Hot 100 1981

This is every Billboard Hot 100 single released in 1981 with the exception of any single that only made it under the Hot 100 (commonly known as a “Bubbling Under”).

Information includes:

  • The songs official debut date (which is not always the song’s official release date)
  • The song’s official peak position
  • Song Title
  • Artist
  • The total time of the 45 single version
  • The original catalog label and number (when available)

The ascending order of each week is placed by the highest ranked position to the lowest ranked entry.

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HOT 100 DEBUTS JANUARY 1981

Debut Peak Artist Title Time Label
Jan 10 55 Peter Allen Fly Away 4:05 A&M 2288
Jan 10 83 Sky Toccata 3:44 Arista
Jan 17 2 John Lennon Woman 3:30 Geffen
Jan 17 13 Terri Gibbs Somebody’s Knockin’ 2:52 MCA 41309
Jan 17 18 Pat Benatar Treat Me Right 3:15 Chrysalis 2487
Jan 17 42 Queen Flash’s Theme 2:45 Elektra 47092-A
Jan 17 78 Slave Watching You 3:15 Cotillion
Jan 17 85 McGuffey Lane Long Time Lovin’ You 3:57 Atco
Jan 24 1 Daryl Hall & John Oates Kiss On My List 3:48 RCA 12142
Jan 24 3 Styx The Best Of Times 4:17 A&M 2300
Jan 24 5 Don McLean Crying 3:35 Millennium 11799
Jan 24 19 Randy Meisner Hearts On Fire 2:47 Epic 19-50964
Jan 24 22 Phil Seymour Precious To Me 2:50 Boardwalk 8-5703
Jan 24 23 Leo Sayer Living In A Fantasy 3:50 Warner Bros. 49657
Jan 24 28 Elvis Presley Guitar Man (Remix) 2:45 RCA PB-12158
Jan 24 37 Firefall (with Lisa Nemzo) Staying With It 3:01 Atlantic 3791
Jan 24 40 Con Funk Shun Too Tight 3:09 Mercury 76089
Jan 24 51 Suzi Quatro Lipstick 3:44 Dreamland 107
Jan 24 65 Glen Campbell I Don’t Want To Know Your Name 3:59 Capitol 4959
Jan 24 75 Charles Fox Seasons 3:00 Handshake 5307
Jan 24 76 Doobie Brothers, The Wynken Blynken And Nod 3:19 Seame Street 49642
Jan 31 1 Blondie Rapture 6:33 Chrysalis 2485
Jan 31 6 Neil Diamond Hello Again 3:35 Capitol 4960
Jan 31 10 Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb What Kind Of Fool 4:04 Columbia 38-11430
Jan 31 17 John Cougar Ain’t Even Done With The Night 3:20 Riva 207
Jan 31 35 Loverboy Turn Me Loose 3:42 Columbia 11-11421
Jan 31 55 Lakeside Fantastic Voyage 4:07 Solar 12129
Jan 31 66 Association, The Dreamer 3:30 Elektra 47094
Jan 31 69 Touch Don’t You Know What Love Is 3:20 Atco 7311

HOT 100 DEBUTS February 1981

Debut Peak Artist Title Time Label
Feb 7 7 Steve Winwood While You See A Chance 4:07 Island 49656
Feb 7 10 Police, The Don’t Stand So Close To Me 4:03 A&M 2301
Feb 7 19 Yarbrough and Peoples Don’t Stop The Music 4:06 Mercury 76085
Feb 7 20 Bruce Springsteen Fade Away 4:34 Columbia 11-11431
Feb 7 21 April Wine Just Between You And Me 3:31 Capitol 4975
Feb 7 59 Earth, Wind and Fire And Love Goes On 3:38 ARC 11434
Feb 7 60 Fleetwood Mac Fireflies 3:30 Warner Bros. 49660
Feb 7 77 Spyro Gyra Café Amore 3:50 MCA 51035
Feb 7 82 Sugar Hill Gang 8th Wonder 3:56 Sugar Hill 553
Feb 14 1 Sheena Easton Morning Train (Nine To Five) 3:20 EMI America 8071
Feb 14 2 Grover Washington Jr. (with Bill Withers) Just The Two Of Us 3:56 Elektra 47103
Feb 14 2 Smokey Robinson Being With You 3:58 Tamla 54321
Feb 14 12 Champaign How ‘Bout Us 3:18 Columbia 11-11433
Feb 14 28 Whispers, The It’s A Love Thing 3:44 Solar 12154
Feb 14 52 Spinners Yesterday Once More/Nothing Remains The Same (Medley) 3:59 Atlantic 3798
Feb 14 62 Doobie Brothers, The Keep This Train A-Rollin’ 3:29 Warner 49670
Feb 14 68 Joe Chemay Band Proud 3:47 Unicorn 95001
Feb 21 4 Juice Newton Angel Of The Morning 3:59 Capitol 4976
Feb 21 12 Climax Blues Band I Love You 3:59 Warner 49669
Feb 21 37 Rovers, The Wasn’t That A Party 3:39 Epic 51007
Feb 21 40 Donna Summer Who Do You Think You’re Foolin’ 3:55 Geffen 49664
Feb 21 46 Phoebe Snow Games 3:37 Mirage
Feb 21 53 Johnny Average Band Ch Ch Cherie 2:42 Bearsville 49671
Feb 21 57 Jimmy Buffett It’s My Job 3:10 MCA 51061
Feb 21 63 T.S. Monk Bon Bon Vie (Gimme The Good Life) 3:35 Mirage
Feb 21 82 Joel Diamond Theme From “Raging Bull” (Cavalleria Rusticana) 3:56 Motown  1504
Feb 21 87 Night Love On The Airwaves 3:56 Planet
Feb 28 10 Eric Clapton and his Band I Can’t Stand It 4:08 RSO 1060
Feb 28 27 .38 Special Hold On Loosely 3:54 A&M 2316
Feb 28 34 Journey The Party’s Over (Hopelessly In Love) 3:23 Columbia 11-60505
Feb 28 37 Emmylou Harris Mister Sandman 2:20 Warner Bros. 49684
Feb 28 54 Melissa Manchester and Peabo Bryson Lovers After All 3:57 Arista
Feb 28 56 Badfinger Hold On 3:30 Radio 3793
Feb 28 84 Gap Band, The Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me) 3:57 Mercury 76091

