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1981 ROCK Top 100 Songs Of The Year

Top 100 rock songs of 1981, based on our weekly rock chart archive -- the longest running weekly rock charts anywhere.

songs 1 to 25songs 26 to 50songs 51 to 75songs 76 to 100

Rock Top 100 in popularity order


red # = rock chartblue # = pop chart

  76 The Adultress 8     Aug 1981  
  The Pretenders  
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  77 Hold On Tight 8 4   Sep 1981  
  ELO  
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  78 I Surrender 5     Mar 1981  
  Rainbow  
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  79 Flash's Theme aka Flash 4 30   Jan 1981  
  Queen  
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  80 All Those Years Ago 8 1   Jun 1981  
  George Harrison  
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  81 Little Sister 8     Apr 1981  
  Rockpile With Robert Plant  
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  82 Giving It Up For Your Love 6 6   Jan 1981  
  Delbert McClinton  
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  83 Better Things 8     Oct 1981  
  The Kinks  
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  84 Ah! Leah! 9 25   Feb 1981  
  Donnie Iris  
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  85 This Little Girl 8 5   May 1981  
  Gary U.S. Bonds  
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  86 Snake Eyes 7     Jan 1981  
  The Alan Parsons Project  
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  87 The River 9     Jan 1981  
  Bruce Springsteen  
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  88 Bringin' On The Heartbreak 11 26   Sep 1981  
  Def Leppard  
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  89 T.N.T. 8     Aug 1981  
  AC/DC  
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  90 Fight The Good Fight 10     Dec 1981  
  Triumph  
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  91 Cadillac Ranch 11     Feb 1981  
  Bruce Springsteen  
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  92 Leather And Lace 9 2   Nov 1981  
  Stevie Nicks With Don Henley  
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  93 Heavy Metal (Takin' A Ride) 8     Aug 1981  
  Don Felder  
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  94 Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through 10 25   Jul 1981  
  Jim Steinman  
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  95 Jealous Lover 11     Dec 1981  
  Rainbow  
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  96 Promises In The Dark 11 24   Oct 1981  
  Pat Benatar  
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  97 Night Life 10     Sep 1981  
  Foreigner  
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  98 Stranger 13     Jun 1981  
  Jefferson Starship  
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  99 Mean Street 8     Jun 1981  
  Van Halen  
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  100 Trouble 10 2   Nov 1981  
  Lindsey Buckingham  
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