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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1986.

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January

Day Album Artist Notes
18 Made to Be Broken Soul Asylum -
27 Does Humor Belong in Music? Frank Zappa Live
28 Seventh Star Black Sabbath -
30 Club Ninja Blue Öyster Cult US
- Balance of Power Electric Light Orchestra Germany
War Games Grave Digger -


February

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Mean Business The Firm -
Album Public Image Ltd. -
6 The Blind Leading the Naked Violent Femmes -
10 Live in New York City John Lennon Live 1972
The Ultimate Sin Ozzy Osbourne -
13 Precious Moments Jermaine Jackson -
14 The Big Prize Honeymoon Suite -
The Knife Feels Like Justice Brian Setzer -
17 Fatal Portrait King Diamond -
18 Lives in the Balance Jackson Browne -
20 The Colour of Spring Talk Talk -
21 King of America Elvis Costello -
- Finyl Vinyl Rainbow Live + B-Sides
Marilyn Martin Marilyn Martin -
Pretty In Pink Various Artists Soundtrack
The Thin Red Line Glass Tiger -
Tuff Enuff The Fabulous Thunderbirds -


March

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Master of Puppets Metallica -
4 Control Janet Jackson -
7 On The Beach Chris Rea -
14 Rrröööaaarrr Voivod -
17 Black Celebration Depeche Mode -
19 Who's Got the 10½? Black Flag -
24 Dirty Work The Rolling Stones -
5150 Van Halen -
Please Pet Shop Boys -
25 Big World Joe Jackson Live
30 Beyond the Gates Possessed -
31 From Luxury to Heartache Culture Club -
Parade Prince and the Revolution -
Turbo Judas Priest -
- Born Sandy Devotional The Triffids -
Candy Apple Grey Hüsker Dü -
Cocker Joe Cocker -
Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. Dwight Yoakam -
Little Miss Dangerous Ted Nugent -
9½ Weeks Various Artists Soundtrack
The Pack Is Back Raven -
Rapture Anita Baker -
Twitch Ministry -


April

Day Album Artist Notes
7 Absolute Beginners Various Artists Soundtrack
Animal Magic The Blow Monkeys -
15 Love Zone Billy Ocean -
18 Rembrandt Pussyhorse Butthole Surfers -
21 Russian Roulette Accept -
Tinderbox Siouxsie & the Banshees -
30 The Final Frontier Keel -
- Cendres de Lune Mylène Farmer -
Change of Address Krokus -
Classics Live! Aerosmith Live
GTR GTR -
Home of the Brave Laurie Anderson Soundtrack
In Visible Silence Art of Noise -
Like a Rock Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band -
Mistrial Lou Reed -
On the Beach Chris Rea -
Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire Bonnie Tyler -
Strength in Numbers 38 Special -


May

Day Album Artist Notes
5 Home and Abroad The Style Council Live
6 Standing on a Beach The Cure Compilation
7 Top Gun Various Artists Soundtrack
16 Look What the Cat Dragged In Poison -
19 So Peter Gabriel -
20 Who Made Who AC/DC Soundtrack
27 Emotional Jeffrey Osborne -
Raised on Radio Journey -
29 Into the Light Chris de Burgh -
30 Animal Boy The Ramones -
- Between the Earth & Sky Luba -
Emerson, Lake & Powell Emerson, Lake & Powell -
EVOL Sonic Youth -
Fight for the Rock Savatage -
The Final Countdown Europe -
Frontal Assault Angel Witch -
The Other Side of Life The Moody Blues -
Poolside Nu Shooz -
R&B Skeletons in the Closet George Clinton -
Shakin' Like a Human Being Kim Mitchell -
Walkabout The Fixx -


June

Day Album Artist Notes
2 A Kind of Magic Queen -
The Way It Is Bruce Hornsby & the Range -
Wonderland Erasure -
5 Afternoons in Utopia Alphaville -
6 Storms of Life Randy Travis -
9 Invisible Touch Genesis -
10 Epicus Doomicus Metallicus Candlemass -
16 The Queen Is Dead The Smiths -
24 Time's Incinerator Soul Asylum -
27 Rage for Order Queensrÿche -
30 The Seer Big Country -
True Blue Madonna -
The Twelve Inch Mixes Spandau Ballet Compilation
- As Close As You Think Kevin Ayers -
Back in the High Life Steve Winwood -
Belinda Belinda Carlisle -
Bring On the Night Sting Live
Crowded House Crowded House -
David Foster David Foster -
Emerald City Teena Marie -
Gift The Sisterhood -
Intermission Dio Live
Night Songs Cinderella -
Solitude/Solitaire Peter Cetera -
Then & Now... The Best of The Monkees The Monkees Compilation + 3 new recordings
Tom Cochrane & Red Rider Red Rider -


