Summer Chart Flashback: Summer Singles 1981

The Summer of 1981 once again saw eighty-three singles make WLS Musicradio's Forty-fives weekly surveys from May 30th through September 5th.  Eight of those singles appeared on all fifteen surveys all but one of those (Kool & the Gang's "Celebration") made the Top 45 for the Summer.  Thirty-one of the Top 45 spent at least one week in the Top 10 and four of the Top 45 made it all the way up to #1.  The #1 song on the Top 45 is from the #1 Album of the Summer, which will be revealed in a couple of days.  As 1981 was HERC's last Summer listening to WLS, the Summer Singles countdowns for 1982 and 1983 finishing up HERC's Favorite Decade in music (1974-1983) will be based on the weekly Top 45 of Billboard's Hot 100.

45Sweetheart - Franke & the Knockouts
44Life Of Illusion - Joe Walsh
43I Missed Again - Phil Collins
42This Little Girl - Gary U.S. Bonds
41A Woman Needs Love - Ray Parker, Jr & Raydio
40Living Inside Myself - Gino Vanelli
39The Voice - Moody Blues
38Hearts - Marty Balin
37Just The Two Of Us - Grover Washington Jr
36Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
35Start Me Up - Rolling Stones
34Time - Alan Parson Project
33Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through - Jim Steinman
32The Waiting - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
31Too Much Time On My Hands - Styx
30Kiss On My List - Hall & Oates
29Angel Of The Morning - Juice Newton
28Stop Draggin' My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty
27Gemini Dream - Moody Blues
26Being With You - Smokey Robinson
25You Better You Bet - The Who
24Sukiyaki - A Taste Of Honey
23The Breakup Song - Greg Kihn Band*
22Queen Of Hearts - Juice Newton
21Slow Hand - Pointer Sisters
20Hold On Loosely - .38 Special
19The Boy From New York City - Manhattan Transfer
18Fire And Ice - Pat Bentatar
17Morning Train - Sheena Easton
16Elvira - Oak Ridge Boys
15Tom Sawyer - Rush
14All Those Years Ago - George Harrison*
13Who's Cryin' Now - Journey
12In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins
11The One That You Love - Air Supply
10I Don't Need You - Kenny Rogers
9Urgent - Foreigner
8I Love You - Climax Blues Band
7Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
6Winning - Santana
5Greatest American Hero - Joey Scarbury
4Stars On 45 -Stars On 45
3The Stroke - Billy Squier
2Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
1Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
*=not in playlist below

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