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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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1.
11/1981
296

4
US








✫1
rock


written by Alex Call & Jim Keller
2.
03/1981
101

66
US




75
dance


5
rock


[Epic]
written by Rudy Martinez
3.
05/1981
173

34
US








✫1
rock


[Asylum 47144]
written by Kenny Passarelli & Joe Walsh
A Woman in Love (It's Not Me)
4.
05/1981
122

79
US








5
rock


Abacab
5.
08/1981

Abacab by Genesis

from Abacab   Abacab
197

26
US




43
dance


4
rock
9
UK
All Those Years Ago
6.
05/1981
234

2
US
✫1
AC






6
rock
13
UK
[Dark Horse 49725]
written by George Harrison
7.
02/1981
132

4
US
✫1
AC
22
country




57
rock


[Capitol 4976]
written by Chip Taylor
Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)
8.
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
Bette Davis Eyes
9.
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
10.
07/1981
195

40
US








✫1
rock
76
UK
written by Buck Dharma (as Donald Roeser) & Richard Meltzer
Centerfold
11.
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
12.
07/1981
101

13
US
14
AC




78
R&B
23
rock


[A&M 2349]
written by David Jenkins, Cory Lerios & John Pierce
Destroyer
13.
10/1981
120

85
US








3
rock


[Arista 0619]
written by Ray Davies
14.
03/1981
114

24
US








11
rock


[Epic 19-02127]
written by Kevin Cronin
15.
08/1981
158

9
US








8
rock


[Columbia 02567 B]
written by Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry & Neal Schon
Don't You Want Me
16.
12/1981
396

✫1
US




3
dance


4
rock
✫1
UK
17.
08/1981
122











4
rock


written by Stevie Nicks
18.
09/1981
396

3
US








✫1
rock
✫1
UK
written by Sting
19.
11/1981
114

16
US








12
rock


[Geffen 50006]
written by Marv Ross
20.
04/1981
139

29
US








3
rock


as Jefferson Starship
[Grunt]
written by Craig Chaquico & Thos Borsdorf
21.
07/1981
182

17
US








2
rock
76
UK
[Chrysalis 2529]
written by Pat Benatar, Tom Kelly & Scott Sheets
Flying High Again
22.
11/1981
145











2
rock


[Columbia 02582 (Jet)]
written by Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley & Lee Kerslake
23.
12/1981
145











4
rock
15
UK
24.
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
Gemini Dream
25.
06/1981
109

12
US




36
dance


13
rock


[Threshold]
written by Justin Hayward & John Lodge
Girls on Film
26.
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
27.
09/1981
167

20
US








2
rock


28.
08/1981
157

7
US
2
AC






14
rock


[Columbia 02488 (Full Moon)]
written by Dan Fogelberg
29.
10/1981
307

3
US
41
AC






✫1
rock
49
UK
[Geffen 49824]
written by Marv Ross
30.
05/1981

Hearts by Marty Balin

from Balin   Balin
121

8
US
9
AC






20
rock


[EMI America 8084]
written by Jesse Barish
31.
07/1981
118

43
US








5
rock


[Elektra 47175 (Asylum)]
written by Don Felder
32.
09/1981
102

5
US
✫1
AC










[Arista 0626]
written by Norman Saleet (as Norman Sallitt)
33.
02/1981
141

27
US








3
rock


[A&M 2316]
written by Don Barnes, Jeff Carlisi & Jim Peterik
34.
07/1981
280

10
US








2
rock
4
UK
[Columbia 02408 (Jet)]
written by Jeff Lynne
I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)
35.
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
36.
02/1981
236

10
US








✫1
rock


as Eric Clapton & His Band
[RSO 1060]
written by Eric Clapton
I Love Rock 'n Roll
37.
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
I Missed Again
38.
03/1981
148

19
US








8
rock
14
UK
[Atlantic 3790]
written by Phil Collins
39.
01/1981
119

105
US








19
rock
3
UK
[Polydor 2163]
written by Russ Ballard
40.
01/1981
269

19
US








2
rock
2
UK
[Atlantic 3824]
written by Phil Collins
In the Dark
41.
05/1981
128

35
US








7
rock


[Capitol 5040]
written by Billy Squier
42.
03/1981
236

✫1
US








10
rock
43
UK
[RCA 12201]
written by Rick Springfield
Juke Box Hero
43.
07/1981
175

26
US








3
rock
48
UK
Kids in America
44.
02/1981
152

25
US








29
rock
2
UK
45.
10/1981
132

6
US
10
AC






26
rock


with Don Henley
[Modern]
written by Stevie Nicks
46.
12/1981
122

44
US








9
rock
13
UK
Limelight
47.
03/1981
118

55
US








4
rock


[Mercury 76095]
written by Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee & Neil Peart
48.
10/1981
101











5
rock


49.
10/1981
100

51
US








8
rock


[RCA 12298]
written by Gil Moore, Mike Levine (as Michael Levine) & Rik Emmett
50.
02/1981
142







44
dance


5
rock
11
UK
written by Chrissie Hynde
51.
09/1981
99

22
US








16
rock


[RCA 11813 (Millenium)]
written by Bill Henderson & Brian MacLeod
No Reply at All
52.
09/1981
161

29
US








2
rock


[Atlantic 3858]
written by Tony Banks, Phil Collins & Mike Rutherford
53.
08/1981
139

