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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1986

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 April 27TH 1986:

  1. “Rock Me Amadeus” – Falco
  2. “The Greatest Love Of All” – Whitney Houston
  3. “Train Of Thought” – A-Ha
  4. “The Things The Lonely Do” – Amazulu
  5. “Living Doll” – Cliff Richard & The Young Ones

Amazulu – What a fun band while I was living and working in the United Kingdom. Their music could best be described as upbeat reggae pop. (Reggae was surprisingly popular in the British Isles in the mid-1980s.) They scored with 4 big cover hits in a row on my chart. The 1ST hit – “Don’t You Just Know It” – was a hit very soon after I arrived in the south of England late in 1985. It debuted on my 3RD chart ever, and it peaked at # 2. “The Things The Lonely Do” was their follow-up song. It peaked at # 3 – although it failed to make the BBC-Gallup Top 40. They would go on to score with 2 more hits on my chart and on the radio – “Too Good To Be Forgotten” and “Montego Bay”. (The latter of the 2 was actually a surprise smash on Canadian radio.)

Shortly after I left England behind (late in 1987) Amazulu broke-up, but their fun music still remains on my mind from that fun year of 1986 when I turned 19-years-old and I was fully entrenched within the British pop music scene.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with 2 more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

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