Sunday, December 31, 1989

Top 100 Songs from 1980 to 1989

First posted 1/21/2011; last updated 3/23/2020.

Top 100 Songs of the Decade:

1980-1989

These are the top 100 songs from the 1980s according to Dave’s Music Database. Click here to see “Song of the Year” awards.

1. Billie Jean…Michael Jackson (1982)
2. Every Breath You Take…The Police (1983)
3. Sweet Child O’ Mine…Guns N’ Roses (1987)
4. I Love Rock and Roll…Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (1981)
5. When Doves Cry…Prince (1984)
6. Endless Love…Lionel Richie & Diana Ross (1981)
7. We Are the World…U.S.A. for Africa (1985)
8. Beat It…Michael Jackson (1983)
9. With or Without You…U2 (1987)
10. Bette Davis Eyes…Kim Carnes (1981)

11. Eye of the Tiger…Survivor (1982)
12. Don’t You Want Me?...The Human League (1981)
13. Like a Prayer…Madonna (1989)
14. Lady…Kenny Rogers (1980)
15. Love Will Tear Us Apart…Joy Division (1980)
16. Livin’ on a Prayer…Bon Jovi (1986)
17. Call Me…Blondie (1980)
18. Tainted Love…Soft Cell (1981)
19. Careless Whisper…George Michael (1984)
20. I Just Called to Say I Love You…Stevie Wonder (1984)

21. Flashdance...What a Feelin’…Irene Cara (1983)
22. Physical…Olivia Newton-John (1981)
23. I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me…Whitney Houston (1987)
24. Take on Me…Aha (1984)
25. Another One Bites the Dust…Queen (1980)
26. Like a Virgin…Madonna (1984)
27. Jump…Van Halen (1984)
28. The Message…Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (1982)
29. Walk This Way…Run-D.M.C. with Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (1986)
30. What’s Love Got to Do with It?...Tina Turner (1984)

31. You Shook Me All Night Long…AC/DC (1980)
32. Girls Just Want to Have Fun…Cyndi Lauper (1983)
33. Blue Monday…New Order (1983)
34. Don’t Stop Believin’…Journey (1981)
35. That's What Friends Are For…Dionne & Friends (Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight, & Stevie Wonder) (1985)
36. Always on My Mind…Willie Nelson (1982)
37. Sweet Dreams Are Made of This…Eurythmics (1983)
38. Love Shack…The B-52’s (1989)
39. Relax…Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1983)
40. Come on Eileen…Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1982)

41. Celebration…Kool & the Gang (1980)
42. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For…U2 (1987)
43. Another Day in Paradise…Phil Collins (1989)
44. All Night Long (All Night)…Lionel Richie (1983)
45. Purple Rain…Prince & the Revolution (1984)
46. Do They Know It’s Christmas?…Band Aid (1984)
47. Funkytown…Lipps Inc. (1980)
48. Total Eclipse of the Heart…Bonnie Tyler (1983)
49. I Want to Know What Love Is…Foreigner (1984)
50. Never Gonna Give You Up…Rick Astley (1987)

51. Down Under…Men at Work (1982)
52. I’ve Had the Time of My Life…Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (1987)
53. Upside Down…Diana Ross (1980)
54. 9 to 5…Dolly Parton (1980)
55. Just Like Starting Over…John Lennon (1980)
56. Kiss…Prince (1986)
57. Fast Car…Tracy Chapman (1988)
58. Faith…George Michael (1987)
59. Ebony and Ivory…Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder (1982)
60. Time after Time…Cyndi Lauper (1983)

61. Karma Chameleon…Culture Club (1983)
62. Wind Beneath My Wings…Bette Midler (1989)
63. Dancing in the Dark…Bruce Springsteen (1984)
64. Footloose…Kenny Loggins (1984)
65. Money for Nothing…Dire Straits (1985)
66. Sexual Healing…Marvin Gaye (1982)
67. Say You, Say Me…Lionel Richie (1985)
68. Thriller…Michael Jackson (1982)
69. Fight the Power…Public Enemy (1989)
70. Everybody Wants to Rule the World…Tears for Fears (1985)

