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Popchartfreak
post Jan 5 2018, 07:04 PM
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7th January 1986

It's new in at 1 with another oldie - the 20 year anniversary reissue recharting Beatles double A side classic, keeping up the run of charting oldies, mostly. That means the actual top new track, West End Girls, has still only had 1 week on top in what otherwise would have been a 6 week-run on top if not for oldies.

A-ha rocket into the top 10 for 2 in a row, The Cars do it for the 3rd time, and Go West shoot into the 20 for the 3rd time. Highest new track is Pat Benatar, while Steve Harley, 12 years on from Judy Teen, teams up with ex-1978 chart-topper Sarah Brightman, now a serious musical star, for the Phantom duet. Fine Young Cannibals cover Elvis, Dire Straits dig deeper into Brothers In Arms, ABC enter a bit blue, and Grace Jones is besides herself at being a new entry with an old Edith Piaf French classic ballad. Literally. As is kate Bush, literally beside herself.

1 ( NEW ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
3 ( 2 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
4 ( 3 ) RUSSIANS Sting
5 ( 22 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
6 ( 4 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
7 ( 6 ) SHEíS STRANGE Cameo
8 ( 8 ) IíM YOUR MAN Wham!
9 ( 9 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
10 ( 12 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars

11 ( 13 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney
12 ( 5 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
13 ( 7 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
14 ( 19 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
15 ( 25 ) ITíS ALRIGHT (BABYíS COMING BACK) Eurythmics
16 ( 10 ) DO THEY KNOW ITíS CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
17 ( 17 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakiní Stevens
18 ( 15 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
19 ( 14 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
20 ( 42 ) DONíT LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West

21 ( 18 ) DONíT BREAK MY HEART UB40
22 ( 39 ) WHOíS ZOOMIN' WHO Aretha Franklin
23 ( 40 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George
24 ( 16 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
25 ( 27 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
26 ( 11 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
27 ( 29 ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
28 ( 28 ) ITíS IN EVERY ONE OF US Cliff Richard
29 ( 34 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
30 ( 24 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads

31 ( 23 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
32 ( 21 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
33 ( 20 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
34 ( 38 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
35 ( NEW ) SEX AS A WEAPON Pat Benatar
36 ( 36 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
37 ( 26 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
38 ( 47 ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
39 ( 31 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
40 ( 37 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey

41 ( 33 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
42 ( 45 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
43 ( 43 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
44 ( 30 ) YOUíRE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne
45 ( 32 ) WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby
46 ( NEW ) NAUGHTY NAUGHTY John Parr
47 ( 67 ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
48 ( 35 ) OH LOUISE Junior
49 ( 55 ) WALKING IN THE AIR Aled Jones
50 ( 41 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon

51 ( 49 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
52 ( 48 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
53 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 50 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
55 ( 51 ) DONíT YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
56 ( 46 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
57 ( 57 ) EASIER SAID THAN DOWN Jon Anderson
58 ( NEW ) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Steve Harley & Sarah Brightman
59 ( 59 ) RAISE THE ROOF The Conway Brothers
60 ( NEW ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Fine Young Cannibals

61 ( 60 ) DRIVE The Cars
62 ( 75 ) ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME Full Force
63 ( 54 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
64 ( 63 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
65 ( NEW ) WALK OF LIFE Dire Straits
66 ( 52 ) THATíS WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
67 ( 61 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
68 ( 68 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( NEW ) OCEAN BLUE ABC
70 ( 58 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda

71 ( 44 ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry
72 ( NEW ) LA VIE EN ROSE Grace Jones
73 ( 73 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
74 ( 71 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
75 ( 74 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush

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1 ITíS FOR YOU Cilla Black
2 IíM GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
3 SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
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post Jan 5 2018, 08:12 PM
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My faves in your chart that are on the rise are Sun Always Shines On TV and Hit That Perfect Beat, the latter definitely one of the best dance songs of the 80s imo. Sounds dancier and less poppy than most of the 80s Ni-NRG songs that made the chart.

As for Sun Always Shines On TV, it is definitely my favourite A-ha song.


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post Jan 7 2018, 09:24 AM
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QUOTE(The Snake @ Jan 5 2018, 08:12 PM) *
My faves in your chart that are on the rise are Sun Always Shines On TV and Hit That Perfect Beat, the latter definitely one of the best dance songs of the 80s imo. Sounds dancier and less poppy than most of the 80s Ni-NRG songs that made the chart.

As for Sun Always Shines On TV, it is definitely my favourite A-ha song.


