Acclaimed Music - The Top Songs from 1981
The Top Songs from 1981

RankAll Time
Rank
ArtistSingleSample
1 101 The Specials
Ghost Town

2 156 Soft Cell
Tainted Love
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3 182 The Human League
Don't You Want Me

4 194 R.E.M.
Radio Free Europe
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5 228 Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five
The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel

6 491 The Go-Go's
Our Lips Are Sealed
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7 502 The Rolling Stones
Start Me Up
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8 546 Laurie Anderson
O Superman
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9 580 Rick James
Super Freak

10 582 Funky Four Plus One
That's the Joint

11 666 Mission of Burma
That's When I Reach for My Revolver
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12 676 Yoko Ono
Walking on Thin Ice

13 690 Kim Carnes
Bette Davis Eyes

14 708 Tom Tom Club
Genius of Love

15 720 Grace Jones
Pull Up to the Bumper
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16 826 Taana Gardner
Heartbeat

17 828 Queen & David Bowie
Under Pressure

18 933 Depeche Mode
Just Can't Get Enough
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19 953 Phil Collins
In the Air Tonight
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20 1020 The Psychedelic Furs
Pretty in Pink
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21 1077 Heaven 17
(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang
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22 1113 Squeeze
Tempted
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23 1237 The Teardrop Explodes
Reward

24 1338 The Birthday Party
Release the Bats

25 1351 Pigbag
Papa's Got a Brand New Pigbag

26 1407 Romeo Void
Never Say Never

27 1453 New Order
Ceremony

28 1474 The Human League
Love Action

29 1610 Daryl Hall and John Oates
I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)
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30 1747 Rosanne Cash
Seven Year Ache

31 1756 The Dead Kennedys
Too Drunk to Fuck

32 1823 Black Flag
Rise Above
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33 1835 Journey
Don't Stop Believin'
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34 1962 Black Flag
TV Party
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35 2009 Scritti Politti
The Sweetest Girl
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36 2019 Stevie Nicks
Edge of Seventeen

37 2068 Japan
Ghosts
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38 2087 Prince
Controversy
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39 2135 Adam and The Ants
Stand and Deliver

40 2199 The Cure
Charlotte Sometimes

41 2310 Frankie Smith
Double Dutch Bus

42 2333 Rush
Tom Sawyer
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43 2356 Pete Shelley
Homosapien

44 2387 ABC
Tears Are Not Enough
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45 2401 Spandau Ballet
Chant No. 1 (We Don't Need This Pressure On)

46 2408 Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft
Der Mussolini
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47 2422 Gang of Four
To Hell with Poverty

48 2438 The Police
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
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49 2444 Joy Division
Digital

50 2491 Teena Marie
Square Biz
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51 2548 Duran Duran
Girls on Film
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52 2561 Department S
Is Vic There?

53 2667 Coati Mundi
Me No Pop I

54 2710 Junior Giscombe
Mama Used to Say

55 2721 Pretenders
Message of Love
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56 2727 Japan
Visions of China
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57 2730 Haircut 100
Favourite Shirts

58 2748 The Cars
Shake It Up

59 2867 Spandau Ballet
Glow

60 2882 The Gap Band
Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)

61 2892 Was (Not Was)
Out Come the Freaks

62 2936 Bob Dylan
Every Grain of Sand

Some songs "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Smokey Robinson
Being with You

The Pointer Sisters
Slow Hand

The Stray Cats
Rock This Town
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Madness
It Must Be Love

Kim Wilde
Kids in America

Hank Williams Jr.
All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over

Soft Cell
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
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Tom Tom Club
Wordy Rappinghood

Adam and The Ants
Kings of the Wild Frontier
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Foreigner
Urgent
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X
We’re Desperate
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Earth, Wind & Fire
Let's Groove

ESG
You're No Good



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