1986 Number 1 Hits

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!!!

Artist Title Topping out date
Pet Shop Boys West End Girls January 11 1986
a-ha The Sun Always Shines On TV January 25 1986
Billy Ocean When The Going Gets Tough… February 8 1986
Diana Ross Chain Reaction March 8 1986
Cliff Richard & the Young Ones Living Doll March 29 1986
George Michael A Different Corner April 19 1986
Falco Rock Me Amadeus May 10 1986
Spitting Image The Chicken Song May 17 1986
Doctor and the Medics Spirit in the Sky June 7 1986
Wham! The Edge of Heaven June 28 1986
Madonna Papa Don’t Preach July 12 1986
Chris De Burgh The Lady in Red August 2 1986
Boris Gardiner I Want to Wake Up with You August 23 1986
The Communards Don’t Leave Me This Way September 13 1986
Madonna True Blue October 11 1986
Nick Berry Every Loser Wins October 18 1986
Berlin Take My Breath Away November 8 1986
Europe The Final Countdown December 6 1986
The Housemartins Caravan of Love December 20 1986
Jackie Wilson Reet Petite December 27 1986

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