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HITS OF 1981

HITS OF 1981

US Number One singles and artist. (Weeks at Number One)

"Just Like) Starting Over" – John Lennon (4 weeks)
"The Tide Is High" – Blondie (1)
"Celebration" – Kool & the Gang (2)
"9 to 5" – Dolly Parton (2)
"I Love a Rainy Night" – Eddie Rabbitt (2)
"Keep on Loving You" - REO Speedwagon (1)
"Rapture" – Blondie (2)
"Kiss On My List" – Daryl Hall & John Oates (3)
"Morning Train (9 to 5)" – Sheena Easton (2)
"Bette Davis Eyes" – Kim Carnes (9)
"Stars on 45 Medley" – Stars On 45 (1)
"The One That You Love" – Air Supply (1)
"Jessie's Girl" – Rick Springfield (2)
"Endless Love" – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie (9)
"Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" – Christopher Cross (3)
"Private Eyes" – Daryl Hall & John Oates (2)
"Physical" – Olivia Newton-John (6)

UK Number One singles and artist.(Weeks at Number One)

"There's No-one Quite Like Grandma" – St Winifred's School Choir (1)
"Imagine" – John Lennon (4)
"Woman" – John Lennon (2)
"Shaddup You Face" – Joe Dolce Music Theatre (3)
"Jealous Guy" – Roxy Music (2)
"This Ole House" – Shakin' Stevens (3)
"Making Your Mind Up" – Bucks Fizz (3)
"Stand and Deliver" – Adam and the Ants (5)
"Being With You" – Smokey Robinson (2)
"One Day in Your Life" – Michael Jackson (2)
"Ghost Town" – The Specials (3)
"Green Door"- Shakin' Stevens (4)
"Japanese Boy" – Aneka (1)
"Tainted Love" – Soft Cell (2)
"Prince Charming" – Adam and the Ants (4)
"It's My Party" – Dave Stewart (the keyboardist) & Barbara Gaskin (4)
"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" – The Police (1)
"Under Pressure" – Queen & David Bowie (2)
"Begin the Beguine" – Julio Iglesias (1)
"Don't You Want Me" – The Human League (3)

Other significant singles of the year

"A Life of Illusion" – Joe Walsh
"A Lucky Guy" – Rickie Lee Jones
"A Woman Needs Love(Just Like You Do)" – Ray Parker Jr. and Raydio
"A.D. 1928/Rockin' the Paradise" – Styx
"Abacab" – Genesis
"Absolute Beginners" – The Jam
"The Adultress" – The Pretenders
"African and White" – China Crisis
"After the Glitter Fades" – Stevie Nicks
"Aie a Mwana" – Bananarama
"Ain't Even Done With the Night" – John Cougar
"All Stood Still" – Ultravox
"Always" – Tom Verlaine
"America" – Neil Diamond
"And the Band Played On" – Saxon
"Angel of the Morning" – Juice Newton
"Animal Crackers" – Kid Creole and the Coconuts
"Antmusic" – Adam & the Ants
"Back in Black" – AC/DC
"Backfired" – Debbie Harry
"Bambou" – Alain Chamfort
"Beautiful World" – Devo
"The Best of Times" – Styx
"Better Things" – The Kinks
"Big Science" – Laurie Anderson
"Black Limousine" – The Rolling Stones
"Body Talk" – Imagination
"Boys and Girls" – The Human League
"The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em) – The Greg Kihn Band
"Burnin' For You" – Blue Φyster Cult
"Cambodia" – Kim Wilde
"Can You Feel It" – The Jacksons
"Can't Get Enough of You" – Eddy Grant
"Centerfold (song)" – The J. Geils Band
"Ceremony" – New Order
"Chant No.1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)" – Spandau Ballet
"Chariots of Fire" – Vangelis
"Charlotte Sometimes" – The Cure
"Chemistry" – Mondo Rock
"Chequered Love" – Kim Wilde
"Chi Mai" – Ennio Morricone
"Chloe" – Elton John
