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Atari 2600 Video Game Release Dates for 1980

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Information compiled by Duane Alan Hahn.

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January

Space Invaders (Atari) EBG

Circus Atari (Atari) EBG

 

February

 

 

March

3-D Tic-Tac-Toe (Atari) EBG

 

April

Golf (Atari) EBG

 

May

 

 

June

 

 

July

Boxing (Activision) BG

Checkers (Activision) BG

Dragster (Activision) BG

Fishing Derby (Activision) BG

 

August

Night Driver (Atari) EBG

 

September

Championship Soccer (Atari) EBG

Dodge ‘Em (Atari) EBG

Maze Craze (Atari) EBG

Video Checkers (Atari) EBG

 

October

 

 

November

 

 

December

Bridge (Activision) BG

Skiing (Activision) BG

 

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Page last updated on: 2017y_05m_27d_0739t

 

Below is an incomplete list of Atari 2600 video game release dates by month in the USA for the year 1980 along with lists of top 40 music, movies, and TV shows to help summon your treasured memories of the Atari 2600 and the 1980s with the bonus of recreating the magical feelings of that special time.

 

If you were too young or not even born yet, play the songs in the order they are listed and watch short video clips or commercials for the movies and TV shows (in order) and you might start to feel what it was like back then in 1980. There were no smartphones or an Internet full of knowledge and entertainment at your fingertips. If you wanted to know something, you had to go to the library and try to find the information in a book. If you were lucky, you had an encyclopedia set at home, but it would probably be many decades out of date.

 

 

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For those who only want release dates and nothing else, there is a Release Date Quick List. This page also has an Index.

 

 

Not Set in Stone

Most of the release dates below are not set in stone. Games will be moved as better information is found, so be sure to check back once in a while.

 

 

Best Guess

Many games are marked as a best guess. Some guesses are worse than others. Below is a list of the types of guesses that can be on this page.

 

Best Guess (BG): At least one magazine or newsletter mentioned the month a game was released or supposed to be released.

 

Extreme Best Guess (EBG): A vague mention of the release month in a magazine or newsletter.

 

Super Extreme Best Guess (SEBG): The Video Game Update newsletter only had a review for the game (no release month mentioned), so it's a semi-educated wild guess. The review could have happened the same month the game was released or the review could have been published a month or more later.

 

Desperate Super Extreme Best Guess (DSEBG): There might be an ad in a magazine to go on if we're lucky. It's a desperate semi-educated wild guess.

 

 

Copyright Date

Remember, the date on the box, cartridge, manual, and copyright screen can be different from the actual release date. For example, Atari 2600 Pac-Man was released in March/April of 1982, but the box, cart, manual, and copyright screen have 1981 as the copyright date. It usually took around 6 months for a programmer to make an Atari VCS game back then and that's not counting the time it took to make the manuals, boxes, and cartridges.

 

 

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If you find a mistake, or have more information to add, such as month/year release dates for games, please contact me. Every little bit of credible information helps, no matter how insignificant you think it might be. Thanks for your help.

 

 

 

 

January 1980

January 1980

 

Circus Atari (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess. An article at gamasutra says that Circus Atari was released in January, but A History of … Games claims it was released in June.

Trivia:

Programmer Mike Lorenzen also made Oink!.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Reviews:

JoyStik (Dec 82 p60)

How To Win At Home Video Games (82 p60)

Electronic Games 1983 Software Encyclopedia (83 p22)

January 1980

 

New on Top 40 Radio  [In the Approximate Order They Hit the Top 40]

“Lonely Eyes” by Robert John   YouTube

“She's In Love With You” by Suzi Quatro   YouTube

“Voices” by Cheap Trick   YouTube

“When I Wanted You” by Barry Manilow   YouTube

“Working My Way Back To You” by The Spinners   YouTube

“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen   YouTube

“Rapper's Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang   YouTube

“Longer” by Dan Fogelberg   YouTube

“Why Me” by STYX   YouTube

“Daydream Believer” by Anne Murray   YouTube

“Last Train To London” by ELO   YouTube   75%

Next Month

January 1980

 

New at the Movies

Just Tell Me What You Want  (January 18)   YouTube   IMDb

January 1980

 

