Top Music Hits for 1981



Stray Cats Rock This Town Live in 1981 (Get it on iTunes).

Keep on Loving You 3:22 | REO Speedwagon | Hi Infidelity

The Best of Times 4:18 | Styx | Styx: Greatest Hits

Urgent 4:31 | Foreigner | 4

Passion 5:32 | Rod Stewart | Storyteller - The Complete Anthology 1964-1990

Slow Hand 3:51 | The Pointer Sisters | The Pointer Sisters: Hits!

The Winner Takes All 4:54 | ABBA | Super Trouper (Bonus Tracks)

Elvira 3:45 | Oak Ridge Boys | Fancy Free

Lady (You Bring Me Up) 4:51 | The Commodores | 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Commodores

Hit Me with Your Best Shot 2:51 | Pat Benatar | Crimes of Passion

Hungry Heart 3:24 | Bruce Springsteen | The River

Who's Crying Now 5:01 | Journey | Escape

De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da 4:09 | The Police | Zenyatta Mondatta

Games People Play 4:18 | The Alan Parsons Project | Platinum & Gold Collection: The Alan Parsons Project

Another One Bites the Dust 3:37 | Queen | The Game

I Can't Stand It 4:10 | Eric Clapton | Another Ticket

Stop Draggin' My Heart Around 4:04 | Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty | Bella Donna

Hey Nineteen 5:07 | Steely Dan | Gaucho

The Stroke | Billy Squier | Don't Say No

Winning 3:29 | Santana | Zebop!

Whip It 2:41 | Devo | Freedom of Choice

Hold on Tight 3:06 | Electric Light Orchestra | Time

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The Year is 1981 ...

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) receives reports of abnormal infections among gay men.

Iran releases 52 American hostages immediately after President Ronald Reagan is sworn in.

President Ronald Reagan shot by John Hinckley in Washington, D.C. and recovers fully.

Space Shuttle Columbia completes first successful mission.

President Reagan fires all striking air traffic controllers.

Sandra Day O'Connor becomes first woman justice of
Supreme Court.

Congress approves President Reagan's plans for less domestic spending, tax cuts and increased military defense spending.

U.S. military advisors help El Salvador.

MS-DOS operating system is introduced on an IBM computer.

Major League Baseball strike lasts two months.

Poland's Prime Minister Wojciech Jaruzelski declares marshal law. Brezhnev orders military maneuvers on Polish border, introduces Marshal Law, imprisons Lech Walesa and 10,000 others.
Solidarity is suspended, as it is seen more of a political threat than a labor movement.

A failure of a steel connection for a concrete and glass walkway causes the walkway to collapse into a second walkway, sending both to the floor of a Hyatt Regency Hotel lobby in Kansas City, Missouri. The worst structural collapse in the U.S. to date (July 17, 1981) kills 114 and injures over 200.

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is assassinated by Muslim extremists who opposed his peace efforts with Israel.

The debut of
MTV is viewed by an estimated 2.1 million cable TV households. First song played is Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles.

Northwestern University football team loses all of its games during the 1981-82 season while being outscored 505-82 (average 40 point loss per game).

District 214 administration completes its first report (April, 1981) to the board of education stating that a high school should close as soon as 1983. This reverses a decision made the year before. The new decision to close a school would depend on two critical factors: (1) average enrollment in the eight school districts would drop below 1,500 students per school and (2) expenses would exceed income for two consecutive years to cause a decline in the district's cash reserve. Weeks later the board announces that two high schools will close by the 1985-86 school year. Red ribbons are tied around trees to symbolize support for Arlington High School.

Super Bowl XV
Oakland 27
Philadelphia 10

Chariots of Fire
wins an Oscar
for Best Picture
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