July

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Music from the Edge of Heaven Wham! US
2 Lyle Lovett Lyle Lovett -
6 QR III Quiet Riot -
7 The Dark Metal Church -
Eat 'Em and Smile David Lee Roth -
The Final Wham! -
True Confessions Bananarama -
12 Revenge Eurythmics -
15 Dancing on the Ceiling Lionel Richie -
14 Knocked Out Loaded Bob Dylan -
15 Through the Barricades Spandau Ballet -
18 Raising Hell Run-D.M.C. -
21 Landing on Water Neil Young -
22 The Collection Amy Grant Compilation
25 Lightning Strikes Loudness -
28 Lifes Rich Pageant R.E.M. -
Rat in the Kitchen UB40 -
- The Bridge Billy Joel -
54-40 54-40 -
Flaunt It Sigue Sigue Sputnik -
No Guru, No Method, No Teacher Van Morrison -


August

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Vinnie Vincent Invasion Vinnie Vincent Invasion -
9 Orgasmatron Motörhead -
12 Graceland Paul Simon -
18 ABBA Live ABBA Live
Kicking Against the Pricks Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds -
Silk and Steel Five Star -
Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi -
True as Steel Warlock -
23 Now That's What I Call Music 7 Various Artists -
- Camper Van Beethoven Camper Van Beethoven -
Can't Hold Back Eddie Money -
Duotones Kenny G -
Fahrenheit Toto -
High Priest of Love Zodiac Mindwarp EP
In the Pines The Triffids -
In the Army Now Status Quo -
Shot in the Dark Great White -


September

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Press to Play Paul McCartney -
Break Every Rule Tina Turner -
Spleen and Ideal Dead Can Dance -
4 The Sport of Kings Triumph -
5 Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse Skinny Puppy -
8 Crash The Human League -
10 The Man Bill Drummond -
15 Blood and Chocolate Elvis Costello and the Attractions -
Express Love and Rockets -
True Colors Cyndi Lauper -
20 Fore! Huey Lewis & The News -
Filigree & Shadow This Mortal Coil -
Throwing Muses Throwing Muses -
23 Third Stage Boston -
26 Vigilante Magnum -
29 Bend Sinister The Fall -
Brotherhood New Order -
Chicago 18 Chicago -
Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden -
The Pacific Age Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark -
- Another View The Velvet Underground Outtakes compilation
Atomizer Big Black -
The Best of 10 Years - 32 Superhits Boney M. UK
Better Than Heaven Stacey Q -
Blind Before I Stop Meat Loaf -
Cinema Nazareth -
Constrictor Alice Cooper -
Dancing Undercover Ratt -
Dangerous Games Alcatrazz -
Eye of the Zombie John Fogerty -
Fields of Fire Corey Hart -
Greetings from Timbuk 3 Timbuk3 -
Menace to Society Lizzy Borden -
Rock the Nations Saxon -
The Touch Alabama -
Trilogy Yngwie Malmsteen -
Word Up! Cameo -


October

Day Album Artist Notes
6 Scoundrel Days a-ha -
7 Reign In Blood Slayer -
True Stories Talking Heads -
14 Mosaic Wang Chung -
17 Better Than Heaven Stacy Q -
20 Liverpool Frankie Goes To Hollywood -
21 Polka Party! "Weird Al" Yankovic -
23 Blah Blah Blah Iggy Pop -
24 To Hell with the Devil Stryper -
27 Skylarking XTC -
31 Pearls of Passion Roxette -
- Alive & Screamin' Krokus Live
The Curse Omen -
The Doctor Cheap Trick -
Dreamtime The Stranglers -
Fame and Fortune Bad Company -
Nasty Nasty Black 'N Blue -
No. 10, Upping St. Big Audio Dynamite -
Power Kansas -
Repossessed Kris Kristofferson -
Shake You Down Gregory Abbott -
Welcome Home 'Til Tuesday -
Whiplash Smile Billy Idol -


November

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Another Step Kim Wilde -
Menlove Ave John Lennon -
Your Funeral, My Trial Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds -
4 Get Close The Pretenders -
Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? Megadeth -
They Might Be Giants They Might Be Giants -
8 Inside the Electric Circus W.A.S.P. -
9 Stand Tall Killer Dwarfs -
10 Live/1975–85 Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band Live Box Set
Morbid Visions Sepultura -
The Whole Story Kate Bush Compilation
12 Whispering Jack John Farnham Australia
14 Awaken the Guardian Fates Warning -
15 Jazz from Hell Frank Zappa -
Live Alive Stevie Ray Vaughan Live
17 Think Visual The Kinks -
18 Notorius Duran Duran -
24 August Eric Clapton -
The Circle & The Square Red Box -
Live Chronicles Hawkwind Live
- Brighter Than a Thousand Suns Killing Joke -
Famous Blue Raincoat Jennifer Warnes Canada
Hot Together Pointer Sisters -
I Against I Bad Brains -
Leather Jackets Elton John -
Licensed to Ill The Beastie Boys -
Medusa Clan of Xymox -
Strange Charm Gary Numan -
Strong Persuader Robert Cray -
They Don't Make Them Like They Used To Kenny Rogers -
Trick or Treat Fastway Soundtrack
The 20 Greatest Christmas Songs Boney M. Compilation/Remix
Utter Madness Madness Compilation


