Top Ten Best Songs of 1981

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The Top Ten

1 In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins

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2 The Sheltering Sky - King Crimson
3 Back in Black - AC/DC
4 Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
5 Tom Sawyer - Rush
6 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

Are people forgetting that Journey's album "Escape" was released in 1981? This song is way more memorable and timeless than any of the others on this list.

7 Bad Reputation - Joan Jett

I love her BAD REPUTATION!

8 Bringin' On the Heartbreak - Def Leppard

Early 80s Vintage Rock

9 Sat In Your Lap - Kate Bush
10 Thela Hun Ginjeet - King Crimson

The Newcomers

? A Woman Needs Love - Ray Parker Jr. and Raydio

The Contenders

11 Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
12 Under Pressure - Queen
13 Don't You Want Me - The Human League
14 Chariots of Fire - Vangelis
15 Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
16 Rapture - Blondie
17 Physical - Olivia Newton-John
18 Tainted Love - Soft Cell
19 Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones
20 Our Lips Are Sealed - The Specials
21 Limelight - Rush
22 Every Little Thing She Does is Magic - The Police
23 For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) - AC/DC
24 Fire and Ice - Pat Benatar
25 Never Gonna Cry Again - Eurythmics
26 That Girl - Stevie Wonder
27 Waiting for a Girl Like You - Foreigner
28 Girls on Film - Duran Duran
29 I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango) - Grace Jones
30 I Surrender - Rainbow
31 One of Us - Abba

One of the saddest song ever written!

32 For Your Eyes Only - Sheena Easton
33 You Better You Bet - The Who
34 867-5309/Jenny - Tommy Tutone
35 Urgent - Foreigner
36 Denim and Leather - Saxon
37 When All Is Said and Done - Abba

Incredible breakup song! Today all the breakup songs are about people living in sadness, but this song is so different! It's about a couple remembering their good days and knowing that they have to break up. I think it's way better than a song blaming all the faults on the other person. Amazing song writing!

38 Malaika - Boney M
39 No Reply at All - Genesis
40 I Will Fight - Gladys Knight
41 Who's Crying Now - Journey
42 Charlotte Sometimes - The Cure
43 Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode
44 Love Action - Human League
45 Heading Out to the Highway - Judas Priest
46 Night Life - Foreigner
47 Child of Babylon - Whitesnake
48 Murders In the Rue Morgue - Iron Maiden
49 Let It Go - Def Leppard
50 Desert Plains - Judas Priest
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Top Remixes (10)

1. In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins
2. Back in Black - AC/DC
3. Tainted Love - Soft Cell
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1. In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins
2. Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
3. Back in Black - AC/DC
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1. Urgent - Foreigner
2. Denim and Leather - Saxon
3. I Surrender - Rainbow
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