- 23 December 1981: #50 - #41
- 24 December 1981: #40 - #31
- 28 December 1981: #30 - #21
- 29 December 1981: #20 - #11
- 30 December 1981: #10 - #01
The Festive Fifty Of 1981
- 60: Siouxsie & The Banshees: 'Hong Kong Garden (presumably 7 inch)' (Polydor)
- 59: Sex Pistols: 'Pretty Vacant (presumably from LP-Never Mind The Bollocks)' (Virgin)
- 58: Fire Engines: 'Candy Skin (7 inch)' (Pop Aural)
- 57: Special AKA: 'Gangsters (7 inch)' (2-Tone)
- 56: Fall: 'Totally Wired (7 inch)' (Rough Trade)
- 55: Anti-Pasti: 'No Government (LP-The Last Call)' (Rondelet)
- 54: New Order: 'In A Lonely Place (7 inch-B side of Ceremony, which at number 4 was the highest-placed new entry)' (Factory)
- 53: Magazine: 'Shot By Both Sides (presumably 7 inch)' (Virgin)
- 52: Bauhaus: 'Bela Lugosi's Dead (7 inch)' (Small Wonder)
- 51: Joy Division: 'She's Lost Control (7 inch)' (Factory)
- 50: Altered Images: 'Happy Birthday (presumably from LP-Happy Birthday)' (Portrait)
- 49: Siouxsie & The Banshees: 'Switch (LP-The Scream)' (Polydor)
- 48: New Order: 'Procession (7 inch-double A side with Everything's Gone Green)' (Factory)
- 47: Fall: 'Lie Dream Of A Casino Soul (7 inch)' (Kamera)
- 46: Echo And The Bunnymen: 'Over The Wall (LP-Heaven Up Here)' (Korova)
- 45: Killing Joke: 'Psyche (7 inch)' (E.G.)
- 44: Joy Division: 'Isolation (LP-Closer)' (Factory)
- 43: Joy Division: 'Twenty-Four Hours (LP-Closer)' (Factory)
- 42: Dead Kennedys: 'California Uber Alles (7 inch)' (Alternative Tentacles)
- 41: Only Ones: 'Another Girl, Another Planet (7 inch)' (CBS)
- 40: Siouxsie & The Banshees: 'Icon (LP-Join Hands)' (Polydor)
- 39: Pigbag: 'Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag (7 inch)' (Y Records/Rough Trade)
- 38: Sex Pistols: 'God Save The Queen (LP-Never Mind The Bollocks)' (Virgin)
- 37: Siouxsie & The Banshees: 'Israel (7 inch)' (Polydor)
- 36: B-Movie: 'Remembrance Day (12 inch)' (Deram)
- 35: Siouxsie & The Banshees: 'Jigsaw Feeling (LP-The Scream)' (Polydor)
- 34: Laurie Anderson: 'O Superman (7 inch)' (One Ten)
- 33: Fall: 'How I Wrote Elastic Man (7 inch)' (Rough Trade)
- 32: Stiff Little Fingers: 'Suspect Device (7 inch)' (Rigid Digits)
- 31: Ruts: 'In A Rut (7 inch)' (People Unite)
- 30: Fall: 'Fiery Jack'
- 29: Heaven 17: 'No Fascist Groove Thang'
- 28: Killing Joke: 'Follow The Leaders'
- 27: Killing Joke: 'Requiem'
- 26: Public Image Ltd: 'Public Image'
- 25: Theatre Of Hate: 'Legion'
- 24: Stiff Little Fingers: 'Johnny Was'
- 23: Jam: 'Going Underground'
- 22: Scritti Politti: 'The Sweetest Girl'
- 21: Specials: 'Ghost Town'
- 20: Undertones: 'Get Over You (7 inch)' (Sire)
- 19: Birthday Party: 'Release The Bats (7 inch)' (4AD)
- 18: Clash: 'Complete Control (7 inch)' (CBS)
- 17: Sex Pistols: 'Holidays In the Sun (LP-Never Mind The Bollocks)' (Virgin)
- 16: Stiff Little Fingers: 'Alternative Ulster (presumably from LP-Inflammable Material)' (Rough Trade)
- 15: Altered Images: 'Dead Pop Stars (7 inch)' (Epic)
- 14: Joy Division: 'Transmission (7 inch)' (Factory)
- 13: Jam: 'Down In The Tube Station At Midnight (7 inch)' (Polydor)
- 12: Damned: 'New Rose (LP-Light At The End Of The Tunnel)' (MCA)
- 11: Joy Division: 'Dead Souls (LP-Still)' (Factory)
- 10: Clash: '(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais (7 inch)' (CBS)
- 09: Dead Kennedys: 'Holiday In Cambodia (7 inch)' (Alternative Tentacles)
- 08: Cure: 'A Forest (12 inch)' (Fiction)
- 07: Joy Division: 'Decades (LP-Closer)' (Factory)
- 06: Undertones: 'Teenage Kicks (EP-Teenage Kicks)' (Good Vibrations)
- 05: Joy Division: 'New Dawn Fades (LP-Unknown Pleasures)' (Factory)
- 04: New Order: 'Ceremony (7 inch)' (Factory)
- 03: Joy Division: 'Love Will Tear Us Apart (7 inch)' (Factory)
- 02: Sex Pistols: 'Anarchy In The U.K. (presumably from LP-Never Mind The Bollocks)' (Virgin)
- 01: Joy Division: 'Atmosphere (7 inch)' (Factory)
- The files below are part of the John Peel Torrent Compilation 1 of 17 (Festive Fifties 1992-2004 Plus Others) and are in good quality stereo. The first two cover the original broadcasts of the chart only, numbers 20-11 and 10-01.
- John Peel Festive Fifty 1981 Part 4.m4a
- John Peel Festive Fifty 1981 Part 5.m4a
- Torrent Compilation 2 of 17 contains all the tracks in the chart from 60-51: however, only numbers 20-01 are from the original broadcast (split mp3s of the above two files). The intervening show containing numbers 30-21 does not appear to be available at time of writing.
- Numbers 50-31 were made available in two good quality recordings via the Peel Mailing List. Please address any requests for re-uppping the recordings to the list.