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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z OtherTop 1000

Top Adult Contemporary Songs of 1981

1980 <-1981-> 1982



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Endless Love
1.
07/1981
377

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B


7
UK
[Motown 1519]
written by Lionel Richie
Physical
2.
10/1981
353

✫1
US
29
AC


22
dance
28
R&B


7
UK
[MCA 51182]
written by Steve Kipner & Terry Shaddick
Bette Davis Eyes
3.
03/1981
348

✫1
US
15
AC


26
dance


5
rock
10
UK
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1982]
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1982]
[EMI America 8077]
written by Donna Weiss & Jackie DeShannon
Being with You
4.
02/1981
347

2
US
4
AC




✫1
R&B


✫1
UK
[Tamla 54321]
written by Smokey Robinson
Woman
5.
01/1981
325

2
US
4
AC






26
rock
✫1
UK
[Geffen]
written by John Lennon
Medley: Stars on 45
6.
04/1981
323

✫1
US
11
AC


18
dance




2
UK
[venus, sugar sugar, no reply, i'll be back, drive my car, do you want to know a secret, we can work it out, i should have known better, nowhere man, you're going to lose that girl, stars on 45]
[Radio 3810]
written by various
I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)
7.
11/1981
320

✫1
US
12
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B
28
rock
8
UK
[RCA 12357]
written by Daryl Hall, John Oates & Sara Allen
Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)
8.
08/1981
316

✫1
US
✫1
AC






13
rock
7
UK
[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1981]
[Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song 1981]
[Warner 49787]
written by Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager & Peter Allen
9.
05/1981
279

✫1
US
✫1
AC








12
UK
[instrumental]
[Polydor 2189]
written by Vangelis
Waiting for a Girl Like You
10.
10/1981
276

2
US
5
AC






✫1
rock
8
UK
[Atlantic 3868]
written by Mick Jones [Foreigner] & Lou Gramm
Slow Hand
11.
05/1981
259

2
US
6
AC




7
R&B


10
UK
[Planet 47929]
written by John Bettis & Michael Clark
Private Eyes
12.
08/1981
246

✫1
US
33
AC






33
rock
32
UK
[RCA 12296]
written by Daryl Hall, Sara Allen, Janna Allen & Warren Pash
Why Do Fools Fall in Love?
13.
10/1981
242

7
US
2
AC




6
R&B


4
UK
written by Frankie Lymon, Herman Santiago (uncredited), George Goldner (uncredited) & Morris Levy
Just the Two of Us
14.
02/1981
239

2
US
2
AC




3
R&B


34
UK
All Those Years Ago
15.
05/1981
230

2
US
✫1
AC






6
rock
13
UK
[Dark Horse 49725]
written by George Harrison
For Your Eyes Only
16.
06/1981
226

4
US
6
AC








8
UK
[Liberty 1418]
written by Bill Conti & Mike Leeson (as Michael Leeson)
17.
07/1981
224

10
US
8
AC








2
UK
[instrumental]
tchaikovsky piano concerto #1, flight of the bumble bee, mozart symphony #40 in g minor, rhapsody in blue, karelia suite, the marriage of figaro, romeo & juliet, trumpet voluntary, etc.
[RCA 12304]
written by various
Queen of Hearts
18.
05/1981
223

2
US
2
AC
14
country






76
UK
[Capitol 4997]
written by Hank DeVito
The One That You Love
19.
05/1981
219

✫1
US
2
AC










[Arista 0604]
written by Graham Russell
Sukiyaki
20.
03/1981
215

3
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




[Capitol 4953]
written by Rokusuke Ei, Hachidai Nakamura, Abraham Quintanilla III (as Abraham Quintanilla Jr.) & Pete Astudillo
Harden My Heart
21.
10/1981
213

3
US
41
AC






✫1
rock
49
UK
[Geffen 49824]
written by Marv Ross
I Don't Need You
22.
06/1981
210

3
US
✫1
AC
✫1
country








produced by Lionel Richie
[Liberty 1415]
written by Rick Christian
Believe It or Not (Theme from Greatest American Hero)
23.
05/1981
208

2
US
3
AC










[Elektra 47147]
written by Stephen Geyer & Mike Post
24.
09/1981
198

4
US
5
AC




5
R&B


44
UK
[Motown 1527]
written by Lionel Richie
25.
03/1981
197

4
US
11
AC




✫1
R&B




as Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
[Arista 0592]
written by Ray Parker Jr
26.
06/1981
192

5
US
2
AC
✫1
country








[RCA]
written by Walt Aldridge & Tom Brasfield
When She Was My Girl
27.
08/1981
192

11
US
9
AC




✫1
R&B


3
UK
[Casablanca 2338]
written by Marc Blatte & Larry Gottlieb
Step by Step
28.
07/1981
191

5
US
3
AC
✫1
country








[Elektra 47174]
written by David Malloy, Eddie Rabbitt & Even Stevens
29.
02/1981
190

