Top 40 Songs This Week – June 7, 1986: Songs 30-21

Welcome back, as we count down the biggest hits this week in 1986! If you missed yesterday’s post, you can go back and check out songs 40-31.

This countdown really brings me back to my high school days. I was literally in the middle of high school at this point, as I was wrapping up my Sophomore year. Now, let’s Return to the week ending June 7, 1986, and continue the countdown.

30. “Like No Other Night” by .38 Special

Any countdown that has a .38 Special song is a good countdown.

29. “Why Can’t This Be Love” by Van Halen

This was the first Van Halen song to feature Sammy Hagar on lead vocals after he replaced David Lee Roth. 5150 is one of my all-time favorite albums. I love every song on that album, including this one.

28. “Like a Rock” by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Too bad we couldn’t have gotten this song out of the way yesterday along with “Sledgehammer” and “Addicted to Love”. I feel like this song was overplayed as well. But, that may have been because it was the slogan for the Chevy truck commercials for years.

27. “Your Wildest Dreams” by The Moody Blues

This was my introduction to The Moody Blues. I had never heard of 1972’s “Nights in White Satin” until I had heard this song (which was their last top 10 hit before “Your Wildest Dreams”). I like this song, but I prefer this song’s sequel, “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere“.
But, this song does bring me back to the ’80s.

26. “Take Me Home” by Phil Collins

This is yet another song in a long list of Phil Collins’ solo hits. This one is from the classic No Jacket Required album.

25. “Your Love” by The Outfield

Here is an ultimate ’80s tune. This is The Outfield’s signature song from their debut album, Play Deep. This song was just featured in an awesome skit this past season on Saturday Night Live. You should definitely check out this skit if you like the song, or are a fan of the ’80s.

24. “Tuff Enuff” by The Fabulous Thunderbirds

This was the blues rock band The Fabulous Thunderbirds’ biggest hit. It would eventually peak at #10, making The Fabulous Thunderbirds a one hit wonder. I don’t think they mind though. Lead singer Kim Wilson said, “Blues rock groups aren’t supposed to have Top Ten hits.”

23. “Vienna Calling” by Falco

This was Falco’s follow-up to “Rock Me Amadeus.” This was not as big a hit, but it did moderately well. I had forgotten how much I liked this song.

22. “Rain On the Scarecrow” by John Cougar Mellencamp

This song is about the financial difficulties farmers in the Midwest US face. John Cougar Mellencamp puts his money where his mouth is too, as he founded the Farm Aid benefit concerts along with Neil Young and Willie Nelson.

21. “Bad Boy” by Miami Sound Machine featuring Gloria Estefan

We’ll wrap up today’s list with the second single released from The Miami Sound Machine’s second English language album, Primitive Love. This was so early in the band’s history, that Gloria Estefan did not yet have top billing. This was a very good follow-up to the band’s breakthrough hit, “Conga“.

Well, we are halfway through this week’s countdown. What do you think so far? I like so many songs on today’s list that I can’t even pick a favorite today. And this countdown is going to get even better! Tomorrow’s list will include one of my favorite songs by one of my all-time favorite bands. So be sure to come back.

3 thoughts on “Top 40 Songs This Week – June 7, 1986: Songs 30-21”

  1. Tough to choose between The Moody Blues (why aren’t they in the hall of fame yet??) or Phil Collins for my Song of the Day. .38 Special and the Fab T-Birds are close behind them.

    All good songs today, even Falco’s. Can’t believe I forgot this one…I like it so much better than “Rock Me Amadeus” and his version of “Der Kommissar.”

    Loved the SNL skit. It breathed some fresh air into that classic song for me.



    1. I’m sure the Hall of Fame is a really cool place. But, I have less than zero respect for the selection process. I don’t think the selections have anything to do with the Hall itself, so I won’t lump that nice place in with the clowns who decide which acts get inducted. I mean Kiss and their fans were always up in arms about them not being inducted. Then they finally get inducted, and look what happens! Oh, maybe I should do my own Hall of Fame! The Moody Blues would make it for sure!
      I had forgotten about that Falco song. Now I remember that I liked it more than “Rock Me Amadeus”, and I still do. I still like “Your Love”, but that SNL skit made me like it even more. And it’s funny how they brought in “Jessie’s Girl” at the end. Classic!


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