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1981 was a horrible year for music

I drove from Columbus to Champaign on Saturday.  It’s about a 4.5 hour drive and I had the chance to listen to the entire Top 40 Countdown for this week in 1981 on one of the Sirius 80s Channels on the radio.  Check out the list below with thanks to http://weeklytop40.wordpress.com/1981-all-charts/.  It is one of the most forgettable lists of music that you can ever think of.  There are only a handful of songs that are even regularly played today.  This year is such a transitional year in music.  I still listened to the entire list though.

BILLBOARD (USA) MAGAZINE’S SINGLES CHART FOR WEEK OF:October 17,1981
TW LW Wks. Song-Artist

1 2 ARTHUR’S THEME (Best That You Can Do) –•– Christopher Cross (Warner Brothers)-10 (1 week at #1) (1)
2 1 ENDLESS LOVE –•– Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (Motown)-15 (1)
3 7 START ME UP –•– The Rolling Stones (Rolling Stones)-9 (3)
4 5 FOR YOUR EYES ONLY –•– Sheena Easton (EMI-America)-13 (4)
5 6 STEP BY STEP –•– Eddie Rabbitt (Elektra)-13 (5)
6 8 PRIVATE EYES –•– Daryl Hall and John Oates (RCA)-8 (6)
7 3 STOP DRAGGIN’ MY HEART AROUND –•– Stevie Nicks (with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) (Modern)-13 (3)
8 4 WHO’S CRYING NOW –•– Journey (Columbia)-14 (4)
9 13 HARD TO SAY –•– Dan Fogelberg (Full Moon)-8 (9)
10 11 THE NIGHT OWLS –•– The Little River Band (Capitol)-9 (10)

11 9 URGENT –•– Foreigner (Atlantic)-16 (4)
12 17 I’VE DONE EVERYTHING FOR YOU –•– Rick Springfield (RCA)-9 (12)
13 10 HOLD ON TIGHT –•– ELO (Jet)-13 (10)
14 22 TRYIN’ TO LIVE MY LIFE WITHOUT YOU –•– Bob Seger (Capitol)-6 (14)
15 16 SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME –•– Kenny Rogers (Liberty)-7 (15)
16 21 WHEN SHE WAS MY GIRL –•– The Four Tops (Casablanca)-10 (16)
17 19 SUPER FREAK (Part 1) –•– Rick James (Gordy)-11 (17)
18 18 I COULD NEVER MISS YOU (More Than I Do) –•– Lulu (Alfa)-12 (18)
19 20 WE’RE IN THIS LOVE TOGETHER –•– Al Jarreau (Warner Brothers)-12 (19)
20 25 SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD –•– Billy Joel (Columbia)-6 (20)

21 23 JUST ONCE –•– Quincy Jones Featuring James Ingram (A&M)-10 (21)
22 29 THE THEME FROM “HILL STREET BLUES” –•– Mike Post (Featuring Larry Carlton)-9 (22)
23 27 HERE I AM (Just When I Thought I Was Over You) –•– Air Supply (Arista)-4 (23)
24 26 SHE’S A BAD MAMA JAMA (She’s Built, She’s Stacked) –•– Carl Carlton (20th Century)-9 (24)
25 42 WAITING FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU –•– Foreigner (Atlantic)-2 (25)
26 14 QUEEN OF HEARTS –•– Juice Newton (Capitol)-21 (6)
27 39 OH NO –•– The Commodores (Motown)-4 (27)
28 36 EVERY LITTLE THING SHE DOES IS MAGIC –•– The Police (A&M)-4 (28)
29 34 ATLANTA LADY (Something About Your Love) –•– Marty Balin (EMI-America)-5 (29)
30 15 THE VOICE –•– The Moody Blues (Threshold)-11 (15)

31 47 PHYSICAL –•– Olivia Newton-John (MCA)-3 (31)
32 37 HE’S A LIAR –•– The Bee Gees (RSO)-4 (32)
33 38 ALIEN –•– The Atlanta Rhythm Section (Columbia)-8 (33)
34 12 THE BEACH BOYS MEDLEY –•– The Beach Boys (Capitol)-13 (12)
35 24 (There’s) NO GETTIN’ OVER ME –•– Ronnie Milsap (RCA)-17 (5)
36 28 LADY (You Bring Me Up) –•– The Commodores (Motown)-18 (8)
37 43 SAUSALITO SUMMERNIGHT –•– Diesel (Regency)-6 (37)
38 57 THE OLD SONGS –•– Barry Manilow (Arista)-2 (38)
39 46 IN THE DARK –•– Billy Squier (Capitol)-6 (39)
40 40 BURNIN’ FOR YOU –•– Blue Oyster Cult (Columbia)-10 (40)

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