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Top Songs of 1981

1980 <-1981-> 1982
    

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1.
12/1981
341

✫1
US




3
dance


4
rock
✫1
UK
2.
02/1981
324

2
US
4
AC




✫1
R&B


✫1
UK
[Tamla 54321]
written by Smokey Robinson
3.
01/1981
306

2
US
4
AC






26
rock
✫1
UK
[Geffen]
written by John Lennon
4.
04/1981
302

✫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
5.
11/1981
299

✫1
US




12
dance


✫1
rock
3
UK
charted as Centerfold / Flamethrower in US dance charts
[EMI America 8102]
written by Seth Justman
6.
09/1981
288

3
US








✫1
rock
✫1
UK
written by Sting
7.
12/1981
287

✫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
8.
11/1981
282

✫1
US
12
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B
28
rock
8
UK
[RCA 12357]
written by Daryl Hall, John Oates & Sara Allen
9.
07/1981
280

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B


7
UK
[Motown 1519]
written by Lionel Richie
10.
01/1981
278

✫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
11.
08/1981
264

✫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
12.
10/1981
262

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
13.
10/1981
249

✫1
US
29
AC


22
dance
28
R&B


7
UK
[MCA 51182]
written by Steve Kipner & Terry Shaddick
14.
08/1981
249

8
US




4
dance


12
rock
✫1
UK
written by Ed Cobb, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier & Eddie Holland Jr. (as Eddie Holland)
15.
03/1981
244

✫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
16.
08/1981
243

2
US




14
dance


✫1
rock
7
UK
[Rolling Stones 21003]
written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
17.
10/1981
242

2
US
5
AC






✫1
rock
8
UK
[Atlantic 3868]
written by Mick Jones [Foreigner] & Lou Gramm
18.
05/1981
234

✫1
US
✫1
AC








12
UK
[instrumental]
[Polydor 2189]
written by Vangelis
19.
05/1981
220

2
US
✫1
AC






6
rock
13
UK
[Dark Horse 49725]
written by George Harrison
20.
05/1981
219

2
US
6
AC




7
R&B


10
UK
[Planet 47929]
written by John Bettis & Michael Clark
21.
10/1981
215

7
US
2
AC




6
R&B


4
UK
[RCA 12349]
written by Frankie Lymon, Herman Santiago (uncredited), George Goldner (uncredited) & Morris Levy
22.
07/1981
204

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
23.
08/1981
199

11
US
9
AC




✫1
R&B


3
UK
[Casablanca 2338]
written by Marc Blatte & Larry Gottlieb
24.
12/1981
194

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
[De-Lite 818]
written by Ronald Bell (as Khalis Bayyan), Kool & The Gang & James "J.T." Taylor
25.
06/1981
191

4
US
6
AC








8
UK
[Liberty 1418]
written by Bill Conti & Mike Leeson (as Michael Leeson)
26.
02/1981
190

2
US
2
AC




3
R&B


34
UK
featuring Bill Withers
[Elektra 47103]
written by Bill Withers, Ralph MacDonald & William Salter
27.
01/1981
189

19
US








2
rock
2
UK
[Atlantic 3824]
written by Phil Collins
28.
11/1981
187

29
US








7
rock
✫1
UK
29.
02/1981
185

12
US
✫1
AC




4
R&B


5
UK
[Columbia 11433]
written by Dana Walden
30.
07/1981
185

10
US








2
rock
4
UK
[Columbia 02408 (Jet)]
written by Jeff Lynne
31.
08/1981
185

✫1
US
33
AC






33
rock
32
UK
[RCA 12296]
written by Daryl Hall, Sara Allen, Janna Allen & Warren Pash
32.
03/1981
181

✫1
US








10
rock
43
UK
[RCA 12201]
written by Rick Springfield
33.
11/1981
178

23
US
3
AC








2
UK
[live]
[EMI America 8103]
written by James Sheppard, Clarence Bassett & Charles Baskerville
34.
05/1981
176

✫1
US
2
AC










[Arista 0604]
written by Graham Russell
35.
04/1981
174

3
US




78
dance


41
rock
11
UK
produced by Dave Edmunds
[EMI America 8122]
written by Brian Setzer
36.
05/1981
168

2
US
2
AC
14
country






76
UK
[Capitol 4997]
written by Hank DeVito
37.
04/1981
165

55
US
37
AC




42
R&B


✫1
UK
[Motown 1512]
written by Sam Brown III & Renée Armand
38.
02/1981
164

25
US








29
rock
2
UK
39.
02/1981
162

53
US










✫1
UK
written by Joe Dolce
40.
10/1981
161

5
US




63
dance


23
rock
11
UK
41.
01/1981
159

3
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




[Capitol 4953]
written by Rokusuke Ei, Hachidai Nakamura, Abraham Quintanilla III (as Abraham Quintanilla Jr.) & Pete Astudillo
42.
09/1981
158

72
US










✫1
UK
with Barbara Gaskin
written by Walter Gold, John Gluck (as John Gluck Jr.) & Herb Wiener (as Herb Weiner)
43.
07/1981
157







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
44.
08/1981
157







15
dance




✫1
UK
written by Bob Heatlie
45.
06/1981
154

3
US
✫1
AC
✫1
country








produced by Lionel Richie
[Liberty 1415]
written by Rick Christian
46.
05/1981
153







38
dance




✫1
UK
charted as Stand and Deliver / Beat My Guest in US dance charts
written by Adam Ant & Marco Pirroni
47.
05/1981
153

