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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z OtherTop 1000

Top R&B Songs of 1985

1984 <-1985-> 1986


  

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We Are the World
1.
03/1985
342

✫1
US
✫1
AC
76
country


✫1
R&B
27
rock
✫1
UK
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1986]
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1986]
benefit recording by all-star group
[Columbia 04839]
written by Michael Jackson & Lionel Richie
Saving All My Love for You
2.
08/1985
322

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B


✫1
UK
[Arista 9381]
written by Gerry Goffin & Michael Masser
Part-Time Lover
3.
09/1985
307

✫1
US
✫1
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B


3
UK
[Tamla 1808]
written by Stevie Wonder
4.
11/1985
301

2
US
2
AC


31
dance
6
R&B


✫1
UK
written by Wayne Brathwaite (as Wayne Anton Braithwaite), Barry Eastmond (as Barry James Eastmond), Robert John "Mutt" Lange & Billy Ocean
How Will I Know
5.
12/1985
298

✫1
US
✫1
AC


3
dance
✫1
R&B


5
UK
West End Girls
6.
11/1985
296

✫1
US
26
AC


✫1
dance
36
R&B
37
rock
✫1
UK
[BRIT Awards Best British Single 1987]
[R]
[EMI America 8307]
written by Neil Tennant & Chris Lowe
7.
02/1985
275

✫1
US
✫1
AC




80
R&B
4
rock
4
UK
[Atlantic 89588]
written by Phil Collins
Crazy for You
8.
03/1985
273

✫1
US
2
AC




80
R&B


2
UK
[Geffen 29051]
written by John Bettis & Jon Lind
That's What Friends Are For
9.
11/1985
269

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B


16
UK
as Dionne Warwick and Friends featuring Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder & Elton John
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1987]
written by Burt Bacharach & Carole Bayer Sager
Say You, Say Me
10.
11/1985
264

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B


8
UK
[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1985]
[Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song 1985]
[Motown 1819]
written by Lionel Richie
Cherish
11.
05/1985
264

2
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B


4
UK
[Polygram 880869 (De-lite)]
written by Robert Bell (as Robert "Kool" Bell), Kool & the Gang & James "J.T." Taylor
12.
03/1985
262

3
US
✫1
AC


✫1
dance
13
R&B


2
UK
chated as New Attitude / Axel F in US dance charts [instrumental]
[MCA 52536]
written by Harold Faltermeyer
Miami Vice Theme
13.
09/1985
261

✫1
US
16
AC


23
dance
10
R&B
29
rock
5
UK
[instrumental]
[MCA 52666]
written by Jan Hammer
Rhythm of the Night
14.
02/1985
257

3
US
✫1
AC


3
dance
✫1
R&B


4
UK
[Gordy 1770]
written by Diane Warren
I'm Your Man
15.
11/1985
254

3
US
13
AC


42
dance
55
R&B


✫1
UK
written by George Michael
Nightshift
16.
01/1985
246

3
US
2
AC




✫1
R&B


3
UK
[tribute to Marvin Gaye & Jackie Wilson]
[Motown 1773]
written by Walter Orange, Dennis Lambert & Franne Golde
We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
17.
07/1985
243

2
US
3
AC


23
dance
3
R&B
29
rock
3
UK
[Capitol 5491]
written by Terry Britten & Graham Lyle
Sussudio
18.
01/1985
242

✫1
US
30
AC


4
dance
8
R&B
10
rock
12
UK
[Atlantic 89560]
written by Phil Collins
19.
03/1985
232

4
US
✫1
AC




5
R&B


4
UK
[Arista 9323]
written by Billy Ocean & Keith Diamond
Material Girl
20.
02/1985
231

2
US
38
AC


✫1
dance
49
R&B


3
UK
[Sire 7-29083]
written by Peter Brown & Robert Rans
The Power of Love
21.
06/1985
222

✫1
US
6
AC


22
dance
81
R&B
✫1
rock


[Chrysalis 42876]
written by Huey Lewis, Chris Hayes & Johnny Colla
Secret Lovers
22.
11/1985
211

