Something happens and I’m head over heels: Best of 1985

Often dismissed as the hangover after two years of consecutive partying, 1985 does indeed have explaining to do on both the British and American charts. But I still had no trouble finding plenty of R&B and dance tracks I adore, and quite a few pop songs that didn’t hit number one.

 

1. Madonna – Angel/Into the Groove
2. Tears For Fears – Head Over Heels
3. Scritti Politti – Perfect Way
4. Freddie Jackson – Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)
5. Jamie Principle – Waiting for My Angel
6. a-ha – The Sun Always Shines on TV
7. Rosanne Cash – I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me
8. Alison Moyet – Invisible
9. Chaka Khan – Through The Fire
10. The Jesus and Mary Chain – You Trip Me Up
11. Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)
12. Teena Marie – Lovergirl
13. New Order – Perfect Kiss (12″)
14. Nolan Thomas – Yo Little Brother
15. Whitney Houston – You Give Good Love
16. Baltimora – Tarzan Boy
17. Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
18. George Clinton – Double Oh-Oh
19. Ready For the World – Oh Sheila
20. Wham! – Freedom
21. Jellybean – Sidewalk Talk
22. ABC – Be Near Me
23. Pat Benatar – Invincible
24. Exposé – Point of No Return
25. Hüsker Dü – Makes No Sense at All
26. Grace Jones – Slave to the Rhythm
27. Pointer Sisters – Dare Me
28. Talking Heads – And She Was
29. Shannon – Do You Wanna Get Away
30. Rene & Angela – I’ll Be Good
31. Bryan Ferry – Slave to Love
32. Philip Bailey and Phil Collins – Easy Lover
33. Bruce Springsteen – I’m On Fire
34. The Time – Jungle Love
35. The Cure – Inbetween Days
36. Paul Young – Every Time You Go Away
37. Loose Ends – Hangin’ on a String (Contemplating)
38. Stevie Wonder – Part-Time Lover
39. Luther Vandross – It’s Over Now
40. Sade – Smooth Operator
41. Daryl Hall & John Oates – Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid
42. Prince and the Revolution – Raspberry Beret/She’s Always in My Hair
43. Eurythmics – Would I Lie To You
44. Kool and the Gang – Misled
45. Pat Metheny Group and David Bowie – This is Not America
46. Billy Ocean – Loverboy
47. Don Henley – All She Wants To Do is Dance
48. The Commodores – Nightshift
49. Marvin Gaye – Sanctified Lady
50. Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is
51. Colonel Abrams – Trapped
52. George Strait – Does Ft. Worth Cross Your Mind
53. Fine Young Cannibals – Johnny Come Home
54. Steve Arrington – Dancin’ in the Key of Life
55. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Rebels
56. Go West – We Close Our Eyes
57. Isley Jasper Isley – Caravan of Love
58. Maze ft. Frank Beverly – Too Many Games
59. Lone Justice – Ways To Be Wicked
60. Alexander O’Neal – Innocent
61. Reba McEntire – Somebody Should Leave
62. Debarge – Rhythm of the Night
63. Debbie Deb – When I Hear Music

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