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Top Songs of 1986

1985 <-1986-> 1987


  

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1.10/1986

 ①  Livin' on a Prayer by Bon Jovi

        

MP3

from Slippery When Wet   

CD

MP3

352

US ✫1
US rock ✫1
UK 4
[Polygram 888184 (Mercury)]
written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora & Desmond Child
2.04/1986

 ②  Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel

        

MP3

from So   

CD

MP3

346

US ✫1
US dance ✫1
US R&B 61
US rock ✫1
UK 4
[MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year 1987]
[Geffen 28718]
written by Peter Gabriel
3.06/1986

 ③  Higher Love by Steve Winwood

        

MP3

from Back in the High Life   

CD

MP3

329

US ✫1
US AC 7
US rock ✫1
UK 13
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1987]
[Warner 28710 (Island)]
written by Steve Winwood & Will Jennings
4.02/1986

 ④  Addicted to Love by Robert Palmer

        

MP3

from Riptide   

CD

MP3

327

US ✫1
US dance 36
US rock ✫1
UK 5
produced by Bernard Edwards
[Island 7-99570]
written by Robert Palmer
5.05/1986

 ⑤  Invisible Touch by Genesis

        

MP3

from Invisible Touch   

CD

MP3

316

US ✫1
US AC 3
US rock ✫1
UK 15
[Atlantic 89407]
written by Tony Banks, Phil Collins & Mike Rutherford
6.03/1986

Why Can't This Be Love by Van Halen

        

MP3

from 5150   

CD

MP3

296

US 3
US rock ✫1
UK 8

video

[Warner 28740]
written by Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Eddie Van Halen & Alex Van Halen
7.08/1986

Stuck with You by Huey Lewis & the News

        

MP3

from Fore!   

CD

MP3

293

US ✫1
US AC ✫1
US rock 2
UK 12
[Chrysalis 43019]
written by Chris Hayes & Huey Lewis
8.06/1986

Throwing It All Away by Genesis

        

MP3

from Invisible Touch   

CD

MP3

288

US 4
US AC ✫1
US rock ✫1
UK 22
[Atlantic 89372]
written by Tony Banks, Phil Collins & Mike Rutherford
9.08/1986

(I Just) Died in Your Arms by Cutting Crew

        

MP3

from Broadcast   

CD

MP3

285

US ✫1
US AC 24
US dance 37
US rock 4
UK 4
[Virgin 99481]
written by Nick Van Eede
10.09/1986

Amanda by Boston

        

MP3

from Third Stage   

CD

MP3

283

US ✫1
US AC 13
US rock ✫1
UK 84

video

[MCA 52756]
written by Tom Scholz
11.07/1986

The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby

        

MP3

from The Way It Is   

CD

MP3

275

US ✫1
US AC ✫1
US rock 3
UK 15
as Bruce Hornsby and The Range
[RCA Victor 5023]
written by Bruce Hornsby
12.10/1986

Don't Get Me Wrong by The Pretenders

        

MP3

from Get Close   

CD

MP3

264

US 10
US AC 28
US rock ✫1
UK 10
[Sire 28630]
written by Chrissie Hynde
13.09/1986

Hip to Be Square by Huey Lewis & the News

        

MP3

from Fore!   

CD

MP3

251

US 3
US AC 20
US rock ✫1
UK 41
[Chrysalis 43065]
written by Bill Gibson, Sean Hopper & Huey Lewis
14.01/1986

These Dreams by Heart

        

MP3

from Heart   

CD

MP3

249

US ✫1
US AC ✫1
US rock 2
UK 62
[Capitol 5541]
written by Martin Page & Bernie Taupin
15.08/1986

Take Me Home Tonight by Eddie Money

        

MP3

from Can't Hold Back   

CD

MP3

249

US 4
US rock ✫1
featuring Ronnie Spector
[Columbia 38-06231]
written by Mike Leeson, Peter Vale, Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry & Phil Spector (as Phillip Spector)
16.03/1986

