Here they are, the absolutely greatest top hits from the history of popular music.
The very best music.
The Year is 1981.
These are the year's Favo(u)rites in the UK, the top 20 single records.

Abba - Lay All Your Love On Me - 07-1981 (Epic)
Abba - One Of Us - 12-1981 (Epic)
Adam & The Ants - Young Parisians - 02-1981 (Decca)
Adam & The Ants - Kings Of The Wild Frontier - 03-1981 (CBS)
Adam & The Ants - Stand And Deliver - 05-1981 (CBS)
Adam & The Ants - Prince Charming - 09-1981 (CBS)
Adam & The Ants - Ant Rap - 12-1981 (CBS)
Altered Images - Happy Birthday - 10-1981 (Epic)
Laurie Anderson - O Superman - 10-1981 (Warner)
Aneka - Japanese Boy - 08-1981 (Hansa)
Bad Manners - Just A Feeling - 04-1981 (Magnet)
Bad Manners - Can Can - 07-1981 (Magnet)
Bad Manners - Walkin' In The Sunshine - 10-1978 (Magnet)
The Beat - Too Nice To Talk To - 01-1981 (Go Feet)
Beggar & Co - (Somebody) Help Me Out - 03-1981 (Ensign)
Blondie - Rapture - 02-1981 (Chrysalis)
Graham Bonnett - Night Games - 04-1981 (Vertigo)
Bucks Fizz - Making Your Mind Up - 04-1981 (RCA)
Bucks Fizz - Piece Of The Action - 07-1981 (RCA)
Bucks Fizz - Land Of Make Believe - 12-1981 (RCA)
Kate Bush - Sat In Your Lap - 07-1981 (EMI)
Tony Capstick - Capstick Comes Home/The Sheffield Grinder - 04-1981 (Dingles)
Kim Carnes - Bette Davies Eyes - 05-1981 (EMI America)
Champaign - How 'Bout Us - 06-1981 (CBS)
Chas & Dave - Rabbit - 01-1981 (Rockney)
Coast To Coast -
(Do) The Hucklebuck - 02-1981 (Polydor)
Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight - 01-1981 (Virgin)
Phil Collins - I Missed Again - 03-1981 (Virgin)
Elvis Costello - A Good Year For The Roses - 10-1981 (F. Beat)
Randy Crawford - You Might Need Somebody - 07-1981 (Warner)
Kiki Dee - Star - 03-1981 (Ariola)
Depeche Mode - New Life - 08-1981 (Mute)
Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough - 10-1981 (Mute)
Dire Straits - Romeo And Juliet - 02-1981 (Vertigo)
Dollar - Mirror Mirror (Mon Amour) - 12-1981 (WEA)
Duran Duran - Girls On Film - 08-1981 (EMI)
Earth, Wind & Fire - Let's Groove - 11-1981 (CBS)
Sheena Easton - For Your Eyes Only - 08-1981 (EMI)
The Electric Light Orchestra - Hold On Tight - 08-1981 (Jet)
Enigma - Ain't No Stoppin' - 06-1981 (Creole)
The Four Tops - When She Was My Girl - 11-1981 (Casablanca)
Freeez - Southern Freeez - 03-1981 (Beggars Banquet)
The Fureys & Davey Arthur - When You Were Sweet Sixteen - 11-1981 (Ritz)
Genesis - Abacab - 09-1981 (Charisma)
Gidea Park - Beach Boy Gold - 08-1981 (Sonet)
Godley & Creme - Under Your Thumb - 10-1981 (Polydor)
Godley & Creme - Wedding Bells - 12-1981 (Polydor)
Haircut 100 - Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl) - 11-1981 (Arista)
The Human League - Love Action (I Believe In Love) - 08-1981 (Virgin)
The Human League - Open Your Heart - 10-1981 (Virgin)
The Human League - Don't You Want Me - 12-1981 (Virgin)
Julio Iglesias - Begin The Beguine (Volver A Empezar) - 11-1981 (CBS)