"Christmas Wrapping" – The Waitresses
"Coldest Night of the Year" – Bruce Cockburn
"Coming in Hot" – Peter Tosh
"Computer Love" – Kraftwerk
"Controversy" – Prince
"Cool Love" – Pablo Cruise
"Cool Night" – Paul Davis
"Cool World" – Mondo Rock
"Counting The Beat" – The Swingers
"Crazy Train" – Ozzy Osbourne
"Crying" – Don McLean
"The Crusher" – The Cramps
"Daddy's Home" – Cliff Richard
"Dancing With Myself" – Billy Idol
"Days Are OK" – The Motels
"Der Kommissar" – Falco
"Destroyer" – The Kinks
"Do Me, Baby" – Prince
"Don't Let Him Go" – REO Speedwagon
"Don't Stop Believin'" – Journey
"Don't Stop the Music" – Yarbrough and Peoples
"Don't Want To Wait Anymore" – The Tubes
"Don't You Want Me" – The Human League
"Double Dutch Bus" – Frankie Smith
"Dumb Waiters" – The Psychedelic Furs
"Edge of Seventeen" – Stevie Nicks
"Electro-Cuties" – Funkadelic
"Elvira" – The Oak Ridge Boys
"Errol" – Australian Crawl
"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" - The Police
"Every Woman in the World" – Air Supply
"Everybody Salsa" – Modern Romance
"Fade to Grey" – Visage
"Fascist Architecture" – Bruce Cockburn
"Find Your Way Back" – Jefferson Starship
"Fire (song)" – U2
"Fire and Ice" – Pat Benatar
"Fits Ya Good" – Bryan Adams
"Five Guys Named Moe" – Joe Jackson
"Fly Away" – Peter Allen
"Flying High Again" – Ozzy Osbourne
"Fools Die" – Peter Tosh
"For Beauties Sake" – Marianne Faithfull
"For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) – AC/DC
"For Your Eyes Only" – Sheena Easton
"Funeral Pyre" – The Jam
"Funk Gets Stranger" – Funkadelic
"Games People Play" – Alan Parsons Project
"Geisha Boys and Temple Girls" – Heaven 17
"Gemini Dream" – The Moody Blues
"Generals and Majors" – XTC
"Genius of Love" – Tom Tom Club
"Get Tough" – Kleeer
"Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie" – Black Flag
"Girls On Film" – Duran Duran
"Give It Too Me Baby" – Rick James
"Gloria" – U2
"God morgon" – Chips
"Going Back to My Roots" – Odyssey
"Going Places" – Kid Creole and the Coconuts
"Goo Goo Muck" – The Cramps
"Good Thing Going" – Sugar Minott
"Good Year for the Roses" – Elvis Costello and the Attractions
"Gotta Pull Myself Together" – The Nolans
"Grey Day" – Madness
"HA HA HA" – Flipper
"Hang Fire" – The Rolling Stones
"Happy Birthday" – Altered Images
"Hard Act to Follow" – Split Enz
"Harden My Heart" - Quarterflash
"Hearts" – Marty Balin
"Hearts of Fire" – Randy Meisner
"Hell is For Children" – Pat Benatar
"Hello Again" – Neil Diamond
"Hell's Bells" – AC/DC (released in 1980)
"Henry Hudson" – Nico
"Her Town Too" – James Taylor and J.D. Souther
"Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You) – Air Supply
"Heroes" – Nico
"History Never Repeats" – Split Enz
"Hold on Tight" – Electric Light Orchestra
"How 'Bout Us" – Champaign
"Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)" – Haircut One Hundred
"Hip, Shake, Jerk" – The Quick UK
"I Surrender" – Rainbow
"Theme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not)" – Joey Scarbury
"Home Computer" – Kraftwerk
"Homosapien" – Pete Shelley
"I Ain't Gonna Stand For It" – Stevie Wonder
"I Am" – Kid Creole and the Coconuts
"I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" – Hall and Oates
"I Could Be Happy" – Altered Images
"I Don't Need You" – Kenny Rogers