4
US
✫1
AC
22
country




57
rock


[Capitol 4976]
written by Chip Taylor
The Best of Times
30.
01/1981
187

3
US
26
AC






16
rock
42
UK
[A&M 2300]
written by Dennis DeYoung
Elvira
31.
05/1981
186

5
US
8
AC
✫1
country








[MCA 51084]
written by Dallas Frazier
How 'Bout Us
32.
02/1981
184

12
US
✫1
AC




4
R&B


5
UK
[Columbia 11433]
written by Dana Walden
The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known)
33.
10/1981
183

7
US
✫1
AC
✫1
country








[Capitol 5046]
written by Otha Young
Who's Crying Now
34.
07/1981
180

4
US
14
AC






4
rock
76
UK
[Columbia 02241 A]
written by Jonathan Cain & Steve Perry
While You See a Chance
35.
01/1981
168

7
US
17
AC






2
rock
45
UK
[Island 49656]
written by Steve Winwood & Will Jennings
Lady (You Bring Me Up)
36.
06/1981
165

8
US
13
AC


53
dance
5
R&B


56
UK
charted as Lady (You Bring Me Up)/Keep On Taking Me Higher in US dance charts
[Motown 1514]
written by Harold Hudson, Shirley King & William King
Hello Again
37.
01/1981
162

6
US
3
AC








51
UK
[Capitol 4960]
written by Neil Diamond & Alan Lindgren
38.
08/1981
160

10
US
4
AC








25
UK
featuring Larry Carlton
[instrumental]
[Elektra 47186]
written by Mike Post
Key Largo
39.
11/1981
159

8
US
✫1
AC
50
country








[Columbia 02524 (kat Family)]
written by Bertie Higgins & Sonny Limbo
Hard to Say
40.
08/1981
157

7
US
2
AC






14
rock


[Columbia 02488 (Full Moon)]
written by Dan Fogelberg
41.
09/1981
157

5
US
✫1
AC










[Arista 0626]
written by Norman Saleet (as Norman Sallitt)
42.
05/1981
156

7
US
4
AC


30
dance






[Atlantic 3816]
written by George Davis & John T. Taylor
43.
12/1981
156

5
US
4
AC










[Arista 0655]
written by Graham Russell
Daddy's Home
44.
11/1981
156

23
US
3
AC








2
UK
45.
11/1981
152

9
US
✫1
AC










[Columbia 02647 (Full Moon)]
written by Dan Fogelberg
Watching the Wheels
46.
03/1981
151

10
US
6
AC






25
rock
30
UK
[Geffen 49695]
written by John Lennon
America
47.
04/1981
150

8
US
✫1
AC










[Capitol 4994]
written by Neil Diamond
48.
03/1981
149

6
US
5
AC




45
R&B




[Arista 0588]
written by Gino Vannelli
Leather and Lace
49.
10/1981
146

6
US
10
AC






26
rock


with Don Henley
[Modern]
written by Stevie Nicks
50.
08/1981
144

6
US
33
AC






9
rock


produced by George Martin
[Capitol]
written by Graeham Goble (as Graham Goble)
What Kind of Fool
51.
01/1981
138

10
US
✫1
AC










[Columbia 11430]
written by Barry Gibb & Albhy Galuten
One Day in Your Life
52.
04/1981
136

55
US
37
AC




42
R&B


✫1
UK
[Motown 1512]
written by Sam Brown & Renée Armand
Trouble
53.
10/1981
136

9
US
14
AC






12
rock
31
UK
[Asylum 47223]
written by Lindsey Buckingham
54.
03/1981
128

10
US
40
AC






27
rock


written by Billy Elworthy (as William Elworthy) & Franke Previte
55.
05/1981

Hearts by Marty Balin

from Balin   Balin
124

8
US
9
AC






20
rock


[EMI America 8084]
written by Jesse Barish
56.
07/1981
108

67
US
31
AC








2
UK
[Radio 4019]
written by various
The Voice
57.
06/1981
105

15
US
16
AC






✫1
rock
76
UK
[Threshold 602]
written by Justin Hayward
58.
12/1981
104

13
US
✫1
AC
5
country








produced by Lionel Richie
written by Steve Dorff & Marty Panzer
59.
08/1981
103

15
US
6
AC




6
R&B


55
UK
[Warner]
written by Roger Murrah & Keith Stegall
What Are We Doin' in Love
60.
03/1981
102

14
US
7
AC
✫1
country








[Liberty 1404]
written by Randy Goodrum
61.
10/1981
102

15
US
5
AC
✫1
country








[RCA 12288]
written by Tim DuBois & Jim Hunt
Share Your Love
62.
09/1981
101

14
US
✫1
AC
5
country








produced by Lionel Richie
written by Al Braggs (as Alfred Braggs) & Don Robey (as Deadric Malone)
Somebody's Knockin'
63.
01/1981
101