71. Islands in the Stream…Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton (1983)
72. Sledgehammer…Peter Gabriel (1986)
73. Up Where We Belong…Joe Cocker with Jennifer Warnes (1982)
74. Pride (In the Name of Love)…U2 (1984)
75. In the Air Tonight…Phil Collins (1981)
76. Centerfold…J. Geils Band (1981)
77. Once in a Lifetime…Talking Heads (1980)
78. Don’t You Forget About Me…Simple Minds (1985)
79. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?...Culture Club (1982)
80. Back in Black…AC/DC (1980)

81. Born in the U.S.A….Bruce Springsteen (1984)
82. Hello…Lionel Richie (1984)
83. 1999…Prince (1982)
84. Take My Breath Away…Berlin (1985)
85. Jessie’s Girl…Rick Springfield (1981)
86. Ghostbusters…Ray Parker, Jr. (1984)
87. Say, Say, Say…Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson (1983)
88. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go!...Wham! (1984)
89. Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)…Phil Collins (1984)
90. Welcome to the Jungle…Guns N’ Roses (1987)

91. Maneater…Daryl Hall & John Oates (1982)
92. West End Girls…Pet Shop Boys (1985)
93. Pour Some Sugar on Me…Def Leppard (1987)
94. Start Me Up…The Rolling Stones (1981)
95. Walk Like an Egyptian…Bangles (1986)
\ 96. Africa…Toto (1982)
97. You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party…Beastie Boys (1986) 98. Don’t Worry Be Happy…Bobby McFerrin (1988)
99. Into the Groove…Madonna (1985)
100. Jack and Diane…John Cougar Mellencamp (1982)

Dave’s Faves: #1 Albums in the 1980s

First posted 9/20/2020.

Dave’s Faves:

#1’s: 1980-1989

These were my personal #1 albums during the 1980s.


1980:
  • Dec. 29, 1979: Pink Floyd The Wall (10 weeks)
  • Mar. 8: Split Enz True Colours (1 week)
  • Mar. 15: Air Supply Lost in Love (4 weeks)
  • Apr. 12: Billy Joel Glass Houses (2 weeks)
  • Apr. 26: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band Against the Wind (4 weeks)
  • May 24: All That Jazz soundtrack (4 weeks)
  • June 21: Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel 3 (aka “Melt”) (2 weeks)
  • July 5: Olivia Newton-John/Electric Light Orchestra Xanadu soundtrack (8 weeks)
  • Aug. 30: Pat Benatar Crimes of Passion (4 weeks)
  • Sept. 27: Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits (2 weeks)
  • Oct. 11: The Police Zenyatta Mondatta (4 weeks)
  • Nov. 8: Alan Parsons Project The Turn of a Friendly Card (4 weeks)
  • Dec. 6: Neil Diamond The Jazz Singer soundtrack (3 weeks)
  • Dec. 27: REO Speedwagon Hi Infidelity (4 weeks)

1981:
  • Jan. 24: Styx Paradise Theater (12 weeks)
  • Apr. 18: Journey Captured (4 weeks)
  • May 16: Squeeze East Side Story (4 weeks)
  • June 13: Air Supply The One That You Love (4 weeks)
  • July 11: Foreigner 4 (8 weeks)
  • Sept. 5: Journey Escape (10 weeks)
  • Nov. 14: Genesis Abacab (3 weeks)
  • Dec. 5: The Police Ghost in the Machine (3 weeks)
  • Dec. 26: Queen Greatest Hits (8 weeks)

1982:
  • Feb. 20: Olivia Newton-John Physical (5 weeks)
  • Mar. 27: Asia Asia (4 weeks)
  • Apr. 24: Toto Toto IV (3 weeks)
  • May 15: John Cougar American Fool (2 weeks)
  • May 29: Van Halen Diver Down (2 weeks)
  • June 12: Neil Diamond Greatest Hits Vol. II (2 weeks)
  • June 26: Alan Parsons Project Eye in the Sky (3 weeks)
  • July 17: Men at Work Business As Usual (4 weeks)
  • Aug. 14: Don Henley I Can’t Stand Still (3 weeks)
  • Sept. 4: Olivia Newton-John Olivia’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 (4 weeks)
  • Oct. 2: Brimstone and Treacle soundtrack (2 weeks)
  • Oct. 16: The Beatles 20 Greatest Hits (1 week)
  • Oct. 23: Eagles Greatest Hits Volume 2 (2 weeks)
  • Nov. 6: Squeeze Singles: 45’s and Under (2 weeks)
  • Nov. 20: Pat Benatar Get Nervous (4 weeks)
  • Dec. 18: Little River Band Greatest Hits (1 week)
  • Dec. 25: Foreigner Records (1 week)

