Number One Song This lists songs that hit number one on the charts in the UK 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. In the early years of the UK chart, occasionally two songs were at number one simultaneously. This will be indicated with two asterisks.
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« 1980 1981 Number One Songs 1982 »
Date Artist - Title Weeks
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« 1980 1981 Number One Songs 1982 »
December 21 1980 – January 3 1981 St Winifred's School Choir - There's No One Quite Like Grandma 2
January 4 – 31 1981 John Lennon - Imagine 4
February 1 – 14 1981 John Lennon - Woman 2
February 15 – March 7 1981 Joe Dolce Music Theatre - Shaddap You Face 3
March 8 – 21 1981 Roxy Music - Jealous Guy 2
March 22 – April 11 1981 Shakin' Stevens - This Ole House 3
April 12 – May 2 1981 Bucks Fizz - Making Your Mind Up 3
May 3 – June 6 1981 Adam and The Ants - Stand And Deliver 5
June 7 – 20 1981 Smokey Robinson - Being With You 2
June 21 – July 4 1981 Michael Jackson - One Day In Your Life 2
July 5 – 25 1981 Specials - Ghost Town 3
July 26 – August 22 1981 Shakin' Stevens - Green Door 4
August 23 – 29 1981 Aneka - Japanese Boy 1
August 30 – September 12 1981 Soft Cell - Tainted Love 2
September 13 – October 10 1981 Adam and The Ants - Prince Charming 4
October 11 – November 7 1981 Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin - It's My Party 4
November 8 – 14 1981 Police - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic 1
November 15 – 28 1981 Queen and David Bowie - Under Pressure 2
November 29 – December 5 1981 Julio Iglesias - Begin The Beguine (Volver A Empezar) 1
December 6 1981 – January 9 1982 Human League - Don't You Want Me 5

20 different songs hit number one in the UK during 1981.