Friday, July 7, 2017

US Top 20 Singles: w/e July 11, 1981






Covers and revivals take up more than a quarter of this week's top 20 with songs that didn't hit the first time around ("Bette Davis Eyes" first recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1974 and "Winning" first recorded by Russ Ballard in 1976) and cover versions of songs that are coming back into the charts again ("Sukiyaki", "Elvira", "Boy From New York City" and the plethora of hits in the Dutch sensation that is Stars On 45).

The Pointer Sisters enter the top 10 with "Slow Hand", which is their third top ten hit but it is also producer Richard Perry's seventeenth top 10 smash. This week also finds one song from the movies (Neil Diamond's "America") and one song from television (Joey Scarbury's "Theme From 'The Greatest American Hero'").


  • 1 Time by Alan Parsons Project
  • 2 Modern Girl by Sheena Easton
  • 3 Winning by Santana
  • 4 Sukiyaki by A Taste Of Honey
  • 5 Boy From New York City by Manhattan Transfer
  • 6 Gemini Dream by The Moody Blues
  • 7 America by Neil Diamond
  • 8 Hearts by Marty Balin
  • 9 This Little Girl by Gary U.S. Bonds
  • 10 A Woman Needs Love by Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
  • 11 Slow Hand by Pointer Sisters
  • 12 I Don't Need You by Kenny Rogers
  • 13 Theme From "Greatest American Hero" (Believe It Or Not) by Joey Scarbury
  • 14 Medley: Intro/Venus/Sugar Sugar/No Reply/I'll Be Back/Drive My Car by Stars On 45
  • 15 Elvira by The Oak Ridge Boys
  • 16 You Make My Dreams by Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • 17 Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield
  • 18 The One That You Love by Air Supply
  • 19 All Those Years Ago by George Harrison
  • 20 Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes

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