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Retrocharts for Wimbledon - 1980s

Here are some background notes about Wimbledon in the 1980s together with their corresponding Retrocharts.

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Wimbledon 1980

Memorable moment : Bjorn Bjorg and John McEnroe met 14 times between the years of 1978 - 1981. In the 1980 Wimbledon finals, the scores were level at seven victories each. The tension reached its peak as they battled it out in a tense 20-minute tie-break. Bjorg went on to win this final and gained the record for winning the men's singles title five times consecutively.

Gentlemen's singles winner : Bjorn Borg    (SWE)
Ladies' singles winner : Evonne Goolagong Cawley    (AUS)
Gentlemen's doubles winners : Peter McNamara / Paul McNamee    (AUS)
Ladies' doubles winners : Kathy Jordan / Anne Smith    (USA)
Mixed doubles winners : John Austin / Tracy Austin    (USA)

Biggest hits of Wimbledon fortnight 1980
   1Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light OrchestraXanadu
   2Don McLeanCrying
   3OdysseyUse It Up And Wear It Out
   4Stacy LattisawJump To The Beat
   5Lipps IncFunky Town
   6Detroit SpinnersCupid - I've Loved You For A Long Time
   7UB40My Way Of Thinking / I Think It's Going To Rain
   8KorgisEverybody's Got To Learn Sometime
   9Roberta Flack & Donny HathawayBack Together Again
   10Bob Marley & The WailersCould You Be Loved
   11SplodgenessaboundsSimon Templar / Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps Please
   12Paul McCartneyWaterfalls
   13BA RobertsonTo Be or Not To Be
   14Saxon747 (Strangers In The Night)
   15Kate BushBabooshka
   16Teena MarieBehind the Groove
   17QueenPlay the Game
   18Liquid GoldSubstitute
   19Joy DivisionLove Will Tear Us Apart
   20Leo SayerMore Than I Can Say
   21DartsLet's Hang On
   22Thin LizzyChinatown
   23Siouxsie & The BansheesChristine
   24Rod StewartIf Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want To Be Right)
   25Rolling StonesEmotional Rescue
   26Sex Pistols(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone
   27MASHTheme From M*A*S*H (Suicide is Painless)
   28MatchboxMidnite Dynamos
   29ChangeA Lover's Holiday / Glow Of Love
   30Yellow Magic OrchestraComputer Game (Theme From 'The Invaders')
   31Joan ArmatradingMe Myself I
   32Jermaine JacksonLet's Get Serious
   33Bad MannersLip Up Fatty
   34Orchestral Manoeuvres In The DarkMessages
   35AC / DCWhole Lotta Rosie
   36Black SabbathNeon Knights
   37Crown Heights AffairYou Gave Me Love
   38UndertonesWednesday Week
   39Dexy's Midnight RunnersThere There My Dear
   40Gerard KennyFantasy




Wimbledon 1981

Memorable moment : There was a spate of Wimbledon 'bad boys' at the beginning of the 1980s. The most famous was John McEnroe. In 1981, he attacked umpire George Grime. "You're a disgrace to mankind," he cursed. He later swore that his remark was an assessment of his performance in the match. His remark to another official "You cannot be serious" has become part of the language.

Gentlemen's singles winner : John McEnroe    (USA)
Ladies' singles winner : Chris Evert Lloyd    (USA)
Gentlemen's doubles winners : Peter Fleming / John McEnroe    (USA)
Ladies' doubles winners : Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver    (USA)
Mixed doubles winners : Frew Mcmillan / Betty Stove    (RSA / NED)

