1980s Blogging Music Radio

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 August 31ST 1986:

  1. “Don’t Leave Me This Way” – The Communards
  2. “Press” – Paul McCartney
  3. “Dancing On The Ceiling” – Lionel Richie
  4. “Girls And Boys” – Prince And The Revolution
  5. “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off” – Jermaine Stewart

Jimmy Somerville and Richard Coles were The Communards – a short-lived pop-dance duo while I was living in the United Kingdom. They formed just before I arrived in 1985, and they broke-up for good just after I left in 1988. They scored 9 U.K. Top 40 hits in a row – including a single # 1 smash – “Don’t Leave Me This Way” – that was not just a # 1 smash for a month – but it was the U.K. # 1 smash for the entire year of 1986. It hit # 1 or # 2 in the U.K., Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Australia, and New Zealand. It also crossed-over stateside and hit # 1 on the U.S. Dance Club Songs chart, but only # 40 on the pop chart (still a remarkable achievement for an obscure pop act from across the Atlantic).

Here’s the official music video for the 130+ BPM HI-NRG pop-dance anthem of 1986:

35 years ago this weekend I compiled (via pen, pencil, and loose-leaf notebook paper) my 50TH weekly hit music chart. It was Labor Day Weekend in the U.S.A., and we observed and celebrated it on our U.S. Air Force Base in the U.K. For that 50TH “issue” of my chart I also counted down the Top 50 hits of my first 50 charts. Here are the Top 5 of that Top 50:

  1. “The Edge Of Heaven” – Wham!
  2. “The Spirit In The Sky” – Doctor And The Medics
  3. “Rock Me Amadeus” – Falco
  4. “The Lady In Red” – Chris DeBurgh
  5. “Sun Street” – Katrina And The Waves

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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By Chris M. Day

I'm 55.5 years old. I've been online for almost 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.