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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 Songs of 1981

1980 <-1981-> 1982


  

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Don't You Want Me
1.
12/1981
399

✫1
US




3
dance


4
rock
✫1
UK
Endless Love
2.
07/1981
377

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B


7
UK
[Motown 1519]
written by Lionel Richie
Centerfold
3.
11/1981
368

✫1
US




12
dance


✫1
rock
3
UK
charted as Centerfold / Flamethrower in US dance charts
[EMI America 8102]
written by Seth Justman
I Love Rock 'n Roll
4.
12/1981
363

✫1
US




31
dance


✫1
rock
4
UK
as Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #484]
[Boardwalk 7-11-135]
written by Alan Merrill & Jake Hooker
Physical
5.
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
6.
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
7.
02/1981
347

2
US
4
AC




✫1
R&B


✫1
UK
[Tamla 54321]
written by Smokey Robinson
Woman
8.
01/1981
325

2
US
4
AC






26
rock
✫1
UK
[Geffen]
written by John Lennon
Medley: Stars on 45
9.
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)
10.
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)
11.
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
Rapture
12.
01/1981
311

✫1
US




✫1
dance
33
R&B
35
rock
5
UK
charted as Rapture / The Tide Is High in US dance charts
[Chrysalis 2485]
written by Debbie Harry & Chris Stein
13.
09/1981
306

3
US








✫1
rock
✫1
UK
written by Sting
Let's Groove
14.
10/1981
292

3
US




3
dance
✫1
R&B


3
UK
charted as Let's Groove/I've Had Enough in US dance charts
[Columbia 02536]
written by Wayne Vaughn & Maurice White
Start Me Up
15.
08/1981
290

2
US




14
dance


✫1
rock
7
UK
[Rolling Stones 21003]
written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
16.
08/1981
290

8
US




4
dance


12
rock
✫1
UK

written by Ed Cobb, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier & Eddie Holland Jr. (as Eddie Holland)
17.
05/1981
279

✫1
US
✫1
AC








12
UK
[instrumental]
[Polydor 2189]
written by Vangelis
Waiting for a Girl Like You
18.
10/1981
276

2
US
5
AC






✫1
rock
8
UK
[Atlantic 3868]
written by Mick Jones [Foreigner] & Lou Gramm
Slow Hand
19.
05/1981
259

2
US
6
AC




7
R&B


10
UK
[Planet 47929]
written by John Bettis & Michael Clark
Jessie's Girl
20.
03/1981
251

✫1
US








10
rock
43
UK
[RCA 12201]
written by Rick Springfield
Private Eyes
21.
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?
22.
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
23.
02/1981
239

2
US
2
AC




3
R&B


34
UK
All Those Years Ago
24.
05/1981
230

2
US
✫1
AC






6
rock
13
UK
[Dark Horse 49725]
written by George Harrison
For Your Eyes Only
25.
06/1981
226

4
US
6
AC








8
UK
[Liberty 1418]
written by Bill Conti & Mike Leeson (as Michael Leeson)
26.
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
27.
05/1981
223

2
US
2
AC
14
country






76
UK
[Capitol 4997]
written by Hank DeVito
Get Down on It
28.
12/1981
220

10
US




16
dance
4
R&B


3
UK
B side to Steppin' Out ; charted as Take My Heart / Steppin' Out / Get Down on It in US dance charts
written by Ronald Bell (as Khalis Bayyan), Kool & the Gang & James "J.T." Taylor
The One That You Love
29.
05/1981
219

✫1
US
2
AC










[Arista 0604]
written by Graham Russell
Sukiyaki
30.
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
31.
07/1981
213

10
US








2
rock
4
UK
[Columbia 02408 (Jet)]
written by Jeff Lynne
Harden My Heart
32.
10/1981
213

3
US
41
AC






✫1
rock
49
UK
[Geffen 49824]
written by Marv Ross
I Don't Need You
33.
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)
34.
05/1981
208

2
US
3
AC










[Elektra 47147]
written by Stephen Geyer & Mike Post
Urgent
35.
07/1981

Urgent by Foreigner

from 4   4
205

4
US




32
dance


✫1
rock
54
UK
featuring Jr. Walker
[Atlantic 3831]
written by Mick Jones [Foreigner]
Young Turks
36.
10/1981
204

