Class of 1981

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1981 Historical Events

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40th President:
Ronald Reagan

Served from January 20, 1981 to January 20, 1989 (8 years)
World Series Winner:
Philadelphia Phillies (NL)

Defeated the Kansas City Royals (AL) with a record of 4-2
Super Bowl XV Winner:
Oakland Raiders

Defeated the Philadelphia Eagles with a score of 27-10
Time Magazine's
Person of the Year:
Lech Walesa

From Poland
John Hinkley, Jr. carries out an assassination attempt on the U.S. President by shooting the President outside Washington Hilton Hotel.
(March 30, 1981)


For 1981 movies, Raiders of the Lost Ark came out on top. It grossed over $245,034,358 to make it the most popular movie of 1981. Among 1981 TV shows, Dallas was the most popular for the year.


Top Movies from 1981

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Porky's
  • Arthur
  • Stripes
  • Guerre du feu, La
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Clash of the Titans
  • Absence of Malice

Top Songs from 1981

  • Bette Davis Eyes, Kim Carnes
  • Endless Love, Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
  • Lady, Kenny Rogers
  • (Just Like) Starting Over, John Lennon
  • Jessie's Girl, Rick Springfield
  • Celebration, Kool and The Gang
  • Kiss On My List, Daryl Hall and John Oates
  • I Love A Rainy Night, Eddie Rabbitt

Billboard Top Songs from 1981

All of the 1981 hits below topped the 1981 Billboard Top 100 charts. Can you remember the lyrics of any of these 1981 top songs?

1.Kim CarnesBette Davis Eyes
2.Diana Ross and Lionel RichieEndless Love
3.Kenny RogersLady
4.John Lennon(Just Like) Starting Over
5.Rick SpringfieldJessie's Girl
6.Kool and The GangCelebration
7.Daryl Hall and John OatesKiss On My List
8.Eddie RabbittI Love A Rainy Night
9.Dolly Parton9 To 5
10.REO SpeedwagonKeep On Loving You
11.Joey ScarburyTheme From "Greatest American Hero" (Believe It Or Not)
12.Sheena EastonMorning Train (Nine To Five)
13.Smokey RobinsonBeing With You
14.Juice NewtonQueen Of Hearts
16.Ray Parker Jr. and RaydioA Woman Needs Love
17.BlondieThe Tide Is High
18.Grover Washington Jr.Just The Two Of Us
19.Pointer SistersSlow Hand
20.Climax Blues BandI Love You
21.John LennonWoman
22.A Taste Of HoneySukiyaki
23.ABBAThe Winner Takes It All
24.Stars On 45Medley
25.Juice NewtonAngel Of The Morning
26.Neil DiamondLove On The Rocks
27.Air SupplyEvery Woman In The World
28.Air SupplyThe One That You Love
29.Barbra Streisand and Barry GibbGuilty
30.StyxThe Best Of Times
31.Oak Ridge BoysElvira
32.REO SpeedwagonTake It On The Run
33.Ronnie MilsapNo Gettin' Over Me
34.Gino VannelliLiving Outside Myself
35.Barbra StreisandWoman In Love
36.Manhattan TransferBoy From New York City
38.Rod StewartPassion
39.CommodoresLady (You Bring Me Up)
40.Don McleanCrying
41.Marty BalinHearts
42.Diana RossIt's My Turn
43.Daryl Hall and John OatesYou Make My Dreams
44.Kenny RogersI Don't Need You
45.ChampaignHow 'Bout Us
46.Pat BenatarHit Me With Your Best Shot
47.Greg Kihn BandThe Breakup Song
48.Alan Parsons ProjectTime
49.Bruce SpringsteenHungry Heart
50.Franke and The KnockoutsSweetheart
51.Terri GibbsSomeone's Knockin'
52.Leo SayerMore Than I Can Say
54.StyxToo Much Time On My Hands
55.Dottie WestWhat Are We Doin' In Love
56.JourneyWho's Crying Now
57.PoliceDe Do Do Do, De Da Da
58.Gary U.S. BondsThis Little Girl
59.Stevie Nicks With Tom Petty and The HeartbreakersStop Draggin' My Heart Around
60.Delbert McClintonGiving It Up For Your Love
61.Cliff RichardA Little In Love
62.Neil DiamondAmerica
63.John CougarAin't Even Done With The Night
64.Christopher CrossArthur's Theme
65.QueenAnother One Bites The Dust
66.Alan Parsons ProjectGames People Play
67.Eric ClaptonI Can't Stand It
68.Steve WinwoodWhile You See A Chance
69.Stevie WonderMaster Blaster
70.Neil DiamondHello Again
71.PoliceDon't Stand So Close To Me
72.Steely DanHey Nineteen
73.Stevie WonderI Ain't Gonna Stand For It
74.George HarrisonAll Those Years Ago
75.Eddie RabbittStep By Step
76.Billy SquierThe Stroke
77.AlabamaFeels So Right
78.Stanley Clarke and George DukeSweet Baby
79.Dan FogelbergSame Old Lang Syne
80.Pablo CruiseCool Love
81.ELOHold On Tight
82.John SchneiderIt's Now Or Never
83.Pat BenatarTreat Me Right
85.Barbra Streisand and Barry GibbWhat Kind Of Fool
86.John LennonWatching The Wheels
87.HeartTell It Like It Is
88.Ronnie MilsapSmoky Mountain Rain
89.Barry ManilowI Made It Through The Rain
90.Daryl Hall and John OatesYou've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
91.Olivia Newton-John and Cliff RichardSuddenly
92.Sheena EastonFor Your Eyes Only
93.Beach BoysThe Beach Boys Medley
94.DevoWhip It
95.Sheena EastonModern Girl
96.Gary WrightReally Wanna Know You
97.Rosanne CashSeven Year Ache
98.Diana RossI'm Coming Out
99.Boz ScaggsMiss Sun
100.Andy GibbTime Is Time

Most Popular Names for People Who Graduated in 1981


  1. Lisa
  2. Mary
  3. Susan
  4. Karen
  5. Linda


  1. Michael
  2. John
  3. David
  4. James
  5. Robert

Class of 1981 Yearbook

Class of 1981 Reunion

Your 50 year reunion is only 8 years away!

Class of 1981: If are part of the 1981 graduating class, we hope you enjoy thinking about the historical events, remembering the lyrics to the best songs, and thinking back to some of your best high school friends. Be sure to visit® to find old friends from the class of 1981 and reconnect with fellow class of '81 graduates. They have tools to help you plan a class of 1981 reunion, see yearbook photos from 1981, and use the graduates list to get in touch with old friends.

If you did not graduate in the class of 1981, try the Class of 1980 or the Class of 1982.