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1983 Festive Fifty


In 1976, BBC Radio One Icon John Peel created a music chart called the Festive Fifty. From 1982 the chart only consisted of the year’s top tracks chosen by the listeners. It would traditionally broadcast over Christmas Eve and Day.

This year saw John Peel’s discovery of unknown act, The Smiths, who reached number two on the chart, losing out to crowd favourite New Order. The album cover is titled "Simon being taken to sea for the first time since his father drowned” (1983) by Chris Killip. Some tracks were removed because of 8tracks’ two tracks per artist policy.

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