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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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1981
1.
01/1981
269

19
US








2
rock
2
UK
[Atlantic 3824]
written by Phil Collins
While You See a Chance
2.
01/1981
227

7
US
17
AC






2
rock
45
UK
[Island 49656]
written by Steve Winwood & Will Jennings
Woman
3.
01/1981
269

2
US
4
AC






26
rock
✫1
UK
[Geffen]
written by John Lennon
Rapture
4.
01/1981
237

✫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
The Best of Times
5.
01/1981
169

3
US
26
AC






16
rock
42
UK
[A&M 2300]
written by Dennis DeYoung
6.
01/1981
119

105
US








19
rock
3
UK
[Polydor 2163]
written by Russ Ballard
Turn Me Loose
7.
01/1981
117

35
US








6
rock


[Columbia 11421]
written by Paul Dean & Mike Reno
Rock This Town
8.
02/1981
221

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
9.
02/1981
142







44
dance


5
rock
11
UK
written by Chrissie Hynde
10.
02/1981
132

4
US
✫1
AC
22
country




57
rock


[Capitol 4976]
written by Chip Taylor
Kids in America
11.
02/1981
152

25
US








29
rock
2
UK
12.
02/1981
141

27
US








3
rock


[A&M 2316]
written by Don Barnes, Jeff Carlisi & Jim Peterik
13.
02/1981
236

10
US








✫1
rock


as Eric Clapton & His Band
[RSO 1060]
written by Eric Clapton
14.
02/1981
144

34
US








2
rock


[Columbia 60505]
written by Steve Perry
I Missed Again
15.
03/1981
148

19
US








8
rock
14
UK
[Atlantic 3790]
written by Phil Collins
16.
03/1981
117

10
US
40
AC






27
rock


written by Billy Elworthy (as William Elworthy) & Franke Previte
You Better You Bet
17.
03/1981
266

18
US








✫1
rock
9
UK
written by Pete Townshend
18.
03/1981
101

66
US




75
dance


5
rock


[Epic]
written by Rudy Martinez
Limelight
19.
03/1981
118

55
US








4
rock


[Mercury 76095]
written by Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee & Neil Peart
20.
03/1981
114

24
US








11
rock


[Epic 19-02127]
written by Kevin Cronin
21.
03/1981
236

✫1
US








10
rock
43
UK
[RCA 12201]
written by Rick Springfield
Take It on the Run
22.
03/1981
208

5
US








6
rock
19
UK
[Epic 19-01054]
written by Gary Richrath
Tom Sawyer
23.
03/1981
124

44
US








8
rock
25
UK
[Mercury 76109]
written by Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Neil Peart & Pye Dubois
Too Much Time on My Hands
24.
03/1981
199

9
US








2
rock


[A&M 2323]
written by Tommy Shaw
Bette Davis Eyes
25.
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
Watching the Wheels
26.
03/1981
136

10
US
6
AC






25
rock
30
UK
[Geffen 49695]
written by John Lennon
27.
04/1981
139

29
US








3
rock


as Jefferson Starship
[Grunt]
written by Craig Chaquico & Thos Borsdorf
28.
04/1981

Winning by Santana

from Zebop!   Zebop!
176

17
US








2
rock


[Columbia 01050]
written by Russ Ballard
Stray Cat Strut
29.
04/1981
150

3
US




78
dance


41
rock
11
UK
produced by Dave Edmunds
[EMI America 8122]
written by Brian Setzer
30.
04/1981
159

11
US








5
rock
43
UK
[EMI America 8079]
written by Bruce Springsteen
In the Dark
31.
05/1981
128

35
US








7
rock


[Capitol 5040]
written by Billy Squier
The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em)
32.
05/1981
155

15
US








5
rock


[Beserkley 47149]
written by Greg Kihn, Gary Phillips (as Gary Philippet) & Steve Wright
The Waiting
33.
05/1981
239

