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100 Greatest Songs From 1981

Criteria: - Songs listed are from Rock 'n' Roll and related sub-genres. Rankings are based on initial and lasting popularity and on acclaim received from critics and musicians.
Edited By:
1981
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2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 |
Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release).
Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.
No.
Song
Artist



I Love Rock 'n' Roll - Joan Jett single cover


Don't You Want Me? - Human League single cover


Super Freak (Part 1) - Rick James single cover


Don't Stop Believin' - Journey single cover


Start Me Up - Rolling Stones single cover


Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield single cover


Rock This Town - Stray Cats single cover


Who Can It Be Now? - Men At Work single cover


Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes single cover


Ghost Town - Specials single cover


We Got the Beat - Go-Gos single cover
1
I Love Rock 'n' Roll
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
2
Don't You Want Me?
Human League
3
Tainted Love
Soft Cell
4
Super Freak (Part 1)
Rick James
5
Physical
Olivia Newton-John
6
Don't Stop Believin'
Journey
7
In The Air Tonight
Phil Collins
8
Start Me Up
Rolling Stones
9
Our Lips Are Sealed
Go-Gos
10
Jessie's Girl
Rick Springfield
11
Endless Love
Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
12
I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)
Hall & Oates
13
Under Pressure
Queen and David Bowie
14
Rock This Town
Stray Cats
15
Down Under
Men At Work
16
Centerfold
J. Geils Band
17
Waiting For A Girl Like You
Foreigner
18
Who Can It Be Now?
Men At Work
19
Let's Groove
Earth, Wind, & Fire
20
867-5309/Jenny
Tommy Tutone
21
Genius of Love
Tom Tom Club
22
Just Can't Get Enough
Depeche Mode
23
Bette Davis Eyes
Kim Carnes
24
The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel
Grandmaster Flash
25
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
The Police
26
Urgent
Foreigner
27
Edge Of Seventeen (Just Like The White Winged Dove) (live)
Stevie Nicks
28
Ghost Town
Specials
29
Being With You
Smokey Robinson
30
Kids In America
Kim Wilde
31
Open Arms
Journey
32
Slow Hand
Pointer Sisters
33
Give It To Me Baby
Rick James
34
Get Down On It
Kool & The Gang
35
Tom Sawyer
Rush
36
Tempted
Squeeze
37
Girls On Film
Duran Duran
38
Working For The Weekend
Loverboy
39
Baby, Come To Me
Patti Austin and James Ingram
40
Freeze Frame
J. Geils Band
41
Never Too Much
Luther Vandross
42
You're The One For Me
D-Train
43
Heartbeat
Taana Gardner
44
Mama Used To Say
Junior
45
She's A Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked)
Carl Carlton
46
Harden My Heart
Quarterflash
47
Turn Your Love Around
George Benson
48
Lady (You Bring Me Up)
Commodores
49
The Stroke
Billy Squier
50
Shake It Up
The Cars
51
Walking On Thin Ice
Yoko Ono
52
Never Say Never
Romeo Void
53
At This Moment
Billy Vera & The Beaters
54
We Got The Beat (I.R.S. version)
Go-Gos
55
Mony Mony
Billy Idol
56
You Better, You Bet
The Who
57
For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
AC/DC
58
Pull Up To The Bumper
Grace Jones
59
Stop Draggin' My Heart Around
Stevie Nicks w/ Tom Petty & Heartbreakers
60
How 'Bout Us?
Champaign
61
Waiting On A Friend
Rolling Stones
62
Limelight
Rush
63
Controversy
Prince
64
Theme from "Chariots of Fire"
Vangelis
65
Stand And Deliver
Adam & The Ants
66
Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag
Pigbag
67
Love Action (I Believe In Love)
Human League
68
(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang
Heaven 17
69
Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)
Haircut 100
70
A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)
Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
71
Square Biz
Teena Marie
72
A Million Miles Away
Plimsouls
73
I'm In Love
Evelyn "Champagne" King
74
Chant No. 1 (We Don't Need This Pressure On)
Spandau Ballet
75
Call Me
Skyy
76
All Those Years Ago
George Harrison
77
The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em)
Greg Kihn
78
It Must Be Love
Madness
79
Message Of Love
Pretenders
80
Wordy Rappinghood
Tom Tom Club
81
Stray Cat Strut
Stray Cats
82
Da Da Da (I Don't Love You, You Don't Love Me, Aha Aha Aha)
Trio
83
Arthur's Theme (The Best That You Can Do)
Christopher Cross
84
O Superman (For Massenet)
Laurie Anderson
85
Boy From New York City
Manhattan Transfer
86
Abacab
Genesis
87
Funky Sensation
Gwen McRae
88
Out Come The Freaks
Was (Not Was)
89
The Sweetest Girl
Scritti Politti
90
Ai No Corrida (I-No-Ko-Ree-Da)
Quincy Jones feat. Dune
91
Moody
ESG
92
Spirits In the Material World
The Police
93
Too Drunk To Fuck
Dead Kennedys
94
Gloria
U2
95
T.V. Party
Black Flag
96
When She Was My Girl
Four Tops
97
Ceremony
New Order
98
To Hell With Poverty!
Gang of Four
99
Charlotte Sometimes
The Cure
100
This Little Girl
Gary "U.S." Bonds
20 more worth mentioning.
101
Just Between You And Me
April Wine
102
The Waiting
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
103
Hold On Loosely
.38 Special
104
Burnin' For You
Blue Oyster Cult
105
Who's Crying Now?
Journey
106
Planet Earth
Duran Duran
107
Magic Power
Triumph
108
Young Turks
Rod Stewart
109
One Of Us
ABBA
110
Oh No
Commodores
111
Private Eyes
Hall & Oates
112
Hold On Tight
Electric Light Orchestra
113
Reward (With A Capital Wow)
The Teardrop Explodes
114
Homosapien
Pete Shelley
115
Der Kommissar (The Commissioner)
Falco
116
Ghosts
Japan
117
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
Soft Cell
118
Tears Are Not Enough
ABC
119
That's When I Reach For My Revolver
Mission of Burma
120
Der Mussolini
D.A.F.
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1981
Jeff's Choice - Greatest Single Re-Entry
*
No Woman, No Cry (#8 UK)
Bob Marley & The Wailers
Jeff's Choice - An unheralded great record from 1981
*
Fate
Chaka Kahn
Lew's Choice:
*
Trouble
Lindsey Buckingham
Bruce's Choice:
*
Hepno Beat
Dynamic Hepnotics
Brett's Choice:
*
Haunted Town
The Effigies
Ryan's Choice:
*
It's Obvious
Au Pairs

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