US number one songs in 1981

What songs were number one in 1981? This is the full list of the US number one songs from the year 1981. There were a total of 19 US #1 tracks in the year 1981 starting with (Just Like) Starting Over by John Lennon which went to #1 on 27th December, 1980 and remained at the top spot for 5 weeks.

The US song that was number one for the longest single run in 1981 was Physical by Olivia Newton-John which went to number one on 21st November, 1981 and stayed at the top slot for 10 weeks.

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