What are some bands/songs that were popular in 1986?


Thanks, everyone :)

I am asking because my parents anniversary is coming up and I want to play music from the year they were married at their party.

Thanks again!

10 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Top 100 Hits of 1986

    1. That's What Friends Are For, Dionne Warwick, Elton John, and Gladys Knight

    2. Say You, Say Me, Lionel Richie

    3. I Miss You, Klymaxx

    4. On My Own , Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald

    5. Broken Wings, Mr. Mister

    6. How Will I Know, Whitney Houston

    7. Party All The Time, Eddie Murphy

    8. Burning Heart, Survivor

    9. Kyrie, Mr. Mister

    10. Addicted To Love, Robert Palmer

    11. Greatest Love Of All, Whitney Houston

    12. Secret Lovers, Atlantic Starr

    13. Friends And Lovers, Carl Anderson and Gloria Loring

    14. Glory Of Love, Peter Cetera

    15. West End Girls, Pet Shop Boys

    16. There'll Be Sad Songs, Billy Ocean

    17. Alive And Kicking, Simple Minds

    18. Never, Heart

    19. Kiss, Prince and The Revolution

    20. Higher Love, Steve Winwood

    21. Stuck With You, Huey Lewis and The News

    22. Holding Back The Years, Simply Red

    23. Sledgehammer, Peter Gabriel

    24. Sara, Starship

    25. Human, Human League

    26. I Can't Wait, Nu Shooz

    27. Take My Breath Away, Berlin

    28. Rock Me Amadeus, Falco

    29. Papa Don't Preach, Madonna

    30. You Give Love A Bad Name, Bon Jovi

    31. When The Going Gets Tough, Billy Ocean

    32. When I Think Of You, Janet Jackson

    33. These Dreams, Heart

    34. Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone), Glass Tiger

    35. Live To Tell, Madonna

    36. Mad About You, Belinda Carlisle

    37. Something About You, Level 42

    38. Venus, Bananarama

    39. Dancing On The Ceiling, Lionel Richie

    40. Conga, Miami Sound Machine

    41. True Colors, Cyndi Lauper

    42. Danger Zone, Kenny Loggins

    43. What Have You Done For Me Lately, Janet Jackson

    44. No One Is To Blame, Howard Jones

    45. Let's Go All The Way, Sly Fox

    46. I Didn't Mean To Turn You On, Robert Palmer

    47. Words Get In The Way, Miami Sound Machine

    48. Manic Monday, Bangles

    49. Walk Of Life, Dire Straits

    50. Amanda, Boston

    51. Two Of Hearts, Stacey Q

    52. Crush On You, Jets

    53. If You Leave, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

    54. Invisible Touch, Genesis

    55. The Sweetest Taboo, Sade

    56. What You Need, INXS

    57. Talk To Me, Stevie Nicks

    58. Nasty, Janet Jackson

    59. Take Me Home Tonight, Eddie Money

    60. We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off, Jermaine Stewart

    61. All Cried Out, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam With Full Force

    62. Your Love, Outfield

    63. I'm Your Man, Wham!

    64. Perfect Way, Scritti Politti

    65. Living In America, James Brown

    66. R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A., John Cougar Mellencamp

    67. Who's Johnny, El Debarge

    68. Word Up, Cameo

    69. Why Can't This Be Love, Van Halen

    70. Silent Running, Mike and The Mechanics

    71. Typical Male, Tina Turner

    72. Small Town, John Cougar Mellencamp

    73. Tarzan Boy, Baltimora

    74. All I Need Is A Miracle, Mike and The Mechanics

    75. Sweet Freedom, Michael McDonald

    76. True Blue, Madonna

    77. Rumors, Timex Social Club

    78. Life In A Northern Town, Dream Academy

    79. Bad Boy, Miami Sound Machine

    80. Sleeping Bag, ZZ Top

    81. Tonight She Comes, Cars

