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100 Greatest Songs From 1986

Criteria: - Songs listed are from Rock 'n' Roll and related sub-genres. Rankings are based on initial and lasting popularity and on acclaim received from critics and musicians.
Edited By:
1986
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Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release).
Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.
No.
Song
Artist



Walk This Way - Run-D.M.C. Aerosmith - single cover


(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) - Beastie Boys single cover


Livin' On A Prayer single cover


Nasty - Janet Jackson single cover


Push It - Salt-N-Pepa single cover


Papa Don't Preach - Madonna single cover


Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel single cover


Take My Breath Away - Berlin single cover


Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House single cover


The Final Countdown - Europe single cover


Higher Love - Steve Winwood single cover
1
Walk This Way
Run-D.M.C. & Aerosmith
2
(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)
Beastie Boys
3
Kiss
Prince & The Revolution
4
Livin' On A Prayer
Bon Jovi
5
Nasty
Janet Jackson
6
Push It
Salt-N-Pepa
7
Papa Don't Preach
Madonna
8
Sledgehammer
Peter Gabriel
9
Take My Breath Away
Berlin
10
Don't Dream It's Over
Crowded House
11
The Final Countdown
Europe
12
What Have You Done For Me Lately?
Janet Jackson
13
(I Just) Died In Your Arms
Cutting Crew
14
Higher Love
Steve Winwood
15
The Way It Is
Bruce Hornsby & The Range
16
Live To Tell
Madonna
17
Manic Monday
Bangles
18
Open Your Heart
Madonna
19
When I Think Of You
Janet Jackson
20
In Your Eyes (Theme From "Say Anything")
Peter Gabriel
21
Land Of Confusion
Genesis
22
Looking For A New Love
Jody Watley
23
Venus
Bananarama
24
You Give Love A Bad Name
Bon Jovi
25
I Can't Wait
Nu Shooz
26
True Colors
Cyndi Lauper
27
La Isla Bonita
Madonna
28
C'est La Vie
Robbie Nevil
29
Sweet Love
Anita Baker
30
Lean On Me
Club Nouveau
31
Rumors
Timex Social Club
32
Bizarre Love Triangle
New Order
33
Human
Human League
34
Why Can't This Be Love?
Van Halen
35
The Rain
Oran "Juice" Jones
36
Danger Zone
Kenny Loggins
37
Wanted Dead Or Alive
Bon Jovi
38
Graceland
Paul Simon
39
Don't Give Up
Peter Gabriel with Kate Bush
40
On My Own
Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald
41
I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
Aretha Franklin & George Michael
42
Shake You Down
Gregory Abbott
43
Harlem Shuffle
Rolling Stones
44
The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades
Timbuk 3
45
Keep Your Hands To Yourself
Georgia Satellites
46
Breakout
Swing Out Sister
47
Tuff Enuff
Fabulous Thunderbirds
48
You Keep Me Hangin' On
Kim Wilde
49
Let's Wait Awhile
Janet Jackson
50
If You Leave
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
51
Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)
Glass Tiger
52
Everybody Have Fun Tonight
Wang Chung
53
The Lady In Red
Chris De Burgh
54
Invisible Touch
Genesis
55
There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)
Billy Ocean
56
Big Time
Peter Gabriel
57
Don't Get Me Wrong
Pretenders
58
Amanda
Boston
59
Dancing On The Ceiling
Lionel Richie
60
Love You Down
Ready For the World
61
Candy
Cameo
62
Brass Monkey
Beastie Boys
63
True Blue
Madonna
64
The Pleasure Principle
Janet Jackson
65
Only In My Dreams
Debbie Gibson
66
Notorious
Duran Duran
67
You Can Call Me Al
Paul Simon
68
Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But the Rent
Gwen Guthrie
69
Glory Of Love (Theme From "The Karate Kid")
Peter Cetera
70
Somewhere Out There
Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
71
Stuck With You
Huey Lewis & The News
72
Sweet Freedom
Michael McDonald
73
Throwing It All Away
Genesis
74
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight
Genesis
75
Missionary Man
Eurythmics
76
Dreams
Van Halen
77
Take Me Home Tonight
Eddie Money
78
Sweet Sixteen
Billy Idol
79
Wild Wild Life
Talking Heads
80
Caught Up In The Rapture
Anita Baker
81
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Smiths
82
Back In the High Life Again
Steve Winwood
83
Don't Leave Me This Way
Communards
84
Suburbia
Pet Shop Boys
85
It's Tricky
Run-D.M.C.
86
Stripped
Depeche Mode
87
No Sleep Till Brooklyn
Beastie Boys
88
Typical Male
Tina Turner
89
Like A Rock
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
90
Peter Gunn
Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
91
Control
Janet Jackson
92
Touch Me (I Want Your Body)
Samantha Fox
93
Love Can't Turn Around
Farley "Jackmaster" Funk
94
(Bang Zoom) Let's Go Go
Real Roxanne
95
Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
96
Who Wants To Live Forever?
Queen
97
Something So Strong
Crowded House
98
Fall On Me
R.E.M.
99
Dear God
XTC
100
Panic
Smiths
20 more worth mentioning.
101
Digging Your Scene
Blow Monkeys
102
Give Me The Reason
Luther Vandross
103
Bigmouth Strikes Again
Smiths
104
My Adidas
Run-D.M.C.
105
Blood And Roses
Smithereens
106
Red Rain
Peter Gabriel
107
Smoking Gun
Robert Cray
108
Eric B. Is President
Eric B. & Rakim
109
Welcome To The Boomtown
David & David
110
Ship Of Fools
World Party
111
Behind The Wall Of Sleep
Smithereens
112
Master Of Puppets
Metallica
113
Move Your Body (House Music Anthem)
Marshall Jefferson
114
Boom Boom (Let's Go Back To My Room)
Paul Lekakis
115
Hold It Now, Hit It
Beastie Boys
116
Holiday Rap
MC Miker & DJ Sven
117
Caravan Of Love
Housemartins
118
Come Go With Me
Expose
119
Jack Your Body
Steve "Silk" Hurley
120
Angel Of Death
Slayer
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1986
Jeff's Choice - Greatest Single Re-Entry
*
Stand By Me
Ben E. King (#9 US in 1986, #1 UK, 3 weeks in 1987)
Jeff's Choice - An unheralded great record from 1986
*
Great Gosh A'Mighty (It's a Matter of Time)
Little Richard
Lew's Choice:
*
On The Beach
Chris Rea
Bruce's Choice:
*
Strokin'
Clarence Carter
Brett's Choice:
*
Didn't We Have A Nice Time (And All My Friends Are Here)
Tempest
Ryan's Choice:
*
Steaming Train
Talulah Gosh

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