US #1s of 1986

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Part 17. Random year. In the can: '41 '44 '50 '57 '60' 63 '68 '75 '81 '88 '89 '92 '95 '00 '06 '08.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Pet Shop Boys, "West End Girls" 31
Prince and the Revolution, "Kiss" 21
Peter Gabriel, "Sledgehammer" 7
The Bangles, "Walk Like an Egyptian" 5
Bruce Hornsby & the Range, "The Way It Is" 4
Robert Palmer, "Addicted to Love" 4
Madonna, "Papa Don't Preach" 3
Falco, "Rock Me Amadeus" 3
Madonna, "Live to Tell" 3
Cyndi Lauper, "True Colors" 3
Peter Cetera, "Glory of Love" 2
Janet Jackson, "When I Think of You" 2
Berlin, "Take My Breath Away" 1
Boston, "Amanda" 1
The Human League, "Human" 1
Bon Jovi, "You Give Love a Bad Name" 1
Peter Cetera and Amy Grant, "The Next Time I Fall" 1
Bananarama, "Venus" 1
Billy Ocean, "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)" 1
Dionne & Friends, "That's What Friends Are For" 1
Simply Red, "Holding Back the Years" 1
Starship, Sara 0
Mr. Mister, "Kyrie" 0
Whitney Houston, "Greatest Love of All" 0
Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald, "On My Own" 0
Steve Winwood, "Higher Love" 0
Genesis, "Invisible Touch" 0
Huey Lewis & The News, "Stuck With You" 0
Whitney Houston, "How Will I Know" 0
Heart, "These Dreams 0


Robo-Tony! Robo-Toni! Robo-Toné! (The Reverend), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 05:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Kiss" obv, w/ Janet close behind and "Amadeus", "Human" and Robert Palmer a bit farther in the distance

Robo-Tony! Robo-Toni! Robo-Toné! (The Reverend), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 05:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Kiss" vs. "West End Girls" vs. "Live to Tell" vs. "Sledgehammer" vs. "Papa Don't Preach" vs. "Human."

Im-fucking-possible.

ilxor, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 06:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

When it was good it was very very good (Kiss, West End Girls) and when it was bad it was an abomination (the Dionne Warwick, Bon Jovi and Starship). Bonus, not a bad year for ballads now that it's 20 years on and they aren't so overplayed (The Way It Is, True Colors, Holding Back the Years). Voting West End Girls.

that's not my post, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 06:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

voted "the way it is" but i really should have voted "sledgehamer". "kiss" will win, of course.

winstonian (winston), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 06:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

yes "kiss" will win of course, because nothing else in a fair-to-middling list gets close to its orbit.

paper plans (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 06:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

ok, i shouldn't say that because "west end girls" would easily trump everything but "kiss" for me. and "live to tell" is classic enough even though it's only about my 6th-favorite madonna ballad. and there are plenty of other good songs there. but still, "kiss."

paper plans (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 06:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald, "On My Own"

This was #1 when I was born. :/

Robo-Tony! Robo-Toni! Robo-Toné! (The Reverend), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 06:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

Don't get me wrong, I looooooooove "Kiss," but, for me at least, this is easily "West End Girls."

Someone Still Loves You Evan and Jaron (Tape Store), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 06:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

Nothing on this list comes close to the majestic strangeness of "Walk Like an Egyptian," which wraps up everything that was great, multicolored, angular, and art-damaged about this part of the 1980s in one perfect package.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 06:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald, "On My Own"

This was #1 when I was born. :/

This was #1 when many others were conceived as well.

Eazy, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 06:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

i want "take my breath away" to get at least one vote

winstonian (winston), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 06:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

xp: I see what you did there!

Robo-Tony! Robo-Toni! Robo-Toné! (The Reverend), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 07:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

yess my birth year! unfortunately by birth song is "greatest love of all".

voting for "addicted to love".

miss precious perfect (musically), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 07:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

i never imagined 'west end girls' went no 1 in the US!

1. live to tell
2. papa don't preach
3. kiss
4. when i think of you
5. west end girls
6. walk like an egyptian

lex pretend, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 08:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

west end girls, b/c "in every city, in every nation / from lake geneva to the finland station" is a great couplet.

snuh, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 12:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

lex otm about everything.

Nathalie (stevienixed), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 12:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

Dionne & Friends, "That's What Friends Are For" or janet, madonna or prince.

p-noid (titchyschneiderMk2), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 12:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

You're all secretly voting for Whitney, aren't you?