5
US




63
dance


23
rock
11
UK
Turn Your Love Around
37.
10/1981
202

5
US




32
dance
✫1
R&B


29
UK
[Warner 49846]
written by Bill Champlin, Jay Graydon & Steve Lukather
38.
09/1981
198

4
US
5
AC




5
R&B


44
UK
[Motown 1527]
written by Lionel Richie
39.
03/1981
197

4
US
11
AC




✫1
R&B




as Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
[Arista 0592]
written by Ray Parker Jr
Stop Draggin' My Heart Around
40.
07/1981
195

3
US








2
rock
50
UK
Freeze-Frame
41.
11/1981
194

4
US






25
R&B
8
rock
27
UK
charted as Flamethrower / Freeze-Frame in US R&B charts
[EMI America 8108]
written by Seth Justman & Peter Wolf
42.
11/1981
193

4
US




14
dance


2
rock


charted as Shake It Up/Cruiser in US dance charts
[Elektra 47250]
written by Ric Ocasek
43.
11/1981
193

4
US








✫1
rock


written by Alex Call & Jim Keller
Stray Cat Strut
44.
04/1981
193

3
US




78
dance


41
rock
11
UK
produced by Dave Edmunds
[EMI America 8122]
written by Brian Setzer
45.
06/1981
192

5
US
2
AC
✫1
country








[RCA]
written by Walt Aldridge & Tom Brasfield
When She Was My Girl
46.
08/1981
192

11
US
9
AC




✫1
R&B


3
UK
[Casablanca 2338]
written by Marc Blatte & Larry Gottlieb
Step by Step
47.
07/1981
191

5
US
3
AC
✫1
country








[Elektra 47174]
written by David Malloy, Eddie Rabbitt & Even Stevens
48.
02/1981
190

4
US
✫1
AC
22
country




57
rock


[Capitol 4976]
written by Chip Taylor
The Best of Times
49.
01/1981
187

3
US
26
AC






16
rock
42
UK
[A&M 2300]
written by Dennis DeYoung
Elvira
50.
05/1981
186

5
US
8
AC
✫1
country








[MCA 51084]
written by Dallas Frazier
How 'Bout Us
51.
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)
52.
10/1981
183

7
US
✫1
AC
✫1
country








[Capitol 5046]
written by Otha Young
Take It on the Run
53.
03/1981
181

5
US








6
rock
19
UK
[Epic 19-01054]
written by Gary Richrath
Who's Crying Now
54.
07/1981
180

4
US
14
AC






4
rock
76
UK
[Columbia 02241 A]
written by Jonathan Cain & Steve Perry
Under Pressure
55.
11/1981
173

29
US








7
rock
✫1
UK
56.
09/1981
172

5
US








2
rock


[live]
written by Eugene Williams
57.
01/1981
171

19
US








2
rock
2
UK
[Atlantic 3824]
written by Phil Collins
While You See a Chance
58.
01/1981
168

7
US
17
AC






2
rock
45
UK
[Island 49656]
written by Steve Winwood & Will Jennings
Rock This Town
59.
02/1981
168

9
US




35
dance


4
rock
9
UK
produced by Dave Edmunds; charted as Rock This Town/Runaway Boys in US dance charts
[EMI America 8132]
written by Brian Setzer
Lady (You Bring Me Up)
60.
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
61.
01/1981
162

6
US
3
AC








51
UK
[Capitol 4960]
written by Neil Diamond & Alan Lindgren
62.
08/1981
160

10
US
4
AC








25
UK
featuring Larry Carlton
[instrumental]
[Elektra 47186]
written by Mike Post
Key Largo
63.
11/1981
159

8
US
✫1
AC
50
country








[Columbia 02524 (kat Family)]
written by Bertie Higgins & Sonny Limbo
You Make My Dreams
64.
05/1981
158

5
US








35
rock


Hard to Say
65.
08/1981
157

7
US
2
AC






14
rock


[Columbia 02488 (Full Moon)]
written by Dan Fogelberg
66.
09/1981
157

5
US
✫1
AC










[Arista 0626]
written by Norman Saleet (as Norman Sallitt)
67.
05/1981
156

7
US
4
AC


30
dance






[Atlantic 3816]
written by George Davis & John T. Taylor
68.
12/1981
156

5
US
4
AC










[Arista 0655]
written by Graham Russell
Daddy's Home
69.
11/1981
156

23
US
3
AC








2
UK
70.
11/1981
152

9
US
✫1
AC










[Columbia 02647 (Full Moon)]
written by Dan Fogelberg
Watching the Wheels
71.
03/1981
151