Harlem Shuffle by The Rolling Stones

        

MP3

from Dirty Work   

CD

MP3

243

US 5
US dance 4
US rock 2
UK 13
[Columbia 05802 (Rolling Stone)]
written by Bob Relf (as Bobby Relf) & Earl Nelson
17.02/1986

Rock Me Amadeus by Falco

        

MP3

from Falco 3   

CD

MP3

238

US ✫1
US dance 4
US R&B 6
UK ✫1
charted as Rock Me Amadeus / Vienna Calling in US dance charts
[A&M 2821]
written by Rob Bolland, Ferdi Bolland & Falco
18.10/1986

Keep Your Hands to Yourself by The Georgia Satellites

        

MP3

from Georgia Satellites   

CD

MP3

238

US 2
US rock 2

video

[Elektra 69502]
written by Dan Baird
19.08/1986

You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi

        

MP3

from Slippery When Wet   

CD

MP3

226

US ✫1
US rock 9
UK 14
[Polygram 884953 (Mercury)]
written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora & Desmond Child
20.07/1986

The Lady in Red by Chris de Burgh

        

MP3

from Into the Light   

CD

MP3

219

US 3
US AC 2
UK ✫1
[A&M 2848]
written by Chris de Burgh
21.01/1986

Manic Monday by The Bangles

        

MP3

from Different Light   

CD

MP3

213

US 2
US AC 10
US rock 43
UK 2
[Columbia 05757]
written by Prince (as Christopher)
22.04/1986

Holding Back the Years by Simply Red

        

MP3

from Picture Book   

CD

MP3

213

US ✫1
US R&B 29
UK 2
[R]
[Elektra 69564]
written by Mick Hucknall & Neil Moss
23.09/1986

Walk Like an Egyptian by The Bangles

        

MP3

from Different Light   

CD

MP3

212

US ✫1
US dance 46
UK 3
[Columbia 06257]
written by Liam Sternberg
24.06/1986

Land of Confusion by Genesis

        

MP3

from Invisible Touch   

CD

MP3

210

US 4
US rock 11
UK 14
[Atlantic 89336]
written by Tony Banks, Phil Collins & Mike Rutherford
25.03/1986

I Can't Wait by Nu Shooz

        

MP3

from Poolside   

CD

MP3

209

US 3
US AC 38
US dance ✫1
US R&B 2
UK 2
[Atlantic 89446]
written by John Smith
26.10/1986

To Be a Lover by Billy Idol

        

MP3

from Whiplash Smile   

CD

MP3

208

US 6
US rock 2
UK 22
[Chrysalis 43024]
written by William Bell & Booker T. Jones
27.09/1986

Jacob's Ladder by Huey Lewis & the News

        

MP3

from Fore!   

CD

MP3

206

US ✫1
US AC 17
US rock 10

video

written by Bruce Hornsby & John Hornsby
28.10/1986

The Final Countdown by Europe

        

MP3

from The Final Countdown   

CD

MP3

206

US 8
US rock 18
UK ✫1
[Epic 34-06416]
written by Joey Tempest
29.07/1986

Missionary Man by Eurythmics

        

MP3

from Revenge   

CD

MP3

204

US 14
US dance 6
US rock ✫1
UK 31
[RCA 14414]
written by Annie Lennox & Dave Stewart [David Allan Stewart]
30.11/1986

Big Time by Peter Gabriel

        

MP3

from So   

CD

MP3

201

US 8
US rock 3
UK 13
[R]
[Geffen 7-28503]
written by Peter Gabriel
31.10/1986

C'est la vie by Robbie Nevil

        

MP3

from Robbie Nevil   

CD

MP3

196

US 2
US AC 37
US dance ✫1
US R&B 7
UK 3
[EMI 50047]
written by Robbie Nevil, Duncan Pain & Mark Holding
32.10/1986

We're Ready by Boston

        

