Number One Song This lists songs that hit number one on the charts in the US during 1986. If a song spent nonconsecutive weeks at number one, the number of weeks for each occurrence at the top is shown in parenthesis.
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Date Artist - Title Weeks
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December 15 1985 – January 11 1986 Lionel Richie - Say You, Say Me 4
January 12 – February 8 1986 Dionne and Friends - That's What Friends Are For 4
February 9 – 22 1986 Whitney Houston - How Will I Know 2
February 23 – March 8 1986 Mr. Mister - Kyrie 2
March 9 – 15 1986 Starship - Sara 1
March 16 – 22 1986 Heart - These Dreams 1
March 23 – April 12 1986 Falco - Rock Me Amadeus 3
April 13 – 26 1986 Prince - Kiss 2
April 27 – May 3 1986 Robert Palmer - Addicted to Love 1
May 4 – 10 1986 Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls 1
May 11 – 31 1986 Whitney Houston - Greatest Love of All 3
June 1 – 7 1986 Madonna - Live to Tell 1
June 8 – 28 1986 Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald - On My Own 3
June 29 – July 5 1986 Billy Ocean - There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry) 1
July 6 – 12 1986 Simply Red - Holding Back the Years 1
July 13 – 19 1986 Genesis - Invisible Touch 1
July 20 – 26 1986 Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer 1
July 27 – August 9 1986 Peter Cetera - Glory of Love 2
August 10 – 23 1986 Madonna - Papa Don't Preach 2
August 24 – 30 1986 Steve Winwood - Higher Love 1
August 31 – September 6 1986 Bananarama - Venus 1
September 7 – 13 1986 Berlin - Take My Breath Away 1
September 14 – October 4 1986 Huey Lewis and the News - Stuck With You 3
October 5 – 18 1986 Janet Jackson - When I Think Of You 2
October 19 – November 1 1986 Cyndi Lauper - True Colors 2
November 2 – 15 1986 Boston - Amanda 2
November 16 – 22 1986 Human League - Human 1
November 23 – 29 1986 Bon Jovi - You Give Love a Bad Name 1
November 30 – December 6 1986 Peter Cetera and Amy Grant - The Next Time I Fall 1
December 7 – 13 1986 Bruce Hornsby and the Range - The Way It Is 1
December 14 1986 – January 10 1987 Bangles - Walk Like an Egyptian 4
Source: Billboard Magazine

31 different songs hit number one in the US during 1986.

Top 5 Songs of 1986

Number One Song of 1986: Dionne and Friends - That's What Friends Are For
  1. Dionne and Friends - That's What Friends Are For
  2. Lionel Richie - Say You, Say Me
  3. Klymaxx - I Miss You
  4. Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald - On My Own
  5. Mr. Mister - Broken Wings
See the rest of the top 100 songs of 1986.