Billboard #1’s for the Week Ending May 16, 1981

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Song Act Weeks
Hot 100 Bette Davis Eyes Kim Carnes 1
R & B A Woman Needs Love
(Just Like You Do)
Ray Parker, Jr. and Raydio 1
Country I Loved ‘Em Every One T.G. Sheppard 1
Adult Contemporary Sukiyaki A Taste of Honey 1
Rock The Waiting Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 2
Album Hi Infidelity REO Speedwagon 10

This week sees one of the biggest hits of the 80’s vault to #1. Inspired by the screen legend, Jackie DeShannon and Donna Weiss wrote the song Bette Davis Eyes. Kim Carnes, who had been in the music business writing and singing for over 20 years, recorded the song on her album Mistaken Identity. Her smoky vocals and sneaky delivery perfectly matched the lyrics and caught America’s attention. On May 16, 1981, the recording jumped from #5 to #1, where it would reign for nine of the next ten weeks.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

One Response to Billboard #1’s for the Week Ending May 16, 1981

  1. Pingback: Flashback Friday Song of the Day – Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes | johnsworldblog

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