Biggest hits of Wimbledon fortnight 1981
   1SpecialsGhost Town
   2Michael JacksonOne Day In Your Life
   3Bad MannersCan Can
   4StarsoundStars On 45 (Volume 2)
   5ImaginationBody Talk
   6OdysseyGoing Back To My Roots
   7Elaine PaigeMemory
   8Bob Marley & The WailersNo Woman No Cry
   9Smokey RobinsonBeing With You
   10Tom Tom ClubWordy Rappinghood
   11Randy CrawfordYou Might Need Somebody
   12Quincy JonesRazzmatazz
   13MotorheadMotorhead Live
   14Bucks FizzPiece Of The Action
   15Kate Robbins & BeyondMore Than In Love
   16Third WorldDancing On The Floor (Hooked on Love)
   17Kirsty MacCollThere's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis
   18Red SovineTeddy Bear
   19ChampaignHow 'Bout Us
   20UltravoxAll Stood Still
   21LinxThrow Away The Key
   22Depeche ModeNew Life
   23EvasionsWikka Wrap
   24Kool & The GangTake It To The Top
   25RainbowCan't Happen Here
   26Kate BushSat In Your Lap
   27Sheena EastonFor Your Eyes Only
   28Phil CollinsIf Leaving Me Is Easy
   29Adam & The AntsStand And Deliver
   30Hazel O'ConnorWill You
   31ToyahI Want To Be Free
   32Kid Creole & The Coconuts Present Coati MundiMe No Pop I
   33AbbaLay All Your Love On Me
   34Spandau BalletChant No 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)
   35VisageVisage
   36Shakin' StevensYou Drive Me Crazy
   37GillanNo Laughing In Heaven
   38BeatDoors Of Your Heart
   39Siouxsie & The BansheesSpellbound
   40Evelyn KingI'm In Love




Wimbledon 1982

Gentlemen's singles winner : Jimmy Connors    (USA)
Ladies' singles winner : Martina Navratilova    (USA)
Gentlemen's doubles winners : Peter McNamara / Paul McNamee    (AUS)
Ladies' doubles winners : Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver    (USA)
Mixed doubles winners : Kevin Curren / Anne Smith    (RSA / USA)

Biggest hits of Wimbledon fortnight 1982
   1Captain SensibleHappy Talk
   2Steve Miller BandAbracadabra
   3Irene CaraFame
   4OdysseyInside Out
   5CharleneI've Never Been To Me
   6ImaginationMusic And Lights
   7ShalamarA Night To Remember
   8Midge UreNo Regrets
   9Diana RossWork That Body
   10JamJust Who Is The 5 O'Clock Hero
   11Kid Creole & The CoconutsI'm A Wonderful Thing (Baby)
   12NatashaIko Iko
   13Bucks FizzNow Those Days Are Gone
   14BeatlesBeatles Movie Medley
   15Duran DuranHungry Like The Wolf
   16CheriMurphy's Law
   17AC / DCFor Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
   18TrioDa Da Da
   19BananaramaShy Boy
   20QueenLas Palabras De Amor
   21Roxy MusicAvalon
   22VisageNight Train
   23Adam AntGoody Two Shoes
   24Bow Wow WowI Want Candy
   25Lynyrd SkynyrdFree Bird
   26Soft CellTorch
   27Stevie WonderDo I Do
   28Leo SayerHeart (Stop Beating In Time)
   29Hot ChocolateIt Started With A Kiss
   30ABCThe Look Of Love
   31DollarVideotheque
   32JapanI Second That Emotion
   33Gary NumanWe Take Mystery (To Bed)
   34Tight FitFantasy Island
   35David EssexMe And My Girl (Night-Clubbing)
   36Paul McCartneyTake It Away
   37Rolling StonesGoing To A Go Go
   38ClashRock The Casbah
   39ToyahBrave New World
   40ShakatakStreetwalkin'




Wimbledon 1983

Gentlemen's singles winner : John McEnroe    (USA)
Ladies' singles winner : Martina Navratilova    (USA)
Gentlemen's doubles winners : Peter Fleming / John McEnroe    (USA)
Ladies' doubles winners : Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver    (USA)
Mixed doubles winners : John Lloyd / Wendy Turnbull    (GBR / AUS)

