Charlie's 80s Blog

This Day 80s In Music, January 4th

Each year Billboard freezes their weekly charts at the very end of the year/beginning of the new year (including in the 1980s) so there isn’t a lot of “music news” from the 80s to report at the end of the year/very beginning of the year as far as songs/albums going to #1, etc. So for the next few days as we begin 2022, we’ll be going back to one specific year of the 80s per day and showing you the Top 40 songs for that year. Today, we visit 1986. These are the Top 40 songs of 1986 as ranked by Billboard Magazine:

1That’s What Friends Are ForDionne and Friends (Dionne WarwickGladys KnightElton John and Stevie Wonder)
2Say You, Say MeLionel Richie
3I Miss YouKlymaxx
4On My OwnPatti LaBelle and Michael McDonald
5Broken WingsMr. Mister
6How Will I KnowWhitney Houston
7Party All the TimeEddie Murphy
8Burning HeartSurvivor
9KyrieMr. Mister
10Addicted to LoveRobert Palmer
11The Greatest Love of AllWhitney Houston
12Secret LoversAtlantic Starr
13Friends and LoversGloria Loring and Carl Anderson
14Glory of LovePeter Cetera
15West End GirlsPet Shop Boys
16There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)Billy Ocean
17Alive and KickingSimple Minds
19KissPrince and The Revolution
20Higher LoveSteve Winwood
21Stuck with YouHuey Lewis and the News
22Holding Back the YearsSimply Red
23SledgehammerPeter Gabriel
25HumanThe Human League
26I Can’t WaitNu Shooz
27Take My Breath AwayBerlin
28Rock Me AmadeusFalco
29Papa Don’t PreachMadonna
30You Give Love a Bad NameBon Jovi
31When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get GoingBilly Ocean
32When I Think of YouJanet Jackson
33These DreamsHeart
34Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)Glass Tiger
35Live to TellMadonna
36Mad About YouBelinda Carlisle
37Something About YouLevel 42
39Dancing on the CeilingLionel Richie
40CongaMiami Sound Machine

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