Top 1986 Singles Ranked

 

Rank

Artist

Title

1

 Bananarama

 Venus

2

 The Art of Noise

 Peter Gunn

3

 New Order

 Bizarre Love Triangle

4

 The B-52's

 Summer of Love

5

 Janet Jackson

 Nasty

6

 Peter Gabriel

 Big Time

7

 Janet Jackson

 When I Think of You

8

 Cameo

 Word Up

9

 Grace Jones

 I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect for You)

10

 INXS

 What You Need

11

 Kraftwerk

 Electric Café

12

 Peter Gabriel

 Sledgehammer

13

 Dwight Yoakam

 Honky Tonk Man

14

 Gwen Guthrie

 Ain't Nothing Going on But the Rent

15

 The Smiths

 The Boy With the Thorn in His Side

16

 a-ha

 Cry Wolf

17

 The Art of Noise

 Beatback

18

 Kraftwerk

 Sex Object

19

 New Order

 Weirdo

20

 The Art of Noise

 Paranoimia

21

 The Smiths

 Bigmouth Strikes Again

22

 The B-52's

 Girl from Ipanema Goes to Greenland

23

 Crowded House

 Don't Dream It's Over

24

 Dwight Yoakam

 Heartaches by the Number

25

 The Bangles

 September Gurls

26

 The The

 Infected

27

 Talk Talk

 Life's What You Make It

28

 Bananarama

 More Than Physical [Single Version]

29

 Human League

 Human

30

 Beastie Boys

 Fight for Your Right

31

 Grace Jones

 Hollywood Liar

32

 Dead or Alive

 Brand New Lover

33

 Communards

 Heavens Above

34

 Janet Jackson

 Control

35

 R.E.M.

 What If We Give It Away?

36

 INXS

 Kiss The Dirt (Falling Down The Mountain)

37

 Everything But the Girl

 Little Hitler

38

 The Smiths

 Ask

39

 Dwight Yoakam

 Guitars, Cadillacs

40

 Nu Shooz

 I Can't Wait

41

 Public Image Ltd.

 FFF

42

 Kraftwerk

 Musique Non-Stop

43

 New Order

 All Day Long

44

 The Art of Noise

 The Chameleon's Dish

45

 Bourgeois Tagg

 Mutual Surrender (What a Wonderful World)

46

 M+M

 Song in My Head

47

 It's Immaterial

 Driving Away From Home

48

 The Housemartins

 Happy Hour

49

 The Judds

 Grandpa

50

 Kraftwerk

 The Telephone Call

51

 The Art of Noise

 Something Always Happens

52

 King

 Alone Without You

53

 Pet Shop Boys

 Love Comes Quickly

54

 Cyndi Lauper

 Change of Heart

55

 Madonna

 Open Your Heart

56

 The Bangles

 Manic Monday

57

 The Pandoras

 In and Out of My Life (In a Day)

58

 The Smiths

 There Is a Light That Never Goes Out

59

 XTC

 Mermaid Smiled

60

 The Smiths

 Golden Lights

61

 Janet jackson

 What Have You Done for Me Lately?

62

 Les Rita Mitsouko

 Andy

63

 The Lover Speaks

 Every Lover's Sign

64

 New Order

 Paradise

65

 54-40

 I Go Blind

66

 Cameo

 Candy

67

 The Housemartins

 Think for a Minute

68

 The Smithereens

 Blood and Roses

69

 The S.O.S. Band

 The Finest

70

 Les Rita Mitsouko

 C'est Comme Ça

71

 The B-52's

 Housework

72

 Killing Joke

 Sanity

73

 a-ha

 The Weight of the Wind

74

 Dead or Alive

 Something in My House

75

 Cocteau Twins

 Whales Tails

76

 Beastie Boys

 She's Crafty

77

 Love Tractor

 Party Train

78

 New Order

 State of the Nation

79

 Eurythmics

 Missionary Man

80

 Joan Armatrading

 Kind Words (And a Real Good Heart)

