What’s the best song of 1985?

MrInsanePolack

Platinum Member
According to the Billboard end of the year top 100:

Billboard Hot 100 logo.jpg

This is the Year-End Hot 100 songs of 1985.[1]

TitleArtist(s)
1"Careless Whisper"Wham!
2"Like a Virgin"Madonna
3"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"Wham!
4"I Want to Know What Love Is"Foreigner
5"I Feel for You"Chaka Khan
6"Out of Touch"Hall & Oates
7"Everybody Wants to Rule the World"Tears for Fears
8"Money for Nothing"Dire Straits
9"Crazy for You"Madonna
10"Take On Me"a-ha
11"Everytime You Go Away"Paul Young
12"Easy Lover"Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
13"Can't Fight This Feeling"REO Speedwagon
14"We Built This City"Starship
15"The Power of Love"Huey Lewis and the News
16"Don't You (Forget About Me)"Simple Minds
17"Cherish"Kool & the Gang
18"St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)"John Parr
19"The Heat Is On"Glenn Frey
20"We Are the World"USA for Africa
21"Shout"Tears for Fears
22"Part-Time Lover"Stevie Wonder
23"Saving All My Love For You"Whitney Houston
24"Heaven"Bryan Adams
25"Everything She Wants"Wham!
26"Cool It Now"New Edition
27"Miami Vice Theme"Jan Hammer
28"Loverboy"Billy Ocean
29"Lovergirl"Teena Marie
30"You Belong to the City"Glenn Frey
31"Oh Sheila"Ready for the World
32"Rhythm of the Night"DeBarge
33"One More Night"Phil Collins
34"Sea of Love"The Honeydrippers
35"A View to a Kill"Duran Duran
36"The Wild Boys"Duran Duran
37"You're the Inspiration"Chicago
38"Neutron Dance"The Pointer Sisters
39"We Belong"Pat Benatar
40"Nightshift"Commodores
41"Things Can Only Get Better"Howard Jones
42"All I Need"Jack Wagner
43"Freeway of Love"Aretha Franklin
44"Never Surrender"Corey Hart
45"Sussudio"Phil Collins
46"Strut"Sheena Easton
47"You Give Good Love"Whitney Houston
48"The Search Is Over"Survivor
49"Missing You"Diana Ross
50"Separate Lives"Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin
51"Raspberry Beret"Prince and The Revolution
52"Suddenly"Billy Ocean
53"The Boys of Summer"Don Henley
54"One Night in Bangkok"Murray Head
55"If You Love Somebody Set Them Free"Sting
56"Obsession"Animotion
57"We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)"Tina Turner
58"Material Girl"Madonna
59"Better Be Good to Me"Tina Turner
60"Head over Heels"Tears for Fears
61"Axel F"Harold Faltermeyer
62"Smooth Operator"Sade
63"In My House"Mary Jane Girls
64"Don't Lose My Number"Phil Collins
65"All Through the Night"Cyndi Lauper
66"Run to You"Bryan Adams
67"Glory Days"Bruce Springsteen
68"Voices Carry"'Til Tuesday
69"Misled"Kool & the Gang
70"Would I Lie to You?"Eurythmics
71"Be Near Me"ABC
72"No More Lonely Nights"Paul McCartney
73"I Can't Hold Back"Survivor
74"Summer Of '69"Bryan Adams
75"Walking on Sunshine"Katrina and the Waves
76"Freedom"Wham!
77"Too Late for Goodbyes"Julian Lennon
78"Valotte"Julian Lennon
79"Some Like It Hot"Power Station
80"Solid"Ashford & Simpson
81"Angel"Madonna
82"I'm on Fire"Bruce Springsteen
83"Method of Modern Love"Hall & Oates
84"Lay Your Hands on Me"Thompson Twins
85"Who's Holding Donna Now"DeBarge
86"Lonely Ol' Night"John Cougar Mellencamp
87"What About Love"Heart
88"California Girls"David Lee Roth
89"Fresh"Kool & the Gang
90"Do What You Do"Jermaine Jackson
91"Jungle Love"The Time
92"Born in the U.S.A."Bruce Springsteen
93"Private Dancer"Tina Turner
94"Who's Zoomin' Who"Aretha Franklin
95"Fortress Around Your Heart"Sting
96"Penny Lover"Lionel Richie
97"All She Wants to Do Is Dance"Don Henley
98"Dress You Up"Madonna
99"Sentimental Street"Night Ranger
100"Sugar Walls"Sheena Easton
 

