First Hit #1: December 20, 1986
Is it just me or was there a lot of songs in 1986? It’s so weird considering the overly long chart stays that start happening in the ’90s, part of me wishes that we could see that again.
Anyway, 1986 ends with Walk Like an Egyptian, which is a song designed to ensure you don’t think of it too hard. It’s got a goofy little dance to go with it, it runs at a breakneck speed, and the only intelligible lyric that really sticks out is the name of the song. I’m sure that if you stop to think about it too hard it’ll go off the rails, but as is it’s going to fast your only choice is to dance, or at least walk, and that makes the song surprisingly effective. Like any dance trend song, it’s best to just go along with it and don’t even attempt to make sense of this, the lyrics don’t matter. The charts have borne this out since, with novelty dance songs being the non-English songs that get airplay.