Billboard Hits of 1981

About This Episode

Forty years ago, pop music was just finding its voice in a post-disco environment. In this episode we remember the top hits of 1981 as determined by the Billboard music charts.

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Show Notes

  • GXG Spotify playlist of all the songs we talked about! »
  • Billboard Top Hits of 1981 »
  • The songs we talked about (number weeks at #1) :
    • “9 to 5” Dolly Parton (2 weeks)
    • “Celebration” Kool & the Gang (2 weeks)
    • “I Love a Rainy Night” Eddie Rabbitt (2 weeks)
    • “Jessie’s Girl” Rick Springfield (2 weeks)
    • “Morning Train (Nine to Five)” Sheena Easton (2 weeks)
    • “Private Eyes” Daryl Hall and John Oates (2 weeks)
    • “Rapture” Blondie (2 weeks)
    • “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” Christopher Cross (3 weeks)
    • “Kiss on My List” Daryl Hall and John Oates (3 weeks)
    • “(Just Like) Starting Over” John Lennon (4 weeks)
    • “Physical” Olivia Newton-John (6 weeks)
    • “Endless Love” Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (9 weeks)
    • “Bette Davis Eyes” Kim Carnes (9 weeks)
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About The Author

Jon Jon Reddick is a well-credentialed nerd of the 80s, classic game fan, and technology geek. He merged those interests into the creation of GenXGrownUp: a weekly podcast and YouTube channel which explores and celebrates media, games, tech, toys, comics, and pop culture of yesterday and today through the eyes of Generation X'ers.

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