That includes girl groups. Lest we forget, before "Venus" was the theme song for Gillette razor commercials, it was a remake of the Shocking Blue hit by British girl gang Bananarama, snagging Billboard's No. 1 spot in September 1986. The Bangles made their mark that year, too, holding No. 1 for two straight weeks in December with "Walk Like An Egyptian."
We got some ear candy courtesy of the guys as well—Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name," Huey Lewis' "Stuck With You," and Steve Winwood's "Higher Love" all topped charts this year, along with many others. Read on for the full list of 1986 No. 1s, below.
Lionel Richie, "Say You, Say Me (Title Song From White Nights)"
Dionne Warwick, "That's What Friends Are For"
Whitney Houston, "How Will I Know"
Prince And The Revolution, "Kiss"
Robert Palmer, "Addicted To Love"
Pet Shop Boys, "West End Girls"
Whitney Houston, "Greatest Love Of All"
Patti LaBelle, "On My Own"
Billy Ocean, "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)"
Simply Red, "Holding Back The Years"
Genesis, "Invisible Touch"
Peter Gabriel, "Sledgehammer"
Peter Cetera, "Glory Of Love (Theme From 'The Karate Kid Part II')"
Madonna, "Papa Don't Preach"
Steve Winwood, "Higher Love"
Berlin, "Take My Breath Away (Love Theme From 'Top Gun')"
Huey Lewis, "Stuck With You"
Janet Jackson, "When I Think Of You"
Cyndi Lauper, "True Colors"
The Human League, "Human"
Bon Jovi, "You Give Love A Bad Name"
Peter Cetera with Amy Grant, "The Next Time I Fall"
Bruce Hornsby, "The Way It Is"
Bangles, "Walk Like An Egyptian"