Chart Archive: 1981

(HNE = Highest New Entry)

January 3, 1981
01 01 Kool & The Gang – Celebration
02 02 Eddy Grant – Do You Feel My Love
03 03 Young & Company – I Like (What You’re Doing To Me)
04 06 Willie ‘Beaver’ Hale – Groove On
05 04 Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out 
HNE: Whispers – Imagination / I Can Make It Better / Continental Shuffle / Up On Soul Train (62)

January 10, 1981
01 02 Eddy Grant – Do You Feel My Love
02 01 Kool & The Gang – Celebration
03 03 Young & Company – I Like (What You’re Doing To Me)
04 12 Yarbrough & Peoples – Don’t Stop The Music
05 05 Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out
HNE: Peter Jacques Band – Mighty Fine / The Louder (78)

January 17, 1981
01 01 Eddy Grant – Do You Feel My Love
02 02 Kool & The Gang – Celebration
03 04 Yarbrough & Peoples – Don’t Stop The Music
04 06 Patrice Rushen – Never Gonna Give You Up / Don’t Blame Me 
05 03 Young & Company – I Like (What You’re Doing To Me)
HNE: Freeez – Southern Freeez / Flying High / Mariposa (Butterfly) (48)

January 24, 1981
01 03 Yarbrough & Peoples – Don’t Stop The Music
02 06 Gap Band – Burn Rubber On Me
03 01 Eddy Grant – Do You Feel My Love
04 09 MFSB – Mysteries Of The World 
05 02 Kool & The Gang – Celebration
HNE: It’s A Love Thing – Whispers (44)

January 31, 1981
01 01 Yarbrough & Peoples – Don’t Stop The Music – Mercury 12”
02 02 Gap Band – Burn Rubber On Me – Mercury 12”
03 06 L.A.X. – All My Love 
04 07 James Brown – Rapp Payback 
05 10 Fantasy – You’re Too Late
HNE: Joe Sample – Burnin’ Up The Carnival (51)

February 7, 1981
01 01 Yarbrough & Peoples – Don’t Stop The Music
02 02 Gap Band – Burn Rubber On Me
03 04 James Brown – Rapp Payback
04 07 Heatwave – Gangsters Of The Groove
05 03 L.A.X. – All My Love
HNE: Rah Band – Slide (66)

February 14, 1981
01 01 Yarbrough & Peoples – Don’t Stop The Music
02 02 Gap Band – Burn Rubber On Me
03 04 Heatwave – Gangsters Of The Groove
04 03 James Brown – Rapp Payback
05 05 L.A.X. – All My Love
HNE: Gene Dunlap – Love Dancin’ / It’s Just The Way I Feel / Rock Radio / Surest Things Can Change / Before You Break My Heart (55)

February 21, 1981
01 01 Yarbrough & Peoples – Don’t Stop The Music – Mercury 12”
02 08 Freeez – Southern Freeez / Version 
03 02 Gap Band – Burn Rubber On Me
04 06 MFSB – Mysteries Of The World 
05 03 Heatwave – Gangsters Of The Groove
HNE: Bernard Wright – Bread Sandwiches / Just Chillin’ Out / Spinnin’ / Master Rocker / Firebolt Hustle / Haboglabotribin’ (60)

February 28, 1981
01 02 Freeez – Southern Freeez / Version
02 01 Yarbrough & Peoples – Don’t Stop The Music
03 03 Gap Band – Burn Rubber On Me
04 05 Heatwave – Gangsters Of The Groove
05 06 Blondie – Rapture 
HNE: Sister Sledge – All American Girls (42)

March 7, 1981
01 01 Freeez – Southern Freeez / Version
02 02 Yarbrough & Peoples – Don’t Stop The Music
03 03 Gap Band – Burn Rubber On Me
04 09 Sharon Redd – Can You Handle It 
05 07 Rah Band – Slide
HNE: Spandau Ballet – The Freeze (45)

