A Canadian Lullaby Tops iTunes Songs Dethroning the Brits

A Canadian recording artist recently dropped a sizzling single called “Lullaby” to kick off 2022, and it has managed to dethrone “Cold Heart”, the formidable smash from Elton John and Dua Lipa. It crowns the iTunes songs chart across all categories. The question is … who?

Is it Avril Lavigne, as she is releasing new music and plans to drop a new album at the end of February? No, Avril’s new one is called “Love It When You Hate Me”. It’s been doing well at iTunes, but not #1.

Could it be Drake who wants to relax beneath the stars and dose off to sleep with a lullaby after some vigorous gettin’ jiggy wid it activity via his one dance? No, it’s not Drake.

Could it be Justin Bieber who many would claim to be the only one capable of cutting through the cold heart of a rocket man and a levitating femme fatale? No, it’s not the Biebs.

What about Shawn Mendes, the strapping young lad who got lost in Japan when searching for his long lost love Hello Kitty? No, it’s not him. Shawn’s current hit is “It’ll Be Okay” which is doing well but not number one.

Well then, it has to be The Weeknd! After all, he just dropped a critically acclaimed new album. His new songs are doing okay, but he’s far from the top (and by the looks of it, he’s getting pretty old).

The song “Lullaby” comes from a platinum recording artist, a female soloist.

Alessia Cara? Carly Rae Jepsen? Ruth B? Tate McRae? No, no, no and no.

Our champion says of the sassy, stick it to ’em song that it’s an anthem for people who do not want to disturb others by being too vocal about what they think. It is directed towards people who don’t believe in you and look down on you. “Lullaby” is a way to let go of the negativity brought by the burden of such situations and free oneself from it by just saying to heck with it all.

The new single is electropop built around a disco melody, R&B arrangements, and dressed with the singer’s famous soul-stirring vocals.

Her first formal single was called “Why Do Boys Lie?” written by one of Canada’s foremost songwriters, Rob Wells. And her debut album, Billie Ave., followed in 2020, a disc named after her daughter.

And here it is, a big congratulations to award winning singer Alicia Moffet on the feat! Her music is relevant to all Canadians, and we are excited to see her soar in 2022. “Lullaby” is available in both explicit and clean versions.

Nielsen Releases First Canadian Charts of 2022

Nielsen/MRC Data has unveiled the first Canadian charts of 2022. Based on the multi-metric consumption index of physical and digital album sales and track and streaming equivalent albums, Adele’s 30 tops the albums chart. Its lead single “Easy on Me” embraces bronze on the Hot 100 clocking in this week at #3, bested only by her fellow Brits: Ed Sheeran (“Shivers”) at #2 with Elton John & Dua Lipa’s “Cold Heart” crowning the chart. The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber’s “Stay” is at #4 with the latter’s “Ghost” enjoying the 10th spot. At second place on the albums chart is the Encanto soundtrack. Several songs from the disc appear on the Hot 100, including “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” at #9. Ed Sheeran’s Equals, Taylor Swift’s Red (Taylor’s Version), and The Weeknd’s The Highlights occupy the 3rd, 4th, and 5th positions on the albums chart respectively.

With the Christmas season over, a number of songs have re-entered the charts, having made way for Xmas classics the past several weeks. There are also a number of new entries, including “Back Then, Right Now” from Canadian country slayer Tenille Arts at #85. This week’s Hot Shot Debut belongs to Vancouver Island ace Lauren Spencer-Smith (pictured above) who makes the chart and the Top 40 for the first time with “Fingers Crossed” at #39. The song went viral on TikTok. Lauren was a contestant on the 18th season of American Idol.

bbno$ (featuring Rich Brian) continues to crown the Emerging Canadian Artists chart thanks to “edamame”. “Cold Heart” sits on top of both the Hot Digital Songs and Hot 100 Airplay charts while “Shivers” takes the cake at All-Format Airplay and CHR. “Easy On Me” is preferred, however, at both AC and Hot AC. “End of Me” from Billy Talent tops Rock Airplay and “Buy Dirt” from Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan Country Airplay.

Music Canada Has Certified 44 Singles Diamond to Date

There are no conflict diamonds being mined in music! Diamond certification is awarded to pieces of music that reach the equivalent of ten times platinum. Currently, this means 800,000 units. A unit for a song can be the sale of a physical copy, such as a CD single, or a purchased digital download. In recent years Music Canada has also factored in on-demand audio streams. The current definition is 150 streams count as one unit. With this, we currently have 44 diamond-certified singles. Six of these are from Canadian artists (not including Justin Bieber’s feature in “Despacito”). Most of these songs have been released in the past several years with the oldest being from 2010. It may come as a surprise but the artist scoring the most diamond-certified singles is Post Malone with six. Find a listing of the songs below.

DIAMOND-CERTIFIED SINGLES FROM CANADIAN ARTISTS

💎 “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen, from 2011
💎 “Starboy” by The Weeknd, from 2016
💎 “One Dance” by Drake, from 2016
💎 “Body” by Loud Luxury (ft. Brando), from 2017
💎 “God’s Plan” by Drake, from 2018
💎 “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd, from 2019

DIAMOND-CERTIFIED SINGLES FROM INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS

💎 “Rolling In The Deep” by Adele, from 2010
💎 “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars, from 2010
💎 “Someone Like You” by Adele, from 2011
💎 “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5, from 2011
💎 “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, from 2012
💎 “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, from 2012
💎 “Let Her Go” by Passenger, from 2012
💎 “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, from 2012
💎 “Take Me To Church” by Hozier, from 2013
💎 “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic, from 2013
💎 “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, from 2013
💎 “Just Give Me A Reason” by Pink, from 2013
💎 “Riptide” by Vance Joy, from 2013
💎 “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, from 2014
💎 “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson, from 2014
💎 “Hello” by Adele, from 2015
💎 “7 Years” by Lukas Graham, from 2015
💎 “Cheap Thrills” by Sia, from 2015
💎 “Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots, from 2015
💎 “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur, from 2016
💎 “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake, from 2016
💎 “Closer” by The Chainsmokers, from 2016
💎 “Meant To Be” by Bebe Rexha, from 2017
💎 “Havana” by Camila Cabello, from 2017
💎 “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, from 2017
💎 “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran, from 2017
💎 “Unforgettable” by French Montana, from 2017
💎 “Humble.” by Kendrick Lamar, from 2017
💎 “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, from 2017
💎 “Congratulations” by Post Malone, from 2017
💎 “Rockstar” by Post Malone, from 2017
💎 “I Like It” by Cardi B, from 2018
💎 “Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi, from 2018
💎 “Better Now” by Post Malone, from 2018
💎 “Wow.” by Post Malone, from 2018
💎 “Sunflower” by Post Malone & Swae Lee, from 2018
💎 “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X, from 2019
💎 “Dance Monkey” by Tones and I, from 2019

Twin Rains on the Unreal City

Twin Rains explores the Unreal City in its sophomore album, a followup to 2016’s Automatic Hand. For the alternative Toronto outfit, however, the album title does not necessarily refer to a physical place but a state of consciousness. The dreamy disc explores gardens, strawberry moons, and bodies of water in the causeway of the mind. The new album includes single “All of the Angels” (see MV below). It’s a unique, shuffling, perky number that may make you feel like dancing … or flying. The remainder of the tracks are just as savory with a nice mixture of the mild and the bold. Enjoy steamy synths, fuzzy guitars, and silky vocals with some nice beats. Unreal City is another solid release from the great Twins Rains that will make you feel like you’re surfing on the clouds. Be sure to check it out!

From AM Dusk to Dawn FM, The Weeknd Kicks Off 2022

From dusky AM beginnings, Canada’s foremost crafter of R&B meets new wave, The Weeknd, recently dropped his eighth album, Dawn FM. The Weeknd is the stage name of Abel Tesfaye of the Toronto district of Scarborough, boasting Ethiopian roots. The album follows his lavish halftime Superbowl performance last year (championship game of US football) and his Music Canada diamond certifications for two singles: “Starboy” and “Blinding Lights”. The Weeknd has won 15 JUNO awards to date. 2014 single “Love Me Harder” with Italian-American singer Ariana Grande marked his foray into the official Top 40. That song peaked at #10.

Dawn FM is narrated by Canadian comedic actor Jim Carrey and features guest vocal work from Tyler, the Creator and Lil Wayne. Spoken word appearances emanate from legendary producer Quincy Jones and filmmaker Josh Safdie. Production was handled by such greats as electronic musician Oneohtrix Point Never, the ubiquitous Max Martin, EDM slayer Calvin Harris, and house group Swedish House Mafia.

The album has attracted rave reviews from the magazines; however, The Weeknd endorses brands that pay the media a small fortune for advertising.

Dawn FM was preceded by single “Take My Breath” which reached #3 on the Hot 100. “Less Than Zero” (our pick for the best the album has to offer) and “Sacrifice” appear to be the most popular tracks from the disc in terms of digital downloads. The concept of inserting DJ type banter among the tracks, though not new, is a nice touch, making the experience of listening through the album feel like the radio’s on. The album offers a spicy blend of upbeat music, glistening with synth pop and iced with the author’s R&B inflected vocals. Overall, Dawn FM is a fun record to listen to. Our main criticism would be the lack of a track anywhere near the greatness of “Starboy” or “Blinding Lights”.

MRC Releases Year-End Report, Canada, 2021

MRC has released its Canadian year-end report for 2021. Find highlights below.

Compact Discs Continue to Dominate

CDs continue to dominate Canadians’ preference for album purchases, even outselling digital albums. Canadians bought 2.7 million CDs in 2021, 2.3 million digital albums, and 1.1 million vinyl records. Digital album sales plummeted 26% from last year’s 3.1 million. Another way of looking at the three formats is CDs made up 44% of all album sales, digital albums 38%, and vinyl records 18%. It should be noted that many albums get released in digital format only, physical copies being unavailable; this influences the numbers.

Genres Tantalize Different Regions

Based on streaming data, MRC took a look at which localities certain genres were most popular. Unsurprisingly, rap and R&B were more popular in the Golden Horseshoe (Oshawa to Hamilton) than anywhere else in the country and was least popular in the Prairies and BC. Country music was most popular in Atlantic Canada and Regina. Dance and electronic was most popular in Quebec’s major urban centres. Rock was most popular in northern Ontario and BC.

2021’s Top Albums

Justin Bieber, Drake, The Weeknd, and Charlotte Cardin had the Top 5 Canadian artist albums in terms of total consumption (physical + digital + TEA + SEA) with Bieber’s Justice reigning supreme. It is 3rd overall, with Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour earning the top spot. In terms of actual album sales, Adele’s 30 was the year’s best-seller at 114,000 copies (81,000 of which were CDs). Charlotte Cardin’s Phoenix was the most purchased Canadian album at 31,000 copies (#2 overall).

2021’s Top Tracks

Boosted by Ariana Grande, The Weeknd’s “Save Your Tears” was the most consumed Canadian artist track through 2021 with Bieber, Drake, and Calgary’s Tate McRae populating the Top 5. “Save Your Tears” was also the year’s biggest radio hit authored by a Canadian with 128,000 spins. The most consumed track through the year was Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” which was also the most streamed. “Bad Habits” by Ed Sheeran was the top in digital downloads with 60,000. “Levitating” was also the top radio hit with 134,000 spins.