19
US








✫1
rock


written by Tom Petty
34.
05/1981
120

5
US








35
rock


Stand and Deliver
35.
05/1981
125







38
dance




✫1
UK
charted as Stand and Deliver / Beat My Guest in US dance charts
written by Adam Ant & Marco Pirroni
36.
05/1981
173

34
US








✫1
rock


[Asylum 47144]
written by Kenny Passarelli & Joe Walsh
A Woman in Love (It's Not Me)
37.
05/1981
122

79
US








5
rock


The One That You Love
38.
05/1981
142

✫1
US
2
AC










[Arista 0604]
written by Graham Russell
The Stroke
39.
05/1981
177

17
US








3
rock
52
UK
[Capitol 5005]
written by Billy Squier
All Those Years Ago
40.
05/1981
234

2
US
✫1
AC






6
rock
13
UK
[Dark Horse 49725]
written by George Harrison
41.
05/1981

Hearts by Marty Balin

from Balin   Balin
121

8
US
9
AC






20
rock


[EMI America 8084]
written by Jesse Barish
Gemini Dream
42.
06/1981
109

12
US




36
dance


13
rock


[Threshold]
written by Justin Hayward & John Lodge
The Voice
43.
06/1981
246

15
US
16
AC






✫1
rock
76
UK
[Threshold 602]
written by Justin Hayward
44.
06/1981
110

49
US








8
rock
41
UK
[A&M 2345]
written by Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook
45.
07/1981
195

40
US








✫1
rock
76
UK
written by Buck Dharma (as Donald Roeser) & Richard Meltzer
46.
07/1981
101

13
US
14
AC




78
R&B
23
rock


[A&M 2349]
written by David Jenkins, Cory Lerios & John Pierce
47.
07/1981
102

16
US
32
AC






17
rock


[Warner 49769]
written by Ali Thomson & Gary Wright
Urgent
48.
07/1981

Urgent by Foreigner

from 4   4
316

4
US




32
dance


✫1
rock
54
UK
featuring Jr. Walker
[Atlantic 3831]
written by Mick Jones [Foreigner]
49.
07/1981
109







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
182

17
US








2
rock
76
UK
[Chrysalis 2529]
written by Pat Benatar, Tom Kelly & Scott Sheets
Who's Crying Now
51.
07/1981
223

4
US
14
AC






4
rock
76
UK
[Columbia 02241 A]
written by Jonathan Cain & Steve Perry
Girls on Film
52.
07/1981
115







26
dance


19
rock
5
UK
charted as Planet Earth/Girls On Film in US dance charts
[Capitol 5070 (Harvest)]
written by Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Roger Taylor [Roger Meddows-Taylor] & Andy Taylor
53.
07/1981
118

43
US








5
rock


[Elektra 47175 (Asylum)]
written by Don Felder
54.
07/1981
280

10
US








2
rock
4
UK
[Columbia 02408 (Jet)]
written by Jeff Lynne
Juke Box Hero
55.
07/1981
175

26
US








3
rock
48
UK
Stop Draggin' My Heart Around
56.
07/1981
260

3
US








2
rock
50
UK
57.
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)
58.
08/1981
122











4
rock


written by Stevie Nicks
Tube Snake Boogie
59.
08/1981
113

103
US








4
rock


[Warner 49865]
written by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill & Frank Beard
Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)
60.
08/1981
273

✫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
61.
08/1981
158

9
US








8
rock


[Columbia 02567 B]
written by Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry & Neal Schon
62.
08/1981
139

20
US




10
dance


15
rock
47
UK
[I.R.S. 9901]
written by Jane Wiedlin & Terry Hall
Abacab
63.
08/1981

Abacab by Genesis

from Abacab   Abacab
197

26
US




43
dance


4
rock
9
UK
Start Me Up
64.
08/1981
447

2
US




14
dance


✫1
rock
7
UK
[Rolling Stones 21003]
written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
65.
08/1981
164

6
US
33
AC






9
rock


produced by George Martin
[Capitol]
written by Graeham Goble (as Graham Goble)
66.
08/1981
157