March 14, 1981
01 01 Freeez – Southern Freeez / Version – Beggars Banquet 12”
02 04 Sharon Redd – Can You Handle It – Epic 12”
03 09 Beggar & Co – (Somebody) Help Me Out / Rising Sun 
04 02 Yarbrough & Peoples – Don’t Stop The Music
05 10 Kleeer – Get Tough / De Kleeer Ting 
HNE: Bernard Wright – Just Chillin’ Out / Spinnin’ (58)

March 21, 1981
01 01 Freeez – Southern Freeez / Version
02 02 Sharon Redd – Can You Handle It
03 03 Beggar & Co – (Somebody) Help Me Out / Rising Sun
04 05 Kleeer – Get Tough / De Kleeer Ting / Sippin’ & Kissin’
05 08 It’s A Love Thing – Whispers 
HNE: Carol Jiani – Hit ‘N’ Run Lover (64)

March 28, 1981
01 01 Freeez – Southern Freeez / Version
02 02 Sharon Redd – Can You Handle It
03 05 It’s A Love Thing – Whispers
04 03 Beggar & Co – (Somebody) Help Me Out
05 04 Kleeer – Get Tough / De Kleeer Ting
HNE: Adrian Baker – High Time (54)

April 4, 1981
01 03 It’s A Love Thing – Whispers
02 01 Freeez – Southern Freeez / Version
03 05 Kleeer – Get Tough / De Kleeer Ting / Sippin’ & Kissin’
04 02 Sharon Redd – Can You Handle It
05 04 Beggar & Co – (Somebody) Help Me Out
HNE: Landscape – Einstein A Go-Go (37)

April 11, 1981
01 01 It’s A Love Thing – Whispers
02 02 Freeez – Southern Freeez / Version
03 04 Sharon Redd – Can You Handle It
04 03 Kleeer – Get Tough / De Kleeer Ting / Sippin’ & Kissin’
05 05 Beggar & Co – (Somebody) Help Me Out
HNE: One Way – I Didn’t Mean To Break Your Heart / Push (78)

April 18, 1981:
01 01 It’s A Love Thing – Whispers
02 06 Linx – Intuition 
03 03 Sharon Redd – Can You Handle It
04 02 Freeez – Southern Freeez / Version
05 04 Kleeer – Get Tough / De Kleeer Ting
HNE: Jeff Lorber Fusion – Spur Of The Moment / Magic Lady / Monster Man / Galaxian / Bright Sky (48)

April 25, 1981
01 01 It’s A Love Thing – Whispers
02 02 Linx – Intuition
03 07 Light Of The World – Time (Remix) / I’m So Happy 
04 03 Sharon Redd – Can You Handle It
05 04 Freeez – Southern Freeez / Version
HNE: Thelma Houston – If You Feel It (65)

May 2, 1981
01 01 Whispers – It’s A Love Thing
02 02 Linx – Intuition
03 03 Light Of The World – Time (Remix) / I’m So Happy
04 08 Freeez – Flying High / Remix 
05 10 Shalamar – Make That Move 
HNE: The Clash – The Magnificent Seven / The Magnificent Dance (53)

May 9, 1981
01 01 It’s A Love Thing – Whispers
02 02 Linx – Intuition
03 04 Freeez – Flying High / Remix
04 03 Light Of The World – Time (Remix)
05 06 Jacksons – Can You Feel It 
HNE: Players Association – Get On Up Now / Let Your Body Go (58)

May 16, 1981
01 01 It’s A Love Thing – Whispers
02 07 Sugar Minott – Good Thing Going 
03 03 Freeez – Flying High / Remix
04 04 Light Of The World – Time (Remix) / I’m So Happy
05 02 Linx – Intuition
HNE: Gino Soccio – Try It Out / Hold Tight / Closer (52)

May 23, 1981
01 01 It’s A Love Thing – Whispers
02 02 Sugar Minott – Good Thing Going
03 07 Jacksons – Can You Feel It
04 06 Shalamar – Make That Move
05 05 Linx – Intuition
HNE: Smokey Robinson – Being With You (54)

