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Top 100 Songs of 1986

Below is a list from Billboard magazine’s Top ear-End Hot 100 songs for 1986. Chart © by Billboard, a part of MRC Media and Info, a division of MRC. All Rights Reserved. Learn more about Billboard here.

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Top 100 Songs of 1986

Top 100 Songs of 1986

1 On My Own – Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald

2 That’s What Friends Are For – Dionne Warwick, Elton John, and Gladys Knight

3 How Will I Know – Whitney Houston

4 Greatest Love of All – Whitney Houston

5 Secret Lovers – Atlantic Starr

6 Friends & Lovers – Carl Anderson and Gloria Loring

7 Glory of Love (Theme from “the Karate Kid, Pt. II”) – Peter Cetera

8 West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys

9 Alive and Kicking – Simple Minds

10 Kiss – Prince and The Revolution

11 Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel

12 Papa Don’t Preach – Madonna

13 You Give Love a Bad Name – Bon Jovi

14 When I Think of You – Janet Jackson

15 When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going – Billy Ocean

16 Mad About You – Belinda Carlisle

17 Something About You – Level 42

18 Dancing On the Ceiling – Lionel Richie

19 Conga – Miami Sound Machine

20 No One Is to Blame – Howard Jones

21 Let’s Go All the Way – Sly Fox

22 I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On – Robert Palmer

23 Words Get In the Way – Miami Sound Machine

24 Manic Monday – Bangles

25 Walk of Life – Dire Straits

More 75 Top Songs of 1986

    1. Say You, Say Me – Lionel Richie
    2. I Miss You – Klymaxx
    3. Broken Wings – Mr. Mister
    4. Party All the Time – Eddie Murphy
    5. Burning Heart – Survivor
    6. Kyrie – Mr. Mister
    7. Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer
    8. There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry) – Billy Ocean
    9. Never – Heart
    10. Higher Love – Steve Winwood
    11. Stuck With You – Huey Lewis and The News
    12. Holding Back the Years – Simply Red
    13. Sara – Starship
    14. Human – Human League
    15. I Can’t Wait – Nu Shooz
    16. Take My Breath Away – Berlin
    17. Rock Me Amadeus – Falco
    18. These Dreams – Heart
    19. Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone) – Glass Tiger
    20. Live to Tell – Madonna
    21. Venus – Bananarama
    22. True Colors – Cyndi Lauper
    23. Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins
    24. What Have You Done for Me Lately – Janet Jackson
    25. Amanda – Boston
    26. Two of Hearts – Stacey Q
    27. Crush On You – Jets
    28. If You Leave – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD)
    29. Invisible Touch – Genesis
    30. The Sweetest Taboo – Sade
    31. What You Need – INXS
    32. Talk to Me – Stevie Nicks
    33. Nasty – Janet Jackson
    34. Take Me Home Tonight – Eddie Money
    35. We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off – Jermaine Stewart
    36. All Cried Out – Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam With Full Force
    37. Your Love – Outfield
    38. I’m Your Man – Wham!
    39. Perfect Way – Scritti Politti
    40. Living In America – James Brown
    41. R.O.C.K. In the U.S.A. – John Cougar Mellencamp
    42. Who’s Johnny – El Debarge
    43. Word Up – Cameo
    44. Why Can’t This Be Love – Van Halen
    45. Silent Running – Mike + The Mechanics
    46. Typical Male – Tina Turner
    47. Small Town – John Cougar Mellencamp
    48. Tarzan Boy – Baltimora
    49. All I Need Is A Miracle – Mike + The Mechanics
    50. Sweet Freedom – Michael McDonald
    51. True Blue – Madonna
    52. Rumors, Timex Social Club
    53. Life In a Northern Town – Dream Academy
    54. Bad Boy – Miami Sound Machine
    55. Sleeping Bag – ZZ Top
    56. Tonight She Comes – Cars
    57. Love Touch – Rod Stewart
    58. A Love Bizarre – Sheila E.
    59. Throwing It All Away – Genesis
    60. Baby Love – Regina
    61. Election Day – Arcadia
    62. Nikita – Elton John
    63. Take Me Home – Phil Collins
    64. Walk This Way – Run-D.M.C.
    65. Sweet Love – Anita Baker
    66. Your Wildest Dreams – Moody Blues
    67. Spies Like Us – Paul McCartney
    68. Object of My Desire – Starpoint
    69. Dreamtime – Daryl Hall
    70. Tender Love – Force M.D.’s
    71. King for a Day – Thompson Twins
    72. Love Will Conquer All – Lionel Richie
    73. A Different Corner – George Michael
    74. I’ll Be Over You – Toto
    75. Go Home – Stevie Wonder

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Top 100 Songs of 1986 – Final Thoughts

The top 100 songs of 1986 were a diverse mix of genres and styles that reflected the changing landscape of the music industry. From pop and rock to R&B and hip-hop, the year produced many memorable hits that have stood the test of time. The chart-toppers included classics such as “West End Girls” by Pet Shop Boys, “Papa Don’t Preach” by Madonna, “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel, and “Walk Like An Egyptian” by The Bangles.

The year also saw the emergence of new artists who went on to become major stars, including Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, and Bon Jovi. Overall, the top 100 songs of 1986 showcase a rich and vibrant musical landscape that continues to captivate audiences to this day.

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About Paul Thompson

Paul loves guitars, guitarists, and music made with a guitar to an almost worrying extent. But he didn't start out playing the guitar and was a good pianist until the age of nine when 'Rock' entered his life. Since then, he has also become accomplished on a range of other instruments, but Guitar is still his number one love!

He has played in a lot of bands over the years, the majority of them rock bands and mainly playing guitar. He has a substantial home recording studio and enjoys recording his own and other people's music as often as he can.

His passion for the guitar always comes through in his writing, and he hopes to continue to preach the importance of guitar music for decades to come.

He lives in Chicago with his girlfriend Pam and lots and lots of guitars!

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