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Back In The Day

Here's something for your lazy weekend blogging exercise. Found this while surfing through BlogExplosion, but don't remember where (sorry). Anyway, here's a list of the Top 100 Songs of 1986 - the year I graduated high school. Find your year, copy the list, and cross out those you didn't like, leaving your own top list from that year. Simple enough, huh?

1. That's What Friends Are For, Dionne Warwick, Elton John, and Gladys Knight
2. Say You, Say Me, Lionel Richie
3. I Miss You, Klymaxx
4. On My Own , Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald

5. Broken Wings, Mr. Mister
6. How Will I Know, Whitney Houston
7. Party All The Time, Eddie Murphy

8. Burning Heart, Survivor
9. Kyrie, Mr. Mister

10. Addicted To Love, Robert Palmer
11. Greatest Love Of All, Whitney Houston
12. Secret Lovers, Atlantic Starr
13. Friends And Lovers, Carl Anderson and Gloria Loring

14. Glory Of Love, Peter Cetera
15. West End Girls, Pet Shop Boys
16. There'll Be Sad Songs, Billy Ocean

17. Alive And Kicking, Simple Minds
18. Never, Heart

19. Kiss, Prince and The Revolution
20. Higher Love, Steve Winwood
21. Stuck With You, Huey Lewis and The News
22. Holding Back The Years, Simply Red
23. Sledgehammer, Peter Gabriel
24. Sara, Starship

25. Human, Human League
26. I Can't Wait, Nu Shooz

27. Take My Breath Away, Berlin
28. Rock Me Amadeus, Falco
29. Papa Don't Preach, Madonna
30. You Give Love A Bad Name, Bon Jovi
31. When The Going Gets Tough, Billy Ocean

32. When I Think Of You, Janet Jackson
33. These Dreams, Heart
34. Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone), Glass Tiger

35. Live To Tell, Madonna
36. Mad About You, Belinda Carlisle
37. Something About You, Level 42

38. Venus, Bananarama
39. Dancing On The Ceiling, Lionel Richie

40. Conga, Miami Sound Machine
41. True Colors, Cyndi Lauper
42. Danger Zone, Kenny Loggins

43. What Have You Done For Me Lately, Janet Jackson
44. No One Is To Blame, Howard Jones
45. Let's Go All The Way, Sly Fox
46. I Didn't Mean To Turn You On, Robert Palmer

47. Words Get In The Way, Miami Sound Machine
48. Manic Monday, Bangles
49. Walk Of Life, Dire Straits
50. Amanda, Boston

51. Two Of Hearts, Stacey Q
52. Crush On You, Jets
53. If You Leave, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

54. Invisible Touch, Genesis
55. The Sweetest Taboo, Sade
56. What You Need, INXS
57. Talk To Me, Stevie Nicks

58. Nasty, Janet Jackson
59. Take Me Home Tonight, Eddie Money
60. We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off, Jermaine Stewart
61. All Cried Out, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam With Full Force
62. Your Love, Outfield
63. I'm Your Man, Wham!
64. Perfect Way, Scritti Politti

65. Living In America, James Brown
66. R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A., John Cougar Mellencamp

67. Who's Johnny, El Debarge
68. Word Up, Cameo

69. Why Can't This Be Love, Van Halen
70. Silent Running, Mike and The Mechanics

71. Typical Male, Tina Turner
72. Small Town, John Cougar Mellencamp
73. Tarzan Boy, Baltimora
74. All I Need Is A Miracle, Mike and The Mechanics
75. Sweet Freedom, Michael McDonald
76. True Blue, Madonna

77. Rumors, Timex Social Club
78. Life In A Northern Town, Dream Academy
79. Bad Boy, Miami Sound Machine

80. Sleeping Bag, ZZ Top
81. Tonight She Comes, Cars
82. Love Touch, Rod Stewart
83. A Love Bizarre, Sheila E.

84. Throwing It All Away, Genesis
85. Baby Love, Regina
86. Election Day, Arcadia
87. Nikita, Elton John

88. Take Me Home, Phil Collins
89. Walk This Way, Run-D.M.C.

90. Sweet Love, Anita Baker
91. Your Wildest Dreams, Moody Blues
92. Spies Like Us, Paul McCartney

93. Object Of My Desire, Starpoint
94. Dreamtime, Daryl Hall
95. Tender Love, Force M.D.'s
96. King For A Day, Thompson Twins
97. Love Will Conquer All, Lionel Richie
98. A Different Corner, George Michael

99. I'll Be Over You, Toto
100. Go Home, Stevie Wonder

Wow - lots of bad memories with some of those songs, but some of them are classics that I need to find on iTunes or something, huh?


Blogger janet said...

Wow, I won't tell you what grade I was in during 1986 :) (Hint: I graduated in 1993)

27/8/05 11:45 PM  
Blogger iggy said...

I graduated in 1983...

To me Peter Gabriel is the only one I still listen to from this list... and to tell the truth, I was not as big of fan back then as i am now.
I did listen to Mr Mister yet tried to listen to them a year ago and laughed my butt off as to how bad it was.
Occasionally i break out the Sade and Boston, mostly though Boston's older stuff.

I haven't listen to Steve Winwood for a while but enjoyed his stuff also... To me I was raised on Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, and Kiss.
I hated most the stuff in the 80's.

I see no hair metal bands, except for Bon Jovi, who I could not stand! Of course Van Halen... but with Sammy, sorry it had to grow on me and I was a big SH fan.

I listened to Eddie Money and Outfield.

THe song that I did like surprisingly.... Falco, Rock my Amadeus.. I had the 12 inch single.
(Long play Vynil for the youngsters.

Out of a list of top 100 I only listened to. 9 songs.


28/8/05 1:22 AM  
Anonymous Melene said...

I graduated in 1986 also! Fun going down memory lane reading that list of songs. Some of yours I liked as well, but I'd probably have fewer crossed out on mine. I LOVED that song I Can't Wait by Nu Shooz-# 26 on the list. And number 88, Take Me Home is one of my all time favorites! Hope you are feeling better!

28/8/05 5:24 PM  
Blogger Renee said...

Awesome list! You picked pretty much all the one's i would have picked!:) I love my 80's music!:)

29/8/05 9:21 AM  
Anonymous jeremy said...


i was FIVE in 1986... i only know a few of these songs that i like ... Bon Jovi, Sade, Berlin...

But mostly i recognize a lot of them from VH1 Most Awesomely Bad Songs...

how eddie murphy made it to number seven is beyond me... now that stupid songs gonna be stuck in my head though.

29/8/05 11:00 AM  
Anonymous Jim said...

Thanks for the link, Rick! I graduated in '86 also, so it was fun to remember. I was more of a closet headbanger, so many of the ones I listened to did not make the top 100. Although Bon Jovi was on there at least once and Van Halen also. Bon Jovi can still rock, in my opinion.

I posted my list on my blog as well.

29/8/05 11:03 AM  
Blogger MaryAnn M said...

wow...that was the year we got married...and had the first baby.

was all smarmy and hormonal and stuff... dont remember some of them.

Phil Collins, DuranDuran and Peter Gabriel, and Robert Palmer were big.....and Sade was a constant in the cd player.

29/8/05 10:16 PM  

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