Top 100 Songs of 1981


These are the top 100 songs of 1981. Within the top 100 there are a total of 79 different bands or artists.

There are five acts with the most entries. Each of these acts has a total of three entries in the top songs of 1981:

  • Barbra Streisand (including two duets with Barry Gibb)
  • Hall & Oates
  • John Lennon
  • Neil Diamond
  • Sheena Easton

The song title is at the top in gray with the artist below in red.

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Top Songs of 1981

1

Bette Davis Eyes

Kim Carnes

2

Endless Love

Diana Ross & Lionel Richie

3

Lady

Kenny Rogers

4

(Just Like) Starting Over

John Lennon

5

Jessie’s Girl

Rick Springfield

6

Celebration

Kool & the Gang

7

Kiss on My List

Hall & Oates

8

I Love a Rainy Night

Eddie Rabbitt

9

9 to 5

Dolly Parton

10

Keep on Loving You

REO Speedwagon

11

Theme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not)

Joey Scarbury

12

Morning Train (Nine to Five)

Sheena Easton

13

Being with You

Smokey Robinson

14

Queen of Hearts

Juice Newton

15

Rapture

Blondie

16

A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)

Raydio

17

The Tide Is High

Blondie

18

Just the Two of Us

Grover Washington, Jr. & Bill Withers

19

Slow Hand

The Pointer Sisters

20

I Love You

Climax Blues Band

21

Woman

John Lennon

22

Sukiyaki

A Taste of Honey

23

The Winner Takes It All

ABBA

24

Stars on 45 Medley

Stars on 45

25

Angel of the Morning

Juice Newton

26

Love on the Rocks

Neil Diamond

27

Every Woman in the World

Air Supply

28

The One That You Love

Air Supply

29

Guilty

Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb

30

The Best of Times

Styx

31

Elvira

The Oak Ridge Boys

32

Take It on the Run

REO Speedwagon

33

(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me

Ronnie Milsap

34

Living Inside Myself

Gino Vannelli

35

Woman in Love

Barbra Streisand

36

The Boy from New York City

The Manhattan Transfer

37

Urgent

Foreigner

38

Passion

Rod Stewart

39

Lady (You Bring Me Up)

Commodores

40

Crying

Don McLean

41

Hearts

Marty Balin

42

It’s My Turn

Diana Ross

43

You Make My Dreams

Hall & Oates

44

I Don’t Need You

Kenny Rogers

45

How ‘Bout Us

Champaign

46

Hit Me with Your Best Shot

Pat Benatar

47

The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)

The Greg Kihn Band

48

Time

The Alan Parsons Project

49

Hungry Heart

Bruce Springsteen

50

Sweetheart

Franke and the Knockouts

51

Somebody’s Knockin’

Terri Gibbs

52

More Than I Can Say

Leo Sayer

53

Together

Tierra

54

Too Much Time on My Hands

Styx

55

What Are We Doin’ in Love

Dottie West & Kenny Rogers

56

Who’s Crying Now

Journey

57

De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da

The Police

58

This Little Girl

Gary U.S. Bonds

59

Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around

Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty

60

Giving It Up for Your Love

Delbert McClinton

61

A Little in Love

Cliff Richard

62

America

Neil Diamond

63

Ain’t Even Done With The Night

John Cougar

64

Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)

Christopher Cross

65

Another One Bites the Dust

Queen

66

Games People Play

The Alan Parsons Project

67

I Can’t Stand It

Eric Clapton

68

While You See a Chance

Steve Winwood

69

Master Blaster (Jammin’)

Stevie Wonder

70

Hello Again

Neil Diamond

71

Don’t Stand So Close to Me

The Police

72

Hey Nineteen

Steely Dan

73

I Ain’t Gonna Stand for It

Stevie Wonder

74

All Those Years Ago

George Harrison

75

Step By Step

Eddie Rabbitt

76

The Stroke

Billy Squier

77

Feels So Right

Alabama

78

Sweet Baby

George Duke & Stanley Clarke

79

Same Old Lang Syne

Dan Fogelberg

80

Cool Love

Pablo Cruise

81

Hold On Tight

Electric Light Orchestra

82

It’s Now or Never

John Schneider

83

Treat Me Right

Pat Benatar

84

Winning

Santana

85

What Kind of Fool

Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb

86

Watching the Wheels

John Lennon

87

Tell It Like It Is

Heart

88

Smoky Mountain Rain

Ronnie Milsap

89

I Made It Through the Rain

Barry Manilow

90

You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’

Hall & Oates

91

Suddenly

Olivia Newton-John & Cliff Richard

92

For Your Eyes Only

Sheena Easton

93

The Beach Boys Medley

The Beach Boys

94

Whip It

Devo

95

Modern Girl

Sheena Easton

96

Really Wanna Know You

Gary Wright

97

Seven Year Ache

Rosanne Cash

98

I’m Coming Out

Diana Ross

99

Miss Sun

Boz Scaggs

100

Time Is Time

Andy Gibb