Category Archives: 1986

And we’re done…

When I started this project, I had two goals. One, I wanted to do a long-form project and see it to the end. With Happy wrapping up the chart, I have accomplished that goal. Two, I wanted to understand the … Continue reading

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The Bangles – Walk Like an Egyptian

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 … Continue reading

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Bruce Hornsby and the Range – The Way It Is

First Hit #1: December 13, 1986 Bruce Hornsby is angry. He thought there were things wrong in the ’80s – economic injustice, racism, and people just accepting these things – and he decided to write a song about it. His … Continue reading

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Peter Cetera and Amy Grant – Next Time I Fall in Love

First Hit #1: December 6, 1986 There are many ways to establish a solo career. Peter Cetera chose to just do the same thing he did with Chicago – big ballads with heavy synthesizers and slightly cheesy but still appealing … Continue reading

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Bon Jovi – You Give Love a Bad Name

First Hit #1: November 29, 1986 Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet is one of those albums that almost haunts a band. Is he going to do anything better? Who knows, but while I enjoy the album a lot, I find … Continue reading

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The Human League – Human

First Hit #1: November 22, 1986 The Human League’s second big hit is a bit of a disappointment. It just sounds a bit typical, like it could be by any band you can name. Don’t You Want Me had a … Continue reading

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Boston – Amanda

First Hit #1: November 8, 1986 Boston’s Amanda is relatively rare in that it’s a song from the MTV era that ascended to the top of the charts without a music video. Yet, it’s not rare at all, because it’s … Continue reading

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