HOT 100 DEBUTS March 1981

Debut Peak Artist Title Time Label
Mar 7 3 Taste Of Honey, A Sukiyaki 3:35 Capitol 4953
Mar 7 4 Ray Parker Jr. and Raydio A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do) 3:58 Arista 0592
Mar 7 10 Franke & The Knockouts Sweetheart 4:09 Millenium 11801
Mar 7 50 Fools, The Running Scared 2:28 EMI America 8072
Mar 7 58 Yoko Ono Walking On Thin Ice 5:58 Geffen
Mar 7 61 Sherbs I Have The Skill 3:38 Atco 7325
Mar 7 75 Rings, The Let Me Go 3:32 MCA 51069
Mar 7 91 Molly Hatchet The Rambler 3:20 Epic
Mar 14 11 James Taylor and J.D. Souther Her Town Too 4:28 Columbia 60514
Mar 14 22 Steely Dan Time Out Of Mind 4:10 MCA 51082
Mar 14 37 T.G. Sheppard I Loved ‘Em Every One 3:23 Warner/Curb 49690
Mar 14 40 Andy Gibb Me (Without You) 3:30 RSO 1056
Mar 14 45 Barry Manilow Lonely Together 4:02 Arista
Mar 14 55 Rush Limelight 4:01 Mercury 76095
Mar 14 62 Tierra Memories 2:59 Boardwalk 70073
Mar 14 63 Hawks Right Away 3:39 Columbia 60500
Mar 14 66 Garland Jeffreys 96 Tears 3:06 Epic
Mar 21 5 REO Speedwagon Take It On The Run 3:35 Epic 19-01054
Mar 21 6 Gino Vannelli Living Inside Myself 4:00 Arista 0588
Mar 21 9 Styx Too Much Time On My Hands 4:31 A&M 2323
Mar 21 18 Who, The You Better, You Bet 3:58 Warner Bros. 49698
Mar 21 19 Phil Collins I Missed Again 3:42 Atlantic 3790
Mar 21 71 Rod Stewart Somebody Special 4:28 Warner Bros. 49686
Mar 21 79 Sister Sledge All American Girls 3:48 Cotillion
Mar 21 88 Lani Hall Where’s Your Angel 2:59 A&M 2305
Mar 28 1 Kim Carnes Bette Davis Eyes 3:47 EMI America 8077
Mar 28 1 Rick Springfield Jessie’s Girl 3:14 RCA PB-12201
Mar 28 10 John Lennon Watching The Wheels 3:30 Geffen
Mar 28 14 Dottie West (with Kenny Rogers) What Are We Doin’ In Love 2:59 Liberty 1404
Mar 28 20 Christopher Cross Say You’ll Be Mine 2:53 Warner Bros. 49705
Mar 28 24 John O’Banion Love You Like I Never Loved Before 3:20 Elektra 47125
Mar 28 34 Anne Murray Blessed Are The Believers 2:39 Capitol
Mar 28 55 Lenny LeBlanc Somebody Send My Baby Home 3:38 Capitol/MSS 4979
Mar 28 68 Michael Stanley Band Lover 3:40 EMI America 8064
Mar 28 70 Delbert McClinton Shotgun Rider 3:08 Capitol/MSS
Mar 28 83 Heart Unchained Melody (Live) 4:28 Epic
Mar 28 88 Bill Medley Don’t Know Much 3:07 MGM

