Pick of the Year: 1985

‘If you told people in 1985 that in 25 years they would have computers in their kitchen, it would have made no sense to them’ – Rodney Brooks

Dad’s ‘Pick of the Year’ tapes were always a firm family favourite where he would make a compilation cassette of his favourite songs form that year. He stopped in 1992 however, when music got a bit too modern for him. It’s something over the years I’ve tried to carry on, and did for a while but, no one listens to CDs anymore and they don’t have the same impact as mp3 playlists. I’ve often thought about restarting it all from 1982 on my blog though just so I have somewhere to put them all for prosperity sake.

The first rule of POTY is DON’T TALK ABOUT PICK OF THE YEAR, sorry, that’s the illegal underground fight club i’m part of.
The first rule of POTY is that you can only pick songs that charted in the top 75 in the UK. The second rule of POTY is that you can only pick enough songs that would fit onto an old C120 cassette (between 30-40 track). The final rule, one which I’ve imposed myself, is that you must include that year’s Christmas number 1 (highlighted in green)


1. REO Speedwagon – Can’t fight this feeling

2. Bruce Springsteen – Dancing in the Dark

3. Bryan Adams – Run to You

4.  Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)

5. Madonna – Material Girl

6 Pet shop boys – Weat End Girls

7. Dire Straits – Money for Nothing

8. Tina Turner – We Don’t Need Another Hero

9. Fergal Sharkey – A Good Heart

10. USA for Africa – We Are the World

11. Tears for Fears – Everybody Wants to Rule the World

12. Foreigner – That Was Yesterday

13. Eurythmics – There Must be an Angel

14. Madonna – Crazy for You

15. Phil Collins – One More Night

16. Aha – Take On Me

17. Talking Heads – Road to Nowhere

18. Don Henley – Boys of Summer

19. Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me

20. Bryan Adams – Summer of 69

21. Madonna – Into the Groove

22. Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA

23. Bryan Adams – Heaven

24. John Parr – St Elmos Fire

25. Jennifer Rush – The Power of Love

26. Level 42 – Something About You

27. Phil Collins – Easy Lover

28. Simple Minds – Alive and Kicking

29. John Lennon – Jealous Guy

30. Go West – We Close Our Eyes

31. Elton John – Nikita

32. Mr Mister – Broken Wings

33. Aha – The Sun Always Shines on TV

34. Dire Straits – Walk of Life
35. Phil Collins – Easy Lover
36. Mr Mister – Kyrie
37. Huey Lewis & the News – The Power of Love

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