Pancakes Hussein Obama (Pancakes Hackman), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 12:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

im voting for whitneys aunt.

p-noid (titchyschneiderMk2), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 12:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oh my god, how to choose... West End Girls was obviously classic but... erm, was Rock Me Amadeus really that *late*? I thought it came out much earlier, like, 84 or something. Anyway, that just pips PSB for me.

Le FAP Le LAP Le FAP Le FAP Le FAP! (Masonic Boom), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 12:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

shit, i forgot these:
Starship, Sara
Falco, "Rock Me Amadeus"
Pet Shop Boys, "West End Girls"
Whitney Houston, "Greatest Love of All"
Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald, "On My Own"
Simply Red, "Holding Back the Years"
Genesis, "Invisible Touch"
Madonna, "Papa Don't Preach"
Cyndi Lauper, "True Colors"
The Bangles, "Walk Like an Egyptian"

86 wasnt bad at all.

p-noid (titchyschneiderMk2), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 12:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

voted PSB, but Falco comes second, not least because of this crazy video...

snoball, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 12:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

...also because he has the most outrageous headstone
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/63/Falco_Grab.jpg/200px-Falco_Grab.jpg

snoball, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 12:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

Some strong contenders here. Went for "True Colors" in the end.

The mid-to-late 80s were usually better in the American charts than the British ones. The Brits were a bit too busy looking for "the next big thing" while the Americans settled with the new wave/new romantic stuff that they hadn't really discovered until 1982-83 anyway.

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 12:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

Heart, "These Dreams
Falco, "Rock Me Amadeus"
Prince and the Revolution, "Kiss"
Robert Palmer, "Addicted to Love"
Pet Shop Boys, "West End Girls"

This is one HELL of a run of five consecutive #1's ...

Really tough decision, and trying to decide on the basis of "most iconic video" isn't helping either ...

NoTimeBeforeTime, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 12:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

oh fuck i forgot he died. :-(

Nathalie (stevienixed), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 13:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

roughly 20 of these are great but PSBs just over the two Madonnas.

O Supermanchiros (blueski), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 13:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

i love 'On My Own' fwiw, esp. Labelle at the end ("this wasn't how it was supposed to eeeeeeeeeeeeend")

O Supermanchiros (blueski), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 13:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

That video! I had forgotten the scene in the Biker Bar. Oh god yes.

Le FAP Le LAP Le FAP Le FAP Le FAP! (Masonic Boom), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 13:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

oh fuck i forgot he died. :-(

So did Robert Palmer. Why couldn't God take Phil Collins or Mick Hucknall instead?

I'm kind of blown away that Boston's "Amanda" was a #1.

Pancakes Hussein Obama (Pancakes Hackman), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 13:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

Heart, "These Dreams
Falco, "Rock Me Amadeus"
Prince and the Revolution, "Kiss"
Robert Palmer, "Addicted to Love"
Pet Shop Boys, "West End Girls"

This is one HELL of a run of five consecutive #1's ...

Yup! Also: "Human," "When I Think of You," "Invisible Touch," "Venus," and "Sledgehammer." I could've voted for any one of them, but I'm particularly fond of "Live To Tell" this morning.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 13:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

Going through these in my head, half of them sound the same to me...

Heart, "These Dreams
Mr. Mister, "Kyrie"
Steve Winwood, "Higher Love"
Peter Cetera, "Glory of Love"
Madonna, "Live to Tell"
Cyndi Lauper, "True Colors"
Bruce Hornsby & the Range, "The Way It Is"
Simply Red, "Holding Back the Years"
Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald, "On My Own"

There's a slight spread from fast and upbeat to slow and maudlin but basically this is MOR/AOR heaven.

talk me down off the (ledge), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 13:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

lots of early digital synth pads and arpeggiated marimba pattern type things

O Supermanchiros (blueski), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 13:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

if only 'Sweet Freedom' was in this thing

O Supermanchiros (blueski), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 13:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

I heard "On My Own" at the supermarket a couple of weeks ago; it was better than I remembered.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 13:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

There are a few duds in there but overall, great year. Tracks that are absolutely essential to the fabric of the universe: "Rock Me Amadeus," "West End Girls," "Sledgehammer," "Walk Like an Egyptian."

Songs that I like a lot but which reasonable people might disagree: "The Way It Is," "Kiss," "Higher Love," "True Colors," "Human." Those aren't my favorite Madonna songs but they are not mistakes by any stretch of the imagination.

I voted for "Sledgehammer" but I suspect "West End Girls" will narrowly edge out "Kiss" for the win in this one.

