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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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1.
02/1981
432

2
US
4
AC




✫1
R&B


✫1
UK
[Tamla 54321]
written by Smokey Robinson
2.
01/1981
408

2
US
4
AC






26
rock
✫1
UK
[Geffen]
written by John Lennon
3.
04/1981
403

✫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
4.
11/1981
376

✫1
US
12
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B
28
rock
8
UK
[RCA 12357]
written by Daryl Hall, John Oates & Sara Allen
5.
07/1981
374

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B


7
UK
[Motown 1519]
written by Lionel Richie
6.
08/1981
353

✫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
7.
10/1981
332

✫1
US
29
AC


22
dance
28
R&B


7
UK
[MCA 51182]
written by Steve Kipner & Terry Shaddick
8.
03/1981
325

✫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
9.
10/1981
322

2
US
5
AC






✫1
rock
8
UK
[Atlantic 3868]
written by Mick Jones [Foreigner] & Lou Gramm
10.
05/1981
312

✫1
US
✫1
AC








12
UK
[instrumental]
[Polydor 2189]
written by Vangelis
11.
05/1981
293

2
US
✫1
AC






6
rock
13
UK
[Dark Horse 49725]
written by George Harrison
12.
05/1981
292

2
US
6
AC




7
R&B


10
UK
[Planet 47929]
written by John Bettis & Michael Clark
13.
10/1981
287

7
US
2
AC




6
R&B


4
UK
[RCA 12349]
written by Frankie Lymon, Herman Santiago (uncredited), George Goldner (uncredited) & Morris Levy
14.
07/1981
271

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
15.
08/1981
265

11
US
9
AC




✫1
R&B


3
UK
[Casablanca 2338]
written by Marc Blatte & Larry Gottlieb
16.
06/1981
254

4
US
6
AC








8
UK
[Liberty 1418]
written by Bill Conti & Mike Leeson (as Michael Leeson)
17.
02/1981
253

2
US
2
AC




3
R&B


34
UK
featuring Bill Withers
[Elektra 47103]
written by Bill Withers, Ralph MacDonald & William Salter
18.
02/1981
247

12
US
✫1
AC




4
R&B


5
UK
[Columbia 11433]
written by Dana Walden
19.
08/1981
246

✫1
US
33
AC






33
rock
32
UK
[RCA 12296]
written by Daryl Hall, Sara Allen, Janna Allen & Warren Pash
20.
11/1981
238

23
US
3
AC








2
UK
[live]
[EMI America 8103]
written by James Sheppard, Clarence Bassett & Charles Baskerville
21.
05/1981
235

✫1
US
2
AC










[Arista 0604]
written by Graham Russell
22.
05/1981
224

2
US
2
AC
14
country






76
UK
[Capitol 4997]
written by Hank DeVito
23.
04/1981
220

55
US
37
AC




42
R&B


✫1
UK
[Motown 1512]
written by Sam Brown III & Renée Armand
24.
01/1981
212

3
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




[Capitol 4953]
written by Rokusuke Ei, Hachidai Nakamura, Abraham Quintanilla III (as Abraham Quintanilla Jr.) & Pete Astudillo
25.
06/1981
206

3
US
✫1
AC
✫1
country








produced by Lionel Richie
[Liberty 1415]
written by Rick Christian
26.
05/1981
204

2
US
3
AC










[Elektra 47147]
written by Stephen Geyer & Mike Post
27.
10/1981
202

3
US
41
AC






✫1
rock
49
UK
[Geffen 49824]
written by Marv Ross
28.
09/1981
198

4
US
5
AC




5
R&B


44
UK
[Motown 1527]
written by Lionel Richie
29.
01/1981
186

3
US
26
AC






16
rock
42
UK
[A&M 2300]
written by Dennis DeYoung
30.
03/1981
185

4
US
11
AC




✫1
R&B




as Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
[Arista 0592]
written by Ray Parker Jr
31.
07/1981
182

4
US
14
AC






4
rock
76
UK
[Columbia 02241 A]
written by Jonathan Cain & Steve Perry
32.
02/1981
181

4
US
✫1
AC
22
country




57
rock


[Capitol 4976]
written by Chip Taylor
33.
06/1981
179

5
US
2
AC
✫1
country








[RCA 12264]
written by Walt Aldridge & Tom Brasfield
34.
07/1981
176

5
US
3
AC
✫1
country








[Elektra 47174]
written by David Malloy, Eddie Rabbitt & Even Stevens
35.
04/1981
168

