Tuesday, 16 October 2012

The Best Of 1986 - part 4

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Here we are, my 10 favourite singles from 1986 - and it's a pretty impressive list, if I do say so myself.

I was mad about Belinda Carlisle in 1986 - and for years to come

I'm not even going to bore you with trivia or personal anecdotes from 1986 since I'm so excited to get on with counting down some bona fide classics.


A duo who would go on to become one of my all-time favourite groups is at number 10 - it's "Oh L'amour" by Erasure. After short-lived success with Depeche Mode, Yazoo and Assembly, Vince Clarke finally found the musical partner with whom he could record for longer than a couple of years in singer Andy Bell. Only problem was: Erasure's first three singles, "Who Needs Love (Like That)", "Heavenly Action" and this track, all flopped in the UK. "Oh L'amour" was actually a hit in Australia, reaching number 13, but back home, it would take a cover version by Dollar the following year to turn the song into a success. Thankfully, Erasure recorded a second album - and that's when their fortunes changed.




A British trio making their debut in 1986 is at number 9 - it's "Breakout" by Swing Out Sister. The group's debut album It's Better To Travel also contained a number of other fine singles, but in Australia, this effervescent song would be their only success, reaching number 12. In the UK, they would only have two top 10 hits, however, like a number of briefly successful acts, Swing Out Sister would go on to be "big in Japan", releasing albums throughout the '90s and '00s.




At number 8: "Mad About You" by Belinda Carlisle, the first solo hit for the (at the time) former Go-Go's singer. For the next decade, Belinda would maintain a steady stream of chart hits around the world, particularly from her second and third albums, Heaven On Earth and Runaway Horses - but for now, she had to be satisfied with this one hit from debut LP Belinda.




An artist used to having a steady stream of hits is at number 7 - it's "Chain Reaction" by Diana Ross, which was the former Supreme's first major solo success in four or five years. After a string of flops, she was taking no chances with this track, which was written by the Bee Gees (who also featured on backing vocals) and had a music video featuring more costume changes than Lady Gaga at an awards show. It was a number 1 smash around the world, including here in Australia, where it was the highest-selling single of the year. The return to favour was brief, with "Chain Reaction" being her last top 50 appearance in this country.




The other song (like OMD's "If You Leave") that was not a hit in the UK is at number 6 - it's "Bizarre Love Triangle" by New Order, which was a top 5 smash here in Australia but could only limp to number 56 back home. One of the best things about this song is, of course, the bit in the music video where the music stops and there's that weird scene where a woman goes on about not believing in reincarnation. Genius.




Another artist who'd be struggling in recent years is at number 5 - it's "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by Kim Wilde, which, spookily enough, is a cover of a song made famous by... Diana Ross (oh, and the other Supremes). Kim hadn't had a top 10 hit in Australia since 1982, but this remake rocketed to number 1 for two non-consecutive weeks - swapping places at the top with "Walk Like An Egyptian" by The Bangles throughout February 1987. It would be Kim's last major Aussie hit until 1993, but her biggest UK album was just around the corner.




Finally hitting pay dirt, at number 4 is "Sometimes" by Erasure, the first single from second album The Circus, which reached number 2 in the UK. It made the chart here and would be their last top 50 appearance until 1992's ABBA-esque EP. Meanwhile, in the UK, the duo would enjoy a string of chart-topping albums and be responsible for my favourite song of the entire 1980s.




Like Vince and Belinda, a new musical venture for Jimmy Somerville is at number 3 - it's "Don't Leave Me This Way" by The Communards. The former Bronski Beat frontman and his new musical partner, Richard Coles, enjoyed a massive hit with this cover version - a song that had been recorded by both Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and Thelma Houston in the 1970s. This version (with featured vocals from Sarah Jane Morris) was the highest-selling single of 1986 in the UK, and in Australia reached number 2, winding up as the year's 17th biggest single.




Another cover version is at number 2: "Venus" by Bananarama, which achieved what "Don't Leave Me This Way" didn't and reached number 1 in Australia (and also in the US). In fact, it spent seven weeks at the summit here and became the fourth highest-selling single of 1986. I was obsessed with this song - to the point where I learnt every dance move in the video. Really. Embarrassing story alert: In 1986, I went 10 pin bowling around the time the song was out and I entered my player name as Venus Dancer. The computer abbreviated it to VD. I didn't quite understand what was so funny. I was 11.




My favourite song for the year - and my all time favourite song by the artist in question: at number 1 it's "Open Your Heart" by Madonna. It was also the song that broke Madonna's run of top 10 singles in Australia which stretched back to "Like A Virgin" by only getting to number 16. It did better in the US, where it was another chart-topper for the singer we were now used to seeing with cropped platinum blonde hair. Taken from my all-time favourite album, True Blue, "Open Your Heart" is pop at its very best and caps off an amazing year in music.