HOT 100 DEBUTS April 1981

Debut Peak Artist Title Time Label
Apr 4 29 Jefferson Starship Find Your Way Back 3:49 Grunt 12211
Apr 4 41 Dolly Parton But You Know I Love You 3:16 RCA 12200
Apr 4 45 ABBA Super Trouper 4:09 Atlantic 3806 A
Apr 4 56 Rupert Holmes I Don’t Need You 3:22 MCA
Apr 4 71 Shot In The Dark Playing With Lightning 3:57 RSO 1061
Apr 11 1 Stars On 45 Medley 4:05 Radio 3810
Apr 11 17 Santana Winning 3:29 Columbia 11-01050
Apr 11 23 Don McLean Since I Don’t Have You 2:32 Millennium
Apr 11 28 Quincy Jones Featuring the vocals of Dune Ai No Corrida (I-No-Ko-ree-da) 4:10 A&M 2309
Apr 11 64 Stevie Wonder Lately 4:04 Tamla 54323
Apr 11 69 Dr. Hook That Didn’t Hurt Too Bad 2:50 Casablanca 2325
Apr 11 72 Leon Redbone Seduced 2:40 Emerald City 7326
Apr 11 79 Diana Ross One More Chance 3:59 Motown 1508
Apr 11 86 Dan Hartman Heaven In Your Arms 3:34 Blue Sky 70053
Apr 18 15 Alan Parsons Project Time 4:25 Arista 0598
Apr 18 25 Jim Photoglo Fool In Love With You 3:30 20th Century 2487
Apr 18 28 Pure Prairie League Still Right Here In My Heart 2:55 Casablanca 2332
Apr 18 48 Paul Anka I’ve Been Waiting For You All My Life 2:50 RCA 12225
Apr 18 50 Jermaine Jackson You Like Me Don’t You 3:46 Motown
Apr 18 55 Michael Jackson One Day In Your Life 4:08 Motown
Apr 18 58 Isley Brothers, The Hurry Up And Wait 3:54 T-Neck
Apr 25 8 Neil Diamond America 3:27 Capitol 4994
Apr 25 11 Gary U.S. Bonds This Little Girl 3:42 EMI America 8079
Apr 25 15 Lee Ritenour Is It You 3:47 Elektra 47124
Apr 25 22 Rosanne Cash Seven Year Ache 3:15 Columbia 11-11426
Apr 25 32 Jesse Winchester Say What 3:06 Bearsville 49711
Apr 25 39 Billy and the Beaters I Can Take Care Of Myself 3:19 Alfa 7002
Apr 25 39 Get Wet Just So Lonely 3:15 Boardwalk 8-02018
Apr 25 41 Cliff Richard Give A Little Bit More 3:33 EMI-America 8076
Apr 25 60 Shalamar Make That Move 3:45 Solar 12192

HOT 100 DEBUTS May 1981

Debut Peak Artist Title Time Label
May 2 5 Daryl Hall & John Oates You Make My Dreams 3:10 RCA Victor 12217
May 2 19 Stanley Clarke/George Duke Sweet Baby 3:46 Epic 19-01052
May 2 19 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers The Waiting 3:54 Backstreet 51100
May 2 52 Phoebe Snow Mercy, Mercy, Mercy 2:29 Mirage
May 2 53 Joe Dolce Shaddap You Face 3:10 MCA 51053
May 2 77 Jacksons Can You Feel It 3:50 Epic
May 9 2 Joey Scarbury Theme From “The Greatest American Hero” (Believe It Or Not) 3:11 Elektra 47147
May 9 18 Sheena Easton Modern Girl 3:35 EMI America 8080
May 9 21 Elton John Nobody Wins 3:46 Geffen 49722
May 9 45 Dillman Band, The Lovin’ The Night Away 3:49 RCA 12206
May 9 48 Steve Winwood Arc Of A Diver 4:11 Island 49726
May 9 54 Dave Edmunds Almost Saturday Night 2:11 Swan Song 72000
May 9 58 Tommy James You’re So Easy To Love 3:44 Millenium
May 9 82 Sister Sledge Next Time You’ll Know 3:57 Cotillion
May 16 1 Air Supply The One That You Love 4:15 Arista 0604
May 16 5 Oak Ridge Boys Elvira 2:36 MCA 51084
May 16 17 Billy Squier The Stroke 3:37 Capitol 5005
May 16 30 Carole Bayer Sager Stronger Than Before 3:34 Boardwalk
May 16 30 Frankie Smith Double Dutch Bus 3:29 WMOT 5356
May 16 39 Kool & The Gang Jones Vs. Jones 3:48 De-Lite 813
May 16 40 Stephanie Mills Featuring Teddy Pendergrass Two Hearts 3:29 20th Century 2492
May 16 53 Chaka Khan What Cha’ Gonna Do For Me 3:47 Warner 49692
May 16 74 Max Werner Rain In May 3:37 Radio Records 3821
May 23 2 George Harrison All Those Years Ago 3:42 Dark Horse 49725
May 23 7 Manhattan Transfer, The Boy From New York City 3:38 Atlantic 3816
May 23 8 Marty Balin Hearts 4:15 EMI America 8084
May 23 15 Greg Kihn Band The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em) 2:50 Beserkley 47149
May 23 34 Joe Walsh A Life Of Illusion 3:00 Asylum 47144
May 23 48 Barbra Streisand Promises 3:53 Columbia 38-02065
May 23 54 Robbie Dupree Brooklyn Girls 3:24 Elektra 47145
May 23 60 Gap Band, The Yearning For Your Love 3:59 Mercury 76101
May 23 88 Helen Reddy I Can’t Say Goodbye To You 3:46 MCA 1106
May 30 2 Pointer Sisters Slow Hand 3:57 Planet 47929
May 30 2 Juice Newton Queen Of Hearts 3:29 Capitol 4997
May 30 14 John Schneider It’s Now Or Never 3:15 Scotti Brothers 02105
May 30 19 Phil Collins In The Air Tonight 4:59 Atlantic 3824
May 30 32 Jim Steinman (with Rory Dodd) Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through 5:18 Cleveland International 19-02111
May 30 40 Rick James Give It To Me Baby 3:53 Gordy
May 30 43 Spider It Didn’t Take Long 3:50 Dreamland 111
May 30 57 April Wine Sign Of The Gypsy Queen 3:20 Capitol 5001
May 30 69 Michael Damian She Did It 3:28 LEG 007
May 30 84 Aretha Franklin Come To Me 3:24 Arista 0600

