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Songs of the Year: 1986

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It’s 1986, aka the year of the Kramzer.

Another year with oodles of pop gems. It’s the 80’s. We do this every year. Bon Jovi brought forth Slippery When Wet, cementing the late 80s as the era of pop metal. Also charting highly, Poison, Peter Gabriel, Journey, Peter Cetera, Cindy Lauper, Madonna, Berlin, The Bangles, Janet Jackson, Stevie Winwood, Huey Lewis and the News. Metallica, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest all released classic metal albums and New Order, The Smithereens and The Smiths brought the college radio stuff.

It’s a simple concept. We pick five of our favorite songs that made the Billboard Top 100 (established in 1958) during any time that year. We also select five “wildcards” that can be any songs released as a single or on an album or EP that year. Finally, we also pick our “worst” song of the year, just for fun.

We started in 1958 and we’re going until we run out of years.

Standings So Far …

It was a blowout of blowouts as Everybody Wants to Rule the World from Tears for Fears (Joe’s Pick) trounced Jason’s Todd selection and Kramzer’s alternative Husker Du pick. But this might be Kramzer’s year. He’s going with an 80s pop rock classic that went all the way to #2 (in 1987) while Joe’s didn’t chart at all in the 80’s (it managed to hit #98 in 1995). Jason’s pick has absolutely no chance of winning, but he will take all the sympathy votes he can muster.

Joe: 15
Jason: 11.5
Kramzer: 7.5

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Which Was the Best Song of 1986?

  • Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House (60%, 150 Votes)
  • Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order (23%, 57 Votes)
  • Brilliant Mistake - Elvis Costello (17%, 42 Votes)

Total Voters: 249

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Dan O

My favorite songs of 1986:
Rank-Title-Artist
1. BUILT FOR THE FUTURE – FIXX
2. SOMETHING ABOUT YOU – LEVEL 42
3. SECRET SEPERATION – FIXX
4. LOVE WALKS IN – VAN HALEN
5. WHEN THE HEART RULES THE MIND – GTR
6. YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME – BON JOVI
7. DON’T GET ME WRONG – PRETENDERS
8. DON’T FORGET ME (WHEN I’M GONE) – GLASS TIGER
9. IF YOU LEAVE – OMD
10. IS IT LOVE – MR. MISTER
11. TOUCH & GO – EMERSON, LAKE & POWELL
12. CAPTAIN OF HER HEART – DOUBLE
13. YOUR LOVE – OUTFIELD
14. TAKE ME HOME – PHIL COLLINS
15. THE WAY IT IS – BRUCE HORNSBY & THE RANGE
16. WILD WILD LIFE – TALKING HEADS
17. SLEDGEHAMMER – PETER GABRIEL
18. SEX AS A WEAPON – PAT BENATAR
19. AMANDA – BOSTON
20. HUMAN – HUMAN LEAGUE
21. A MATTER OF TRUST – BILLY JOEL
22. SANCTIFY YOURSELF – SIMPLE MINDS
23. HIP TO BE SQUARE – HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS
24. VENUS – BANANARAMA
25. CONGA – MIAMI SOUND MACHINE
26. STAGES – ZZ TOP
27. SILENT RUNNING – MIKE & THE MECHANICS
28. R.O.C.K. IN THE U.S.A. – JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP
29. DREAMTIME – DARYL HALL
30. GREATEST LOVE OF ALL – WHITNEY HOUSTON
31. SWEET FREEDOM – MICHAEL MCDONALD
32. IF LOOKS COULD KILL – HEART
33. KYRIE – MR. MISTER
34. GIRL CAN’T HELP IT – JOURNEY
35. POINT OF NO RETURN – NU SHOOZ
36. STRANGLEHOLD – PAUL MCCARTNEY
37. TALK TO ME – STEVIE NICKS
38. ROUGH BOY – ZZ TOP
39. MANHATTAN PROJECT – RUSH
40. DREAMS – VAN HALEN

