Wednesday 13 November 2019

Retro Top Ten: This week in 1980

Johnny Logan sings ‘What’s Another Year’ at the Eurovision Song Contest in The Hague in 1980
Johnny Logan sings ‘What’s Another Year’ at the Eurovision Song Contest in The Hague in 1980

Last week's Eurovision result for Sarah McTernan's '22' was one of Ireland's worst in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest as the song failed miserably, recording the lowest score of any entry in either of the two semi finals.

Our top ten from almost 40 years ago is a timely reminder of a time when Ireland could compete at the highest level in the Eurovision.

This was the year a white-suited, fresh faced Johnny Logan (then aged 23) gave Ireland a second Eurovision win, following Dana's victory exactly ten years earlier, with 'All Kinds Of Everything'.

In the final in The Hague, Logan's 'What's Another Year', penned by Shay Healy, claimed victory ahead of the German entry - helped by 12 points to Ireland from the German jury. A total of 19 countries took part in the competition, a far cry from the 40-plus competing today.

Johnny Logan (born Seán Patrick Michael Sherrard) had failed in his first attempt to represent Ireland at Eurovision in 1979, his song finishing third in the Irish national final.

'What's Another Year' was a huge hit across Europe, spending two weeks at number one in the UK. In 2005, it was selected as one of the top 14 Eurovision songs in a televised special to mark 50 years of the contest.

Johnny Logan would go on to make history with a second Eurovision win with 'Hold Me Now' in 1987 and cement his status as a Eurovision great as writer of Linda Martin's winning entry 'Why Me?' in 1992.

Ireland has won the Eurovision a record seven times, but it's 23 years since our last win and results in recent years offer little hope of a return to the glory days.

1 What's Another Year Johnny Logan

2 No Doubt About It Hot Chocolate

3 She's Out Of My Life Michael Jackson

4 Mirror In The Bathroom The Beat

5 Geno Dexy's Midnight Runners

6 Theme From M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless) Mash

7 Over You Roxy Music

8 Hold On To My Love Jimmy Ruffin

9 I Shoulda Loved Ya Narada Michael Walden

10 We Are Glass Gary Numan

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