HOT 100 DEBUTS June 1981

Debut Peak Artist Title Time Label
Jun 6 12 Moody Blues, The Gemini Dream 3:46 Threshold 601
Jun 6 20 Alabama Feels So Right 3:19 RCA 12236
Jun 6 44 Rush Tom Sawyer 4:07 Mercury 76109
Jun 6 52 .38 Special Fantasy Girl 3:47 A&M 2330
Jun 6 80 Change Paradise 3:57 RFC/Atlantic 3809
Jun 13 3 Kenny Rogers I Don’t Need You 3:27 Liberty 1415
Jun 13 24 REO Speedwagon Don’t Let Him Go 3:28 Epic 19-02127
Jun 13 36 John Denver Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stones) 3:58 RCA 12246
Jun 13 61 Producers, The What She Does To Me (The Diana Song) 3:31 Portrait 02092
Jun 13 72 James Taylor Hard Times 3:10 Columbia 02093
Jun 13 78 Eric Clapton and his Band Another Ticket 3:21 RSO 1064
Jun 20 8 Commodores Lady (You Bring Me Up) 4:01 Motown 1514
Jun 20 16 Carpenters Touch Me When We’re Dancing 3:19 A&M 2344
Jun 20 26 Stacy Lattisaw Love On A Two Way Street 4:04 Cotillion 46015 A
Jun 20 35 Tubes, The Don’t Want To Wait Anymore 3:50 Capitol 5007
Jun 20 42 Blackfoot Fly Away 2:56 Atco 7331
Jun 20 55 Randy Vanwarmer Suzi 3:08 Bearsville 49752
Jun 20 55 Loverboy The Kid Is Hot Tonite 3:35 Columbia 11-02068
Jun 20 59 Smokey Robinson You Are Forever 3:41 Tamla 54327
Jun 20 65 Dionne Warwick Some Changes Are For Good 3:46 Arista 0602
Jun 20 89 Terri Gibbs Rich Man 3:10 MCA 51119
Jun 27 5 Ronnie Milsap (There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me 3:15 RCA 12264
Jun 27 32 Rex Smith/ Rachel Sweet Everlasting Love 3:29 Columbia 18-02169
Jun 27 39 Point Blank Nicole 3:45 MCA 51132
Jun 27 67 Brothers Johnson, The The Real Thing 3:48 A&M 2343
Jun 27 72 Dan Hartman It Hurts To Be In Love 2:44 Blue Sky 02115
Jun 27 73 Jacksons Walk Right Now 4:25 Epic
Jun 27 76 Robert Gordon Someday, Someway 2:26 RCA 12239
Jun 27 84 Who, The Don’t Let Go The Coat 3:43 Warner Bros. 49743
Jun 27 90 ABBA On And On And On 3:41 Atlantic 3826 A

