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1981's Hit Music & Song Charts
1981's Biggest Artists, Albums and Songs
1981 Hot Pop Songs Most Requested Music - suggest your songs here!
1. Buy It! Don’t Stop Believin’ –Journey
2. Buy It! Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
3. Buy It! You Make My Dreams - Hall and Oates
4. Buy It! Super Freak - Rick James
5. Buy It! Our Lips Are Sealed - The Go Gos
6. Buy It! Every Little Thing She Does is Magic - The Police
7. Buy It! In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins
8. Buy It! Don't Stand So Close to Me - The Police
9. Buy It! Back In Black - AC/DC
10. Buy It! Fire and Ice - Pat Benetar
11 Buy It! Hold on Loosely - .38 Special
12. Buy It! You Make My Dreams - Daryl Hall & John Oates
13. Buy It! Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones
14 Buy It! Waiting For A Girl Like You - Foreigner
15. Buy It! Just the Two of Us - Grover Washington Jr. w/ Bill Withers
16. Buy It! Let’s Groove - Earth Wind, and Fire
17. Buy It! Physical - Olivia Newton John
18. Buy It! Tom Sawyer - Rush
19. Buy It! Celebration - Kool and The Gang
20. Buy It! The Waiting - Tom Petty
21. Buy It! Take It On The Run - REO Speedwagon
22. Buy It! Burnin’ For You - Blue Oyster Cult
23. Buy It! Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
24. Buy It! Private Eyes - Hall and Oates
25. Buy It! The Tide Is High - Blondie
New Artists in the Pop Charts Included:
Sheena Easton, Phil Collins (solo), Loverboy, Stevie Nicks (solo), Lionel Richie, The Oak Ridge Boys, Al Jarreau, Steve Winwood (solo), The Go-Gos, Billy Squire, Luthor Vandross, Debbie Harry (solo), Marty Balin (solo) and Lee Ritenour
1981's Retro Pop Top 10 Hit List
1. Buy It! Betty Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
2. Buy It! Flash's Theme (Flash) - Queen
3. Buy It! Ah! Leah! - Donnie Iris
4. Buy It! Queen of Hearts - Juice Newton
5. Buy It! I Love A Rainy Night - Eddie Rabbitt
6. Buy It! 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
7. Buy It! Private Eyes - Hall and Oates
8. Buy It! Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
9. Buy It! Fire and Ice - Pat Benatar
10. Buy It! Hearts - Marty Balin
1981's One Hit Wonders &
'Money Song' Top 10 Hit List
1. Buy It! Double Dutch Bus - Frankie Smith
2. Buy It! Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through - Jim Steinman
3. Buy It! Tempted - Squeeze
4. Buy It! Precious To Me - Phil Seymour
5. Buy It! Seven Year Ache - Rosanne Cash
6. Buy It! Teacher Teacher - Rockpile
7. Buy It! Sausalito Summernight - Diesel
8. Buy It! Sweet Baby - Stanley Clark & George Duke
9. Buy It! Shaddap You Face - Joe Dolce
10. Buy It! A Woman's Got The Power - The A's
1981's Dance Top 10 Hit List
1. Buy It! Let's Groove - Earth Wind and Fire
2. Buy It! When She Was My Girl - Four Tops
3. Buy It! Double Dutch Bus - Frankie Smith
4. Buy It! Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It) - Kool and the Gang
5. Buy It! She's a Bad Mama Jama (She's Built She's Stacked) - Carl Carlton
6. Buy It! Don't The Music - Yarbrough & Peoples
7. Buy It! We're In This Love Together - Al Jarreau
8. Buy It! Fantastic Voyage - Lakeside
9. Buy It! A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do) - Ray Parker Jr & Raydio
10. Buy It! Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me) - Gap Band
1981's Pop Dance Top 10 Hit List
1. Buy It! Super Freak - Rick James
2. Buy It! Celebration - Kool and the Gang
3. Buy It! Give It To Me Baby - Rick James
4. Buy It! Physical - Olivia Newton-John
5. Buy It! Morning Train (9 to 5) - Sheena Easton
6. Buy It! Our Lips Are Sealed - The Go-Gos
7. Buy It! Lady (You Bring Me Up) - Commodores
8. Buy It! Slow Hand - Pointer Sisters
9. Buy It! Stars On 45 - Stars On 45
10. Buy It! This Little Girl - Gary U.S. Bonds
1981's Pop Rock Top 10 Hit List
1. Buy It! Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
2. Buy It! Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
3. Buy It! Back In Black - AC/DC
4. Buy It! Start Me Up - Rolling Stones
5. Buy It! Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police
6. Buy It! Urgent - Foreigner
7. Buy It! De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da - The Police
8. Buy It! Rapture - Blondie
9. Buy It! Fashion - David Bowie
10. Buy It! Tempted - Squeeze
1981's Album Rock Top 10 Hit List
1. Buy It! Don't Stand So Close To Me - The Police
2. Buy It! While You See a Chance - Steve Winwood
3. Buy It! Back In Black - AC/DC
4. Buy It! The Stroke - Billy Squire
5. Buy It! Stop Draggin My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty
6. Buy It! Skateaway - Dire Straites
7. Buy It! The Voice - The Moody Blues
8. Buy It! Burnin For You - Blue Oyster Cult
9. Buy It! Who's Makin Love - The Blues Brothers
10. Buy It! The Waiting - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
More of 1981's Album Rock
  Buy It! Fade Away - Bruce Springsteen
1981's Bubblegum Pop Music Top Ten
1. Buy It! Physical - Olivia Newton-John
2. Buy It! Morning Train - Sheena Easton
3. Buy It! De DoDoDo, De Da Da Da - The POlice
4. Buy It! Queen of Hearts - Juice Newton
5. Buy It! The Tide Is High - Blondie
6. Buy It! Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police
7. Buy It! Step By Step - Eddie Rabbitt
8. Buy It! Shaddap You Face - Joe Dolce
9. Buy It! My Girl (Gone Gone Gone) - Chilliwack
10. Buy It! Theme From 'Greatest American Hero' - Joey Scarbury
PCM's 1981 Top 10 Hit List
1. Buy It! Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
2. Buy It! Let's Groove - Earth, Wind and Fire
3. Buy It! Super Freak - Rick James
4. Buy It! Give It To Me Baby - Rick James
5. Buy It! Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
6. Buy It! Start Me Up - Rolling Stones
7. Buy It! Back In Black - AC/DC
8. Buy It! I Love You - Climax Blues Band
9. Buy It! Celebration - Kool and The Gang
10. Buy It! She's A Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked) - Carl Carlton
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Annual Best Music Hits Here !
One Hit Wonders include artists with only one song in Billboard's Top 40 Pop Charts,
songs of note and well-known hits that did not even make the Billboard Pop Charts.
Hot Pop Songs/PCM Charts are based on DJ requests and online suggestions.
Some songs are listed in multiple years because some charts list the
'release date' as the official date, while others list the chart 'peak date.'
Compromising that data, we try to list songs for the year they saw the most chart action.
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