Billboard #1s for the Week Ending June 21, 1986
June 18, 2016 Leave a comment
This week’s Time Capsule!
|Hot 100||On My Own||Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald||2|
|R & B||Nasty||Janet Jackson||2|
|Country||Mama’s Never Seen Those Eyes||The Forester Sisters||1|
|Adult Contemporary||There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)||Billy Ocean||1|
|Album||Whitney Houston||Whitney Houston||13|
This week sees the 80s soundtrack boom ease an LA band onto the charts with their biggest hit. Berlin had released two albums of edgy synth-guitar pop, charting a handful of minor singles. Disco producer extraordinaire Giorgio Moroder produced their one Top 40 hit, No More Words [#23, 1984]. Longtime Moroder collaborator Harold Faltermeyer was working on the score of the movie Top Gun and enlisted his friend, along with lyricist Tom Whitlock, to write some songs for the soundtrack.
Take My Breath Away, written as the love theme, was intended for the Motels. When that failed to materialize, Moroder offered it to Berlin. They quickly recorded the song, and this week it entered the Hot 100 at #97. After a slow climb, it managed to spend one week at #1 in September, Berlin’s only other Top 40 single. The song also took home an Oscar and a Golden Globe, and Moroder considers it one of his finest works.
Hits from movies were nothing new, but the 80s saw a huge spike in cross-selling soundtracks and films. Footloose and Beverly Hills Cop proved the multi-single viability of the modern popular movie, and things took off from there. This week, fully 10% of the Hot 100 comprised soundtrack hits. All but one went Top 10 and all but two prominently featured the movie title on their sleeves and movie clips in their videos. Besides Berlin, the chart featured
|99||Pretty In Pink||Psychedelic Furs||Pretty In Pink||41|
|65||Sweet Freedom||Michael McDonald||Running Scared||7|
|40||Glory of Love||Peter Cetera||Karate Kid II||1|
|38||Modern Woman||Billy Joel||Ruthless People||10|
|32||Love Touch||Rod Stewart||Legal Eagles||6|
|24||If You Leave||OMD||Pretty In Pink||4|
|22||Danger Zone||Kenny Loggins||Top Gun||2|
|9||Who’s Johnny?||El DeBarge||Short Circuit||3|
|4||Live to Tell||Madonna||At Close Range||1|
It’s interesting to note that Kenny Loggins’ song from Top Gun, also written by Moroder and Whitlock, got edged out of the top spot (by Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer). Loggins benefited from many movie collaborations, with all four of his solo Top 10s featured on soundtracks, including the #1 title smash from Footloose.