2021 Charts

CKOI 2021 Year-End Top 50

C’est quoi? Well, that’s a good question. Montreal radio station CKOI has published a year-end Top 50 chart annually since 1976. It includes both international and Canadian and both Anglo and Franco songs. While the latter have a tough time making it onto the national charts, the CKOI chart gives us a good idea of the more popular Franco songs by year. Of all the year-end charts, this one is the most inclusive offering a very balanced presentation. There is greater variety of genres with pop, rock, dance, R&B, folk, soul, and even country. Because of this and other factors, you may find on the chart international Anglo songs that are absent from English language radio playlists. The top Canadian Franco song of 2021 on the chart is “Copilote” by Fouki (#2).

TITLE ARTIST
1 Bad Habits Ed Sheeran
2 Copilote Fouki
3 Fancy Like Walker Hayes
4 Pepas Farruko
5 Without You The Kid Laroi
6 Iko Iko Justin Wellington
7 Beggin Maneskin
8 Afterglow Ed Sheeran
9 I Hope Gabby Barrett
10 Friday Riton x Nightcrawlers
11 Cold Heart Elton John
12 I Wanna Be Your Slave Maneskin
13 Goosebumps Travis Scott
14 edamame Bbno$
15 Mood 24k Goldn
16 Tokébakicitte Jérôme 50
17 Shivers Ed Sheeran
18 Wellerman Nathan Evans
19 The Business Tiësto
20 Where Are You Now Lost Frequencies
21 Be Like That Kane Brown
22 Ici-bas Les Cowboys Fringants
23 Paradise Meduza
24 Meaningless Charlotte Cardin
25 Montero Lil Nas X
26 1+1 Sia
27 Stay The Kid Laroi
28 One Too Many Keith Urban
29 Broke Teddy Swims
30 Broken Jay Scott
31 Follow You Imagine Dragons
32 Lil Bit Florida Georgia Line
33 À ma manière Roxane Bruneau
34 Easy On Me Adele
35 All I Know So Far Pink
36 La grande évasion Patrice Michaud
37 Wrecked Imagine Dragons
38 That’s What I Want Lil Nas X
39 Cette chanson-là c’pour toé Patrick Groulx et les bas blancs
40 A-O-K Tai Verdes
41 Patience Chris Cornell
42 Je r’viendrai d’main Madiba King
43 I Feel Good Pitbull
44 Lost Jonathan Roy
45 Si jamais on me cherche Roxane Bruneau
46 My Universe Coldplay
47 Record Player (avec AJR) Daisy The Great
48 Baseball Sara Dufour
49 Your Love Topic
50 Edge of Midnight Miley Cyrus

1982 Albums Turning 40 in 2022

The Canada Act was signed by Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Minister in 1982. It established full sovereignty and independence of the nation. The proclamation also included the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

In international news, Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands and the UK sent in the Royal Navy to retake possession.

The New York Islanders won the Stanley Cup in 4-0 games, defeating the Vancouver Canucks in a heartbreaking series. It was the first time the latter team had made it to the finals. The Grey Cup was won by the Edmonton Eskimos 32–16 over the Toronto Argonauts.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was the movie event of the year.

“I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts was crowned song of the year by chart specialists RPM with Rush’s “New World Man” the top Canadian artist entry at 18th of 1982.

Men at Work’s Business as Usual was the year’s top album, but it was released in 1981. The most successful 1982 album was American Fool from John Cougar. Signals by Rush was 7th of the year. It, along with Men Without Hats’ Rhythm of Youth have been certified platinum. At the double platinum level are Turn It Loud from The Headpins, and eponymous efforts from Aldo Nova and Streetheart.

1992 Albums Turning 30 in 2022

Two Olympics were held this year, both a summer and winter. The Summer Games took place in Barcelona, Spain. We finished in 11th place gathering 18 medals seven of which were gold. In the Winter Games, held in Albertville, France, we reeled in seven medals including two gold, and finished in 9th place.

Shutting out the Chicago Blackhawks 4 games to zip, the Pittsburgh Penguins brought home the Stanley Cup. The Grep Cup was nabbed by the Calgary Stampeders with a 24–10 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement between the USA, Canada, and Mexico was an inked deal in 1992, creating a trilateral trade bloc.

Internationally, animated feature Aladdin was the year’s biggest motion picture.

According to RPM, the biggest song of the year was Smyth & Henley’s “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough” with Alannah Myles’ “Song Instead of a Kiss” 3rd of the year.

In albums, compilation Classic Queen was tops. Bryan Adams’ Waking up the Neighbours was 2nd, but it was released in 1991. The biggest 1992 studio album was diamond-certified Gordon by the Barenaked Ladies, 3rd overall. Other huge albums in 1992 were Céline Dion’s second English-language work, a self-titled affair, also certified diamond. And an album eventually earning a diamond was The Tragically Hip’s Fully Completely. Helped by her year-end CKOI chart topper, a brilliant cover of Barbara’s “L’aigle noir”, Marie Carmen’s album Miel et Venin was certified a double platinum effort. KD Lang’s Ingénue won the JUNO for Album of the Year.

2002 Albums Turning 20 in 2022

While Europe was introducing the Euro, which in 2002 became the official currency of a dozen EU members, Canada played host to G8 leaders in Kananaskis, Alberta as well as a 12-day tour by Elizabeth II marking her Golden Jubilee as our Queen.

Canada won the gold medal hockey game to cap off the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, USA. In all, we won 17 medals including 7 gold to place 4th at the Games. The Detroit Red Wings beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4 games to 1 to claim the Stanley Cup and the Montreal Alouettes defeated the Edmonton Eskimos 25–16 to win the Grey Cup.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was the top movie of the year globally.