MP3

from Third Stage   

CD

MP3

195

US 9
US rock 2

video

[MCA 52985]
written by Tom Scholz
33.01/1986

What You Need by INXS

        

MP3

from Listen Like Thieves   

CD

MP3

194

US 5
US dance 20
US rock 3
UK 51
[Atlantic 89460]
written by Andrew Farriss & Michael Hutchence
34.04/1986

Like a Rock by Bob Seger

        

MP3

from Like a Rock   

CD

MP3

192

US 12
US AC 21
US rock ✫1

video

as Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
[Capitol 5592]
written by Bob Seger
35.11/1986

War by Bruce Springsteen

        

MP3

from Live: 1975-85   

CD

MP3

192

US 8
US rock 4
UK 18
as Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
[live]
[Columbia 06432]
written by Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong
36.04/1986

Your Wildest Dreams by The Moody Blues

        

MP3

from The Other Side of Life   

CD

MP3

190

US 9
US AC ✫1
US rock 2
[Polydor 883906]
written by Justin Hayward
37.09/1986

Emotion in Motion by Ric Ocasek

        

MP3

from This Side of Paradise   

CD

MP3

186

US 15
US AC 8
US rock ✫1
[Geffen 28617]
written by Ric Ocasek
38.05/1986

Secret Separation by The Fixx

        

MP3

from Walkabout   

CD

MP3

184

US 19
US rock ✫1
UK 83
written by Dan K. Brown, Cy Curnin, Rupert Greenall, Jeannette Obstoj, Jamie West-Oram & Adam Woods
39.05/1986

Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins

        

MP3

from Top Gun: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack   

CD

MP3

182

US 2
US rock 7
UK 45
produced by Giorgio Moroder
[Columbia 38-05893]
written by Giorgio Moroder & Tom Whitlock
40.11/1986

I Want to Make the World Turn Around by Steve Miller Band

        

MP3

from Living in the 20th Century   

CD

MP3

181

US 97
US rock ✫1
UK 86

video

[Capitol 5646]
written by Steve Miller
41.05/1986

Venus by Bananarama

        

MP3

from True Confessions   

CD

MP3

180

US ✫1
US AC 29
US dance ✫1
UK 8
produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman
[Polygram 886056 (London)]
written by Robbie van Leeuwen
42.03/1986

No One Is to Blame by Howard Jones

        

MP3

from Dream into Action   

CD

MP3

179

US 4
US AC ✫1
US rock 20
UK 16
[Elektra 69549]
written by Howard Jones
43.06/1986

In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel

        

MP3

from So   

CD

MP3

177

US 26
US rock ✫1

video

[Geffen 28622]
written by Peter Gabriel
44.03/1986

Stick Around by Julian Lennon

        

MP3

from The Secret Value of Daydreaming   

CD

MP3

176

US 32
US rock ✫1
UK 86
[Atlantic 7-89437]
written by Julian Lennon
45.02/1986

All I Need Is a Miracle by Mike + the Mechanics

        

MP3

from Mike + the Mechanics   

CD

MP3

175

US 5
US AC 7
US dance 24
US rock 6
UK 53
[Atlantic 7-89450]
written by Mike Rutherford & Christopher Neil
46.11/1986

Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi

        

MP3

from Slippery When Wet   

CD

MP3

174

US 7
US rock 13
UK 13
written by Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora
47.02/1986

Tuff Enuff by The Fabulous Thunderbirds

        

MP3

from Tuff Enuff   

CD

MP3

171

US 10
US rock 4
produced by Dave Edmunds
written by Kim Wilson
48.07/1986

In Too Deep by Genesis

        

MP3

from Invisible Touch   

CD

MP3

168

US 3
US AC ✫1
US rock 34
UK 19
[Atlantic 89316]
written by Tony Banks, Phil Collins & Mike Rutherford
49.02/1986

All the King's Horses by The Firm [English rock supergroup]

        

