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Don’s Top 10 From June 15, 1986

Back…back…back into time! “The Time Machine” lands on Sunday, June 15, 1986! No, “Let’s Go Mets-Go” isn’t on the survey. Too bad. Yay Keith, The Kid, Mookie, Doc, Lenny, Straw, Wally, HoJo & Ron! Maybe they’d like to take a trip to 2013. Anyway, here’s the local top 10 singles:amazon.com


10

"If You Leave" by OMD

 
 

(#5 last week) The British synth-pop group gets it's biggest hit with this movie song. It was played during the final scene of the much loved Molly Ringwald flick "Pretty In Pink". Interestingly, it wasn't a hit in the U.K., only peaking at #48 there.

 
9

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

 
 

(#15 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 2013? No vanity, for sure.

 
8

"Something About You" by Level 42

 
 

(#8 last week) One of my personal favorites! For some reason, I'd always lumped together "If You Leave" & this song in my mind, & maybe it's because both synth-pop ditties were in the top 10 at the same time. Prior to joining Level 42, member Phil Gould played on M's 1979 #1 hit "Pop Muzik".

 
7

"A Different Corner" by George Michael

 
 

(#10 last week) Even though Andrew Ridgeley is on the chorus & plays guitar on this, it's credited as George Michael's first American solo single. Poor Andrew. I hope he was compensated justly.

 
6

"Nasty" By Janet Jacskon

 
 

(#14 last week) 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.

 
5

"All I Need Is A Miracle" by Mike & The Mechanics

 
 

(#6 last week) Very, very catchy second single for Mike Rutherford's "side project" from Genesis. Lead singer here was the late Paul Young, but he was NOT the Paul Young who had several solo hits in the 80s.

 
4

"Crush On You" by The Jets

 
 

(#4 last week) I kinda wish there was a band in 1986 named the METS, but the Jets were on instead. :-) No, the lead singer isn't Mark Gastineau. The Jets were a Minnesota brother-and-sister act, eight in all, but get this: there were NINE other siblings! Yep, their parents had 17 kids!

 
3

"Live To Tell" by Madonna

 
 

(#3 last week) Chills & goosebumps. That's what this amazing record does to me. Madonna's second ballad hit, I always loved this one. It's haunting & sounded like nothing else on the radio. Too bad it was from the not-so-great movie "At Close Range".

 
2

"The Greatest Love Of Of All" by Whitney Houston

 
 

(#2 last week) First a medium hit for George Benson in 1977 (it only peaked in the 20s), Whitney took this song to a whole 'nother level, both vocally & chart-wise, which wasn't the only time she pulled that feat off.

 
1

"On My Own" by Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald

 
 

(#1 last week; 6th week at #1) Forgot how much I liked this song. A big record nationally, but a MONSTER hit locally. It would spend nine weeks in the top spot & become the #1 hit of the year, 1986.

 

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