Top Ten Tuesday: 1985, the next 10

We’re up to 1985 in our countdown. Here are songs #11 thru #20 from the year-end Hot 100.

20 – USA For Africa, "We Are The World": A song written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, the single was produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian. It was the title track from an album sold to benefit USA for Africa. The single was in the Top 3 around the world and collected $10.8 million dollars for charity.

19 – Glen Frey, "The Heat Is On": From the movie Beverly Hills Cop, the single reached #2 in the US and Australia, #8 in Canada, and #12 in the UK.

18 – John Parr, "St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)": Written by David Foster and John Parr, it was the theme song from the 1985 movie St. Elmo’s Fire. It spent two weeks at #1 in the US. Parr was having trouble finding inspiration for the song until Foster showed him an article about the Canadian athlete Rick Hansen, who was wheelchair-bound and was going around the world raising awareness for spinal cord injuries.

17 – Kool & The Gang, "Cherish": The third single from their sixteenth album Emergency. The song was certified Gold and spent six weeks at #1 on the Hot 100.

16 – Simple Minds, "Don’t You (Forget About Me)": From the movie The Breakfast Club, where it plays at the beginning and end. The song reached #1 in the US and Canada, #6 in Australia, and #7 in the UK.

15 – Huey Lewis & The News, "The Power Of Love": Featured in the movie Back To The Future, and reached #1 in the US, Canada, and Australia, and #9 in the UK.

14 – Starship, "We Built This City": The first single off Starship’s 1985 album Lost In The Hoopla, it also reached #1 in the US, Canada, and Australia, and #12 in the UK.

13 – REO Speedwagon, "Can’t Fight This Feeling": From the 1984 album Wheels Are Turnin’ (and on many "greatest hits" and compilation albums besides), this reached #1 in the US and Canada, #2 in Australia, and #16 in the UK.

12 – Phillip Bailey and Phil Collins, "Easy Lover": A fun video of a collaboration between Phil Collins from Genesis and Phillip Bailey from Earth Wind & Fire. It appeared on Bailey’s solo album Chinese Wall and spent two weeks at #2 on the Hot 100, stuck behind Foreigner’s "I Want To Know What Love Is." It reached #1 in Canada and the UK and #74 in Australia.

11 – Paul Young, "Everytime You Go Away": Written by Daryl Hall in 1980 for Hall & Oates, but was not released as a single. Paul Young’s cover was an international hit, reaching #1 in the US and Canada, #4 in the UK, and #20 in Australia.

That’s Top Ten Tuesday for October 19, 2021.

21 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 1985, the next 10

  1. I had to see what year you were at and what a fun year for me. Loving these songs especially the last one which is on Planes, Trains & Automobiles with John Candy frozen in that moment. I still miss this talent. I have to say the first song was never a fav of mine as I preferred the British and Canadian one better.

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  2. My 80s teen roots are showing because I know all these songs and was singing them in my head as I read the list. If I had to pick my faves (which is hard) I think it would be a tie between Simple Minds and Starfish.

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    1. I was on the road a lot in ’85, so I knew all of these. The only one I didn’t like was the one by REO Speedwagon, which is kind of strange because they got their start in the Chicago area.

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  3. The Simple Minds single- the real standout in this bunch to me. I also like Easy Lover and Everytime You Go Away….

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