Top of the Pops – 23 May 2020 – 23/5/2020 – May 23 – Saturday – BBC Two

The Story of 1978
As the only major pop show on television, it had enjoyed a unique position in the nation’s hearts since the 1960s – teenagers fed up with the show’s predominantly light entertainment blend still watched in the hope of seeing one of the new young outfits thrown up by punk, new wave and disco. In 1978 it seemed the kids’ time had come again for the first time since glam rock, yet the biggest-selling singles of 1978 were by the likes of Boney M, John Travolta & Olivia Newton John, Rod Stewart, the Bee Gees and Abba. Punk never quite fitted in with the mainstream – it had been treated with disdain and largely ingored by Top of the Pops. Along came a generation of young post-punk and new wave bands ready to storm the Top of the Pops stage – from the Undertones, the Buzzcocks, Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Skids and Ian Dury and the Blockheads to the Boomtown Rats, Elvis Costello, the Jam and Squeeze!

1978 – Big Hits
Classic punk, disco, pop, soul, reggae and prog rock from 1978, back when TOTP was a must-watch. Those performing include Sham 69, Ian Dury, Bob Marley, Blondie, 10cc and Kate Bush

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Fast-moving music show mixing classic performances from the Top of the Pops archives with exclusive live performances

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