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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

  1 Start Me Up 1 2   Aug 1981  
  The Rolling Stones  
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  2 Stop Draggin' My Heart Around 1 1   Aug 1981  
  Stevie Nicks With Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers  
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  3 No Reply At All 1 17   Oct 1981  
  Genesis  
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  4 Keep On Loving You 1 2   Dec 1980  
  REO Speedwagon  
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  5 Urgent 1 2   Jul 1981  
  Foreigner  
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  6 Centerfold 1 2   Dec 1981  
  The J. Geils Band  
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  7 Winning 1 7   May 1981  
  Santana  
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  8 Burnin' For You 1 23   Aug 1981  
  Blue Oyster Cult  
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  9 The Voice 1 6   Jun 1981  
  The Moody Blues  
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  10 In The Air Tonight 1 6   Apr 1981  
  Phil Collins  
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  11 The Waiting 1 10   May 1981  
  Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers  
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  12 Crazy Train 1     May 1981  
  Ozzy Osbourne  
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  13 While You See A Chance 1 3   Feb 1981  
  Steve Winwood  
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  14 You Better You Bet 1 12   Mar 1981  
  The Who  
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  15 I Can't Stand It 1 7   Mar 1981  
  Eric Clapton  
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  16 Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic 1 2   Nov 1981  
  The Police  
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  17 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap 1     Apr 1981  
  AC/DC  
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  18 Destroyer 1     Oct 1981  
  The Kinks  
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  19 Don't Stand So Close To Me 1 6   Jan 1981  
  The Police  
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  20 Who's Crying Now 2 1   Aug 1981  
  Journey  
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  21 Juke Box Hero 2 30   Sep 1981  
  Foreigner  
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  22 Abacab 1 20   Nov 1981  
  Genesis  
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  23 The Stroke 1 22   Jun 1981  
  Billy Squier  
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  24 Tryin' To Live My Life Without You 1 3   Oct 1981  
  Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band  
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  25 Woman 1 1   Jan 1981  
  John Lennon  
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Top 100 Rock Songs By Year

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1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
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Welcome to the chart archive

From the longest-running weekly rock chart anywhere, find the top rock songs for 1981 or find another year from 1980 to date. Complete week-by-week rock chart archives are onine for the entire period. Click the red rock chart peak to find the chart where the song peaked.