10
US
6
AC






25
rock
30
UK
[Geffen 49695]
written by John Lennon
America
72.
04/1981
150

8
US
✫1
AC










[Capitol 4994]
written by Neil Diamond
73.
03/1981
149

6
US
5
AC




45
R&B




[Arista 0588]
written by Gino Vannelli
Leather and Lace
74.
10/1981
146

6
US
10
AC






26
rock


with Don Henley
[Modern]
written by Stevie Nicks
Kids in America
75.
02/1981
146

25
US








29
rock
2
UK
76.
08/1981
144

6
US
33
AC






9
rock


produced by George Martin
[Capitol]
written by Graeham Goble (as Graham Goble)
Shaddap You Face
77.
02/1981
142

53
US










✫1
UK
written by Joe Dolce
I Can't Stand It
78.
02/1981
140

10
US








✫1
rock


as Eric Clapton & His Band
[RSO 1060]
written by Eric Clapton
It's My Party
79.
09/1981
140

72
US










✫1
UK
with Barbara Gaskin
written by Walter Gold, John Gluck (as John Gluck Jr.) & Herb Weiner
What Kind of Fool
80.
01/1981
138

10
US
✫1
AC










[Columbia 11430]
written by Barry Gibb & Albhy Galuten
Trouble
81.
10/1981
136

9
US
14
AC






12
rock
31
UK
[Asylum 47223]
written by Lindsey Buckingham
One Day in Your Life
82.
04/1981
136

55
US
37
AC




42
R&B


✫1
UK
[Motown 1512]
written by Sam Brown & Renée Armand
Stand and Deliver
83.
05/1981
135







38
dance




✫1
UK
charted as Stand and Deliver / Beat My Guest in US dance charts
written by Adam Ant & Marco Pirroni
I've Done Everything for You
84.
08/1981
132

8
US












[RCA 12166]
written by Sammy Hagar
You Better You Bet
85.
03/1981
130

18
US








✫1
rock
9
UK
written by Pete Townshend
86.
07/1981
128













✫1
UK
written by Hutch Davie (as Bob Davie) & Marvin Moore
87.
03/1981
128

10
US
40
AC






27
rock


written by Billy Elworthy (as William Elworthy) & Franke Previte
Spirits in the Material World
88.
12/1981
126

11
US








7
rock
12
UK
written by Sting
Prince Charming
89.
09/1981
125













✫1
UK
written by Adam Ant & Marco Pirroni
90.
05/1981

Hearts by Marty Balin

from Balin   Balin
124

8
US
9
AC






20
rock


[EMI America 8084]
written by Jesse Barish
91.
02/1981
123













✫1
UK
[Epic 02072]
written by Stuart Hamblen
Making Your Mind Up
92.
03/1981
123













✫1
UK
[1981 Eurovision Song Contest winner]
[RCA 12242]
written by John Danter & Andy Hill
Ghost Town
93.
06/1981
123













✫1
UK
written by Jerry Dammers
94.
02/1981
121

28
US




4
dance
2
R&B


9
UK
charted as It's a Love Thing / Up on Soul Train / I Can Make It Better in US dance charts
[Solar 12154]
written by William Shelby & Dana Meyers
The Model
95.
07/1981
120







13
dance




✫1
UK
charted as The Model / Computer Love in UK charts; charted as Pocket Calculator / Numbers / Computer-World / Computer Love in US dance charts
written by Karl Bartos & Ralf Hütter
Japanese Boy
96.
08/1981
119







15
dance




✫1
UK
written by Bob Heatlie
Too Much Time on My Hands
97.
03/1981
118

9
US








2
rock


[A&M 2323]
written by Tommy Shaw
The Land of Make Believe
98.
11/1981
118













✫1
UK
Jealous Guy
99.
02/1981
118













✫1
UK
[Atco 7329]
written by John Lennon
100.
10/1981
113













✫1
UK
written by Cole Porter

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