Billboard #1s for the Week Ending April 19, 1986

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Kiss Prince and the Revolution 1
R & B Kiss Prince and the Revolution 3
Country Cajun Moon Ricky Skaggs 1
Adult Contemporary Overjoyed Stevie Wonder 2
Rock Why Can’t This Be Love? Van Halen 3
Album Whitney Houston Whitney Houston 7

Prince_kissBnaglesManicMondayThis week sees a chart superstar achieve a rare distinction. Prince wrote the song Manic Monday (using the pseudonym “Christopher”) for the group Apollonia 6, but they never recorded it. He offered it to the Bangles, who chose it as the first single from their second album. Their version entered the Hot 100 at #86 on January 25, 1986 and began easing up the charts. In the meantime, Prince and his band, the Revolution, put the finishing touches on the album Parade. Its lead single, Kiss, surged onto the Hot 100 at #52 on February 22, while the Bangles scored their first Top 40, moving Manic Monday from #48 to #39.

This week, Prince and the Revolution move from #2 to #1 and the Bangles move from #3 to #2, making Prince the writer of the top two songs on the Hot 100. Despite the many prolific, hit-making songwriters in Hot 100 history, only a handful of people have achieved this distinction. In the first surge of Beatlemania, John Lennon and Paul McCartney penned the top three singles for a month. When disco fever burned its hottest, Barry Gibb pulled off a similar feat. Producer and writer Jim Steinman wrote (and produced) a simultaneous top two for two different artists (Bonnie Tyler and Air Supply), the only person in this category not to have performed at least one of the songs himself. For this one week in April, 1986, Prince achieved his writing double-crown. As far as I can tell, no one else has done it since.

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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