New on TV

Skag  NBC  (January 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

3-2-1 Contact  PBS  (January 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Goodtime Girls  ABC  (January 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Galactica 1980  ABC  (January 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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February 1980

February 1980

 

New on Top 40 Radio  [In the Approximate Order They Hit the Top 40]

“How Do I Make You” by Linda Ronstadt   YouTube

“The Second Time Around” by Shalamar   YouTube

“I Can't Help Myself” by Bonnie Pointer   YouTube

“99” by Toto   YouTube

“Heartbreaker” by Pat Benatar   YouTube

“Too Hot” by Kool & The Gang   YouTube

“Refugee” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers   YouTube

“Him” by Rupert Holmes   YouTube

“Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)” by Pink Floyd   YouTube

“Special Lady” by Ray, Goodman & Brown   YouTube

“Let Me Go, Love” by Nicolette Larson & Michael McDonald   YouTube   65%

“Off The Wall” by Michael Jackson   YouTube   95%

Next Month

February 1980

 

New at the Movies

American Gigolo  (February 1)   YouTube   IMDb

Fatso  (February 1)   YouTube   IMDb

2001: A Space Odyssey  (February 8)   YouTube   IMDb   [re-release]

The Fog  (February 8)   YouTube   IMDb

Midnight Madness  (February 8)   YouTube   IMDb

The Last Married Couple in America  (February 8)   YouTube   IMDb

Saturn 3  (February 15)   YouTube   IMDb

Caligula  (February 15)   YouTube   IMDb

Don't Answer the Phone!  (February 29)   YouTube   IMDb

Foxes  (February 29)   YouTube   IMDb

The Ninth Configuration  (February 29)   YouTube   IMDb

February 1980

 

New on TV

Mystery!  PBS  (February 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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March 1980

March 1980

 

New on Top 40 Radio  [In the Approximate Order They Hit the Top 40]

“Ride Like The Wind” by Christopher Cross   YouTube   65%

“With You I'm Born Again” by Billy Preston & Syreeta   YouTube

“I Can't Tell You Why” by The Eagles   YouTube   65%

“Call Me” by Blondie   YouTube   70%

“Sexy Eyes” by Dr. Hook   YouTube

“Lost In Love” by Air Supply   YouTube

“I Wish I Was 18 Again” by George Burns   YouTube

“And The Beat Goes On” by The Whispers   YouTube

“Cars” by Gary Numan   YouTube   95%

“Pilot Of The Airwaves” by Charlie Dore   YouTube

“You May Be Right” by Billy Joel   YouTube

“Keep The Fire” by Kenny Loggins   YouTube

“Any Way You Want It” by Journey   YouTube   75%

“Set Me Free” by Utopia   YouTube

“Brass In Pocket” by The Pretenders   YouTube

“Think About Me” by Fleetwood Mac   YouTube   65%

Next Month

March 1980

 

New at the Movies

The Black Marble  (March 7)   YouTube   IMDb

Coal Miner's Daughter  (March 7)   YouTube   IMDb

Defiance  (March 14)   YouTube   IMDb

Forbidden Zone  (March 21)   YouTube   IMDb

Little Darlings  (March 21)   YouTube   IMDb

Little Miss Marker  (March 21)   YouTube   IMDb

The Changeling  (March 28)   YouTube   IMDb

Serial  (March 28)   YouTube   IMDb

Tom Horn  (March 28)   YouTube   IMDb

When Time Ran Out...  (March 28)   YouTube   IMDb

March 1980

 

New on TV

Pink Lady [And Jeff]  NBC  (March 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

That's Incredible!  ABC  (March 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Big Show  NBC  (March 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Beyond Westworld  CBS  (March 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

United States  NBC  (March 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Sanford  NBC  (March 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Me and Maxx  NBC  (March 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Tim Conway Show  CBS  (March 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Flo  March 22  (March 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Stockard Channing Show  March 22  (March 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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April 1980

April 1980

 

Golf (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess based on the info at A History of … Games and a nonspecific mention at gamasutra.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

April 1980

 

New on Top 40 Radio  [In the Approximate Order They Hit the Top 40]