Thanks Snakey, did you know The Snake the old Al Wilson soulfunk track? Fun. I like the Bronski Beat track but the change of lead vocalist left me a bit uncertain whether i approved or not - he had a less grating voice than Jimmy Somerville and had a cute appeal but I sometimes almost look at new singers as a new act and the "real" Bronski Beat became The Communards. I like HiNRG though anyway, when done well smile.gif

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post Jan 7 2018, 06:04 PM
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QUOTE(Popchartfreak @ Jan 7 2018, 09:24 AM) *
Thanks Snakey, did you know The Snake the old Al Wilson soulfunk track? Fun. I like the Bronski Beat track but the change of lead vocalist left me a bit uncertain whether i approved or not - he had a less grating voice than Jimmy Somerville and had a cute appeal but I sometimes almost look at new singers as a new act and the "real" Bronski Beat became The Communards. I like HiNRG though anyway, when done well smile.gif


Never heard that Al Wilson track before I don't think, must listen.

Hi-NRG is good when done well, stuff like Bronski Beat, Communards and the Kim Wilde cover coming later in 1986 are excellent (the production of this latter one being rather similar in style to the New Rules 80s style Initial Talk remix that was released recently). I guess the Pet Shop Boys were Hi-NRG too and they made the sound much less cheesy of course with It's A Sin and Heart particularly.

Of course as you probably know there was another big game-changing track in dance coming later in 1986, this time bringing in a different new genre that is still popular today.


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post Jan 10 2018, 02:33 PM
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QUOTE(The Snake @ Jan 7 2018, 06:04 PM) *
Never heard that Al Wilson track before I don't think, must listen.

Hi-NRG is good when done well, stuff like Bronski Beat, Communards and the Kim Wilde cover coming later in 1986 are excellent (the production of this latter one being rather similar in style to the New Rules 80s style Initial Talk remix that was released recently). I guess the Pet Shop Boys were Hi-NRG too and they made the sound much less cheesy of course with It's A Sin and Heart particularly.

Of course as you probably know there was another big game-changing track in dance coming later in 1986, this time bringing in a different new genre that is still popular today.


I've gone blank on the track you mean! I usually see MARRS as the next New Thing so obv forgot one laugh.gif
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post Jan 10 2018, 03:20 PM
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QUOTE(Popchartfreak @ Jan 10 2018, 02:33 PM) *
I've gone blank on the track you mean! I usually see MARRS as the next New Thing so obv forgot one laugh.gif


You missed three. ohmy.gif Firstly Love Can't Turn Around in 1986 (which was the first house track to make the UK chart, I can see why this was the first as it is more fun and camp, fitting in more with the HI-NRG songs by the likes of the Communards) and then the more underground sounding Jack Your Body and Jack The Groove in early 1987. But yes it wasn't until after Pump Up The Volume that house really started to become big in the charts as a trend.
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Surprised to see a lot of the Christmas songs maintaining their position in this chart John, did you continue listening in January?
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QUOTE(The Snake @ Jan 10 2018, 03:20 PM) *
You missed three. ohmy.gif Firstly Love Can't Turn Around in 1986 (which was the first house track to make the UK chart, I can see why this was the first as it is more fun and camp, fitting in more with the HI-NRG songs by the likes of the Communards) and then the more underground sounding Jack Your Body and Jack The Groove in early 1987. But yes it wasn't until after Pump Up The Volume that house really started to become big in the charts as a trend.


Ah yes, Jack-ing as a thing. I've tried to block it out my mind as it annoyed me! laugh.gif Love Can't Turn Around was a great record though, pumping dance much more to my taste cheer.gif
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QUOTE(Steve201 @ Jan 12 2018, 11:34 PM) *
Surprised to see a lot of the Christmas songs maintaining their position in this chart John, did you continue listening in January?


My charts tend to grow and gently decline, abrupt departures are quite unusual from inside the upper reaches, though the date of the chart is also a bit deceptive as I stupidly never dated my charts for a good 15 years and had to retrospectively align them with the BBC chart date based on backtracking laugh.gif

So the chart date may or may not be the day I did the chart biggrin.gif I did though tend to love xmas songs in those days and they hung around for ages frequently as they didn't chart in the UK charts that frequently (except Slade & John & Yoko), which meant most years they didn't qualify for mine - I only let oldies in if they made the UK chart listings. These days I'm sick to death of hearing most of them! laugh.gif
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lol I sure. I'm the same these days my xmas songs fall by 10 places and stay until the end of January even though I don't listen to them after the 6th Jan - I like gradual falls!
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QUOTE(Popchartfreak @ Jan 13 2018, 12:44 PM) *
Ah yes, Jack-ing as a thing. I've tried to block it out my mind as it annoyed me! laugh.gif Love Can't Turn Around was a great record though, pumping dance much more to my taste cheer.gif


Love Can't Turn Around and Don't Leave Me This Way were the top 10 at the same time one week, great week for dance music in the charts!
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