According to its performance on the weekly Nielsen SoundScan charts, Faith Hill’s “There You’ll Be” could be considered the biggest song of 2002 in Canada, with “Hero” by Chad Kroeger at #2.

The year’s most successful album was easily Shania Twain’s Up! certified at double diamond. Avril Lavigne’s debut work Let Go, certified diamond, won the Album of the Year JUNO. Other big Canadian artist albums were No Pads, No Helmets… by Simple Plan, Gravity by Our Lady Peace, and De l’amour le mieux by Natasha St-Pier. These albums turn twenty years old in 2022.

2012 Albums Turning 10 in 2022

2012 is now … a full decade old! That’s right – 10 years! How time flies! Let’s take a look at some of the events from the year, be they happy or sad, and reminisce on some of the great albums released that year.

The Summer Olympics took place in London, UK. It was the second Olympic Games opened personally by the Queen, the first being 1976 in Montreal. A funny film had her fetched to the proceedings by James Bond. But it was Mr. Bean who really stole the Opening Ceremony. Canada won 18 medals but just two gold thanks to Christine Girard in weightlifting and Rosannagh MacLennan in gymnastics (trampoline).

In sadder international news, with just half a month remaining in the year, a deranged 20-year-old walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in the United States with an assault rifle shooting dead 20 children aged six and seven as well as six staff members.

Here at home, the heartbreaking suicide of Amanda Todd occurred October 10. She was a 15-year-old student and victim of cyberbullying who hanged herself at her home in Port Coquitlam, BC.

The 2012 Grey Cup was won decisively by The Toronto Argonauts over the Calgary Stampeders 35-22. The Los Angeles Kings took the Stanley Cup with a 4-2 games victory over the New Jersey Devils.

Tops at the box office was The Avengers starring, among other stars, beautiful Canadian actress Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill.

“Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye was the biggest hit of the year, and the top Canadian artist song was “Call Me Maybe” (#2) by Carly Rae Jepsen, the most downloaded song on iTunes worldwide through 2012.

Most of the best-selling albums, in fact the top six, were released in 2011 (Adele’s 21 was #1). The most successful 2012 album was Babel by Mumford & Sons (7th overall). The top Canadian artist album released in 2012 was various artists Star Académie 2012 (8th) with the top studio album from a single artist being double platinum Believe by Justin Bieber (9th).

Kiss from Carly Rae Jepsen, released in 2012, won the JUNO award the following year for Album of the Year. Other popular albums were Miroir from Marie-Mai and Harmony from Serena Ryder, both certified platinum. Victoria Duffield’s Shut Up and Dance was chosen by CMB as the year’s best album.

The Sounds of Vancouver: 1986 Year-End Chart

In the fall of 1986, an episode of the third most popular television show in the United States, Cheers, had a cold open with the following dialogue.

Woody (Woody Harrelson): Hey, Mr. Clavin’s back.

Cliff (John Ratzenberger): Whatta you say, Woody?

Woody: How was your trip to Expo?

Cliff: Oh, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I tell ya. You know, no ears have heard, no eyes have seen the wonders I’ve experienced these past two weeks in Canada. If I died right now, I’d be a happy person.

Carla (Rhea Perlman): You wouldn’t be the only one.

Cliff: Hey, uh, Normie, you should have seen this 3-D movie they had about life in Vancouver. You know, with those glasses on, you felt like you were really there.

Norm (George Wendt): You were there, Cliff.

Woody: I’ve been readin’ up on Expo. Did you catch that bullet train they got there?

Cliff: No, I guess I missed that one.

Woody: Did you see the Great Hall of Ramses?

Cliff: Uh, no, no, I guess that slid right by me… yeah.

Woody: Uh, how about the U.S. space exhibit?

Cliff: No.

Woody: Chinese acrobats?

Cliff: Uh-uh.

Sam (Ted Danson): Hey, Cliff! How was Expo?

Cliff: A major disappointment, Sam.

From May 2 to October 13, the World’s Fair, Expo 86, a 70-hectare area around the north shore of False Creek, Vancouver, received more than 22 million visitors. Coinciding with Vancouver’s centennial, its theme was “Transportation and Communication: World in Motion – World in Touch”. Convened 20 years after Expo 67 in Montreal (marking Canada’s centennial), it remains the final World’s Fair to be held in North America.

Construction began in October 1983, when Queen Elizabeth II, started up a concrete mixer on the future site of the Canada Pavilion, and offered the “invitation to the world.”

Among the dignitaries gracing the grounds with their footsteps were the Prince & Princess of Wales, the Prime Minister, Crown Prince Harald & Crown Princess Sonja of Norway, Saudi-Arabian Prince Sultan Bin Salman al-Saud, UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, Hollywood director, Norman Jewison, fashion designer Alfred Sung, and actors Danny Kaye, Vincent Price, Michael York, and John Travolta

Comedians who took the stage during Expo included Howie Mandel, George Burns, Red Skelton, Bob Hope, Joan Rivers, and Bob Newhart.

Performers holding concerts included A-Ha, Depeche Mode, Trooper, Chilliwack, Bryan Adams, Kenny Loggins, Roy Orbison, Ray Charles, Liberace, Kenny G, Rene Simard, kd lang, Bruce Cockburn, Joe Jackson, Debbie Boone, Loretta Lynn, Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, Billy Ocean, Julio Iglesias, Amy Grant, John Denver, Stevie Ray Vaughan, David Foster, Glass Tiger, Bruce Hornsby, Jimmy Cliff, Julian Lennon, Annie Lennox, Harry Belafonte, Placio Domingo, Rita McNeil, Ronnie Hawkins, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Gowan, Luba, Joan Baez, Images in Vogue, Don McLean, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Lou Rawls, The 5th Dimension, Honeymoon Suite, Idle Eyes, Miles Davis, Charles Aznavour, Veronique Beliveau, Donovan, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Smokey Robinson, Manhattan Transfer, The Temptations, The Beach Boys, Air Supply, Peter, Paul & Mary, Murray McLauchlin, the Parachute Club, Shari Ulrich, The Righteous Brothers, Platinum Blonde, Bobby McFerrin, Tangerine Dream, Colin James, Loverboy, Mike & the Mechanics, Kim Mitchell, Anne Murray, Sheena Easton, Neville Brothers, Kenny Rogers, Frankie Avalon, Kool and the Gang, Youssou N’Dour.

