Step back in time: to 1980

Take a trip down memory lane with a nostalgic look back at 1980. Life in 1980 was the same in many ways but also very different; the country was in the grips of a recession while technological innovations were rapidly improving the way we worked and lived.  

The 80s would prove to be a decade of transformative change and many of the things that happened in this time period still influence the way we live 36 years later.

So grab a cuppa and step back in time with us to 1980…

Pop Culture

Popular Culture offers a glimpse into the lives of people and the big and little things that made up the everyday. Here’s a snapshot of life and pop culture in 1980.

World Events

1980 wasn’t just an important year in Britain. Here’s a look at some of the most significant events that took place in 1980 around the globe. 

Sporting Moments

From big upsets to big wins, here are some of the most significant moments to take place in sport in 1980.

Famous Births

Some big personalities came into the world in 1980. Here’s a few of the famous faces born this year. 


Nothing takes us back like music; these were some of the best-selling artists and most popular songs on the radio in 1980.

Best selling single of the year: The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me

Christmas number 1: St Winifred’s School Choir – There’s No One Quite Like Grandma

Other popular songs

ABBA – Super Trouper

Blondie – The Tide is High

The Jam – Going Underground


How old were you in 1980? Does our timeline bring back any memories? 


cover image by Flicker user Kevin T. Houle 

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6th Jul 2018
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1980 - the year I got into rockabilly music, and never looked back!
21st Jan 2016
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Great year I remember it well. Went on my first longhaul flight to the Far East and it was on of my first trips outside the UK. Incredible and nowdays people just jet off there without a blink. Good music too

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