Regional Hits of 1986

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The standard page for 1986 lists the biggest hit songs across the whole World. This page compares that with the top 20 biggest hits of the year in North America and Europe. The region index explains how these results were generated and the long term trends.

The most distinctive songs of 1986 (that is the hits that only charted in one place) has been calculated.

  North America   World   Europe  
# Artist Song Title Artist Song Title Artist Song Title #
1 Dionne Warwick & Friends That's What Friends Are For Moves -1 Moves -4 Berlin Take My Breath Away Moves -3 Moves -8 Europe The Final Countdown 1
2 Steve Winwood Higher Love Moves -13 Moves 1 Dionne Warwick & Friends That's What Friends Are For Moves -85 Moves -1 Falco Rock Me Amadeus 2
3 Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer Moves -4 Moves -9 Falco Rock Me Amadeus Moves 1 Moves -1 Madonna Papa Don't Preach 3
4 The Bangles Walk Like an Egyptian Moves -2 Moves -13 Madonna Papa Don't Preach Moves 1 Moves 3 Berlin Take My Breath Away 4
5 Berlin Take My Breath Away Moves 4 Moves -3 The Pet Shop Boys West End Girls Moves -10 Moves -54 Status Quo In the Army Now 5
6 Robert Palmer Addicted to Love Moves -10 Moves 2 The Bangles Walk Like an Egyptian Moves -19 Moves -5 Billy Ocean When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going 6
7 Whitney Houston Greatest Love of All Moves -7 Moves 4 Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer Moves -24 Moves -28 Wham! The Edge of Heaven 7
8 The Pet Shop Boys West End Girls Moves 3 Moves -34 Chris de Burgh The Lady in Red Moves -2 Moves -26 A-Ha The Sun Always Shines On TV 8
9 Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald On My Own Moves -9 Moves -119 Europe The Final Countdown Moves 8 Moves -44 MC Miker G & DJ Sven Holiday Rap 9
10 Madonna Live to Tell Moves -2 Moves -3 Prince Kiss Moves -32 Moves 2 Chris de Burgh The Lady in Red 10
11 Whitney Houston How Will I Know Moves -25 Moves -13 Billy Ocean When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going Moves 5 Moves -11 George Michael A Different Corner 11
12 Falco Rock Me Amadeus Moves 9 Moves 2 Madonna Live to Tell Moves -5 Moves -69 Falco Jeanny Part I 12
13 Prince Kiss Moves 3 Moves -35 Bananarama Venus Moves -14 Moves -18 Level 42 Lessons in Love 13
14 Peter Cetera Glory of Love Moves -6 Moves 7 Whitney Houston Greatest Love of All Moves -76 Moves -66 Modern Talking Atlantis Is Calling (S.O.S. For Love) 14
15 Mr Mister Kyrie Moves -15 Moves 13 Steve Winwood Higher Love Moves -100 Moves 10 The Pet Shop Boys West End Girls 15
16 Jefferson Starship Sara Moves -16 Moves 10 Robert Palmer Addicted to Love Moves -146 Moves -55 Mel & Kim Showing Out (Get Fresh At the Weekend) 16
17 Madonna Papa Don't Preach Moves 13 Moves -18 The Bangles Manic Monday Moves -18 Moves 5 Madonna Live to Tell 17
18 Glass Tiger Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone) Moves -42 Moves 9 Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald On My Own Moves -60 Moves -8 Samantha Fox Touch Me (I Want Your Body) 18
19 Run DMC & Aerosmith Walk This Way Moves -4 Moves -20 Madonna True Blue Moves -4 Moves -35 David Bowie Absolute Beginners 19
20 Billy Ocean There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry) Moves -21 Moves 6 Peter Cetera Glory of Love Moves -36 Moves -5 Survivor Burning Heart 20

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