13
US
3
AC
8
country








[MCA 41309]
written by Jerry Gillespie & Ed Penney
64.
11/1981
99

11
US
2
AC










[Arista 0645]
written by Paul Davis
65.
11/1981
99

11
US
2
AC








66
UK
produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber
[Columbia 02621]
written by Richard Parker & Bobby Whiteside
66.
12/1981
99

10
US
14
AC










produced by George Martin
[Capitol]
written by Graeham Goble (as Graham Goble)
Lately
67.
03/1981
98

64
US
33
AC




29
R&B


3
UK
[Tamla 54323]
written by Stevie Wonder
68.
05/1981
98

14
US
5
AC
4
country








[Scotti Brothers 02105]
written by Wally Gold & Aaron Schroeder
69.
11/1981
97

11
US
✫1
AC










[Columbia 02604]
written by Neil Diamond
Someone Could Lose a Heart Tonight
70.
11/1981
95

15
US
10
AC
✫1
country








[Elektra 47239]
written by David Malloy, Eddie Rabbitt & Even Stevens
71.
10/1981
94

15
US
✫1
AC








48
UK
[Arista 0633]
written by David Pomeranz & Buddy Kaye
72.
12/1981
93

14
US
5
AC




10
R&B




73.
03/1981
92

11
US
5
AC






21
rock


[Columbia 60514]
written by J.D. Souther, James Taylor & Waddy Wachtel
74.
10/1981
90

20
US
3
AC
✫1
country








[RCA 12342]
written by Kye Fleming & Dennis Morgan
75.
11/1981
89

15
US
6
AC








54
UK
[EMI America 8101]
written by Lea Maalfrid
The Beach Boys Medley
76.
07/1981
88

12
US
20
AC








47
UK
[good vibrations, help me rhonda, i get around, shut down, surfin' safari, barbara ann, surfin' usa, fun, fun fun]
written by Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Roger Christian, Fred Fassert & Chuck Berry
77.
08/1981
88

17
US
7
AC




11
R&B


76
UK
featuring James Ingram
[A&M 2357]
written by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
78.
05/1981
87

20
US
9
AC
✫1
country








[RCA 12236]
written by Randy Owen
79.
07/1981
86

13
US
14
AC




78
R&B
23
rock


[A&M 2349]
written by David Jenkins, Cory Lerios & John Pierce
Seven Year Ache
80.
04/1981
86

22
US
6
AC
✫1
country








[Columbia 11426]
written by Rosanne Cash
81.
08/1981
85

18
US
2
AC








62
UK
[Alfa 7006]
written by Neil Harrison
82.
05/1981
84

30
US
13
AC








12
UK
Time
83.
04/1981
83

15
US
10
AC










[Arista 0598]
written by Alan Parsons & Eric Woolfson
84.
12/1981
83

13
US
19
AC








50
UK
[Planet 47960]
written by Layng Martine
85.
09/1981
80

32
US
6
AC








12
UK
86.
06/1981
80

16
US
✫1
AC










[A&M 2344]
written by Ken Bell, Terry Skinner & J.L. Wallace
87.
04/1981
79

19
US
16
AC




6
R&B




[Epic 01052]
written by George Duke
88.
12/1981
79

51
US
41
AC








6
UK
written by Vangelis & Jon Anderson
I Love You
89.
04/1981
79

12
US
20
AC










written by Derek Holt
90.
04/1981
77

15
US
15
AC




27
R&B




vocals by Eric Tagg
[Elektra 47124]
written by Lee Ritenour, Eric Tagg & Eric Champlin
91.
01/1981
75

28
US
16
AC
✫1
country






43
UK
US reissue; remix of 1968-hit
[RCA 12158]
written by Jerry Reed
92.
07/1981
74

16
US
32
AC






17
rock


[Warner 49769]
written by Ali Thomson & Gary Wright
93.
12/1981
72

21
US
✫1
AC










written by Cynthia Weil & Tom Snow
Say Goodbye to Hollywood
94.
09/1981
69

17
US
35
AC






11
rock


(originally released on Turnstiles May 1976) [live]
[Columbia 02518]
written by Billy Joel
95.
06/1981
69

26
US
19
AC




2
R&B




[Cotillion 46015]
written by Burt Keyes & Sylvia Robinson
96.
07/1981
66

21
US
7
AC




26
R&B




as Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
[Arista 0616]
written by Ray Parker Jr
97.
11/1981
65

18
US
11
AC










[Columbia 02633 (Caribou)]
written by Clarence Quick
I Loved 'Em Every One
98.
03/1981
63

37
US
3
AC
✫1
country








written by Phil Sampson
She's Got a Way
99.
11/1981
62

23
US
4
AC










(originally released on Cold Spring Harbor 1971, re-released on Columbia 1983)
[Columbia 02628]
written by Billy Joel
100.
05/1981
61

21
US
23
AC








42
UK
[Geffen]
written by Jean-Paul Dréau & Gary Osborne

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