20
US




10
dance


15
rock
47
UK
[I.R.S. 9901]
written by Jane Wiedlin & Terry Hall
54.
09/1981
117













✫1
UK
written by Adam Ant & Marco Pirroni
Private Eyes
55.
08/1981
189

✫1
US
33
AC






33
rock
32
UK
[RCA 12296]
written by Daryl Hall, Sara Allen, Janna Allen & Warren Pash
Rapture
56.
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
57.
07/1981
102

16
US
32
AC






17
rock


[Warner 49769]
written by Ali Thomson & Gary Wright
Rock This Town
58.
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
Say Goodbye to Hollywood
59.
09/1981
101

17
US
35
AC






11
rock


(originally released on Turnstiles May 1976) [live]
[Columbia 02518]
written by Billy Joel
60.
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
61.
12/1981
179

11
US








7
rock
12
UK
written by Sting
Stand and Deliver
62.
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
Start Me Up
63.
08/1981
447

2
US




14
dance


✫1
rock
7
UK
[Rolling Stones 21003]
written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Stop Draggin' My Heart Around
64.
07/1981
260

3
US








2
rock
50
UK
Stray Cat Strut
65.
04/1981
150

3
US




78
dance


41
rock
11
UK
produced by Dave Edmunds
[EMI America 8122]
written by Brian Setzer
66.
12/1981
101

5
US
4
AC










[Arista 0655]
written by Graham Russell
67.
03/1981
117

10
US
40
AC






27
rock


written by Billy Elworthy (as William Elworthy) & Franke Previte
68.
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)
Take It on the Run
69.
03/1981
208

5
US








6
rock
19
UK
[Epic 19-01054]
written by Gary Richrath
70.
06/1981
110

49
US








8
rock
41
UK
[A&M 2345]
written by Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook
The Best of Times
71.
01/1981
169

3
US
26
AC






16
rock
42
UK
[A&M 2300]
written by Dennis DeYoung
The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em)
72.
05/1981
155

15
US








5
rock


[Beserkley 47149]
written by Greg Kihn, Gary Phillips (as Gary Philippet) & Steve Wright
73.
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
74.
08/1981
164

6
US
33
AC






9
rock


produced by George Martin
[Capitol]
written by Graeham Goble (as Graham Goble)
The One That You Love
75.
05/1981
142

✫1
US
2
AC










[Arista 0604]
written by Graham Russell
76.
02/1981
144

34
US








2
rock


[Columbia 60505]
written by Steve Perry
The Stroke
77.
05/1981
177

17
US








3
rock
52
UK
[Capitol 5005]
written by Billy Squier
The Voice
78.
06/1981
246

15
US
16
AC






✫1
rock
76
UK
[Threshold 602]
written by Justin Hayward
The Waiting
79.
05/1981
239

19
US








✫1
rock


written by Tom Petty
80.
04/1981
159

11
US








5
rock
43
UK
[EMI America 8079]
written by Bruce Springsteen
Tom Sawyer
81.
03/1981
124

44
US








8
rock
25
UK
[Mercury 76109]
written by Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Neil Peart & Pye Dubois
82.
10/1981
103

20
US








29
rock
8
UK
Too Much Time on My Hands
83.
03/1981
199

9
US








2
rock


[A&M 2323]
written by Tommy Shaw
Trouble
84.
10/1981
158

9
US
14
AC






12
rock
31
UK
[Asylum 47223]
written by Lindsey Buckingham
85.
09/1981
236

5
US








2
rock


[live]
written by Eugene Williams
Tube Snake Boogie
86.
08/1981
113

103
US








4
rock


[Warner 49865]
written by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill & Frank Beard
Turn Me Loose
87.
01/1981
117

35
US








6
rock


[Columbia 11421]
written by Paul Dean & Mike Reno
Under Pressure
88.
11/1981
228

29
US








7
rock
✫1
UK
Urgent
89.
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]
Waiting for a Girl Like You
90.
10/1981
330

2
US
5
AC






✫1
rock
8
UK
[Atlantic 3868]
written by Mick Jones [Foreigner] & Lou Gramm
Waiting on a Friend
91.
11/1981
131

13
US








8
rock
50
UK
[Rolling Stones 21004]
written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Watching the Wheels
92.
03/1981
136

10
US
6
AC






25
rock
30
UK
[Geffen 49695]
written by John Lennon
While You See a Chance
93.
01/1981
227

7
US
17
AC






2
rock
45
UK
[Island 49656]
written by Steve Winwood & Will Jennings
Who's Crying Now
94.
07/1981
223

4
US
14
AC






4
rock
76
UK
[Columbia 02241 A]
written by Jonathan Cain & Steve Perry
95.
04/1981

Winning by Santana

from Zebop!   Zebop!
176

17
US








2
rock


[Columbia 01050]
written by Russ Ballard
Woman
96.
01/1981
269

2
US
4
AC






26
rock
✫1
UK
[Geffen]
written by John Lennon
97.
11/1981
171

29
US








2
rock


[Columbia 02589]
written by Paul Dean, Matt Frenette & Mike Reno
You Better You Bet
98.
03/1981
266

18
US








✫1
rock
9
UK
written by Pete Townshend
99.
05/1981
120

5
US








35
rock


Young Turks
100.
10/1981
190

5
US




63
dance


23
rock
11
UK

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