    82. Love Touch, Rod Stewart

    83. A Love Bizarre, Sheila E.

    84. Throwing It All Away, Genesis

    85. Baby Love, Regina

    86. Election Day, Arcadia

    87. Nikita, Elton John

    88. Take Me Home, Phil Collins

    89. Walk This Way, Run-D.M.C.

    90. Sweet Love, Anita Baker

    91. Your Wildest Dreams, Moody Blues

    92. Spies Like Us, Paul McCartney

    93. Object Of My Desire, Starpoint

    94. Dreamtime, Daryl Hall

    95. Tender Love, Force M.D.'s

    96. King For A Day, Thompson Twins

    97. Love Will Conquer All, Lionel Richie

    98. A Different Corner, George Michael

    99. I'll Be Over You, Toto

    100. Go Home, Stevie Wonder

  • 3 years ago

    Popular Songs 1986

  • 1 decade ago

    In 1986, some of the most popular groups were Huey Lewis & The News, Bananarama, Survivor, Mr. Mister, and The Bangles. Some of the most popular songs that year included "Take Me Home Tonight" by Eddie Money and "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago


    Simple Minds


    "Addicted To Love" - Robert Palmer

    "All I Need is a Miracle" - Mike + The Mechanics

    "Breakout" - Swing Out Sister

    "Captain of Her Heart" - Double

    "Chain Reaction" - Diana Ross

    "Coming Around Again" - Carly Simon

    ""Dancing on the Ceiling" - Lionel Richie

    "Dreams" - Van Halen

    "Dreamtime" - Daryl Hall

    "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" - Wang Chung

    "French Kissin' In The USA" - Debbie Harry

    "Glory Of Love" - Peter Cetera

    "Hip To Be Square" - Huey Lewis & the News

    "Holding Back the Years" - Simply Red

    "Holding Out For A Hero" - Bonnie Tyler

    "How Will I Know" - Whitney Houston

    "I Wanna Wake Up With You" - Boris Gardiner

    "Kiss" - Prince and the Revolution

    "Kyrie" - Mr. Mister

    "Invisible Touch" - Genesis

    "If She Knew What She Wants" - The Bangles

    "Lady In Red" - Chris de Burgh

    "Live to Tell" - Madonna

    "Living In America" - James Brown

    Lessons in Love" - Level 42

    "Mad About You" - Belinda Carlisle

    "Manic Monday" - The Bangles

    "Nasty" - Janet Jackson

    "No More I Love You's" - The Lover Speaks

    "Notorious" - Duran Duran

    "On My Own" - Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald

    "Open Your Heart" - Madonna

    "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" - Pet Shop Boys

    "Papa Don't Preach" - Madonna

    "Pressure Down" - John Farnham

    ""Real Wild Child (Wild One)" - Iggy Pop

    Rain Or Shine - Five Star

    "Rock Me Amadeus" - Falco

    "Rough Boy" - ZZ Top

    "Sara" - Starship

    "Silent Running" - Mike + The Mechanics

    "Sledgehammer" - Peter Gabriel

    ""Sometimes" - Erasure

    "Stay For Awhile" - Amy Grant

    "Stuck With You" - Huey Lewis & the News

    "The Sun Always Shines On TV" - a-ha

    "Sweet Freedom" - Michael McDonald

    "The Sweetest Taboo" - Sade

    "Take Me Home" - Phil Collins

    "Take My Breath Away" - Berlin

    "Taken In" - Mike + The Mechanics

    "The Final Countdown" - Europe

    "The Greatest Love of All" - Whitney Houston

    "The Next Time I Fall" - Peter Cetera and Amy Grant

    "The Way It Is" - Bruce Hornsby and the Range

    "Throwing It All Away" - Genesis

    "True Blue"- Madonna

    "True Colors" - Cyndi Lauper

    "Venus" - Bananarama

    "Walk Like an Egyptian" - The Bangles

    "Walk of Life" - Dire Straits

    "Walk This Way" - Run DMC featuring Aerosmith

    "War" - Bruce Springsteen

    "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off (To Have a Good Time)" - Jermaine Stewart