"I Don't Wanna Dance" – Split Enz
"I Fall Down" – U2
"I Go to Sleep" – The Pretenders
"I Love You" – Climax Blues Band
"I Made It Through The Rain" – Barry Manilow
"I Missed Again" – Phil Collins
"I Shot the Sheriff" – Light of the World
"I Threw a Brick Through a Window" – U2
"I Want to Be Free" – Toyah
"I Wouldn't Have Missed It For the World" – Ronnie Milsap
"I'm Gonna Follow You" – Pat Benatar
"I'm in Love" – Evelyn King
"I've Done Everything For You" – Rick Springfield
"Icka Prick" – Funkadelic
"If I Was a Dancer (Dance Pt. 2)" – The Rolling Stones
"If Leaving Me Is Easy" – Phil Collins
"If You Leave...Can I Come Too" – Mental As Anything
"In the Air Tonight" – Phil Collins
"Imagine/Woman" (medley) – The Shadows
"In the Dark" – Billy Squier
"Intrigue" – Marianne Faithfull
"Intuition" – Linx
"Invisible Sun" – The Police
"Is That Love" – Squeeze
"Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby" – Joe Jackson
"Isotope Soap" – Geza X
"It Must Be Love" – Madness
"It's a Tough Life" – Pat Benatar
"It's Gonna Happen" – The Undertones
"It's More Fun to Compute" – Kraftwerk
"Jack on Fire" – The Gun Club
"Jack, Your Dead" – Joe Jackson
"Jerkin' Back 'n' Forth" – Devo
"Jessie's Girl" – Rick Springfield
"Jimmie Jones" – The Vapors
"Johnny Blue" – Lena Valaitis
"Jukebox Hero" – Foreigner
"Just Between You and Me" – April Wine
"Just Can't Get Enough" – Depeche Mode
"Just Like Belgium" – Elton John
"Just Like Gold" – Aztec Camera
"Just the Two of Us" – Grover Washington, Jr.
"Keep It Dark" – Genesis
"Kick in the Eye" – Bauhaus
"Kids in America" – Kim Wilde
"The Kid Is Hot Tonight – Loverboy
"Kings of the Wild Frontier" – Adam and the Ants
"Kiss is on my List" – Hall and Oates
"Labelled With Love" – Squeeze
"The Land of Make Believe" – Bucks Fizz
"Latin Music" – Kid Creole and the Coconuts
"La voix du bon Dieu" – Cιline Dion
"Leather and Lace" – Stevie Nicks and Don Henley
"Leila" – Z Z Top
"Lets All Make a Bomb" – Heaven 17
"Let's Get It Up" – AC/DC
"Let's Groove" – Earth, Wind & Fire
"Limelight" – Rush
"A Little in Love" – Cliff Richard
"Little T&A" – The Rolling Stones
"Livin' Inside Myself" – Gino Vannelli
"Living It Up" – Rickie Lee Jones
"Lock Up Your Daughters" – Slade
"Lonely Is the Night" – Billy Squier
"Love Action (I Believe in Love)" – The Human League
"Love Games" – Level 42
"Love is Alright Tonight" – Rick Springfield
"Love On a Two Way Street" – Stacy Lattisaw
"Lunatic Fringe" – Red Rider
"The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Asylum)" – Fun Boy Three
"Macho City" – Steve Miller Band
"Mad Eyed Screamer" – The Creatures
"The Magnificent Seven" – The Clash
"Make That Move" – Shalamar
"Maljθiki" – Idoli
"Mattress of Wire" – Aztec Camera
"Me No Pop I" – Kid Creole and the Coconuts
"Mean Street" – Van Halen
"Mental Hopscotch" – Missing Persons
"Message of Love" – The Pretenders
"Messed Around" – Squeeze
"The Model" – Kraftwerk
"Modern Girl" – Sheena Easton
"Moral Majority" – Dead Kennedys
"More Than I Can Say" – Leo Sayer
"Motorhead (live)" – Motφrhead
"Musclebound/Glow" – Spandau Ballet
"Nazi Punks Fuck Off!" – Dead Kennedys
"Neighbours" – The Rolling Stones
"Never Too Much" – Luther Vandross
"Nightgames" – Graham Bonnet
"The Night Owls" – Little River Band
