80s charts | Personal year chart 1981

** = funk/disco/soul/hiphop/jazz/reggae/world/ska/or combinations
**** = pop or rock
# = guilty pleasures

My top 3 of favorite songs of the year 1981 (out of 28 listed here):

  1. The Stranglers – Golden brown ****
  2. The Specials – Ghost town ****
  3. The Pretenders – Message of love ****

Other favorites:

  • Afrosound – Tiro El Blanco **
  • Al Jarreau – Roof garden **
  • Carl Carlton – She’s a bad mama jama **
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates – I can’t go for that **
  • Doe Maar – Bella donna **
  • Doe Maar – Smoorverliefd **
  • Earth, Wind And Fire – Let’s groove **
  • Grace Jones – I’ve seen that face before ****
  • Kim Wilde – Kids in America ****
  • Madness – Grey day **
  • Paolo Conte – Via con me ****
  • Pigbag – Papa’s got a brand new pigbag **
  • Rose Royce – R.r. express **
  • Soft Cell – Tainted love ****
  • Vaughan Mason & Butch Dayo – Jammin’ big guitar **

Doubt cases:

(I don’t know if I want to put it in the list above, or in the ‘bubbling under’ part)

  • Dolly Dots – P.S. **/#
  • Duran Duran – Girls on film
  • Fehlfarben – Ein jahr (Es geht voran) **
  • Michel Sardou – Etre une femme ****/#
  • Serge Gainsbourg – Overseas telegram ****

Bubbling under:

  • BZN – The old calahan (live) ****/#
  • The Human League – Don’t you want me ****
  • Kool & The Gang – Ooh la la la (Let’s go dancing) **
  • Modern Romance – Everybody salsa **
  • Rick James – Give it to me baby **

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