“The Rose” by Bette Midler   YouTube

“Do Right” by Paul Davis   YouTube

“Stomp!” by Brothers Johnson   YouTube

“Let's Get Serious” by Jermaine Jackson   YouTube

“Funky Town” by Lipps, Inc.   YouTube   95%

“Breakdown Dead Ahead” by Boz Scaggs   YouTube

“Hurt So Bad” by Linda Ronstadt   YouTube

“Biggest Part Of Me” by Ambrosia   YouTube   70%

“After You” by Dionne Warwick   YouTube

“Love Stinks” by J. Geils Band   YouTube   55%

“Train In Vain (Stand By Me)” by The Clash   YouTube

Next Month

April 1980

 

New at the Movies

The Baltimore Bullet  (April 1)   YouTube   IMDb

The Private Eyes  (April 17)   YouTube   IMDb

Where the Buffalo Roam  (April 25)   YouTube   IMDb

April 1980

 

New on TV

Fridays  ABC  (April 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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May 1980

May 1980

 

New on Top 40 Radio  [In the Approximate Order They Hit the Top 40]

“Gee Whiz” by Bernadette Peters   YouTube

“Let Me Be The Clock” by Smokey Robinson   YouTube

“Wondering Where The Lions Are” by Bruce Cockburn   YouTube   55%

“Steal Away” by Robbie Dupree   YouTube   95%

“Should've Never Let You Go” by Neil & Dara Sedaka   YouTube

“She's Out Of My Life” by Michael Jackson   YouTube   65%

“Little Jeannie” by Elton John   YouTube

“Against The Wind” by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band   YouTube

“Coming Up” by Paul McCartney   YouTube   75%   [The 1979 Glasgow version is what I heard on the radio.]

“I Don't Want To Walk Without You” by Barry Manilow   YouTube   60%

“We Live For Love” by Pat Benatar   YouTube

“New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra   YouTube

“Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone” by Manhattan Transfer   YouTube   95%

“Let Me Love You Tonight” by Pure Prairie League   YouTube

“Cupid” by The Spinners   YouTube

“It's Still Rock & Roll To Me” by Billy Joel   YouTube   70%

“Rock Lobster” by The B-52's   YouTube   55%

“Shining Star” by The Manhattans   YouTube

Next Month

May 1980

 

New at the Movies

Friday the 13th  (May 9)   YouTube   IMDb

The Nude Bomb  (May 9)   YouTube   IMDb

Fame  (May 16)   YouTube   IMDb

The Long Riders  (May 16)   YouTube   IMDb

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back  (May 21)   YouTube   IMDb   [limited release]

Carny  (May 23)   YouTube   IMDb

The Gong Show Movie  (May 23)   YouTube   IMDb

The Shining  (May 23)   YouTube   IMDb

Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!!)  (May 30)   YouTube   IMDb

The Hollywood Knights  (May 30)   YouTube   IMDb

May 1980

 

New on TV

America's Top 10  Syndication  (May 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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June 1980

June 1980

 

New on Top 40 Radio  [In the Approximate Order They Hit the Top 40]

“Two Places At The Same Time” by Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio   YouTube

“One Fine Day” by Carole King   YouTube

“Tired Of Toein' The Line” by Rocky Burnette   YouTube   70%

“I'm Alive” by ELO   YouTube   70%

“Magic” by Olivia Newton-John   YouTube   85%

“All Night Long” by Joe Walsh   YouTube

“Answering Machine” by Rupert Holmes   YouTube   60%

“More Love” by Kim Carnes   YouTube

“Let My Love Open The Door” by Pete Townshend   YouTube

“Fame” by Irene Cara   YouTube

“Jojo” by Boz Scaggs   YouTube

“Misunderstanding” by Genesis   YouTube   75%

“In America” by Charlie Daniels Band   YouTube

“Gimme Some Lovin'” by The Blue Brothers   YouTube

“Take Your Time (Do It Right)” by The S.O.S. Band   YouTube   65%

Next Month

June 1980

 

