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Below is a list of the best selling Soul R&B songs from 1981, sorted by the most popular or best selling first. Place mouse on to see information about song. Click on song title to play song and to read details about the song including lyrics (if available) and to add to playlist. Click on to play song. . Click on label to list songs from that record label. Following on from the top 100 chart are listings of hundreds of other lesser-known Soul R&B songs from 1981, arranged in order of highest US R&B and/or UK chart position.

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# Artist   (click for discography and biography of artist) Title    (click song title to play it, read lyrics etc.) Year Label
1 recordlabel: Motown 1519
chartposition: R&B #1, UK #7, US #1, US AC #1
writtenby: Lionel Richie
album: Endless Love: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Diana Ross & Lionel Richie Endless Love 1981 Motown
2 recordlabel: Tamla 54321
chartposition: R&B #1, UK #1, US #2, US AC #4
writtenby: Smokey Robinson
album: Being with You
Smokey Robinson Being with You 1981 Tamla
3 recordlabel: RCA 12357
chartposition: US dance #1 R&B #1, US rock #28, UK #8, US #1, US AC #12
writtenby: Daryl Hall, John Oates & Sara Allen
album: Private Eyes
Hall & Oates I Can't Go for That (No Can Do) 1981 RCA
4 recordlabel: Columbia 02536
chartposition: US dance #3 R&B #1, UK #3, US #3
writtenby: Wayne Vaughn & Maurice White
album: Raise!
Earth, Wind & Fire Let's Groove 1981 Columbia
5 recordlabel: Planet 47929
chartposition: R&B #7, UK #10, US #2, US AC #6
writtenby: John Bettis & Michael Clark
album: Black & White
Pointer Sisters Slow Hand 1981 Planet
6 recordlabel: RCA 12349
chartposition: R&B #6, UK #4, US #7, AC #2
writtenby: Frankie Lymon, Herman Santiago (uncredited), George Goldner (uncredited) & Morris Levy
album: Why Do Fools Fall in Love
Diana Ross Why Do Fools Fall in Love? 1981 RCA
7 recordlabel: Elektra 45128
chartposition: R&B #3, UK #34, US #2, AC #2
writtenby: Bill Withers, Ralph MacDonald & William Salter
album: Winelight
Grover Washington, Jr. featuring Bill... Just the Two of Us 1981 Elektra
8 recordlabel: De-Lite 818
chartposition: R&B #4, UK #3, US dance #16, US #10
writtenby: Ronald Bell (as Khalis Bayyan), Kool & the Gang & James
album: Something Special
Kool & the Gang Get Down on It 1981 DeLite
9 recordlabel: Capitol 4953
chartposition: R&B #1, US #3, US AC #1
writtenby: Rokusuke Ei, Hachidai Nakamura, Abraham Quintanilla III (as Abraham Quintanilla Jr.) & Pete Astudill
album: Twice as Sweet
A Taste of Honey Sukiyaki 1981 Capitol
10 recordlabel: Gordy 7212
chartposition: RandB #30, US dance #12
writtenby: Teena Marie
album: It Must Be Magic
Teena Marie It Must Be Magic 1981 Gordy
11 recordlabel: Warner 49846
chartposition: US dance #32 R&B #1, UK #29, US #5
writtenby: Bill Champlin, Jay Graydon & Steve Lukather
album: The George Benson Collection
George Benson Turn Your Love Around 1981 Warner
12 recordlabel: Motown 1527
chartposition: R&B #5, UK #44, US #4, AC #5
writtenby: Lionel Richie
album: In the Pocket
Commodores Oh No 1981 Motown
13 recordlabel: Arista 0592
chartposition: R&B #1, US #4, AC #11
writtenby: Ray Parker Jr
album: A Woman Needs Love
Ray Parker Jr (aka Raydio) A Woman Needs Love 1981 Arista
14 recordlabel: Casablanca 2338
chartposition: R&B #1, UK #3, US #11, US AC #9
writtenby: Marc Blatte & Larry Gottlieb
album: Tonight!
