Billboard #1s for the Week Ending March 22, 1986

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 These Dreams Heart 1
R & B What Have You Done For Me Lately Janet Jackson 1
Country What’s A Memory Like You
(Doing In A Love Like This)
John Schneider 1
Adult Contemporary These Dreams Heart 2
Rock Addicted to Love Robert Palmer 1
Album Whitney Houston Whitney Houston 3

JJacksonWHYDFMLThis week sees the youngest Jackson sibling find her musical feet. Janet Jackson started recording at 16 when her father arranged a deal with A&M records. She released two albums of pop-flavored R&B, managing two Top 10s on that chart with no real Hot 100 success. Chafing under life as part of the famous family, she dropped her contract, moved out of the house, and looked for new representation. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis — late of the Time — had begun a successful writing and producing business. They hooked up with Jackson and magic was made. In six weeks they recorded Control, a massive success nearly on the level of Janet’s most famous brother.

This week the first single from that album, What Have You Done For Me Lately, topped the R&B chart. It also moved from #48 to #39 in its fifth week on the Hot 100, her first Top 40. The song went to #4, the first of five Top 5s and six Top 20s from the album. This success cemented Jam and Lewis’ Flyte Time as a crossover powerhouse and launched a decade-long period of chart dominance for Jackson. She racked up 14 R&B #1s for 32 total weeks and a similarly impressive 10 for 33 on the Hot 100.


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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