81

 Duran Duran

 Notorious

82

 Bananarama

 Promised Land

83

 King

 Torture

84

 Talk Talk

 Give It Up

85

 Human League

 Love Is All That Matters

86

 Orchestral Manoevers in the Dark

 (Forever) Live and Die

87

 The Housemartins

 Anxious

88

 Che

 (Be My) Powerstation

89

 Kraftwerk

 Boing Boom Tschak

90

 Lone Justice

 Reflected (On My Side)

91

 Beastie Boys

 Hold It Now, Hit It

92

 Prince & The Revolution

 Kiss

93

 Siouxsie & the Banshees

 The Sweetest Chill

94

 Bananarama

 A Trick of the Night

95

 Ledernacken

 Do the Boogaloo

96

 Eurythmics

 Thorn in My Side

97

 Love Tractor

 Got to Give It Up

98

 Dwight Yoakam

 Ring of Fire

99

 New Order

 Shellshock

100

 Les Rita Mitsouko

 Les Histoires d'A

101

 The Stranglers

 Always the Sun

102

 The The

 Slow Train to Dawn

103

 Book of Love

 Yellow Sky

104

 UB40

 Rat in Mi Kitchen

105

 Orchestral Manoevers in the Dark

 Flame of Hope

106

 The Smiths

 Panic

107

 Run D.M.C.

 It's Tricky

108

 Eddie Money and Ronnie Spector

 Take Me Home Tonight/Be My Baby

109

 Marti Jones

 Whenever You're on My Mind

110

 Cyndi Lauper

 True Colors

111

 Steve Winwood

 Higher Love

112

 New Order

 Broken Promise

113

 Donna Allen

 Serious

114

 Orchestral Manoevers in the Dark

 Southern

115

 The Stranglers

 Nice in Nice

116

 R.E.M.

 Fall on Me

117

 Big Audio Dynamite

 Hollywood Boulevard

118

 Depeche Mode

 A Question of Time

119

 The Bangles

 Walk Like an Egyptian

120

 Crowded House

 Something So Strong

121

 Level 42

 Something About You

122

 China Crisis

 Arizona Sky

123

 Peter Gabriel

 Don't Give Up

124

 Cameo

 Back and Forth

125

 Robbie Nevil

 C'est La Vie

126

 Pet Shop Boys

 Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)

127

 The Smiths

 Cemetry Gates

128

 World Party

 All Come True

129

 Winter Hours

 Hyacinth Girl

130

 XTC

 The Meeting Place

131

 The Damned

 Alone Again Or

132

 The B-52's

 Theme for a Nude Beach

133

 Love Tractor

 Amusement Park

134

 The Blow Monkeys

 Digging Your Scene

135

 The Smithereens

 Time and Time Again

136

 The Bangles

 If She Knew What She Wants

137

 Love Tractor

 Outside with Ma

138

 Run D.M.C.

 You Be Illin'

139

 Gene Loves Jezebel

 Desire

140

 Robert Palmer

 Addicted To Love

141

 Les Rita Mitsouko

 Un Soir un Chen

142

 The Stranglers

 Too Precious

143

 Pieces of a Dream

 Joyride [Joy Mix]

144

 UB40

 The Elevator

145

 Icehouse

 No Promises

146

 The Art of Noise

 Camilla: The Old, Old Story

147

 The Stranglers

 Ghost Train

148

 BoDeans

 Fadeaway

149

 World Party

 Ship of Fools

150

 Paul Kelly & The Coloured Girls

 Execution

151

 The Bangles

 Walking Down Your Street

152

 Guadalcanal Diary

 T.R.O.U.B.L.E.