HOT 100 DEBUTS July 1981

Debut Peak Artist Title Time Label
Jul 4 4 Foreigner Urgent 3:57 Atlantic 3831
Jul 4 13 Pablo Cruise Cool Love 3:52 A&M 2349
Jul 4 16 Gary Wright Really Wanna Know You 4:15 Warner Bros. 49769
Jul 4 27 Franke and the Knockouts You’re My Girl 2:42 Millenium 11808
Jul 4 41 Gino Vannelli Nightwalker 3:56 Arista 0613
Jul 4 80 Shamus M’Cool American Memories 3:33 Perspective 107
Jul 4 92 Silverado Ready For Love 3:15 Pavillion
Jul 11 1 Diana Ross and Lionel Richie Endless Love 4:26 Motown 1519
Jul 11 21 Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio That Old Song 4:02 Arista 0616
Jul 11 22 Balance Breaking Away 3:15 Portrait 24-02177
Jul 11 26 Robbie Patton Don’t Give It Up 3:48 Liberty 1420 A
Jul 11 48 Jefferson Starship Stranger 3:59 Grunt
Jul 11 54 Styx Nothing Ever Goes As Planned 4:46 A&M 2348
Jul 11 55 Mickey Gilley You Don’t Know Me 3:03 Epic 02172
Jul 11 71 Janis Ian Under The Covers 4:25 Columbia 02176
Jul 11 76 Mac Davis Secrets 4:00 Casablanca 2336
Jul 18 4 Journey Who’s Crying Now 5:01 Columbia 02241 A
Jul 18 17 Pat Benatar Fire And Ice 3:20 Chrysalis 2529
Jul 18 65 Gary U.S. Bonds Jole Blon 3:06 EMI America 8089
Jul 18 67 Stars On 45 Medley II (Medley) 5:11 Radio 3830
Jul 18 70 Gary O’ Pay You Back With Interest 2:50 Capitol 5018
Jul 18 81 Yutaka (with Patti Austin) Love Light 3:37 Alfa 7004
Jul 25 3 Stevie Nicks (with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around 4:02 Modern 7336
Jul 25 4 Sheena Easton For Your Eyes Only 3:03 Liberty 1418
Jul 25 5 Eddie Rabbitt Step By Step 3:42 Elektra 47174
Jul 25 10 ELO Hold On Tight 3:05 Jet 02408
Jul 25 12 Beach Boys, The The Beach Boys Medley 4:05 Capitol 5030
Jul 25 32 Silver Condor You Could Take My Heart Away 2:54 Columbia
Jul 25 33 Afternoon Delights, The General Hospi-Tale 3:56 MCA 51148
Jul 25 34 Elton John Chloe 4:40 Geffen 49788
Jul 25 40 Evelyn King I’m In Love 3:49 RCA 12243
Jul 25 43 Don Felder Heavy Metal (Takin’ A Ride) 3:34 Full Moon 47175
Jul 25 50 Teena Marie Square Biz 3:30 Gordy
Jul 25 68 Pure Prairie League You’re Mine Tonight 3:31 Casablanca 2337
Jul 25 81 Cantina Band, The Summer ’81 Medley 4:18 Millennium 11818

HOT 100 DEBUTS August 1981

Debut Peak Artist Title Time Label
Aug 1 15 Al Jarreau We’re In This Love Together 3:43 Warner
Aug 1 18 Lulu I Could Never Miss You (More Than I Do) 3:10 Alfa
Aug 1 49 Squeeze Tempted 3:53 A&M 2345
Aug 1 56 Santana The Sensitive Kind 2:57 Columbia 02178
Aug 1 62 Icehouse We Can Get Together 3:37 Chrysalis
Aug 1 79 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers A Woman In Love (It’s Not Me) 4:21 Backstreet 51136
Aug 8 15 Moody Blues, The The Voice 4:08 Threshold 602
Aug 8 16 Rick James Super Freak (Part I) 3:18 Gordy 7205
Aug 8 20 REO Speedwagon In Your Letter 3:14 Epic 14-02457
Aug 8 28 Kim Carnes Draw Of The Cards 4:10 EMI America 8087
Aug 8 39 Allman Brothers Band, The Straight From The Heart 3:18 Arista 0618
Aug 8 56 Nielsen/Pearson The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore 3:51 Capitol
Aug 8 64 Michael Stanley Band Falling In Love Again 3:30 EMI America 8090
Aug 8 65 Bernadette Peters Dedicated To The One I Love 2:17 MCA 51152
Aug 8 66 Art Garfunkel A Heart In New York 3:13 Columbia 02307
Aug 8 70 Cheryl Lynn Shake It Up Tonight 4:08 Columbia
Aug 8 83 Don McLean It’s Just The Sun 2:25 Millennium
Aug 8 86 Larry John McNally Just Like Paradise 3:26 ARC
Aug 8 89 Change Hold Tight 3:43 RFC/Atlantic 3832
Aug 15 1 Christopher Cross Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do) 3:53 Warner 49787
Aug 15 11 Four Tops When She Was My Girl 3:25 Casablanca 2338
Aug 15 17 Quincy Jones Featuring James Ingram Just Once 4:29 A&M
Aug 15 40 Blue Öyster Cult Burnin’ For You 3:38 Columbia 18-02415
Aug 15 43 Debbie Harry Backfired 3:35 Chrysalis 2526
Aug 15 51 Andy Gibb & Victoria Principal All I Have To Do Is Dream 2:35 RSO 1065
Aug 15 53 Deniece Williams Silly 4:26 ARC 02406
Aug 15 78 Sad Café La-Di-Da 3:48 Swan Song 72002
Aug 15 90 Debra Laws Very Special 3:19 Elektra 47142
Aug 22 2 Rolling Stones, The Start Me Up 3:32 Rolling Stones 21003
Aug 22 6 Little River Band The Night Owls 3:50 Capitol 5033
Aug 22 8 Rick Springfield I’ve Done Everything For You 2:42 RCA 12166
Aug 22 10 Mike Post Featuring Larry Carlton The Theme From Hill Street Blues 3:05 Elektra 47186
Aug 22 22 Carl Carlton She’s A Bad Mama Jama (She’s Built, She’s Stacked) 3:55 20th Century 2488
Aug 22 73 Eric Hine Not Fade Away 3:12 Montage
Aug 22 94 Glen Campbell I Love My Truck 2:52 Mirage 3845
Aug 29 1 Daryl Hall & John Oates Private Eyes 3:29 RCA 12296
Aug 29 7 Dan Fogelberg Hard To Say 3:56 Full Moon 02488
Aug 29 20 Go-Go’s Our Lips Are Sealed 2:44 I.R.S. 9901
Aug 29 29 Atlanta Rhythm Section Alien 3:30 Columbia 18-02471
Aug 29 46 Aretha Franklin & George Benson Love All The Hurt Away 3:58 Arista 0624

