Billboard #1s for the Week Ending July 12, 1986

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Holding Back the Years Simply Red 1
R & B Who’s Johnny? El DeBarge 1
Country Hearts Aren’t Made to Break
(Theyre Made to Love)
Lee Greenwood 1
Adult Contemporary Your Wildest Dreams The Moody Blues 2
Rock Secret Separation The Fixx 2
Album Control Janet Jackson 2

MoodyWildestThis week sees a veteran band accomplish an unusual chart feat. The Moody Blues formed in 1964 as part of the British blues movement. With lead vocalist Denny Laine (later of Wings), they had a fairly successful start in the UK. Their breakthrough single, Go Now, also hit in the States [#10, 1965]. Laine departed and the band reformed with new members Justin Hayward and John Lodge, who helped move things in a more progressive rock direction.  The lead single from the band’s second album, Days of Future Passed, became their second Top 10, but with a significant delay. Released in 1968, it stiffed in the US, followed by a steady run of six Top 40 singles. Based on that success, Nights In White Satin was released again, going all the way to #2 in 1972. The follow-up, I’m Just A Singer In A Rock and Roll Band just missed the Top 10, landing at #12. After a few more hits, the band went on hiatus. They returned in 1981 with Long Distance Voyager; its first single, Gemini Dream, also hit #12.

This week the Moody Blues finally landed their third Top 10, as Your Wildest Dreams moved from #12 to #9 in its 13th chart week. The band have had exactly three Top 10s, one in each decade of their Hot 100 appearances. Many other long-lasting acts have had hits across the decades, but none with this agonizing precision. Your Wildest Dreams was also their biggest hit on the Adult Contemporary chart, logging its second and final week at #1 as it peaked on the Hot 100.

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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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