Imagination - Body Talk - 07-1981 (R&B)
The Jacksons - Can You Feel It - 04-1981 (Epic)
The Jacksons - Walk Right Now - 08-981 (Epic)
Michael Jackson - One Day In Your Life - 06-1981 (Motown)
Jam - Funeral Pyre - 06-1981 (Polydor)
Jam - Absolute Beginners - 10-1981 (Polydor)
The Joe Dolce Music Theatre - Shaddup You Face - 02-1981 (Epic)
Quincy Jones - Razzamatazz - 07-1981 (A&M)
Landscape - Einstein A Go-Go - 04-1981 (RCA)
John Lennon - Imagine - 01-1981 (Apple)
John Lennon - Woman - 01-1981 (Geffen)
The Linx - Intuition - 04-1981 (Chrysalis)
Lobo - Caribbean Disco - 08-1981 (Polydor)
The Look - I Am The Beat - 01-1981 (MCA)
Madness - Return Of The Los Palmas 7 - 02-1981 (Stiff)
Madness - Grey Day - 05-1981 (Stiff)
Madness - Shut Up - 0-1981 (Stiff)
Madness - It Must Be Love - 12-1981 (Stiff)
Bob Marley & The Wailers - No Woman No Cry - 07-1981 (Island)
Keith Marshall - Only Crying - 05-1981 (Arrival)
Sugar Minott - Good Thing Going (We've Got A Good Thing Going) - 04-1981 (RCA)
Ennio Morricone - Chi Mai (Theme From 'The Life And Times Of David Lloyd George') - 04-1981 (BBC)
Modern Romance - Everybody Salsa - 09-1981 (WEA)
Modern Romance - Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey - 12-1981 (WEA)
Motorhead & Girlschool - St. Valentine's Day Massacre E.P. - 02-1981 (Bronze)
Motorhead - Motorhead Live - 07-1981 (Bronze)
Olivia Newton-John - Physical - 11-1981 (EMI)
The Nolans - Attention To Me - 04-1981 (Epic)
Gary Numan - She's Got Claws - 09-1981 (Beggars Banquet)
Hazel O'Connor - D-Days - 04-1981 (Albion)
Hazel O'Connor - Will You - 06-1981 (A&M)
Odyssey - Going Back To My Roots - 06-1981 (RCA)
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Souvenir - 09-1981 (Dindisc)
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Joan Of Arc - 11-1981 (Dindisc)
Ottawan - Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart) - 09-1981
Elaine Paige - Memory - 06-1981 (Polydor)
The Pointer Sisters - Slow Hand - 09-1981 (Planet)
The Police - Invisible Sun - 10-1981 (A&M)
The Police - Every Little Thing She Does is Magic - 10-1981 (A&M)
The Police - Spirits In The Material World - 12-1981 (A&M)
The Pretenders - Message Of Love - 02-1981 (Real)
The Pretenders - I Go To Sleep - 11-1981 (Real)
Queen & David Bowie - Under Pressure - 11-1981 (EMI)
Rainbow - I Surrender - 02-1981 (Polydor)
REO Speedwagon - Keep On Loving You - 05-1981 (Epic)
Cliff Richard - Wired For Sound - 09-1981 (EMI)
Cliff Richard - Daddy's Home - 12 -1981 (EMI)
Kate Robbins & Beyond - More Than In Love - 06-1981 (RCA)
B.A. Robertson & Maggie Bell - Hold Me - 11-1981 (Swansong)
Smokey Robinson - Being With You - 06-1981 (Motown)
The Rolling Stones - Start Me Up - 09-1981 (Rolling Stone)
Diana Ross & Lionel Richie - Endless Love - 09-1981 (Motown)
Diana Ross - Why Do Fools Fall In Love - 11-1981 (Capitol)
Roxy Music - Jealous Guy - 02-1981 (EG)
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Hooked On Classics - 08-1981 (RCA)
