1980s Blogging Music Radio

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1985

Every Friday I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 15, 25, 30, or 35 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 4TH Friday of the month, so I go back 35 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday December 29TH 1985:

  1. “Wrap Her Up” – Elton John & George Michael
  2. “I’m Your Man” – Wham !
  3. “Walk Of Life” – Dire Straits
  4. “Say You, Say Me” – Lionel Richie
  5. “West End Girls” – Pet Shop Boys

It was a very British Top 5 chart of mine 35 years ago this weekend in Gloucestershire England – my home and workplace at the time. Lionel Richie was the sole American on my chart with one of the biggest hits of his long career.

I loved that Elton John & George Michael collaboration back then. It was not the typical Elton John song of the early-to-mid-1980s. He had ventured comfortably into slower adult contemporary radio-friendly pop songs at the time, so this was quite the rockin’ up-tempo gem. The song featured a full band and even Kiki Dee on backing vocals. She also “pops-up” during the music video when her name is mentioned amongst a long list of famous women. 9 years earlier Elton & Kiki joined forces for their # 1 smash “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”.

Sadly George Michael passed away on Christmas Day 4 years ago. #RIP

Next Friday on RETRO I’ll go back 15 years ago to January 2006.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday with 3 more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

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By Chris M. Day

I'm almost 56 years old. I've been online for 30 years - starting with my own dial-up bulletin board system in 1993 - and continuing with AOL, my own web site, Myspace, WordPress, Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook.