According to the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week ending August 16, 1986, these were the most popular songs in the country on that fateful morning when we were all standing around in the atrium introducing ourselves to each other:
#10 — “The Edge of Heaven” by Wham! It was their last single release; the band broke up in June of ’86.
#9 — “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin, the “love theme” from Top Gun.
#8 — “Rumors” by Timex Social Club. Wikipedia calls them “major forerunners of the new jack swing movement.”
#7 — “Dancing on the Ceiling” by Lionel Ritchie, the title track to his last widely popular album.
#6 — “Venus” by Bananarama. It was a cover of the 1969 single by Dutch one-hit wonders Shocking Blue. Bananarama’s version actually outperformed the original in sales and chart position.
#5 — “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off” by Jermaine Stewart, whose first job in the music business was as a dancer on Soul Train.
#4 — “Higher Love” by Steve Winwood, who was an original member of the legendary ’60s group Traffic.
#3 — “Mad About You” by Belinda Carlisle, former lead singer of The Go-Go’s.
#2 — “Glory of Love” by Peter Cetera, the theme song from The Karate Kid Part II.
#1 — “Papa Don’t Preach” by Madonna. Many of our kids today think of Madonna as the beta-test version of Lady Gaga.