May 30, 1981
01 01 It’s A Love Thing – Whispers
02 03 Jacksons – Can You Feel It
03 02 Sugar Minott – Good Thing Going
04 12 Starsound – Stars On 45 
05 04 Shalamar – Make That Move
HNE: Human League – The Sound Of The Crowd (73)

June 6, 1981
01 07 Rick James – Give It To Me Baby / Ghetto Life / Fire And Desire / Mr Policeman
02 01 It’s A Love Thing – Whispers
03 02 Jacksons – Can You Feel It
04 06 Quincy Jones – Ai No Corrida 
05 04 Starsound – Stars On 45
HNE: Voggue – Dancin’ The Night Away (68)

June 13, 1981
01 01 Rick James – Give It To Me Baby / Ghetto Life / Fire And Desire / Mr Policeman / Make Love To Me
02 09 Thelma Houston – If You Feel It 
03 27 Odyssey – Going Back To My Roots 
04 25 Evasions – Wikka Rap 
05 04 Quincy Jones – Ai No Corrida
HNE: Marvin Gaye – Heavy Love Affair (63)

June 20, 1981
01 02 Thelma Houston – If You Feel It
02 03 Odyssey – Going Back To My Roots
03 01 Rick James – Give It To Me Baby / Ghetto Life / Fire And Desire / Mr Policeman
04 09 Smokey Robinson – Being With You 
05 04 Evasions – Wikka Rap
HNE: Mighty Fire – Love Fantasy / Love Fuzz / Sweet Fire / One Good Love Is Worth Two In The Bush / Love Attack (27)

June 27, 1981
01 02 Odyssey – Going Back To My Roots
02 01 Thelma Houston – If You Feel It
03 04 Smokey Robinson – Being With You
04 03 Rick James – Give It To Me Baby / Ghetto Life / Fire And Desire / Mr Policeman / Super Freak
05 06 Starsound – Stars On 45
HNE: Stargard – You’re The One / High On The Boogie / Back To The Funk / It’s Your Love That I’m Missin’ (40)

July 4, 1981
01 01 Odyssey – Going Back To My Roots
02 02 Thelma Houston – If You Feel It
03 06 Evasions – Wikka Rap
04 03 Smokey Robinson – Being With You
05 05 Starsound – Stars On 45
HNE: Carl Carlton – She’s A Bad Mama Jama (51)

July 11, 1981
01 01 Odyssey – Going Back To My Roots
02 02 Thelma Houston – If You Feel It
03 03 Evasions – Wikka Rap
04 07 Strikers – Body Music 
05 08 Rick James – Give It To Me Baby / Ghetto Life / Fire And Desire
HNE: Spandau Ballet – Chant No.1 (33)

July 18, 1981
01 01 Odyssey – Going Back To My Roots
02 02 Thelma Houston – If You Feel It
03 03 Evasions – Wikka Rap
04 05 Rick James – Give It To Me Baby / Ghetto Life / Fire And Desire / Super Freak
05 06 Coati Mundi – Que Pasa/Me No Pop I
HNE: Jacksons – Walk Right Now (53)

July 25, 1981
01 01 Odyssey – Going Back To My Roots
02 08 Evelyn King – I’m In Love 
03 02 Thelma Houston – If You Feel It
04 06 Quincy Jones – Razzamatazz 
05 12 Third World – Dancing On The Floor
HNE: Modern Romance – Everybody Salsa/Salsa Rappsody (36)

August 1, 1981
01 01 Odyssey – Going Back To My Roots
02 02 Evelyn King – I’m In Love
03 07 Spandau Ballet – Chant No.1 
04 12 Starsound – Stars On 45 Volume 2 
05 04 Quincy Jones – Razzamatazz
HNE: Evelyn King – If You Want My Lovin’ / What Are You Waiting For / The Other Side Of Love / I Can’t Take It (49)