Four Tops When She Was My Girl 1981 Casablanca
15 recordlabel: Carrere 183(UK)
chartposition: UK #3
writtenby: Jean Kluger, Daniel Vangarde and Nelly Byl
album: Greatest Hits
Ottawan Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart) 1981 Carrere (UK)
16 recordlabel: Columbia 11433
chartposition: R&B #4, UK #5, US #12, US AC #1
writtenby: Dana Walden
album: How 'Bout Us
Champaign How 'Bout Us 1981 Columbia
17 recordlabel: Motown 1514
chartposition: US dance #53 R&B #5, UK #56, US #8, US AC #13
writtenby: Harold Hudson, Shirley King & William King
album: In the Pocket
Commodores Lady (You Bring Me Up) 1981 Motown
18 recordlabel: Arista 0588
chartposition: R&B #45, US #6, US AC #5
writtenby: Gino Vannelli
album: Nightwalker
Gino Vannelli Living Inside Myself 1981 Arista
19 recordlabel: Tamla Motown 976
chartposition: R&B #42, UK #1, US #55, US AC #37
writtenby: Sam Brown & Ren�e Armand
album: One Day in Your Life
Michael Jackson One Day in Your Life 1981 Tamla Motown
20 recordlabel: Solar 12154
chartposition: US dance #4 R&B #2, UK #9, US #28
writtenby: William Shelby & Dana Meyers
album: Imagination
Whispers It's a Love Thing 1981 Solar
21 recordlabel: RCA 131(UK)
chartposition: UK #43
writtenby: Lawrence Jones and Morrie Brown
Evelyn King (aka Evelyn Champagne King) If You Want My Lovin' 1981 RCA (UK)
22 recordlabel: De-Lite 815
chartposition: US dance #16 R&B #1, UK #29, US #17
writtenby: George Brown, Kool & the Gang, Claydes Charles Smith & James
album: Something Special
Kool & the Gang Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You... 1981 DeLite
23 recordlabel: Gordy 7205
chartposition: US dance #1, R&B #3, US #16
writtenby: Rick James & Alonzo Miller
album: Street Songs
Rick James Super Freak 1981 Gordy
24 recordlabel: Warner 49746
chartposition: R&B #6, US #15, UK #55, US AC #6
writtenby: Roger Murrah & Keith Stegall
album: Breakin' Away
Al Jarreau We're in This Love Together 1981 Warner
25 recordlabel: Tamla 54323
chartposition: R&B #29, UK #3, US #64, US AC #33
writtenby: Stevie Wonder
album: Hotter Than July
Stevie Wonder Lately 1981 Tamla
26 recordlabel: A&M 2309
chartposition: US dance #3 R&B #10, UK #14, US #28
writtenby: Chas Jankel & Kenny Young
album: The Dude
comments: charted as Ai No Corrida (I-No-Ko-ree-da) / Razzamatazz / Betcha Wouldn't Hurt Me in US dance charts
Quincy Jones featuring Dune Ai No Corrida (I-No-Ko-ree-da) 1981 A&M
27 recordlabel: A&M 2387
chartposition: R&B #10, US #14, US AC #5
writtenby: Kathy Wakefield, Ben Wright & Tony Coleman
album: The Dude
Quincy Jones featuring James Ingram One Hundred Ways 1981 A&M
28 recordlabel: 20th Century 2488
chartposition: US dance #20, R&B #2, UK #34, US #22
writtenby: Leon Haywood
album: Carl Carlton
Carl Carlton She's a Bad Mama Jama (She's Built,... 1981 20th Century
29 recordlabel: A&M 2357
chartposition: R&B #11, UK #76, US #17, US AC #7
writtenby: Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
album: The Dude
Quincy Jones ft James Ingram Just Once 1981 A&M
30 recordlabel: Sire 49882
chartposition: US dance #1 R&B #2, US rock #24, UK #65, US #31
writtenby: Adrian Belew, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, Monte Browne, Tyrone Downie & Uziah
album: Tom Tom Club
Tom Tom Club Genius of Love 1981 Sire
31 recordlabel: MCA 13956
chartposition: UK #4
writtenby: Steve Jolley, Tony Swain, Lee John, Ashley Ingram and Errol Kennedy
album: Body Talk
Imagination Body Talk 1981 MCA
