May 11 - The musical Cats begins its 8949 performance run on London's West End.
August 1 - MTV
debuts on cable television, playing music videos 24 hours a day.
August 23 - The Violent Femmes are discovered by members of The Pretenders busking outside the Milwaukee venue where The Pretenders will be playing, and invited to play a 10-minute acoustic set as a second opening act that night.
September 19 - Simon and Garfunkel perform a free reunion concert in New York City's Central Park attended by over 500,000 fans.
December 27, 1980 - January 30, 1981:
(Just Like) Starting Over John Lennon January 31 - February 6:
The Tide Is High - Blondie February 7 - February 20: Celebration - Kool & The Gang February 21 - March 6:
9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
March 7 - March 20:
I Love A Rainy Night - Eddie Rabbitt March 21 - March 27:
Keep On Loving You - REO Speedwagon March 28 - April 10: Rapture - Blondie
April 11 - May 1:
Kiss On My List - Hall & Oates May 2 - May 15:
Morning Train (Nine To Five) - Sheena Easton May 16 - July 17:
Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes July 18 - July 24:
Medley - Stars on 45 July 25 - July 31:
The One That You Love - Air Supply August 1 - August 14:
Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield August 15 - October 16:
Endless Love - Diana Ross
& Lionel Richie October 17 - November 6:
Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) - Christopher Cross November 7 - November 20:
Private Eyes - Hall & Oates November 21, 1981 - January 29, 1982: Physical - Olivia Newton-John