5
US
8
AC
✫1
country








[MCA 51084]
written by Dallas Frazier
36.
03/1981
165

64
US
33
AC




29
R&B


3
UK
[Tamla 54323]
written by Stevie Wonder
37.
10/1981
161

7
US
✫1
AC
✫1
country








[Capitol 5046]
written by Otha Young
38.
09/1981
160

5
US
✫1
AC










[Arista 0626]
written by Norman Saleet (as Norman Sallitt)
39.
01/1981
159

7
US
17
AC






2
rock
45
UK
[Island 49656]
written by Steve Winwood & Will Jennings
40.
01/1981
156

6
US
3
AC








51
UK
[Capitol 4960]
written by Neil Diamond & Alan Lindgren
41.
12/1981
151

5
US
4
AC










[Arista 0655]
written by Graham Russell
42.
08/1981
143

10
US
4
AC








25
UK
featuring Larry Carlton
[instrumental]

[Elektra 47186]
written by Mike Post
43.
08/1981
143

7
US
2
AC






14
rock


[Full Moon 02488]
written by Dan Fogelberg
44.
06/1981
143

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
45.
03/1981
140

6
US
5
AC




45
R&B




[Arista 0588]
written by Gino Vannelli
46.
10/1981
138

9
US
14
AC






12
rock
31
UK
[Asylum 47223]
written by Lindsey Buckingham
47.
10/1981
137

6
US
10
AC






26
rock


with Don Henley
[Modern 7341]
written by Stevie Nicks
48.
08/1981
136

6
US
33
AC






9
rock


produced by George Martin
[Capitol 5033]
written by Graeham Goble (as Graham Goble)
49.
03/1981
136

10
US
6
AC






25
rock
30
UK
[Geffen 49695]
written by John Lennon
50.
05/1981
134

7
US
4
AC


30
dance






[Atlantic 3816]
written by George Davis & John T. Taylor
51.
11/1981
131

8
US
✫1
AC
50
country








[Kat Family 02524]
written by Bertie Higgins & Sonny Limbo
52.
12/1981
131

51
US
41
AC








6
UK
written by Vangelis & Jon Anderson
53.
04/1981
129

8
US
✫1
AC










[Capitol 4994]
written by Neil Diamond
54.
11/1981
122

9
US
✫1
AC










[Full Moon 02647]
written by Dan Fogelberg
55.
05/1981

Hearts by Marty Balin

from Balin   Balin
118

8
US
9
AC






20
rock


[EMI America 8084]
written by Jesse Barish
56.
09/1981
115

32
US
6
AC








12
UK
[Arista 0675]
written by Bob Crewe, Sandy Linzer & Denny Randell
57.
11/1981
114

11
US
2
AC








66
UK
produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber
[Columbia 02621]
written by Richard Parker & Bobby Whiteside
58.
01/1981
114

10
US
✫1
AC










[Columbia 11430]
written by Barry Gibb & Albhy Galuten
59.
12/1981
114

13
US
✫1
AC
5
country








produced by Lionel Richie
[Liberty 1444]
written by Steve Dorff & Marty Panzer
60.
05/1981
112

30
US
13
AC








12
UK
[EMI America 8113]
written by Dominic Bugatti & Florrie Palmer
61.
06/1981
112

15
US
16
AC






✫1
rock
76
UK
[Threshold 602]
written by Justin Hayward
62.
07/1981
111

15
US
6
AC




6
R&B


55
UK
[Warner 49746]
written by Roger Murrah & Keith Stegall
63.
09/1981
110

14
US
✫1
AC
5
country








produced by Lionel Richie
[Liberty 1430]
written by Al Braggs (as Alfred Braggs) & Don Robey (as Deadric Malone)
64.
10/1981
110

15
US
✫1
AC








48
UK
[Arista 0633]
written by David Pomeranz & Buddy Kaye
65.
11/1981
107

11
US
✫1
AC










[Columbia 02604]
written by Neil Diamond
66.
10/1981
106

15
US
5
AC
✫1
country








[RCA 12288]
written by Tim DuBois & Jim Hunt
67.
03/1981
104

14
US
7
AC
✫1
country








featuring Kenny Rogers
[Liberty 1404]
written by Randy Goodrum
68.
11/1981
104

11
US
2
AC










[Arista 0645]
written by Paul Davis
69.
03/1981
103

11
US
5
AC






21
rock


[Columbia 60514]
written by J.D. Souther, James Taylor & Waddy Wachtel
70.
05/1981
101