32 recordlabel: RCA Victor ‎12244
chartposition: US dance #1 R&B #1, UK #27, US #40
writtenby: Kashif
Evelyn King (aka Evelyn Champagne King) I'm in Love 1981 RCA Victor ‎
33 recordlabel: Epic 01052
chartposition: R&B #6, US #19, US AC #16
writtenby: George Duke
album: The Clarke/Duke Project
Stanley Clarke & George Duke Sweet Baby 1981 Epic
34 recordlabel: RCA 58(UK)
chartposition: UK #4
writtenby: Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards and Fonce Mizell
Sugar Minott Good Thing Going (We've Got a Good Thing... 1981 RCA (UK)
35 recordlabel: Epic 1857
chartposition: US dance #4 R&B #1, UK #44, US #33
writtenby: Luther Vandross
album: Never Too Much
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Luther Vandross Never Too Much 1981 Epic
36 recordlabel: Elektra 47124
chartposition: R&B #27, US #15, US AC #15
writtenby: Lee Ritenour, Eric Tagg & Eric Champlin
Lee Ritenour Is It You? 1981 Elektra
37 recordlabel: RCA 12240
chartposition: US dance #55, R&B #68, UK #4
writtenby: Lamont Dozier
album: I Got the Melody
Odyssey Going Back to My Roots 1981 RCA
38 recordlabel: Gordy 7197
chartposition: US dance #1, R&B #1, US #40
writtenby: Rick James
album: Street Songs
Rick James Give It to Me Baby 1981 Gordy
39 recordlabel: Cotillion 46015
chartposition: R&B #2, US #26, US AC #19
writtenby: Burt Keyes & Sylvia Robinson
album: With You
Stacy Lattisaw Love on a Two Way Street 1981 Cotillion
40 recordlabel: Wmot 5356
chartposition: US dance #51, R&B #1, US #30
writtenby: Frankie Smith & Bill Bloom
album: Children of Tomorrow
Frankie Smith Double Dutch Bus 1981 Wmot
41 recordlabel: A&M 2334
chartposition: US dance #3, R&B #17, UK #11
writtenby: Rod Temperton
album: The Dude
Quincy Jones featuring Patti Austin Razzamatazz 1981 A&M
42 recordlabel: De-lite 813
chartposition: R&B #33, UK #17, US #39
writtenby: George Brown & Kool & the Gang
album: Celebrate
Kool & the Gang Jones vs. Jones 1981 Delite
43 recordlabel: Chrysalis 2500
chartposition: UK #7
writtenby: David Grant and Peter Martin [Peter Michael Martin]
album: Intuition
Linx Intuition 1981 Chrysalis
44 recordlabel: De-Lite 816
chartposition: US dance #16, R&B #12, UK #12, US #88
writtenby: Robert Bell (as Robert
album: Something Special
Kool & the Gang Steppin' Out 1981 DeLite
45 recordlabel: Warner 49808
chartposition: US dance #1, R&B #3, US #70
writtenby: Prince
album: Controversy
Prince Controversy 1981 Warner
46 recordlabel: Gordy 7202
chartposition: US dance #12 R&B #3, UK #76, US #50
writtenby: Teena Marie
album: It Must Be Magic
Teena Marie Square Biz 1981 Gordy
47 recordlabel: Cotillion 46007
chartposition: US dance #6, R&B #3, UK #41, US #79
writtenby: Narada Michael Walden (as Narada Walden), Lisa Walden, Allee Willis & Joni Sledge
album: All American Girls
Sister Sledge All American Girls 1981 Cotillion
48 recordlabel: Solar 12129
chartposition: US dance #12 R&B #1, US #55
writtenby: Fred Alexander, Norman Beavers, Marvin Craig, Tiemeyer McCain, Thomas Shelby, Stephen Shockley
album: Fantastic Voyage
Lakeside Fantastic Voyage 1981 Solar
49 recordlabel: Island 6244(UK)
chartposition: UK #8
writtenby: Vincent Ford and Bob Marley (uncredited)
comments: re-release
Bob Marley & the Wailers No Woman, No Cry 1981 Island (UK)
50 recordlabel: Beggars Banquet 151.041
chartposition: UK #8
writtenby: Andy Stennett, John Rocca and Peter Maas
album: Southern Freeez
Freeez Southern Freeez 1981 Beggars...