153

 The Lucy Show

 Part of Me Now

154

 Gene Loves Jezebel

 Beyond Doubt

155

 King

 Taste of Your Tears

156

 The Smiths

 Unloveable

157

 Let's Active

 In Little Ways

158

 Love Tractor

 Beatle Boots

159

 Beastie Boys

 Brass Monkey

160

 Tina Turner

 Typical Male

161

 The Whirling Dervishes

 Tan

162

 The Lucy Show

 Shame

163

 The Lover Speaks

 Never to Forget You

164

 Stan Ridgway

 Drive, She Said

165

 UB40

 All I Want to Do

166

 World Party

 All I Really Want to Do

167

 Run D.M.C.

 Walk This Way

168

 Lone Justice

 Belfry

169

 The Pretenders

 Don't Get Me Wrong

170

 Prince & The Revolution

 Girls & Boys

171

 The Blow Monkeys

 Wicked Ways

172

 Agent Orange

 I Kill Spies

173

 The Art of Noise

 Eye of a Needle

174

 The Damned

 In Dulce Decorum

175

 Billy Bragg and Kirsty MacColl

 Greetings to the New Brunette

176

 The Smiths

 Frankly, Mr. Shankly

177

 Grace Jones

 Scary But Fun

178

 Anita Baker

 Sweet Love

179

 BoDeans

 She's a Runaway

180

 Iggy Pop

 Isolation

181

 The Smithereens

 Behind The Wall Of Sleep

182

 Synergy

 West Side Nights

183

 Duran Duran

 Winter Marches On

184

 The Lucy Show

 Melody

185

 Les Rita Mitsouko

 Bad Days

186

 The Art of Noise

 Backbeat

187

 Siouxsie & the Banshees

 The Quarterdrawing of the Dog

188

 Cyndi Lauper

 What's Going On

189

 King

 These Things

190

 The Housemartins

 Reverends Revenge

191

 Steve Earle

 Guitar Town

192

 Ministry

 Just Like You

193

 The Lucy Show

 New Message

194

 Anita Baker

 No One in the World

195

 The Smiths

 Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others

196

 The Coolies

 Having My Baby

197

 R.E.M.

 White Tornado

198

 Let's Active

 Last Chance Down

199

 Love Tractor

 Chilli, Pt. 2

200

 The Swimming Pool Q's

 Big Fat Tractor

201

 The Art of Noise

 Instruments of Darkness (All of Us Are One People)

202

 Dwight Yoakam

 South of Cincinnati

203

 The Smiths

 Vicar in a Tutu

204

 Scott Goddard

 Ballad of Jed Clampett

205

 R.E.M.

 Walter's Theme

206

 King

 Wait for No One

207

 Duran Duran

 Skin Trade

208

 Eurythmics

 The Last Time

209

 Icehouse

 Angel Street

210

 BoDeans

 Still the Night

211

 Madonna

 Papa Don't Preach

212

 Aretha Franklin and George Michael

 I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)

213

 The Lover Speaks

 No More "I Love You's"

214

 Eurythmics

 A Little of You

215

 XTC

 Earn Enough For Us

216

 Crowded House

 World Where You Live

217

 King

 I Cringed, I Died, I Felt Hot

218

 Eurythmics

 When Tomorrow Comes

219

 Grace Jones

 Victor Should Have Been a Jazz Musician

220

 XTC

 Big Day

221

 UB40

 Looking Down at My Reflections

222

 Duran Duran

 A Matter of Feeling

223

 David & David

 Welcome to the Boomtown

224

 Dwight Yoakam and Maria McKee

 Bury Me

225

 BoDeans

 Angels

226

 XTC

 Season Cycle

227

 The Smithereens

 Strangers When We Meet

228

 World Party

 Private Revolution

229

 The B-52's

 She Brakes for Rainbows

230

 Bananarama

 True Confessions

231

 King

 Platform One

232

 Lone Justice

 Shelter

233

 David & David

 Being Alone Together

234

 Paul Kelly & The Coloured Girls

 Before Too Long

235

 Eurythmics

 In This Town

236

 Grace Jones

 Chan Hitchhikes to Shanghai

237

 Duran Duran

 Vertigo (Do The Demolition)

