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List of Adult Contemporary top 10 singles in 1981 (U.S.)

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This is a list of songs that have charted in the top ten of the Billboard Adult Contemporary in 1981.

Top-ten singles[edit]

List of Billboard Adult Contemporary top ten singles which peaked in 1981
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Single Artist(s) Peak Peak date Weeks in

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Singles from 1980
November 15 "Love on the Rocks" Neil Diamond 3 January 17 12
November 22 "Every Woman in the World" Air Supply 2 January 17 11
November 29 "Guilty" Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb 5 January 17 9
December 20 "I Love a Rainy Night" Eddie Rabbitt 1 January 17 9
December 27 "I Made It Through the Rain" Barry Manilow 4 January 24 7
"The Winner Takes It All" ABBA 1 February 7 11
Singles from 1981
January 17 "Killin' Time" Fred Knoblock & Susan Anton 5 February 14 7
January 24 "The Tide Is High" Blondie 3 February 7 4
"9 to 5" Dolly Parton 1 February 28 8
January 31 "My Mother's Eyes" Bette Midler 8 February 7 3
"Same Old Lang Syne" Dan Fogelberg 8 February 21 6
February 7 "Smoky Mountain Rain" Ronnie Milsap 1 February 21 6
"Crying" Don McLean 2 March 14 11
February 14 "Woman" John Lennon 4 March 14 7
February 21 "Hello Again" Neil Diamond 3 March 14 7
"A Little in Love" Cliff Richard 6 March 7 4
"What Kind of Fool" Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb 1 March 14 10
March 7 "Somebody's Knockin'" Terri Gibbs 3 April 11 9
March 14 "Just the Two of Us" Grover Washington Jr. 2 May 16 12
"Dare to Dream Again" Phil Everly 9 March 21 4
March 21 "Morning Train (Nine to Five)" Sheena Easton 1 May 2 9
"Angel of the Morning" Juice Newton 1 April 11 9
"Mr. Sandman" Emmylou Harris 8 March 28 6
April 4 "Her Town Too" James Taylor & J.D. Souther 5 April 11 5
April 11 "Being with You" Smokey Robinson 4 May 16 9
"Lonely Together" Barry Manilow 7 May 2 5
April 25 "Sukiyaki" A Taste of Honey 1 May 16 11
May 2 "I Loved 'Em Every One" T.G. Sheppard 3 May 16 7
"Watching the Wheels" John Lennon 6 May 16 4
May 9 "How 'Bout Us" Champaign 1 May 30 9
"Living Inside Myself" Gino Vannelli 5 June 6 8
May 16 "What Are We Doin' in Love" Dottie West & Kenny Rogers 7 June 6 6
May 23 "Since I Don't Have You" Don McLean 6 June 6 5
"America" Neil Diamond 1 June 13 8
May 30 "Blessed Are the Believers" Anne Murray 10 May 30 2
June 6 "All Those Years Ago" George Harrison 1 July 4 8
June 13 "The One That You Love" Air Supply 2 July 11 12
"Still Right Here in My Heart" Pure Prairie League 4 June 27 4
June 20 "The Boy from New York City" The Manhattan Transfer 4 August 1 8
June 27 "I Don't Need You" Kenny Rogers 1 July 11 11
"Seven Year Ache" Rosanne Cash 6 July 11 4
July 4 "Theme from Greatest American Hero" Joey Scarbury 3 July 25 6
July 11 "Touch Me When We're Dancing" The Carpenters 1 August 22 10
"Promises" Barbra Streisand 8 July 18 3
"Queen of Hearts" Juice Newton 2 August 22 12
July 18 "Elvira" The Oak Ridge Boys 8 August 1 4
July 25 "It's Now or Never" John Schneider 5 August 22 7
August 1 "Hearts" Marty Balin 9 August 1 3
"Slow Hand" The Pointer Sisters 6 September 5 8
August 15 "Endless Love" Diana Ross & Lionel Richie 1 September 5 9
"(There's) No Gettin' Over Me" Ronnie Milsap 2 September 12 10
"Time" The Alan Parsons Project 10 August 15 2
August 22 "Step by Step" Eddie Rabbitt 3 September 5 10
August 29 "That Old Song" Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio 7 September 12 6
September 5 "Feels So Right" Alabama 9 September 12 3
September 12 "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" Christopher Cross 1 September 26 9
"A Heart in New York" Art Garfunkel 10 September 12 2
September 19 "I Could Never Miss You (More Than I Do)" Lulu 2 October 10 7
September 26 "For Your Eyes Only" Sheena Easton 6 October 10 5
"Hard to Say" Dan Fogelberg 2 November 7 10
"Share Your Love with Me" Kenny Rogers 1 October 24 8
October 3 "We're in This Love Together" Al Jarreau 6 October 31 6
October 10 "Here I Am" Air Supply 1 November 7 9
October 17 "Theme from Hill Street Blues" Mike Post & Larry Carlton 4 November 14 7
October 24 "Just Once" Quincy Jones featuring James Ingram 7 November 14 5
October 31 "The Old Songs" Barry Manilow 1 November 28 8
"Oh No" Commodores 5 November 21 7
November 7 "When She Was My Girl" Four Tops 9 November 7 2
November 14 "Waiting for a Girl Like You" Foreigner 5 December 12 6
"Why Do Fools Fall in Love" Diana Ross 2 December 5 9
November 21 "Yesterday's Songs" Neil Diamond 1 December 19 11
"I Want You, I Need You" Chris Christian 8 December 5 4
November 28 "Castle in the Air" Don McLean 7 December 26 7
December 5 "Comin' In and Out of Your Life" Barbra Streisand 2 December 26 12
"Turn Your Love Around" George Benson 9 December 19 9
December 19 "Hooked on Classics" Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 8 December 26 6
December 26 "Leather and Lace" Stevie Nicks & Don Henley 10 December 26 2

1980 peaks[edit]

List of Billboard Adult Contemporary top ten singles in 1981 which peaked in 1980
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November 1 "More Than I Can Say" Leo Sayer 1 December 27 12
"Never Be the Same" Christopher Cross 1 December 13 11
November 8 "Suddenly" Olivia Newton-John & Cliff Richard 4 December 27 12
December 13 "It's My Turn" Diana Ross 9 December 20 6

1982 peaks[edit]

List of Billboard Adult Contemporary top ten singles in 1981 which peaked in 1982
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Single Artist(s) Peak Peak date Weeks in

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December 12 "The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known)" Juice Newton 1 January 30 11
December 19 "I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World" Ronnie Milsap 3 January 30 9
December 26 "Cool Night" Paul Davis 2 February 7 10

See also[edit]

  • List of number-one adult contemporary singles of 1981 (U.S.)

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