AMERICAN TOP 40- THE 80’S- WEEK OF DECEMBER 26, 1981

American Top 40- The 80’s- Week of December 26, 1981. A solid week but not a spectacular one.

1 1 PHYSICAL –•– Olivia Newton-John (MCA)-13 (6 weeks at #1) (1) B+
2 2 WAITING FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU –•– Foreigner (Atlantic)-12 (2) B
3 3 LET’S GROOVE –•– Earth, Wind and Fire (ARC)-13 (3) B
4 6 I CAN’T GO FOR THAT (No Can Do) –•– Daryl Hall and John Oates (RCA)-7 (4) B
5 5 YOUNG TURKS –•– Rod Stewart (Warner Brothers)-11 (5) B
6 8 HARDEN MY HEART –•– Quarterflash (Geffen)-11 (6) B
7 7 WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE –•– Diana Ross (RCA)-11 (7)C
8 10 LEATHER AND LACE –•– Stevie Nicks (with Don Henley) (Modern)-10 (8) C
9 9 DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’ –•– Journey (Columbia)-9 (9)A
10 11 TROUBLE –•– Lindsey Buckingham (Asylum)-10 (10)A+

11 23 CENTERFOLD –•– The J. Geils Band (EMI-America)-8 (11) A+
12 13 YESTERDAY’S SONGS –•– Neil Diamond (Columbia)-8 (12) B-
13 14 COMIN’ IN AND OUT OF YOUR LIFE –•– Barbra Streisand (Columbia)-7 (13) C
14 15 TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND –•– George Benson (Warner Brothers)-10 (14) B
15 16 THE SWEETEST THING (I’ve Ever Known) –•– Juice Newton (Capitol)-11 (15) C+
16 21 HOOKED ON CLASSICS (Medley) –•– Louis Clark Conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RCA)-9 (16) B-
17 18 TAKE MY HEART (You Can Have It If You Want It) –•– Kool and the Gang (De-Lite)-11 (17) B-
18 19 COOL NIGHT –•– Paul Davis (Arista)-8 (18) B
19 4 OH NO –•– The Commodores (Motown)-14 (4) B-
20 12 EVERY LITTLE THING SHE DOES IS MAGIC –•– The Police (A&M)-14 (3)A+

21 25 SOMEONE COULD LOSE A HEART TONIGHT –•– Eddie Rabbitt (Elektra)-7 (21) C
22 17 HERE I AM (Just When I Thought I Was Over You) –•– Air Supply (Arista)-14 (5) D
23 27 I WOULDN’T HAVE MISSED IT FOR THE WORLD –•– Ronnie Milsap (RCA)-10 (23) C
24 28 SHAKE IT UP –•– The Cars (Elektra)-6 (24) B
25 26 STEAL THE NIGHT –•– Stevie Woods (Cotillion)-16 (25) C
26 30 WAITING ON A FRIEND –•– The Rolling Stones (Rolling Stones)-4 (26) A
27 20 OUR LIPS ARE SEALED –•– The Go-Go’s (I.R.S.)-18 (20) A+
28 32 SHE’S GOT A WAY –•– Billy Joel (Columbia)-6 (28)B
29 22 MY GIRL (Gone, Gone, Gone) –•– Chilliwack (Millennium)-14 (22) C
30 34 COME GO WITH ME –•– The Beach Boys (Caribou)-6 (30) C

31 33 UNDER PRESSURE –•– Queen and David Bowie (Elektra)-8 (31) A+
32 40 YOU COULD HAVE BEEN WITH ME –•– Sheena Easton (EMI-America)-5 (32) B-
33 37 LEADER OF THE BAND –•– Dan Fogelberg (Epic / Full Moon)-5 (33) B+
34 24 HEART LIKE A WHEEL –•– The Steve Miller Band (Capitol)-9 (24) B
35 41 TAKE IT EASY ON ME –•– Little River Band (Capitol)-4 (35) B
36 38 CASTLES IN THE AIR (1981 Version) –•– Don McLean (Millennium)-9 (36)B
37 39 MORE THAN JUST THE TWO OF US –•– Sneaker (Handshake)-9 (37) C
38 29 PRIVATE EYES –•– Daryl Hall and John Oates (RCA)-18 (1) B
39 31 START ME UP –•– The Rolling Stones (Rolling Stones)-19 (2) A+
40 49 LOVE IS ALRIGHT TONITE –•– Rick Springfield (RCA)-4 (40) C

5 responses to “AMERICAN TOP 40- THE 80’S- WEEK OF DECEMBER 26, 1981

  1. Most of this list can be heard on local radio here, endlessly, a couple of standouts, but as you say, not a strong week. Seems like most of the big names were coasting.

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