Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Counting down the Top 85 of '85: Singles #25 - 16


A breakdown of my top singles from 1985


Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Tears for Fears
Weeks in Hot 100: 24
Peaked: June 8
Album: Songs From the Big Chair (Mercury)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1001
 Dance1
 Adult Contemporary2
 Mainstream Rock2



Road to Nowhere
Talking Heads
Weeks in Hot 100: 0
Peaked: June 22
Album: Little Creatures (Sire)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 100105
 Mainstream Rock25



Head Over Heels
Tears for Fears
Weeks in Hot 100: 20
Peaked: November 9
Album: Songs From the Big Chair (Mercury)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1003
 Adult Contemporary5
 Mainstream Rock7



Get It On
The Power Station
Weeks in Hot 100: 15
Peaked: August 3
Album: The Power Station (Capitol)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1009
 Mainstream Rock19



Things Can Only Get Better
Howard Jones
Weeks in Hot 100: 23
Peaked: June 15
Album: Dream Into Action (Elektra)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1005
 Dance10
 R&B54
 Mainstream Rock21
 Adult Contemporary38



Relax
Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Weeks in Hot 100: 16
Peaked: March 16
Album: Welcome to the Pleasuredome (Island)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10010
 Dance20



Do What You Do
Jermaine Jackson
Weeks in Hot 100: 20
Peaked: January 5
Album: Dynamite (Arista)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10013
 R&B14
 Adult Contemporary1



Fortress Around Your Heart
Sting
Weeks in Hot 100: 20
Peaked: October 26

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1008
 Mainstream Rock1
 Adult Contemporary32



Valotte
Julian Lennon
Weeks in Hot 100: 19
Peaked: January 12
Album: Valotte (Atlantic)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1009
 Mainstream Rock2
 Adult Contemporary4



Some Things are Better Left Unsaid
Daryl Hall & John Oates
Weeks in Hot 100: 13
Peaked: May 4
Album: Big Bam Boom (RCA)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10018
 R&B85
 Adult Contemporary17



These are my personal top 85 singles of those that peaked on the Billboard charts in 1985.  The list is solely my opinion.  Chart information is from the US Billboard charts.  Using Joel Whitburn's book, Music Yearbook 1985, I started with the 404 singles that charted on Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 chart in 1985, plus the 81 singles that only made the Bubbling Under Chart (101-110).  Note: the Bubbling Under chart was temporarily discontinued on 8/25/85.  An initial pass through that list narrowed down the 485 singles to a more manageable 107.  Then listening, ranking, and editing began.  The top 85 are presented here, in order.

1 comment :

  1. That's right, it's the other Power Station song you despise.

    Fifteen more!

    Expecting to see some Prince, some Scritti Politti, some Eurythmics and a few surprises.

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