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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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1.10/1981
Young Turks by Rod Stewart        

MP3

from Tonight I'm Yours   

CD

MP3

190

US 5
US dance 63
US rock 23
UK 11
[Warner 49843]
written by Rod Stewart, Carmine Appice, Duane Hitchings & Kevin Savigar
2.05/1981
You Make My Dreams by Hall & Oates        

MP3

from Voices   

CD

MP3

120

US 5
US rock 35
written by Sara Allen, Daryl Hall & John Oates
3.03/1981
You Better You Bet by The Who        

MP3

from Face Dances   

CD

MP3

266

US 18
US rock ✫1
UK 9

video

written by Pete Townshend
4.11/1981
Working for the Weekend by Loverboy        

MP3

from Get Lucky   

CD

MP3

171

US 29
US rock 2

video

[Columbia 02589]
written by Paul Dean, Matt Frenette & Mike Reno
5.01/1981
Woman by John Lennon        

MP3

from Double Fantasy   

CD

MP3

269

US 2
US AC 4
US rock 26
UK ✫1
[Geffen]
written by John Lennon
6.04/1981
Winning by Santana        

MP3

from Zebop!   

CD

MP3

176

US 17
US rock 2
[Columbia 01050]
written by Russ Ballard
7.07/1981
Who's Crying Now by Journey        

MP3

from Escape   

CD

MP3

223

US 4
US AC 14
US rock 4
UK 76

video

[Columbia 02241 A]
written by Jonathan Cain & Steve Perry
8.01/1981
While You See a Chance by Steve Winwood        

MP3

from Arc of a Diver   

CD

MP3

227

US 7
US AC 17
US rock 2
UK 45
[Island 49656]
written by Steve Winwood & Will Jennings
9.03/1981
Watching the Wheels by John Lennon        

MP3

from Double Fantasy   

CD

MP3

136

US 10
US AC 6
US rock 25
UK 30
[Geffen 49695]
written by John Lennon
10.11/1981
Waiting on a Friend by The Rolling Stones        

MP3

from Tattoo You   

CD

MP3

131

US 13
US rock 8
UK 50
[Rolling Stones 21004]
written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
11.10/1981
Waiting for a Girl Like You by Foreigner        

MP3

from 4   

CD

MP3

330

US 2
US AC 5
US rock ✫1
UK 8
[Atlantic 3868]
written by Mick Jones [Foreigner] & Lou Gramm
12.07/1981
Urgent by Foreigner        

MP3

from 4   

CD

MP3

316

US 4
US dance 32
US rock ✫1
UK 54
featuring Jr. Walker
[Atlantic 3831]
written by Mick Jones [Foreigner]
13.11/1981
Under Pressure by Queen & David Bowie        

MP3

from Hot Space   

CD

MP3

228

US 29
US rock 7
UK ✫1
written by Brian May, Freddie Mercury, John Deacon, Roger Taylor & David Bowie
14.01/1981
Turn Me Loose by Loverboy        

MP3

from Loverboy   

CD

MP3

117

US 35
US rock 6
[Columbia 11421]
written by Paul Dean & Mike Reno
15.08/1981
Tube Snake Boogie by ZZ Top        

MP3

from El Loco   

CD

MP3

113

US 103
US rock 4

video

[Warner 49865]
written by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill & Frank Beard
16.09/1981
Tryin' to Live My Life without You by Bob Seger        

MP3

from Nine Tonight   

CD

MP3

236

US 5
US rock 2

video

[live]
written by Eugene Williams
17.10/1981
Trouble by Lindsey Buckingham        

MP3

from Law and Order   

CD

MP3

158

US 9
US AC 14
US rock 12
UK 31

video

[Asylum 47223]
written by Lindsey Buckingham
18.03/1981
Too Much Time on My Hands by Styx        

MP3

from Paradise Theater   

CD

MP3

199

US 9
US rock 2
[A&M 2323]
written by Tommy Shaw
19.10/1981
Tonight I'm Yours (Don't Hurt Me) by Rod Stewart        

MP3

from Tonight I'm Yours   

CD

MP3

103

US 20
US rock 29
UK 8
written by Rod Stewart, Jim Cregan & Kevin Savigar
20.03/1981
Tom Sawyer by Rush        

MP3

from Moving Pictures   

CD

MP3

124

US 44
US rock 8
UK 25

video

[Mercury 76109]
written by Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Neil Peart & Pye Dubois
21.04/1981
This Little Girl by Gary U.S. Bonds        

MP3

from Dedication   

CD

MP3

159

US 11
US rock 5
UK 43

video

[EMI America 8079]
written by Bruce Springsteen
22.05/1981
The Waiting by Tom Petty        

MP3

from Hard Promises   

CD

MP3

239

US 19
US rock ✫1
written by Tom Petty
23.06/1981
The Voice by The Moody Blues        

MP3

from Long Distance Voyager   

CD

MP3

246

US 15
US AC 16
US rock ✫1
UK 76

video

[Threshold 602]
written by Justin Hayward
24.05/1981
The Stroke by Billy Squier        

MP3

from Don't Say No   

CD

MP3

177

US 17
US rock 3
UK 52
[Capitol 5005]
written by Billy Squier
25.02/1981
The Party's Over (Hopelessly in Love) by Journey        

MP3

from Captured   

CD

MP3

144

US 34
US rock 2

video

[Columbia 60505]
written by Steve Perry
26.05/1981
The One That You Love by Air Supply        

MP3

from The One That You Love   

CD

MP3

142

US ✫1
US AC 2
[Arista 0604]
written by Graham Russell
27.08/1981
The Night Owls by Little River Band        

MP3

from Time Exposure   

CD

MP3

164

US 6
US AC 33
US rock 9

video

produced by George Martin
[Capitol]
written by Graeham Goble (as Graham Goble)
28.07/1981
The Model by Kraftwerk        

MP3

from Computer World   

CD

MP3

109

US dance 13
UK ✫1

video

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
29.05/1981
The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em) by Greg Kihn Band        

MP3

from Rockihnroll   

CD

MP3

155

US 15
US rock 5

video

[Beserkley 47149]
written by Greg Kihn, Gary Phillips (as Gary Philippet) & Steve Wright
30.01/1981
The Best of Times by Styx        

MP3

from Paradise Theater   

CD

MP3

169

US 3
US AC 26
US rock 16
UK 42
[A&M 2300]
written by Dennis DeYoung
31.06/1981
Tempted by Squeeze        

MP3

from East Side Story   

CD

MP3

110

US 49
US rock 8
UK 41
[A&M 2345]
written by Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook
32.03/1981
Take It on the Run by REO Speedwagon        

MP3

from Hi Infidelity   

CD

MP3

208

US 5
US rock 6
UK 19
[Epic 19-01054]
written by Gary Richrath
33.08/1981
Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go? (medley) by Soft Cell        

MP3

from Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret   

CD

MP3

290

US 8
US dance 4
US rock 12
UK ✫1

written by Ed Cobb, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier & Eddie Holland Jr. (as Eddie Holland)
34.03/1981
Sweetheart by Franke & the Knockouts        

MP3

from Franke & the Knockouts   

CD

MP3

117

US 10
US AC 40
US rock 27

video

written by Billy Elworthy (as William Elworthy) & Franke Previte
35.12/1981
Sweet Dreams by Air Supply        

MP3

from The One That You Love   

CD

MP3

101

US 5
US AC 4

video

[Arista 0655]
written by Graham Russell
36.04/1981
Stray Cat Strut by Stray Cats        

MP3

from Built for Speed   

CD

MP3

150

US 3
US dance 78
US rock 41
UK 11
produced by Dave Edmunds
[EMI America 8122]
written by Brian Setzer
37.07/1981
Stop Draggin' My Heart Around by Stevie Nicks        

MP3

from Bella Donna   

CD

MP3

260

US 3
US rock 2
UK 50
with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
[Modern 7336]
written by Tom Petty & Mike Campbell
38.08/1981
Start Me Up by The Rolling Stones        

MP3

from Tattoo You   

CD

MP3

447

US 2
US dance 14
US rock ✫1
UK 7
[Rolling Stones 21003]
written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
39.05/1981
Stand and Deliver by Adam and the Ants        

MP3

from Prince Charming   

CD

MP3

125

US dance 38
UK ✫1
charted as Stand and Deliver / Beat My Guest in US dance charts
written by Adam Ant & Marco Pirroni
40.12/1981
Spirits in the Material World by The Police        