Ye Mad Puffin, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 14:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Kiss," of course.
Everyone else should fold up their penises and go home.*

* Stolen from Xgau's review of Dirty Mind.

Jazzbo, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 14:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

goddam this kicks 89's ass

west end girls is the one i'd most like to hear this second, but i could easily vote for like 5 of these

now is the time to winterize your manscape (will), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 14:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

This is easily my favorite year for chart music.

HI DERE, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 14:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

For real. Some of the songs that made the top ten ("Let's Go All The Way," "Sweet Freedom," "Opportunities," "Rumors") would be winners on any list.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 14:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Walk Like an Egyptian" (even though this got hella played), "Human", "When I Think of You", "Sledgehammer", "Kiss", "West End Girls", "Live to Tell" as good or better than everything I ended up voting for from any of the polls '86 & forward.

OTM x & xxpost

now is the time to winterize your manscape (will), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 14:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

Unironically, Peter Cetera. That song has been stuck in my head for months.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 14:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

...not to mention Falco, "Addicted to Love" , Boston coming correct, hell, even the Mr. Mister seems awesomne through the hazy gauze of nostalgia.

ha! was going to say the peter cetera & maybe greatest love of all would be the only ones I flip stations on

now is the time to winterize your manscape (will), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 14:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

I would

now is the time to winterize your manscape (will), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 14:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

I even harbor a soft spot in my heart for the breakdown in "Kyrie." "These Dreams" was my older sister's favorite song for like three months; she'd take one of the stereo speakers into the bathroom with her while she was getting ready for school. The semispoken bits have a kind of majesty in retrospect.

Ye Mad Puffin, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 14:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

The worst song on here is the Huey Lewis song, which is just okay compared to everything else running the gamut from good to essential.

HI DERE, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 14:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

Nah - Iceman would have punched Kelly McGillis in the mouth if she'd used "Take My Breath Away" as a "love theme."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 14:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

Synths sounded horrible at the time. Really, this was DX7 Hell. But still some nice songs.

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 15:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

I can totally do without "That's What Friends Are For" (despite the fine Wonderian harmonica work) "Amanda" (which seems a bit like Classic Rock's incongruous lone entry), "Sara," "Stuck With You," "Invisible Touch," "Next Time I Fall," "Glory of Love," and "You Give Love a Bad Name."

"Take My Breath Away," "Holding Back the Years," and "Live to Tell" all have kinda the same interminable ploddiness to my mind; I do not love these songs (apologies for dissenting from the LtT love).

The rest are good to great, as has been amply noted.

ER WAR SUPERSTAR
ER WAR POPULAR

AMADEUS AMADEUS

Ye Mad Puffin, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 16:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

kiss is the one prince song i'd be cool w/never hearing again

owned

my heigl-lohan girl (who's also latina and half-jewish) (cankles), Friday, 6 February 2009 00:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

Same here. Radio overplay has hurt it.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 6 February 2009 00:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'm done with "Kiss."

Nurse Detrius (Eric H.), Friday, 6 February 2009 00:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

Wait, no I'm not.

Nurse Detrius (Eric H.), Friday, 6 February 2009 00:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

might be played out but still prob one of the 10 best pop songs ever

The Reverend, Friday, 6 February 2009 01:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

Well, I'm done with it in the sense that when I listen to Parade I skip it; I do the same with "Let's Go Crazy." I'm just bored of these great songs already.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 6 February 2009 01:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

^^lets go crazy is unskippable come on

k3vin k., Friday, 6 February 2009 01:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

well he just skipped it so bloop there goes ur hypothesis

my heigl-lohan girl (who's also latina and half-jewish) (cankles), Friday, 6 February 2009 01:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

lol

but otr it's my fav prince song i think

k3vin k., Friday, 6 February 2009 01:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

I also skip "West End Girls" when I listen to Please, so.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 6 February 2009 01:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

I only skip "Purple Rain" every time I listen to Purple Rain. I skip nothing on Parade when I listen to Parade because I almost never listen to Parade.

Nurse Detrius (Eric H.), Friday, 6 February 2009 02:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

lol i always listen to "purple rain." i bought a purple vinyl single on accident (thinking it was the whole album), and it's still the only prince vinyl i've got so i grew to like that song more than i might have

k3vin k., Friday, 6 February 2009 02:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oh come on. West End Girls is not 775% better than Addicted To Love.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 6 February 2009 02:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

Robert Palmer circa Cluees coulda done a decent version of "West End Girls."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 6 February 2009 02:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

xp: I know, and what the fuck is this?

