Thursday, July 13, 2017

US Top 20 Singles: w/e July 19, 1986

Three acts from the same musical family tree make separate placings in the week's top 20: Genesis and Peter Gabriel holding the two top spots and also Steve Hackett as part of GTR at #14. A bit of a bonus with Phil Collins on drums and production work with Howard Jones' remake of "No One Is To Blame". Add in the Moody Blues and that makes 25% of this top 20 having roots in prog-rock. This is also the first time in chart history that a group and a former member of that group have held down the top two positions. It nearly happened in April 1970 when The Beatles "Let It Be" was at #1 and John Lennon's "Instant Karma" was at #3, but Lennon's single peaked and went no higher. In addition, this is also the first time a solo artist, Phil Collins, hit #1 first (with "Against All Odds" two years earlier) and then again hit #1 with the group he comes from. it has happened the other way around many times though (Labelle, Four Seasons, Lovin' Spoonful, Sonny & Cher, Beatles, Osmonds, Commodores, etc.). 

  • 1 Tuff Enuff by The Fabulous Thunderbirds
  • 2 No One Is To Blame by Howard Jones
  • 3 Digging Your Scene by The Blow Monkeys
  • 4 We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off by Jermaine Stewart
  • 5 Like A Rock by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
  • 6 Modern Woman by Billy Joel
  • 7 When The Heart Rules The Mind by GTR
  • 8 Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money) by Pet Shop Boys
  • 9 Papa Don't Preach by Madonna
  • 10 Mad About You by Belinda Carlisle
  • 11 Love Touch by Rod Stewart
  • 12 Your Wildest Dreams by The Moody Blues
  • 13 There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry) by Billy Ocean
  • 14 Glory Of Love by Peter Cetera
  • 15 Who's Johnny by El DeBarge
  • 16 Holding Back The Years by Simply Red
  • 17 Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins
  • 18 Nasty by Janet Jackson
  • 19 Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel
  • 20 Invisible Touch by Genesis

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