1980 – Where’s the Beef?


Bruce Springsteen - The River


1980…not one of the most innovative and exciting years musically. But there were a few shining moments, including Pat Benatar, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Blondie, and Bruce Springsteen’s “The River”. The biggest star of 1980 was a unknown “yacht-rocker” named Christopher Cross — who burst onto the scene with three chart-topping hit singles from his debut album.

We were also in the midst of the “Urban Cowboy Era” that year — where several twangy-based tunes found their way onto Pop and Rock radio.

Back In 1980:

  • Minimum wage in the U.S. was $3.10 per hour
  • The average annual income was $19,173
  • A new car cost you $7,200
  • You could build a new house for $68,714
  • A loaf of bread was 51 cents
  • A gallon of gas was $1.19
  • First Class postage was only 15 cents!

On this week’s broadcast, we test a few more musical gems from 1980.  Hear all the  Progressive Rock from that year along with TV, Movie, News, Sports and lifestyle memories right here right now on Live365!

Who were your favorite artists and tunes from 1980?

I thank you for listening!

– Fred

3 thoughts on “1980 – Where’s the Beef?

  1. Fred
    Hope all is well, long time listener, always looked forward to Saturday mornings, and Retro Lightening, now Retroalbum Rock. Thanks for keeping this groove going for us.
    Question, where can I see the playlists each week, and the playlists from past shows. I always looked forward to going through it and looking up albums, songs, etc.
    Thanks again for our weekly dose of the golden years of music! Look forward to hearing back

  2. Hi Rick,

    Thanks for checking in. Glad that you are still with us!

    Since the channel is 24/7 now, it’s nearly impossible to list all of the music we feature on a particular week’s broadcast for a single year.

    But in repsonse to your request, I’ve re-activated the “Playlists” page that will show one “4-Hour” sample of music from the previous week’s broadcast. This will give you an idea of what was played throughout the last week.

    Please note that we change out the Feature Year every Saturday morning (just like we did previously on 100.1FM). So be sure and tune-in then so you can catch our new playlist for the upcoming week!

    Thanks again for your continued support of “Retro Album Rock”, and please tell your friends, family and co-workers to give us a listen, too! Remember, you don’t need to be a Live365 VIP member to hear us.

    Best regards,

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