2
US
3
AC










[Elektra 47147]
written by Stephen Geyer & Mike Post
48.
10/1981
152

3
US
41
AC






✫1
rock
49
UK
[Geffen 49824]
written by Marv Ross
49.
07/1981
151













✫1
UK
written by Hutch Davie (as Bob Davie) & Marvin Moore
50.
09/1981
151













✫1
UK
written by Adam Ant & Marco Pirroni
51.
02/1981
151













✫1
UK
[Epic 02072]
written by Stuart Hamblen
52.
03/1981
151













✫1
UK
[1981 Eurovision Song Contest winner]
[RCA 12242]
written by John Danter & Andy Hill
53.
06/1981
151













✫1
UK
written by Jerry Dammers
54.
11/1981
150













✫1
UK
55.
02/1981
150













✫1
UK
[Atco 7329]
written by John Lennon
56.
10/1981
150













✫1
UK
written by Cole Porter
57.
02/1981
150

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
58.
11/1981
149

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
59.
03/1981
149

5
US








6
rock
19
UK
[Epic 19-01054]
written by Gary Richrath
60.
09/1981
148

4
US
5
AC




5
R&B


44
UK
[Motown 1527]
written by Lionel Richie
61.
10/1981
147

5
US




32
dance
✫1
R&B


29
UK
[Warner 49846]
written by Bill Champlin, Jay Graydon & Steve Lukather
62.
07/1981
146

3
US








2
rock
50
UK
63.
07/1981

Urgent by Foreigner

from 4   4
144

4
US




32
dance


✫1
rock
54
UK
featuring Jr. Walker
[Atlantic 3831]
written by Mick Jones [Foreigner]
64.
01/1981
140

3
US
26
AC






16
rock
42
UK
[A&M 2300]
written by Dennis DeYoung
65.
03/1981
139

4
US
11
AC




✫1
R&B




as Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
[Arista 0592]
written by Ray Parker Jr
66.
07/1981
138

67
US










2
UK
written by various
67.
07/1981
136

4
US
14
AC






4
rock
76
UK
[Columbia 02241 A]
written by Jonathan Cain & Steve Perry
68.
02/1981
136

4
US
✫1
AC
22
country




57
rock


[Capitol 4976]
written by Chip Taylor
69.
11/1981
135

4
US




14
dance


2
rock


charted as Shake It Up/Cruiser in US dance charts
[Elektra 47250]
written by Ric Ocasek
70.
06/1981
135

5
US
2
AC
✫1
country








[RCA 12264]
written by Walt Aldridge & Tom Brasfield
71.
07/1981
132

5
US
3
AC
✫1
country








[Elektra 47174]
written by David Malloy, Eddie Rabbitt & Even Stevens
72.
11/1981
131

4
US








✫1
rock


written by Alex Call & Jim Keller
73.
05/1981
130













2
UK
[Epic 02217]
written by Ronnie Harwood
74.
01/1981

Vienna by Ultravox

from Vienna   Vienna
130













2
UK
[Chrysalis 2515]
written by Warren Cann, Chris Cross, Billy Currie & Midge Ure
75.
09/1981
130













2
UK
[instrumental]
written by Werner Thomas
76.
10/1981
130













2
UK
written by Laurie Anderson
77.
05/1981
130













2
UK
written by Barry Leng & Simon May
78.
09/1981
130













2
UK
written by Sting
79.
09/1981
130













2
UK
written by Johnny McElhone (as John McElhone), Clare Grogan, Tony McDaid (as Anthony McDaid) & Michael "Tich" Anderson (as Michael Anderson)
80.
07/1981
130













2
UK
[Tamla 54331 (u)]
written by Stevie Wonder
81.
04/1981
130













2
UK
[instrumental]
written by Ennio Morricone
82.
02/1981
130













2
UK
[R]
written by Adam Ant & Marco Pirroni
83.
03/1981
128

18
US








✫1
rock
9
UK
written by Pete Townshend
84.
04/1981
126

5
US
8
AC
✫1
country








[MCA 51084]
written by Dallas Frazier
85.
03/1981
124

64
US
33
AC




29
R&B


3
UK
[Tamla 54323]
written by Stevie Wonder
86.
01/1981
124

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
87.
12/1981
123

11
US








7
rock
12
UK
written by Sting
88.
12/1981
123

33
US










4
UK
written by Labi Siffre
89.
10/1981
121

7
US
✫1
AC
✫1
country








[Capitol 5046]
written by Otha Young
90.
09/1981
120

5
US
✫1
AC










[Arista 0626]
written by Norman Saleet (as Norman Sallitt)
91.
01/1981
119

7
US
17
AC






2
rock
45
UK
[Island 49656]
written by Steve Winwood & Will Jennings
92.
09/1981
118

5
US








2
rock


[live]
written by Eugene Williams
93.
01/1981
117

105
US








19
rock
3
UK
[Polydor 2163]
written by Russ Ballard
94.
01/1981
117

6
US
3
AC








51
UK
[Capitol 4960]
written by Neil Diamond & Alan Lindgren
95.
07/1981
115







17
dance




3
UK
written by Gary Kemp
96.
12/1981
113

5
US
4
AC










[Arista 0655]
written by Graham Russell
97.
08/1981
112







37
dance




3
UK
98.
10/1981
110

20
US








29
rock
8
UK
99.
08/1981

Abacab by Genesis

from Abacab   Abacab
110

26
US




43
dance


4
rock
9
UK
100.
08/1981
110

71
US










4
UK
[EMI America 8095]
written by B. A. Robertson & Alan Tarney

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