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1981 in music
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1981 in music

See also: 1980 in music, other events of 1981, 1982 in music, 1980s in music and the list of 'years in music'

Table of contents
1 Events
2 Albums released
3 Chronological Table of US and UK Number One Hit Singles
4 Other significant singles of the year
5 Published popular music
6 Classical music
7 Opera
8 Musical theater
9 Musical films
10 Births
11 Deaths
12 Awards

Events

Albums released

Chronological Table of US and UK Number One Hit Singles

US Number One Singles and Artist
(Weeks at Number One)
UK Number One Singles and Artist
(Weeks at Number One)

"(Just Like) Starting Over" - John Lennon (1 week in 1980+ 2 weeks in 1981)
"The Tide Is High" - Blondie (1)
"Celebration" - Kool & The Gang; (2)
"9 To 5" - Dolly Parton (2)
"I Love A Rainy Night" - Eddie Rabbitt (2)
"Keep On Loving You" REO Speedwagon (1)
"Rapture" - Blondie (2)
"Kiss On My List" - Daryl Hall & John Oates; (3)
"Morning Train (9 To 5)" - Sheena Easton (2)
"Bette Davis Eyes" - Kim Carnes (9, best selling single of the year
"Stars On 45 Medley" - Stars On 45 (1)
"The One That You Love" - Air Supply (1)
"Jessie's Girl" - Rick Springfield (2)
"Endless Love" - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie (9)
"Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" - Christopher Cross (3)
"Private Eyes" - Daryl Hall & John Oates; (2)
"Physical" - Olivia Newton-John (6 weeks in 1981 + 4 weeks in 1982)

"There's No One Quite Like Grandma" - St Winifred's School Choir (1 week in 1980 + 1 week in 1981)
"Imagine" - John Lennon (4)
"Woman" - John Lennon (2)
"Shaddup You Face" - Joe Dolce Music Theatre (3)
"Jealous Guy"- Roxy Music (2)
"This Ole House" - Shakin' Stevens (3)
"Making Your Mind Up" - Bucks Fizz (3)
"Stand And Deliver" - Adam & The Ants; (5)
"Being With You" - Smokey Robinson (2)
"One Day In Your Life" - Michael Jackson (2)
"Ghost Town" - Specials (3)
"Green Door"- Shakin' Stevens (4)
"Japanese Boy" - Aneka (1)
"Tainted Love" - Soft Cell (2)
"Prince Charming" - Adam & The Ants; (4)
"It's My Party" - Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin (4)
"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" - The Police (1)
"Under Pressure" - Queen & David Bowie (2)
"Begin The Beguine" - Julio Iglesias (1)
Don't You Want Me" - Human League (3 weeks in 1981 + 2 weeks in 1982, best selling single of the year

Other significant singles of the year

Published popular music

Classical music

Opera

Musical theater

Musical films

Births

Deaths

Awards

Grammy Awards

Country Music Association Awards

Eurovision Song Contest