And that is only a partial list!

The fair featured pavilions from 54 countries and a number of corporations. Ironically, the United States’ pavilion theme centered around the country’s space program just a few months after the Challenger explosion and the USSR pavilion focussed on the country’s nuclear industry with the Chernobyl disaster occurring just a few days before the fair opened.

Some of the more popular exhibits were set up in corporate pavilions. General Motors had the special effects Spirit Lodge and Canadian Pacific the Oscar-nominated film Rainbow War. Telecom Canada showed Circle-Vision 360° movie “Portraits of Canada”. Rare treasures from the life of pharaoh Ramesses II were on display in the Great Hall of Ramses II.

Biggest Hits of 1986 in Vancouver

The biggest song of 1986 in Vancouver was Giorgio Moroder penned “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins. It was one of the hit singles from the soundtrack to 1986 feature film Top Gun, the highest grossing motion picture of the year. The Top Gun various artists album is one of the best-selling soundtracks of all-time. “Danger Zone” performed far better on the west coast than the rest of Canada, as RPM has it as only 59th of the year. Also from the soundtrack was Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away”, 9th on LG73 and 23rd on RPM. Among the all-star cast in the movie was Canadian actor Michael Ironside.

The interesting history of “Danger Zone” is worth mentioning. Originally, rock band Toto was commissioned to perform it, but legal conflicts ended the plans. Bryan Adams was approached, but he felt the film glorified war and refused. Next up, REO Speedwagon was asked but declined on the basis that it wasn’t its own composition. Believe it or not, Corey Hart was also approached but turned down the offer, as he was busy recording his own songs. Eventually, the film producers struck a deal with Kenny Loggins.

Both the metropolis and the nation were in agreement over the second biggest song of the year: Madonna ballad “Live to Tell”. Her “Papa Don’t Preach” was 4th of the year in Vancouver and 13th nationwide.

“Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel was 3rd of the year on LG73 and 7th nationwide. It was co-produced by Canada’s Daniel Lanois.

Appearing at #5 on the Vancouver year-end chart (and 16th in Canada) was Peter Cetera’s “Glory of Love”, co-written by British Columbian hit-maker David Foster. Cetera had left the band Chicago to pursue a solo career. The song was featured in the 3rd biggest movie of 1986, The Karate Kid Part II.

A cover of Rod Stewart’s “That’s What Friends Are For” was #6 of 1986 on LG73. It was performed by Dionne Warwick and Friends (the “friends” were Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder). The song was at a comparable position (#10) on RPM.

Rounding out the Top 10 are “When the Going Gets Tough…” from Billy Ocean, theme of Michael Douglas film The Jewel of the Nile, 7th of the year in Vancouver (14th in Canada). “Stuck With You” by Huey Lewis & The News was 8th (21st in nationwide) and “Let’s Go All The Way” from Sly Fox 10th (32nd on RPM).

Bigger in Canada Than Vancouver

The biggest song of 1986 across Canada was Jennifer Rush’s “The Power of Love” (which Céline Dion later covered). It was 15th of the year on LG73. Chris deBurgh’s “The Lady in Red” was 3rd of the year on RPM but did not make the year-end chart at LG73, as most of its chart success occurred in early 1987. “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone” by Canadian act Glass Tiger was 4th in Canada and 18th in Vancouver. Doctor & The Medics’ “Spirit in the Sky”, 5th nationwide, settled for 22nd on the west coast. “On My Own” by Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald enjoyed respectable success in Vancouver at 35th of 1986 but soared at 6th in Canada.

Who Ruled 1986?

With her diamond-selling True Blue album, it can be said that 1986 belonged to Madonna. Three singles from the album made the year-end Top 73, including the #2 and #4 songs of the year. Two more singles from the album cleaned up in 1987.

