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1981 Music Charts

1981's Biggest Artists, Albums and Songs

Christopher Cross (1980 Best New Artist Grammy Winner & Grammy for Album of the Year, presented in 1981)
Sailing (Grammy for Record of the Year)
New Artists in the Pop Charts Included:
Sheena Easton, Phil Collins (solo), Loverboy, Stevie Nicks (solo), Lionel Richie, The Oak Ridge Boys, Al Jarreau, Steve Winwood (solo), The Go-Gos, Billy Squire, Luthor Vandross, Debbie Harry (solo), Marty Balin (solo) and Lee Ritenour

1981's Retro Top 10 Hits

1. Betty Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
2. Flash's Theme (Flash) - Queen
3. Ah! Leah! - Donnie Iris
4. Queen of Hearts - Juice Newton
5. I Love A Rainy Night - Eddie Rabbitt
6. 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
7. Private Eyes - Hall and Oates
8. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
9. Fire and Ice - Pat Benatar
10. Hearts - Marty Balin

1981's 'One Hit Wonders'

1. Double Dutch Bus - Frankie Smith
2. Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through - Jim Steinman
3. Tempted - Squeeze
4. Precious To Me - Phil Seymour
5. Seven Year Ache - Rosanne Cash
6. Teacher Teacher - Rockpile
7. Sausalito Summernight - Diesel
8. Sweet Baby - Stanley Clark & George Duke
9. Shaddap You Face - Joe Dolce
10. A Woman's Got The Power - The A's

1981's Dance Top 10 Hit List

1. Let's Groove - Earth Wind and Fire
2. When She Was My Girl - Four Tops
3. Double Dutch Bus - Frankie Smith
4. Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It) - Kool and the Gang
5. She's a Bad Mama Jama (She's Built She's Stacked) - Carl Carlton
6. Don't The Music - Yarbrough & Peoples
7. We're In This Love Together - Al Jarreau
8. Fantastic Voyage - Lakeside
9. A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do) - Ray Parker Jr & Raydio
10. Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me) - Gap Band

1981's Pop Dance Top 10 Hit List

1. Super Freak - Rick James
2. Celebration - Kool and the Gang
3. Give It To Me Baby - Rick James
4. Physical - Olivia Newton-John
5. Morning Train (9 to 5) - Sheena Easton
6. Our Lips Are Sealed - The Go-Gos
7. Lady (You Bring Me Up) - Commodores
8. Slow Hand - Pointer Sisters
9. Stars On 45 - Stars On 45
10. This Little Girl - Gary U.S. Bonds

1981's Pop Rock Top 10 Hit List

1. Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
2. Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
3. Back In Black - AC/DC
4. Start Me Up - Rolling Stones
5. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police
6. Urgent - Foreigner
7. De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da - The Police
8. Rapture - Blondie
9. Fashion - David Bowie
10. Tempted - Squeeze

1981's Album Rock Top 10 Hit List

1. Don't Stand So Close To Me - The Police
2. While You See a Chance - Steve Winwood
3. Back In Black - AC/DC
4. The Stroke - Billy Squire
5. Stop Draggin My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty
6. Skateaway - Dire Straites
7. The Voice - The Moody Blues
8. Burnin For You - Blue Oyster Cult
9. Who's Makin Love - The Blues Brothers
10. The Waiting - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

More of 1981's Album Rock

  Fade Away - Bruce Springsteen

1981's Bubblegum Pop Music Top Ten

1. Physical - Olivia Newton-John
2. Morning Train - Sheena Easton
3. De DoDoDo, De Da Da Da - The POlice
4. Queen of Hearts - Juice Newton
5. The Tide Is High - Blondie
6. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police
7. Step By Step - Eddie Rabbitt
8. Shaddap You Face - Joe Dolce
9. My Girl (Gone Gone Gone) - Chilliwack
10. Theme From 'Greatest American Hero' - Joey Scarbury

PCM's 1981 Top 10 Hit List

1. Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
2. Let's Groove - Earth, Wind and Fire
3. Super Freak - Rick James
4. Give It To Me Baby - Rick James
5. Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
6. Start Me Up - Rolling Stones
7. Back In Black - AC/DC
8. I Love You - Climax Blues Band
9. Celebration - Kool and The Gang
10. She's A Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked) - Carl Carlton
Check Out the Full PCM 1981
Annual Best Music Hits Here !
One Hit Wonders include artists with only one song in Billboard's Music Charts, songs of note and well-known hits that did not even make the Billboard Pop Charts.
PCM Charts are based on DJ requests and online suggestions.
Some songs are listed in multiple years because some charts list the
'release date' as the official date, while others list the chart 'peak date.'
Compromising that data, we try to list songs for the year they saw the most chart action.
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1981 Oscars
1981 Grammy Winners
1981 In History



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