Pick of the Year: 1986

I’m starting to think that maybe 1986 is my favorite year, of all time!’ – Jorma Taccone
1986

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 tracks). The final rule, one which I’ve imposed myself, is that you must include that year’s Christmas number 1 (highlighted in green)

  1. Run DMC – Walk This Way
  2. Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way
  3. Madonna – Live to Tell
  4. Genesis – Land of Confusion
  5. Housemartins – Caravan of Love
  6. Chris DeBurgh – Lady in Red
  7. Europe – The Final Countdown
  8. Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
  9. The Bangles – Walk Like an Egyptian
  10. It Bites – Calling All The Heroes
  11. Janet Jackson – What Have You Done for Me Lately
  12. Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love
  13. Genesis – Invisible Touch
  14. Bruce Hornsby – The Way It Is
  15. Huey Lewis & the News – Stuck With You
  16. Queen – A Kind of Magic
  17. Mike & the Mechanics – All I Need is a Miracle
  18. The Bangles – Manic Monday
  19. Status Quo – In the Army Now
  20. Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
  21. Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
  22. Bananarama – Venus
  23. Bon Jovi – Livin On a Prayer
  24. Jackie Wilson – Reet Petite
  25. Madonna – True Blue
  26. Spitting Image – The Chicken Song
  27. Genesis – In Too Deep
  28. Jermaine Stewart – We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off
  29. Cutting Crew – Just Died In Your Arms
  30. Steve Winwood – Higher Love
  31. Level 42 – Lessons in Love
  32. Berlin – Take My Breath Away
  33. Stan Ridgway – Camouflage
  34. Cyndi Lauper – True Colours
  35. Lionel Richie – Dancing on the Ceiling
  36. Doctor and the Medics – Spirit in the Sky
  37. Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach
  38. Cameo – Word Up
  39. Steve Winwood – Back in the High Life Again
  40. John Farnham – You’re the Voice
  41. Crowded House – Don’t Dream it’s Over

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