1983:
  • Jan. 1: Michael Jackson Thriller (3 weeks)
  • Jan. 22: Violent Femmes Violent Femmes (2 weeks)
  • Feb. 5: Journey Frontiers (3 weeks)
  • Feb. 26: Styx Kilroy Was Here (4 weeks)
  • Mar. 26: U2 War (2 weeks)
  • Apr. 9: Tears for Fears The Hurting (4 weeks)
  • May 7: Marillion Script for a Jester’s Tear (4 weeks)
  • June 4: Men at Work Cargo (2 weeks)
  • June 18: The Police Synchronicity (8 weeks)
  • Aug. 13: Asia Alpha (2 weeks)
  • Aug. 27: Billy Joel An Innocent Man (4 weeks)
  • Sept. 24: Pat Benatar Live from Earth (2 weeks)
  • Oct. 8: Genesis Genesis (4 weeks)
  • Nov. 5: Alan Parsons Project Best of (2 weeks)
  • Nov. 19: John Cougar Mellencamp Uh-Huh (3 weeks)
  • Dec. 10: Yes 90125 (3 weeks)
  • Dec. 31: Huey Lewis & the News Sports (4 weeks)

1984:
  • Jan. 28: Eurythmics Touch (3 weeks)
  • Feb. 18: Footloose soundtrack (4 weeks)
  • Mar. 17: Marillion Fugazi (2 weeks)
  • Mar. 31: Alan Parsons Project Ammonia Avenue (1 week)
  • Apr. 7: Styx Caught in the Act (5 weeks)
  • May 12: Steve Perry Street Talk (2 weeks)
  • May 26: Chicago Chicago 17 (2 weeks)
  • June 9: Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. (8 weeks)
  • June 23: Marillion Real to Reel (2 weeks)
  • Aug. 18: Prince & the Revolution Purple Rain soundtrack (8 weeks)
  • Oct. 13: Bangles All Over the Place (2 weeks)
  • Oct. 27: Dennis DeYoung Desert Moon (2 weeks)
  • Nov. 10: Pat Beantar Tropico (3 weeks)
  • Dec. 1: Don Henley Building the Perfect Beast (5 weeks)

1985:
  • Jan. 5: REO Speedwagon Wheels Are Turnin’ (3 weeks)
  • Jan. 26: Foreigner Agent Provocateur (4 weeks)
  • Feb. 23: Alan Parsons Project Vulture Culture (2 weeks)
  • Mar. 9: Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair (5 weeks)
  • Apr. 13: Phil Collins No Jacket Required (1 week)
  • Apr. 20: Various Artists We Are the World (2 weeks)
  • May 4: Hooters Nervous Night (2 weeks)
  • May 18: Dire Straits Brothers in Arms (3 weeks)
  • June 8: Sting The Dream of the Blue Turtles (2 weeks)
  • June 22: Marillion Misplaced Childhood (12 weeks)
  • July 6: Billy Joel Greatest Hits Volume I and II (2 weeks)
  • Sept. 9: John Cougar Mellencamp Scarecrow (4 weeks)
  • Oct. 19: Squeeze Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti (3 weeks)
  • Nov. 9: Olivia Newton-John Soul Kiss (4 weeks)
  • Dec. 7: Bob Dylan Biograph (2 weeks)
  • Dec. 21: Asia Astra (2 weeks)

