Billboard #1’s for the Week Ending August 22, 1981

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Song Act Weeks
Hot 100 Endless Love Diana Ross & Lionel Richie 2
R & B Endless Love Diana Ross & Lionel Richie 1
Country I Don’t Need You Kenny Rogers 2
Adult Contemporary Touch Me When We’re Dancing The Carpenters 1
Rock Burnin’ For You Blue Oyster Cult 1
Album 4 Foreigner 1

This week sees the Rolling Stones debut on the Hot 100 with their last major hit, the #2 smash Start Me Up. The lead-off track from their last #1 album, Tattoo You, the song is classic Stones, with a great band sound and Jagger in top lothario vocal form. Debuting at #61, the song made decent progress, moving into the Top 10 its 6th week on the charts. It got stuck in a very competetive period for the top range of the charts, taking another five weeks to reach its peak and lingering at #2 for three weeks. The song fared even better on the Rock charts, logging an impressive 13 weeks at #1.


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.

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