Saxon - And The Bands Played On - 04-1981 (Carrere)
Shakin' Stevens - This Ole House - 03-1981 (Epic)
Shakin' Stevens - You Drive Me Crazy - 05-1981 (Epic)
Shakin' Stevens - Green Door - 08-1981 (Epic)
Shakin' Stevens - It's Raining - 10-1981 (Epic)
Slade - We'll Bring The House Down - 02-1981 (Cheapskate)
Soft Cell - Tainted Love - 08-1981 (Some Bizzare)
Soft Cell - Bed Sitter - 11-1981 (Some Bizzare)
Red Sovine - Teddy Bear - 06-1981 (Starday)
Spandau Ballet - Musclebound/Glow - 05-1981 (Reformation)
Spandau Ballet - Chant No. 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On) - 07-1981 (Reformation)
The Specials - Do Nothing/Maggie's Farm - 01-1981 (2 Tone)
The Specials - Ghost Town - 06-1981 (2 Tone)
Squeeze - Labelled With Love - 11-1981 (A&M)
Alvin Stardust - Pretend - 09-1981 (Stiff)
Starsound - Stars On 45 - 05-1981 (CBS)
Starsound - Stars On 45 (Vol 2) - 07-1981 (CBS)
Status Quo - Something 'Bout You Baby I Like - 03-1981 (Vertigo)
Status Quo - Rock 'n' Roll - 12-1981 (Vertigo)
Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin - It's My Party - 10-1981 (Broken)
Rod Stewart - Tonight I'm Yours (Don't Hurt Me) - 11-1981 (Riva)
The Stray Cats - Rock This Town - 02-1981 (Arista)
The Stray Cats - Stray Cat Strut - 05-1981 (Arista)
Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime - 03-1981 (Sire)
Teardrop Explodes - Reward - 03-1981 (Vertigo)
Ten Pole Tudor - Swords Of A Thousand Men - 05-1981 (Stif)
Third World - Dancing On The Floor (Hooked On Love) - 07-1981 (BS)
Tight Fit - Back To The Sixties - 08-1981 (Jive)
Tom Tom Club - Wordy Rappinghood - 07-1981 (Island)
The Tottenham Hotspur F.A. Cup Final Squad - Ossie's Dream (Spurs Are On Their Way To Wembley) - 05-1981 (Rockney)
Toyah - Four From Toyah E.P. - 03-1981 (Safari)
Toyah - I Want To Be Free - 05-1981 (Safari)
Toyah - Thunder In Mountains - 10-1981 (Safari)
Toyah - Four More From Toyah E.P. - 12-1981 (Safari)
Tweets - The Birdie Song (Birdie Dance) - 10-1981 (PRT)
UB40 - One In Ten - 09-1981 (Dep International)
Ultravox - Vienna - 02-1981 (Chrysalis)
Ultravox - All Stood Still - 06-1981 (Chrysalis)
Ultravox - The Thin Wall - 09-1981 (Chrysalis)
Vangelis - Chariots Of Fire - Titles - 06-1981 (Polydor)
Visage - Fade To Grey - 02-1981 (Polydor)
Visage - Mind Of A Toy - 04-1981 (Polydor)
Fred Wedlock - Oldest Swinger In Town - 02-1981 (Rocket)
The Whispers - It's A Love Thing - 04-1981 (Solar)
The Who - You Better You Bet - 03-1981 (Polydor)
Kim Wilde - Kids In America - 03-1981 (RAK)
Kim Wilde - Chequered Love - 05-1981 (RAK)
Kim Wilde - Water On Glass/Boys - 08-1981 (RAK)
Kim Wilde - Cambodia - 12-1981 (RAK)
Stevie Wonder - I Ain't Gonna Stand For It - 01-1981 (Motown)
Stevie Wonder - Lately - 03-1981 (Motown)
Stevie Wonder - Happy Birthday - 08-1981 (Motown)
Yarbrough & Peoples - Don't Stop The Music - 01-1981 (Mercury)


1981 in the US
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