Biggest hits of Wimbledon fortnight 1983
   1Rod StewartBaby Jane
   2Irene CaraFlashdance... What A Feeling
   3Paul YoungWherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)
   4Mike OldfieldMoonlight Shadow
   5FreeezIOU
   6PoliceEvery Breath You Take
   7Heaven 17Come Live With Me
   8Tom RobinsonWar Baby
   9ShalamarDead Giveaway
   10Elton JohnI Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
   11New OrderBlue Monday
   12David BowieChina Girl
   13Nick HeywardTake That Situation
   14Electric Light OrchestraRock 'N' Roll Is King
   15Bucks FizzWhen We Were Young
   16Funk MastersIt's Over
   17Wham!Bad Boys
   18Iron MaidenThe Trooper
   19Flash & The PanWaiting For A Train
   20Michael JacksonWanna Be Startin' Something
   21Malcolm McLarenDouble Dutch
   22EurythmicsWho's That Girl?
   23David Sylvian & Riuichi SakamotoForbidden Colours
   24Mary Jane GirlsAll Night Long
   25H2ODream To Sleep
   26TruthConfusion (Hits Us Every Time)
   27George BensonLady Love Me (One More Time)
   28Jimmy The HooverTantalise (Wo Wo Ee Yeh Yeh)
   29YazooNobody's Diary
   30ShakatakDark is the Night
   31Roman HollidayDon't Try To Stop It
   32CureThe Walk
   33Donna SummerShe Works Hard For The Money
   34BananaramaCruel Summer
   35MarillionGarden Party
   36Bob Marley & The WailersBuffalo Soldier
   37Booker Newbury IIILove Town
   38KajagoogooHang On Now
   39Elvis Costello & The AttractionsEveryday I Write The Book
   40Men At WorkIt's A Mistake




Wimbledon 1984

Gentlemen's singles winner : John McEnroe    (USA)
Ladies' singles winner : Martina Navratilova    (USA)
Gentlemen's doubles winners : Peter Fleming / John McEnroe    (USA)
Ladies' doubles winners : Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver    (USA)
Mixed doubles winners : John Lloyd / Wendy Turnbull    (GBR / AUS)

Biggest hits of Wimbledon fortnight 1984
   1Frankie Goes To HollywoodTwo Tribes
   2Frankie Goes To HollywoodRelax
   3Nik KershawI Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
   4Cyndi LauperTime After Time
   5Pointer SistersJump (For My Love)
   6Ollie & JerryBreakin'... There's No Stopping Us Now
   7Bronski BeatSmalltown Boy
   8Wham!Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
   9Michael JacksonFarewell My Summer Love
   10Grandmaster Flash & Melle MelWhite Lines (Don't Do It)
   11Orchestral Manoeuvres In The DarkTalking Loud And Clear
   12Sister SledgeThinking Of You
   13Elton JohnSad Songs (Say So Much)
   14Lionel RichieStuck On You
   15Alison MoyetLove Resurrection
   16Tina TurnerWhat's Love Got To Do With It
   17PrinceWhen Doves Cry
   18NeilHole In My Shoe
   19Art CompanySusanna
   20Evelyn ThomasHigh Energy
   21Scritti PolittiAbsolute
   22ChangeChange Of Heart
   23BluebellsYoung At Heart
   24Human LeagueLife On Your Own
   25Spandau BalletOnly When You Leave
   26Thompson TwinsSister Of Mercy
   27Ozzy OsbourneSo Tired
   28Gary GlitterDance Me Up
   29Elvis Costello & The AttractionsI Wanna Be Loved / Turning The Town Red
   30Lloyd Cole & The CommotionsPerfect Skin
   31Billy JoelGoodnight Saigon / Leave A Tender Moment Alone
   32SmithsHeaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
   33Jacksons With Mick JaggerState Of Shock
   34Bob Marley & The WailersWaiting In Vain
   35UltravoxLament
   36Howard JonesPearl In The Shell
   37UltravoxDancing With Tears In My Eyes
   38Hazell DeanSearchin' (I Gotta Find A Man)
   39Deniece WilliamsLet's Hear It For The Boy
   40ShannonSweet Somebody




Wimbledon 1985

Memorable moment : One of the longest contested rivalries was between the all American Chris Evert Lloyd, whose preferred position was at the base line and Martina Navratilova the Czechslovakian who was most comfortable at the net. The two women played each other a record 80 times and produced tennis of an exceptional quality, because they pushed each other to their limits. Navratilova won 43 times and Evert Lloyd 37 times. When they met head to head in 1985 Wimbledon final, Navratilova had won the ladies singles titles for the previous three years. But Evert Lloyd had won the last three grand slams in France, US and Australia. In the end, Navratilova won this final and a further three more.