My top 200 for 1986 in full:

1        OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
2        VENUS Bananarama
3        DON'T LEAVE ME THIS WAY Communards 
4        SOMETIMES Erasure
5        YOU KEEP ME HANGIN' ON Kim Wilde
6        BIZARRE LOVE TRIANGLE New Order
7        CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
8        MAD ABOUT YOU Belinda Carlisle
9        BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
10       OH L'AMOUR Erasure
11       PAPA DON'T PREACH Madonna
12       NO ONE IS TO BLAME Howard Jones
13       LIVE TO TELL Madonna
14       INVISIBLE TOUCH Genesis
15       THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
16       IF YOU LEAVE O.M.D.
17       GREAT WALL Boom Crash Opera
18       DON'T FORGET ME (WHEN I'M GONE) Glass Tiger
19       DANCING ON THE CEILING Lionel Richie
20       EVERYBODY HAVE FUN TONIGHT Wang Chung
21       FUNKY TOWN Pseudo Echo
22       STAND UP Hazell Dean
23       TWO OF HEARTS Stacey Q
24       WE DON'T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
25       MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
26       I'VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
27       HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John
28       GLORY OF LOVE Peter Cetera
29       A QUESTION OF LUST Depeche Mode
30       STIMULATION Wa Wa Nee
31       ALL THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
32       I CAN'T WAIT Nu Shooz
33       LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
34       TOUCH ME (I WANT YOUR BODY) Samantha Fox
35       SHOWING OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
36       MEAN TO ME Crowded House
37       SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
38       CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
39       SHELLSHOCK New Order
40       WHO’S JOHNNY El DeBarge
41       WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
42       DIGGING YOUR SCENE Blow Monkeys
43       A QUESTION OF TIME Depeche Mode
44       LIKE FLAMES Berlin
45       HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
46       C'EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
47       RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
48       SARA Starship
49       (I JUST DIED) IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
50       RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
51       THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston
52       THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
53       LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
54       OUT OF CONTROL Kids In The Kitchen
55       AND SHE WAS Talking Heads
56       HOLY WORD I'm Talking
57       BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
58       MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
59       SEX AS A WEAPON Pat Benatar
60       TRUE COLOURS Cyndi Lauper
61       KYRIE Mr Mister
62       FIND THE TIME Five Star
63       HIGHER LOVE Steve Winwood
64       LOVE AN ADVENTURE Pseudo Echo
65       ALL AT ONCE Whitney Houston
66       SO MUCH FOR LOVE Venetians
67       LOVE IS WAR Brilliant
68       WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
69       SO MACHO / CRUISIN' Sinitta
70       YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
71       YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
72       I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
73       WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
74       LISTEN LIKE THIEVES / DIFFERENT WORLD INXS
75       NO LIES Noiseworks
76       ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
77       LIVING IN A DREAM Pseudo Echo
78       SOMEBODY Brilliant
79       WE LOVE YOU O.M.D.
80       MISS THIS TONIGHT Matt Moffitt
81       THE NEXT TIME I FALL Peter Cetera / Amy Grant
82       DREAMS OF ORDINARY MEN Dragon
83       ALL I NEED IS A MIRACLE Mike & The Mechanics
84       SUSPICIOUS MINDS Fine Young Cannibals
85       NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
86       IF SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WANTS The Bangles
87       HUMAN Human League
88       DON’T GET ME WRONG Pretenders
89       LET'S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
90       TRUE BLUE Madonna
91       STRIPPED Depeche Mode
92       SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
93       WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
94       SCHOOLGIRL Kim Wilde
95       WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
96       SANCTIFY YOURSELF Simple Minds
97       DON'T DREAM IT'S OVER Crowded House
98       YOU'RE GONNA GET HURT Jenny Morris
99       YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons / Jackson Browne
100     HANDS UP IN THE AIR Boom Crash Opera
101     WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME Chicago
102     I COULD MAKE YOU LOVE ME Wa Wa Nee
103     YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
104     SEX AND FAME Jump Incorporated
105     DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