New at the Movies

The Mountain Men  (June 1)   YouTube   IMDb

Galaxina  (June 6)   YouTube   IMDb

Urban Cowboy  (June 6)   YouTube   IMDb

Bronco Billy  (June 11)   YouTube   IMDb

The Island  (June 13)   YouTube   IMDb

Roadie  (June 13)   YouTube   IMDb

Wholly Moses!  (June 13)   YouTube   IMDb

The Blues Brothers  (June 20)   YouTube   IMDb

Brubaker  (June 20)   YouTube   IMDb

Can't Stop the Music  (June 20)   YouTube   IMDb

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back  (June 20)   YouTube   IMDb

Herbie Goes Bananas  (June 25)   YouTube   IMDb

The Last Flight of Noah's Ark  (June 25)   YouTube   IMDb

June 1980

 

New on TV

Nobody's Perfect  ABC  (June 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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July 1980

July 1980

 

Fishing Derby (Activision)

Best Guess using info from Leisure Time Electronics and the Klove list.

Trivia:

Fishing Derby started out as a video aquarium and Bob Whitehead helped make the shark according to the book Video Invaders (82 p53).

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Leisure Time Electronics

Reviews:

Electronic Games (Winter 81 p42)

Creative Computing Magazine (Sep 81 p240)

July 1980

 

New on Top 40 Radio  [In the Approximate Order They Hit the Top 40]

“Play The Game” by Queen   YouTube

“Sailing” by Christopher Cross   YouTube   85%

“Emotional Rescue” by Rolling Stones   YouTube

“Old Fashion Love” by The Commodores   YouTube

“Into The Night” by Benny Mardones   YouTube

“Make A Little Magic” by The Dirt Band   YouTube

“All Out Of Love” by Air Supply   YouTube

“I Can't Let Go” by Linda Ronstadt   YouTube

“Why Not Me” by Fred Knoblock   YouTube   60%

“Cocaine” by Eric Clapton   YouTube

“Boulevard” by Jackson Browne   YouTube

“Drivin' My Life Away” by Eddie Rabbitt   YouTube   80%

“Upside Down” by Diana Ross   YouTube

Next Month

July 1980

 

New at the Movies

Alligator  (July 2)   YouTube   IMDb

The Blue Lagoon  (2 July)   YouTube   IMDb

How to Beat the High Co$t of Living  (July 11)   YouTube   IMDb

Oh Heavenly Dog  (July 11)   YouTube   IMDb

Used Cars  (July 11)   YouTube   IMDb

The Big Red One  (July 18)   YouTube   IMDb

Cheech and Chong's Next Movie  (July 18)   YouTube   IMDb

Honeysuckle Rose  (July 18)   YouTube   IMDb

Caddyshack  (July 25)   YouTube   IMDb

Dressed to Kill  (July 25)   YouTube   IMDb

Airplane!  (August 29)   YouTube   IMDb

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August 1980

August 1980

 

New on Top 40 Radio  [In the Approximate Order They Hit the Top 40]

“Jesse” by Carly Simon   YouTube

“Lookin' For Love” by Johnny Lee   YouTube

“All Over The World” by ELO   YouTube   80%

“You're The Only Woman” by Ambrosia   YouTube

“Give Me The Night” by George Benson   YouTube   75%

“Hot Rod Hearts” by Robbie Dupree   YouTube

“Don't Ask Me Why” by Billy Joel   YouTube

“I'm Alright” by Kenny Loggins   YouTube   95%

“Late In The Evening” by Paul Simon   YouTube

“Red Light” by Linda Clifford   YouTube

“Xanadu” by Olivia Newton-John & ELO   YouTube   85%

“Hey There Lonely Girl” by Robert John   YouTube

“Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen   YouTube   75%

“First Time Love” by Livingston Taylor   YouTube

“He's So Shy” by Pointer Sisters   YouTube

“Never Knew Love Like This Before ” by Stephanie Mills   YouTube

Next Month

August 1980

 

New at the Movies

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (special edition)  (August 1)   YouTube   IMDb

The Final Countdown  (August 1)   YouTube   IMDb

The Hunter  (August 1)   YouTube   IMDb

Raise the Titanic  (August 1)   YouTube   IMDb

The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu  (August 8)   YouTube   IMDb

Xanadu  (August 8)   YouTube   IMDb

The Octagon  (August 15)   YouTube   IMDb

Smokey and the Bandit II  (August 15)   YouTube   IMDb

August 1980

 

New on TV

Texas  NBC  (August 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Games People Play  NBC  (August 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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September 1980

September 1980

 

Championship Soccer (Atari)   [a.k.a. Pelé's Soccer]

Extreme Best Guess based on Leisure Time Electronics, the info at A History of … Games and a nonspecific mention at gamasutra.

