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Top 80 Songs of 1981

Why can't you be like this why can't you be like that? I don't know where I am or where or where I'm at. That was the vibe when 1981 came to town. L.A.’s own Missing Persons ruled the party with high-tech new wave, Adam Ant was the pin-up poster boy with pop appeal and look out! The Clash crashed the scene with a triple-album masterpiece. Queen and David Bowie came together for one of the greatest songs of all-time, and the Stray Cats rocked every town America could throw at ‘em.

TOP 80 SONGS OF 1981

1.      Mental Hopscotch -- Missing Persons

2.      Ant Music -- Adam Ant

3.      We Got The Beat -- Go Gos

4.      Johnny Are You Queer? -- Josie Cotton

5.      On The Outside -- Oingo Boingo

6.      Never Say Never -- Romeo Void

7.      We Want The Airwaves -- Ramones

8.      Rapture -- Blondie

9.      Stand And Deliver -- Adam And The Ants

10.    Janitor -- Suburban Lawns

11.    Homosapien -- Pete Shelley

12.    Adultress -- Pretenders

13.    Funny Face -- Sparks`

14.    White Girl -- X

15.    Jerkin’ Back And Forth -- Devo

16.    New Toy -- Lene Lovich

17.    Our Lips Are Sealed -- Go Go’s

18.    I Will Follow -- U2

19.    Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic -- Police

20.    Electricity -- OMD

21.    Prince Charming -- Adam & The Ants

22.    Girls On Film -- Duran Duran

23.    W.O.R.K. -- Bow Wow Wow

24.    I Know What Boys Like -- Waitresses

25.    Beautiful World -- Devo

26.    To Cut A Long Story Short -- Spandau Ballet

27.    Friends Of Mr. Cairo -- Jon & Vangelis

28.    Magnificent Seven -- Clash

29.    Dancin’ With Myself -- Generation X

30.    Lunatic Fringe -- Red Rider

31.    Breakup Song -- Greg Kihn Band

32.    Hard Act To Follow -- Split Enz

33.    Bang Bang -- Iggy Pop

34.    See You On The Other Side -- Brian Briggs

35.    Ghost Town -- Specials

36.    Dog Eat Dog -- Adam & The Ants

37.    Bad Boys Get Spanked -- Pretenders

38.    Rock This Town -- Stray Cats

39.    Primary -- Cure

40.    Fascist Groove Thing -- Heaven 17

41.    Under Pressure -- Queen & David Bowie

42.    Elephant Talk -- King Crimson

43.    This Town -- Go Go’s

44.    Through Being Cool -- Devo

45.    Up All Night -- Boomtown Rats

46.    Red Light -- Wall Of Voodoo

47.    Spirits In The Material World -- Police

48.    What Does Sex Mean To Me? -- Human Sexual Response

49.    I Married A Martian -- Sparks

50.    Pack It Up -- Pretenders

51.    Tora! Tora! Tora! -- Depeche Mode

52.    What You See -- Oingo Boingo

53.    Workin’ In A Coal Mine -- Devo

54.    Shake It Up -- Cars

55.    Planet Earth -- Duran Duran

56.    I Like Boys -- Missing Persons

57.    Mercury Blues -- David Lindley

58.    Chihuahua -- Bow Wow Wow

59.    Spellbound -- Siouxsie And The Banshees

60.    Can’t Make Love -- Wall Of Voodoo

61.    Jackie O -- Human Sexual Response

62.    Friends -- Adam & The Ants

63.    Nasty Habits -- Oingo Boingo

64.    Follow The Leader -- Killing Joke

65.    Mony Mony -- Billy Idol

66.    What We Want -- Gang Of Four

67.    Kids In America -- Kim Wilde

68.    I Love Rock And Roll -- Joan Jett

69.    Message Of Love -- Pretenders

70.    Tempted -- Squeeze

71.    In The Air Tonight -- Phil Collins

72.    People Who Died -- Jim Carroll

73.    Careless Memories -- Duran Duran

74.    Just Can’t Get Enough -- Depeche Mode

75.    Mirror In The Bathroom -- English Beat

76.    Take Her Where The Boys Are -- Eye Protection

77.    One World -- Police

78.    Amoeba -- Adolescents

79.    Genius Of Love -- Tom Tom Club

80.    Day After Day -- Pretenders

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