HOT 100 DEBUTS September 1981

Debut Peak Artist Title Time Label
Sep 5 14 Kenny Rogers Share Your Love With Me 3:19 Liberty 1430
Sep 5 43 Devo Working In The Coal Mine 2:47 Full Moon 47204
Sep 5 67 Larry Graham Just Be My Lady 4:24 Warner 49744
Sep 5 79 Herb Alpert Magic Man 3:45 A&M 2356
Sep 12 5 Bob Seger Tryin’ To Live My Life Without You (Live) 3:46 Capitol 5042
Sep 12 17 Billy Joel Say Goodbye To Hollywood (Live) 3:45 Columbia
Sep 12 25 Stevie Woods Steal The Night 3:47 Cotillion 46016
Sep 12 25 Diesel Sausalito Summernight 3:07 Regency 7339
Sep 12 35 Billy Squier In The Dark 3:40 Capitol 5040
Sep 12 37 Burton Cummings You Saved My Soul 3:39 Alfa 7008
Sep 12 60 Ronnie Laws Stay Awake 3:08 Liberty 1424
Sep 12 72 Carpenters (Want You) Back In My Life Again 3:39 A&M 2370
Sep 12 79 Van Stephenson You’ve Got A Good Love Coming 2:54 Handshake 02140
Sep 12 88 West Street Mob Let’s Dance (Make Your Body Move) 4:15 Sugar Hill 559
Sep 19 27 Marty Balin Atlanta Lady (Something About Your Love) 3:27 EMI America 8093
Sep 19 67 Temptations, The Aiming At Your Heart 3:33 Gordy 7208
Sep 19 74 Tarney/Spencer Band, The No Time To Lose 3:17 A&M 2366
Sep 19 77 Dolly Parton The House Of The Rising Sun 3:57 RCA 12282
Sep 19 79 Billy and the Beaters At This Moment 3:28 Alfa 7005
Sep 19 84 Meat Loaf I’m Gonna Love Her For Both Of Us 4:29 Cleveland International
Sep 26 3 Police, The Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic 3:58 A&M 2371
Sep 26 4 Commodores Oh No 3:00 Motown 1527
Sep 26 5 Air Supply Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You) 3:46 Arista 0626
Sep 26 22 Chilliwack My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone) 3:56 Millennium 11813
Sep 26 29 Genesis No Reply At All 4:37 Atlantic 3858
Sep 26 30 Bee Gees He’s A Liar 4:00 RSO 1066
Sep 26 53 Anne Murray It’s All I Can Do 2:50 Capitol
Sep 26 55 Stars On 45 More Stars on 45 (Medley) 4:40 Radio 3863
Sep 26 62 David Gates Take Me Now 3:18 Arista 0615
Sep 26 69 John Schneider Still 3:24 Scotti Brothers 02489
Sep 26 81 Freddy Cannon and the Belmonts Let’s Put The Fun Back In Rock N Roll 3:42 MiaSound 1002
Sep 26 97 Crusaders, The Featuring Joe Cocker I’m So Glad I’m Standing Here Today 5:02 MCA 51177