"No Reply at All" – Genesis
"No Use in Crying" – The Rolling Stones
"Nobody Wins" – Elton John
"Nothing Ever Goes As Planned" – Styx
"O Superman" – Laurie Anderson
"October (song)" – U2
"Oh No" – The Commodores
"Once in a Lifetime" – Talking Heads
"One in Ten" – UB40
"One of Us" – ABBA
"One Step Ahead" – Split Enz
"Our Lips Are Sealed" – The Go-Go's
"Open Arms" – Journey
"Open Your Heart" – The Human League
"Over the Mountain" – Ozzy Osbourne
"Papa's Got a Brand New Pigbag" – Pigbag
"Party on the Patio" – Z Z Top
"Pearl Necklace" – Z Z Top
"Penthouse and Pavement" – Heaven 17
"Perdido en mi habitaciσn" – Mecano
"Physical" - Olivia Newton-John
"Pirates (So Long Lonely Avenue)" – Rickie Lee Jones
"Plan B" – Dexy's Midnight Runners
"Plan B Escape" – Fraeon
"Planet Earth" – Duran Duran
"Pocket Calculator" – Kraftwerk
"Police Story" – Black Flag
"Precious Time" – Pat Benatar
"Predictable" – The Kinks
"Pretty in Pink" – The Psychedelic Furs
"Primary" – The Cure
"Procession/Everything's Gone Green" – New Order
"A Promise" – Echo & the Bunnymen
"Promises in the Dark" – Pat Benatar
"Purple Lips" – Nico
"Push Comes to Shove" – Van Halen
"Put the Finger on You" – AC/DC
"Queen of Hearts (song)" – Juice Newton
"Quiet Life" – Japan
"Radio Free Europe" (original Hib-Tone version) - R.E.M.
"Rastafari Is" – Peter Tosh
"Rawhide" – Dead Kennedys
"Razzamatazz" – Quincy Jones
"Really Want To Know You" – Gary Wright
"Reggaemylitis" – Peter Tosh
"Rejoice" – U2
"Religious Vomit" – Dead Kennedys
"Reward" – The Teardrop Explodes
"Rise Above" – Black Flag
"The River" – Bruce Springsteen
"Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" – AC/DC
"Rock This Town" – The Stray Cats
"Romeo and Juliet" – Dire Straits
"Runaround Sue" – Racey
"Sailing" – Christopher Cross
"Same Old Lang Syne" – Dan Fogelberg
"Sat in Your Lap" – Kate Bush
"Say Goodbye to Hollywood" – Billy Joel
"Say I Love You" – Renee Geyer
"Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)" – David Bowie
"Secret Journey" – The Police
"Sex Beat" – The Gun Club
"Sex Bomb" – Flipper
"Shake It Up" – The Cars
"She's a Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked)" – Carl Carlton
"She's Got a Way" – Billy Joel
"She's Like Heroin to Me" – The Gun Club
Shine So Hard EP – Echo & the Bunnymen
"Shockwave" – Funkadelic
"Should I Do It" – The Pointer Sisters
"Show Me" – Dexy's Midnight Runners
"Shut Up" – Madness
"(Si Si) Je Suis un Rock Star" – Bill Wyman
"Silly" – Deniece Williams
"Since You're Gone" – The Cars
"Six Pack" – Black Flag
"Sixty/Forty" – Nico
"Slave" – The Rolling Stones
"Slow Hand" – The Pointer Sisters
"Slow Motion" – Ultravox
"Snake Eyes" – Alan Parsons Project
"Snowballed" – AC/DC
"So This Is Love?" – Van Halen
"Soul Warfare" – Heaven 17
"The Sound of the Crowd" – The Human League
"Southern Freez" – Freez
"Souvenir" – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
"Spellbound" – AC/DC
"Spirits in the Material World" – The Police
"Splintered in the Head" – The Cure
"Spray Paint (The Walls)" – Black Flag
"Square Biz – Teena Marie
"Star" – Kiki Dee
"Stars on 45 vol. 2" – Star Sound
"Start Me Up" – The Rolling Stones
"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" – Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"Stop the Game" – Cheap Trick
