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List of Adult Contemporary top 10 singles in 1986 (U.S.)

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This is a list of songs that have charted in the top ten of the Billboard Adult Contemporary in 1986.

Top-ten singles[edit]

List of Billboard Adult Contemporary top ten singles which peaked in 1986
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Singles from 1985
November 30 "That's What Friends Are For" Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder 1 January 11 13
December 7 "I Miss You" Klymaxx 3 January 11 8
December 14 "Go Home" Stevie Wonder 1 January 25 10
December 21 "Walk of Life" Dire Straits 4 January 18 8
December 28 "Somewhere" Barbara Streisand 5 February 15 10
Singles from 1986
January 11 "The Sweetest Taboo" Sade 1 February 8 9
January 18 "My Hometown" Bruce Springsteen 1 February 1 6
January 25 "How Will I Know" Whitney Houston 1 February 15 9
February 1 "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going" Billy Ocean 2 February 15 7
"Life in a Northern Town" The Dream Academy 2 March 1 7
February 8 "Sara" Starship 1 February 22 9
February 15 "Nikita" Elton John 3 March 8 10
February 22 "These Dreams" Heart 1 March 15 10
March 1 "Secret Lovers" Atlantic Starr 1 April 5 9
"Only One" James Taylor 6 March 22 6
March 8 "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)" Mike & the Mechanics 7 March 22 4
March 15 "Overjoyed" Stevie Wonder 1 April 12 8
March 22 "Tender Love" Force MDs 2 April 12 7
"Now and Forever (You and Me)" Anne Murray 7 April 5 4
March 29 "Bop" Dan Seals 10 March 29 1
April 5 "I Think It's Love" Jermaine Jackson 5 April 26 6
"Whisper in the Dark" Dionne Warwick 7 April 12 4
April 12 "Take Me Home" Phil Collins 2 April 26 8
"Greatest Love of All" Whitney Houston 1 April 26 11
April 19 "So Far Away" Dire Straits 3 May 3 5
April 26 "Manic Monday" The Bangles 10 April 26 2
May 3 "Call Me" Dennis DeYoung 5 May 10 3
"Never as Good as the First Time" Sade 6 May 10 4
"Holding Back the Years" Simply Red 4 May 24 10
May 10 "Live to Tell" Madonna 1 May 31 9
"On My Own" Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald 2 May 24 10
"Bad Boy" Miami Sound Machine 8 May 24 3
May 17 "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)" Billy Ocean 1 June 21 12
May 24 "Your Wildest Dreams" The Moody Blues 1 July 5 12
"A Different Corner" George Michael 6 June 7 7
May 31 "No One Is to Blame" Howard Jones 1 June 28 9
"Something About You" Level 42 10 May 31 2
June 7 "All I Need Is a Miracle" Mike & the Mechanics 7 June 21 4
June 14 "That's Why I'm Here" James Taylor 8 July 5 5
June 28 "Headed for the Future" Neil Diamond 10 June 28 2
July 5 "Glory of Love" Peter Cetera 1 July 19 11
July 12 "The Best of Me" David Foster & Olivia Newton-John 6 July 12 2
"Invisible Touch" Genesis 3 July 26 6
"Modern Woman" Billy Joel 7 July 19 3
"You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)" Jeffrey Osborne 2 August 2 7
July 19 "Love Touch" Rod Stewart 5 August 2 5
"The Captain of Her Heart" Double 4 August 23 8
July 26 "Words Get in the Way" Miami Sound Machine 1 August 23 11
August 2 "Dancing on the Ceiling" Lionel Richie 3 August 23 10
"In the Shape of a Heart" Jackson Browne 10 August 2 1
August 9 "Sweet Freedom" Michael McDonald 4 August 30 8
"Friends and Lovers" Carl Anderson 1 September 6 12
August 16 "Taken In" Mike & the Mechanics 7 August 23 5
August 23 "Higher Love" Steve Winwood 7 September 13 5
"Stuck with You" Huey Lewis & the News 1 September 20 11
August 30 "Take My Breath Away" Berlin 3 September 20 7
September 13 "Throwing It All Away" Genesis 1 October 11 10
September 20 "Sweet Love" Anita Baker 3 October 11 9
"Love Zone" Billy Ocean 5 October 4 5
September 27 "Love Always" El DeBarge 8 October 11 3
October 4 "I'll Be Over You" Toto 1 October 25 10
October 11 "Coming Around Again" Carly Simon 5 November 1 7
"True Colors" Cyndi Lauper 5 October 18 5
October 18 "The Next Time I Fall" Peter Cetera & Amy Grant 1 November 8 13
"Love Will Conquer All" Lionel Richie 1 November 22 12
October 25 "When I Think of You" Janet Jackson 10 October 25 2
November 1 "Human" The Human League 3 November 15 8
November 8 "The Way It Is" Bruce Hornsby 1 December 6 11
"True Blue" Madonna 5 November 22 5
November 15 "California Dreamin" The Beach Boys 8 November 15 2
November 22 "Love Is Forever" Billy Ocean 1 December 20 12
"Emotion in Motion" Ric Ocasek 8 November 29 4
November 29 "Falling in Love (Uh-Oh)" Miami Sound Machine 3 December 20 9
"They Don't Make Them Like They Used To" Kenny Rogers 10 November 29 1
December 13 "Stand by Me" Ben E. King 10 December 13 2

1985 peaks[edit]

List of Billboard Adult Contemporary top ten singles in 1986 which peaked in 1985
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October 26 "Separate Lives" Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin 1 November 16 12
November 2 "You Belong to the City" Glenn Frey 2 November 23 10
November 9 "Everyday" James Taylor 3 December 7 11
November 16 "Say You, Say Me" Lionel Richie 1 December 7 12
November 30 "Broken Wings" Mr. Mister 3 December 21 9

1987 peaks[edit]

List of Billboard Adult Contemporary top ten singles in 1986 which peaked in 1987
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Single Artist(s) Peak Peak date Weeks in

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December 6 "Stay the Night" Benjamin Orr 2 January 10 10
December 13 "This Is the Time" Billy Joel 1 January 10 12
December 20 "Shake You Down" Gregory Abbott 2 January 17 9
December 27 "Somewhere Out There" Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram 4 February 7 15
"Will You Still Love Me?" Chicago 2 February 14 14

See also[edit]

  • List of number-one adult contemporary singles of 1986 (U.S.)

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