3
US
✫1
AC




4
R&B


10
UK
[A&M 2788]
written by David Lewis & Wayne Lewis
Living in America
23.
12/1985
211

4
US




3
dance
10
R&B


5
UK
[Scotti Brothers 05682 ]
written by Dan Hartman & Charlie Midnight
Raspberry Beret
24.
05/1985
209

2
US




4
dance
3
R&B
40
rock
25
UK
with The Revolution
charted as Raspberry Beret / She's Always In My Hair in US dance charts
[Paisley Park 28972]
written by Prince
Oh Sheila
25.
08/1985
203

✫1
US




✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




19
26.
05/1985
196

15
US




✫1
dance
8
R&B


✫1
UK
title refers to the average age of u.s. soldiers in vietnam
[Chrysalis VS4 42860]
written by Paul Hardcastle, William Coutourie & Jonas McCord
Who's Zoomin' Who?
27.
09/1985
195

7
US
10
AC


✫1
dance
2
R&B


11
UK
Angel
28.
04/1985
193

5
US
5
AC


✫1
dance
71
R&B


5
UK
charted as Into the Groove / Angel in US dance charts
[Sire 7-29008]
written by Madonna & Stephen Bray
29.
06/1985
192

3
US
11
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B


68
UK
produced by Narada Michael Walden
[Arista 9355]
written by Jeffrey Cohen & Narada Michael Walden
Let's Go All the Way
30.
12/1985
192

7
US






57
R&B


3
UK
[Capitol 5463]
written by Gary Cooper (as Gary "Mudbone" Cooper)
Things Can Only Get Better
31.
02/1985
188

5
US
38
AC


10
dance
54
R&B
21
rock
6
UK
[Elektra 7-69651]
written by Howard Jones
If You Love Somebody Set Them Free
32.
06/1985
180

3
US
39
AC


10
dance
17
R&B
✫1
rock
26
UK
[A&M 2738]
written by Sting
You Give Good Love
33.
05/1985
179

3
US
4
AC




✫1
R&B


93
UK
[Arista 1-9274]
written by LaLa (as La Forrest Cope)
The Sweetest Taboo
34.
10/1985
179

5
US
✫1
AC




3
R&B


31
UK
[Portrait 05713]
written by Sade Adu & Martin Ditcham
Dress You Up
35.
08/1985
178

5
US
32
AC


3
dance
64
R&B


5
UK
[Sire 7-28919]
written by Peggy Stanziale & Andrea LaRusso
Party All the Time
36.
10/1985
177

2
US




19
dance
8
R&B




[Columbia 05609]
written by Rick James
Who's Holding Donna Now?
37.
06/1985
158

6
US
✫1
AC




2
R&B


83
UK
co-produced by David Foster
[Gordy 1793]
written by David Foster, Jay Graydon & Randy Goodrum
Go Home
38.
11/1985
157

10
US
✫1
AC


✫1
dance
2
R&B


67
UK
[Tamla 1817]
written by Stevie Wonder
In My House
39.
03/1985
155

7
US




✫1
dance
3
R&B


77
UK
produced by Rick James
[Gordy 1741]
written by Rick James
I Miss You
40.
09/1985
147

5
US
3
AC




11
R&B


89
UK
[Constellation 52606]
written by Lynn Malsby
Pop Life
41.
07/1985
140

7
US




5
dance
8
R&B


60
UK
with The Revolution
charted as Pop Life / Hello in US dance charts
[Paisley Park 28998]
written by Prince
All She Wants to Do Is Dance
42.
01/1985
134

9
US




10
dance
65
R&B
✫1
rock


[Geffen 29065]
written by Danny Kootch (as Danny Kortchmar)
Into the Groove
43.
06/1985
132







✫1
dance
19
R&B


✫1
UK
charted as Into the Groove / Angel in US dance charts
written by Madonna & Stephen Bray
Dare Me
44.
07/1985
128

11
US
32
AC


✫1
dance
6
R&B


17
UK
[Planet 14126]
written by Sam Lorber & Dave Innis
45.
05/1985
127

75
US
15
AC




32
R&B


✫1
UK
produced by Nile Rodgers
[Atlantic 89547]
written by Joy Denny
Conga
46.
07/1985
127

