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The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1981.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Kim Carnes Bette Davis Eyes 1981 United States US BB 1 - April 1981, Canada 1 - April 1981, France 1 - June 1981, Switzerland 1 - June 1981, Norway 1 - June 1981, Germany 1 - June 1981, Australia 1 for 5 weeks May 1982, Grammy in 1981, US CashBox 2 of 1981, Austria 2 - July 1981, South Africa 2 of 1981, Sweden (alt) 4 - May 1981, Italy 5 of 1981, Australia 6 of 1981, UK 10 - May 1981, Holland 16 - May 1981, RYM 16 of 1981, Germany 18 of the 1980s, OzNet 45, Scrobulate 66 of 80s, RIAA 268, Acclaimed 738
2 Soft Cell Tainted Love 1981 United Kingdom UK 1 - August 1981, Canada 1 - November 1981, France 1 - August 1981, Australia 1 for 3 weeks January 1983, Austria 2 - December 1981, Switzerland 2 - November 1981, Germany 2 - January 1982, Scrobulate 2 of 80s, Australia 3 of 1982, Sweden (alt) 4 - October 1981, RYM 4 of 1981, Holland 5 - October 1981, South Africa 5 of 1982, US BB 8 - May 1982, US BB 15 of 1982, POP 18 of 1982, Germany 37 of the 1980s, KROQ 38 of 1982, Virgin 41, US CashBox 50 of 1982, Party 142 of 2007, Acclaimed 163, Belgium 242 of all time, OzNet 451, WXPN 745
3 Phil Collins In the Air Tonight 1981 United Kingdom Holland 1 - February 1981, Sweden (alt) 1 - February 1981, Austria 1 - April 1981, Switzerland 1 - April 1981, UK 2 - January 1981, France 2 - March 1981, Germany 2 - March 1981, Canada 3 - June 1981, Norway 4 - March 1981, OzNet 7, Poland 12 - August 1982, Europe 13 of the 1980s, RYM 15 of 1981, POP 16 of 1981, US BB 19 - July 1981, Australia 23 of 1981, Italy 23 of 1981, US BB 27 of 1981, Germany 44 of the 1980s, Scrobulate 60 of pop, TheQ 87, Belgium 230 of all time, Acclaimed 1238
4 John Lennon Woman 1981 United Kingdom UK 1 - January 1981, Canada 1 - January 1981, Éire 1 - February 1981, New Zealand 1 for 5 weeks February 1981, US BB 2 - January 1981, Switzerland 2 - March 1981, Austria 4 - March 1981, Norway 5 - February 1981, France 7 - March 1981, Germany 7 - February 1981, US CashBox 16 of 1981, Sweden (alt) 18 - February 1981, Holland 21 - March 1981, RYM 22 of 1981, US BB 30 of 1981, Italy 34 of 1981, POP 34 of 1981, Virgin 59, OzNet 139, Germany 213 of the 1980s
5 Stars On 45 Stars On 45 1981 Netherlands US BB 1 - May 1981, Holland 1 - January 1981, Austria 1 - May 1981, Switzerland 1 - May 1981, Germany 1 - March 1981, New Zealand 1 for 7 weeks June 1981, Australia 1 for 4 weeks June 1982, UK 2 - April 1981, Australia 2 of 1981, Germany 5 of the 1980s, Sweden (alt) 7 - June 1981, US CashBox 13 of 1981, Italy 54 of 1981

Chronological table of US and UK Number One hit singles

US Number One singles and artist
(Weeks at Number One)
UK Number One singles and artist
(Weeks at Number One)


"(Just Like) Starting Over" - John Lennon (4 weeks)
"The Tide Is High" - Blondie (1)
"Celebration" - Kool & the Gang (2)
"9 to 5" - Dolly Parton (2)
"I Love a Rainy Night" - Eddie Rabbitt (2)
"Keep On Loving You" REO Speedwagon (1)
"Rapture" - Blondie (2)
"Kiss On My List" - Daryl Hall & John Oates (3)
"Morning Train (9 To 5)" - Sheena Easton (2)
"Bette Davis Eyes" - Kim Carnes (9)
"Stars on 45 Medley" - Stars On 45 (1)
"The One That You Love" - Air Supply (1)
"Jessie's Girl" - Rick Springfield (2)
"Endless Love" - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie (9)
"Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" - Christopher Cross (3)
"Private Eyes" - Daryl Hall & John Oates (2)
"Physical" - Olivia Newton-John (6)


"There's No-one Quite Like Grandma" - St Winifred's School Choir (1)
"Imagine" - John Lennon (4)
"Woman" - John Lennon (2)
"Shaddup You Face" - Joe Dolce Music Theatre (3)
"Jealous Guy" - Roxy Music (2)
"This Ole House" - Shakin' Stevens (3)
"Making Your Mind Up" - Bucks Fizz (3)
"Stand and Deliver" - Adam and the Ants (5)
"Being With You" - Smokey Robinson (2)
"One Day in Your Life" - Michael Jackson (2)
"Ghost Town" - The Specials (3)
"Green Door"- Shakin' Stevens (4)
"Japanese Boy" - Aneka (1)
"Tainted Love" - Soft Cell (2)
"Prince Charming" - Adam and the Ants (4)
"It's My Party" - Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin (4)
"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" - The Police (1)
"Under Pressure" - Queen & David Bowie (2)
"Begin the Beguine" - Julio Iglesias (1)
"Don't You Want Me" - The Human League (3)

Chronological table of US and UK Number One hit albums

US Number One album and artist
(Weeks at Number One)
UK Number One album and artist
(Weeks at Number One)


Double Fantasy - John Lennon and Yoko Ono (7)
Hi Infidelity - REO Speedwagon (15)
Paradise Theater - Styx (3)
Mistaken Identity - Kim Carnes (4)
Long Distance Voyager - The Moody Blues (3)
Precious Time - Pat Benatar (1)
4 - Foreigner (7)
Bella Donna - Stevie Nicks (1)
Escape - Journey (1)
Tattoo You - The Rolling Stones (9)
For Those About to Rock We Salute You - AC/DC (1)


Super Trouper - ABBA (3)
Kings of the Wild Frontier - Adam and the Ants (12)
Double Fantasy - John Lennon & Yoko Ono (2)
Face Value - Phil Collins (3)
Stars on 45- Stars on 45 / Starsound (5)
No Sleep 'til Hammersmith - Motörhead (1)
Disco Daze and Disco Nites - Various Artists (1)
Love Songs - Cliff Richard (5)
The Official BBC Album of the Royal Wedding - Various Artists (2)
Time - Electric Light Orchestra (2)
Dead Ringer - Meat Loaf (2)
Abacab - Genesis (2)
Ghost in the Machine - The Police (3)
Dare - The Human League (1)
Shaky - Shakin' Stevens (1)
Greatest Hits - Queen (4)
Chart Hits '81 - Various Artists (1)
The Visitors - ABBA (3)

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