Dan O

More of my favorite songs of 1986:
Rank-Title-Artist
41. INVISIBLE TOUCH – GENESIS
42. GO HOME – STEVIE WONDER
43. I CAN’T WAIT – NU SHOOZ
44. TONIGHT SHE COMES – CARS
45. IT’S ONLY LOVE – BRYAN ADAMS/TINA TURNER
46. TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT – EDDIE MONEY
47. IN YOUR EYES – PETER GABRIEL
48. THESE DREAMS – HEART
49. YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU…DON’T YOU – HOWARD JONES
50. SO FAR AWAY – DIRE STRAITS
51. (FOREVER) LIVE AND DIE – OMD
52. MANIC MONDAY – BANGLES
53. WHAT YOU NEED – INXS
54. ALL I NEED IS A MIRACLE – MIKE & THE MECHANICS
55. FACE THE FACE – PETE TOWNSHEND
56. HOW WILL I KNOW – WHITNEY HOUSTON
57. (YOU ARE MY) ALL N’ ALL – JOYCE SIMS
58. I STILL BELIEVE (GREAT DESIGN) – THE CALL
59. I CAN’T WAIT – STEVIE NICKS
60. VELCRO FLY – ZZ TOP
61. SARA – STARSHIP
62. GIVE BLOOD – PETE TOWNSHEND
63. DAY BY DAY – HOOTERS
64. YOUR WILDEST DREAMS – MOODY BLUES
65. 61 SECONDS – OUTFIELD
66. CRUSH ON YOU – JETS
67. ADDICTED TO LOVE – ROBERT PALMER
68. BABY TALK – ALISHA
69. RUNNING ON ICE – BILLY JOEL
70. SPIES LIKE US – PAUL MCCARTNEY
71. ALL THE THINGS SHE SAID – SIMPLE MINDS
72. FEEL IT AGAIN – HONEYMOON SUITE
73. NO ONE IS TO BLAME – HOWARD JONES
74. TUFF ENOUGH – FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS
75. ONCE IN A LIFETIME (LIVE) – TALKING HEADS
76. WHEN I THINK OF YOU – JANET JACKSON
77. WALK OF LIFE – DIRE STRAITS
78. IN THE SHAPE OF A HEART – JACKSON BROWNE
79. PLEASURE AND PAIN – DIVINYLS
80. TAKE MY BREATH AWAY – BERLIN
81. WHY CAN’T THIS BE LOVE – VAN HALEN
82. FREEDOM OVERSPILL – STEVE WINWOOD
83. SWEET LOVE – ANITA BAKER
84. ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD – OUTFIELD
85. EVERYBODY HAVE FUN TONIGHT – WANG CHUNG
86. I LOVE MY RADIO (MIDNIGHT RADIO) – TAFFY
87. DANGER ZONE – KENNY LOGGINS
88. LET’S GO ALL THE WAY – SLY FOX
89. LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN – DREAM ACADEMY
90. LIVE TO TELL – MADONNA
91. TENDER LOVE – FORCE MD’S
92. LE BEL AGE – PAT BENATAR
93. RAIN ON THE SCARECROW – JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP
94. HIGHER LOVE – STEVE WINWOOD
95. THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE – MOODY BLUES
96. NOTHING AT ALL – HEART
97. BE GOOD TO YOURSELF – JOURNEY
98. RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES – WAX U.K.
99. STICK AROUND – JULIAN LENNON
100. I LIKE YOU – PHYLIS NELSON

