Billboard #1’s for the Week Ending September 5, 1981

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Song Act Weeks
Hot 100 Endless Love Diana Ross & Lionel Richie 4
R & B Endless Love Diana Ross & Lionel Richie 3
Country (There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me Ronnie Milsap 2
Adult Contemporary Endless Love Diana Ross & Lionel Richie 1
Rock Start Me Up The Rolling Stones 1
Album Bella Donna Stevie Nicks 1

This week sees Stevie Nicks spend her first and only week at the top of the album charts with her first solo outing, Bella Donna. At the same time her hit with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around, begins a frustrating, record-setting run at #3 on the Hot 100. The song spent six weeks in third place while Endless Love hogged the top spot. Slow Hand by Pointer Sisters and Queen of Hearts by Juice Newton shared the #2 position before Arthur’s Theme by Christopher Cross settled in to await its turn at the top. The song was the biggest hit of Stevie’s solo career and the highest charting hit ever by Tom Petty.


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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