US Top 40 Singles For The Week Ending December 26, 1981

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Note – the chart was “frozen” next week (week ending 2nd January, 1982). The next new chart was dated 9th January, 1982

TW LW TITLE Artist (Label)-Weeks on Chart (Peak Position)

1 1 PHYSICAL –•– Olivia Newton-John (MCA)-13 (6 weeks at #1) (1)
2 2 WAITING FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU –•– Foreigner (Atlantic)-12 (2)
3 3 LET’S GROOVE –•– Earth, Wind and Fire (ARC)-13 (3)
4 6 I CAN’T GO FOR THAT (No Can Do) –•– Daryl Hall and John Oates (RCA)-7 (4)
5 5 YOUNG TURKS –•– Rod Stewart (Warner Brothers)-11 (5)
6 8 HARDEN MY HEART –•– Quarterflash (Geffen)-11 (6)
7 7 WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE –•– Diana Ross (RCA)-11 (7)
8 10 LEATHER AND LACE –•– Stevie Nicks (with Don Henley) (Modern)-10 (8)
9 9 DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’ –•– Journey (Columbia)-9 (9)
10 11 TROUBLE –•– Lindsey Buckingham (Asylum)-10 (10)

11 23 CENTERFOLD –•– The J. Geils Band (EMI-America)-8 (11)
12 13 YESTERDAY’S SONGS –•– Neil Diamond (Columbia)-8 (12)
13 14 COMIN’ IN AND OUT OF YOUR LIFE –•– Barbra Streisand (Columbia)-7 (13)
14 15 TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND –•– George Benson (Warner Brothers)-10 (14)
15 16 THE SWEETEST THING (I’ve Ever Known) –•– Juice Newton (Capitol)-11 (15)
16 21 HOOKED ON CLASSICS (Medley) –•– Louis Clark Conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RCA)-9 (16)
17 18 TAKE MY HEART (You Can Have It If You Want It) –•– Kool and the Gang (De-Lite)-11 (17)
18 19 COOL NIGHT –•– Paul Davis (Arista)-8 (18)
19 4 OH NO –•– The Commodores (Motown)-14 (4)
20 12 EVERY LITTLE THING SHE DOES IS MAGIC –•– The Police (A&M)-14 (3)

21 25 SOMEONE COULD LOSE A HEART TONIGHT –•– Eddie Rabbitt (Elektra)-7 (21)
22 17 HERE I AM (Just When I Thought I Was Over You) –•– Air Supply (Arista)-14 (5)
23 27 I WOULDN’T HAVE MISSED IT FOR THE WORLD –•– Ronnie Milsap (RCA)-10 (23)
24 28 SHAKE IT UP –•– The Cars (Elektra)-6 (24)
25 26 STEAL THE NIGHT –•– Stevie Woods (Cotillion)-16 (25)
26 30 WAITING ON A FRIEND –•– The Rolling Stones (Rolling Stones)-4 (26)
27 20 OUR LIPS ARE SEALED –•– The Go-Go’s (I.R.S.)-18 (20)
28 32 SHE’S GOT A WAY –•– Billy Joel (Columbia)-6 (28)
29 22 MY GIRL (Gone, Gone, Gone) –•– Chilliwack (Millenium)-14 (22)
30 34 COME GO WITH ME –•– The Beach Boys (Caribou)-6 (30)

31 33 UNDER PRESSURE –•– Queen and David Bowie (Elektra)-8 (31)
32 40 YOU COULD HAVE BEEN WITH ME –•– Sheena Easton (EMI-America)-5 (32)
33 37 LEADER OF THE BAND –•– Dan Fogelberg (Full Moon)-5 (33)
34 24 HEART LIKE A WHEEL –•– The Steve Miller Band (Capitol)-9 (24)
35 41 TAKE IT EASY ON ME –•– The Little River Band (Capitol)-4 (35)
36 38 CASTLES IN THE AIR (1981 Version) –•– Don McLean (Millenium)-9 (36)
37 39 MORE THAN JUST THE TWO OF US –•– Sneaker (Handshake)-9 (37)
38 29 PRIVATE EYES –•– Daryl Hall and John Oates (RCA)-18 (1)
39 31 START ME UP –•– The Rolling Stones (Rolling Stones)-19 (2)
40 49 LOVE IS ALRIGHT TONITE –•– Rick Springfield (RCA)-4 (40)

OFF THE CHARTS

43 35 THE OLD SONGS –•– Barry Manilow (Arista)-12 (15)
45 36 ARTHUR’S THEME (Best That You Can Do) –•– Christopher Cross (Warner Brothers)-20 (1)

POWER PLAYS

41 44 WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND –•– Loverboy (Columbia)-7 (41)
42 53 SWEET DREAMS –•– Air Supply (Arista)-3 (42)
44 48 LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE –•– Alabama (RCA)-7 (44)
46 50 IF I WERE YOU –•– Lulu (Alfa)-6 (46)
47 51 KEY LARGO –•– Bertie Higgins (Kat Family)-7 (47)
48 52 LET ME LOVE YOU ONCE –•– Greg Lake (Chrysalis)-6 (48)

DEBUTS

71 — ABACAB –•– Genesis (Atlantic)-1 (71)
80 — SOUTHERN PACIFIC –•– Neil Young and Crazy Horse (Reprise)-1 (80)
82 — THROUGH THE YEARS –•– Kenny Rogers (Liberty)-1 (82)
83 — CRAZY (Keep On Falling) –•– The John Hall Band (EMI-America)-1 (83)
85 — TONIGHT TONIGHT –•– Bill Champlin (Elektra)-1 (85)
91 — CAN’T HOLD BACK (Your Loving) –•– Kano (Mirage)-1 (91)