Music · Trivia

Stuck at 3, the 1980s

Following on from this earlier piece (“Stuck at 3, the 1970s”) here is a list of all the artists that made it to #3 in the UK, but no higher, during the 1980s. These are releases that entered the chart between January 1980 and December 1989. Unlike my “Stuck at 2” lists (which you can find on the Trivia Menu, here) this list does not include artists who had songs that made it to #1 or #2. It only contains songs by artists who were “Stuck at 3”.

Artist Title Date
Marti Webb Take That Look Off Your Face Feb-80
Vapors Turning Japanese Feb-80
Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway [See note below] Back Together Again May-80
Stacy Lattisaw Jump To The Beat Jun-80
Sheena Easton 9 To 5 Jul-80
Bad Manners Special Brew Aug-80
Dennis Waterman with The Dennis Waterman Band I Could Be So Good For You Oct-80
Jona Lewie Stop The Cavalry Nov-80
Rainbow I Surrender Jan-81
Tony Capstick The Sheffield Grinder / Capstick Comes Home Mar-81
Bad Manners Can Can Jun-81
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Souvenir Aug-81
Godley & Creme [See note below] Under Your Thumb Sep-81
Earth Wind & Fire Let’s Groove Nov-81
Haircut 100 Love Plus One Jan-82
J Geils Band Centerfold Feb-82
PhD I Won’t Let You Down Apr-82
Pigbag Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag Apr-82
Kids From Fame Starmaker Oct-82
David Bowie & Bing Crosby [See note below] Peace On Earth – Little Drummer Boy Nov-82
Wah The Story Of The Blues Dec-82
Belle Stars Sign Of The Times Jan-83
Toto Africa Feb-83
Jo Boxers Boxer Beat Feb-83
Beat Can’t Get Used To Losing You Apr-83
Malcolm McLaren & The Bootzilla Orchestra Double Dutch Jul-83
Style Council Long Hot Summer / Paris Match Aug-83
Siouxsie & The Banshees Dear Prudence Oct-83
Joe Fagin That’s Livin’ Alright Jan-84
Break Machine Street Dance Feb-84
Bananarama Robert De Niro’s Waiting Mar-84
Bronski Beat Smalltown Boy Jun-84
Tina Turner What’s Love Got To Do With It Jun-84
Giorgio Moroder & Phil Oakey [See note below] Together In Electric Dreams Sep-84
Paul McCartney & The Frog Chorus [See note below] We All Stand Together Nov-84
Ashford & Simpson Solid Jan-85
Sarah Brightman & Paul Miles-Kingston [See note below] Pie Jesu Mar-85
Bronski Beat with Marc Almond [See note below] I Feel Love (medley) Apr-85
Tina Turner We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome) Jul-85
Baltimora Tarzan Boy Aug-85
Colonel Abrams Trapped Aug-85
Red Box Lean On Me (Ah-Li-Ayo) Aug-85
Dee C Lee See The Day Nov-85
Bronski Beat Hit That Perfect Beat Nov-85
Damned Eloise Feb-86
Sigue Sigue Sputnik Love Missile F1-11 Mar-86
Samantha Fox Touch Me (I Want Your Body) Mar-86
Level 42 Lessons In Love Apr-86
Sly Fox Let’s Go All The Way May-86
Owen Paul My Favourite Waste Of Time May-86
Peter Cetera [See note below] Glory Of Love Aug-86
Cameo Word Up Aug-86
Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by David Caddick [See note below] All I Ask Of You Oct-86
Curiosity Killed The Cat Down To Earth Dec-86
Robbie Nevil C’est La Vie Dec-86
Mental As Anything Live It Up Feb-87
Club Nouveau Lean On Me Mar-87
Heart Alone Jun-87
Atlantic Starr Always Jun-87
Bananarama Love In The First Degree / Mr Sleaze Oct-87
Stock Aitken Waterman [See note below] Mr Sleaze Oct-87
Proclaimers [See note below] Letter From America Nov-87
Krush House Arrest Dec-87
Mel & Kim [See note below] Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree Dec-87
Taylor Dayne Tell It To My Heart Jan-88
Vanessa Paradis Joe Le Taxi Feb-88
Danny Wilson Mary’s Prayer Apr-88
Aztec Camera Somewhere In My Heart Apr-88
New Order Blue Monday (remix) May-88
Liverpool FC Anfield Rap (Red Machine In Full Effect) May-88
Sabrina Boys (Summertime Love) Jun-88
Everything But The Girl I Don’t Want To Talk About It Jul-88
BVSMP I Need You Jul-88
Womack & Womack Teardrops Aug-88
D Mob We Call It Acieed Oct-88
Angry Anderson Suddenly Nov-88
Neneh Cherry [See note below] Buffalo Stance Dec-88
Bananarama / La Na Nee Nee Noo Noo Help Feb-89
Transvision Vamp Baby I Don’t Care Apr-89
Lynne Hamilton On The Inside Apr-89
Cliff Richard I Just Don’t Have The Heart Aug-89
Sydney Youngblood If Only I Could Aug-89
Rebel MC & Double Street Tuff Oct-89
Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds The Eve Of War (remix) Nov-89
49ers Touch Me Dec-89


Roberta Flack had a #2 in 1983 with Peabo Bryson, Tonight I Celebrate My Love

Godley & Crème had #1 hits as part of 10cc, and a #2 hit as part of Hotlegs

David Bowie had multiple #1s, Bing Crosby’s top chart position from Nov 1952 onwards was #3, Isle of Inisfree

Giorgio Moroder’s top chart placing as a credited artist was #3, same for Phil Oakey; Moroder had #1s as a producer, Oakey as singer in Human League

The Frog Chorus only had one chart credit; but Paul McCartney has had many #1s, solo, in a duo, and so on

Sarah Brightman had a #2 with Andrea Bocelli in 1997 with Time To Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiro)

Mark Almond reached #1 as a solo artist, and as part of Soft Cell

Peter Cetera reached #1 as singer in Chicago

Cliff Richard has had several #1s and Sarah Brightman reached #2 in 1997 with Andrea Bocelli

Stock Aitken Waterman reached #1 in 1989 with Ferry Cross the Mersey, billed as: Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock Aitken Waterman

Proclaimers reached #1 in 2007 as Proclaimers featuring Brian Potter & Andy Pipkin

This Mel & Kim listed here is different from the duo that reached #1 earlier that year; this is a comic duo of Mel Smith & Kim Wilde; as a solo artist Kim Wilde reached #2, twice

Neneh Cherry also reached #3 with Youssou N’Dour in 1994, and reached #1 in 1995 as part of Cher, Chrissie Hynde & Neneh Cherry with Eric Clapton


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