1981 Number 1 Hits

Where to begin? I guess that the flavour for the early part of 1981 in terms of UK chart singles was set on 8 December 1980 with the death of John Lennon. Two of his singles, the searching Imagine and the paean to love, Woman were released posthumously and saw Lennon on top of the UK chart until 21 February 1981.

Lennon was replaced by Australian Joe Dolce with his dreadful Shaddap You Face. Dolce, who famously / infamously / boringly kept Ultravox’s Vienna off the top spot and stayed there until 14 March, when another John Lennon song – Jealous Guy – this time sung by Roxy Music knocked him off the number one spot.

The rest of the UK number 1 records in ’81 were a cracking bunch.  We saw Adam & The Ants sit proudly atop the charts with both Stand & Deliver and Prince Charming.  The Specials’ Ghost Town took its place at the top and finally the number 1 Christmas single was Don’t You Want Me by The Human League.  1981 was a good year for UK hit singles.

ArtistTitleMade Number 1John LennonImagineJanuary 10 1981John LennonWomanFebruary 7 1981Joe Dolce Music TheatreShaddap You FaceFebruary 21 1981Roxy MusicJealous GuyMarch 14 1981Shakin’ StevensThis Ole HouseMarch 28 1981Bucks FizzMaking Your Mind UpApril 18 1981Adam and the AntsStand and DeliverMay 9 1981Smokey RobinsonBeing With YouJune 13 1981Michael JacksonOne Day In Your LifeJune 27 1981The SpecialsGhost TownJuly 11 1981Shakin’ StevensGreen DoorAugust 1 1981AnekaJapanese BoyAugust 29 1981Soft CellTainted LoveSeptember 5 1981Adam and the AntsPrince CharmingSeptember 19 1981Dave Stewart & Barbara GaskinIt’s My PartyOctober 17 1981The PoliceEvery Little Thing She Does Is MagicNovember 14 1981Queen & David BowieUnder PressureNovember 21 1981Julio IglesiasBegin The Beguine (Volver A Empezar)December 5 1981The Human LeagueDon’t You Want MeDecember 12 1981

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