MP3

from Mean Business   

CD

MP3

167

US 61
US rock ✫1

video

written by Paul Rodgers
50.08/1986

Dreamtime by Daryl Hall

        

MP3

from Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine   

CD

MP3

166

US 5
US AC 24
US dance 36
US rock 11
UK 28
produced by David A. Stewart
[RCA 14387]
written by John Beeby & Daryl Hall
51.11/1986

My Baby by The Pretenders

        

MP3

from Get Close   

CD

MP3

165

US 64
US rock ✫1
UK 84
written by Chrissie Hynde
52.04/1986

Be Good to Yourself by Journey

        

MP3

from Raised on Radio   

CD

MP3

165

US 9
US rock 2

video

[Columbia 38-05869]
written by Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry & Neal Schon
53.07/1986

Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone) by Glass Tiger

        

MP3

from The Thin Red Line   

CD

MP3

163

US 2
US AC 30
US rock 17
UK 29
[Manhattan 50037]
written by Alan Frew, Al Connelly, Sam Reid, Wayne Parker, Michael Hanson & Jim Vallance
54.08/1986

True Colors by Cyndi Lauper

        

MP3

from True Colors   

CD

MP3

159

US ✫1
US AC 5
UK 12
[Portrait 06247]
written by Tom Kelly & Billy Steinberg
55.03/1986

American Storm by Bob Seger

        

MP3

from Like a Rock   

CD

MP3

159

US 13
US rock 2
UK 77
as Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
written by Bob Seger
56.07/1986

I Didn't Mean to Turn You On by Robert Palmer

        

MP3

from Riptide   

CD

MP3

159

US 2
US dance 26
US rock 41
UK 9
produced by Bernard Edwards
[Island 7-99537]
written by Jimmy Jam (as James Harris III) & Terry Lewis
57.10/1986

Everybody Have Fun Tonight (Everybody Wang Chung Tonight) by Wang Chung

        

MP3

from Mosaic   

CD

MP3

159

US 2
US dance 4
US rock 25
UK 76
written by Nick Feldman & Jack Hues
58.01/1986

Your Love by The Outfield

        

MP3

from Play Deep   

CD

MP3

155

US 6
US rock 7
UK 83
[Columbia 05796]
written by John Spinks (as John Frederick Spinks)
59.11/1986

Smoking Gun by The Robert Cray Band

        

MP3

from Strong Persuader   

CD

MP3

155

US 22
US rock 2
written by David Amy, Richard Cousins & Robert Cray
60.03/1986

Absolute Beginners by David Bowie

        

MP3

from Absolute Beginners   

CD

MP3

152

US 53
US rock 9
UK 2
[EMI America 8308]
written by David Bowie
61.12/1986

I Wanna Go Back by Eddie Money

        

MP3

from Can't Hold Back   

CD

MP3

149

US 14
US AC 33
US rock 3
[Columbia 06569]
written by Monty Byrom, Danny Chauncey & Ira Walker
62.11/1986

It's in the Way That You Use It by Eric Clapton

        

MP3

from August   

CD

MP3

147

US rock ✫1
UK 77
[Warner 28514 (Duck)]
written by Eric Clapton & Robbie Robertson
63.01/1986

Rough Boy by ZZ Top

        

MP3

from Afterburner   

CD

MP3

146

US 22
US rock 5
UK 23
[Warner 28733]
written by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill & Frank Beard
64.07/1986

Tonight, Tonight, Tonight by Genesis

        

MP3

from Invisible Touch   

CD

MP3

146

US 3
US AC 8
US rock 45
UK 18
written by Tony Banks, Phil Collins & Mike Rutherford
65.04/1986

When the Heart Rules the Mind by GTR

        

MP3

from GTR   

CD

MP3

144

US 14
US rock 3

video

[Arista 1-9470]
written by Steve Hackett & Steve Howe
66.05/1986

Love Touch by Rod Stewart

        

