Top 10 Spandau Ballet Songs

Spandau Ballet Songs

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Our Top 10 Spandau Ballet Songs list presents the songs of a British Band first formed in 1979 that balanced the genres of new wave and pop perfectly. The group would become widely successful on both sides of the Atlantic while also achieving great success in Australia on the music charts. Spandau Ballet had a worldwide number one hit entitled “True,” in 1983 that turned them into a household name. Since then, they have sold over twenty five million records as they have cemented their legacy as one of the great musical acts of the 1980s and beyond.

# 10 – To Cut a Long Story Short

We open up our top 10 Spandau Ballet songs list with the new wave energized single “To Cut a Long Story Short” This was the band’s first single release of their career. The sound of early 1980s new wave is clearly present on this one. The group sounds a bit like Duran Duran on this track. Their English accents are very apparent on the track which we think sounds pretty cool. This does not sound like the same band that released the single “True,” three years later.  The song was released on the album entitled Journeys to Glory.  It was the first single released from the album. The album was released in 1980.  The song broke the United Kingdom’s Top 10 peaking at number five on the UK Music Charts. The song also was a hit on the Kent Music Australian Music Charts reaching all the way up to number 15. The band would prove to be very popular in Australia as the chart information delivered in this article will show.

# 9 – Chant No. 1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On)

Continuing with our top 10 Spandau Ballet songs list we take a listen to the great song “Chant No. 1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On).” We just love the horns that fuel this very cool song that has a bit of a David Bowie meets Talking Heads feel to it. There are some really dynamic chord changes in the middle of the song. The song was released on the album Diamond. The album was released in 1981. It was the first single released from the album. The song was a hit on the Kent Music Australian Music Charts  reaching all the way up to number thirty. In the United Kingdom the song hit number three.

# 8 – Muscle Bound

In the number eight spot our top 10 Spandau Ballet songs list we present the song entitled “Muscle Bound.” The percussive element that drives this one is very interesting.  The song was released on the album entitled  Journeys To Glory. The album was released in 1980.”Muscle Bound,” was the third single released from the album. In the United Kingdom the song hit number 10. The song also just made in onto the Kent Music  Australian Music Charts reaching number ninety seven.

# 7 – I’ll Fly For You

In the number seven position our top 10 Spandau Ballet songs list is the song entitled “I’ll Fly For You.” This is a very classy songs with a very cool saxophone introduction that sets up a songs of deep style with r&b pop jazz feel. The song was released on the album entitled Parade. The album was released in 1984. It was the second single released from the album. In the United Kingdom the song hit number nine.

# 6 – Fight For Ourselves

Landing in the number six spot our top 10 Spandau Ballet songs list we present the song “Fight For Ourselves.” The song was released on the album entitled Through The Barricades. The album was released in 1986. “Fight For Ourselves,” was the second single released from the album. The song was a hit on the Kent Music Australian Music Charts reaching all the way up to number 16.  In the United Kingdom the song hit number 15

# 5 – Only When You Leave

At the halfway point on our top 10 Spandau Ballet songs list is the great track “Only When You Leave.” This funky song with a to die for guitar riff that sound a little like Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” that Steve Luthaker of Toto played on. This is such a brilliantly produced song. The song was issued on the album entitled Parade. The album was released in 1984. It was the first single released from the album Parade. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number thirty four.The song also was a hit on the Kent Music  Australian Music Charts reaching all the way up to number twelve. In the United Kingdom the song broke the UK’s top 10 hitting the number three position

# 4 – Lifeline

At the number four spot on our top 10 Spandau Ballet songs list we present the song “Lifeline.” The song was released on the album entitled True. The album was released in 1982. It was the first single released from the album which would spawn their number one hit entitled “True.” In the United Kingdom the song hit number seven. This is a real fun one with a very upbeat groove and keyboard lick.

# 3 – Through The Barricades

Moving along on our top 10 Spandau Ballet songs list we present the song “Through The Barricades.” The song was released on the album also entitled Through The Barricades. The album was released in 1986.  It was the second single released from the album. The song was  a big hit in the United Kingdom breaking into the UK Top 10 music charts and peaking at number six. The song also was a hit on the Kent Music Australian Music Charts reaching number fifty.

# 2 – Gold

As we begin to wind up our top 10 Spandau Ballet songs list, we celebrate the song “Gold.” The song served as the follow up single to the band’s smash hit “True.” The song was released on the album entitled True. The album was released in 1982. The single was released in 1983. It was the third single released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number twenty nine. The song also was a hit on the Kent Music Australian Music Charts reaching all the way up to number nine. In the United Kingdom the song just missed scoring the band another number one single as it peaked at number two. This is such a great song that seems to be one of those forgotten gems of 1980s music. Make sure you take a listen to this one if you don’t remember it.

# 1 – True

We close out our top 10 Spandau Ballet songs list with the band’s most legendary hit single entuted “True.” This was easily the band’s most successful single. The song was written by Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kempo. That electric piano introduction would soon become one of the great musical memories of the 1980s early music scene. The song hit number one in three countries including The United Kingdom, Canada and Ireland. The song was released on the album entitled True. The album was released in 1983. It was the second single released from the album. The song was also a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number four. It stands as the band’s only Gold single release.

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