14
US
5
AC
4
country








[Scotti Brothers 02105]
written by Wally Gold & Aaron Schroeder
71.
11/1981
99

15
US
10
AC
✫1
country








[Elektra 47239]
written by David Malloy, Eddie Rabbitt & Even Stevens
72.
07/1981
98

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]
[Capitol 5030]
written by Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Roger Christian, Fred Fassert & Chuck Berry
73.
12/1981
96

14
US
5
AC




10
R&B




featuring James Ingram
[A&M 2387]
written by Kathy Wakefield, Ben Wright & Tony Coleman
74.
09/1981
96

28
US
31
AC




44
R&B


17
UK
[uptight everything's alright, my cherie amour, yesterme yesteryou yesterday, master blaster, you are the sunshine of my life, isn't she lovely, sir duke, i wish, i was made to love her, superstition, fingertips]

[Radio 4019]
written by Stevie Wonder, Sylvia Moy, Henry Cosby, Ronald Miller [Ronald Norman Miller] (as Ron Miller), Bryan Wells, Jaap Eggermont, Martin Duiser, Lula Mae Hardaway, Orlando Murden & Clarence Paul
75.
11/1981
96

15
US
6
AC








54
UK
[EMI America 8101]
written by Lea Maalfrid
76.
10/1981
93

20
US
3
AC
✫1
country








[RCA 12342]
written by Kye Fleming & Dennis Morgan
77.
03/1981
93

10
US
40
AC






27
rock


[Millennium 11801]
written by Billy Elworthy (as William Elworthy) & Franke Previte
78.
12/1981
93

13
US
19
AC








50
UK
[Planet 47960]
written by Layng Martine
79.
12/1981
93

10
US
14
AC










produced by George Martin
[Capitol 5057]
written by Graeham Goble (as Graham Goble)
80.
08/1981
92

18
US
2
AC








62
UK
[Alfa 7006]
written by Neil Harrison
81.
08/1981
92

17
US
7
AC




11
R&B


76
UK
featuring James Ingram
[A&M 2357]
written by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
82.
06/1981
90

16
US
✫1
AC










[A&M 2344]
written by Ken Bell, Terry Skinner & J.L. Wallace
83.
07/1981
88

13
US
14
AC




78
R&B
23
rock


[A&M 2349]
written by David Jenkins, Cory Lerios & John Pierce
84.
05/1981
85

20
US
9
AC
✫1
country








[RCA 12236]
written by Randy Owen
85.
02/1981
85

22
US
6
AC
✫1
country








[Columbia 11426]
written by Rosanne Cash
86.
01/1981
83

28
US
16
AC
✫1
country






43
UK
US reissue; remix of 1968-hit
[RCA PB-12158]
written by Jerry Reed
87.
02/1981
83

12
US
20
AC










[Warner 49669]
written by Derek Holt
88.
04/1981
79

15
US
15
AC




27
R&B




vocals by Eric Tagg
[Elektra 47124]
written by Lee Ritenour, Eric Tagg & Eric Champlin
89.
04/1981
79

19
US
16
AC




6
R&B




[Epic 01052]
written by George Duke
90.
04/1981
77

15
US
10
AC










[Arista 0598]
written by Alan Parsons & Eric Woolfson
91.
12/1981
77

21
US
✫1
AC










[Arista 0658]
written by Cynthia Weil & Tom Snow
92.
07/1981
74

16
US
32
AC






17
rock


[Warner 49769]
written by Ali Thomson & Gary Wright
93.
05/1981
72

21
US
23
AC








42
UK
[Geffen 49722]
written by Jean-Paul Dréau & Gary Osborne
94.
09/1981
72

17
US
35
AC






11
rock


(originally released on Turnstiles May 1976) [live]
[Columbia 02518]
written by Billy Joel
95.
06/1981
71

26
US
19
AC




2
R&B




[Cotillion 46015]
written by Burt Keyes & Sylvia Robinson
96.
07/1981
68

21
US
7
AC




26
R&B




as Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
[Arista 0616]
written by Ray Parker Jr
97.
11/1981
67

18
US
11
AC










[Columbia 02633 (Caribou)]
written by Clarence Quick
98.
03/1981
66

37
US
3
AC
✫1
country








[Warner/Curb 49690]
written by Phil Sampson
99.
03/1981
66

22
US
13
AC






13
rock


[MCA 51082]
written by Donald Fagen & Walter Becker
100.
11/1981
64

23
US
4
AC










(originally released on Cold Spring Harbor 1971, re-released on Columbia 1983)
[Columbia 02628]
written by Billy Joel

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