Welcome back for a new week of the Top 40 Countdown. This week, we will Return to the week ending June 7, 1986. Last week, we covered the countdown from 1982. Just 4 years later, they style of music has totally changed. It’s amazing to me how different the music is, while at the same time it is still undeniably all ’80s. There are no more easy listening or Country Crossover tunes. Instead, New Wave was the style that was crossing over to pop radio. Of course we still have our rock music, ’cause Rock ‘N Roll will never die, Baby!!! Oh I’m sorry. I know your name isn’t “Baby”. It’s Janet… Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty! There is also plenty of pop and freestyle music. So, let’s Return to this week in 1986, and begin the countdown.
40. “Out of Mind, Out of Sight” by Models
We begin the countdown with the Australian band, Models. They were successful in their home country.
In 1985, “Out of Mind, Out of Sight” became their biggest hit. Geffen Records released the single internationally in 1986, and it reached the Top 40 in the U.S., eventually peaking at #37. The band toured the US in November, supporting Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.
39. “Mothers Talk” by Tears for Fears
In the U.K., “Mothers Talk” was the first single to be released from Tears for Fears’ 1985 album, Songs from the Big Chair. In the U.S., “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” was the first single released from that album, while “Mothers Talk” was the fourth and final single released from that album.
38. “All the Things She Said” by Simple Minds
37. “Invisible Touch” by Genesis
Although this song got played to death, along with every other song on the Invisible Touch album, I still love it. I find this hard to believe, but “Invisible Touch” was the band’s first #1 hit in the U.S. It remained at the top on the Billboard Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks.
36. “The Love Parade” by The Dream Academy
The Dream Academy’s first single, “Life in a Northern Town“, was their biggest hit. When “The Love Parade” came out, it was promoted pretty well. The band even did a live performance on American Bandstand. But the song did not catch on too well. This is the highest it charted, preventing The Dream Academy from being a One Hit Wonder.
35. “When the Heart Rules the Mind” by GTR
This is my personal pick for Song of the Day. GTR were a short-lived rock band founded in 1985 by former Yes and Asia guitarist Steve Howe and former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett. This is a very cool rock song.
34. “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins
If you were alive in 1986, you know this song, unless you lived under a rock. Here are some interesting facts about the song that you may not know, or have forgotten:
- The band Toto were originally intended to perform the track, but legal conflicts between the producers of Top Gun and the band’s lawyers prevented this.
- Bryan Adams was approached to allow his song “Only the Strong Survive” on the soundtrack and perform “Danger Zone”, but Adams refused any involvement, feeling that the film glorified war and he did not want any of his work linked to it.
- REO Speedwagon were also approached to perform “Danger Zone”, but the group declined due to not being allowed to contribute any of their own compositions to the soundtrack.
- Dann Huff, lead vocalist and guitarist from the 1980s hard rock group Giant (“I’ll See You In My Dreams“), performed guitar on the song.
33. “Nasty” by Janet Jackson
This was the second single from Janet’s classic Control album, and is one of her signature songs. The song won for Favorite Soul/R&B Single at the 1987 American Music Awards.
32. “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel
Ugh. One of my least favorite songs of the ’80s. I already didn’t like it much. But, the fact that this song got shoved into our ears so much made it even worse.
However, I do have to admit that the video was groundbreaking with the claymation, pixilation, and stop motion animation that were used. The video would win a number of awards, including a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, and Best British Video at the 1987 Brit Awards.
31. “Addicted to Love” by Robert Palmer
Another Ugh! This is another song that got way overplayed. And this is another song that became popular due to the video. Palmer was surrounded by a band of
robots women. I do prefer this song to “Sledghammer”, but not by much.
And that wraps up today’s list. This wasn’t exactly my favorite list of songs, but the rest of the countdown is going to be outstanding. So, did you like these songs? Do you have any memories from the beginning of the Summer of ’86?
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