Friday, September 18, 2015

Counting down the Top 85 of '85: Singles #5 - 1

A breakdown of my top singles from 1985

Voices Carry
'Til Tuesday
Weeks in Hot 100: 21
Peaked: July 13
Album: Voices Carry (Epic)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1008
 Mainstream Rock14

Can't Get There from Here
Weeks in Hot 100: 0
Peaked: August 17

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 100110
 Mainstream Rock14

Don't You (Forget About Me)
Simple Minds
Weeks in Hot 100: 22
Peaked: May 18

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1001
 Mainstream Rock1
 Adult Contemporary36

Would I Lie to You?
Weeks in Hot 100: 19
Peaked: July 13
Album: Be Yourself Tonight (RCA)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1005
 Mainstream Rock2

Everything She Wants
Weeks in Hot 100: 20
Peaked: May 25
Album: Make It Big (Columbia)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1001
 Adult Contemporary4

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. To paraphrase our boy, MFD, "Does this guy predict all the '85 Of '85' Top 10 hits?" Close, but no cigar... 7 outta' 10 (including 4 of the Top 5). See for yourself at!

    Way to list 'em, Kid™! Can't wait to see what you've got up your sleeve for next time! 84 Of '84, perhaps?

    1. In case you were wonderin' (which you weren't), this is Dirks's "Top 10 (+ 5) Of '85".

      Well, Sayonara '85... It was fun while it lasted!

    2. How 'bout the 76 of '76 in 2016?

    3. I guess your "84 Of '84" will just hafta' wait 'til 2024, then... Look forward to seein' where the ol' "Theme From S.W.A.T." ranks, though!

  2. Your number 1 had always been a favorite of mine from Wham!