My favorite songs of 1986

Posted: October 20, 2016 in Rankings

Another prototypical 80s year for me – 86. Filled with tons of songs that were okay…but very few songs that I love.

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because I know better than anybody that on some days, some songs kick more ass than other songs. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow, if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment and I start singing along. You understand. So I group them, instead of present a hard-and-fast order:

Awesome
Great
Pretty Good
Not Bad
…with inter-group splitting.

 

Awesome – 1 Wanted Dead Or Alive  Bon Jovi
Awesome – 1 Glory Of Love  Peter Cetera
Awesome – 1 I Go Blind 54-40
Great – 4 Walk Like An Egyptian  Bangles
Great – 4 Livin’ on a Prayer  Bon Jovi
Great – 4 You Give Love a Bad Name  Bon Jovi
Great – 4 True Colors  Cyndi Lauper
Great – 4 In Too Deep  Genesis
Great – 4 Live To Tell  Madonna
Great – 4 Fall On Me  R.E.M.
Great – 4 Superman  R.E.M.
Great – 4 Boy Inside the Man Tom Cochrane and Red Rider
Great – 13 Who Made Who  AC/DC
Great – 13 Manic Monday  Bangles
Great – 13 No Sleep Till Brooklyn  Beastie Boys
Great – 13 Paul Revere  Beastie Boys
Great – 13 Rhymin & Stealin  Beastie Boys
Great – 13 In Your Eyes  Peter Gabriel
Great – 13 Keep Your Hands To Yourself  The Georgia Satellites
Great – 13 What Does It Take Honeymoon Suite
Great – 13 Walk This Way Run-D.M.C.
Pretty Good – 22 (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)  Beastie Boys
Pretty Good – 22 Like a Rock  Bob Seger
Pretty Good – 22 Word Up!  Cameo
Pretty Good – 22 Lady In Red  Chris de Burgh
Pretty Good – 22 Invisible Touch  Genesis
Pretty Good – 22 Land of Confusion  Genesis
Pretty Good – 22 Shake You Down  Gregory Abbott
Pretty Good – 22 Open Your Heart  Madonna
Pretty Good – 22 Sledgehammer  Peter Gabriel
Pretty Good – 22 Kiss  Prince
Pretty Good – 22 Back In The High Life Again  Steve Winwood
Pretty Good – 22 Why Can’t This Be Love?  Van Halen
Pretty Good – 22 Someday Glass Tiger
Pretty Good – 22 Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone) Glass Tiger
Pretty Good – 36 Brass Monkey  Beastie Boys
Pretty Good – 36 Girls  Beastie Boys
Pretty Good – 36 Mad About You  Belinda Carlisle
Pretty Good – 36 A Matter Of Trust  Billy Joel
Pretty Good – 36 Amanda  Boston
Pretty Good – 36 Real Wild Child (Wild One)  Iggy Pop
Pretty Good – 36 Danger Zone  Kenny Loggins
Pretty Good – 36 The Dead Heart  Midnight Oil
Pretty Good – 36 Bizarre Love Triangle  New Order
Pretty Good – 36 If You Leave  OMD
Pretty Good – 36 Big Time  Peter Gabriel
Pretty Good – 36 Higher Love  Steve Winwood
Pretty Good – 36 Everybody Have Fun Tonight  Wang Chung
Pretty Good – 36 Patio Lanterns Kim Mitchell
Pretty Good – 36 It’s Tricky Run-D.M.C.
Not Bad – 51 The Way It Is  Bruce Hornsby & the Range
Not Bad – 51 Notorious  Duran Duran
Not Bad – 51 Take Me Home Tonight  Eddie Money
Not Bad – 51 Who’s Johnny  El DeBarge
Not Bad – 51 It’s In The Way That You Use It  Eric Clapton
Not Bad – 51 The Final Countdown  Europe
Not Bad – 51 Thorn In My Side  Eurythmics
Not Bad – 51 Tonight, Tonight, Tonight  Genesis
Not Bad – 51 Doing It All For My Baby  Huey Lewis & the News
Not Bad – 51 When I Think of You  Janet Jackson
Not Bad – 51 You’re the Voice  John Farnham
Not Bad – 51 Papa Don’t Preach  Madonna
Not Bad – 51 True Blue  Madonna
Not Bad – 51 You Can Call Me Al  Paul Simon
Not Bad – 51 The Next Time I Fall  Peter Cetera
Not Bad – 51 Human  The Human League
Not Bad – 51 Your Wildest Dreams  The Moody Blues
Not Bad – 51 Dear God  XTC
Not Bad – 51 Everything in my Heart Corey Hart
Not Bad – 51 Feel It Again Honeymoon Suite
Not Bad – 51 Somebody Somewhere Platinum Blonde
Not Bad – 72 The Sun Always Shines on T.V.  a-ha
Not Bad – 72 If She Knew What She Wants  Bangles
Not Bad – 72 Take My Breath Away  Berlin
Not Bad – 72 This Is The Time  Billy Joel
Not Bad – 72 When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going  Billy Ocean
Not Bad – 72 Mandolin Rain  Bruce Hornsby & the Range
Not Bad – 72 Nobody’s Fool  Cinderella
Not Bad – 72 Strokin’  Clarence Carter
Not Bad – 72 (I Just) Died in Your Arms  Cutting Crew
Not Bad – 72 Heartbeat  Don Johnson
Not Bad – 72 Missionary Man  Eurythmics
Not Bad – 72 Rock Me Amadeus  Falco
Not Bad – 72 Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You  Glenn Medeiros
Not Bad – 72 Friends and Lovers  Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson
Not Bad – 72 Hip to Be Square  Huey Lewis & the News
Not Bad – 72 Let’s Wait Awhile  Janet Jackson
Not Bad – 72 Nasty  Janet Jackson
Not Bad – 72 Songbird  Kenny G
Not Bad – 72 Words Get In The Way  Miami Sound Machine
Not Bad – 72 Red Rain  Peter Gabriel
Not Bad – 72 Don’t Get Me Wrong  Pretenders
Not Bad – 72 Rise  Public Image Ltd.
Not Bad – 72 C’est La Vie  Robbie Nevil
Not Bad – 72 Sara  Starship
Not Bad – 72 Wild Wild Life  Talking Heads
Not Bad – 72 You Got It All  The Jets
Not Bad – 72 The Edge of Heaven  Wham!
Not Bad – 72 Thin Red Line Glass Tiger
Not Bad – 72 Soul City Partland Brothers

 

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