List of Billboard number-one R&B albums of 1981

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These are the Billboard magazine R&B albums to reach number-one in 1981.

See also: 1981 in music, R&B number-one hits of 1981 (USA)

Issue Date Album Artist
January 3 Hotter Than July Stevie Wonder
January 10 Hotter Than July Stevie Wonder
January 17 Hotter Than July Stevie Wonder
January 24 Hotter Than July Stevie Wonder
January 31 Hotter Than July Stevie Wonder
February 7 Hotter Than July Stevie Wonder
February 14 Hotter Than July Stevie Wonder
February 21 The Gap Band III The Gap Band
February 28 The Gap Band III The Gap Band
March 7 The Two of Us Yarbrough & Peoples
March 14 The Two of Us Yarbrough & Peoples
March 21 The Gap Band III The Gap Band
March 28 The Gap Band III The Gap Band
April 4 The Gap Band III The Gap Band
April 11 The Gap Band III The Gap Band
April 18 Being with You Smokey Robinson
April 25 Being with You Smokey Robinson
May 2 Being with You Smokey Robinson
May 9 Being with You Smokey Robinson
May 16 Being with You Smokey Robinson
May 23 A Woman Needs Love Raydio featuring Ray Parker Jr.
May 30 A Woman Needs Love Raydio featuring Ray Parker Jr.
June 6 Street Songs Rick James
June 13 Street Songs Rick James
June 20 Street Songs Rick James
June 27 Street Songs Rick James
July 4 Street Songs Rick James
July 11 Street Songs Rick James
July 18 Street Songs Rick James
July 25 Street Songs Rick James
August 1 Street Songs Rick James
August 8 Street Songs Rick James
August 15 Street Songs Rick James
August 22 Street Songs Rick James
August 29 Street Songs Rick James
September 5 Street Songs Rick James
September 12 Street Songs Rick James
September 19 Street Songs Rick James
September 26 Street Songs Rick James
October 3 Street Songs Rick James
October 10 Street Songs Rick James
October 17 Street Songs Rick James
October 24 Breakin' Away Al Jarreau
October 31 Breakin' Away Al Jarreau
November 7 The Many Facets of Roger Roger
November 14 Never Too Much Luther Vandross
November 21 Something Special Kool and the Gang
November 28 Raise! Earth, Wind and Fire
December 5 Raise! Earth, Wind and Fire
December 12 Raise! Earth, Wind and Fire
December 19 Raise! Earth, Wind and Fire
December 26 Raise! Earth, Wind and Fire