“The Way It Is” is a song recorded by Bruce Hornsby and the Range from their 1986 album The Way It Is. It topped the charts in the United States, Canada and the Netherlands in 1986, and peaked inside the top twenty in such countries as Ireland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Written by Bruce Hornsby, it made explicit reference to the American Civil Rights Movement. Musically, the song is characterized by two long lyrical piano solos.
“The Next Time I Fall” is a 1986 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 song written by Bobby Caldwell and Paul Gordon, recorded as a duet by Peter Cetera and Amy Grant for Cetera’s 1986 album Solitude/Solitaire, and as a solo by Caldwell himself for his 1988 album Heart of Mine. The single reached No. 1 on both the Adult Contemporary chart and the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. It went to No. 1 in December 1986, remaining in that position for one week. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
As a duet, the song was Grant’s first of two No. 1 pop singles and her first foray into the secular music field (she had scored several No. 1 singles in Contemporary Christian Music previously). Grant released the song on her Greatest Hits 1986–2004 album and the music video on the corresponding Greatest Hits 1986-2004 DVD.
The music video was released in 1986 and shows Cetera and Grant singing in a room with people dancing. The video was directed by Dominic Sena.
“You Give Love a Bad Name” is a song by American rock band Bon Jovi, released as the first single from their 1986 album Slippery When Wet. Written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Desmond Child about a woman who has jilted her lover, the song reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on November 29, 1986 to become the band’s first number one hit. In 2007, the song reentered the charts at No. 29 after Blake Lewis performed it on American Idol. In 2009 it was named the 20th greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1. Despite the lyrics of the chorus, the song should not be confused with “Shot Through the Heart”, an unrelated song from Bon Jovi’s 1984 self-titled debut album.
“Human” is a song recorded by British synthpop band The Human League, and released as the first single from their 1986 album Crash. The track, which deals with the subject of infidelity, was written and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
In 1985, the recording sessions for the Human League’s fifth album were not going well, and the band did not like the results, which was causing internal conflict. Virgin Records executives, worried by the lack of progress from their at-the-time most profitable signing, suggested the band accept an offer to work with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who already had material to work with; and had expressed an interest in the band from their U.S. releases. Jam and Lewis had recently emerged as in-demand talent due to their success with Janet Jackson and her Control album.
“Amanda” is a power ballad by the rock band Boston written by Tom Scholz. The song was released as the first single from the band’s third album, Third Stage, in 1986, a 6-year-delay after it was recorded.
Although the song did not have a promotional music video, “Amanda” became the band’s highest charting single in the United States and Canada. In the United States, the single topped the Billboard Hot 100 in November, 1986, for two consecutive weeks (the band’s only number 1 on the Hot 100), and topped for three consecutive weeks on the Mainstream Rock chart, in October of the same year, while in the latter the single topped RPM magazine’s Top Singles and Adult Contemporary charts.
It was the band’s first officially released single since 1978 and their first released by MCA Records. The 12-string guitar parts are played by Scholz.
“True Colors” is a song written by American songwriters Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. It was both the title track and the first single released from American singer Cyndi Lauper’s second album. It was the only original song on the album that Lauper did not help write.
“True Colors” spent two weeks in the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100, and was the last single from Lauper to occupy the top of the chart. It received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
“When I Think of You” is the third single from Janet Jackson’s third studio album, Control (1986). Written by Jackson and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and produced by Jam and Lewis, the song is about a person who finds relief and fun in a lover. It was Jackson’s first number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and also peaked at number ten in the United Kingdom.
The song was resurrected in 1995 when released on two limited-edition CD single formats in the United Kingdom, one containing remixes by Deep Dish and Heller & Farley, and the other containing remixes by David Morales. That same year these remixes were included on certain releases of “Runaway”. “When I Think of You” has been included in each of Jackson’s greatest hits albums, Design of a Decade: 1986–1996 (1995), Number Ones (2009) and Icon: Number Ones (2010).
“Stuck with You” is a hit single by Huey Lewis and the News, written by guitarist Chris Hayes and lead singer Huey Lewis, released in 1986. It was the first single from the band’s fourth album, Fore!. The song spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 from September 14 to October 3, 1986. The single was the band’s second number-one hit on the Hot 100 chart, following “The Power of Love” in 1985. The song reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart.
The music video for “Stuck with You” was filmed in the Bahamas and features Keely Shaye Smith. The island that Lewis and Smith wind up on is a small island about ten miles from Paradise Island in Nassau. The video was filmed on land, on water, underwater and from the air. The band, the crew and all the extras used in the island barbecue scene had to stay on a barge moored off the island so that they wouldn’t be seen.
The video was directed by Edd Griles, who had previously directed the band’s video for “The Heart of Rock & Roll” as well as Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “Time After Time”.
An instrumental 8-bit version from this song was featured as the closing theme from the episode “The Creator”, last episode from the comedy animation series “Sonic For Hire”, produced by LowBrow Studios from 2010 to 2013.
“Take My Breath Away” is a song written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock for the film Top Gun, performed by the band Berlin. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1986.
Once Giorgio Moroder wrote the musical backing to what would become “Take My Breath Away”, lyricist Tom Whitlock wrote the lyrics driving home from the studio, and then spent a few hours at home polishing them. The demo done with a background singer impressed director Tony Scott and producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson, who decided to film more romantic scenes between Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis to feature the song.
The song was originally offered to The Motels; they released their original demo on their compilation album Anthologyland. Columbia Records suggested some of their signed artists, but eventually Moroder thought of the band Berlin, whose hit song “No More Words” he had produced. Whitlock did a few lyrical changes before Terri Nunn recorded the vocals. Moroder said that he is most proud of this song, of all the other hits he has had in his career.
“Venus” is a 1969 song written by Robbie van Leeuwen. In 1970, the Dutch rock band Shocking Blue took the song to number one in nine countries. In 1981 it was sampled as part of the Stars on 45 medley. In 1986, the British female pop group Bananarama returned the song to number one in seven countries. The composition has been featured in numerous films, television shows and commercials, and covered dozens of times by artists around the world.