Peter Cetera, "Glory of Love" 2
Janet Jackson, "When I Think of You" 2

The Reverend, Friday, 6 February 2009 02:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

Democracy.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 6 February 2009 02:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

haha, my bafflement here is sort of the mirror image of some britisher bafflement i remember when "when doves cry" won the '80s singles poll. ("prince? really?") more surprised at the paltry madonna showing.

paper plans (tipsy mothra), Friday, 6 February 2009 02:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

I voted for Peter Cetera, just to annoy you all. Sorry.

moley, Friday, 6 February 2009 04:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

Wooohoo!! Something beat Kiss!! WOOOHOO!

Well I liked that Pet Shop Boys song back in the day a lot (first year of high school, German class as I recall), but it doesn't do a whole lot for me now. Still I'm happy Kiss didn't win. Most minimal, obvious, boring-as-hell Prince song, ever. It's hardly a song. Nothing adventurous about it at all. No passion. Just this repetitive simplicity. Zzzzz...

Let's not mention Peter C*t*ra. Can't deal with him. Hell I'd vote for Kiss over him anyday!

Also, I'm fully aware of the fact that I could easily have just voted for Janet Jackson in this poll, but in times past, she's been the only beacon I could cling to in some of these awful late 80's #1 polls, so this time it was nice to have some other decent choices.

Ozzy Goth Beatles (Bimble), Friday, 6 February 2009 04:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

Can we do 1985 please please please?

Ozzy Goth Beatles (Bimble), Friday, 6 February 2009 04:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

Also yeah, Robert Palmer could have done a decent version of "West End Girls".

People who skip "Purple Rain" on the Purple Rain album, though, are absolutely batshit in my opinion. Just sayin'.

Ozzy Goth Beatles (Bimble), Friday, 6 February 2009 05:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

No, people who skip "The Beautiful Ones" on the Purple Rain album are absolutely batshit. Not that anyone ever does that, just sayin'.

Nurse Detrius (Eric H.), Friday, 6 February 2009 06:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'd argue that people who skip anything on Purple Rain are a bit fucked in the head.

The Reverend, Friday, 6 February 2009 06:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

enlightening musical discussion

carbonara not glue (electricsound), Friday, 6 February 2009 06:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

LOLOLOL You guys are all kool kids all around. I love it.

Ozzy Goth Beatles (Bimble), Friday, 6 February 2009 08:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

heh. "Sledgehammer" came in 3rd? really???

"West End Girls" is the better song (obviously), but "Kiss" is the purple one's greatest single ever, and, therefore, unfuckingbeatable (except on ilm, natch)!

(a mess0 (Ioannis), Friday, 6 February 2009 11:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

nothing against "West End Girls", but I'm not sure where it comes within a million miles of "Kiss"

― The Reverend, Friday, February 6, 2009 12:39 AM (13 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

^^agree - don't think they're the best singles from either artist though

lex pretend, Friday, 6 February 2009 14:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

(that would be 'rent' for PSB and um er uh either 'when doves cry' or 'little red corvette' for prince)

lex pretend, Friday, 6 February 2009 14:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

I dunno, when I think about the best Prince singles, the songs that come to mind instantly are "Kiss", "Alphabet St" and "Raspberry Beret". (Sometimes "1999".)

"Rent" is kind of impossible for PSB to transcend, though.

nosotros niggamos (HI DERE), Friday, 6 February 2009 14:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

I voted for Peter Cetera, just to annoy you all. Sorry.

I did too, because for me it is the very definition of a guilty pleasure. But I wouldn't have voted for it had I known that the best song here, Addicted To Love, would get only five measly votes.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 6 February 2009 14:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

The Human League, "Human" 1

This is criminal.

matt2, Friday, 6 February 2009 16:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

Not as criminal as the UK #1s of 1986, though.

Bernard Braden Misreads Stephen Leacock (Marcello Carlin), Friday, 6 February 2009 16:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

I think the more interesting poll would be "vote for your 3rd favorite song"

nosotros niggamos (HI DERE), Friday, 6 February 2009 16:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

US 86: 20/30
UK 86: 8/18

O Supermanchiros (blueski), Friday, 6 February 2009 16:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

ten years pass...

Oh! I love that Jermaine Stewart song.

nicky lo-fi, Saturday, 9 March 2019 13:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The production lets it down.

Let's have sensible centrist armageddon (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 9 March 2019 13:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Hmmm, I'd move "Throwing it all away" and "Human" to Meh, and "Typical male" to The Hague, making space for "Rumours", "Manic Monday" and "Word Up!" in Good To Great; "Nikita" can go to The Hague too, and we'll move You Give Love a Bad Name" and "If You Leave" out of there and up to Solid (maybe "Danger Zone" too). "Life in a Northern Town" and "The Rain" also decidedly not Meh but Solid.