August 8, 1981
01 02 Evelyn King – I’m In Love
02 03 Spandau Ballet – Chant No.1 / Feel The Chant
03 01 Odyssey – Going Back To My Roots
04 16 Carl Carlton – She’s A Bad Mama Jama 
05 04 Starsound – Stars On 45 Volume 2
HNE: Eddy Grant – I Love You Yes I Love You (42)

August 15, 1981
01 02 Spandau Ballet – Chant No.1 / Feel The Chant
02 01 Evelyn King – I’m In Love
03 10 Modern Romance – Everybody Salsa/Salsa Rappsody 
04 04 Carl Carlton – She’s A Bad Mama Jama
05 03 Odyssey – Going Back To My Roots
HNE: Stephanie Mills – Top Of My List (64)

August 22, 1981
01 01 Spandau Ballet – Chant No.1 / Feel The Chant
02 02 Evelyn King – I’m In Love
03 04 Carl Carlton – She’s A Bad Mama Jama
04 03 Modern Romance – Everybody Salsa/Salsa Rappsody
05 05 Odyssey – Going Back To My Roots
HNE: Al Jarreau – Easy / We’re In This Love Together / Closer To Your Love / Roof Garden / My Old Friend (50)

August 29, 1981
01 01 Spandau Ballet – Chant No.1 / Feel The Chant
02 03 Carl Carlton – She’s A Bad Mama Jama
03 04 Modern Romance – Everybody Salsa/Salsa Rappsody
04 02 Evelyn King – I’m In Love
05 09 Central Line – Walking Into Sunshine 
HNE: Chris Rainbow – Body Music (62)

September 5, 1981
01 01 Spandau Ballet – Chant No.1 / Feel The Chant
02 03 Modern Romance – Everybody Salsa/Salsa Rappsody
03 02 Carl Carlton – She’s A Bad Mama Jama
04 04 Evelyn King – I’m In Love
05 06 Stevie Wonder – Happy Birthday 
HNE: The Joneses – Summer Groove / Moving-On (66)

September 12, 1981
01 01 Spandau Ballet – Chant No.1 / Feel The Chant
02 02 Modern Romance – Everybody Salsa/Salsa Rappsody
03 03 Carl Carlton – She’s A Bad Mama Jama
04 05 Stevie Wonder – Happy Birthday
05 06 Central Line – Walking Into Sunshine
HNE: Savanna – I Can’t Turn Away (61)

September 19, 1981
01 02 Modern Romance – Everybody Salsa/Salsa Rappsody
02 06 Funkapolitan – As The Time Goes By / Rap 
03 01 Spandau Ballet – Chant No.1 / Feel The Chant
04 08 Human League – Love Action/Hard Times 
05 05 Central Line – Walking Into Sunshine
HNE: Ottawan – Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart) (57)

September 26, 1981
01 05 Central Line – Walking Into Sunshine
02 02 Funkapolitan – As The Time Goes By / Rap
03 01 Modern Romance – Everybody Salsa/Salsa Rappsody
04 06 Donald Byrd – Love Has Come Around 
05 04 Human League – Love Action/Hard Times
HNE: The Dukes – Mystery Girl (36)

October 3, 1981
01 04 Donald Byrd – Love Has Come Around
02 05 Central Line – Walking Into Sunshine
03 07 Linx – So This Is Romance 
04 11 Arthur Adams – You Got The Floor 
05 02 Funkapolitan – As The Time Goes By / Rap
HNE: Soft Cell – Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go (41)

October 10, 1981
01 01 Donald Byrd – Love Has Come Around
02 02 Central Line – Walking Into Sunshine
03 03 Linx – So This Is Romance / The Rio Mix
04 04 Arthur Adams – You Got The Floor
05 10 Hi-Gloss – You’ll Never Know / I’m Totally Yours
HNE: Chi-Lites – Me And You (51)