1986:
  • Jan. 4: Mike + the Mechanics Mike + the Mechanics (4 weeks)
  • Feb. 1: Alan Parsons Project Stereotomy (3 weeks)
  • Feb. 22: Bangles Different Light (3 weeks)
  • Mar. 15: Marillion Brief Encounter (3 weeks)
  • Mar. 29: Dennis DeYoung Back to the World (3 weeks)
  • Apr. 26: Journey Raised on Radio (2 weeks)
  • May 10: Crowded House Crowded House (3 weeks)
  • May 31: Peter Gabriel So (3 weeks)
  • June 21: Genesis Invisible Touch (3 weeks)
  • July 12: Supertramp Classics (2 weeks)
  • July 26: Sting Bring on the Night (3 weeks)
  • Aug. 16: Billy Joel The Bridge (2 weeks)
  • Aug. 30: David + David Boomtown (3 weeks)
  • Sept. 20: The Rainmakers The Rainmakers (4 weeks)
  • Oct. 18: Berlin Count Three and Pray (2 weeks)
  • Nov. 1: The Police Every Breath You Take: The Singles (2 weeks)
  • Nov. 15: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Live 1975/1985 (4 weeks)
  • Dec. 13: Paul Simon Graceland (3 weeks)

1987:
  • Jan. 3: Various Artists Rock for Amnesty (3 weeks)
  • Jan. 24: Robert Cray Strong Persuader (2 weeks)
  • Feb. 7: XTC Skylarking (3 weeks)
  • Feb. 28: Alan Parsons Project Gaudi (3 weeks)
  • Mar 21: U2 The Joshua Tree (5 weeks)
  • Apr. 25: Some Kind of Wonderful soundtrack (4 weeks)
  • May 1: Indigo Girls Strange Fire (2 weeks)
  • June 6: Suzanne Vega Solitude Standing (2 weeks)
  • June 20: Marillion Clutching at Straws (6 weeks)
  • Aug. 1: The Smiths Louder Than Bombs (1 week)
  • Aug. 8: Terence Trent D’Arby Introducing the Hardline (4 weeks)
  • Sept. 5: John Cougar Mellencamp The Lonesome Jubilee (4 weeks)
  • Oct. 3: Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason (2 weeks)
  • Oct. 17: Sting Nothing Like the Sun (4 weeks)
  • Nov. 14: Bruce Springsteen Tunnel of Love (2 weeks)
  • Nov. 28: The Rainmakers Tornado (3 weeks)
  • Dec. 19: Various Artists A Very Special Christmas (3 weeks)

1988:
  • Jan. 9: Marillion B-Sides Themselves (4 weeks)
  • Feb. 6: Lyle Lovett Pontiac (3 weeks)
  • Feb. 27: Alan Parsons Project Best of, Vol. 2 (1 week)
  • Mar. 5: She’s Having a Baby soundtrack (4 weeks)
  • Apr. 2: Everything But the Girl Idlewild (1 week)
  • Apr. 9: Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman (3 weeks)
  • Apr. 18: Eric Clapton Crossroads (2 weeks)
  • May 14: Giraffe The Power of Suggestion (2 weeks)
  • May 28: Melissa Etheridge Melissa Etheridge (5 weeks)
  • July 2: Toni Childs Union (4 weeks)
  • June 30: Little River Band Monsoon (2 weeks)
  • Aug. 13: Crowded House Temple of Low Men (4 weeks)
  • Sept. 10: Tori Amos Y Kant Tori Read (2 weeks)
  • Sept. 24: Olivia Newton-John The Rumour (3 weeks)
  • Oct. 15: U2 Rattle and Hum (3 weeks)
  • Nov. 5: Bangles Everything (3 weeks)
  • Nov. 26: Mike + the Mechanics Living Years (1 week)
  • Dec. 3: Marillion The Thieving Magpie (6 weeks)

1989:
  • Jan. 14: Lou Reed New York (2 weeks)
  • Jan. 28: Lyle Lovett Lyle Lovett and His Large Band (2 weeks)
  • Feb. 11: Shona Laing South (1 week)
  • Feb. 18: Elvis Costello Spike (2 weeks)
  • Mar. 4: Indigo Girls Indigo Girls (6 weeks)
  • Apr. 15: Giraffe The View from Here (2 weeks)
  • Apr. 29: Tom Petty Full Moon Fever (2 weeks)
  • May 13: John Cougar Mellencamp Big Daddy (2 weeks)
  • May 27: Simple Minds Street Fighting Years (1 week)
  • June 3: Dennis DeYoung Boomchild (1 week)
  • June 10: The Rainmakers The Good News and the Bad News (3 weeks)
  • July 1: Don Henley The End of the Innocence (1 week)
  • July 8: Faith No More The Real Thing (4 weeks)
  • Aug. 5: Tim Finn Tim Finn (2 weeks)
  • Aug. 19: The Rolling Stones The Singles Collection: The London Years (3 weeks)
  • Sept. 9: Del Amitri Waking Hours (2 weeks)
  • Sept. 23: David Bowie Sound + Vision (1 week)
  • Sept. 30: Marillion Seasons End (3 weeks)
  • Oct. 21: Tears for Fears The Seeds of Love (4 weeks)
  • Nov. 18: Tracy Chapman Crossroads (1 week)
  • Nov. 25: Shawn Colvin Steady On (2 weeks)
  • Dec. 9: Billy Joel Storm Front (2 weeks)
  • Dec. 23: Terence Trent D’Arby Neither Fish Nor Flesh (2 weeks)