HOT 100 DEBUTS October 1981

Debut Peak Artist Title Time Label
Oct 3 1 Olivia Newton-John Physical 3:43 MCA 51182
Oct 3 3 Earth, Wind & Fire Let’s Groove 4:04 ARC 18-02536
Oct 3 37 Chris Christian I Want You, I Need You 3:38 Boardwalk 7-11-126
Oct 3 38 Pat Benatar Promises In The Dark 4:48 Chrysalis 2555
Oct 3 51 Triumph Magic Power 3:57 MCA 12298
Oct 3 64 Rickie Lee Jones A Lucky Guy 4:14 Warner
Oct 3 76 Dirt Band, The Fire In The Sky 3:48 Liberty 1429
Oct 3 77 ZZ Top Leila 3:13 Warner 49782
Oct 10 2 Foreigner Waiting For A Girl Like You 4:35 Atlantic 3868
Oct 10 15 Barry Manilow The Old Songs 4:13 Arista 0633
Oct 10 33 Luther Vandross Never Too Much 3:49 Epic 14-02409
Oct 10 47 Streek One More Night 3:50 Columbia 38-02529
Oct 10 49 Joey Scarbury When She Dances 3:21 Elektra 47201
Oct 10 54 Johnny Lee Bet Your Heart On Me 2:50 Full Moon/Asylum
Oct 10 68 Savoy Brown Run To Me 3:08 Town House 1055
Oct 10 71 Cliff Richard Wired For Sound 3:38 EMI-America 8095
Oct 10 89 Tight Fit Back To The 60’s (Medley) 4:25 Arista 0638
Oct 17 3 Quarterflash Harden My Heart 3:38 Geffen 49824
Oct 17 7 Juice Newton The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known) 4:05 Capitol 5046
Oct 17 5 Rod Stewart Young Turks 4:35 Warner Bros. 49843
Oct 17 7 Diana Ross Why Do Fools Fall In Love 2:52 RCA 12349
Oct 17 17 Kool & The Gang Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It) 3:59 De-Lite 815
Oct 17 33 Survivor Poor Man’s Son 3:35 Scotti Brothers 02560
Oct 17 67 Alan Parsons Project Snake Eyes 3:03 Arista 0635
Oct 17 71 Arlan Day I Surrender 3:42 Pasha 02480
Oct 17 75 Pablo Cruise Slip Away 3:46 A&M 2373
Oct 24 5 George Benson Turn Your Love Around 3:50 Warner Bros. 49846
Oct 24 6 Stevie Nicks (with Don Henley) Leather And Lace 3:27 Modern 7341
Oct 24 9 Lindsey Buckingham Trouble 3:45 Asylum 47223
Oct 24 20 Ronnie Milsap I Wouldn’t Have Missed It For The World 3:31 RCA 12342
Oct 24 38 ELO Twilight 3:24 Jet 5-02559
Oct 24 60 Kim Carnes Mistaken Identity 3:58 EMI America 8098
Oct 24 70 Prince Controversy 3:39 Warner Bros. 49808
Oct 24 72 Tierra La La Means I Love You 3:35 Boardwalk 129
Oct 24 91 Slave Snap Shot 3:18 Cotillion
Oct 31 10 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Hooked On Classics 3:48 RCA PB-12304
Oct 31 34 Sneaker More Than Just The Two Of Us 3:58 Handshake 9-02557
Oct 31 9 Journey Don’t Stop Believin’ 4:08 Columbia 18-02567
Oct 31 24 Steve Miller Band Heart Like A Wheel 2:52 Capitol 5068
Oct 31 36 Don McLean Castles In The Air 3:40 Millennium 11819
Oct 31 60 Jermaine Jackson I’m Just Too Shy 3:47 Motown
Oct 31 66 John Denver The Cowboy And The Lady 4:36 RCA 12345
Oct 31 67 Knack, The Pay The Devil (Ooo, Baby, Ooo) 3:52 Capitol 5054
Oct 31 80 Donnie Iris Sweet Merilee 3:37 MCA/Carousel
Oct 31 82 Debbie Harry The Jam Was Moving 2:58 Chrysalis 2554
Oct 31 85 Kinks, The Destroyer 3:36 Arista 0619