51 recordlabel: Warner 49692
chartposition: US dance #22, R&B #1, US #53
writtenby: Ned Doheny & Hamish Stuart
album: What Cha\' Gonna Do for Me
Chaka Khan What Cha' Gonna Do for Me 1981 Warner
52 recordlabel: Island 49697
chartposition: US dance #2 R&B #5, UK #53, US #101
writtenby: Koo Koo Baya, Grace Jones & Dana Mano
album: Nightclubbing
Grace Jones Pull Up to the Bumper 1981 Island
53 recordlabel: Columbia 02103
chartposition: US dance #5, US R&B #5, UK #76, US #70
writtenby: Mike Sutton & Brenda Sutton
album: In the Night
Cheryl Lynn Shake It Up Tonight 1981 Columbia
54 recordlabel: Solar 12193
chartposition: R&B #6, UK #30, US #60
writtenby: William Shelby, Ricky Smith & Kevin Spencer
album: Three for Love
Shalamar Make That Move 1981 Solar
55 recordlabel: 20th Century 2492
chartposition: US dance #82, R&B #3, US #40
writtenby: James Mtume & Reggie Lucas
album: Stephanie
Stephanie Mills & Teddy Pendergrass Two Hearts 1981 20th Century
56 recordlabel: RFC/Atlantic 3809
chartposition: US dance #1, R&B #7, US #80
writtenby: Davide Romani & Tanyayette Willoughby
album: Miracles
Change Paradise 1981 RFC/Atlantic
57 recordlabel: Warner 49857
chartposition: UK #11
writtenby: Tom Snow and Nan O'Byrne
album: Secret Combination
Randy Crawford You Might Need Somebody 1981 Warner
58 recordlabel: Polydor 375(UK)
chartposition: UK #12
writtenby: Bill Sharpe (as William Sharpe) and Roger Odell
album: Night Birds
Shakatak Easier Said Than Done 1981 Polydor (UK)
59 recordlabel: Arista 0624
chartposition: R&B #6, UK #49, US #46
writtenby: Sam Dees
album: Love All The Hurt Away
Aretha Franklin & George Benson Love All the Hurt Away 1981 Arista
60 recordlabel: Prelude 8031
chartposition: UK #12, US Dance #31
writtenby: Guiliano Salerni and Phil Hurtt
album: Hi-Gloss
Hi-Gloss You'll Never Know 1981 Prelude
61 recordlabel: Arista 0616
chartposition: R&B #26, US #21, US AC #7
writtenby: Ray Parker Jr
album: A Woman Needs Love
Ray Parker Jr (aka Raydio) That Old Song 1981 Arista
62 recordlabel: Warner 49786
chartposition: US dance #25, R&B #1, US #79
writtenby: Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong
album: The Many Facets of Roger
Roger (Troutman) I Heard It Through the Grapevine 1981 Warner
63 recordlabel: Capitol 4993
chartposition: R&B #8, UK #41, US dance #3
writtenby: Mauro Malavasi & Paul Slade
album: The Brooklyn, Bronx & Queens Band
B.B. & Q. Band (Brooklyn, Bronx & Queens) On the Beat 1981 Capitol
64 recordlabel: Mercury 76101
chartposition: R&B #5, UK #47, US #60
writtenby: Oliver Scott & Ronnie Wilson
album: Gap Band III
Gap Band Yearning for Your Love 1981 Mercury
65 recordlabel: Capitol 5065
chartposition: R&B #6, US #42
writtenby: Peabo Bryson
album: I Am Love
Peabo Bryson Let the Feeling Flow 1981 Capitol
66 recordlabel: Warner 50002
chartposition: US dance #1, R&B #9, US #104
writtenby: Prince
album: Controversy
Prince Let's Work 1981 Warner
67 recordlabel: Motown 1503
chartposition: R&B #13, UK #41, US #50
writtenby: Jermaine Jackson