October 17, 1981
01 01 Donald Byrd – Love Has Come Around
02 02 Central Line – Walking Into Sunshine
03 04 Arthur Adams – You Got The Floor
04 03 Linx – So This Is Romance / The Rio Mix
05 11 Evelyn King – If You Want My Lovin’
HNE: Melba Moore – Take My Love (65)

October 24, 1981
01 01 Donald Byrd – Love Has Come Around
02 06 Rose Royce – R.R. Express 
03 02 Central Line – Walking Into Sunshine
04 08 The Dukes – Mystery Girl 
05 03 Arthur Adams – You Got The Floor
HNE:  Four Tops – When She Was My Girl (41)

October 31, 1981
01 02 Rose Royce – R.R. Express / Lock It Down
02 01 Donald Byrd – Love Has Come Around / Loving You
03 05 Arthur Adams – You Got The Floor
04 04 The Dukes – Mystery Girl
05 03 Central Line – Walking Into Sunshine
HNE: Prince – Controversy (29)

November 7, 1981
01 03 Arthur Adams – You Got The Floor
02 01 Rose Royce – R.R. Express / Lock It Down
03 02 Donald Byrd – Love Has Come Around
04 04 The Dukes – Mystery Girl
05 09 Roger – I Heard It Through The Grapevine / A Chunk Of Sugar
HNE: Randy Crawford – Street Life (Live) / Secret Combination (53)

November 14, 1981
01 01 Arthur Adams – You Got The Floor
02 02 Rose Royce – R.R. Express
03 04 The Dukes – Mystery Girl
04 03 Donald Byrd – Love Has Come Around
05 08 Earth Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove 
HNE: George Benson – Never Give Up On A Good Thing (64)

November 21, 1981
01 01 Arthur Adams – You Got The Floor
02 05 Earth Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove
03 02 Rose Royce – R.R. Express
04 13 Alphonze Mouzon – I’m Glad That You’re Here 
05 04 Donald Byrd – Love Has Come Around
HNE: Earth Wind & Fire – I’ve Had Enough / Evolution Orange / Lady Sun / You Are A Winner / Wanna Be With You (44)

November 28, 1981
01 02 Earth Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove
02 01 Arthur Adams – You Got The Floor
03 04 Alphonze Mouzon – I’m Glad That You’re Here
04 03 Rose Royce – R.R. Express
05 07 Kool & The Gang – Get Down On It / Take My Heart / Good Time Tonight / Pass It On / No Show
HNE: Mike & Brenda Sutton – We’ll Make It (60)

December 5, 1981
01 01 Earth Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove
02 02 Arthur Adams – You Got The Floor
03 05 Kool & The Gang – Get Down On It / Take My Heart / Good Time Tonight / Be My Lady / No Show
04 07 George Benson – Turn Your Love Around 
05 03 Alphonze Mouzon – I’m Glad That You’re Here
HNE: 57 NE Hawk & Co – Nitelife (57)

December 12, 1981
01 01 Earth Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove
02 04 George Benson – Turn Your Love Around
03 03 Kool & The Gang – Get Down On It / Take My Heart / Good Time Tonight / Pass It On / No Show
04 02 Arthur Adams – You Got The Floor
05 09 Imagination – Flashback / Burnin’ Up
HNE: ABC – Tears Are Not Enough (56)

December 19, 1981
01 01 Earth Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove
02 03 Kool & The Gang – Get Down On It
03 02 George Benson – Turn Your Love Around
04 10 Second Image – Can’t Keep Holding On 
05 06 Kool & The Gang – Steppin’ Out
HNE: Human League 100 – Don’t You Want Me (Ext Dance Mix) (52)

December 26, 1981
01 02 Kool & The Gang – Get Down On It
02 01 Earth Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove
03 08 Alton Edwards – I Just Wanna (Spend Some Time With You)
04 06 New York Skyy – Let’s Celebrate / Call Me 
05 10 Brandi Wells – What Goes Around Comes Around / Watch Out
HNE: Mirage – As From Now (54)