Billboard #1s for the Week Ending January 18, 1986

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 That’s What Friends Are For Dionne & Friends 1
R & B Say You, Say Me Lionel Richie 2
Country Bop Dan Seals 1
Adult Contemporary That’s What Friends Are For Dionne & Friends 2
Rock Silent Running Mike + the Mechanics 4
Album Miami Vice Soundtrack 11

Heart_These_DreamsThis week sees a 70s AOR band debut what would become their first #1 on the Hot 100. Formed as the Army, a hard-rocking Seattle area band, in 1967, Heart went through a decade of lineup changes and names (including White Heart and Hocus Pocus) before releasing their first album, Dreamboat Annie in 1976. By then, sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson had joined (in 1972 and 1974 respectively) and the band’s sound had evolved into a mix of folk-prog and straight-ahead rock. They built a solid reputation and had steady rock and album success, mixing in a couple of pop Top 10 hits. By 1984, the group had almost run out of steam. With a move to Capitol records and a newly stable lineup, they released Heart, a slick pop-rock album perfectly suited to the mid-80s market.

After two consecutive Top 10s (What About Love? [#10] and Never [#4]) they released a single written by the superstar team of Martin Page and Bernie Taupin, collaborators on Starship’s first #1, We Built This City. The magic worked for Heart, too, and they spent a week at the top in late March 1986 with the power ballad These Dreams. That set the stage for the band’s most successful phase, and they spent the next decade charting similar sounding hits, racking up another #1 (Alone in 1987) and three more Top 10s. After a hiatus from 1998 to 2002, the Wilson sisters convened a new incarnation of the band which records and performs today.

About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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