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Framed Birthday Number One Records from 1981
Find out what was top of the UK charts in 1981 in the list below.
We'll find and frame an original copy of the vinyl record or sheet music, with your own personal message printed and mounted beneath.
It's the perfect birthday gift idea for music lovers. From £79 including delivery.
No.1 from:
Song title & artist:
December 21st 1980
There's No-One Quite Like Grandma
St. Winifred's School Choir
Number One for 2 weeks
January 4th 1981
Imagine
John Lennon
Number One for 4 weeks
February 1st 1981
Woman
John Lennon
Number One for 2 weeks
February 15th 1981
Shaddap You Face
Joe Dolce Music Theatre
Number One for 3 weeks
March 8th 1981
Jealous Guy
Roxy Music
Number One for 2 weeks
March 22nd 1981
This Ole House
Shakin' Stevens
Number One for 3 weeks
April 12th 1981
Making Your Mind Up
Bucks Fizz
Number One for 3 weeks
May 3rd 1981
Stand and Deliver
Adam and the Ants
Number One for 5 weeks
June 7th 1981
Being with You
Smokey Robinson
Number One for 2 weeks
June 21st 1981
One Day in Your Life
Michael Jackson
Number One for 2 weeks
July 5th 1981
Ghost Town
The Specials
Number One for 3 weeks
July 26th 1981
Green Door
Shakin' Stevens
Number One for 4 weeks
August 23rd 1981
Japanese Boy
Aneka
Number One for 1 week
August 30th 1981
Tainted Love
Soft Cell
Number One for 2 weeks
September 13th 1981
Prince Charming
Adam and the Ants
Number One for 4 weeks
October 11th 1981
It's My Party
Dave Stewart with Barbara Gaskin
Number One for 4 weeks
November 8th 1981
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
The Police
Number One for 1 week
November 15th 1981
Under Pressure
Queen and David Bowie
Number One for 2 weeks
November 29th 1981
Begin the Beguine (Volver a Empezar)
Julio Iglesias
Number One for 1 week
December 6th 1981
Don't You Want Me
The Human League
Number One for 5 weeks
See Number One songs for a different year
The charts we use from November 1952 onwards are compiled by the Official Charts Company which produces the UK Singles Chart for the music industry, including the BBC. Their information can differ from that shown in reference guides such as The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (now The Virgin Book of British Hit Singles). We explain this more fully here and you can find even more detail on the history of the charts on the Official Charts Company website.

The official UK pop charts based on record sales did not start until 14th November 1952. For earlier dates than this, we have used the weekly pop chart based on the sales of sheet music, which was published by Melody Maker and broadcast by Radio Luxembourg from May 1947. (Sheet music outsold records in the United Kingdom until the early 1950s.)