10
US




7
dance
60
R&B


79
UK
written by Enrique Garcia
Saturday Love
47.
12/1985
113

26
US




13
dance
2
R&B


6
UK
as Cherrelle with Arthur Alexander
[Tabu 05767]
written by Jimmy Jam (as James Harris III) & Terry Lewis
Chain Reaction
48.
11/1985
110

95
US






85
R&B


✫1
UK
[RCA 14245]
written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice Gibb
A Love Bizarre
49.
11/1985
107

11
US




✫1
dance
2
R&B


76
UK
[Paisley Park 28890]
written by Prince & Sheila E.
50.
09/1985
103

12
US
3
AC




✫1
R&B


49
UK
[Capitol 5495]
written by Barry Eastmond
Just Another Night
51.
02/1985
100

12
US




11
dance
83
R&B
✫1
rock
32
UK
[Columbia 04743]
written by Mick Jagger
Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves
52.
10/1985
98

18
US




10
dance
66
R&B


9
UK
Trapped
53.
08/1985
93







✫1
dance
20
R&B


3
UK
[MCA 52638]
written by Colonel Abrams & Marston Freeman
I Wonder If I Take You Home
54.
04/1985
92

34
US




✫1
dance
6
R&B


12
UK
with Full Force
written by Full Force
Perfect Way
55.
09/1985
88

11
US




6
dance
85
R&B


48
UK
[Warner 7-28949]
written by Green Gartside & David Gamson
New Attitude
56.
02/1985
87

17
US




✫1
dance
3
R&B




chated as New Attitude / Axel F in US dance charts
written by Sharon Robinson (as Sharon Teresa Robinson), Jon Gilutin & Bunny Hull
57.
03/1985
75

104
US




5
dance
17
R&B


5
UK
[Atlantic 89576]
written by Steve Arrington & India Arrington
One of the Living
58.
10/1985
75

15
US




6
dance
41
R&B


55
UK
[Capitol 5518]
written by Holly Knight
Hangin' on a String (Contemplating)
59.
02/1985
72

43
US




12
dance
✫1
R&B


13
UK
[MCA 52570]
written by Carl McIntosh, Jane Eugene & Steve Nichol
Sidewalk Talk
60.
02/1985
70

18
US




✫1
dance
51
R&B




featuring Catherine Buchanan
[EMI America 8297]
written by Madonna
61.
12/1985
70

21
US




3
dance
4
R&B




[MCA 52734]
written by Gregory Potts
62.
10/1985
67

18
US




41
dance
7
R&B


50
UK
[Polygram 884199 (De-lite)]
written by George Brown, Kool & the Gang & James "J.T." Taylor
63.
10/1985
66

24
US




9
dance
3
R&B




written by Jesse Johnson & Ta Mara
This Is My Night
64.
01/1985
66

60
US




✫1
dance
11
R&B


14
UK
[Warner 29098]
written by Mic Murphy & David Frank
65.
07/1985
65

24
US
5
AC




10
R&B


49
UK
[Arista 9374]
written by Billy Ocean, Keith Diamond & James Woodley
Let Me Be the One
66.
07/1985
61

59
US




9
dance
2
R&B


18
UK
[RCA 14230]
written by Ian Foster
The Show
67.
08/1985
60









4
R&B


7
UK
as Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew
[novelty]
[Reality 242]
written by Doug E. Fresh (as Douglas E. Davis) & Slick Rick (as Ricky Walters)
68.
09/1985
59

25
US




12
dance
8
R&B




[Elektra 69621]
written by Ky Adeyemo (as Kayode Adeyemo), Ernesto Phillips & Keith Diamond
69.
05/1985

