List of Billboard Hot 100 number ones of 1986

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Dionne Warwick (pictured with Pat Nixon) aged 45 earned her second Hot 100 number-one single with "That's What Friends Are For", which stayed at the top position for four straight weeks.

This is a list of the U.S. Billboard magazine Hot 100 number-one singles of 1986. The longest running number-one singles of 1986 are "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne and Friends and "Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles, which each logged four weeks at number-one. "Walk Like an Egyptian" logged two weeks at number-one in 1986 and two more weeks at number-one in 1987, summing up to four weeks at the top. "Say You, Say Me" by Lionel Richie concluded another four week run that began in 1985. 1986 is the year with the third largest number of number-one songs, with 30 songs reaching the #1 spot.

That year, 20 acts earned their first number one song, such as Heart, Falco, Robert Palmer, Pet Shop Boys, Simply Red, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Steve Winwood, Bananarama, Berlin, Janet Jackson, Boston, Bon Jovi, Amy Grant, Bruce Hornsby & the Range, and The Bangles. Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Michael McDonald, and Peter Cetera, already having hit number one with Gladys Knight & the Pips, Labelle, The Doobie Brothers, and Chicago, respectively, also earn their first number one songs as solo acts. Whitney Houston, Madonna, and Peter Cetera were the only acts to earn more than one number one song, with each of them hitting the top twice.

Key
Best performing single of 1986 Indicates best-performing single of 1986
No. Issue date[1] Song Artist(s) Ref.
587 January 4 "Say You, Say Me" Lionel Richie [2]
January 11 [3]
588 January 18 "That's What Friends Are For"dagger Dionne and Friends [4]
January 25 [5]
February 1 [6]
February 8 [7]
589 February 15 "How Will I Know" Whitney Houston [8]
February 22 [9]
590 March 1 "Kyrie" Mr. Mister [10]
March 8 [11]
591 March 15 "Sara" Starship [12]
592 March 22 "These Dreams" Heart [13]
593 March 29 "Rock Me Amadeus" Falco [14]
April 5 [15]
April 12 [16]
594 April 19 "Kiss" Prince and the Revolution [17]
April 26 [18]
595 May 3 "Addicted to Love" Robert Palmer [19]
596 May 10 "West End Girls" Pet Shop Boys [20]
597 May 17 "Greatest Love of All" Whitney Houston [21]
May 24 [22]
May 31 [23]
598 June 7 "Live to Tell" Madonna [24]
599 June 14 "On My Own" Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald [25]
June 21 [26]
June 28 [27]
600 July 5 "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)" Billy Ocean [28]
601 July 12 "Holding Back the Years" Simply Red [29]
602 July 19 "Invisible Touch" Genesis [30]
603 July 26 "Sledgehammer" Peter Gabriel [31]
604 August 2 "Glory of Love" Peter Cetera [32]
August 9 [33]
605 August 16 "Papa Don't Preach" Madonna [34]
August 23 [35]
606 August 30 "Higher Love" Steve Winwood [36]
607 September 6 "Venus" Bananarama [37]
608 September 13 "Take My Breath Away" Berlin [38]
609 September 20 "Stuck with You" Huey Lewis and the News [39]
September 27 [40]
October 4 [41]
610 October 11 "When I Think of You" Janet Jackson [42]
October 18 [43]
611 October 25 "True Colors" Cyndi Lauper [44]
November 1 [45]
612 November 8 "Amanda" Boston [46]
November 15 [47]
613 November 22 "Human" The Human League [48]
614 November 29 "You Give Love a Bad Name" Bon Jovi [49]
615 December 6 "The Next Time I Fall" Peter Cetera and Amy Grant [50]
616 December 13 "The Way It Is" Bruce Hornsby & the Range [51]
617 December 20 "Walk Like an Egyptian" The Bangles [52]
December 27 [53]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billboard Charts Archive: Hot 100 – 1986 Archive". Billboard. Archived from the original on October 3, 2019. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "January 4, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  3. ^ "January 11, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  4. ^ "January 18, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  5. ^ "January 25, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  6. ^ "February 1, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  7. ^ "February 8, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  8. ^ "February 15, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  9. ^ "February 22, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  10. ^ "March 1, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  11. ^ "March 8, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  12. ^ "March 15, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  13. ^ "March 22, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  14. ^ "March 29, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  15. ^ "April 5, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  16. ^ "April 12, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  17. ^ "April 19, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  18. ^ "April 26, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  19. ^ "May 3, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  20. ^ "May 10, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  21. ^ "May 17, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  22. ^ "May 24, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  23. ^ "May 31, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  24. ^ "June 7, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  25. ^ "June 14, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  26. ^ "June 21, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  27. ^ "June 28, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  28. ^ "July 5, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  29. ^ "July 12, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  30. ^ "July 19, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  31. ^ "July 26, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  32. ^ "August 2, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  33. ^ "August 9, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  34. ^ "August 16, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  35. ^ "August 23, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  36. ^ "August 30, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  37. ^ "September 6, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  38. ^ "September 13, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  39. ^ "September 20, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  40. ^ "September 27, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  41. ^ "October 4, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  42. ^ "October 11, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  43. ^ "October 18, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  44. ^ "October 25, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  45. ^ "November 1, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  46. ^ "November 8, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  47. ^ "November 15, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  48. ^ "November 22, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  49. ^ "November 29, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  50. ^ "December 6, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  51. ^ "December 13, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  52. ^ "December 20, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.
  53. ^ "December 27, 1986". Billboard Hot 100.

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