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Top Songs of 1981

1980 <-1981-> 1982
    

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1981
1.
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
2.
12/1981
156

5
US
4
AC










[Arista 0655]
written by Graham Russell
3.
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
4.
12/1981
126

11
US








7
rock
12
UK
written by Sting
5.
12/1981
399

✫1
US




3
dance


4
rock
✫1
UK
6.
11/1981
118













✫1
UK
7.
11/1981
152

9
US
✫1
AC










[Columbia 02647 (Full Moon)]
written by Dan Fogelberg
8.
11/1981
193

4
US








✫1
rock


written by Alex Call & Jim Keller
9.
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
10.
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
11.
11/1981
156

23
US
3
AC








2
UK
12.
11/1981
159

8
US
✫1
AC
50
country








[Columbia 02524 (kat Family)]
written by Bertie Higgins & Sonny Limbo
13.
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
14.
11/1981
173

29
US








7
rock
✫1
UK
15.
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
16.
10/1981
202

5
US




32
dance
✫1
R&B


29
UK
[Warner 49846]
written by Bill Champlin, Jay Graydon & Steve Lukather
17.
10/1981
136

9
US
14
AC






12
rock
31
UK
[Asylum 47223]
written by Lindsey Buckingham
18.
10/1981
146

6
US
10
AC






26
rock


with Don Henley
[Modern]
written by Stevie Nicks
19.
10/1981
113













✫1
UK
written by Cole Porter
20.
10/1981
204

5
US




63
dance


23
rock
11
UK
21.
10/1981
242

7
US
2
AC




6
R&B


4
UK
written by Frankie Lymon, Herman Santiago (uncredited), George Goldner (uncredited) & Morris Levy
22.
10/1981
183

7
US
✫1
AC
✫1
country








[Capitol 5046]
written by Otha Young
23.
10/1981
213

3
US
41
AC






✫1
rock
49
UK
[Geffen 49824]
written by Marv Ross
24.
10/1981
276

2
US
5
AC






✫1
rock
8
UK
[Atlantic 3868]
written by Mick Jones [Foreigner] & Lou Gramm
25.
10/1981
353

✫1
US
29
AC


22
dance
28
R&B


7
UK
[MCA 51182]
written by Steve Kipner & Terry Shaddick
26.
10/1981
291

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
27.
09/1981
198

4
US
5
AC




5
R&B


44
UK
[Motown 1527]
written by Lionel Richie
28.
09/1981
157

5
US
✫1
AC










[Arista 0626]
written by Norman Saleet (as Norman Sallitt)
29.
09/1981
306

3
US








✫1
rock
✫1
UK
written by Sting
30.
09/1981
140

72
US










✫1
UK
with Barbara Gaskin
written by Walter Gold, John Gluck (as John Gluck Jr.) & Herb Wiener (as Herb Weiner)
31.
09/1981
172

5
US








2
rock


[live]
written by Eugene Williams
32.
09/1981
125













✫1
UK
written by Adam Ant & Marco Pirroni
33.
08/1981
246

✫1
US
33
AC






33
rock
32
UK
[RCA 12296]
written by Daryl Hall, Sara Allen, Janna Allen & Warren Pash
34.
08/1981
157

7
US
2
AC






14
rock


[Columbia 02488 (Full Moon)]
written by Dan Fogelberg
35.
08/1981
160

10
US
4
AC








25
UK
featuring Larry Carlton
[instrumental]
[Elektra 47186]
written by Mike Post
36.
08/1981
144

6
US
33
AC






9
rock


produced by George Martin
[Capitol]
written by Graeham Goble (as Graham Goble)
37.
08/1981
290

2
US




14
dance


✫1
rock
7
UK
[Rolling Stones 21003]
written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
38.
08/1981
132

8
US












[RCA 12166]
written by Sammy Hagar
39.
08/1981
192

11
US
9
AC




✫1
R&B


3
UK
[Casablanca 2338]
written by Marc Blatte & Larry Gottlieb
40.
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
41.
08/1981
119







15
dance




✫1
UK
written by Bob Heatlie
42.
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)
43.
07/1981
195

3
US








2
rock
50
UK
44.
07/1981
191

5
US
3
AC
✫1
country








[Elektra 47174]
written by David Malloy, Eddie Rabbitt & Even Stevens
45.
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
46.
07/1981
213

10
US








2
rock
4
UK
[Columbia 02408 (Jet)]
written by Jeff Lynne
47.
07/1981
128













✫1
UK
written by Hutch Davie (as Bob Davie) & Marvin Moore
48.
07/1981
180

4
US
14
AC






4
rock
76
UK
[Columbia 02241 A]
written by Jonathan Cain & Steve Perry
49.
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
50.
07/1981
377