The Top 73 Songs of 1986 at LG73

1. DANGER ZONE – KENNY LOGGINS
2. Live To Tell – Madonna
3. Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel
4. Papa Don’t Preach – Madonna
5. Glory Of Love – Peter Cetera
6. That’s What Friends Are For – Dione & Friends
7. When The Going Gets Tough – Billy Ocean
8. Stuck With You – Huey Lewis & The News
9. Take My Breath Away – Berlin
10. Let’s Go All The Way – Sly Fox
11. I Can’t Wait – Nu Shooz
12. I Wanna Be A Cowboy – Boys Don’t Cry
13. Friends & Lovers – Gloria Loring/Carl Anderson
14. Addicted To Love – Robert Palmer
15. The Power Of Love – Jennifer Rush
16. Venus – Bananarama
17. Rock Me Amadeus – Falco
18. Don’t Forget Me When I’m Gone – Glass Tiger
19. West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys
20. True Colours – Cyndi Lauper
21. Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles
22. Spirit In The Sky – Doctor & The Medics
23. Dancing On The Ceiling – Lionel Richie
24. Party All The Time – Eddie Murphy
25. A Different Corner – George Michael
26. Invisible Touch – Genesis
27. Tarzan Boy – Baltimora
28. Spies Like Us – Paul McCartney
29. How Will I Know – Whitney Houston
30. Heartbeat – Don Johnson
31. I Miss You – Klymaxx
32. I Am By Your Side – Corey Hart
33. Holding Back The Years – Simply Red
34. Life In A Northern Town – Dream Academy
35. On My Own – Patti Labelle/Michael McDonald
36. No One Is To Blame – Howard Jones
37. True Blue – Madonna
38. Who’s Johnny – El Debarge
39. Say You Say Me – Lionel Richie
40. Love Touch – Rod Stewart
41. Kyrie – Mr. Mister
42. Vienna Calling – Falco
43. Conga – Miami Sound Machine
44. Talk To Me – Stevie Nicks
45. R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A. – John Cougar Mellencamp
46. If You Leave – OMD
47. Greatest Love Of All – Whitney Houston
48. All I Need Is A Miracle – Mike & The Mechanics
49. Take It Easy – Andy Taylor
50. Nikita – Elton John
51. A Matter Of Trust – Billy Joel
52. Two Of Hearts – Stacey Q
53. Amanda – Boston
54. Human – Human League
55. Take Me Home Tonight – Eddie Money
56. Twist & Shout – The Beatles
57. Rumours – Timex Social Club
58. The Next Time I Fall – Peter Cetera/Amy Grant
59. Edge Of Heaven – Wham
60. The Way It Is – Bruce Hornsby & The Range
61. Crush On You – The Jets
62. Hungry Eyes – Platinum Blonde
63. Live Is Life – Opus
64. I’ll Be Over You – Toto
65. You Give Love A Bad Name – Bon Jovi
66. Nasty – Janet Jackson
67. Everything She Wants – Wham
68. Stand By Me – Ben E. King
69. Tuff Enuff – Fabulous Thunderbirds
70. We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off – Jermaine Stewart
71. A Good Heart – Feargal Sharkey
72. Rough Boy – ZZ Top
73. Tender Love – Force MD’s

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The Sounds of Vancouver: 1986 Hits

Below is a listing of 242 songs that were hits on Vancouver’s top radio station LG73 in the year 1986. The station ran weekly Top 30 countdowns through the year. Find below all of these songs with their peak position and date reached. Songs on the LG playlist that didn’t make the countdown are included with the date when it was first added to the playlist. These are indicated with the letters “AP”. The songs are sorted in chronological order by LG73 peak date and then by peak position. For an analysis and highlights of the listing, check out our post here. The 1986 year-end chart can be found here. More chart information can be found on our Charts Page here.

