30 Awesomely Soul-Stirring Performances From 1981 You Need To See

From cheeky to reverent, we have 1981 covered. Every performance and song was released in 1981. As a result, it’s like you time-traveled into the audience at the time it was released!

1. AC/DC, “Back in Black”

2. Adam & the Ants, “Prince Charming”

3. The Cars, “Shake it Up”

4. The Cure, “Primary”

5. Depeche Mode, “Just Can’t Get Enough”

6. Duran Duran, “Girls on Film”

7. Earth Wind and Fire, “Let’s Groove”

8. Echo & The Bunnymen, “Show of Strength”

9. The Go-Go’s, “Our Lips Are Sealed”

10. Hall and Oates, “Kiss on my List”

11. The Human League, “Don’t You Want Me”

12. James Ingram, “Just Once”

13. Rick James, “Superfreak”

14. Journey, “Don’t Stop Believin’”

15. Lakeside, “Fantastic Voyage”

16. New Order, “Temptation”

17. Olivia Newton-John, “Physical”

18. Stevie Nicks, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”

19. Oingo Boingo, “Ain’t This Life”

20. The Pointer Sisters, “Slow Hand”

21. The Pretenders, “Talk of the Town”

22. The Psychedelic Furs, “Dumb Waiters”

23. Public Image Limited, “Flowers of Romance”

24. Quarterflash, “Harden My Heart”

25. Rolling Stones, “Start Me Up”

26. Siouxsie and the Banshees, “Spellbound”

27. Rick Springfield, “Jessie’s Girl”

28. Stray Cats, “Stray Cat Strut”

29. Tom Tom Club, “Genius of Love”

30. U2, “Gloria”

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