MP3

from Ghost in the Machine   

CD

MP3

179

US 11
US rock 7
UK 12
written by Sting
41.11/1981
Shake It Up by The Cars        

MP3

from Shake It Up   

CD

MP3

253

US 4
US dance 14
US rock 2
charted as Shake It Up/Cruiser in US dance charts
[Elektra 47250]
written by Ric Ocasek
42.09/1981
Say Goodbye to Hollywood by Billy Joel        

MP3

from Songs in the Attic   

CD

MP3

101

US 17
US AC 35
US rock 11
(originally released on Turnstiles May 1976) [live]
[Columbia 02518]
written by Billy Joel
43.02/1981
Rock This Town by Stray Cats        

MP3

from Built for Speed   

CD

MP3

221

US 9
US dance 35
US rock 4
UK 9

video

produced by Dave Edmunds; charted as Rock This Town/Runaway Boys in US dance charts
[EMI America 8132]
written by Brian Setzer
44.07/1981
Really Wanna Know You by Gary Wright        

MP3

from The Right Place   

CD

MP3

102

US 16
US AC 32
US rock 17

video

[Warner 49769]
written by Ali Thomson & Gary Wright
45.01/1981
Rapture by Blondie        

MP3

from Autoamerican   

CD

MP3

237

US ✫1
US dance ✫1
US R&B 33
US rock 35
UK 5
charted as Rapture / The Tide Is High in US dance charts
[Chrysalis 2485]
written by Debbie Harry & Chris Stein
46.08/1981
Private Eyes by Hall & Oates        

MP3

from Private Eyes   

CD

MP3

189

US ✫1
US AC 33
US rock 33
UK 32
[RCA 12296]
written by Daryl Hall, Sara Allen, Janna Allen & Warren Pash
47.09/1981
Prince Charming by Adam and the Ants        

MP3

from Prince Charming   

CD

MP3

117

UK ✫1written by Adam Ant & Marco Pirroni
48.08/1981
Our Lips Are Sealed by The Go-Go's        

MP3

from Beauty and the Beat   

CD

MP3

139

US 20
US dance 10
US rock 15
UK 47
[I.R.S. 9901]
written by Jane Wiedlin & Terry Hall
49.09/1981
No Reply at All by Genesis        

MP3

from Abacab   

CD

MP3

161

US 29
US rock 2
[Atlantic 3858]
written by Tony Banks, Phil Collins & Mike Rutherford
50.09/1981
My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone) by Chilliwack        

MP3

from Wanna Be a Star   

CD

MP3

99

US 22
US rock 16

video

[RCA 11813 (Millenium)]
written by Bill Henderson & Brian MacLeod
51.02/1981
Message of Love by The Pretenders        

MP3

from Pretenders II   

CD

MP3

142

US dance 44
US rock 5
UK 11
written by Chrissie Hynde
52.10/1981
Magic Power by Triumph        

MP3

from Allied Forces   

CD

MP3

100

US 51
US rock 8

video

[RCA 12298]
written by Gil Moore, Mike Levine (as Michael Levine) & Rik Emmett
53.10/1981
Little T&A by The Rolling Stones        

MP3

from Tattoo You   

CD

MP3

101

US rock 5

video

written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
54.03/1981
Limelight by Rush        

MP3

from Moving Pictures   

CD

MP3

118

US 55
US rock 4

video

[Mercury 76095]
written by Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee & Neil Peart
55.12/1981
Let's Get It Up by AC/DC        

MP3

from For Those About to Rock We Salute You   

CD

MP3

122

US 44
US rock 9
UK 13

video

written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young & Brian Johnson
56.10/1981
Leather and Lace by Stevie Nicks        

MP3

from Bella Donna   

CD

MP3

132

US 6
US AC 10
US rock 26

video

with Don Henley
[Modern]
written by Stevie Nicks
57.02/1981
Kids in America by Kim Wilde        

MP3

from Kim Wilde   

CD

MP3

152

US 25
US rock 29
UK 2
written by Marty Wilde & Ricky Wilde
58.07/1981
Juke Box Hero by Foreigner        

MP3

from 4   

CD

MP3

175

US 26
US rock 3
UK 48
written by Lou Gramm & Mick Jones [Foreigner]
59.03/1981
Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield        

MP3

from Working Class Dog   

CD

MP3

236

US ✫1
US rock 10
UK 43
[RCA 12201]
written by Rick Springfield
60.05/1981
In the Dark by Billy Squier        

MP3

from Don't Say No   

CD

MP3

128

US 35
US rock 7
[Capitol 5040]
written by Billy Squier
61.01/1981
In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins        