Trivia:

Championship Soccer by Steve Wright was renamed to Pelé's Soccer with no change to the game.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Leisure Time Electronics

Article:

Steve's Atari Days

September 1980

 

Dodge ‘Em (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess based on Leisure Time Electronics and the info at A History of … Games. An article at gamasutra claims that the game was released in 1981.

Trivia:

Programmer Carla Meninsky also made Warlords and Star Raiders.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Leisure Time Electronics

Article:

Fleeing Through the Lethal Labyrinths - Electronic Games 1983 Software Encyclopedia (83 p98)

September 1980

 

New on Top 40 Radio  [In the Approximate Order They Hit the Top 40]

“Real Love” by Doobie Brothers   YouTube

“You Better Run” by Pat Benatar   YouTube

“Look What You've Done To Me” by Boz Scaggs   YouTube

“Woman In Love” by Barbra Streisand   YouTube

“How Do I Survive” by Amy Holland   YouTube

“Out Here On My Own” by Irene Cara   YouTube

“I Got You” by Split Enz   YouTube

“Whip It” by Devo   YouTube   70%

“The Legend Of Wooley Swamp” by Charlie Daniels Band   YouTube

“On The Road Again” by Willie Nelson   YouTube

“Lovely One” by The Jacksons   YouTube   75%

“I'm Coming Out” by Diana Ross   YouTube   65%

“The Wanderer” by Donna Summer   YouTube   60%

Next Month

September 1980

 

New at the Movies

Phobia  (September 9)   YouTube   IMDb

Melvin and Howard  (September 19)   YouTube   IMDb

The Exterminator  (September 19)   YouTube   IMDb

In God We Trust  (September 26)   YouTube   IMDb

My Bodyguard  (September 26)   YouTube   IMDb

Resurrection  (September 26)   YouTube   IMDb

Stardust Memories  (September 26)   YouTube   IMDb

He Knows You're Alone  (August 29)   YouTube   IMDb

September 1980

 

New on TV

The Lone Ranger  ABC  (September 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Solid Gold  Syndication  (September 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Cosmos  PBS  (September 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

September 1980

 

History

     

    Text below from Leisure Time Electronics (Fall 1980)

     

     

    Atari Adds Four Games

    Atari adds four home video games to its current list of 36 titles.

     

    The company also announces plans to sponsor the first Space Invaders/Breakout National Championships. The contest will begin in the fall with five regional championships and end with a national finals in San Francisco.

     

    One of the new home video games is Championship Soccer, which features a “scrolling” playing field. This feature gives viewers the impression that they are “hovering above the playing area, following the ball and the teams as they travel up and down the field.”

     

    Maze Craze is a new multifaceted game that challenges two players to race through a maze, each chasing or avoiding “computer foes” which are also traveling through the maze. The game can increase in complexity in any of 256 ways.

     

    Atari Video Checkers provides the player with nine levels of computer opposition, each one rising in game-skills.

     

    In Dodge 'Em, a new drivers' game, the player/driver tries to avoid colliding with an oncoming computer car while gaining points for completing laps. However, with each successful lap the game gets harder.

     

    A new dealer support plan from Atari includes the firm’s largest advertising campaign, National and local advertising, promotions, cooperative ads. display materials and an expanded public relations program are part of the campaign.

     

    The ad campaign was slated to begin in early September with advertisements on primetime and major sports-event shows. Three different ads are involved, two for the VCS unit itself and one for the game cartridges.

     

    Television advertising will be complemented by print ads in top consumer magazines.

     

    Atari has also scheduled two special promotions for the third and fourth quarters. The Keyboard Savings promotion, which kicked off July 1 and will continue until September 30, gives a free set of keyboard controllers to consumers who buy A Game of Concentration and Codebreaker.