Saturday, December 30, 1989

Dave’s Faves: #1 Songs in the 1980s

First posted 4/4/2020; updated 4/28/2020.

Dave’s Faves:

#1’s: 1980-1989

September 18, 1982. I can peg my fascination with music charts to that date. After listening to a local radio station’s countdown of the hits of the summer, I decided to make my own list of favorites (see original list here). I ended up revising it every few days, eventually developing my own charts which I maintained into the ‘90s.

I’ve also projected before and after those lists to create speculative lists of #1 songs for eras not covered by those original charts. You can check out those links here, but this page is focused on the #1 songs that might have been for me in the 1980s.


1980:

  • Jan. 19: Pink Floyd “Comfortably Numb” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 2: Pink Floyd “Mother” (1 wk)
  • Feb. 9: Rush “Free Will” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 23: Air Supply “Lost in Love” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 15: Eagles “I Can’t Tell You Why” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 29: Blondie “Call Me” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 19: Charlie Dore “Pilot of the Airwaves” (2 wks)
  • May 3: Lipps Inc. “Funkytown” (2 wks)
  • May 17: Mac Davis “It’s Hard to Be Humble” (2 wks)
  • May 31: Billy Joel “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” (3 wks)
  • June 21: Olivia Newton-John “Magic” (4 wks)
  • July 19: Split Enz “I Hope I Never” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 2: Peter Gabriel “Family Snapshot” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 16: Queen “Another One Bites the Dust” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 6: Peter Gabriel “Biko” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 4: Kenny Rogers “Lady” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 25: The Police “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 8: Kool & the Gang “Celebration” (1 wk)
  • Nov. 15: Air Supply “American Hearts” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 29: REO Speedwagon “Keep on Loving You” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 13: The Alan Parsons Project “Games People Play” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 27: Eagles “Seven Bridges Road (live)” (3 wks)

1981:

  • Jan. 17: Styx “The Best of Times” (6 wks)
  • Feb. 28: Climax Blues Band “I Love You” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 21: Styx “Too Much Time on My Hands” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 4: Rush “Tom Sawyer” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 25: Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes” (2 wks)
  • May 9: Stars on 45 “Medley I” (1 wk)
  • May 16: Neil Diamond “America” (4 wks)
  • June 13: Bruce Springsteen “The River” (2 wks)
  • June 27: Squeeze “Tempted” (4 wks)
  • July 25: Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 8: Journey “Who’s Crying Now” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 22: Foreigner “Juke Box Hero” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 5: Soft Cell “Tainted Love” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 26: Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 10: Sting “Message in a Bottle (live)” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 24: Olivia Newton-John “Physical” (4 wks)
  • Nov. 21: Foreigner “Waiting for a Girl Like You” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 19: Triumph “Magic Power” (1 wk)
  • Dec. 26: The J. Geils Band “Centerfold” (2 wks)

1982:

  • Jan. 2: Queen with David Bowie “Under Pressure” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 23: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 6: Journey “Open Arms” (6 wks)
  • Mar. 20: Alabama “Mountain Music” (4 wks)
  • Apr. 17: Elton John “Empty Garden” (2 wks)
  • May 1: Squeeze “Black Coffee in Bed” (2 ws)
  • May 15: Sting “Roxanne (live)” (2 wks)
  • May 29: Queen “Body Language” (3 wks)
  • June 19: Steve Miller Band “Abracadabra” (2 wks)
  • July 10: John Mellencamp “Jack and Diane” (4 wks)
  • Aug. 7: The Alan Parsons Project “Eye in the Sky” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 28: Van Halen “Happy Trails” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 11: Olivia Newton-John “Heart Attack” (5 wks)
  • Oct. 16: Don Henley “Dirty Laundry” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 30: Toto “Africa” (6 wks)
  • Dec. 11: Charlene with Stevie Wonder “Used to Be” (3 wks)