SomeBadDrummer

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So you’re a WHAM fan!! Actually I was asking for opinions not a list haha. The idea is to pick one not a list...
 

beatdat

Senior Member
According to the Billboard end of the year top 100:

Billboard Hot 100 logo.jpg

This is the Year-End Hot 100 songs of 1985.[1]

TitleArtist(s)
1"Careless Whisper"Wham!
2"Like a Virgin"Madonna
3"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"Wham!
4"I Want to Know What Love Is"Foreigner
5"I Feel for You"Chaka Khan
6"Out of Touch"Hall & Oates
7"Everybody Wants to Rule the World"Tears for Fears
8"Money for Nothing"Dire Straits
9"Crazy for You"Madonna
10"Take On Me"a-ha
11"Everytime You Go Away"Paul Young
12"Easy Lover"Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
13"Can't Fight This Feeling"REO Speedwagon
14"We Built This City"Starship
15"The Power of Love"Huey Lewis and the News
16"Don't You (Forget About Me)"Simple Minds
17"Cherish"Kool & the Gang
18"St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)"John Parr
19"The Heat Is On"Glenn Frey
20"We Are the World"USA for Africa
21"Shout"Tears for Fears
22"Part-Time Lover"Stevie Wonder
23"Saving All My Love For You"Whitney Houston
24"Heaven"Bryan Adams
25"Everything She Wants"Wham!
26"Cool It Now"New Edition
27"Miami Vice Theme"Jan Hammer
28"Loverboy"Billy Ocean
29"Lovergirl"Teena Marie
30"You Belong to the City"Glenn Frey
31"Oh Sheila"Ready for the World
32"Rhythm of the Night"DeBarge
33"One More Night"Phil Collins
34"Sea of Love"The Honeydrippers
35"A View to a Kill"Duran Duran
36"The Wild Boys"Duran Duran
37"You're the Inspiration"Chicago
38"Neutron Dance"The Pointer Sisters
39"We Belong"Pat Benatar
40"Nightshift"Commodores
41"Things Can Only Get Better"Howard Jones
42"All I Need"Jack Wagner
43"Freeway of Love"Aretha Franklin
44"Never Surrender"Corey Hart
45"Sussudio"Phil Collins
46"Strut"Sheena Easton
47"You Give Good Love"Whitney Houston
48"The Search Is Over"Survivor
49"Missing You"Diana Ross
50"Separate Lives"Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin
51"Raspberry Beret"Prince and The Revolution
52"Suddenly"Billy Ocean
53"The Boys of Summer"Don Henley
54"One Night in Bangkok"Murray Head
55"If You Love Somebody Set Them Free"Sting
56"Obsession"Animotion
57"We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)"Tina Turner
58"Material Girl"Madonna
59"Better Be Good to Me"Tina Turner
60"Head over Heels"Tears for Fears
61"Axel F"Harold Faltermeyer
62"Smooth Operator"Sade
63"In My House"Mary Jane Girls
64"Don't Lose My Number"Phil Collins
65"All Through the Night"Cyndi Lauper
66"Run to You"Bryan Adams
67"Glory Days"Bruce Springsteen
68"Voices Carry"'Til Tuesday
69"Misled"Kool & the Gang
70"Would I Lie to You?"Eurythmics
71"Be Near Me"ABC
72"No More Lonely Nights"Paul McCartney
73"I Can't Hold Back"Survivor
74"Summer Of '69"Bryan Adams
75"Walking on Sunshine"Katrina and the Waves
76"Freedom"Wham!
77"Too Late for Goodbyes"Julian Lennon
78"Valotte"Julian Lennon
79"Some Like It Hot"Power Station
80"Solid"Ashford & Simpson
81"Angel"Madonna
82"I'm on Fire"Bruce Springsteen
83"Method of Modern Love"Hall & Oates
84"Lay Your Hands on Me"Thompson Twins
85"Who's Holding Donna Now"DeBarge
86"Lonely Ol' Night"John Cougar Mellencamp
87"What About Love"Heart
88"California Girls"David Lee Roth
89"Fresh"Kool & the Gang
90"Do What You Do"Jermaine Jackson
91"Jungle Love"The Time
92"Born in the U.S.A."Bruce Springsteen
93"Private Dancer"Tina Turner
94"Who's Zoomin' Who"Aretha Franklin
95"Fortress Around Your Heart"Sting
96"Penny Lover"Lionel Richie
97"All She Wants to Do Is Dance"Don Henley
98"Dress You Up"Madonna
99"Sentimental Street"Night Ranger
100"Sugar Walls"Sheena Easton