"Stranger" – Jefferson Starship
"Stranger in a Strange Land" – U2
"Stray Cat Strut" – The Stray Cats
"The Stroke" – Billy Squier
"Summer of '81" – Mondo Rock
"Super Freak" – Rick James
"Sushi Girl" – The Tubes
"Swords Of A Thousand Men" – Tenpole Tudor
"Table Manners" – Kid Creole and the Coconuts
"Take It on the Run" – REO Speedwagon
"Take It To The Limit(live)" – The Eagles
"Talk to Ya Later" – The Tubes
"Talkin' Baseball" – Terry Cashman
"Telstar" – The Shadows
"Tempted" – Squeeze
"That's Entertainment" – The Jam
"The Third Man" – The Shadows
"The Waiting" – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"There's a Guy Work Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis" – Kirsty McColl
"(There's) No Gettin' Over Me" – Ronnie Milsap
"The Thin Wall" – Ultravox
"This is For the Lover in You" – Shalamar
"This Little Girl" – Gary U.S. Bonds
"Through Being Cool" – Devo
"Through the Years" – Kenny Rogers
"Thrown Away" – The Stranglers
"Time" – Alan Parsons Project
"Together" – Tierra
"Tom Sawyer" – Rush
"Tomorrow" – U2
"Tonight I'm Yours (Don't Hurt Me)" – Rod Stewart
"Too Fast, Too Loud, Too Young" – The Zorros
"Too Many Times" – Mental As Anything
"Too Much Time on My Hands – Styx (released in 1980)
"Treat Me Right" – Pat Benatar
"Try It Out" – Gino Soccio
"Tube Snake Boogie" – Z Z Top
"Tunnel of Love" – Dire Straits
"Turn Me Loose" – Loverboy (released in 1980)
"Turn Your Love Around" – George Benson
"Turning Japanese" – The Vapors
"Tuxedo Junction" – Joe Jackson
"T.V. Party" – Black Flag
"Two Hearts" – Stephanie Mills and Teddy Pendergrass
"Unchained" – Van Halen
"United Together" – Aretha Franklin
"Up the Hill Backwards" – David Bowie
"Urgent" – Foreigner
"Vienna (song)" – Ultravox
"The Voice" – Moody Blues
"The Voice" – Ultravox
"Waiting For a Girl Like You" – Foreigner
"Waiting on a Friend" – The Rolling Stones
"Walking on Thin Ice" – Yoko Ono
"The Wanderer" – Donna Summer
"Watching the Wheels" – John Lennon
"Water on Glass"/"Boys" – Kim Wilde
"Wedding Bells" – Godley and Creme
"(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang" – Heaven 17
"We Got the Beat – The Go-Go's
"We'll Bring the House Down – Slade
"We're Going to Live For a Very Long Time" – Heaven 17
"We're In This Love Together" – Al Jarreau
"We've Got A Bigger Problem Now" – Dead Kennedys
"What Are We Doin' In Love" – Kenny Rogers and Dottie West
"What Kind of Fool" – Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb
"What's the Use in Getting Sober (When You're Gonna Get Drunk Again)" – Joe Jackson
"When He Shines" – Sheena Easton
"When She Was My Girl" – The Four Tops
"When You Were Sweet Sixteen" – The Fureys with Davey Arthur
"Whip It" – Devo
"Who Do You Think We Are" – Alice Cooper
"Who's Crying Now" – Journey
"Why Do Fools Fall in Love – Diana Ross
"Wild Colonial Boy" – Dr. Hook
"Wild is the Wind" – David Bowie
"Will You?" – Hazel O'Connor
"Winning" – Santana
"Wired For Sound" – Cliff Richard
"Woody and Dutch on the Slow Train to Peking" – Rickie Lee Jones
"Wordy Rappington" – Tom Tom Club
"Working For the Weekend" – Loverboy
"Working in a Coalmine" – Devo
"Yearning For Your Love" – The Gap Band
"You Better You Bet" – The Who
"You Could Have Been With Me" - Sheena Easton
"You Make My Dreams Come True" – Hall and Oates