     

    From November 15 to January 15, 1981, Atari will offer $5 rebate coupons on any two of 20 selected game cartridges. This promotion will be supplemented by direct-mailings to all registered VCS owners.

     

    Posters for both the promotions are offered to dealers for display in their stores with Atari VCS cartridge catalogs.

     

    The firm is also providing ready-made ad slicks, suggested radio announcements and suggested layouts for the dealer’s own ads. In addition, a five percent co-op allowance will be available to dealers.

     

    The new public relations program will be geared to draw attention and major news coverage to Atari's major role in electronic games. A highlight of the program will be the Space Invaders/Breakout National Championships.

     

     

     

    Activision Reports Sales Double Company Expectations

    Activision, Independent designer and marketer of video game cartridges says orders booked during the first 100 days since its new game cartridges were released are more than double the company's original projections. The recently formed firm also reports that its planned 1980 production was “virtually sold out” during the recent Consumer Electronics Show which was held in Chicago.

     

    Activision president Jim Levy notes that “programmable video game sales continue to grow at an annual 40 to 50 percent rate despite current economic unrest. In contrast to the uncertainty of sales of many other products, video game dealers find continued strength in game cartridge sales.”

     

    The company demonstrated its first four games, designed for use with the Atari Video Computer System, at the summer CES. Shipments of Boxing, Fishing Derby, Checkers and Dragster commenced in July. The company also gave a sneak preview of two new titles scheduled to be released in DecemberSkiing and Bridge.

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October 1980

October 1980

 

New on Top 40 Radio  [In the Approximate Order They Hit the Top 40]

“Turn It On Again” by Genesis   YouTube

“Lady” by Kenny Rogers   YouTube

“Dreamer” by Supertramp   YouTube   75%

“Master Blaster (Jammin')” by Stevie Wonder   YouTube   80%

“She's So Cold” by Rolling Stones   YouTube

“Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar   YouTube   75%

“Let Me Talk” by Earth, Wind & Fire   YouTube

“More Than I Can Say” by Leo Sayer   YouTube   60%

“That Girl Could Sing” by Jackson Browne   YouTube

“You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC   YouTube

“Sometimes A Fantasy” by Billy Joel   YouTube

“Never Be The Same” by Christopher Cross   YouTube

“It's My Turn” by Diana Ross   YouTube

Next Month

October 1980

 

New at the Movies

Coast to Coast  (October 3)   YouTube   IMDb

The First Deadly Sin  (October 3)   YouTube   IMDb

Oh, God! Book II  (October 3)   YouTube   IMDb

One-Trick Pony  (October 3)   YouTube   IMDb

Somewhere in Time  (October 3)   YouTube   IMDb

Terror Train  (October 3)   YouTube   IMDb

Song of the South (re-release)  (October 8)   YouTube   IMDb

The Elephant Man  (October 10)   YouTube   IMDb

Private Benjamin  (October 10)   YouTube   IMDb

Fade to Black  (October 14)   YouTube   IMDb

Motel Hell  (October 24)   YouTube   IMDb

October 1980

 

New on TV

Heathcliff  ABC  (October 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Thundarr the Barbarian  ABC  (October 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Blockbusters  NBC  (October 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Las Vegas Gambit  NBC  (October 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Ladies' Man  CBS  (October 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

It's a Living  ABC  (October 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

I'm a Big Girl Now  ABC  (October 31)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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November 1980

November 1980

 

New on Top 40 Radio  [In the Approximate Order They Hit the Top 40]

“Turning Japanese” by The Vapors   YouTube   60%

“I'm Happy That Love Has Found You” by Jimmy Hall   YouTube

“Theme From ‘The Dukes Of Hazzard’ (Good Ol’ Boys)” by Waylon Jennings   YouTube

“(Just Like) Starting Over” by John Lennon   YouTube   65%

“Love On The Rocks” by Neil Diamond   YouTube

“This Time” by John Cougar   YouTube

“Guilty” by Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb   YouTube

“Hungry Heart” by Bruce Springsteen   YouTube

“Every Woman In The World” by Air Supply   YouTube

“I Believe In You” by Don Williams   YouTube   60%

“Suddenly” by Olivia Newton-John & Cliff Richard   YouTube

“Everybody's Got To Learn Sometimes” by The Korgis   YouTube

“Celebration” by Kool & The Gang   YouTube   65%

“De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” by The Police   YouTube   65%

