It's easy for pop culture pundits to malign the '80s—and with it, memories of spandex, mullets, and shoulder pads. But ill-advised fashion trends aside, 1980 is also the year that brought us timeless hits from the likes of Michael Jackson, Queen, Barbra Streisand, and Olivia Newton-John.
Despite proclamations that disco was dead, the genre lived on through the wild success of singles like Diana Ross' "Upside Down," Jackson's "Billie Jean," and "Funkytown" by Lipps, Inc. Rock got a resurgence through Pink Floyd, whose "Another Brick In The Wall (Part II)" won a four-week chart-topping streak, and Blondie, whose new-wave gem "Call Me" held its No. 1 spot for six weeks. Let's not forget Newton-John, who graced us with pop hit "Magic" that year, or Kenny Rogers' "Lady," the soul-baring love ballad penned by Lionel Richie. And don't try to pretend you haven't belted out the chorus to Rupert Holmes' "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" on the dance floor at least once.
There's more where these came from. Scroll below to reminisce on the 17 tracks that snagged the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Top 100 in 1980—leg-warmers not included.
KC And The Sunshine Band, "Please Don't Go"
Rupert Holmes, "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)"
Michael Jackson, "Rock With You"
Captain & Tennille, "Do That To Me One More Time"
Queen, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
Pink Floyd, "Another Brick In The Wall (Part II)"
Paul McCartney & Wings, "Coming Up (Live At Glasgow)"
Billy Joel, "It's Still Rock And Roll To Me"
Olivia Newton-John, "Magic"
Christopher Cross, "Sailing"
Diana Ross, "Upside Down"
Queen, "Another One Bites The Dust"
Barbra Streisand, "Woman In Love"
John Lennon, "(Just Like) Starting Over"