Top Songs of 1981


Rank All Time Rank Artist Song
1
88
The Specials Ghost Town
2
156
Soft Cell Tainted Love
3
252
The Human League Don't You Want Me
4
306
R.E.M. Radio Free Europe
5
387
Queen & David Bowie Under Pressure
6
443
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts I Love Rock 'n Roll
7
490
Laurie Anderson O Superman
8
496
Phil Collins In the Air Tonight
9
794
The Rolling Stones Start Me Up
10
801
Tom Tom Club Genius of Love
11
897
Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel
12
912
Rick James Super Freak
13
944
Journey Don't Stop Believin'
14
1060
Black Flag Rise Above
15
1090
The Psychedelic Furs Pretty in Pink
16
1117
Depeche Mode Just Can't Get Enough
17
1214
Go-Go's Our Lips Are Sealed
18
1229
New Order Ceremony
19
1248
Grace Jones Pull Up to the Bumper
20
1273
Mission of Burma That's When I Reach for My Revolver
21
1409
Daryl Hall & John Oates I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)
22
1451
The Stranglers Golden Brown
23
1514
Stevie Nicks Edge of Seventeen (Just Like the White Winged Dove)
24
1570
Duran Duran Girls on Film
25
1590
Rush Tom Sawyer
26
1630
Yoko Ono Walking on Thin Ice
27
1670
Kim Carnes Bette Davis Eyes
28
1729
Heaven 17 (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang
29
1868
Kraftwerk Computer Liebe/Computer Love
30
1926
Japan Ghosts
31
1985
Taana Gardner Heartbeat
32
2007
The Teardrop Explodes Reward
33
2016
The Human League Love Action (I Believe in Love)
34
2018
Men at Work Down Under
35
2034
Bob Dylan Every Grain of Sand
36
2071
Prince Controversy
37
2091
AC/DC For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)
38
2274
Luther Vandross Never Too Much
39
2310
The Gun Club Sex Beat
40
2504
Squeeze Tempted
41
2650
Scritti Politti The Sweetest Girl
42
2849
U2 Gloria
43
3058
The Police Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
44
3136
The J. Geils Band Centerfold
45
3159
The Rolling Stones Waiting on a Friend
46
3206
ESG Moody
47
3233
Minor Threat Straight Edge
48
3308
Pigbag Papa's Got a Brand New Pigbag
49
3539
Adam and The Ants Stand and Deliver
50
3602
Tom Tom Club Wordy Rappinghood
51
3753
Madness It Must Be Love
52
3873
Toni Basil Mickey
53
3993
Flipper Sex Bomb
54
4031
Gang of Four To Hell with Poverty!
55
4061
Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft Der Mussolini
56
4085
Kraftwerk Nummern/Numbers
57
4226
Stray Cats Stray Cat Strut
58
4378
Smokey Robinson Being with You
59
4403
The Birthday Party Release the Bats
60
4472
The Plimsouls A Million Miles Away
61
4484
Black Flag TV Party
62
4496
Soft Cell Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
63
4543
Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Stop Draggin' My Heart Around
64
4619
The Cramps Goo Goo Muck
65
4699
Romeo Void Never Say Never
66
4711
Loverboy Working for the Weekend
67
4784
Dinosaur L #5 (Go Bang!)
68
4830
Men at Work Who Can It Be Now?
69
4881
Duran Duran Planet Earth
70
4896
Taschenrechner / Pocket Calculator Taschenrechner/Pocket Calculator
71
4923
Earth, Wind & Fire Let's Groove
72
4926
The Who You Better You Bet
73
5126
Rod Stewart Young Turks
74
5176
The Clash This Is Radio Clash
75
5224
The Cure Charlotte Sometimes
76
5229
Stray Cats Rock This Town
77
5247
Rosanne Cash Seven Year Ache
78
5302
Foreigner Waiting for a Girl Like You
79
5304
Kim Wilde Kids in America
80
5452
Grace Jones I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)
81
5529
Paolo Conte Via con me
82
5630
The Reels Quasimodo's Dream
83
5644
The Police Invisible Sun
84
5656
Altered Images Happy Birthday
85
5665
ESG UFO
86
5666
The Passions [UK] I'm in Love with a German Film Star
87
5815
Pretenders Message of Love
88
5831
Was (Not Was) Out Come the Freaks
89
5880
ABC Tears Are Not Enough
90
5940
Mötley Crüe Live Wire
91
6015
Spandau Ballet Chant No. 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)
92
6121
Frankie Smith Double Dutch Bus
93
6142
Foreigner Urgent
94
6148
Daryl Hall & John Oates Private Eyes
95
6153
The Cars Shake It Up
96
6176
Chagrin d'amour Chacun fait (c'qui lui plaît)
97
6192
Kraftwerk Computerwelt / Computer World
98
6209
Haircut 100 Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)
99
6320
Grace Jones Nightclubbing
100
6343
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers The Waiting
101
6356
Dead Kennedys Too Drunk to Fuck
102
6381
Fela Coffin for Head of State, Pt. 2
103
6399
Depeche Mode New Life
104
6548
Charlélie Couture Comme un avion sans ailes
105
6561
Pete Shelley Homosapien
106
6649
Rick James Give It to Me Baby
107
6760
Teena Marie Square Biz
108
6779
Van Halen Unchained
109
7015
Brian Eno - David Byrne America Is Waiting
110
7082
Foreigner Juke Box Hero
111
7429
The Police Spirits in the Material World
112
7521
George Harrison All Those Years Ago
113
7547
Def Leppard Bringin' On the Heartbreak
114
7549
Roxy Music Jealous Guy
115
7702
New Order Everything's Gone Green
116
7804
Olivia Newton-John Physical
117
7835
Kool & The Gang Get Down on It
118
7853
Siouxsie and The Banshees Spellbound
119
7861
Department S Is Vic There?
