Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Counting down the Top 85 of '85: Singles #35 - 26

A breakdown of my top singles from 1985

And She Was
Talking Heads
Weeks in Hot 100: 20
Peaked: November 2
Album: Little Creatures (Sire)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10054
 Mainstream Rock11

Phil Collins
Weeks in Hot 100: 17
Peaked: July 6
Album: No Jacket Required (Atlantic)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1001
 Adult Contemporary30
 Mainstream Rock10

There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)
Weeks in Hot 100: 11
Peaked: September 21
Album: Be Yourself Tonight (RCA)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10022

Tears for Fears
Weeks in Hot 100: 19
Peaked: August 3
Album: Songs From the Big Chair (Mercury)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1001
 Mainstream Rock6

Careless Whisper
George Michael
Weeks in Hot 100: 21
Peaked: February 16
Album: Make It Big (Columbia)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1001
 Adult Contemporary1

All She Wants to Do is Dance
Don Henley
Weeks in Hot 100: 19
Peaked: May 4
Album: Building the Perfect Beast (Geffen)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1009
 Mainstream Rock1

Be Near Me
Weeks in Hot 100: 22
Peaked: November 9
Album: How to be a Zillionaire! (Mercury)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1009
 Adult Contemporary11

Who's Holding Donna Now
Weeks in Hot 100: 19
Peaked: August 10
Album: Rhythm of the Night (Gordy)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1006
 Adult Contemporary1

Too Late for Goodbyes
Julian Lennon
Weeks in Hot 100: 17
Peaked: March 23
Album: Valotte (Atlantic)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1005
 Adult Contemporary1
 Mainstream Rock11

To Live and Die in L.A.
Wang Chung
Weeks in Hot 100: 18
Peaked: December 14
Album: To Live and Die in L.A. (Geffen)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 10041
 Mainstream Rock21

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. A couple of dark horse picks threw me off this go round.

    Didn't think you'd have that Henley track so high (must just be the remix you dislike) and didn't think you'd have "Careless Whisper" out of Top 10.

    Back to drawing board for next ten picks.