List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 1981

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These are the Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits of 1981. The longest running number-one single of 1981 is "Physical" by Olivia Newton-John which stayed at the top of the chart for six weeks in 1981 and then for four additional weeks in 1982, with a total of 10 weeks at number-one, this also makes "Physical" the longest running number-one single of the 1980s.

Key
The yellow background indicates the #1 song on Billboard's 1981 Year-End Chart of Pop Singles.
Issue Date Song Artist(s) Reference
January 3 "(Just Like) Starting Over" John Lennon [1]
January 10 [2]
January 17 [3]
January 24 [4]
January 31 "The Tide Is High" Blondie [5]
February 7 "Celebration" Kool & the Gang [6]
February 14 [7]
February 21 "9 to 5" Dolly Parton [8]
February 28 "I Love a Rainy Night" Eddie Rabbitt [9]
March 7 [10]
March 14 "9 to 5" Dolly Parton [11]
March 21 "Keep On Loving You" REO Speedwagon [12]
March 28 "Rapture" Blondie [13]
April 4 [14]
April 11 "Kiss on My List" Daryl Hall and John Oates [15]
April 18 [16]
April 25 [17]
May 2 "Morning Train (Nine to Five)" Sheena Easton [18]
May 9 [19]
May 16 "Bette Davis Eyes" Kim Carnes [20]
May 23 [21]
May 30 [22]
June 6 [23]
June 13 [24]
June 20 "Stars on 45 Medley" Stars on 45 [25]
June 27 "Bette Davis Eyes" Kim Carnes [26]
July 4 [27]
July 11 [28]
July 18 [29]
July 25 "The One That You Love" Air Supply [30]
August 1 "Jessie's Girl" Rick Springfield [31]
August 8 [32]
August 15 "Endless Love" Diana Ross and Lionel Richie [33]
August 22 [34]
August 29 [35]
September 5 [36]
September 12 [37]
September 19 [38]
September 26 [39]
October 3 [40]
October 10 [41]
October 17 "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" Christopher Cross [42]
October 24 [43]
October 31 [44]
November 7 "Private Eyes" Daryl Hall and John Oates [45]
November 14 [46]
November 21 "Physical" Olivia Newton-John [47]
November 28 [48]
December 5 [49]
December 12 [50]
December 19 [51]
December 26 [52]

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