238

 Crowded House

 Now We're Getting Somewhere

239

 Annabella

 Desire

240

 The Style Council

 It Didn't Matter

241

 Dwight Yoakam

 It Won't Hurt

242

 Belinda Carlisle

 Mad About You

243

 Talking Heads

 Wild Wild Life

244

 The The

 Sweet Bird of Truth

245

 Peter Gabriel

 In Your Eyes

246

 Talk Talk

 Living in Another World

247

 Let's Active

 Whispered News

248

 INXS

 Listen Like Thieves

249

 a-ha

 I've Been Losing You

250

 Pet Shop Boys

 Two Divided by Zero

251

 The B-52's

 Juicy Jungle

252

 Madonna

 True Blue

253

 BoDeans

 That's All

254

 Orchestral Manoevers in the Dark

 We Love You

255

 Boston

 Amanda

256

 Les Rita Mitsouko

 Someone to Love

257

 Public Image Ltd.

 Rise

258

 Cocteau Twins

 Fluffy Tufts

259

 Debbie Harry

 French Kissin' in the USA

260

 Killing Joke

 Wintergardens

261

 Iggy Pop

 Real Wild Child

262

 Everything But the Girl

 Come on Home

263

 Annabella

 High Powered Girl

264

 Heaven 17

 Contenders

265

 XTC

 Ballet For A Rainy Day

266

 The Smithereens

 In A Lonely Place

267

 The Pretenders

 Light of the Moon

268

 Anita Baker

 Mystery

269

 Everything But the Girl

 Sugar Finney

270

 Jermaine Stewart

 We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off

271

 Love Tractor

 Cartoon Kiddies

272

 Stan Ridgway

 The Big Heat

273

 R.E.M.

 Cuyahoga

274

 Ministry

 All Day [Remix]

275

 Duran Duran

 American Science

276

 Grace Jones

 Party Girl

277

 George Strait

 Nobody In His Right Mind Would've Left Her

278

 Pet Shop Boys

 Suburbia

279

 UB40

 Sing Our Own Song

280

 Crowded House

 Tombstone

281

 Talk Talk

 Happiness Is Easy

282

 Iggy Pop

 Baby It Can't Fall

283

 Holly Dunn

 Daddy's Hands

284

 XTC

 That's Really Super, Supergirl

285

 Marti Jones

 Be Myself Again

286

 Love Tractor

 Small Town

287

 Killing Joke

 Adorations

288

 Stan Ridgway

 Salesman

289

 George Clinton

 Do Fries Go With That Shake

290

 Marti Jones

 It's Too Late

291

 Beastie Boys

 No Sleep Till Brooklyn

292

 The Style Council

 The Cost of Loving

293

 Everything But the Girl

 Don't Leave Me Behind

294

 The Stranglers

 You'll Always Reap What You Sow

295

 Crowded House

 Hole in the River

296

 XTC

 Summer's Cauldron

297

 The Stranglers

 Dreamtime

298

 Public Image Ltd.

 Bags

299

 Winter Hours

 Incendiary

300

 Lone Justice

 Dreams Come True (Stand Up And Take It)

301

 Orchestral Manoevers in the Dark

 Stay (The Black Rose and the Universal Wheel)

302

 Randy Travis

 On the Other Hand

303

 Paul Kelly & The Coloured Girls

 Before the Old Man Died

304

 Run D.M.C.

 My Adidas

305

 Iggy Pop

 Blah-Blah-Blah

306

 Lone Justice

 Wheels

307

 Falco

 The Sound of Musik

308

 George Clinton

 Hey Good Lookin'

309

 Kim Wilde

 You Keep Me Hangin' On

310

 Timbuk 3

 The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades

311

 Annabella

 Fever

312

 Les Rita Mitsouko

 Stupid Anyway