Gentlemen's singles winner : Boris Becker    (GER)
Ladies' singles winner : Martina Navratilova    (USA)
Gentlemen's doubles winners : Heinz Guenthardt / Balazs Taroczy    (SUI / HUN)
Ladies' doubles winners : Kathy Jordan / Elizabeth Smylie    (USA / AUS)
Mixed doubles winners : Paul Mcnamee / Martina Navratilova    (AUS / USA)

Biggest hits of Wimbledon fortnight 1985
   1Sister SledgeFrankie
   2Harold FaltermeyerAxel F
   3MadonnaCrazy For You
   4Kool & The GangCherish
   5Bruce SpringsteenI'm On Fire / Born In The USA
   6Marti WebbBen
   7Denise La SalleMy Toot Toot
   8EurythmicsThere Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)
   9Fine Young CannibalsJohnny Come Home
   10Mai TaiHistory
   11Billy OceanSuddenly
   12Tears For FearsHead Over Heels
   13CrowdYou'll Never Walk Alone
   14MarillionKayleigh
   15OpusLive Is Life
   16Conway BrothersTurn It Up
   17Dead Or AliveIn Too Deep
   18CommentatorsN-N-Nineteen Not Out
   19Howard JonesLife In One Day
   20Simply RedMoney's Too Tight To Mention
   21Paul YoungTomb Of Memories
   22Jaki GrahamRound And Around
   23CultShe Sells Sanctuary
   24Glenn FreySmuggler's Blues
   25Scritti PolittiThe Word Girl
   26AnimotionObsession
   27DamnedThe Shadow Of Love
   28Style CouncilCome To Milton Keynes
   29Cool NotesIn Your Car
   30Duran DuranA View To A Kill
   31Paul Hardcastle19
   32China CrisisKing In A Catholic Style (Wake Up)
   33Trans-XLiving On Video
   34Prince & The RevolutionPaisley Park
   35Steve ArringtonDancin' In The Key Of Life
   36Russ AbbotAll Night Holiday
   37Animal NightlifeLove Is Just The Great Pretender
   38Feargal SharkeyLoving You
   39Five StarAll Fall Down
   40PropagandaDuel




Wimbledon 1986

Gentlemen's singles winner : Boris Becker    (GER)
Ladies' singles winner : Martina Navratilova    (USA)
Gentlemen's doubles winners : Joakim Nystrom / Mats Wilander    (SWE)
Ladies' doubles winners : Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver    (USA)
Mixed doubles winners : Ken Flach / Kathy Jordan    (USA)

Biggest hits of Wimbledon fortnight 1986
   1MadonnaPapa Don't Preach
   2Wham!The Edge Of Heaven
   3Owen PaulMy Favourite Waste of Time
   4HousemartinsHappy Hour
   5AmazuluToo Good To Be Forgotten
   6Sly FoxLet's Go All The Way
   7Nu ShoozI Can't Wait
   8Rod StewartEvery Beat Of My Heart
   9BananaramaVenus
   10Bucks FizzNew Beginning (Mamba Seyra)
   11A-haHunting High And Low
   12Samantha FoxDo Ya Do Ya (Wanna Please Me)
   13Real Roxanne With Hitman Howie Tee(Bang Zoom) Let's Go
   14Claire & FriendsIt's 'Orrible Being In Love (When You're 8)
   15Doctor & The MedicsSpirit In The Sky
   16Art Of Noise With Max HeadroomParanoimia
   17UB40Sing Our Own Song
   18Real ThingCan't Get By Without You (The Second Decade Remix)
   19Midnight StarHeadlines
   20QueenFriends Will Be Friends
   21Simply RedHolding Back The Years
   22Lovebug StarskiAmityville (The House on the Hill)
   23Robert PalmerAddicted To Love
   24Steve WinwoodHigher Love
   25Chris De BurghThe Lady In Red
   26FurnitureBrilliant Mind
   27HaywoodeRoses
   28Peter GabrielSledgehammer
   29Midge UreCall Of The Wild
   30Stan RidgwayCamouflage
   31Miami Sound MachineBad Boy
   32Billy BraggLevi Stubbs Tears (EP)
   33Janet JacksonNasty
   34Cock RobinThe Promise You Made
   35Suzanne VegaLeft Of Centre
   36Gary NumanI Can't Stop
   37Audrey HallSmile
   38David BowieUnderground
   39Patti Labelle & Michael McDonaldOn My Own
   40PrincessTell Me Tomorrow