    "West End Girls" - Pet Shop Boys

    "What Have You Done for Me Lately" - Janet Jackson

    "What You Need" - INXS

    "When I Think of You" - Janet Jackson

    "Why Can't This Be Love" - Van Halen

    "Words Get In The Way" - Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine

    "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)" - Beastie Boys

    "You Give Love a Bad Name" - Bon Jovi

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  • 1 decade ago

    here are some

    . "That's What Friends Are For".....Dionne & Friends

    2. "Walk Like An Egyptian".....Bangles

    3. "On My Own".....Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald

    4. "The Way It Is".....Bruce Hornsby & The Range

    5. "You Give Love A Bad Name".....Bon Jovi

    6. "Greatest Love Of All".....Whitney Houston

    7. "There'll Be Sad Songs".....Billy Ocean

    8. "How Will I Know".....Whitney Houston

    9. "Kyrie".....Mr. Mister

    10. "Kiss".....Prince & The Revolution

    11. "The Next Time I Fall".....Peter Cetera & Amy Grant

    12. "Burning Heart".....Survivor

    13. "Stuck With You".....Huey Lewis & The News

    14. "When I Think Of You".....Janet Jackson

    15. "Rock Me Amadeus".....Falco

    16. "West End Girls".....Pet Shop Boys

    17. "Sledgehammer".....Peter Gabriel

    18. "Human".....Human League

    19. "Sara".....Starship

    20. "Higher Love".....Steve Winwood

    21. "Glory Of Love".....Peter Cetera

    22. "Everybody Have Fun Tonight".....Wang Chung

    23. "Friends And Lovers".....Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson

    24. "Conga".....Miami Sound Machine

    25. "Secret Lovers".....Atlantic Starr

    26. "Live To Tell".....Madonna

    27. "Addicted To Love".....Robert Palmer

    28. "I Can't Wait".....Nu Shooz

    29. "What Have You Done For Me Lately".....Janet Jackson

    30. "Venus".....Bananarama

    31. "What You Need".....INXS

    32. "Take My Breath Away".....Berlin

    33. "These Dreams".....Heart

    34. "Holding Back The Years".....Simply Red

    35. "Walk Of Life".....Dire Straits

    36. "Dancing On The Ceiling".....Lionel Richie

    37. "Amanda".....Boston

    38. "Papa Don't Preach".....Madonna

    39. "True Colors".....Cyndi Lauper

  • 1 decade ago

    A-ha....Erasure....Starship (sara)....Stan Ridgeway (Camouflage)....especially here in Germany (Modern Talking)...

    ....Talk Talk....i do know..there were a whole lot of other bands

    and songs, but I dont remember....it was a "good" year ( i was 11 years old)...and, even or maybe you are not about Metal...

    but in 1986 Slayer and Megadeth released Breakthrough

    "Thrash Metal" albums...who set new standards...

    lets see, what the other guys write....bye

  • 1 decade ago

    Gene Loves Jezebel - "Desire"

    Billy Idol - " Rebel yell"

    Depeche Mode "Black Celebration"

    Nice and Wild - "Diamond girl"

    Cover Girls - " Show me"

    Regina - "Baby love"

    Cameo - "Candy"

    Tears for Fears - "Shout"

    Ready for the World - "Oh Sheila"

    Bangles, Human League, Devo

    Duran Duran, Pat Benetar,

    America, Go-Gos, Simple Minds,

    Expose' , S.O.S. Band, Prince,

    Stacy Q, Egyptian Lover, and etc.

    Source(s): I remeber all this back in high school 20 years ago... Solid Gold classics!
  • 1 decade ago

    Wham, Tears for Fears, Simple Minds. There are soooo many.

  • Achey Brakey Heart-Billy Ray Cyrus.

    Somewhere around that time.

  • 1 decade ago

    "Kyrie" - Mr. Mister

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