HOT 100 DEBUTS November 1981

Debut Peak Artist Title Time Label
Nov 7 1 J. Geils Band, The Centerfold 3:35 EMI America 8102
Nov 7 11 Paul Davis Cool Night 3:29 Arista 0645
Nov 7 11 Neil Diamond Yesterday’s Songs 2:48 Columbia 18-02604
Nov 7 29 Queen & David Bowie Under Pressure 4:05 Elektra 47235
Nov 7 38 Ringo Starr Wrack My Brain 2:20 Boardwalk 7-11-130
Nov 7 45 Bee Gees Living Eyes 4:15 RSO 1067
Nov 7 65 Moody Blues, The Talking Out Of Turn 4:12 Threshold 603
Nov 7 79 Roger I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Part 1) 3:58 Warner Bros. 49786
Nov 14 1 Daryl Hall & John Oates I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) 3:50 RCA 12357
Nov 14 8 Bertie Higgins Key Largo 3:05 Kat Family 5-02524
Nov 14 11 Barbra Streisand Comin’ In And Out Of Your Life 4:10 Columbia 38-02621
Nov 14 15 Alabama Love In The First Degree 3:16 RCA 12288
Nov 14 15 Eddie Rabbitt Someone Could Lose A Heart Tonight 3:26 Elektra 47239
Nov 14 29 Loverboy Working For The Weekend 3:39 Columbia 18-02589
Nov 14 84 Central Line Walking Into Sunshine 3:27 Mercury 76126
Nov 21 4 Cars, The Shake It Up 3:32 Elektra 47250
Nov 21 18 Beach Boys, The Come Go With Me 2:06 Caribou 5-02633
Nov 21 23 Billy Joel She’s Got A Way 2:58 Columbia 18-02628
Nov 21 44 Lulu If I Were You 3:17 Alfa 7011
Nov 21 58 Balance Falling In Love 3:17 Portrait 02608
Nov 21 48 Greg Lake Let Me Love You Once 4:16 Chrysalis
Nov 21 65 Steve Carlisle WKRP In Cincinnati 2:51 MCA 51205
Nov 21 66 Kenny Rogers Blaze Of Glory 2:37 Liberty 1441
Nov 28 9 Dan Fogelberg Leader Of The Band 4:15 Full Moon 14-02647
Nov 28 15 Sheena Easton You Could Have Been With Me 3:48 EMI America 8101
Nov 28 42 Irene Cara Anyone Can See 3:40 Network 47950
Nov 28 45 Billy Squier My Kinda Lover 3:31 Capitol 5037
Nov 28 92 Kinks, The Better Things 2:59 Arista 0649
Nov 28 93 All Sports Band I’m Your Superman 3:40 Radio 3871

HOT 100 DEBUTS December 1981

Debut Peak Artist Title Time Label
Dec 5 10 Little River Band Take It Easy On Me 3:45 Capitol 5057
Dec 5 13 Rolling Stones, The Waiting On A Friend 4:32 Rolling Stones 21004
Dec 5 20 Rick Springfield Love Is Alright Tonite 3:18 RCA 13008
Dec 5 43 Al Jarreau Breakin’ Away 3:58 Warner Bros. 49842
Dec 5 47 Jennifer Warnes Could It Be Love 3:26 Arista 0611
Dec 5 49 Sheila Little Darlin’ 3:46 Carrere 02564
Dec 5 76 Crystal Gayle The Woman In Me 2:29 Columbia 02523
Dec 5 84 Leif Garrett Runaway Rita 2:51 Scotti Brothers 02579
Dec 5 91 Rufus with Chaka Khan Sharing The Love 3:57 MCA 51203
Dec 12 1 Vangelis Chariots Of Fire – Titles 3:15 Polydor 2189
Dec 12 5 Air Supply Sweet Dreams 3:46 Arista 0655
Dec 12 28 Eddie Schwartz All Our Tomorrows 3:58 Atco 7342
Dec 12 33 Del Shannon Sea Of Love 2:34 Network 47951
Dec 12 50 Henry Paul Band Keeping Our Love Alive 3:02 Atlantic 3883
Dec 12 56 KISS A World Without Heroes 2:46 Casablanca 2343
Dec 12 62 Patti Austin Every Home Should Have One 3:30 Qwest 49854
Dec 12 69 Rush Closer To The Heart 3:06 Mercury 76124
Dec 19 14 Quincy Jones Featuring James Ingram One Hundred Ways 4:19 A&M 2387
Dec 19 21 Barry Manilow Somewhere Down The Road 3:46 Arista 0658
Dec 19 37 Donnie Iris Love Is Like A Rock 3:35 MCA/Carousel 51223
Dec 19 48 Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Feel Like A Number 3:45 Capitol 4581
Dec 19 63 Carpenters Those Good Old Dreams 4:12 A&M 2386
Dec 19 72 Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin It’s My Party 3:46 Platinum 4
Dec 26 13 Kenny Rogers Through The Years 4:24 Liberty 1444
Dec 26 26 Genesis Abacab 3:59 Atlantic 3891
Dec 26 42 John Hall Band, The Crazy (Keep On Falling) 3:56 EMI America 8096
Dec 26 55 Bill Champlin Tonight Tonight 3:47 Elektra 47240
Dec 26 70 Neil Young and Crazy Horse Southern Pacific 3:59 Reprise 49870
Dec 26 89 Kano Can’t Hold Back (Your Loving) 3:05 Mirage 3878