December

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Live Magic Queen Live
5 Anything The Damned -
6 Now That's What I Call Music 8 Various Artists -
8 Mechanical Resonance Tesla -
9 Good Music Joan Jett and the Blackhearts -
16 Electric Café Kraftwerk -
Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide Guns N' Roses Live EP
- Chris Isaak Chris Isaak -
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Venom Live


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Bands return



Biggest hit singles

The following songs achieved the highest chart positionsin the charts of 1986.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Falco Rock Me Amadeus 1986 UK 1 - Mar 1986, US BB 1 - Feb 1986, Canada 1 - Dec 1985, Sweden 1 - Aug 1985, Sweden (alt) 1 - Sep 1985, Austria 1 - May 1985, Germany 1 - Jun 1985, Éire 1 - Apr 1986, New Zealand 1 for 5 weeks Mar 1986, France 2 - Nov 1985, Switzerland 2 - Jun 1985, Holland 3 - May 1986, South Africa 3 of 1986, Norway 6 - Apr 1986, Italy 18 of 1985, US CashBox 19 of 1986, Poland 24 - Jun 1985, POP 29 of 1986, US BB 30 of 1986, Germany 50 of the 1980s, RYM 63 of 1985, Scrobulate 65 of 80s, KROQ 74 of 1986
2 Madonna Papa Don't Preach 1986 UK 1 - Jun 1986, US BB 1 - Jul 1986, Sweden 1 - Aug 1986, Norway 1 - Jul 1986, Italy 1 of 1986, Éire 1 - Jun 1986, Australia 1 for 6 weeks Mar 1987, Holland 2 - Jun 1986, Switzerland 2 - Jul 1986, Poland 2 - Aug 1986, Germany 2 - Jul 1986, Austria 4 - Aug 1986, Australia 9 of 1986, US CashBox 18 of 1986, US BB 19 of 1986, POP 35 of 1986, 37 in 2FM list, RYM 43 of 1986, Germany 215 of the 1980s, Acclaimed 761
3 Europe The Final Countdown 1986 UK 1 - Nov 1986, Holland 1 - Aug 1986, Sweden 1 - May 1986, Austria 1 - Nov 1986, Switzerland 1 - Sep 1986, Poland 1 - Nov 1986, Germany 1 - Sep 1986, Éire 1 - Nov 1986, Italy 2 of 1987, Norway 4 - Jul 1986, South Africa 7 of 1987, US BB 8 - Feb 1987, France 9 - Apr 1986, Australia 10 of 1987, Europe 14 of the 1980s, US BB 19 of 1987, Scrobulate 20 of Swedish, POP 29 of 1987, Germany 90 of the 1980s, RYM 93 of 1986
4 Berlin Take My Breath Away 1986 UK 1 - Oct 1986, US BB 1 - Jul 1986, Holland 1 - Sep 1986, Sweden 1 - Sep 1986, Éire 1 - Oct 1986, Oscar in 1986, Switzerland 2 - Oct 1986, Germany 3 - Sep 1986, Austria 4 - Nov 1986, Norway 4 - Oct 1986, Poland 4 - Nov 1986, Australia 6 of 1986, POP 7 of 1986, US BB 13 of 1992, RYM 16 of 1986, US CashBox 21 of 1986, Italy 37 of 1986, TOTP 37, Scrobulate 80 of 80s, OzNet 251, Germany 310 of the 1980s
5 The Pet Shop Boys West End Girls 1985 UK 1 - Nov 1985, US BB 1 - Mar 1986, Norway 1 - Jan 1986, New Zealand 1 for 4 weeks Feb 1986, US CashBox 2 of 1986, Switzerland 2 - Jan 1986, Holland 3 - Jan 1986, Sweden 3 - Jan 1986, Germany 3 - Jan 1986, Austria 5 - Feb 1986, France 7 - Oct 1985, KROQ 11 of 1984, Poland 14 - Jan 1986, RYM 15 of 1985, US BB 16 of 1986, South Africa 18 of 1986, Scrobulate 32 of 80s, POP 43 of 1986, Germany 232 of the 1980s, WXPN 478, OzNet 694, Acclaimed 890


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Births



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Country Music Association Awards

Eurovision Song Contest



Charts

List of No. 1 Hits



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