Every December Billboard publishes a chart listing the year's top songs based on their cumulative chart performance in the United States. The number of songs listed on the chart varied in the early years before becoming a top 100 chart in 1956. View a list of the top 100 hit songs in the US in 1981 and listen to a short countdown medley of the top 25 below.

Number One Song of 1981 Go to year: 
Play a medleyPlay a countdown medley of the top 25 songs of the year  Length: 1:59

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« 1980 1981 1982 »
Position  Artist Song Title
« 1980 1981 1982 »
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
6 Kool and The Gang Celebration
7 Daryl Hall and John Oates Kiss On My List
8 Eddie Rabbitt I Love A Rainy Night
9 Dolly Parton 9 To 5
10 REO Speedwagon Keep On Loving You
11 Joey Scarbury Theme From "Greatest American Hero" (Believe It Or Not)
12 Sheena Easton Morning Train (Nine To Five)
13 Smokey Robinson Being With You
14 Juice Newton Queen Of Hearts
15 Blondie Rapture
16 Ray Parker Jr. and Raydio A Woman Needs Love
17 Blondie The Tide Is High
18 Grover Washington Jr. Just The Two Of Us
19 Pointer Sisters Slow Hand
20 Climax Blues Band I Love You
21 John Lennon Woman
22 A Taste Of Honey Sukiyaki
23 ABBA The Winner Takes It All
24 Stars On 45 Medley
25 Juice Newton Angel Of The Morning
26 Neil Diamond Love On The Rocks
27 Air Supply Every Woman In The World
28 Air Supply The One That You Love
29 Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb Guilty
30 Styx The Best Of Times
31 Oak Ridge Boys Elvira
32 REO Speedwagon Take It On The Run
33 Ronnie Milsap No Gettin' Over Me
34 Gino Vannelli Living Inside Myself
35 Barbra Streisand Woman In Love
36 Manhattan Transfer Boy From New York City
37 Foreigner Urgent
38 Rod Stewart Passion
39 Commodores Lady (You Bring Me Up)
40 Don Mclean Crying
41 Marty Balin Hearts
42 Diana Ross It's My Turn
43 Daryl Hall and John Oates You Make My Dreams
44 Kenny Rogers I Don't Need You
45 Champaign How 'Bout Us
46 Pat Benatar Hit Me With Your Best Shot
47 Greg Kihn Band The Breakup Song
48 Alan Parsons Project Time
49 Bruce Springsteen Hungry Heart
50 Franke and The Knockouts Sweetheart
51 Terri Gibbs Someone's Knockin'
52 Leo Sayer More Than I Can Say
53 Tierra Together
54 Styx Too Much Time On My Hands
55 Dottie West What Are We Doin' In Love
56 Journey Who's Crying Now
57 Police De Do Do Do, De Da Da
58 Gary U.S. Bonds This Little Girl
59 Stevie Nicks With Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Stop Draggin' My Heart Around
60 Delbert McClinton Giving It Up For Your Love
61 Cliff Richard A Little In Love
62 Neil Diamond America
63 John Cougar Ain't Even Done With The Night
64 Christopher Cross Arthur's Theme
65 Queen Another One Bites The Dust
66 Alan Parsons Project Games People Play
67 Eric Clapton I Can't Stand It
68 Steve Winwood While You See A Chance
69 Stevie Wonder Master Blaster
70 Neil Diamond Hello Again
71 Police Don't Stand So Close To Me
72 Steely Dan Hey Nineteen
73 Stevie Wonder I Ain't Gonna Stand For It
74 George Harrison All Those Years Ago
75 Eddie Rabbitt Step By Step
76 Billy Squier The Stroke
77 Alabama Feels So Right
78 Stanley Clarke and George Duke Sweet Baby
79 Dan Fogelberg Same Old Lang Syne
80 Pablo Cruise Cool Love
81 ELO Hold On Tight
82 John Schneider It's Now Or Never
83 Pat Benatar Treat Me Right
84 Santana Winning
85 Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb What Kind Of Fool
86 John Lennon Watching The Wheels
87 Heart Tell It Like It Is
88 Ronnie Milsap Smoky Mountain Rain
89 Barry Manilow I Made It Through The Rain
90 Daryl Hall and John Oates You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
91 Olivia Newton-John and Cliff Richard Suddenly
92 Sheena Easton For Your Eyes Only
93 Beach Boys The Beach Boys Medley
94 Devo Whip It
95 Sheena Easton Modern Girl
96 Gary Wright Really Wanna Know You
97 Rosanne Cash Seven Year Ache
98 Diana Ross I'm Coming Out
99 Boz Scaggs Miss Sun
100 Andy Gibb Time Is Time

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