The 80s were the decade when music matching style mattered more than ever, and only those artists who were able to anticipate the market’s shifting attention and adapt fast could hope to survive. One British band – almost more than any other – surfed the changing musical tides with one striking metamorphosis after another. With Spandau Ballet’s first hit single reaching the UK charts in November 1980, and their last making the listings just four months ahead of the decade’s close, the five-piece bookended the decade with dazzling confidence and some classic singles which make up the 20 best Spandau Ballet songs.
Listen to the best of Spandau Ballet here and check out our 20 best Spandau Ballet songs, below.
20: Musclebound (from ‘Journeys To Glory’, 1981)
With the New Romantic era in smouldering supremacy, Spandau Ballet’s epic oddity is a period piece that scored a welcome return to the UK Top 10 after the band’s second single, The Freeze. Musclebound’s brooding physicality and chant-like rhythm is a world away from the classic sound that lay just a couple of years ahead, but it remains fine gothic-pop froth worthy of the era’s Top Of The Pops, with a video filmed in the middle of a blizzard in the Lake District. “I have watched this video several times since and still have no idea what it is all about, which, bearing in mind how much it cost, is a worry,” said lead singer Tony Hadley.