List of number-one R&B singles of 1981 (U.S.)

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These are the Billboard magazine R&B singles chart number one hits of 1981:

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

Issue Date Song Artist
January 3 Celebration Kool and the Gang
January 10 Celebration Kool and the Gang
January 17 Celebration Kool and the Gang
January 24 Celebration Kool and the Gang
January 31 Fantastic Voyage Lakeside
February 7 Fantastic Voyage Lakeside
February 14 Burn Rubber on Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me) Gap Band
February 21 Burn Rubber on Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me) Gap Band
February 28 Don't Stop the Music Yarbrough & Peoples
March 7 Don't Stop the Music Yarbrough & Peoples
March 14 Don't Stop the Music Yarbrough & Peoples
March 21 Don't Stop the Music Yarbrough & Peoples
March 28 Don't Stop the Music Yarbrough & Peoples
April 4 Being with You Smokey Robinson
April 11 Being with You Smokey Robinson
April 18 Being with You Smokey Robinson
April 25 Being with You Smokey Robinson
May 2 Being with You Smokey Robinson
May 9 Sukiyaki A Taste of Honey
May 16 A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do) Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
May 23 A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do) Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
May 30 What Cha' Gonna Do for Me Chaka Khan
June 6 What Cha' Gonna Do for Me Chaka Khan
June 13 Give It to Me Baby Rick James
June 20 Give It to Me Baby Rick James
June 27 Give It to Me Baby Rick James
July 4 Give It to Me Baby Rick James
July 11 Give It to Me Baby Rick James
July 18 Double Dutch Bus Frankie Smith
July 25 Double Dutch Bus Frankie Smith
August 1 Double Dutch Bus Frankie Smith
August 8 Double Dutch Bus Frankie Smith
August 15 I'm in Love Evelyn King
August 22 Endless Love Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
August 29 Endless Love Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
September 5 Endless Love Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
September 12 Endless Love Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
September 19 Endless Love Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
September 26 Endless Love Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
October 3 Endless Love Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
October 10 When She Was My Girl The Four Tops
October 17 When She Was My Girl The Four Tops
October 24 Never Too Much Luther Vandross
October 31 Never Too Much Luther Vandross
November 7 I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Part 1) Roger Troutman
November 14 I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Part 1) Roger Troutman
November 21 Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It) Kool and the Gang
November 28 Let's Groove Earth, Wind and Fire
December 5 Let's Groove Earth, Wind and Fire
December 12 Let's Groove Earth, Wind and Fire
December 19 Let's Groove Earth, Wind and Fire
December 26 Let's Groove Earth, Wind and Fire

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