Wimbledon 1987

Memorable moment : Pat Cash caused a stir when he appeared with his unshaven good looks and glamorous rock appearance... and won Wimbledon.

Gentlemen's singles winner : Pat Cash    (AUS)
Ladies' singles winner : Martina Navratilova    (USA)
Gentlemen's doubles winners : Ken Flach / Robert Seguso    (USA)
Ladies' doubles winners : Claudio Kohde-Kilsch / Helena Sukova    (GER / TCH)
Mixed doubles winners : Michael Bates / Jo Durie    (GBR)

Biggest hits of Wimbledon fortnight 1987
   1Pet Shop BoysIt's A Sin
   2Bruce WillisUnder the Boardwalk
   3FirmStar Trekkin'
   4Terence Trent D'ArbyWishing Well
   5Whitney HoustonI Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
   6A-haThe Living Daylights
   7Atlantic StarrAlways
   8Cliff RichardMy Pretty One
   9John FarnhamYou're The Voice
   10Curiosity Killed The CatMisfit
   11WhitesnakeIs This Love
   12BlackSweetest Smile
   13Chris ReaLet's Dance
   14MadonnaWho's That Girl
   15ABCWhen Smokey Sings
   16HeartAlone
   17George MichaelI Want Your Sex
   18Mel & KimFLM
   19Billy IdolSweet Sixteen
   20Johnny LoganHold Me Now
   21Broken EnglishComin' On Strong
   22Jackie Wilson(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher
   23Samantha FoxNothing's Gonna Stop Me Now
   24StarshipNothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
   25Shakin' StevensA Little Boogie Woogie (In The Back Of My Mind)
   26PrinceIf I Was Your Girlfriend
   27Simple MindsPromised You A Miracle (Live)
   28GenesisThrowing It All Away
   29ChristiansHooverville (And They Promised Us The World)
   30Boogie Box HighJive Talkin'
   31U2I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
   32ErasureVictim Of Love
   33Freddie McGregorJust Don't Want To Be Lonely
   34Kenny GSongbird
   35Jody WatleyLooking For A New Love
   36CureCatch
   37Tom JonesIt's Not Unusual
   38Crowded HouseDon't Dream It's Over
   39MirageJack Mix II
   40Living In A BoxScales Of Justice




Wimbledon 1988

Gentlemen's singles winner : Stefan Edberg    (SWE)
Ladies' singles winner : Steffi Graf    (GER)
Gentlemen's doubles winners : Ken Flach / Robert Seguso    (USA)
Ladies' doubles winners : Steffi Graf / Gabriela Sabatini    (GER / ARG)
Mixed doubles winners : Sherwood Stewart / Zina Garrison    (USA)

