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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John Lennon - (Just Like) Starting Over 5
Blondie - The Tide Is High 1
Kool and the Gang - Celebration 2
Dolly Parton - 9 to 5 2 (1)
Eddie Rabbitt - I Love a Rainy Night 2
Dolly Parton - 9 to 5 2 (1)
REO Speedwagon - Keep on Loving You 1
Blondie - Rapture 2
Hall and Oates - Kiss on My List 3
Sheena Easton - Morning Train (Nine to Five) 2
Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes 9 (5)
Stars On 45 - Stars On 45 Medley 1
Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes 9 (4)
Air Supply - The One That You Love 1
Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl 2
Diana Ross and Lionel Richie - Endless Love 9
Christopher Cross - Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) 3
Hall and Oates - Private Eyes 2
Olivia Newton-John - Physical 10
Source: Billboard

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.