MP3

from Face Value   

CD

MP3

269

US 19
US rock 2
UK 2
[Atlantic 3824]
written by Phil Collins
62.01/1981
I Surrender by Rainbow [British rock band]        

MP3

from Difficult to Cure   

CD

MP3

119

US 105
US rock 19
UK 3

video

[Polydor 2163]
written by Russ Ballard
63.03/1981
I Missed Again by Phil Collins        

MP3

from Face Value   

CD

MP3

148

US 19
US rock 8
UK 14
[Atlantic 3790]
written by Phil Collins
64.12/1981
I Love Rock 'n Roll by Joan Jett        

MP3

from I Love Rock n' Roll   

CD

MP3

439

US ✫1
US dance 31
US rock ✫1
UK 4
as Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #484]
[Boardwalk 7-11-135]
written by Alan Merrill & Jake Hooker
65.02/1981
I Can't Stand It by Eric Clapton        

MP3

from Another Ticket   

CD

MP3

236

US 10
US rock ✫1

video

as Eric Clapton & His Band
[RSO 1060]
written by Eric Clapton
66.11/1981
I Can't Go for That (No Can Do) by Hall & Oates        

MP3

from Private Eyes   

CD

MP3

254

US ✫1
US AC 12
US dance ✫1
US R&B ✫1
US rock 28
UK 8
[RCA 12357]
written by Daryl Hall, John Oates & Sara Allen
67.07/1981
Hold On Tight by Electric Light Orchestra        

MP3

from Time   

CD

MP3

280

US 10
US rock 2
UK 4
[Columbia 02408 (Jet)]
written by Jeff Lynne
68.02/1981
Hold On Loosely by 38 Special        

MP3

from Wild-Eyed Southern Boys   

CD

MP3

141

US 27
US rock 3
[A&M 2316]
written by Don Barnes, Jeff Carlisi & Jim Peterik
69.09/1981
Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You) by Air Supply        

MP3

from The One That You Love   

CD

MP3

102

US 5
US AC ✫1
[Arista 0626]
written by Norman Saleet (as Norman Sallitt)
70.07/1981
Heavy Metal (Takin' a Ride) by Don Felder        

MP3

from Heavy Metal: Music from the Motion Picture   

CD

MP3

118

US 43
US rock 5

video

[Elektra 47175 (Asylum)]
written by Don Felder
71.05/1981
Hearts by Marty Balin        

MP3

from Balin   

CD

MP3

121

US 8
US AC 9
US rock 20

video

[EMI America 8084]
written by Jesse Barish
72.10/1981
Harden My Heart by Quarterflash        

MP3

from Quarterflash   

CD

MP3

307

US 3
US AC 41
US rock ✫1
UK 49
[Geffen 49824]
written by Marv Ross
73.08/1981
Hard to Say by Dan Fogelberg        

MP3

from The Innocent Age   

CD

MP3

157

US 7
US AC 2
US rock 14

video

[Columbia 02488 (Full Moon)]
written by Dan Fogelberg
74.09/1981
Hang Fire by The Rolling Stones        

MP3

from Tattoo You   

CD

MP3

167

US 20
US rock 2
written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
75.07/1981
Girls on Film by Duran Duran        

MP3

from Duran Duran   

CD

MP3

115

US dance 26
US rock 19
UK 5
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
76.06/1981
Gemini Dream by The Moody Blues        

MP3

from Long Distance Voyager   

CD

MP3

109

US 12
US dance 36
US rock 13

video

[Threshold]
written by Justin Hayward & John Lodge
77.11/1981
Freeze-Frame by J. Geils Band        

MP3

from Freeze Frame   

CD

MP3

219

US 4
US R&B 25
US rock 8
UK 27
charted as Flamethrower / Freeze-Frame in US R&B charts
[EMI America 8108]
written by Seth Justman & Peter Wolf
78.12/1981
For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) by AC/DC        

MP3

from For Those About to Rock We Salute You   

CD

MP3

145

US rock 4
UK 15

video

written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young & Brian Johnson
79.11/1981
Flying High Again by Ozzy Osbourne        

MP3

from Diary of a Madman   

CD

MP3

145

US rock 2

video

[Columbia 02582 (Jet)]
written by Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley & Lee Kerslake
80.07/1981
Fire and Ice by Pat Benatar        

