8 August 1980

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Paradise Road  – Joy
2 2 10 Take That Look off Your Face  – Marti Webb
3 6 6 Call Me  – Blondie
4 3 8 It Hurts too Much  – Eric Carmen
5 4 14 Brass in Pocket  – Pretenders
6 8 5 More Than I Can Say  – Leo Sayer
7 9 4 I See a Boat on the River  – Boney M
8 14 4 Boat on the River  – Styx
9 11 5 Down the Mississippi  – Barbara Ray
10 5 10 Day-O/Island in the Sun  – Richard Jon Smith
11 7 11 Crying  – Don McLean
12 10 10 It’s My House  – Diana Ross
13 15 3 Don’t Make Waves  – Nolans
14 17 3 Alaska  – Malie Kelly
15 12 13 Together We are Beautiful  – Fern Kinney
16 18 2 New York by Night  – Dennis Parker
17 13 18 Sun of Jamaica  – Goombay Dance Band
18 16 9 January, February  – Barbara Dickson
19 20 2 What’s Another Year  – Johnny Logan
20 RE 4 Buzz Buzz a Diddle It  – Matchbox

‘Paradise Road’ spent a second week at the top of the charts with the previous chart topper, Marti Webb’s ‘Take That Look Off Your Face’ sitting unmoved at 2.

Anything ‘I See A Boat On The River’ could do ‘Boat On A River’ could do better as the Styx hit took the climber of the week award with a 6 place jump from 14 to 8, a 1 place better jump than the Boney M hit managed when it took the climber of the week award 2 weeks earlier. (The climber for the week in between these 2 was ‘Don’t Make Waves’, a bit difficult with all these boats around). Styx were on 33 weeks in total in the charts and this was their first time with the biggest climber award. They were second only to Engelbert Humperdick for total weeks at the time of getting their first biggest climber award. Engelbert had been on 42 when he scooped his first award. ‘Boat On The River’ was the only star rater this week.

Richard Jon Smith’s ‘Day-O/Island In The Sun’ took the faller of the week award with a 5 place drop from 5 to 10, This was his 5th time with the award and he was the 12th local act to accumulate this many. There would only be 2 more local acts who would see 5 or more fallers.

The Goombay Dance Band’s ‘Sun of Jamaica’ ticked over to 18 weeks on the charts and was the oldest in the top 20 for a second week running.

Exile’s SA Chart career come to an end as ‘Take Me Down’ left the top 20 this week. It had been with us for 7 weeks and peaked at 11. They had managed 4 hits, spent a total of 51 weeks in the charts and by far their best performer was ‘Kiss You All Over’ which spent 8 weeks at number 1.

Matchbox’s ‘Buzz Buzz A Diddle It’ became the 48th song overall and the first of the 80’s to re-enter the charts after having dropped off. Of the 48 songs that were re-entries, 5 had been re-entries twice making this the 53rd time we had seen a re-entry. ‘Buzz Buzz A Diddle It’ was the 10th song to be absent from the charts for 3 or more weeks before re-entering. The record was Rick Nelson’s ‘I Need You’ which had a gap of 218 between chart runs.

3 acts were celebrating weeks milestones. The first of these was Barbara Dickson who made it to 20 weeks. Richard Jon Smith reached the 70 week mark and was the 38th act to get there. Meanwhile Boney M were celebrating a particularly important milestone as their total ticked over to 100 weeks. They were the 14th act to manage this and only the second so far that was not from the big 3 nations (i.e. US, UK or SA). The other non-big 3 act to reach 100 was Abba who sat top of the list with 208 to their name. By the time the charts ended in 1989 we would see 33 acts make a century of weeks (this includes weeks in positions 21 – 30 once the charts were extended). Richard Jon Smith joined John Edmond in tied 9th place on the local weeks count list while Boney M were unmoved at 14 on the overall list, still 5 behind 13th place Percy Sledge.

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