TITLE ARTIST PEAK DATE
Tonight She Comes The Cars 12 01/01
I’m Your Man Wham 14 01/01
Tarzan Boy Baltimora 2 01/09
So Far Away Dire Straits 22 01/09
Small Town John Cougar 28 01/09
Heart Of The City The Arrows AP 01/09
The Big Money Rush AP 01/09
Spies Like Us Paul McCartney 1 01/16
I Miss You Klymaxx 5 01/16
You’re A Friend Of Mine Clarence Clemons/J. Browne 9 01/16
My Hometown Bruce Springsteen 17 01/16
Action Speaks Louder Than Words Action 21 01/16
Sex As A Weapon Pat Benatar 22 01/16
King For A Day Thompson Twins AP 01/16
Now & Forever Anne Murray AP 01/16
People See Through You Bruce Cockburn AP 01/16
Somewhere Barbra Streisand AP 01/16
That’s What Friends Are For Dionne & Friends 1 01/23
Party All The Time Eddie Murphy 2 01/23
A Love Bizarre Sheila E AP 01/23
L’Affaire Dumoutier The Box AP 01/23
Live Is Life Opus 6 01/30
Talk To Me Stevie Nicks 8 01/30
Burning Heart Survivor 9 01/30
Somebody Somewhere Platinum Blonde 22 01/30
Silent Running Mike & The Mechanics 27 01/30
Another Night Aretha Franklin AP 01/30
The Sweetest Taboo Sade 30 02/07
Day By Day The Hooters AP 02/07
Fools Cry New Regime AP 02/07
One Chance Stan Meissner AP 02/07
When The Going Gets Tough Billy Ocean 1 02/13
Kyrie Mr. Mister 4 02/13
Conga Miami Sound Machine 3 02/20
Life In A Northern Town Dream Academy 5 02/20
Sarah Starship 9 02/20
Russians Sting 22 02/20
Goodbye Is Forever Arcadia 24 02/20
Rock Me Amadaeus Falco 1 02/27
Face The Face Pete Townshend 8 02/27
These Dreams Heart 10 02/27
Endless Emotion Ian Thomas AP 02/27
Overjoyed Stevie Wonder AP 02/27
The Sun Always Shines On TV A-Ha 9 03/06
She Sells Sanctuary The Cult AP 03/06
How Will I Know Whitney Houston 1 03/13
If I Was Midge Ure 4 03/13
Living In America James Brown 5 03/13
Eurasian Eyes Corey Hart 12 03/13
Secret Lovers Atlantic Starr 13 03/13
I Can’t Wait Stevie Nicks 27 03/13
Sanctify Yourself Simple Minds 29 03/13
Johnny Come Home Fine Young Cannibals AP 03/13
Nikita Elton John 2 03/20
Stages ZZ Top 12 03/20
It Must Be Love Payolas AP 03/20
R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A. John Cougar Mellencamp 1 03/27
A Good Heart Feargal Sharkey 6 03/27
What You Need INXS 15 03/27
Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone) Glass Tiger 1 04/03
Vienna Calling Falco 3 04/03
Harlem Shuffle The Rolling Stones 4 04/03
I Think It’s Love Jermaine Jackson 19 04/03
This Could Be The Night Loverboy 21 04/03
X-Ray Eyes Jim Foster 27 04/03
No Way To Treat A Lady Bonnie Tyler AP 04/03
Calling America ELO 7 04/10
Flippin’ To The A Side Cats Can Fly 9 04/10
Right Between The Eyes Wax AP 04/10
Addicted to Love Robert Palmer 1 04/17
I Do What I Do John Taylor 13 04/17
Feel It Again Honeymoon Suite 17 04/17
Chains The Arrows AP 04/17
Song In My Head M + M AP 04/17
Manic Monday The Bangles 1 04/24
West End Girls Pet Shop Boys 4 04/24
Bad Boy Miami Sound Machine 6 04/24
American Storm Bob Seger 12 04/24
Why Can’t This Be Love Van Halen 17 04/24
Something About You Level 42 21 04/24
Deeper Billy Newton-Davis AP 04/24
I Want Everything Stan Meissner AP 04/24
Let’s Go All the Way Sly Fox 1 04/30
Tender Love Force MDs 5 04/30
Is That It Katrina & The Waves 15 04/30
The Key Errol Starr AP 04/30
If You Leave OMD 2 05/07
Move Away Culture Club 10 05/07
Kiss Prince 16 05/07
Be Good To Yourself Journey AP 05/07
Live to Tell Madonna 1 05/14
The Greatest Love Of All Whitney Houston 4 05/14
Take Me Home Phil Collins 16 05/14
Captain Of Her Heart Double 29 05/14
April Fool Chalk Circle AP 05/14
Rough Boy ZZ Top 2 05/21
All I Need Is A Miracle Mike & The Mechanics 3 05/21
Hungry Eyes Platinum Blonde 5 05/21
Never As Good As The First Time Sade 12 05/21
Angel In My Pocket One To One 25 05/21
Saved By Night Jim Foster AP 05/21
A Different Corner George Michael 2 05/28
The Power Of Love Jennifer Rush 3 05/28
Your Love The Outfield 7 05/28
There’ll Be Sad Songs Billy Ocean 14 05/28
All the Things She Said Simple Minds 18 05/28
Is It Love Mr. Mister 24 05/28
Out On A Limb Eye Eye AP 05/28
What Have You Done For Me Lately Janet Jackson 5 06/04
The Thin Red Line Glass Tiger 7 06/04
I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On Robert Palmer AP 06/04
Right Beside You Billy Newton-Davis AP 06/04
I Wanna Be a Cowboy Boys Don’t Cry 1 06/11
One Hit (To The Body) The Rolling Stones 9 06/11
Like No Other Night 38 Special AP 06/11
The Love Parade Dream Academy 7 06/18
Like A Rock Bob Seger 15 06/18
Anything For Love Gordon Lightfoot AP 06/18
On My Own Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald 3 06/25
If She Knew What She Wants The Bangles 18 06/25
Dreams Van Halen 22 06/25
The Best Of Me David Foster & Olivia Newton-John 24 06/25
Before I Go Starship AP 06/25
I Can’t Wait Nu Shooz 1 07/02
How Many Rivers To Cross Luba 17 07/02
Out Of Mind Out Of Sight Australian Models 27 07/02
Who’s Johnny El Debarge 1 07/09
No One Is To Blame Howard Jones 6 07/09
Tuff Enuff Fabulous Thunderbirds 8 07/09
Crush On You The Jets 9 07/09
Nothing At All Heart 23 07/09
Patio Lanterns Kim Mitchell 28 07/09
A Date With The Past Doubledare AP 07/09
Living On Video Trans X AP 07/09
Danger Zone Kenny Loggins 1 07/16
Sledgehammer Peter Gabriel 2 07/16
Holding Back The Years Simply Red 5 07/16
Modern Woman Billy Joel 12 07/16
She Trusted Me Agent AP 07/16
Standing In Line Haywire AP 07/16
Sweet Freedom Michael McDonald AP 07/16
Invisible Touch Genesis 4 07/23
It’s Got To Be Monday Doug Bennet AP 07/23
When I Fall In Love Again Zappacosta AP 07/23
Papa Don’t Preach Madonna 1 07/30
Nasty Janet Jackson 6 07/30
Digging Your Scene Blow Monkeys 21 07/30
Your Wildest Dreams The Moody Blues 23 07/30
Cold Hands, Warm Heart Cats Can Fly AP 07/30
The Glory of Love Peter Cetera 1 08/13
The Edge Of Heaven Wham 10 08/13
Boy Inside The Man Tom Cochrane & Red Rider 12 08/13
Opportunities Pet Shop Boys 15 08/13
What Does It Take Honeymoon Suite 16 08/13
Heaven In Your Eyes Loverboy 18 08/13
One Step Closer To You Gavin Christopher 25 08/13
Peter Gunn Art Of Noise 27 08/13
A Matter Of Time Rhythm Snakes AP 08/13
You Can Call Me Al Paul Simon AP 08/13
Dancing On The Ceiling Lionel Richie 3 08/20
Taken In Mike & The Mechanics 26 08/20
Black On White One To One AP 08/20
Love Walks In Van Halen AP 08/20
Love Touch Rod Stewart 6 08/27
Take It Easy Andy Taylor 8 08/27
We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off Jermaine Stewart 10 08/27
Love Zone Billy Ocean 23 08/27
Innocent With An Explanation Luba 30 08/27
Mad About You Belinda Carlisle 1 09/03
Press Paul McCartney 16 09/03
Words Get In The Way Miami Sound Machine 20 09/03
Venus Bananarama 1 09/10
Money’s Too Tight To Mention Simply Red 19 09/10
Higher Love Steve Winwood 24 09/10
Back Where You Started Tina Turner AP 09/10
Holding Out For You Errol Starr AP 09/10
Untouchable One Tom Cochrane & Red Rider AP 09/10
Stuck with You Huey Lewis & The News 1 09/17
Twist & Shout The Beatles 3 09/17
Someday Glass Tiger 12 09/17
Man Size Love Klymaxx 27 09/17
Take My Breath Away Berlin 1 09/24
Baby Love Regina 18 09/24
Bridges Over Borders The Spoons AP 09/24
Take My Heart Corey Hart AP 09/24
Missionary Man Eurythmics 7 10/01
Walk This Way Run DMC 14 10/01
In Your Eyes Peter Gabriel 28 10/01
Where’s The Fire Tim Feehan AP 10/01
Friends & Lovers Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson 1 10/08
I Am By Your Side Corey Hart 2 10/08
Heartbeat Don Johnson 4 10/08
Dreamtime Daryl Hall 9 10/08
Throwing It All Away Genesis 10 10/08
Typical Male Tina Turner 16 10/08
Paranoimia Art Of Noise 26 10/08
Love Is Fire Parachute Club AP 10/08
A Matter Of Trust Billy Joel 4 10/15
Sandra Idle Eyes 16 10/15
When I Think Of You Janet Jackson 24 10/15
Alana Loves Me Kim Mitchell AP 10/15
Soul City Partland Brothers AP 10/15
Two of Hearts Stacey Q 1 10/22
Who’s Gonna Love You Tonight David Foster 26 10/22
All I Hear Is A Heartbeat Agent AP 10/22
Strength In Numbers Luba AP 10/22
True Colours Cyndi Lauper 1 10/29
Rumours Timex Social Club 5 10/29
I’ll Be Over You Toto 6 10/29
Love Will Conquer All Lionel Richie 25 10/29
Spirit in the Sky Doctor & the Medics 1 11/05
True Blue Madonna 2 11/05
Human Human League 3 11/05
Sweet Love Anita Baker 13 11/05
Kiss You When It’s Dangerous Eight Seconds AP 11/05
Summer Of Love B-52’s AP 11/05
The Next Time I Fall Peter Cetera & Amy Grant 6 11/12
Shot In The Dark Haywire AP 11/12
Walk Like an Egyptian The Bangles 1 11/19
Amanda Boston 2 11/19
California Dreaming Beach Boys 9 11/19
Freedom Overspill Steve Winwood 23 11/19
Word Up Cameo 28 11/19
You Give Love A Bad Name Bon Jovi 2 11/26
Hip To Be Square Huey Lewis & The News 6 11/26
Every Beat Of My Heart Rod Stewart AP 11/26
Control Janet Jackson AP 12/03
Take Me Home Tonight Eddie Money 1 12/10
Stand By Me Ben E. King 5 12/10
To Be A Lover Billy Idol 7 12/10
Notorious Duran Duran 26 12/10
Everybody Have Fun Tonight Wang Chung 1 12/17
Two People Tina Turner 27 12/17
Coming Around Again Carly Simon AP 12/17
Father Christmas Platinum Blonde AP 12/17
Strangers In Love Body Electric AP 12/17
(Forever) Live and Die OMD 1 12/24
Don’t Get Me Wrong The Pretenders 9 12/24
Thorn In My Side Eurythmics 10 12/24
Can’t Help Falling In Love Corey Hart 4 12/31
Is This Love Survivor 20 12/31
Wild Wild Life Talking Heads 27 12/31