MP3

from Precious Time   

CD

MP3

182

US 17
US rock 2
UK 76
[Chrysalis 2529]
written by Pat Benatar, Tom Kelly & Scott Sheets
81.04/1981
Find Your Way Back by Starship        

MP3

from Modern Times   

CD

MP3

139

US 29
US rock 3
as Jefferson Starship
[Grunt]
written by Craig Chaquico & Thos Borsdorf
82.11/1981
Find Another Fool by Quarterflash        

MP3

from Quarterflash   

CD

MP3

114

US 16
US rock 12
[Geffen 50006]
written by Marv Ross
83.09/1981
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic by The Police        

MP3

from Ghost in the Machine   

CD

MP3

396

US 3
US rock ✫1
UK ✫1
written by Sting
84.08/1981
Edge of Seventeen (Just Like the White Winged Dove) by Stevie Nicks        

MP3

from Bella Donna   

CD

MP3

122

US rock 4written by Stevie Nicks
85.12/1981
Don't You Want Me by The Human League        

MP3

from Dare!   

CD

MP3

396

US ✫1
US dance 3
US rock 4
UK ✫1
written by Philip Oakey, Jo Callis & Philip Adrian Wright
86.08/1981
Don't Stop Believin' by Journey        

MP3

from Escape   

CD

MP3

158

US 9
US rock 8
[Columbia 02567 B]
written by Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry & Neal Schon
87.03/1981
Don't Let Him Go by REO Speedwagon        

MP3

from Hi Infidelity   

CD

MP3

114

US 24
US rock 11

video

[Epic 19-02127]
written by Kevin Cronin
88.10/1981
Destroyer by The Kinks        

MP3

from Give the People What They Want   

CD

MP3

120

US 85
US rock 3

video

[Arista 0619]
written by Ray Davies
89.07/1981
Cool Love by Pablo Cruise        

MP3

from Reflector   

CD

MP3

101

US 13
US AC 14
US R&B 78
US rock 23

video

[A&M 2349]
written by David Jenkins, Cory Lerios & John Pierce
90.11/1981
Centerfold by J. Geils Band        

MP3

from Freeze Frame   

CD

MP3

430

US ✫1
US dance 12
US rock ✫1
UK 3
charted as Centerfold / Flamethrower in US dance charts
[EMI America 8102]
written by Seth Justman
91.07/1981
Burning for You by Blue Öyster Cult        

MP3

from Fire of Unknown Origin   

CD

MP3

195

US 40
US rock ✫1
UK 76

video

written by Buck Dharma (as Donald Roeser) & Richard Meltzer
92.03/1981
Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes        

MP3

from Mistaken Identity   

CD

MP3

325

US ✫1
US AC 15
US dance 26
US rock 5
UK 10
[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
93.08/1981
Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) by Christopher Cross        

MP3

from Arthur: The Album   

CD

MP3

273

US ✫1
US AC ✫1
US rock 13
UK 7
[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
94.02/1981
Angel of the Morning by Juice Newton        

MP3

from Juice   

CD

MP3

132

US 4
US AC ✫1
US country 22
US rock 57

video

[Capitol 4976]
written by Chip Taylor
95.05/1981
All Those Years Ago by George Harrison        

MP3

from Somewhere in England   

CD

MP3

234

US 2
US AC ✫1
US rock 6
UK 13
[Dark Horse 49725]
written by George Harrison
96.08/1981
Abacab by Genesis        

MP3

from Abacab   

CD

MP3

197

US 26
US dance 43
US rock 4
UK 9
written by Tony Banks, Phil Collins & Mike Rutherford
97.05/1981
A Woman in Love (It's Not Me) by Tom Petty        

MP3

from Hard Promises   

CD

MP3

122

US 79
US rock 5
written by Tom Petty & Mike Campbell
98.05/1981
A Life of Illusion by Joe Walsh        

MP3

from There Goes the Neighborhood   

CD

MP3

173

US 34
US rock ✫1

video

[Asylum 47144]
written by Kenny Passarelli & Joe Walsh
99.03/1981
96 Tears by Garland Jeffreys        

MP3

from Escape Artist   

CD

MP3

101

US 66
US dance 75
US rock 5

video

[Epic]
written by Rudy Martinez
100.11/1981
867-5309 / Jenny by Tommy Tutone        

MP3

from Tommy Tutone-2   

CD

MP3

296

US 4
US rock ✫1

video

written by Alex Call & Jim Keller

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