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Top 100 Songs of 1985

Below is a list from Billboard magazine’s Top ear-End Hot 100 songs for 1985. Chart © by Billboard, a part of MRC Media and Info, a division of MRC. All Rights Reserved. Learn more about Billboard here.

Top 100 Songs of 1985

Top 100 Songs of 1985

[nb]1[/nb]Careless Whisper – Wham!


[nb]2[/nb]Out of Touch – Daryl Hall and John Oates


[nb]3[/nb]Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Tears For Fears


[nb]4[/nb]The Power of Love – Huey Lewis and The News


[nb]5[/nb]We Built This City – Starship


[nb]6[/nb]St. Elmos Fire (Man In Motion) – John Parr


[nb]7[/nb]The Heat Is On – Glenn Frey


[nb]8[/nb]We Are the World – U.S.A. For Africa


[nb]9[/nb]Shout – Tears For Fears


[nb]10[/nb]Cool It Now – New Edition


[nb]11[/nb]Everything She Wants – Wham!


[nb]12[/nb]Saving All My Love for You – Whitney Houston


[nb]13[/nb]Miami Vice Theme – Jan Hammer


[nb]14[/nb]You Belong to the City – Glenn Frey


[nb]15[/nb]Oh Sheila – Ready For The World


[nb]16[/nb]Rhythm of the Night – Debarge


[nb]17[/nb]One More Night – Phil Collins


[nb]18[/nb]Neutron Dance – The Pointer Sisters


[nb]19[/nb]We Belong – Pat Benatar


[nb]20[/nb]Nightshift – The Commodores


[nb]21[/nb]Things Can Only Get Better – Howard Jones


[nb]22[/nb]All I Need – Jack Wagner


[nb]23[/nb]Never Surrender – Corey Hart


[nb]24[/nb]Sussudio – Phil Collins


[nb]25[/nb]The Search Is Over – Survivor


[nb]26[/nb]Separate Lives – Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin


More 74 Top Songs of 1985

    1. Like a Virgin – Madonna
    2. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!
    3. I Want to Know What Love Is – Foreigner
    4. I Feel for You – Chaka Khan
    5. Money for Nothing – Dire Straits
    6. Crazy for You – Madonna
    7. Take On Me – A-Ha
    8. Everytime You Go Away – Paul Young
    9. Easy Lover – Phil Collins and Philip Bailey
    10. Can’t Fight This Feeling – REO Speedwagon
    11. Cherish – Kool and The Gang
    12. Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds
    13. Part-Time Lover – Stevie Wonder
    14. Heaven – Bryan Adams
    15. Loverboy – Billy Ocean
    16. Lovergirl – Teena Marie
    17. Sea of Love – The Honeydrippers
    18. A View to a Kill – Duran Duran
    19. The Wild Boys – Duran Duran
    20. You’re the Inspiration – Chicago
    21. Freeway of Love – Aretha Franklin
    22. Strut – Sheena Easton
    23. You Give Good Love – Whitney Houston
    24. Missing You – Diana Ross
    25.  Raspberry Beret – Prince and The Revolution
    26.  Suddenly – Billy Ocean
    27.  The Boys of Summer – Don Henley
    28.  One Night In Bangkok – Murray Head
    29.  If You Love Somebody Set Them Free – Sting
    30.  Obsession – Animotion
    31.  We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome) – Tina Turner
    32.  Material Girl – Madonna
    33.  Better Be Good to Me – Tina Turner
    34.  Head Over Heels – Tears For Fears
    35.  Axel F – Harold Faltermeyer
    36.  Smooth Operator – Sade
    37.  In My House – Mary Jane Girls
    38.  Don’t Lose My Number – Phil Collins
    39.  All Through the Night – Cyndi Lauper
    40.  Run to You – Bryan Adams
    41.  Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen
    42.  Voices Carry – ‘Til Tuesday
    43.  Misled – Kool and The Gang
    44.  Would I Lie to You? – The Eurythmics
    45.  Be Near Me – ABC
    46.  No More Lonely Nights – Paul McCartney
    47.  I Can’t Hold Back – Survivor
    48.  Summer Of ’69 – Bryan Adams
    49.  Walking On Sunshine – Katrina and The Waves
    50.  Freedom – Wham!
    51.  Too Late for Goodbyes – Julian Lennon
    52.  Valotte – Julian Lennon
    53.  Some Like It Hot – The Power Station
    54.  Solid – Ashford and Simpson
    55.  Angel – Madonna
    56.  I’m On Fire – Bruce Springsteen
    57.  Method of Modern Love – Daryl Hall and John Oates
    58.  Lay Your Hands On Me – The Thompson Twins
    59.  Who’s Holding Donna Now? – Debarge
    60.  Lonely Ol’ Night – John Cougar Mellencamp
    61.  What About Love – Heart
    62.  California Girls – David Lee Roth
    63.  Fresh – Kool and The Gang
    64.  Do What You Do – Jermaine Jackson
    65.  Jungle Love – The Time
    66.  Born In the U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen
    67.  Private Dancer – Tina Turner
    68.  Who’s Zoomin’ Who? – Aretha Franklin
    69.  Fortress Around Your Heart – Sting
    70.  Penny Lover – Lionel Richie
    71.  All She Wants to Do Is Dance – Don Henley
    72.  Dress You Up – Madonna
    73.  Sentimental Street – Night Ranger
    74.  Sugar Walls – Sheena Easton

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Top 100 Songs of 1985 – Final Thoughts

The year 1985 was a fantastic year for music, and the Top 100 songs of the year reflect that. From pop to rock to R&B, the year was filled with hit after hit. Michael Jackson’s “We Are the World” was the top song of the year, an anthem that brought together some of the biggest names in music for a good cause.

Other hits included “Careless Whisper” by George Michael, “Like a Virgin” by Madonna, and “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits. The year also saw the emergence of new acts like Whitney Houston and A-ha. Overall, the Top 100 songs of 1985 continue to be a staple in many people’s playlists and memories.

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