The channel became a platform for promoting music videos, and quickly rose to become one of the most popular networks on television. In addition to promoting music videos, MTV also began compiling lists of the most popular songs in different genres. The first of these was the “Top 100” list, which counted down the 100 most popular songs of the year.

The Top 100 list quickly became one of the most anticipated annual lists in the music world, as it not only provided a snapshot of what was popular at the moment, but also gave a glimpse into what might be rising up in the ranks in future years. The list was also significant because it marked a shift in how music was consumed; with MTV playing such a large role in disseminating new music, songs that were popular on the channel had a good chance of becoming hits.

Over the years, MTV’s Top 100 has undergone some changes; in 1988, for example, the list expanded to include 200 songs. But one thing has remained constant: it is still one of the most highly anticipated annual lists in music.

VH1’s Top 100

VH1 published its list of the 100 Greatest Songs of the 1980s in 2013. The network had previously compiled the 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s in 2002 and the 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll in 1999.

The top 10 songs from VH1’s Top 100 are:
1. “Whip It” by Devo
2. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper
3. “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
4. “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister
5. “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC
6. “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard
7. “\Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana
8. “.Enter Sandman” by Metallica
9.”Fat Bottomed Girls” by Queen
10.”We Will Rock You”/”We Are the Champions” by Queen

Rolling Stone’s Top 100

Rolling Stone’s Top 100 is a list of the 100 best-selling rock albums of all time, as determined by the magazine. The list was first published in 1980, and has been updated regularly since then. Below is a list of the top 100 rock albums from 1980 according to Rolling Stone’s criteria.

Q Magazine’s Top 100

Q Magazine’s Top 100 chart for 1980 was released in January of that year and featured a wide variety of artists, ranging from classics like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and The Who to newer bands like The Police, Blondie, and Talking Heads.

NME’s Top 100

NME’s Top 100 for 1980 was published in January 1981. The top 100 was based on the votes of NME readers.

Kerrang!’s Top 100

Kerrang! is a British weekly magazine devoted to rock music and heavy metal music, published by Bauer Consumer Media. The magazine was first published on 6 June 1981 as a one-off supplement in the Sounds newspaper. Named after the onomatopoeic word that derives from the sound made when playing a power chord on a distorted electric guitar, Kerrang! has since developed into a more mature publication with a diverse range of content. The magazine now features interviews with major rock and metal acts such as Foo Fighters, Metallica and Slipknot, as well as coverage of up-and-coming bands.

Melody Maker’s Top 100

Melody Maker was a British weekly music magazine from 1926 to 2000, and in those 74 years, it compiled many lists of the top songs of various genres. In 1980, they published their list of the top 100 rock songs of that year. The number one song on that list was “Heroes” by David Bowie.

Sounds’ Top 100

The Top 100 rock music charts from 1980 were published by Sounds magazine. The magazine used a points system to rank the top 100 songs, with 100 points being awarded to the song with the most votes, and 1 point being awarded to the song with the least votes. The top 100 songs were then ranked according to their points score.

Record Mirror’s Top 100

Record Mirror was a British weekly pop/rock music newspaper. It was published from 1964 to 1991, when it merged with its long-term competitor, Billboard magazine’s UK operations.

This is a list of Record Mirror’s Top 100 singles of 1980.
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