Let's go backbackback to Saturday, July 26, 1986 in "The Time Machine"!

Here's what the local top 10 singles were on this date:


  • 10

    "Love Touch" by Rod Stewart

    (#13 last week) Movie music, the movie being "Legal Eagles" with Debra Winger & Robert Redford. A lot of oldtime Stewart fans did not like this pop confection, but Rod went "top 40" a long time before this hit.

  • 9

    "Holding Back The Years" by Simply Red

    (#7 last week) Released as Simply Red's third single in 1985, this beautiful blue-eyed-soul ballad initially placed outside the UK Top 50. However, upon being re-released in 1986, "Holding Back the Years" became a major hit, peaking at #1 in Ireland, #2 in the UK, #3 in the Netherlands, #20 in Italy and later #1 in the United States. The song established Simply Red, with lead singer Mick Hucknall, as a household name.

  • 8

    "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)" by Billy Ocean

    (#5 last week) Billy Ocean was so all over the radio from 1984 to 1986, then he basically went away. Strange. BTW, this became the 600th #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100. Hey, have you seen what Billy looks like in 2014? No vanity, for sure.

  • 7

    "All Cried Out" by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force

    (#9 last week) Lisa Lisa (born Lisa Velez) & her band Cult Jam were one of first freestyle groups to emerge from New York City in the 1980s. This was their second local hit.

  • 6

    "Glory Of Love" by Peter Cetera

    (#12 last week) More movie music, this one from "The Karate Kid Part II". First solo hit from the former Chicago lead singer Cetera, who co-wrote this with superproducer David Foster & his then-wife Diane Nini.

  • 5

    "Rumors" by Timex Social Club

    (#6 last week) This Bay Area group was one of the forerunners of the "New Jack Swing" movement. That is all.

  • 4

    "Invisible Touch" by Genesis

    (#4 last week) This smash was the fist one five straight top 5 singles from the album of the same name. Irony: "Invisible touch" was succeeded at #1 on the Hot 100 by former Genesis bandmember Peter Gabriel.

  • 3

    "Nasty" by Janet Jackson

    (#1 last week; was #1 for 2 weeks) Did better locally than nationally. Second single from "Control". Guess who choreographed this video? A then-unknown Paula Abdul. #79 on Rolling Stone's list Of The 100 Best Pop Songs Of All Time.

  • 2

    "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel

    (#2 last week) The song did great, but this video won all sorts of awards and is the most-played video in the history of MTV. The song was influenced by 1960s R&B, in particular the music made by the Memphis label Stax. The distinctive horn track was provided by the Memphis Horns, the Stax Records label's house musicians.

  • 1

    "Papa Don't Preach" by Madonna

    (#3 last week; 1st week at #1) This controversial smash, the first single from Madonna's third album "True Blue",  was based on teen gossip the song's co-writer Brian Elliot heard outside his studio, which has a large front window that doubles as a mirror where schoolgirls from a local high school in Los Angeles regularly stopped to fix their hair and chat. Shortly after its release, the song caused big arguments about its lyrical content. Women's organizations and others in  family planning organizations criticized Madonna for encouraging teenage pregnancy, while pro-life groups saw it as a positive message.