1986 – My Top 100 Songs

Rank Title Artist
1 Breakout Swing Out Sister
2 Don’t Dream It’s Over (AUS) Crowded House
3 C’est La Vie Robbie Nevil
4 Voyage Voyage (FR) Desireless
5 Suburbia Pet Shop Boys
6 From Now On (B/S) Basia
7 Every Loser Wins Nick Berry
8 A Different Corner George Michael
9 A Question Of Lust Depeche Mode
10 Lessons In Love Level 42
11 For Tonight Nancy Martinez
12 Human Human League, The
13 Papa Don’t Preach Madonna
14 Venus Bananarama
15 Rain Or Shine Five Star
16 Friends And Lovers Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson
17 I Can’t Wait Nu Shooz
18 Sledgehammer Peter Gabriel
19 Kiss Prince & The Revolution
20 Sweet Love Anita Baker
21 So Macho Sinitta
22 I’ve Been In Love Before (Sanny X Extended Version) Cutting Crew
23 True Blue Madonna
24 Come Hell Or Waters High Dee C Lee
25 Take My Breath Away Berlin
26 You Keep Me Hanging On Kim Wilde
27 Bizarre Love Triangle New Order
28 Desire Randy Crawford
29 Two Of Hearts Stacey Q
30 Ain’t Nothing Going On (But The Rent) Gwen Guthrie
31 The Promise You Made (GER) Cock Robin
32 Touch Me (I Want Your Body) Samantha Fox
33 Love Comes Quickly Pet Shop Boys
34 Live To Tell Madonna
35 Hunting High And Love a-ha
36 Driving Away From Home It’s Immaterial
37 True Colors Cyndi Lauper
38 Chain Reaction Diana Ross
39 Digging Your Scene Blow Monkeys, The
40 Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend) Mel & Kim
41 Nasty Janet Jackson
42 Can’t Change My Heart (LP) Dave Valentin ftr Angela Bofill
43 Never Too Late To Love You Kissing The Pink
44 Caught Up In The Rapture Anita Baker
45 Stay For Awhile Amy Grant
46 Down To Earth Curiosity Killed The Cat
47 More Than Physical (Muscle Mix) Bananarama
48 The Miracle Of Love Eurythmics
49 Don’t Leave Me This Way Communards, The ftr Sarah Jane Morris
50 The Edge Of Heaven Wham!
51 I Love You Stephen AJ Duffy
52 Sometimes Erasure
53 You Got It All Jets, The
54 Each Time You Break My Heart Nick Kamen
55 Big Fun Gap Band, The
56 French Kissin’ (In The USA) Debbie Harry
57 We Connect Stacey Q
58 We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off (To Have A Good Time) Jermaine Stewart
59 No One Is To Blame Howard Jones
60 Coming Around Again Carly Simon
61 No More The Fool Elkie Brooks
62 I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On Robert Palmer
63 Someday (CAN) (Michael Brauer 12” Extended Mix) Glass Tiger
64 Come Go With Me Expose
65 What Have You Done For Me Lately Janet Jackson
66 Ten Va Pas (FR) Elsa
67 Ocean Blue (Pacific Mix) ABC
68 The Lady In Red Chris DeBurgh
69 Living Doll Cliff Richard & The Young Ones
70 All I Ask Of You Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
71 If You Leave Orchestra Manoeuvres In The Dark
72 What About Love Til Tuesday
73 Left Of Centre Suzanne Vega ftr Joe Jackson
74 I Engineer Animotion
75 Wonder Where You Are Michael Sembello ftr Tata Vega
76 Two People (Ben Liebrand Tender Mix) Tina Turner
77 Shellshock New Order
78 Taken In Mike & The Mechanics
79 Crush On You Jets, The
80 Everybody Have Fun Tonight Wang Chung
81 As We Lay Shirley Murdock
82 One Step Kissing The Pink
83 Dying To Be Free Bourgeois Tagg
84 On My Own Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald
85 All Cried Out Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam w/ Full Force
86 I Am By Your Side Corey Hart
87 Don’t Give Up Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
88 Walk Like An Egyptian Bangles, The
89 Come On Home Everything But The Girl
90 Falling In Love (Uh Uh)  Miami Sound Machine
91 Stuck With You Huey Lewis & The News
92 These Dreams Heart
93 Addicted To Love Robert Palmer
94 System Addict Five Star
95 Always There Marti Webb
96 Mad About You Belinda Carlisle
97 Baby Love Regina
98 (I Just) Died In Your Arms Cutting Crew
99 Open Your Heart Madonna
100 For America Red Box
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3 thoughts on “1986 – My Top 100 Songs

  1. Once again, a superb selection of the finest pop tunes from many moons ago. As much as I love most of this music, looking back in retrospective I think a lot of this material was almost too poppy and saccharine, and helped create the build-up and backlash of metal, rap, and grunge taking over the airwaves in the 1990s. But pure pop never dies – it just keeps getting worse!

    Personally, 1987 was my favorite year for music, so I’m very much looking forward to your next lists.

    Thanks Ric!

    • Many moons….sigh….so that means we are now many moons old.
      Yes, 80s pop can be cheesy…but then you have good cheese and bad cheese, but I’ll still take the bad cheese over metal and grunge! LOL!
      1987 eh? You will see less cheery cherry pop and more melancholia and cynicism… be warned! 😛

      • Agreed my friend – even the worst of the ’80s bested much of the drivel from the ’90s.

        1987 was my freshman year at college, so the musical memories are strong and sentimental – bring on the melancholia!

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