“One Step Closer” by Doobie Brothers   YouTube

“Passion” by Rod Stewart   YouTube

“Could I Be Dreaming” by Pointer Sisters   YouTube

“The Tide Is High” by Blondie   YouTube   65%

Next Month

November 1980

 

New at the Movies

The Boogey Man  (November 7)   YouTube   IMDb

The Idolmaker  (November 14)   YouTube   IMDb

The Apple  (November 21)   YouTube   IMDb

November 1980

 

New on TV

Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo  ABC  (November 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Too Close for Comfort  ABC  (November 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Enos  CBS  (November 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Barbara Mandrell & the Mandrell Sisters  NBC  (November 18)   YouTube   IMDb

Bosom Buddies  ABC  (November 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Breaking Away  ABC  (November 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

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December 1980

December 1980

 

New on Top 40 Radio  [In the Approximate Order They Hit the Top 40]

“I Love A Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbitt   YouTube   65%

“Time Is Time” by Andy Gibb   YouTube

“I Made It Through The Rain” by Barry Manilow   YouTube

“The Winner Takes It All” by ABBA   YouTube

“Hey Nineteen” by Steely Dan   YouTube   70%

“9 To 5” by Dolly Parton   YouTube   60%

“Giving It Up For Your Love” by Delbert McClinton   YouTube

“Miss Sun” by Boz Scaggs   YouTube   80%

“Seven Bridges Road” by The Eagles   YouTube

“Keep On Loving You” by REO Speedwagon   YouTube

“Killin' Time” by Fred Knoblock & Susan Anton   YouTube

“He Can't Love You” by Michael Stanley Band   YouTube

“Same Old Lang Syne” by Dan Fogelberg   YouTube

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December 1980

 

New at the Movies

A Change of Seasons  (December 1)   YouTube   IMDb

The Competition  (December 3)   YouTube   IMDb

Flash Gordon  (December 5)   YouTube   IMDb

Popeye  (December 12)   YouTube   IMDb

Stir Crazy  (December 12)   YouTube   IMDb

Any Which Way You Can  (December 17)   YouTube   IMDb

The Formula  (December 19)   YouTube   IMDb

The Jazz Singer  (December 19)   YouTube   IMDb

Nine to Five  (December 19)   YouTube   IMDb

Raging Bull  (December 19)   YouTube   IMDb

Seems Like Old Times  (December 19)   YouTube   IMDb

Altered States  (December 25)   YouTube   IMDb

First Family  (December 25)   YouTube   IMDb

December 1980

 

New on TV

Freebie and the Bean  CBS  (December 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Secrets of Midland Heights  CBS  (December 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Number 96  CBS  (December 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Magnum, P.I.  CBS  (December 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

 

CBS Commercial Breaks - December 3, 1980 (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)   YouTube

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Pages in this Subsection

Atari 2600 Game History: 1980

Atari 2600 Game History: 1981

Atari 2600 Game History: 1982

Atari 2600 Game History: 1983

Atari 2600 Game History: 1984

Atari 2600 Game List (NTSC)

 

 

 

 

Information Compiled From the Following Sources

Internet Archive

Digital Press Library

Atari Compendium Archives

The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers

I. C. When

Atari History Museum (Atari Historical Society)

AtariGuide

AtariAge

Rock on the Net: The Ark Weekly Top 40 Archives

Internet Movie Database

Wikipedia: Wide-release Movies

Wikipedia: List of Years in Television

Special thanks to Gideon Marcus, www.galacticjourney.org (55 years ago in Science Fact and Fiction), for the use of his release date chart from the early days of the Atari VCS.

 

 

 

Index

Related Links

Atari Owners Club Bulletin / VCS Owners Club Bulletin

Find release dates for Atari 2600 games that were sold in the UK.

 

I. C. When

A chronological history of computers, video games, and related technologies (at archive.org).

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