Monday, May 23, 2016

The Top 100 Songs of 1986*: #90-81

We continue our salute to The Top Songs of 1986*:


The Rain
Oran "Juice" Jones

This Houston-born singer achieved a rarity when he landed at #1 with the only charting song of his career.  Jones was nominated for two Grammy Awards for this song, but when he could not reach the Hot 100 again, he left the music business after his third album.

Go Home
Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder, one of the brightest stars of the '60s and '70s, proved he was still a force in the '80s--he has #90 for the year.

Never As Good As The First Time

Sade won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist of 1985, and she kept right on going.  This song went unnoticed by many in 1986 with a peak of #20, but like Sade, it has gotten stronger over the years.

Walk This Way
Rum D.M.C. with Aerosmith

Boston's Aerosmith had a big hit in 1977 with this song, and when it came time for Run D.M.C. to remake it, they invited Aerosmith to play along.

The Captain Of Her Heart

The Swiss duo Double gave us this song, another that has gotten stronger over the years.  In 1986, it stalled at #16 but in 2016, it is The #87 Song of the Year*.

So Far Away
Dire Straits

Here is the lead single from what proved to be the best-selling album in the career of Dire Straits, Brothers in Arms, even though their self-titled debut in 1978 is better.

King For A Day
Thompson Twins

This group went through several lineup changes before Tom Bailey, Joe Leeway and Alannah Currie clicked as a trio.  They achieved 11 hits in the decade, but this was their final Top 10 in 1986.

I'll Be Over You

This talented Los Angeles group released this song just three years after dominating the 1983 Grammy Awards with five trophies.  They proved they could slow it down with this multi-format hit.

Tonight She Comes

Here's another Boston group in The Top 100*--they are one of the best ever from that city.  They released their Greatest Hits package in 1986 which included this new song.

I Didn't Mean To Turn You On
Robert Palmer

This artist achieved his breakthrough hit in 1978 with "Every Kinda' People".  He scored his biggest career hit in 1985 with "Addicted To Love" and was back in '86 with this one.

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