There were some cracking number ones in 1986. Pet Shop Boys debut, West End Girls is a modern classic. Neil Tennant moves from writer for Smash Hits to writer of smash hits.
Another classic is The Housemartins’ Caravan of Love. But, that’s not to say that everything in the garden was rosy, oh no. For a kick off, in this year we had the turgid Lady in Red by the toe curlingly awful Chris De Burgh. And even worse, for at least Chris is a musician, we also saw Nick Berry, Nick Berry! going to number one with Every Loser Wins. Pfft!!!
ArtistTitleMade Number 1Pet Shop BoysWest End GirlsJanuary 11 1986a-haThe Sun Always Shines On TVJanuary 25 1986Billy OceanWhen The Going Gets Tough…February 8 1986Diana RossChain ReactionMarch 8 1986Cliff Richard & the Young OnesLiving DollMarch 29 1986George MichaelA Different CornerApril 19 1986FalcoRock Me AmadeusMay 10 1986Spitting ImageThe Chicken SongMay 17 1986Doctor and the MedicsSpirit in the SkyJune 7 1986Wham!The Edge of HeavenJune 28 1986MadonnaPapa Don’t PreachJuly 12 1986Chris De BurghThe Lady in RedAugust 2 1986Boris GardinerI Want to Wake Up with YouAugust 23 1986The CommunardsDon’t Leave Me This WaySeptember 13 1986MadonnaTrue BlueOctober 11 1986Nick BerryEvery Loser WinsOctober 18 1986BerlinTake My Breath AwayNovember 8 1986EuropeThe Final CountdownDecember 6 1986The HousemartinsCaravan of LoveDecember 20 1986Jackie WilsonReet PetiteDecember 27 1986