List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 1981

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These are the Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits of 1981. The longest running number-one single of 1981 is "Physical" by Olivia Newton-John which stayed at the top of the chart for six weeks in 1981 and then for four additional weeks in 1982, with a total of ten weeks at number-one. This also makes "Physical" the longest running number-one single of the 1980s.

Key
The yellow background indicates the #1 song on Billboard's 1981 Year-End Chart of Pop Singles.
Issue Date Song Artist(s) Reference
January 3 "(Just Like) Starting Over" John Lennon [1]
January 10 [2]
January 17 [3]
January 24 [4]
January 31 "The Tide Is High" Blondie [5]
February 7 "Celebration" Kool & the Gang [6]
February 14 [7]
February 21 "9 to 5" Dolly Parton [8]
February 28 "I Love a Rainy Night" Eddie Rabbitt [9]
March 7 [10]
March 14 "9 to 5" Dolly Parton [11]
March 21 "Keep on Loving You" REO Speedwagon [12]
March 28 "Rapture" Blondie [13]
April 4 [14]
April 11 "Kiss on My List" Daryl Hall and John Oates [15]
April 18 [16]
April 25 [17]
May 2 "Morning Train (Nine to Five)" Sheena Easton [18]
May 9 [19]
May 16 "Bette Davis Eyes" Kim Carnes [20]
May 23 [21]
May 30 [22]
June 6 [23]
June 13 [24]
June 20 "Medley: Intro 'Venus' / Sugar Sugar / No Reply / I'll Be Back /
Drive My Car / Do You Want to Know a Secret / We Can Work It Out /
I Should Have Known Better / Nowhere Man / You're Going to Lose That Girl / Stars on 45
"
Stars on 45 [25]
June 27 "Bette Davis Eyes" Kim Carnes [26]
July 4 [27]
July 11 [28]
July 18 [29]
July 25 "The One That You Love" Air Supply [30]
August 1 "Jessie's Girl" Rick Springfield [31]
August 8 [32]
August 15 "Endless Love" Diana Ross and Lionel Richie [33]
August 22 [34]
August 29 [35]
September 5 [36]
September 12 [37]
September 19 [38]
September 26 [39]
October 3 [40]
October 10 [41]
October 17 "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" Christopher Cross [42]
October 24 [43]
October 31 [44]
November 7 "Private Eyes" Daryl Hall and John Oates [45]
November 14 [46]
November 21 "Physical" Olivia Newton-John [47]
November 28 [48]
December 5 [49]
December 12 [50]
December 19 [51]
December 26 [52]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-01-03/hot-100
  2. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-01-10/hot-100
  3. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-01-17/hot-100
  4. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-01-24/hot-100
  5. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-01-31/hot-100
  6. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-02-07/hot-100
  7. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-02-14/hot-100
  8. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-02-21/hot-100
  9. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-02-28/hot-100
  10. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-03-07/hot-100
  11. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-03-14/hot-100
  12. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-03-21/hot-100
  13. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-03-28/hot-100
  14. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-04-04/hot-100
  15. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-04-11/hot-100
  16. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-04-18/hot-100
  17. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-04-25/hot-100
  18. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-05-02/hot-100
  19. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-05-09/hot-100
  20. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-05-16/hot-100
  21. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-05-23/hot-100
  22. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-05-30/hot-100
  23. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-06-06/hot-100
  24. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-06-13/hot-100
  25. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-06-20/hot-100
  26. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-06-27/hot-100
  27. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-07-04/hot-100
  28. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-07-11/hot-100
  29. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-07-18/hot-100
  30. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-07-25/hot-100
  31. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-08-01/hot-100
  32. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-08-08/hot-100
  33. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-08-15/hot-100
  34. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-08-22/hot-100
  35. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-08-29/hot-100
  36. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-09-05/hot-100
  37. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-09-12/hot-100
  38. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-09-19/hot-100
  39. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-09-26/hot-100
  40. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-10-03/hot-100
  41. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-10-10/hot-100
  42. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-10-17/hot-100
  43. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-10-24/hot-100
  44. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-10-31/hot-100
  45. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-11-07/hot-100
  46. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-11-14/hot-100
  47. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-11-21/hot-100
  48. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-11-28/hot-100
  49. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-12-05/hot-100
  50. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-12-12/hot-100
  51. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-12-19/hot-100
  52. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1981-12-26/hot-100

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