7
US
2
AC






14
rock


[Columbia 02488 (Full Moon)]
written by Dan Fogelberg
Private Eyes
67.
08/1981
189

✫1
US
33
AC






33
rock
32
UK
[RCA 12296]
written by Daryl Hall, Sara Allen, Janna Allen & Warren Pash
68.
09/1981
117













✫1
UK
written by Adam Ant & Marco Pirroni
Say Goodbye to Hollywood
69.
09/1981
101

17
US
35
AC






11
rock


(originally released on Turnstiles May 1976) [live]
[Columbia 02518]
written by Billy Joel
70.
09/1981
236

5
US








2
rock


[live]
written by Eugene Williams
71.
09/1981
396

3
US








✫1
rock
✫1
UK
written by Sting
72.
09/1981
167

20
US








2
rock


73.
09/1981
102

5
US
✫1
AC










[Arista 0626]
written by Norman Saleet (as Norman Sallitt)
74.
09/1981
99

22
US








16
rock


[RCA 11813 (Millenium)]
written by Bill Henderson & Brian MacLeod
No Reply at All
75.
09/1981
161

29
US








2
rock


[Atlantic 3858]
written by Tony Banks, Phil Collins & Mike Rutherford
Destroyer
76.
10/1981
120

85
US








3
rock


[Arista 0619]
written by Ray Davies
77.
10/1981
100

51
US








8
rock


[RCA 12298]
written by Gil Moore, Mike Levine (as Michael Levine) & Rik Emmett
78.
10/1981
101











5
rock


Waiting for a Girl Like You
79.
10/1981
330

2
US
5
AC






✫1
rock
8
UK
[Atlantic 3868]
written by Mick Jones [Foreigner] & Lou Gramm
80.
10/1981
307

3
US
41
AC






✫1
rock
49
UK
[Geffen 49824]
written by Marv Ross
81.
10/1981
103

20
US








29
rock
8
UK
Young Turks
82.
10/1981
190

5
US




63
dance


23
rock
11
UK
83.
10/1981
132

6
US
10
AC






26
rock


with Don Henley
[Modern]
written by Stevie Nicks
Trouble
84.
10/1981
158

9
US
14
AC






12
rock
31
UK
[Asylum 47223]
written by Lindsey Buckingham
Centerfold
85.
11/1981
430

✫1
US




12
dance


✫1
rock
3
UK
charted as Centerfold / Flamethrower in US dance charts
[EMI America 8102]
written by Seth Justman
Under Pressure
86.
11/1981
228

29
US








7
rock
✫1
UK
Flying High Again
87.
11/1981
145











2
rock


[Columbia 02582 (Jet)]
written by Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley & Lee Kerslake
I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)
88.
11/1981
254

✫1
US
12
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B
28
rock
8
UK
[RCA 12357]
written by Daryl Hall, John Oates & Sara Allen
89.
11/1981
171

29
US








2
rock


[Columbia 02589]
written by Paul Dean, Matt Frenette & Mike Reno
90.
11/1981
114

16
US








12
rock


[Geffen 50006]
written by Marv Ross
91.
11/1981
219

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
92.
11/1981
253

4
US




14
dance


2
rock


charted as Shake It Up/Cruiser in US dance charts
[Elektra 47250]
written by Ric Ocasek
93.
11/1981
296

4
US








✫1
rock


written by Alex Call & Jim Keller
Waiting on a Friend
94.
11/1981
131

13
US








8
rock
50
UK
[Rolling Stones 21004]
written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Don't You Want Me
95.
12/1981
396

✫1
US




3
dance


4
rock
✫1
UK
96.
12/1981
145











4
rock
15
UK
97.
12/1981
179

11
US








7
rock
12
UK
written by Sting
I Love Rock 'n Roll
98.
12/1981
439

✫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
99.
12/1981
101

5
US
4
AC










[Arista 0655]
written by Graham Russell
100.
12/1981
122

44
US








9
rock
13
UK

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