Top Ten Tuesday: 1986, The Next 10

Songs 11-20 on the 1986 year-end Hot 100, coming right up!

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20Higher Love
Steve Winwood
The first single from his 1986 album Back In The High Life. Chaka Khan did backing vocals and appears in the video. It reached #1 on the Hot 100 and in Canada, #8 in Australia, and #13 in the UK.
Prince & The Revolution
The first single on Prince & The Revolution’s eighth studio album, Parade. This topped the Hot 100 in the US for two weeks, and reached #2 in Australia, #4 in Canada, and #6 in the UK.
The second single from their eponymous eighth album, it peaked at #4 in the US and #13 in Canada.
17Alive and Kicking
Simple Minds
The lead single from Simple Minds’ seventh album, Once Upon A Time. It reached #3 in the US, #4 in Canada, #7 in the UK, and #21 in Australia.
16There’ll Be Sad Songs
(To Make You Cry)

Billy Ocean
Appeared on Billy’s 1986 album Love Zone and reached #1 on the Hot 100, the 600th #1 since the beginning of the Hot 100 in 1958. It also reached #10 in Australia and #12 in the UK.
15West End Girls
Pet Shop Boys
This song was released twice, as a single in 1984 and as part of the album Please in 1985. The 1985 release spilled over to 1986 and reached #1 in the US, Canada, and the UK, #5 in Australia, and in the top 10 throughout most of the world.
14Glory Of Love
Peter Cetera
Recorded shortly after Peter left the band Chicago for a solo career, this song appeared in the movie The Karate Kid II and was included in his Solitude/Solitaire album. It spent two weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 and reached #3 in the UK and #9 in Australia.
13Friends & Lovers
Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson
Recorded originally in 1985 for the US soap opera Days Of Our Lives, it was released as a single on the pop chart in 1986 after Juice Newton and Eddie Rabbitt had a hit with it on the Country chart as “Both To Each Other (Friends and Lovers).” It reached #2 on te Hot 100 and #1 on the US Adult Contemporary chart, #1 in Canada, and #13 in Australia.
12Secret Lovers
Atlantic Starr
The third single from Atlantic Starr’s sixth album, As The Band Turns, it was released in late 1985 in the US and 1986 in the UK. It reached #3 on the Hot 100, #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #4 on the Hot Black Singles chart in the US, #10 in the UK, and #31 in Australia.
11Greatest Love Of All
Whitney Houston
Originally recorded in 1977 by George Benson, when it peaked at #2 on the Hot Soul Singles chart, Whitney Houston recorded it for eponymous debut album in 1985 and it was released as a single in 1986. It reached #1 on the Hot 100 and the US Adult Contemporary chart, #1 in Canada and Australia, and #8 in the UK.

I’ll be back with 1987 next week. That’s Top Ten Tuesday for October 26, 2021.

17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 1986, The Next 10

  1. I can’t recall number 18 (Never by Heart) but all the rest I do. And my fave would have to be Glory of Love (I bought the piano music for that one and drove the house bonkers playing it over and over, lol).


    1. The Heart song is a new one on me, too. I’m not much of a Heart fan. I was a big Chicago fan, though, and felt bad that Cetera had left. Not only was he a great singer, he was a fantastic bass player. On the other hand, Chicago was in a state of flux ever since Terry Kath killed himself. I think Peter took it especially hard.

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        1. From what I understand, his voice has thickened and he has to sing in a lower key, and doesn’t play bass as much anymore. He’s in his mid-70’s, so that’s to be expeted…


      1. John I don’t know if you’d be interested or not but we are going to have a television show draft starting in January- if you’d be interested let me know and I will get you the details. .


          1. Great- I will get more info out shortly- just starting to get it organized. Rules are simple- we will have 10 rounds- so everyone will end up with 10 picks when we are finished. two rounds will go down in a month- one pick each day will be made- draft order determined once I know how many we have involved… [you’ve seen the song draft]- once a show has been taken by someone it’s no longer eligible to be taken. pretty much anything is eligible to be taken! a regular network show- mini-series- a documentary with multiple parts- sports series– about the only thing I have not eligible- a one shot made for television movie. foreign series are eligible.. welcome aboard!

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