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1981 ROCK Number One Song Calendar

From the longest running weekly rock charts anywhere, a Tune Timeline of every number one rock song in 1981.


Rock Number One Songs in Tune Timeline order


red # = rock chartblue # = pop chart

  1 Keep On Loving You 1 2   12-27-80  
  REO Speedwagon  
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  2 Woman 1 1   1-10-81  
  John Lennon  
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  3 Don't Stand So Close To Me 1 6   1-31-81  
  The Police  
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  4 While You See A Chance 1 3   2-14-81  
  Steve Winwood  
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  5 Turn Me Loose 1 19   2-28-81  
  Loverboy  
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  6 Tom Sawyer 1     3-07-81  
  Rush  
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  7 I Can't Stand It 1 7   3-14-81  
  Eric Clapton  
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  8 You Better You Bet 1 12   3-21-81  
  The Who  
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  9 Limelight 1     4-11-81  
  Rush  
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  10 In The Air Tonight 1 6   4-18-81  
  Phil Collins  
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  11 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap 1     4-25-81  
  AC/DC  
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  12 The Waiting 1 10   5-02-81  
  Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers  
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  13 Winning 1 7   5-16-81  
  Santana  
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        5-23-81  
  The Waiting by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers returns to number one

 

  14 Crazy Train 1     5-30-81  
  Ozzy Osbourne  
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  15 A Life Of Illusion 1 25   6-06-81  
  Joe Walsh  
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  16 The Stroke 1 22   6-13-81  
  Billy Squier  
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  17 The Voice 1 6   6-27-81  
  The Moody Blues  
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  18 A Woman In Love (It's Not Me) 1     7-11-81  
  Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers  
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  19 Urgent 1 2   7-18-81  
  Foreigner  
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  20 Burnin' For You 1 23   8-08-81  
  Blue Oyster Cult  
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  21 Stop Draggin' My Heart Around 1 1   8-15-81  
  Stevie Nicks With Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers  
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  22 Start Me Up 1 2   8-29-81  
  The Rolling Stones  
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  23 Don't Stop Believin' 1 7   9-26-81  
  Journey  
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  24 Tryin' To Live My Life Without You 1 3   10-03-81  
  Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band  
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  25 No Reply At All 1 17   10-10-81  
  Genesis  
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  26 Hang Fire 1     10-17-81  
  The Rolling Stones  
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  27 Destroyer 1     10-24-81  
  The Kinks  
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  28 Magic Power 1     11-07-81  
  Triumph  
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  29 Waiting For A Girl Like You 1 1   11-14-81  
  Foreigner  
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  30 Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic 1 2   11-21-81  
  The Police  
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  31 Abacab 1 20   11-28-81  
  Genesis  
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  32 Flying High Again 1     12-12-81  
  Ozzy Osbourne  
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  33 Centerfold 1 2   12-26-81  
  The J. Geils Band  
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Related Song Features for 1981 ROCK Number One Song Calendar


1981 Number One Pop Song Calendar

number one pop songs on any date, birthday, wedding, graduation, etc

1981 Rock Top 100 Songs

the top rock songs of 1980 in order

1981 Pop Top 100 Songs

the top pop songs of 1981 in order

1981 One Hit Wonders

list of one-time top 20 makers and others with one well-known song

Number One Song Calendars

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1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994
1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

Welcome to the chart archive

Find a rock number one song for any date since 1980. If you like rock music, you can find a rock song to represent your birthday, graduation, wedding, or other special event. You are no longer limited to a pop song. Tunecaster has a complete Tune Timeline of pop songs by date, but if you prefer, find your special rock song at the Number One Rock Songs Calendar pages.

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