Top Songs of 1981

RankAll Time RankArtistSong
1 77 The Specials
Ghost Town
2 193 Soft Cell
Tainted Love
3 204 R.E.M.
Radio Free Europe
4 321 The Human League
Don't You Want Me
5 411 Queen & David Bowie
Under Pressure
6 416 Laurie Anderson
O Superman
7 500 Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
I Love Rock 'n Roll
8 612 Tom Tom Club
Genius of Love
9 734 Mission of Burma
That's When I Reach for My Revolver
10 750 Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five
The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel
11 830 Go-Go's
Our Lips Are Sealed
12 918 New Order
13 935 Phil Collins
In the Air Tonight
14 1033 Rick James
Super Freak
15 1062 The Psychedelic Furs
Pretty in Pink
16 1069 Black Flag
Rise Above
17 1094 The Rolling Stones
Start Me Up
18 1119 Grace Jones
Pull Up to the Bumper
19 1193 Depeche Mode
Just Can't Get Enough
20 1207 The Stranglers
Golden Brown
21 1275 Yoko Ono
Walking on Thin Ice
22 1298 The Human League
Love Action
23 1435 Heaven 17
(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang
24 1462 Journey
Don't Stop Believin'
25 1564 The Teardrop Explodes
26 1630 Daryl Hall & John Oates
I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)
27 1640 Rush
Tom Sawyer
28 1735 Kim Carnes
Bette Davis Eyes
29 1785 Taana Gardner
30 1794 Prince
31 1818 Bob Dylan
Every Grain of Sand
32 1939 Scritti Politti
The Sweetest Girl
33 1940 Squeeze
34 2060 Kraftwerk
Computer Liebe/Computer Love
35 2115 Duran Duran
Girls on Film
36 2185 Pigbag
Papa's Got a Brand New Pigbag
37 2333 Stevie Nicks
Edge of Seventeen (Just Like the White Winged Dove)
38 2529 Gang of Four
To Hell with Poverty!
39 2650 Black Flag
TV Party
40 2684 U2
41 2696 Japan
42 2727 Minor Threat
Straight Edge
43 2887 Adam and The Ants
Stand and Deliver
44 2956 ESG
45 2981 Men at Work
Down Under
46 3023 Tom Tom Club
Wordy Rappinghood
47 3060 Grace Jones
48 3069 Kraftwerk
Taschenrechner/Pocket Calculator
49 3127 The Birthday Party
Release the Bats
50 3292 The Plimsouls
A Million Miles Away
51 3306 The Cramps
Goo Goo Muck
52 3457 ABC
Tears Are Not Enough
53 3525 Romeo Void
Never Say Never
54 3548 Soft Cell
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
55 3563 Toni Basil
56 3564 Kraftwerk
57 3573 The Gun Club
Sex Beat
58 3759 Pretenders
Message of Love
59 3868 Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft
Der Mussolini
60 3896 The Passions [UK]
I'm in Love with a German Film Star
61 3965 Smokey Robinson
Being with You
62 3993 Flipper
Sex Bomb
63 4140 Stray Cats
Rock This Town
64 4167 Haircut 100
Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)
65 4203 The Police
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
66 4215 Brian Eno - David Byrne
America Is Waiting
67 4281 Duran Duran
Planet Earth
68 4342 Was (Not Was)
Out Come the Freaks
69 4405 Pete Shelley
70 4478 Altered Images
Happy Birthday
71 4567 Dead Kennedys
Too Drunk to Fuck
72 4774 The Cure
Charlotte Sometimes
73 4808 AC/DC
For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)
74 4962 Kim Wilde
Kids in America
75 4982 Spandau Ballet
Chant No. 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)
76 5058 Rosanne Cash
Seven Year Ache
77 5094 Luther Vandross
Never Too Much
78 5276 Madness
It Must Be Love
79 5399 Teena Marie
Square Biz
80 5470 The J. Geils Band
81 5522 Loverboy
Working for the Weekend
82 5560 Stray Cats
Stray Cat Strut
83 5666 Clock DVA
4 Hours
84 5673 Pretenders
I Go to Sleep
85 5921 Bush Tetras
You Can't Be Funky
86 5943 Elvis Costello and The Attractions
87 5983 The Reels
Quasimodo's Dream

Some songs "bubbling under" the all-time top 6000:
Charlélie Couture
Comme un avion sans ailes
You're No Good
Junior Giscombe
Mama Used to Say
Frankie Smith
Double Dutch Bus
The Cure
All Cats Are Grey
The Clash
This Is Radio Clash
Earth, Wind & Fire
Let's Groove
Public Image Ltd.
Flowers of Romance
The Cars
Shake It Up
Gil Scott-Heron
"B" Movie
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Joan of Arc
Going Back to My Roots
Siouxsie and The Banshees
Grace Jones
I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)
Chagrin d'amour
Chacun fait (c'qui lui plaît)
Spandau Ballet
The Pointer Sisters
Slow Hand
Visions of China
Minor Threat
Minor Threat
The Razor's Edge
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
The Waiting
Vivien Goldman
The Clark Sisters
You Brought the Sunshine
Elvis Costello
Good Year for the Roses
One in Ten
Department S
Is Vic There?
Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
Stop Draggin' My Heart Around
J. Walter Negro and the Loose Jointz
Shoot the Pump
Rod Stewart
Young Turks
Men at Work
Who Can It Be Now?
The Associates
Kitchen Person
The Blasters
Marie Marie
Olivia Newton-John
Thomas Dolby
Europa and the Pirate Twins
The Who
You Better You Bet
George Harrison
All Those Years Ago
Soft Cell
Billy Squier
The Stroke
Thomas Leer
Tight As a Drum
Kick in the Eye
Roxy Music
Jealous Guy
Rick Springfield
Jessie's Girl
Chariots of Fire
Altered Images
Dead Pop Stars
Hamilton Bohannon
Let's Start II Dance Again
Body Talk
The Creatures
Mad Eyed Screamer
Lionel Richie and Diana Ross
Endless Love
Christopher Cross
Arthur's Theme (The Best That You Can Do)