89 of 1981
Survey courtesy Scott Childers and Doug Scherer
1 Start Me Up The Rolling Stones 2 I Love You Climax Blues Band 3 Hold On Loosely .38 Special 4 The Night Owls Little River Band 5 In The Air Tonight Phil Collins 6 While You See A Chance Steve Winwood 7 Just The Two Of Us Grover Washington, Jr. 8 Don't Stop Believing Journey 9 The Best Of Times Styx 10 Waiting For A Girl Like You Foreigner 11 Nicole Point Blank 12 Who's Crying Now Journey 13 Winning Santana 14 Private Eyes Daryl Hall & John Oates 15 Find Your Way Back Jefferson Starship 16 Without Your Love Roger Daltrey 17 Arc Of A Diver Steve Winwood 18 Watching The Wheels John Lennon 19 Hearts On Fire Randy Meisner 20 Sweetheart Frankie & The Knockouts 21 Keep On Loving You R. E. O. Speedwagon 22 You Better, You Bet The Who 23 He Can't Love You Michael Stanley Band 24 Her Town Too James Taylor/J. D. Souther 25 Kiss On My List Daryl Hall & John Oates 26 Hard To Say Dan Fogelberg 27 Take It On The Run R. E. O. Speedwagon 28 The Breakup Song (They Don't Write'Em)-Greg Kihn Band 29 No Time To Lose Tarney/Spencer Band 30 Time Alan Parsons Project 31 Being With You Smokey Robinson 32 For You Manfred Mann's Earth Band 33 Woman John Lennon 34 Too Much Time On My Hands Styx 35 A Life Of Illusion Joe Walsh 36 A Little In Love Cliff Richard 37 Don't Stand So Close To Me The Police 38 Bette Davis Eyes Kim Carnes 39 Urgent Foreigner 40 Jessie's Girl Rick Springfield 41 I Don't Need You Kenny Rogers 42 I Love A Rainy Night Eddie Rabbitt 43 The Waiting Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 44 Magic Power Triumph 45 Arthur's Theme Christopher Cross 46 Hey 19 Steely Dan 47 Train' To Live My Life Without You Bob Seger 48 Poor Man's Son Survivor 49 Step By Step Eddie Rabbitt 50 In The Dark Billy Squier 51 The Tide Is High Blondie 52 Ah Leah Donnie Iris 53 Celebration Kool & The Gang 54 All Those Years Ago George Harrison 55 Endless Love Diana Ross & Lionel Richie 56 Games People Play Alan Parsons Project 57 Theme From Greatest American Hero Joey Scarbury 58 No Reply At All Genesis 59 9 To 5 Dolly Parton 60 The One That You Love Air Supply 61 Treat Me Right Pat Benatar 62 Burnin' For You Blue Oyster Cult 63 Living In A Fantasy Leo Sayer 64 Guilty Barbra Streisand 65 Slowhand Pointer Sisters 66 The Voice Moody Blues 67 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap AC/DC 68 Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic The Police 69 Rock & Roll Dreams Come Through Jim Steinman 70 Got To Rock On Kansas 71 Morning Train Sheena Easton 72 Living Inside Myself Gino Vannelli 73 I Can't Stand It Eric Clapton 74 Just Between You & Me April Wine 75 A Woman Needs Love Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio 76 Time Out Of Mind Steely Dan 77 Don't Let Him Go R. E. O. Speedwagon 78 Back In Black AC/DC 79 Fire & Ice Pat Benatar 80 Searchin' Santana 81 Hello Again Neil Diamond 82 Centerfold J. Geils Band 83 Every Woman In The World Air Supply 84 One Step Closer Doobie Brothers 85 My Kinds Lover Billy Squier 86 You Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC 87 Young Turks Rod Stewart 88 I've Done Everything For You Rick Springfield 89 The Party's Over (Hopelessly In Love)-Journey
Big 33 OF 1981
1 Hi Infidelity R. E. O. Speedwagon 2 Paradise Theatre Styx 3 4 Foreigner 4 Escape Journey 5 Don't Say No Billy Squier 6 Back In Black AC/DC 7 Tattoo You The Rolling Stones 8 Moving Pictures Rush 9 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap AC/DC 10 Face Value Phil Collins 11 Long Distance Voyager Moody Blues 12 Double Fantasy John Lennon 13 Balls Donna Stevie Nicks 14 Blizzard Of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne 15 Nine Tonight Bob Seger 16 Face Dances The Who 17 Arc Of A Diver Steve Winwood 18 Precious Time Pat Benatar 19 Abacab Genesis 20 Mistaken Identity Kim Carnes 21 Zenyatta Mondatta The Police 22 Crimes Of Passion Pat Benatar 23 Zebop! Santana 24 Guilty Barbra Streisand 25 The Jazz Singer Neil Diamond 26 Greatest Hits Kenny Rogers 27 Ghost In The Machine The Police 28 Hard Promises Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 29 Innocent Age Dan Fogelberg 30 Fair Warning Van Halen 31 Gaucho Steely Dan 32 Share Your Love Kenny Rogers 33 Working Class Dog Rick Springfield
BIO... REO SPEEDWAGON
Over a decade ago, Gary Richrath, a native of Peoria, formed REO Speedwagon while he was attending the University of Illinois in Champaign. He met fellow Illinoisian, lead singer Kevin Cronin, who was running a musician's referral service in Evanston in those early years. The band had several albums, but it wasn't until they released YOU CAN TUNE A PIANO, BUT YOU CANT TUNE A FISH, their first gold album, and last year's greatest hits album, that the band achieved notoriety outside of Chicago. This year gave the band their biggest hit record yet, KEEP ON LOVING YOU, from the year's top album, HI INFIDELITY, giving Chicagoland another band to be proud of.
Bio... THE ROLLING STONES
From their fast appearance on the Silver Dollar Survey in 1964, to their most recent album, The Rolling Stones have created quite a stir, not only in Chicago, but in all of rock and roll. In 1962, Mick Jagger, a student at the London School of Economics, met Keith Richard, who was studying Art, and The Rolling Stones were born. Their name was derived from an old Muddy Waters tune called THE ROLLING STONE BLUES. The band has withstood many ups end downs over the years, including the death of Brian Jones, to capture the number one spot in the Big 89 with their most recent hit, START ME UP, from the former number one album TATTOO YOU completing the most successful year in the history of the band, proving that rock and roll is ageless.
Above "bios" as printed on year end survey.