Dan O

More of my favorite songs of 1986:
Rank-Title-Artist
101. SAY IT, SAY IT – E.G. DAILY
102. I’M NOT THE ONE – CARS
103. LIKE NO OTHER NIGHT – .38 SPECIAL
104. RESTLESS – STARPOINT
105. OUT OF MIND, OUT OF SIGHT – MODELS
106. KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) – INXS
107. WEST END GIRLS – PET SHOP BOYS
108. ONE STEP CLOSER – GAVIN CHRISTOPHER
109. LOVE TOUCH – ROD STEWART
110. DON’T YOU WANT MY LOVE – NICOLE
111. THROWING IT ALL AWAY – GENESIS
112. OVERJOYED – STEVIE WONDER
113. CLOSER TO YOUR HEART – CLANNAD
114. STEREOTOMY – ALAN PARSONS PROJECT
115. IN LITTLE WAYS – LET’S ACTIVE
116. TRUE BLUE – MADONNA
117. LOVE WILL CONQUER ALL – LIONEL RICHIE
118. LIVING ON VIDEO – TRANS-X
119. STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN – FAR CORPORATION
120. FOR AMERICA – JACKSON BROWNE
121. BIG MONEY – RUSH
122. RED RAIN – PETER GABRIEL
123. WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN – BANGLES
124. LIKE A ROCK – BOB SEGER
125. A LOVE BIZARRE – SHEILA E.
126. EMOTION IN MOTION – RIC OCASEK
127. YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE – CLARENCE CLEMONS & JACKSON BROWNE
128. FALL ON ME – R.E.M.
129. WORD UP -CAMEO
130. MAD ABOUT YOU – BELINDA CARLISLE
131. RUMBLESEAT – JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP
132. LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT – TALK TALK
133. BAD BOY – MIAMI SOUND MACHINE
134. MIDAS TOUCH – MIDNIGHT STAR
135. WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GET GOING – BILLY OCEAN
136. I ENGINEER – ANIMOTION
137. HARLEM SHUFFLE – ROLLING STONES
138. I WANNA BE A COWBOY – BOYS DON’T CRY
139. PAPA DON’T PREACH – MADONNA
140. CALLING AMERICA – ELO
141. LISTEN LIKE THEIVES – INXS
142. TYPICAL MALE – TINA TURNER
143. IS THAT IT? – KATRINA & THE WAVES
144. TAKEN’ IN – MIKE & THE MECHANICS
145. I WANT TO MAKE THE WORLD TURN AROUND – STEVE MILLER
146. NEVER AS GOOD AS THE FIRST TIME – SADE
147. MY HOMETOWN – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
148. WHAT ABOUT LOVE – ‘TIL TUESDAY
149. EVERYTIME YOU CRY – OUTFIELD
150. I WANT YOU – ANIMOTION
151. BOY INSIDE THE MAN – TOM COCHRAN
152. STUCK WITH YOU – HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS
153. GOIN’ CRAZY – DAVID LEE ROTH
154. ON MY OWN – PATTI LABELLE & MICHAEL MCDONALD
155. IF SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WANTS – BANGLES
156. LIVE IS LIFE – OPUS
157. STRENGTH – THE ALARM
158. CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ – BEACH BOYS
159. STARGAZING – ALISHA
160. WHISPER IN THE DARK – DIONNE WARWICK
161. MONEY$ TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) – SIMPLY RED
162. GO – ASIA
163. ONE HIT (TO THE BODY) – JACKSONS
164. WHERE DO THE CHILDREN GO – HOOTERS
165. A KIND OF MAGIC – QUEEN
166. SOMEBODY’S OUT THERE – TRIUMPH
167. JUNGLE BOY – JOHN EDDIE
168. AMERICAN STORM – BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND
169. DON’T SAY NO TONIGHT – EUGENE WILDE
170. MODERN WOMAN – BILLY JOEL
171. WRAP IT UP – FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS
172. SWEETEST TABOO – SADE
173. YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR HAT ON – JOE COCKER
174. SO FAR, SO GOOD – SHEENA EASTON
175. BABY LOVE – REGINA
176. PRESS – PAUL MCCARTNEY
177. ROCK ME AMADEUS – FALCO
178. I DON’T NEED HER – OUTFIELD
179. FOOLISH PRIDE – DARYL HALL
180. ANOTHERLOVER HOLENYOHEAD – PRINCE
181. HOLDING BACK THE YEARS – SIMPLY RED
182. PARANOMIA – ART OF NOISE
183. FOR TONIGHT – NANCY MARTINEZ
184. THE EDGE OF HEAVEN – WHAM
185. EVERYWHERE I GO – THE CALL
186. BEAT’S SO LONELY – CHARLIE SEXTON
187. ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS – DAVID BOWIE
188. TO BE A LOVER – BILLY IDOL
189. TWIST AND SHOUT – BEATLES
190. OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) – PET SHOP BOYS
191. STRANDED – ANIMOTION
192. RUNNING – INFORMATION SOCIETY
193. RUMORS – TIMEX SOCIAL CLUB
194. WORKING CLASS MAN – JIMMY BARNES
195. HEARTBEAT – DON JOHNSON
196. SECRET – OMD
197. PRETTY IN PINK – PSYCHEDELIC FURS
198. YANKEE ROSE – DAVID LEE ROTH
199. THAT WAS THEN AND THIS IS NOW – MICKY DOLENZ & PETER TORK (OF THE MONKEES)
200. SUZANNE – JOURNEY

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