Billboard #1 Albums of 1981

Billboard #1 Albums of 1981
Authored By John Nicholson

As we entered the 1980's in USA the dominance of AOR was well underway with REO Speedwagon, Foreigner and Styx spending 25 weeks at the top between them.

Kim Carnes was an interesting act as she didn't have another album even breaking the top 40 after Mistaken Identity and only one top 10 single apart fro Bette Davis Eyes.

By contrast journey were massively successful but Escape was their only #1 album and it was only at the top for a week. Nevertheless it went on to sell over 9 million copies in USA alone.

January 3 Double Fantasy - John Lennon and Yoko Ono

February 21 Hi Infidelity - REO Speedwagon

April 4 Paradise Theater - Styx

April 18 Hi Infidelity - REO Speedwagon

May 9 Paradise Theater - Styx

May 16 Hi Infidelity - REO Speedwagon

June 27 Mistaken Identity - Kim Carnes

July 25  Long Distance Voyager - The Moody Blues

August 15 Precious Time - Pat Benatar

August 22 4 - Foreigner

September 5 Bella Donna - Stevie Nicks

September 12 Escape - Journey

September 19 Tattoo You -The Rolling Stones

November 21 4 - Foreigner

December 26 For Those About to Rock We Salute You - AC/DC

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