MP3

from Every Beat of My Heart   

CD

MP3

141

US 6
US AC 5
US rock 26
UK 27
[Warner 7-28668]
written by Mike Chapman, Gene Black & Holly Knight
67.04/1986

Love Walks In by Van Halen

        

MP3

from 5150   

CD

MP3

140

US 22
US rock 4

video

[Warner 28626]
written by Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Eddie Van Halen & Alex Van Halen
68.08/1986

Don't Leave Me This Way by The Communards

        

MP3

from Communards   

CD

MP3

137

US 40
US dance ✫1
UK ✫1
with Sarah Jane Morris
[MCA 52928]
written by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff & Cary Gilbert
69.04/1986

Look Away by Big Country

        

MP3

from The Seer   

CD

MP3

136

US rock 5
UK 7

video

written by Stuart Adamson
70.09/1986

Freedom Overspill by Steve Winwood

        

MP3

from Back in the High Life   

CD

MP3

136

US 20
US dance 28
US rock 4
UK 69
charted as Freedom Overspill / Higher Love in US dance charts
[Warner 28595 (Island)]
written by Steve Winwood, George Fleming & James Hooker
71.08/1986

Wild Wild Life by Talking Heads

        

MP3

from True Stories   

CD

MP3

135

US 25
US rock 4
UK 43
[Sire 7-28629]
written by David Byrne
72.05/1986

Like No Other Night by 38 Special

        

MP3

from Strength in Numbers   

CD

MP3

134

US 14
US rock 4
[A&M 2831]
written by Don Barnes, John Bettis & Jim Vallance
73.04/1986

Nothin' at All by Heart

        

MP3

from Heart   

CD

MP3

132

US 10
US AC 40
US rock 6
UK 76
[Capitol 5572]
written by Mark Mueller
74.09/1986

The Next Time I Fall by Peter Cetera & Amy Grant

        

MP3

from Solitude/Solitaire   

CD

MP3

132

US ✫1
US AC ✫1
UK 78
[Full Moon 28597]
written by Bobby Caldwell & Paul Gordon
75.04/1986

One Hit (to the Body) by The Rolling Stones

        

MP3

from Dirty Work   

CD

MP3

131

US 28
US rock 3
UK 80
[Columbia 05906 (Rolling Stone)]
written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Ronnie Wood
76.03/1986

All the Things She Said by Simple Minds

        

MP3

from Once Upon a Time   

CD

MP3

131

US 28
US rock 9
UK 9
[A&M 2828]
written by Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Mick MacNeil, Mel Gaynor & John Giblin
77.12/1986

Ship of Fools (Save Me from Tomorrow) by World Party

        

MP3

from Private Revolution   

CD

MP3

127

US 27
US rock 5
UK 42

video

written by Karl Wallinger
78.05/1986

Touch and Go by Emerson, Lake & Palmer

        

MP3

from Emerson, Lake & Powell   

CD

MP3

126

US 60
US rock 2

video

as Emerson, Lake & Powell
written by Keith Emerson & Greg Lake
79.03/1986

Is It Love by Mr. Mister

        

MP3

from Welcome to the Real World   

CD

MP3

126

US 8
US rock 17
UK 87
[RCA 14312]
written by Richard Page, Steve George & John Lang
80.10/1986

Stay the Night by Benjamin Orr

        

MP3

from The Lace   

CD

MP3

125

US 24
US AC 2
US rock 6

video

[Elektra 69506]
written by Benjamin Orr & Diane Grey Page
81.04/1986

Dreams by Van Halen

        

MP3

from 5150   

CD

MP3

124

US 22
US rock 6
UK 62

video

[Warner 28702]
written by Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Eddie Van Halen & Alex Van Halen
82.03/1986

For America by Jackson Browne

        

MP3

from Lives in the Balance   

CD

MP3

122

US 30
US AC 31
US rock 3

video

[Elektra 69566 (Asylum)]
written by Jackson Browne
83.08/1986

Heartbeat by Don Johnson [actor]

        