106     WILD WILD LIFE Talking Heads
107     NOBODY KNOWS Nik Kershaw
108     OPPORTUNITIES (LET'S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
109     KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
110     SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
111     WORD UP Cameo
112     MORE THAN PHYSICAL Bananarama
113     CAN'T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
114     DREAMTIME Daryl Hall
115     FRIENDS AND LOVERS Carl Anderson & Gloria Loring
116     ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
117     E.S.P. (EXTRA SENSUAL PERSUASION) Hazell Dean
118     IN THE HEAT OF A PASSIONATE MOMENT Princess
119     MAN SIZE LOVE Klymaxx
120     IS THIS LOVE? Alison Moyet
121     STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
122     MODERN WOMAN Billy Joel
123     BEFORE TOO LONG Paul Kelly & The Coloured Girls
124     THE WAY IT IS Bruce Hornsby & The Range
125     THIS IS THE TIME Billy Joel
126     WHY CAN’T THIS BE LOVE Van Halen
127     FEEL IT AGAIN Honeymoon Suite
128     HIP TO BE SQUARE Huey Lewis & The News
129     CROSS THE BORDER Icehouse
130     THESE DREAMS Heart
131     THROW YOUR ARMS AROUND ME Hunters & Collectors
132     ELOISE The Damned
133     CONCRETE AND CLAY Martin Plaza
134     AIN'T NOTHING GOIN' ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie
135     ABSOLUTELY Eurogliders
136     PRIMITIVE LOVE RITES Mondo Rock
137     BABY, YOU'RE SO STRANGE Icehouse
138     WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
139     BEAT'S SO LONELY Charlie Sexton
140     SILENT RUNNING (ON DANGEROUS GROUND) Mike & The Mechanics
141     IF I SAY YES Five Star
142     SO TOUGH Eurogliders
143     NOW WE’RE GETTING SOMEWHERE Crowded House
144     FOR TONIGHT Nancy Martinez
145     SLEEPING BEAUTY Divinyls
146     LOVE IN THE SHADOWS EG Daily
147     GET SOME HUMOUR Jenny Morris
148     IT'S ALRIGHT (BABY'S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
149     SPEED UP MY HEARTBEAT Jeb Million
150     INNOCENT LOVE Sandra
151     EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
152     THERE'LL BE SAD SONGS (TO MAKE YOU CRY) Billy Ocean
153     I DO WHAT I DO John Taylor
154     DO YA DO YA (WANNA PLEASE ME) Samantha Fox
155     PISTOL IN MY POCKET Lana Pellay
156     PART TIME LOVE AFFAIR Geisha
157     STOP TO LOVE Luther Vandross
158     WESTERN GIRLS Dragon
159     A NIGHT LIKE THIS The Cure
160     WEIRD SCIENCE Oingo Boingo
161     DREAMS Van Halen
162     TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT Eddie Money
163     CONGA Miami Sound Machine
164     VIENNA CALLING Falco
165     PRIVATE NUMBER The Jets
166     DO YOU WANNA BE I'm Talking
167     LIVING IN AMERICA James Brown
168     MOVE AWAY Culture Club
169     BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham
170     QU'EST-CE QUE C'EST Splash
171     STAY Oingo Boingo
172     IN TOO DEEP Genesis
173     I'M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU Austin Howard
174     LIFE'S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
175     ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin
176     LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega featuring Joe Jackson
177     WHERE DID YOUR HEART GO? Wham!
178     CRY WOLF a-ha
179     YOUR WILDEST DREAMS The Moody Blues
180     THIS IS THE HOUSE Three Degrees
181     FRENCH KISSIN' IN THE U.S.A. Deborah Harry
182     THROWING IT ALL AWAY Genesis
183     BABY LOVE Regina
184     OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
185     BAD BOY Miami Sound Machine
186     INFECTED The The
187     STATE OF THE NATION New Order
188     (FOREVER) LIVE AND DIE O.M.D.
189     YOU'D BETTER NOT FOOL AROUND Haywoode
190     NASTY Janet Jackson
191     MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Starr
192     I'LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU Princess
193     SUGAR FREE Wa Wa Nee
194     SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
195     FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Sinitta
196     YOUR LOVE The Outfield
197     DON’T YOU WANT MY LOVE Nicole
198     FEEL THE HEAT Jean Beauvoir
199     YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU, DON’T YOU? Howard Jones
200     IS IT LOVE Mr Mister


Great year, right? As usual, this Thursday we step back in time to the ARIA chart from 25 years ago. And after 1986 comes... 1987 so next I'll be counting down my favourite songs from 25 years ago.


MY YEAR-END CHARTS
1979 II 1980 II 1981 II 1982 II 1983 II 1984 II 1985 II 1986 II 1987 II 1988 II 1989
1990 II 1991 II 1992 II 1993 II 1994 II 1995 II 1996 II 1997 II 1998 II 1999
2000 II 2001 II 2002 II 2003 II 2004 II 2005 II 2006 II 2007 II 2008 II 2009
2010 II 2011 II 2012 II 2013 II 2014 II 2015 II 2016


2 comments:

  1. Aww. We were so close to having the same #1 of the year with "Venus" Gav. ;)

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    1. The top few songs were all very close - not much in it at all!

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