120
7876
Iron Maiden Wrathchild
121
8097
Christopher Cross Arthur's Theme (The Best That You Can Do)
122
8104
Rick Springfield Jessie's Girl
123
8222
ESG You're No Good
124
8258
The Cure Primary
125
8279
Sunnyboys Alone With You
126
8320
The Cure All Cats Are Grey
127
8346
UB40 One in Ten
128
8480
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Psycho
129
8647
Genesis Abacab
130
8895
The Pointer Sisters Slow Hand
131
8921
Bauhaus Kick in the Eye
132
9053
Junior Giscombe Mama Used to Say
133
9055
Slime Deutschland
134
9115
Altered Images I Could Be Happy
135
9133
Riot Swords and Tequila
136
9142
Rush Limelight
137
9183
Simple Minds Theme for Great Cities
138
9365
Vangelis Chariots of Fire
139
9399
Odyssey Going Back to My Roots
140
9442
Leño Maneras de vivir
141
9462
Public Image Ltd. Flowers of Romance
142
9522
Billy Squier The Stroke
143
9595
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Joan of Arc
144
9736
Fela Original Sufferhead
145
9874
Minor Threat Minor Threat

Songs "bubbling under" the all-time top 10,000:
Motörhead / Girlschool Please Don't Touch
Gil Scott-Heron "B" Movie
Clock DVA 4 Hours
The Clark Sisters You Brought the Sunshine
The Gun Club Fire of Love
Pretenders I Go to Sleep
Ozzy Osbourne Diary of a Madman
Ozzy Osbourne Flying High Again
Minor Threat In My Eyes
Altered Images Dead Pop Stars
Bush Tetras You Can't Be Funky
Swingers Counting the Beat
Journey Who's Crying Now
Les Civils La crise
Kate Bush Sat in Your Lap
Throbbing Gristle Discipline
Vasco Rossi Siamo solo noi
Mecano Hoy no me puedo levantar
Sheena Easton For Your Eyes Only
The Associates Kitchen Person
Eric Clapton I Can't Stand It
Bauhaus The Passion of Lovers
Rita Marley One Draw
The Rolling Stones Worried About You
Einstürzende Neubauten Kollaps
Pata Negra Los mánagers
Lionel Richie and Diana Ross Endless Love
R.E.M. Sitting Still
A Number of Names Sharevari
Bob Dylan The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar
Afrika Bambaataa & The Jazzy 5 Jazzy Sensation (Bronx Version)
Blue Öyster Cult Burnin' for You
Spandau Ballet Glow
Quincy Jones Ai No Corrida
The Names Night Shift
The Fire Engines Candyskin
Siouxsie and The Banshees Arabian Knights
Imagination Body Talk
Grauzone Eisbär
Vivien Goldman Launderette
Defunkt The Razor's Edge
Triumph Magic Power
Stan Rogers Northwest Passage
The Teardrop Explodes Tiny Children
The Birthday Party Nick the Stripper
Japan Visions of China
Louis Chédid Ainsi Soit-il
Elvis Costello Good Year for the Roses
Divinyls Boys in Town
Sammy Hagar There's Only One Way to Rock
Black Uhuru Sponji Reggae
Boys Town Gang Cruisin' the Streets
Red Rider Lunatic Fringe
Wipers Youth of America
Linx Intuition
The Lounge Lizards Harlem Nocturne
Triumph Fight the Good Fight
J. Walter Negro and the Loose Jointz Shoot the Pump
The Church The Unguarded Moment
Rainbow I Surrender
Discharge Why?
Journey Open Arms
The Moody Blues The Voice
Soft Cell Bedsitter
Comateens Late Night City
Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five It's Nasty (Genius of Love)
Eurythmics Never Gonna Cry Again
Roberto Torres y su Charanga Vallenata Caballo Viejo
The Gun Club Preaching the Blues
Soft Cell Memorabilia
Simple Minds Love Song
Bill Wyman (Si Si) Je suis un Rock Star
China Crisis African and White
Lindsey Buckingham Trouble
Inner Life Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Carl Carlton She's a Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked)
Black Flag Police Story
The Blasters Marie Marie
Thomas Dolby Europa and the Pirate Twins
Flipper Brainwash
Brian Eno - David Byrne The Jezebel Spirit
Camarón de la Isla Como el agua
Alice Per Elisa
Television Personalities This Angry Silence
Heaven 17 Penthouse and Pavement
Icehouse Can't Help Myself
Change Paradise
Hervé Cristiani Il est libre Max
The Clean Tally Ho!
Z.Z. Hill Down Home Blues
Bobby Womack If You Think You're Lonely Now
Hamilton Bohannon Let's Start II Dance Again
Echo and the Bunnymen Over the Wall
Echo and the Bunnymen A Promise
New Order Procession
Rush Red Barchetta
Thomas Leer Tight As a Drum
Strikers Body Music
The Creatures Mad Eyed Screamer
Madness Cardiac Arrest
The Human League The Sound of the Crowd
Depeche Mode Dreaming of Me
Tears for Fears Suffer the Children
Dead Kennedys Nazi Punks Fuck Off!
Kim Wilde Cambodia
Anti-Nowhere League So What
The Teardrop Explodes Passionate Friend
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers A Woman in Love (It's Not Me)
The Jam Absolute Beginners
Kirsty MacColl There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis
Fun Boy Three The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum
Rush YYZ
Eloy Point of No Return