MP3

from Heartbeat   

CD

MP3

122

US 5
US rock 26

video

written by Eric Kaz & Wendy Waldman
84.06/1986

Rumbleseat by John Mellencamp

        

MP3

from Scarecrow   

CD

MP3

116

US 28
US rock 4
as John Cougar Mellencamp
written by John Mellencamp
85.01/1986

This Could Be the Night by Loverboy

        

MP3

from Lovin' Every Minute of It   

CD

MP3

113

US 10
US AC 30
US rock 9
[Columbia 05765]
written by Jonathan Cain, Paul Dean, Mike Reno & Bill Wray
86.07/1986

Two of Hearts by Stacey Q

        

MP3

from Better Than Heaven   

CD

MP3

112

US 3
US dance 4
US R&B 56
[Atlantic 89381]
written by John Mitchell, Sue Gatlin & Tim Greene
87.08/1986

A Matter of Trust by Billy Joel

        

MP3

from The Bridge   

CD

MP3

112

US 10
US AC 17
US rock 14
UK 52
[Columbia 06108]
written by Billy Joel
88.11/1986

Will You Still Love Me? by Chicago

        

MP3

from Chicago 18   

CD

MP3

111

US 3
US AC 2
written by David Foster, Tom Keane & Richard Baskin
89.06/1986

Red Rain by Peter Gabriel

        

MP3

from So   

CD

MP3

110

US rock 3
UK 46
written by Peter Gabriel
90.09/1986

I Know What I Like by Huey Lewis & the News

        

MP3

from Fore!   

CD

MP3

110

US 9
US AC 30
US rock 25

video

written by Chris Hayes & Huey Lewis
91.05/1986

The Girl Can't Help It by Journey

        

MP3

from Raised on Radio   

CD

MP3

108

US 17
US rock 9

video

[Columbia 38-06302]
written by Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry & Neal Schon
92.07/1986

Split Decision by Steve Winwood

        

MP3

from Back in the High Life   

CD

MP3

106

US rock 3

video

written by Steve Winwood & Joe Walsh
93.11/1986

Back in the High Life Again by Steve Winwood

        

MP3

from Back in the High Life   

CD

MP3

105

US 13
US AC ✫1
US rock 19
UK 53
written by Steve Winwood & Will Jennings
94.10/1986

Cool the Engines by Boston

        

MP3

from Third Stage   

CD

MP3

105

US rock 4

video

written by Tom Scholz, Brad Delp & Fran Sheehan
95.09/1986

The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades by Timbuk 3

        

MP3

from Greetings from Timbuk 3   

CD

MP3

105

US 19
US rock 14
UK 21
[I.R.S. 52940]
written by Pat MacDonald
96.01/1986

Lying by Peter Frampton

        

MP3

from Premonition   

CD

MP3

104

US 74
US rock 4
UK 100

video

[Atlantic 7-89463]
written by Peter Frampton
97.03/1986

Move Away by Culture Club

        

MP3

from From Luxury to Heartache   

CD

MP3

104

US 12
US AC 11
US dance 4
US R&B 87
UK 7
charted as Move Away / Sexuality in US dance charts
[Virgin/Epic 05847]
written by Boy George, Mikey Craig, Roy Hay, Jon Moss & Phil Pickett
98.11/1986

Who Owns This Place by Don Henley

        

MP3

from The Color of Money: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack   

CD

MP3

102

US rock 3

video

[Geffen PRO-A-2612]
written by Don Henley, Danny Kootch (as Danny Kortchmar) & J.D. Souther
99.09/1986

Change in the Weather by John Fogerty

        

MP3

from Eye of the Zombie   

CD

MP3

102

US rock 3

video

[Warner 28535]
written by John Fogerty
100.11/1986

All I Wanted by Kansas

        

MP3

from Power   

CD

MP3

102

US 19
US AC 14
US rock 10

video

[MCA 52958]
written by Steve Morse & Steve Walsh

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