Biggest hits of Wimbledon fortnight 1988
   1Glenn MedeirosNothing's Gonna Change My Love For You
   2BrosI Owe You Nothing
   3Fat Boys With Chubby CheckerThe Twist (Yo, Twist)
   4Salt-N-PepaPush It / Tramp
   5SabrinaBoys (Summertime Love)
   6Phil CollinsIn The Air Tonight
   7UB40 With Chrissie HyndeBreakfast In Bed
   8Tracy ChapmanFast Car
   9PasadenasTribute (Right On)
   10Maxi PriestWild World
   11Matt BiancoDon't Blame It On That Girl / Wap-Bam-Boogie
   12TimelordsDoctorin' The Tardis
   13Bruce SpringsteenTougher Than The Rest
   14Mac Band featuring The McCampbell BrothersRoses Are Red
   15Everything But The GirlI Don't Want To Talk About It
   16T'PauI Will Be With You
   17DesirelessVoyage Voyage
   18Hazell DeanMaybe (We Should Call It A Day)
   19Eighth WonderCross My Heart
   20EurythmicsYou Have Placed A Chill In My Heart
   21CommunardsThere's More To Love
   22ErasureChains of Love
   23Public EnemyDon't Believe The Hype
   24INXSNever Tear Us Apart
   25Eric B & RakimFollow The Leader
   26Kylie MinogueGot To Be Certain
   27Rose RoyceCar Wash / Is It Love You're After
   28Transvision VampI Want Your Love
   29Wet Wet Wet / Billy Bragg With Cara TiveyWith A Little Help From My Friends / She's Leaving Home
   30Natalie ColeEverlasting
   31Debbie GibsonFoolish Beat
   32Michael JacksonDirty Diana
   33Aztec CameraSomewhere In My Heart
   34Voice Of The BeehiveDon't Call Me Baby
   35Elton JohnI Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That
   36George MichaelMonkey
   37MorrisseyEvery Day Is Like Sunday
   38Def LeppardLove Bites
   39Ziggy Marley & The Melody MakersTomorrow People
   40Pat BenatarAll Fired Up




Wimbledon 1989

Gentlemen's singles winner : Boris Becker    (GER)
Ladies' singles winner : Steffi Graf    (GER)
Gentlemen's doubles winners : John Fitzgerald / Anders Jarryd    (AUS / SWE)
Ladies' doubles winners : Jana Novotna / Helena Sukova    (TCH)
Mixed doubles winners : Jim Pugh / Jana Novotna    (USA / TCH)

Biggest hits of Wimbledon fortnight 1989
   1Soul II SoulBack To Life (However Do You Want Me)
   2Beautiful SouthSong For Whoever
   3PrinceBatdance
   4London BoysLondon Nights
   5SoniaYou'll Never Stop Me From Loving You
   6Gladys KnightLicence To Kill
   7U2All I Want Is You
   8Pet Shop BoysIt's Alright
   9Cyndi LauperI Drove All Night
   10QueenBreakthru'
   11Jason DonovanSealed With A Kiss
   12SinittaRight Back Where We Started From
   13Double Trouble & The Rebel MCJust Keep Rockin'
   14Guns 'N' RosesPatience
   15D Mob featuring LRSIt Is Time To Get Funky
   16Rufus & Chaka KhanAin't Nobody
   17Donna AllenJoy And Pain
   18MPop Muzik
   19Karyn WhiteSuperwoman
   20Guns 'N' RosesSweet Child O' Mine
   21A Guy Called GeraldVoodoo Ray
   22Bette MidlerWind Beneath My Wings
   23Clannad With BonoIn A Lifetime
   24MadonnaExpress Yourself
   25Bobby BrownOn Our Own
   26Monie LoveGrandpa's Party
   27We've Got A Fuzzbox & We're Gonna Use ItPink Sunshine
   28BanglesBe With You
   29Cliff RichardThe Best Of Me
   30Holly JohnsonAtomic City
   31WaterfrontCry
   32Public EnemyFight The Power
   33Donna SummerI Don't Wanna Get Hurt
   34De La SoulSay No Go
   35Natalie ColeMiss You Like Crazy
   36Michael JacksonLiberian Girl
   37Danny WilsonThe Second Summer Of Love
   38Placido Domingo & Jennifer RushTil I Loved You
   39Kirsty MacCollDays
   40LA MixGet Loose


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