Top 100 Singles of 1981 in Canada

Stars_On_45_-_Stars_On_45According to RPM magazine, the biggest song of 1981 in Canada was Stars on 45’s “Medley”. The Dutch group joined snippets of songs in a common tempo to a dance beat. The 1981 medley included several Beatles’ songs plus “Venus” and “Sugar Sugar”. Ten songs from the year-end top 100 chart below are from Canadian artists which have been bolded in red. The top Canadian song was The Rovers’ “Wasn’t That a Party” at #11. The Canadian charts are an accurate reflection of Canadian tastes in music, and the Top 100 songs were determined both from nationwide sales and radio airplay data. The drawback with year-end charts is that songs charting from the end of one year through beginning of the next will have their chart performance split between the two years. More year-end and other Canadian charts can be found here.

RANK TITLE ARTIST
1 Medley Stars on 45
2 Bette Davis Eyes Kim Carnes
3 Endless Love Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
4 The Friends of Mr. Cairo Jon & Vangelis
5 Start Me Up Rolling Stones
6 9 to 5 Dolly Parton
7 Urgent Foreigner
8 Angel of the Morning Juice Newton
9 Celebration Kool and the Gang
10 The Tide Is High Blondie
11 Wasn’t That a Party The Rovers
12 Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic The Police
13 Sausalito Summerlight Diesel
14 Morning Train Sheena Easton
15 Woman John Lennon
16 Being With You Smokey Robinson
17 Keep On Loving You REO Speedwagon
18 Arthur’s Theme Christopher Cross
19 The Best of Times Styx
20 Shaddap Your Face Joe Dolce
21 (Just Like) Starting Over John Lennon
22 Passion Rod Stewart
23 While You See a Chance Steve Winwood
24 Rapture Blondie
25 Hey Nineteen Steely Dan
26 Whatching the Wheels John Lennon
27 In the Air Tonight Phil Collins
28 Gemini Dream Moody Blues
29 My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone) Chilliwack
30 All Those Years Ago George Harrison
31 Stop Dragging My Heart Stevie Nicks
32 Kiss On My List Hall & Oates
33 A Little In Love Cliff Richard
34 Waiting for a Girl Like You Foreigner
35 Take It On the Run REO Speedwagon
36 For Your Eyes Only Sheena Easton
37 Private Eyes Hall & Oates
38 Hold On Tight Electric Light Orchestra
39 Too Much Time On My Hands Styx
40 Who’s Crying Now Journey
41 Fire and Ice Pat Benatar
42 You Better You Bet The Who
43 Lady Kenny Rogers
44 No Reply At All Genesis
45 Tell It Like It Is Heart
46 Sukiyaki Taste of Honey
47 Greatest American Hero Joey Scarbury
48 Turn Me Loose Loverboy
49 Crying Don McLean
50 Hungry Heart Bruce Springsteen
51 Physical Olivia Newton-John
52 Queen of Hearts Juice Newton
53 Ah Leah Donnie Iris
54 I Missed Again Phil Collins
55 Jessie’s Girl Rick Springfield
56 De Do Do Do De Da Da Da The Police
57 Young Turks Rod Stewart
58 Woman in Love Barbara Streisand
59 The One That You Love Air Supply
60 Boy From New York City Manhattan Transfer
61 A Woman Needs Love Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
62 The Voice Moody Blues
63 The Stroke Billy Squier
64 More Than I Can Say Leo Sayer
65 Looking For Clues Robert Palmer
66 Trying to Live My Life Bob Seger
67 Don’t Stand So Close to Me The Police
68 Slowhand Pointer Sisters
69 The Night Owls Little River Band
70 The Waiting Tom Petty
71 I Can’t Stand It Eric Clapton
72 I Ain’t Gonna Stand For It Stevie Wonder
73 Under Pressure Queen/Bowie
74 I Love a Rainy Night Eddie Rabbitt
75 Limelight Rush
76 Treat Me Right Pat Benatar
77 Giving It Up for Your Love Delbert McClinton
78 Just the Two of Us Grover Washington Jr.
79 Magic Power Triumph
80 Oh No Commodores
81 I Could Never Miss You Lulu
82 Hard to Say Dan Fogelberg
83 Hello Again Neil Diamond
84 Ain’t Even Done with Night John Cougar
85 Living Inside Myself Gino Vannelli
86 Blessed Are the Believers Anne Murray
87 Beach Boys Medley Beach Boys
88 High School Confidential Rough Trade
89 What Kind of Fool Barbara Streisand
90 Games People Play Alan Parsons Project
91 Ghost Riders in the Sky Outlaws
92 He Can’t Love You Michael Stanley Band
93 Her Town Too James Taylor & JD Souther
94 Turning Japanese The Vapors
95 Thirsty Ears Powder Blues Band
96 This Little Girl Gary U.S. Bonds
97 All Touch Rough Trade
98 Hooked on Classics Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
99 Deep Inside My Heart Randy Meisner
100 Don’t Let Him Go REO Speedwagon
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