Charlie's 80s Blog

This Day In 80s Music, December 30th

Each year Billboard freezes their weekly charts at the very end of the year/beginning of the new year (including in the 1980s) so there isn’t a lot of “music news” from the 80s to report at the end of the year/very beginning of the year as far as songs/albums going to #1, etc. So for the next few days as we close out the year 2021 and begin 2022, we’ll be going back to one specific year of the 80s per day and showing you the Top 40 songs for that year. Today, we visit 1981. These are the Top 40 songs of 1981 as ranked by Billboard Magazine:

1Bette Davis EyesKim Carnes
2Endless LoveDiana Ross & Lionel Richie
3LadyKenny Rogers
4(Just Like) Starting OverJohn Lennon
5Jessie’s GirlRick Springfield
6CelebrationKool & the Gang
7Kiss on My ListHall & Oates
8I Love a Rainy NightEddie Rabbitt
99 To 5Dolly Parton
10Keep on Loving YouREO Speedwagon
11Theme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not)Joey Scarbury
12Morning Train (Nine to Five)Sheena Easton
13Being with YouSmokey Robinson
14Queen of HeartsJuice Newton
16A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)Raydio
17The Tide Is HighBlondie
18Just the Two of UsGrover Washington, Jr. & Bill Withers
19Slow HandThe Pointer Sisters
20I Love YouClimax Blues Band
21WomanJohn Lennon
22SukiyakiA Taste of Honey
23The Winner Takes It AllABBA
24Stars on 45 MedleyStars on 45
25Angel of the MorningJuice Newton
26Love on the RocksNeil Diamond
27Every Woman in the WorldAir Supply
28The One That You LoveAir Supply
29GuiltyBarbra Streisand & Barry Gibb
30The Best of TimesStyx
31ElviraThe Oak Ridge Boys
32Take It on the RunREO Speedwagon
33(There’s) No Gettin’ Over MeRonnie Milsap
34Living Inside MyselfGino Vannelli
35Woman in LoveBarbra Streisand
36The Boy from New York CityThe Manhattan Transfer
38PassionRod Stewart
39Lady (You Bring Me Up)Commodores
40CryingDon McLean