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1981 Pop Top 100 Songs
the top songs of 1981 in order

1981 Number One Rock Songs
calendar of rock number one songs

1981 Rock Top 100 Songs
biggest songs of 1981 in rock

1981 One Hit Wonders
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Number One Song Calendars
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Tunecaster's Number One Song Calendar pages show all of the number one songs since late 1959 to the present. This is the 1981 Number One Song Calendar page. For other years besides 1981, click a link on the year grid above. For rock music, visit the Number One Song Calendar Home Page where there are rock number one song calendars from 1980. There are also top 100 songs for years at the Top Songs Of The Years Home Page for pop from 1960 and rock from 1980.

     

1981 Number One Song Calendar

What was the number one song in 1981 on any date? ...
when you were born ... graduated ... married ...

The 1981 Number One Song Calendar has the answer, from 1960 to present, all the number one songs in Tune Timeline order

red # = rock chart    blue # = pop chart
     
  1. (Just Like) Starting Over

     
    12-20-80
     
       
     
    (Just Like) Starting Over by John Lennon listen
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  2.  
    1-17-81
     
       
     
    The Tide Is High by Blondie listen
    The Tide Is High by Blondie listen
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  3. Celebration

     
    2-07-81
     
       
     
    Celebration by Kool And The Gang listen
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  4.  
    2-14-81
     
       
     
    9 To 5 by Dolly Parton listen
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  5. Woman

     
    3-07-81
     
       
     
    Woman by John Lennon listen
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  6. The Best Of Times

     
    3-14-81
     
       
     
    The Best Of Times by Styx listen
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  7. Rapture

     
    3-21-81
     
       
     
    Rapture by Blondie listen
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  8. Kiss On My List

     
    4-04-81
     
       
     
    Kiss On My List by Daryl Hall And John Oates listen
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  9.  
    4-11-81
     
     
    Grover Washington, Jr. with Bill Withers
     
     
    Just The Two Of Us by Grover Washington, Jr. with Bill Withers listen
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  10.  
    4-18-81
     
       
     
    Morning Train (Nine To Five) by Sheena Easton listen
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  11. Being With You

     
    5-02-81
     
       
     
    Being With You by Smokey Robinson listen
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  12.  
    5-16-81
     
       
     
    Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes listen
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  13. Medley

     
    6-06-81
     
       
     
    Medley by Stars On 45 listen
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  14.  
    6-13-81
     
       
     
    Sukiyaki by A Taste Of Honey listen
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  15. All Those Years Ago

     
    6-20-81
     
       
     
    All Those Years Ago by George Harrison listen
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  16. The One That You Love

     
    7-04-81
     
       
     
    The One That You Love by Air Supply listen
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  17. Believe It Or Not (Theme From Greatest American Hero)

     
    7-18-81
     
       
     
    Believe It Or Not (Theme From Greatest American Hero) by Joey Scarbury listen
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  18.  
    8-01-81
     
       
     
    I Don't Need You by Kenny Rogers listen
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  19. Slow Hand

     
    8-08-81
     
       
     
    Slow Hand by Pointer Sisters listen
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  20.  
    8-15-81
     
       
     
    Endless Love by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie listen
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  21.  
    8-29-81
     
       
     
    Lady (You Bring Me Up) by Commodores listen
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  22. Who's Crying Now

     
    9-05-81
     
       
     
    Who's Crying Now by Journey listen
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  23. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around

     
    9-19-81
     
       
     
    Stop Draggin' My Heart Around by Stevie Nicks With Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers listen
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  24. Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)

     
    10-03-81
     
       
     
    Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) by Christopher Cross listen
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  25. Private Eyes

     
    10-24-81
     
       
     
    Private Eyes by Daryl Hall And John Oates listen
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  26. Hard To Say

     
    10-31-81
     
       
     
    Hard To Say by Dan Fogelberg listen
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    11-07-81
    Private Eyes by Daryl Hall And John Oates
    returns to number one.

     
     
  27. Waiting For A Girl Like You

     
    11-14-81
     
       
     
    Waiting For A Girl Like You by Foreigner listen
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  28. Physical

     
    11-21-81
     
       
     
    Physical by Olivia Newton-John listen
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  29. Oh No

     
    12-05-81
     
       
     
    Oh No by Commodores listen
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    12-12-81
    Physical by Olivia Newton-John
    returns to number one.

     
     
  30. Young Turks

     
    12-19-81
     
       
     
    Young Turks by Rod Stewart listen
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  31. I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)

     
    12-26-81
     
       
     
    I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) by Daryl Hall And John Oates listen
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