I was having lunch on the field during middle school when the video for "Never Surrender" was being filmed down the street. Not many girls in class that day.

Interesting to see "Loverboy" and "Lovergirl" come in back-to-back.

From the list, I'd have to say "Born in the U.S.A.".
 

Sakae2xBopster

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MrInsanePolack

Platinum Member
So you’re a WHAM fan!! Actually I was asking for opinions not a list haha. The idea is to pick one not a list...

I was 9 in 1985. That's a pretty specific year, so the list is a huge help. And yes, I like Wham! just fine. Lots of good memories accompanied by their songs being played on the radio.
 

TK-421

Senior Member
Everybody Wants to Rule the World gets my vote. Great song and cool drum groove. I am a bit biased though, since I was in a Tears for Fears tribute band for like 5 or 6 years.
 

Old Dog new Cans

Senior Member
Springsteen's I'm On Fire, as far as I'm concerned is one of THE best songs ever. Short, sweet, sexy, a great story, great sing a long.
But, I was a teen back then. I love so much of that music. I love the Sting song. I saw him live in '88, 15 minutes from home. Walking On Sunshine, Neutron Dance, I Feel For You, Don't You Forget About Me. ALL GOOD!
 

Bo Eder

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It was a cool observation Stewart Copeland made. He said the reason he works so much now is because of the kids that we’re fans back in the 80s - they are now in positions of power and they like to hire the people they consider their heroes. He knows, for instance, as that generation retires, so will he. Then a whole new generation will be hiring guys like Trent Reznor or Dave Grohl to write their music. Imagine some future 30-something hiring Taylor Swift to write a jingle for a tv commercial ?
 

DrummerJustLikeDad

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“Best” is hard to isolate and capture, but between “Kayleigh” by Marillion, “Cloudbusting” by Kate Bush & “Silent Running” by Mike + the Mechanics, a satisfying answer begins to come into view.

 

harryconway

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1985 ..... I was listening to

Yngwie Malmsteen's "Marching Out"
Chastain's "Mystery of Illusion"
David Lee Roth's "Crazy From The Heat"
Ratt's "Invasion Of Your Privacy"
Rush "Power Windows"
UFO "Misdemeanor"
WWIII "S/T"
 
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While R.E.M.'s Fables of the Reconstruction is almost certainly my favorite album from 1985, I think the finest slab of rock and roll released that year is the Replacements' loving, searching, searing ode to college radio stations, "Left of the Dial." (Which also features some of my favorite drumming ever, by the greatly underrated—mainly by his own bandmates—Chris Mars, who plays nothing difficult here but everything just so damn right.)


Although it's hard to argue against "How Soon Is Now," perhaps the Smiths' greatest—although utterly atypical—single. But it was recorded in 1984, so we can therefore disallow it. (Phew.)

 

GetAgrippa

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Dang the list is so 80’s- I was thirty. I don’t remember music being center in my life like it was in 70’s. Now I see why LOL
 
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