Top 100 Songs of 1986


These are the top 100 songs of 1986. Within the top 100 there are a total of 85 different bands or artists.

There are four acts with the most entries. Each of these acts has a total of three entries in the top songs of 1986:

  • Janet Jackson
  • Lionel Richie
  • Madonna
  • Miami Sound Machine

The song title is at the top in gray with the artist below in red.

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Top Songs of 1986

1

That’s What Friends Are For

Dionne and Friends (Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder)

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

Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson

14

Glory of Love

Peter Cetera

15

West End Girls

Pet Shop Boys

16

There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)

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

The 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, the Tough Get Going

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

The Bangles

49

Walk of Life

Dire Straits

50

Amanda

Boston

51

Two of Hearts

Stacey Q

52

Crush on You

The 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

62

Your Love

The 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 (On Dangerous Ground)

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

The 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. featuring Aerosmith

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 MDs

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