album: Jermaine [1980 album]
Jermaine Jackson You Like Me Don't You 1981 Motown
68 recordlabel: Prelude 8024
chartposition: US dance #5, R&B #57, UK #31
writtenby: Willie Lester & Rodney Brown
album: Sharon Redd
Sharon Redd Can You Handle It 1981 Prelude
69 recordlabel: Qwest 49754
chartposition: US dance #1, R&B #24, UK #76
writtenby: Rod Temperton
album: Every Home Should Have One
Patti Austin Do You Love Me? 1981 Qwest
70 recordlabel: Mercury 76126
chartposition: US dance #5, R&B #14, US #84
writtenby: Linton Beckles, Lipson Francis & Roy Carter
album: Central Line
Central Line Walking into Sunshine 1981 Mercury
71 recordlabel: RFC/Atlantic 3813
chartposition: US dance #1, R&B #22, US #103
writtenby: Gino Soccio
album: Closer
Gino Soccio Try It Out 1981 RFC/Atlantic
72 recordlabel: Columbia 02170
chartposition: R&B #88, UK #10
writtenby: Bunny Clarke
album: Rock the World
Third World Dancing on the Floor (Hooked On Love) 1981 Columbia
73 recordlabel: Elektra 47067
chartposition: US dance #2 R&B #13, US #102
writtenby: Patrice Rushen, Charles Mims , Freddie Washington & Sheree Brown
album: Posh
Patrice Rushen Look Up 1981 Elektra
74 recordlabel: RFC/Atlantic 3832
chartposition: US dance #1, R&B #40, US #89
writtenby: Davide Romani (as David Romani) & Paul Slade
album: Miracles
Change Hold Tight 1981 RFC/Atlantic
75 recordlabel: Mirage 3780
chartposition: US dance #13, R&B #11, US #63
writtenby: Sandy Linzer & L. Russel Brown
album: House of Music
T.S. Monk Bon Bon Vie (Gimme the Good Life) 1981 Mirage
76 recordlabel: Solar 2232
chartposition: US dance #4, R&B #40, UK #44, US #105
writtenby: Dana Meyers, Stephen Shockley & William Shelby
album: Imagination
Whispers I Can Make It Better 1981 Solar
77 recordlabel: Pavillion 6407
chartposition: US dance #1, R&B #28, US #104
writtenby: Tony Valor
album: Fantasy
Fantasy You're Too Late 1981 Pavillion
78 recordlabel: Cotillion 46006
chartposition: R&B #11, UK #50, US #67
writtenby: Mark Adams, Steve Arrington, Raye Turner (as Ray Turner), Steve Washington & Danny Webster
album: Stone Jam
Slave Watching You 1981 Cotillion
79 recordlabel: A&M 8368
chartposition: R&B #11, UK #50, US #67
writtenby: George Johnson & Louis Johnson
album: Winners
Brothers Johnson The Real Thing 1981 A&M
80 recordlabel: Salsoul 7017
chartposition: R&B #6, US #71, US dance #35
writtenby: Steve Washington, Curt Jones & Starleana Young
album: A Little Love
Aurra Make Up Your Mind 1981 Salsoul
81 recordlabel: Cotillion 46022
chartposition: US dance #21, R&B #6, US #91
writtenby: Mark Adams, Steve Arrington, Charles Carter, Jimmy Douglass & Floyd Miller
album: Show Time
Slave Snap Shot 1981 Cotillion
82 recordlabel: Elektra 11486
chartposition: US dance #2, R&B #30, UK #66
writtenby: Patrice Rushen & Freddie Washington
album: Posh
Patrice Rushen Never Gonna Give You Up 1981 Elektra
83 recordlabel: Gordy 7215
chartposition: US dance #1, R&B #38, US #102
writtenby: Rick James
album: Street Songs
Rick James Ghetto Life 1981 Gordy
84 recordlabel: Warner 49744