1983:

  • Jan. 1: The Police “I Burn for You” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 15: The Alan Parsons Project “Old and Wise” (4 wks)
  • Feb. 12: Styx “Mr. Roboto” (8 wks)
  • Apr. 9: Marillion “Script for a Jester’s Tear” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 23: Pat Benatar “Anxiety (Get Nervous)” (3 wks)
  • May 14: U2 “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (3 wks)
  • June 4: The Police “Every Breath You Take” (8 wks)
  • July 30: The Police “King of Pain” (7 wks)
  • Sept. 17: Pat Benatar “Love Is a Battlefield” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 15: Berlin “Masquerade” (1 wk)
  • Oct. 22: Olivia Newton-John “Twist of Fate” (5 wks)
  • Nov. 26: Yes “Owner of a Lonely Heart” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 10: Journey “Ask the Lonely” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 31: Paul McCartney “Pipes of Peace” (2 wks)

1984:

  • Jan. 14: The Police “Wrapped Around Your Finger” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 28: Nena “99 Red Balloons” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 18: Genesis “Illegal Alien” (1 wk)
  • Feb. 25: Yes “Leave It” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 10: Night Ranger “Sister Christian” (1 wk)
  • Mar. 17: Marillion “Fugazi” (1 wk)
  • Mar. 24: Marillion “She Chameleon” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 7: Styx “Music Time” (5 wks)
  • May 12: Prince “When Doves Cry” (3 wks)
  • June 2: Bruce Springsteen “Dancing in the Dark” (4 wks)
  • June 30: Ray Parker, Jr. “Ghostbusters” (4 wks)
  • July 28: Bruce Springsteen “Born in the U.S.A.” (4 wks)
  • Aug. 25: Prince “Let’s Go Crazy” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 8: Dennis DeYoung “Desert Moon” (6 wks)
  • Oct. 20: Pat Benatar “We Belong” (1 wk)
  • Oct. 27: Toto “Stranger in Town” (4 wks)
  • Nov. 24: Don Henley “The Boys of Summer” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 8: Tears for Fears “Shout” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 22: Foreigner “I Want to Know What Love Is” (4 wks)

1985:

  • Jan. 19: Don Henley “Sunset Grill” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 2: Foreigner “That Was Yesterday” (1 wk)
  • Feb. 9: The Alan Parsons Project “Let’s Talk About Me” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 2: Sting “Moon Over Bourbon Street” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 16: Simple Minds “Don’t You Forget About Me” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 30: The Dream Academy “Life in a Northern Town” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 13: Marillion “Kayleigh” (3 wks)
  • May 4: Bruce Springsteen “Trapped” (2 wks)
  • May 18: Hooters “All You Zombies” (2 wks)
  • June 1: Bruce Springsteen “Glory Days” (2 wks)
  • June 15: Dire Straits “Money for Nothing” (2 wks)
  • June 29: Marillion “Childhood’s End?” (1 wk)
  • July 6: Tears for Fears “Head Over Heels” (5 wks)
  • Aug. 10: John Parr “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 24: U2 “Bad (live)” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 14: Squeeze “I Won’t Ever Go Drinking Again (?)” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 28: Prince “Purple Rain” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 26: Olivia Newton-John “Soul Kiss” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 9: Squeeze “Heartbreaking World” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 7: Bruce Springsteen “My Hometown” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 21: Sting “Russians” (3 wks)

1986:

  • Jan. 11: Tears for Fears “When in Love with a Blind Man” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 25: The Alan Parsons Project “Stereotomy” (4 wks)
  • Feb. 22: Tony Banks with Fish “Shortcut to Somewhere” (4 wks)
  • Mar. 22: Dennis DeYoung “Call Me” (5 wks)
  • Apr. 26: The Moody Blues “Your Wildest Dreams” (4 wks)
  • May 24: Roger Waters “Folded Flags” (2 wks)
  • June 7: Double “The Captain of Her Heart” (2 wks)
  • June 21: Furniture “Brilliant Mind” (4 wks)
  • July 19: Berlin “Take My Breath Away” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 2: Tom Cochrane with Red Rider “The Boy Inside the Man” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 16: Billy Joel with Ray Charles “Baby Grand” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 30: David + David “Welcome to the Boomtown” (6 wks)
  • Oct. 11: The Police “Don’t Stand So Close to Me ‘86” (6 wks)
  • Nov. 22: Bruce Springsteen “War (live)” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 13: Huey Lewis & the News “Naturally” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 27: The Bangles “Following” (4 wks)

1987:

  • Jan. 24: The Alan Parsons Project “Standing on Higher Ground” (4 wks)
  • Feb. 21: Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush “Don’t Give Up” (4 wks)
  • Mar. 14: U2 “With or Without You” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 4: XTC “Dear God” (6 wks)
  • May 16: Marillion “Incommunicado” (2 wks)
  • May 30: Marillion: “Going Under” (2 wks)
  • June 13: Indigo Girls “Hey Jesus” (1 wk)
  • June 20: Suzanne Vega “Luka” (4 wks)
  • July 18: Terence Trent D’Arby “Wonderful World” (1 wk)
  • July 25: Marillion “Sugar Mice” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 8: Marillion “Tux On” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 22: Marillion “Warm Wet Circles” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 12: Pink Floyd “Learning to Fly” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 26: R.E.M. “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 10: Pink Floyd “One Slip” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 24: Sting “Englishman in New York” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 7: Sting “They Dance Alone” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 5: Bruce Springsteen “Spare Parts” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 19: The Rainmakers “The Wages of Sin” (3 wks)

1988:

  • Jan. 9: Eurythmics “Brand New Day” (3 wks)
  • Jan. 30: Lyle Lovett “She’s No Lady” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 20: Lyle Lovett “Pontiac” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 12: Kate Bush “This Woman’s Work” (4 wks)
  • Apr. 9: Sting “Someone to Watch Over Me” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 30: Everything But the Girl “Apron Strings” (2 wks)
  • May 14: Tracy Chapman “Fast Car” (4 wks)
  • June 11: Melissa Etheridge “Bring Me Some Water” (2 wks)
  • June 25: Melissa Etheridge “Occasionally” (2 wks)
  • July 9: Crowded House “Better Be Home Soon” (6 wks)
  • Aug. 20: Rod Stewart “Forever Young” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 10: Everything But the Girl “Oxford Street” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 24: Everything But the Girl “The Night I Heard Caruso Sing” (1 wk)
  • Oct. 1: Olivia Newton-John “It’s Not Heaven” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 15: Shona Laing “Glad I’m Not a Kennedy” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 5: U2 “God Part II” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 3: Sting with Bruce Springsteen “Every Breath You Take (live)” (2 wk)
  • Dec. 17: Bruce Springsteen with Sting “The River (live)” (1 wk)
  • Dec. 24: The Bangles “Something to Believe In” (2 wks)

1989:

  • Jan. 7: Guns N’ Roses “Patience” (3 wks)
  • Jan. 28: Mike + the Mechanics “The Living Years” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 11: Night Ranger “Reason to Be’ (2 wks)
  • Feb. 25: Metallica “One” (5 wks)
  • Apr. 1: Shona Laing “South” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 15: Lyle Lovett “Nobody Knows Me” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 29: Elvis Costello “Veronica’ (3 wks)
  • May 20: Simple Minds “Biko” (3 wks)
  • June 10: Simple Minds “Mandela Day” (2 wks)
  • June 24: U2 “All I Want Is You” (2 wks)
  • July 8: The Call “Let the Day Begin” (2 wks)
  • July 22: Indigo Girls “Closer to Fine” (6 wks)
  • Sept. 2: Tears for Fears “Sowing the Seeds of Love” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 23: Melissa Etheridge “You Can Sleep While I Drive” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 7: Squeeze “Slaughtered, Gutted, and Heartbroken” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 21: Tracy Chapman “All That You Have Is Your Soul” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 4: Madonna “Oh Father” (6 wks)
  • Dec. 16: Tears for Fears “Woman in Chains” (3 wks)