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B


7
UK
[Motown 1519]
written by Lionel Richie
51.
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]
52.
06/1981
226

4
US
6
AC








8
UK
[Liberty 1418]
written by Bill Conti & Mike Leeson (as Michael Leeson)
53.
06/1981
192

5
US
2
AC
✫1
country








[RCA]
written by Walt Aldridge & Tom Brasfield
54.
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
55.
06/1981
123













✫1
UK
written by Jerry Dammers
56.
06/1981
210

3
US
✫1
AC
✫1
country








produced by Lionel Richie
[Liberty 1415]
written by Rick Christian
57.
05/1981
259

2
US
6
AC




7
R&B


10
UK
[Planet 47929]
written by John Bettis & Michael Clark
58.
05/1981
223

2
US
2
AC
14
country






76
UK
[Capitol 4997]
written by Hank DeVito
59.
05/1981
156

7
US
4
AC


30
dance






[Atlantic 3816]
written by George Davis & John T. Taylor
60.
05/1981

Hearts by Marty Balin

from Balin   Balin
124

8
US
9
AC






20
rock


[EMI America 8084]
written by Jesse Barish
61.
05/1981
230

2
US
✫1
AC






6
rock
13
UK
[Dark Horse 49725]
written by George Harrison
62.
05/1981
219

✫1
US
2
AC










[Arista 0604]
written by Graham Russell
63.
05/1981
186

5
US
8
AC
✫1
country








[MCA 51084]
written by Dallas Frazier
64.
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
65.
05/1981
279

✫1
US
✫1
AC








12
UK
[instrumental]
[Polydor 2189]
written by Vangelis
66.
05/1981
208

2
US
3
AC










[Elektra 47147]
written by Stephen Geyer & Mike Post
67.
05/1981
158

5
US








35
rock


68.
04/1981
193

3
US




78
dance


41
rock
11
UK
produced by Dave Edmunds
[EMI America 8122]
written by Brian Setzer
69.
04/1981
150

8
US
✫1
AC










[Capitol 4994]
written by Neil Diamond
70.
04/1981
136

55
US
37
AC




42
R&B


✫1
UK
[Motown 1512]
written by Sam Brown & Renée Armand
71.
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
72.
03/1981
151

10
US
6
AC






25
rock
30
UK
[Geffen 49695]
written by John Lennon
73.
03/1981
123













✫1
UK
[1981 Eurovision Song Contest winner]
[RCA 12242]
written by John Danter & Andy Hill
74.
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
75.
03/1981
118

9
US








2
rock


[A&M 2323]
written by Tommy Shaw
76.
03/1981
181

5
US








6
rock
19
UK
[Epic 19-01054]
written by Gary Richrath
77.
03/1981
149

6
US
5
AC




45
R&B




[Arista 0588]
written by Gino Vannelli
78.
03/1981
251

✫1
US








10
rock
43
UK
[RCA 12201]
written by Rick Springfield
79.
03/1981
130

18
US








✫1
rock
9
UK
written by Pete Townshend
80.
03/1981
128

10
US
40
AC






27
rock


written by Billy Elworthy (as William Elworthy) & Franke Previte
81.
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
82.
03/1981
197

4
US
11
AC




✫1
R&B




as Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
[Arista 0592]
written by Ray Parker Jr
83.
02/1981
123













✫1
UK
[Epic 02072]
written by Stuart Hamblen
84.
02/1981
140

10
US








✫1
rock


as Eric Clapton & His Band
[RSO 1060]
written by Eric Clapton
85.
02/1981
146

25
US








29
rock
2
UK
86.
02/1981
118













✫1
UK
[Atco 7329]
written by John Lennon
87.
02/1981
190

4
US
✫1
AC
22
country




57
rock


[Capitol 4976]
written by Chip Taylor
88.
02/1981
239

2
US
2
AC




3
R&B


34
UK
89.
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
90.
02/1981
347

2
US
4
AC




✫1
R&B


✫1
UK
[Tamla 54321]
written by Smokey Robinson
91.
02/1981
142

53
US










✫1
UK
written by Joe Dolce
92.
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
93.
02/1981
184

12
US
✫1
AC




4
R&B


5
UK
[Columbia 11433]
written by Dana Walden
94.
01/1981
138

10
US
✫1
AC










[Columbia 11430]
written by Barry Gibb & Albhy Galuten
95.
01/1981
162

6
US
3
AC








51
UK
[Capitol 4960]
written by Neil Diamond & Alan Lindgren
96.
01/1981
187

3
US
26
AC






16
rock
42
UK
[A&M 2300]
written by Dennis DeYoung
97.
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
98.
01/1981
325

2
US
4
AC






26
rock
✫1
UK
[Geffen]
written by John Lennon
99.
01/1981
168

7
US
17
AC






2
rock
45
UK
[Island 49656]
written by Steve Winwood & Will Jennings
100.
01/1981
171

19
US








2
rock
2
UK
[Atlantic 3824]
written by Phil Collins

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