chartposition: R&B #4, US #67
writtenby: Larry Graham
album: Just Be My Lady
Larry Graham Just Be My Lady 1981 Warner
85 recordlabel: Warner 49842
chartposition: R&B #25, US #43, US AC #30
writtenby: Tom Canning, Jay Graydon & Al Jarreau
album: Breakin' Away
Al Jarreau Breakin' Away 1981 Warner
86 recordlabel: ARC 02406
chartposition: R&B #11, US #53
writtenby: Fritz Baskett, Clarence McDonald & Deniece Williams
album: My Melody
Deniece Williams Silly 1981 ARC
87 recordlabel: Atlantic 3798
chartposition: US dance #22, R&B #32, US #52, US AC #45
Spinners Yesterday Once More -- Nothing Remains... 1981 Atlantic
88 recordlabel: Phase II 02573
chartposition: US dance #5, R&B #41, UK #49
writtenby: Hamilton Bohannon & Perri Johnson
Hamilton Bohannon ft. Dr. Perri Johnson Let's Start II Dance Again 1981 Phase II
89 recordlabel: R & B 202(UK)
chartposition: UK #16
writtenby: Steve Jolley, Tony Swain, Lee John, Ashley Ingram and Errol Kennedy
album: Body Talk
Imagination In and Out of Love 1981 R & B (UK)
90 recordlabel: Arista 0587
chartposition: R&B #34, US #54, US AC #25
writtenby: Melissa Manchester & Leon Ware
album: For the Working Girl
Melissa Manchester & Peabo Bryson Lovers After All 1981 Arista
91 recordlabel: Ensign 201(UK)
chartposition: UK #15
writtenby: Breeze McKrieth, David Baptiste and Kenny Wellington
Beggar & Co (Somebody) Help Me Out 1981 Ensign (UK)
92 recordlabel: R & B 206
chartposition: UK #16
writtenby: Steve Jolley, Tony Swain, Lee John, Ashley Ingram and Errol Kennedy
album: Body Talk
Imagination Flashback 1981 R & B
93 recordlabel: RCA 12216
chartposition: US dance #6, US R&B #35, UK #48
writtenby: Ronald Brown & John Scroggins
album: Never Gonna Be Another One
Thelma Houston If You Feel It 1981 RCA
94 recordlabel: ARC 11434
chartposition: US dance #57, R&B #15, US #59
writtenby: Larry Dunn, David Foster, Brenda Russell, Maurice White & Verdine White
album: Faces
Earth, Wind & Fire And Love Goes On 1981 ARC
95 recordlabel: Elektra 12559
chartposition: US dance #4, R&B #15
writtenby: William Duckett
album: Love Byrd: Donald Byrd and 125th St, N.Y.C.
Donald Byrd Love Has Come Around 1981 Elektra
96 recordlabel: Chocolate City 3225
chartposition: US dance #45, R&B #3, US #102
writtenby: Larry Blackmon & Tomi
album: Knights of the Sound Table
Cameo Freaky Dancin' 1981 Chocolate City
97 recordlabel: West End 1232
chartposition: US dance #6, R&B #10
writtenby: Kenton Nix
Taana Gardner Hearbeat 1981 West End
98 recordlabel: Sugar Hill 553
chartposition: US dance #38, R&B #15, US #82
writtenby: Cheryl Cook & Ronald LaPread
album: 8th Wonder
Sugarhill Gang 8th Wonder 1981 Sugar Hill
99 recordlabel: Liberty 1424
chartposition: R&B #19, US #60
writtenby: Ronnie Laws
album: Solid Ground
Ronnie Laws Stay Awake 1981 Liberty
100 recordlabel: Becket 101584
chartposition: US dance #7, R&B #9
writtenby: Bert Reid & Ronald Mill
album: I'll Do Anything for You
Denroy Morgan I'll Do Anything for You 1981 Becket

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