I strongly agree with not including Bruce Hornsby & The Range at all, as it doesn't even deserve as much as a hearing at the ICC.

dorsalstop, Saturday, 9 March 2019 16:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

YOU SENT ME TO THE HAGUE
BUT YOUR MEM'RY I STILL PLAGUE
AMANDA

Guayaquil (eephus!), Saturday, 9 March 2019 16:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"Typical Male" to The Hague? I love the bridge, Phil Collins' drumming, and Tina's ferocity.

Let's have sensible centrist armageddon (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 9 March 2019 16:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Oh man, another reason to hate Phil Collins.

dorsalstop, Saturday, 9 March 2019 16:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

1986 is my favourite music year in history, for both nostalgic (it was the year I became a precocious, obsessive radio/Casey Kasem listener) and quantitative (there is just a ridiculous amount of music from that year that I adore) reasons. From the list of US #1s alone, these are some of my favourite songs ever:

Pet Shop Boys, "West End Girls"
Prince and the Revolution, "Kiss"
Madonna, "Papa Don't Preach"
Madonna, "Live to Tell"
Janet Jackson, "When I Think of You"
The Human League, "Human"
Genesis, "Invisible Touch"
Whitney Houston, "How Will I Know"

and from Alfred's extended list:

Genesis – Throwing It All Away
The Pretenders – Don’t Get Me Wrong
Janet Jackson – What Have You Done For Me Lately
Sly Fox – Let’s Go All the Way
Belinda Carlisle – Mad About You
Janet Jackson – Nasty
Phil Collins – Take Me Home
The Bangles – Manic Monday
Cameo – Word Up!
Madonna – True Blue
El Debarge – Who’s Johnny
The Dream Academy – Life in a Northern Town
Timex Social Club – Rumours
Howard Jones – No One is to Blame
Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark – If You Leave

If absolutely forced, I'm sure I could sustain on a playlist of just those songs for the rest of my life.

Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Saturday, 9 March 2019 17:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The Billboard charts were insanely white in those days.

Mr. Snrub, Saturday, 9 March 2019 17:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Wow, what a year

yuh yuh (morrisp), Saturday, 9 March 2019 17:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xpost

I suspect that the further you go back in time, the whiter the charts look. I'll leave it to the Billboard obsessives to confirm or deny that, but I do remember Casey Kasem listing the top songs on the "Black" charts (along with Country, Easy Listening, etc) as a sidenote during each week's countdown.

Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Saturday, 9 March 2019 17:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

1981-1982 were particularly bad

Let's have sensible centrist armageddon (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 9 March 2019 17:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Mr. Mister, “Is It Meh or Sound, Solid Entertainment (It Actually Appears to be Both)”

breastcrawl, Saturday, 9 March 2019 17:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Updated, which gave me a chance to slot "The Way It Is."

Let's have sensible centrist armageddon (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 9 March 2019 17:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"Typical Male" to The Hague? I love the bridge, Phil Collins' drumming, and Tina's ferocity.

― Let's have sensible centrist armageddon (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 9 March 2019 16:27 (four hours ago) Permalink

“Typical Male” is my favorite song from Tina’s post-comeback era: great chorus, especially the synthy horn line (I love how it echoes the underrated '83 Kc and the Sunshine Band single “Give It Up”). There’s also the post-bridge chorus breakdown, where everything drops out except drums, staccato guitar, and that voice (the “WAAAAHHH” that drops in, sax or Tina?), then it rebuilds for a full-instrumentation chorus.

People on Spotify have graciously assembled the Billboard Top 100s from basically every year as playlists. Unfortunately, not all songs are on Spotify, meaning the user is faced with the choice of either leaving it out, or inserting a karaoke or cover version, which can totally derail the playtlist. In the 1986 list, the real “Sweet Freedom” was not available, so we get someone called “Done Again” covering the song, and oh yes – we get a bad Michael McDonald impersonation! I am totally throwing this on the mix for my next gathering, just to see if anyone goes “Dude…wait…that’s not actually… Mic-… seriously, what the FUCK IS THIS!?”
https://open.spotify.com/user/12128872417/playlist/4rhgAIno9OiopUzNhOZDbc?si=AQovrMTcSCCISb8-nWUWpg

Prefecture, Saturday, 9 March 2019 21:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"I confess I'm a fool for a man/With a clever m-i-i-i-ind"

Let's have sensible centrist armageddon (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 9 March 2019 23:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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