AMERICAN TOP 40- THE 80’S- WEEK OF NOVEMBER 16, 1985

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American Top 40- The 80’s- Week of November 16, 1985. Not all that strong of a week. I’d call it OK- I will go with “Head Over Heels” by Tears For Fears as the best single in this 40.

1 5 WE BUILT THIS CITY –•– Starship (Grunt)-11 (1 Week at #1) (1) F
2 4 YOU BELONG TO THE CITY –•– Glenn Frey (MCA)-10 (2) C
3 1 MIAMI VICE THEME –•– Jan Hammer (MCA)-11 (1) C
4 3 HEAD OVER HEELS –•– Tears For Fears (Mercury)-10 (3) A+
5 2 PART-TIME LOVER –•– Stevie Wonder (Tamla)-11 (1)B+
6 7 SEPARATE LIVES –•– Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin (Atlantic)-7 (6) C
7 11 BROKEN WINGS –•– Mr. Mister (RCA)-9 (7) C
8 12 NEVER –•– Heart (Capitol)-10 (8) B-
9 9 BE NEAR ME –•– ABC (Mercury)-13 (9) A
10 10 LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME –•– Thompson Twins (Arista)-9 (10) A

11 16 WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO –•– Aretha Franklin (Arista)-8 (11) B
12 14 YOU ARE MY LADY –•– Freddie Jackson (Capitol)-11 (12 C
13 8 TAKE ON ME –•– A-Ha (Warner Brothers)-19 (1) A
14 6 SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU –•– Whitney Houston (Arista)-14 (1) B-
15 19 LOVE THEME FROM “ST. ELMO’S FIRE” –•– David Foster (Atlantic)-13 (15) C
16 13 ONE NIGHT LOVE AFFAIR –•– Bryan Adams (A&M)-10 (13) C
17 21 ONE OF THE LIVING –•– Tina Turner (Capitol)-7 (17) B-
18 29 ELECTION DAY –•– Arcadia (Capitol)-4 (18) B-
19 25 SLEEPING BAG –•– ZZ Top (Warner Brothers)-5 (19) B-
20 15 LOVIN’ EVERY MINUTE OF IT –•– Loverboy (Columbia)-13 (9) C

21 24 SOUL KISS –•– Olivia Newton-John (MCA)-7 (21) C
22 28 ALIVE AND KICKING –•– Simple Minds (A&M)-5 (22) A
23 31 I MISS YOU –•– Klymaxx (Constellation)-10 (23) C
24 35 PARTY ALL THE TIME –•– Eddie Murphy (Columbia)-7 (24) D-
25 30 PERFECT WAY –•– Scritti Politti (Warner Brothers)-11 (25) B
26 26 SO IN LOVE –•– Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (A&M)-12 (26)A
27 18 I’M GONNA TEAR YOUR PLAYHOUSE DOWN –•– Paul Young (Columbia)-11 (13) B-
28 17 FORTRESS AROUND YOUR HEART –•– Sting (A&M)-13 (8) B+
29 20 OH SHEILA –•– Ready For The World (MCA)-16 (1) C
30 23 AND WE DANCED –•– The Hooters (Columbia)-15 (21) B

31 37 SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES –•– Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin (RCA)-5 (31) A
32 40 SAY YOU, SAY ME –•– Lionel Richie (Motown)-2 (32) B
33 38 WRAP HER UP –•– Elton John (Geffen)-4 (33) C
34 36 GIRLS ARE MORE FUN –•– Ray Parker, Jr. (Arista)-7 (34)C
35 39 RUNNING UP THAT HILL –•– Kate Bush (EMI-America)-11 (35) A
36 42 SMALL TOWN –•– John Cougar Mellencamp (Riva)-3 (36) A+
37 43 OBJECT OF MY DESIRE –•– Starpoint (Elektra)-8 (37) C
38 44 TONIGHT SHE COMES –•– The Cars (Elektra)-3 (38) B
39 22 LONELY OL’ NIGHT –•– John Cougar Mellencamp (Riva)-13 (6) A
40 45 WALK OF LIFE –•– Dire Straits (Warner Brothers)-3 (40) A+

7 responses to “AMERICAN TOP 40- THE 80’S- WEEK OF NOVEMBER 16, 1985

  1. What a drastic change, from the San Francisco, counter-culture psychedelia of Kanter’s and Balin’s Jefferson Airplane to the “slick” commercialism of Starship’s “We Built This City.”

  2. The two Mellencamp songs plus the Dire Straits song would be my favorites… The number 1 sucked…I mean bad. That has to be one of the most contrived song ever….what a long way from White Rabbit.

    • I can’t think of another group that went downhill like Jefferson AIrplane/ Jefferson Starship/ Starship- they went down with each new name.

  3. Aw, the ’80s. In general, I did like the music significantly better back then than I do now. But there are some songs I still like, particularly the John Mellencamp, Dire Straits and Simple Minds tunes. I also still enjoy “Broken Wings” by Mr. Mister, which I think is a quite a catchy, well-crafted pop tune.

    • In hearing some tunes from the 80’s now for the first time in a while- while some certainly hold up- there are others that while at the time I didn’t think so- now just sound kind of bad.

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