Number One Song This lists songs that hit number one on the charts in the US during 1981. If a song spent nonconsecutive weeks at number one, the number of weeks for each occurrence at the top is shown in parenthesis.
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Date Artist - Title Weeks
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December 21 1980 – January 24 1981 John Lennon - (Just Like) Starting Over 5
January 25 – 31 1981 Blondie - The Tide Is High 1
February 1 – 14 1981 Kool and the Gang - Celebration 2
February 15 – 21 1981 Dolly Parton - 9 to 5 2 (1)
February 22 – March 7 1981 Eddie Rabbitt - I Love a Rainy Night 2
March 8 – 14 1981 Dolly Parton - 9 to 5 2 (1)
March 15 – 21 1981 REO Speedwagon - Keep on Loving You 1
March 22 – April 4 1981 Blondie - Rapture 2
April 5 – 25 1981 Hall and Oates - Kiss on My List 3
April 26 – May 9 1981 Sheena Easton - Morning Train (Nine to Five) 2
May 10 – June 13 1981 Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes 9 (5)
June 14 – 20 1981 Stars On 45 - Stars On 45 Medley 1
June 21 – July 18 1981 Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes 9 (4)
July 19 – 25 1981 Air Supply - The One That You Love 1
July 26 – August 8 1981 Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl 2
August 9 – October 10 1981 Diana Ross and Lionel Richie - Endless Love 9
October 11 – 31 1981 Christopher Cross - Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) 3
November 1 – 14 1981 Hall and Oates - Private Eyes 2
November 15 1981 – January 23 1982 Olivia Newton-John - Physical 10
Source: Billboard Magazine

17 different songs hit number one in the US during 1981.

Top 5 Songs of 1981

Number One Song of 1981: Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes
  1. Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes
  2. Diana Ross and Lionel Richie - Endless Love
  3. Kenny Rogers - Lady
  4. John Lennon - (Just Like) Starting Over
  5. Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl
See the rest of the top 100 songs of 1981.