History by Mai Tai

from Mai Tai   
59

109
US




3
dance
37
R&B


8
UK
[Critique 715]
written by Jochim Fluitsima & Eric van Tijn
70.
08/1985
58

20
US
12
AC




40
R&B
43
rock
58
UK
71.
03/1985
58









60
R&B


5
UK
[Capitol 5553]
written by Melvin Steals & Mervin Steals
72.
12/1985
58

25
US
28
AC


19
dance
8
R&B


81
UK
73.
05/1985
57

65
US




6
dance
16
R&B


15
UK
[RCA 14163]
written by Barry Blue & Robin Smith
74.
09/1985
57

47
US




7
dance
4
R&B


22
UK
[Mercury 884 009-7]
written by René Moore & Angela Winbush
75.
08/1985
56







22
dance
20
R&B


7
UK
[Next Plateau 301]
written by Mike Stock, Matt Aitken & Pete Waterman
Slave to the Rhythm
76.
10/1985
55







✫1
dance
20
R&B


12
UK
77.
06/1985
53

68
US




2
dance
8
R&B


21
UK
[Atlantic 89535]
written by Steve Arrington & India Arrington
78.
06/1985
53









79
R&B


6
UK
aka My Tu - Tu
written by Rockin' Sidney (as Sidney Simien)
79.
03/1985
53

18
US
17
AC




85
R&B




[RCA 14036]
written by Daryl Hall
Sun City
80.
11/1985
51

38
US




48
dance
21
R&B
41
rock
21
UK
co-produced by Little Steven
[Manhattan 50017]
written by Steven Van Zandt
81.
12/1985
49







34
dance
16
R&B


9
UK
written by Howie Tee
82.
08/1985
49







26
dance
2
R&B


15
UK
[Atlanta Artists 884010]
written by Larry Blackmon & Tomi Jenkins
83.
03/1985
48

29
US






4
R&B




featuring Billy Preston
[Epic 04760]
written by Luther Vandross & Marcus Miller
84.
04/1985
47

104
US




✫1
dance
10
R&B


24
UK
[4th & B'way 7414]
written by Rodney Skipworth & Phil Turner
85.
08/1985
46







✫1
dance
80
R&B


17
UK
[London 882070]
written by Steve Harvey, Robin Achampong & Delroy Murray
86.
06/1985
43

30
US
8
AC


20
dance
69
R&B




charted as Possession Obsession / Dance on Your Knees in US dance charts
[RCA 14100]
written by Daryl Hall, John Oates, Sara Allen & Janna Allen
You Wear It Well
87.
08/1985
43

46
US




✫1
dance
7
R&B




with DeBarge
[Gordy 1804]
written by Chico DeBarge & El DeBarge
Do You Wanna Get Away
88.
04/1985
42

49
US




✫1
dance
13
R&B




89.
01/1985
42

38
US




7
dance
7
R&B


98
UK
[A&M 2695]
written by Raymond Jones
90.
06/1985
42









85
R&B


9
UK
[Capitol 5516]
written by Derek Bramble
Caravan of Love
91.
12/1985
41

51
US
16
AC




✫1
R&B




[CBS Associated 05611]
written by Ernie Isley, Chris Jasper & Marvin Isley
92.
12/1985

Baby Talk by Alisha

from Alisha   Alisha
39

68
US




✫1
dance
75
R&B


67
UK
[Vanguard 35262]
written by Greg Brown
Take Me with U
93.
02/1985
38

25
US






40
R&B




with The Revolution
[Warner 7-29079]
written by Prince
94.
10/1985
38

34
US






21
R&B


46
UK
written by Ray Parker Jr
95.
06/1985
38

101
US




3
dance
✫1
R&B


66
UK
[Mercury 880731]
written by René Moore & Angela Winbush
96.
01/1985
37







7
dance
81
R&B


17
UK
[Portrait 04671]
written by Bernard Oattes, Rob van Schaik & Van Gibbs
97.
02/1985
37

41
US




4
dance
17
R&B




[Arista 1-9256]
written by Jermaine Stewart, J. David Lindsay & Gregory Craig
98.
06/1985
37









81
R&B


11
UK
99.
02/1985
37

36
US




6
dance
33
R&B




[Warner 29094]
written by Prince & Jesse Johnson
100.
07/1985
37

42
US




3
dance
10
R&B




produced by Rick James
[Gordy 1798]
written by Kenny Hawkins & Rick James

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