The Sounds of Vancouver: 1986 Highlights

Not until the hosting of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games had Vancouver played host to quite the spectacle that took place in 1986: Expo, the World’s Fair. While the year saw the opening of The Alex Fraser Bridge and the Police Museum, Expo 86 was the year’s big event. In conjunction, the city also opened Canada Place at the downtown waterfront. Novelty songs were not in short supply through the year with such choice cuts as “Rock Me Amadeus”, “Addicted to Love”, “I Wanna Be a Cowboy”, “Walk Like an Egyptian”, and “Tarzan Boy”. Actors scored hits too. Don Johnson (Miami Vice) hit the pop big time with “Heartbeat” and Eddie Murphy (Beverly Hills Cop) with “Party All the Time”. The year was dominated by songs from the Top Gun soundtrack, the year’s biggest motion picture, in particular Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” and Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away”.

Below are highlights and an analysis of the year in music via Vancouver’s #1 hit music station at the time, CKLG, known as LG73. Blog posts to follow will list hits from the weekly charts including all songs that received airplay, and we will also publish LG73’s Top 73 of the year. But first, let’s take a look at all the songs that made it to #1 through 1986.

1986 Number Ones Chronologically on LG73

★ Spies Like Us, Paul McCartney
★ That’s What Friends Are For, Dionne & Friends
★ When The Going Gets Tough, Billy Ocean
★ Rock Me Amadeus, Falco
★ How Will I Know, Whitney Houston
★ R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A., John Cougar Mellencamp
★ Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone), Glass Tiger
★ Addicted To Love, Robert Palmer
★ Manic Monday, The Bangles
★ Let’s Go All The Way, Sly Fox
★ Live To Tell, Madonna
★ I Wanna Be A Cowboy, Boys Don’t Cry
★ I Can’t Wait, Nu Shooz
★ Who’s Johnny, El Debarge
★ Danger Zone, Kenny Loggins
★ Papa Don’t Preach, Madonna
★ The Glory Of Love, Peter Cetera
★ Mad About You, Belinda Carlisle
★ Venus, Bananarama
★ Stuck With You, Huey Lewis & The News
★ Take My Breath Away, Berlin
★ Friends & Lovers, Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson
★ Two Of Hearts, Stacey Q
★ True Colours, Cyndi Lauper
★ Spirit In The Sky, Doctor & The Medics
★ Walk Like An Egyptian, The Bangles
★ Take Me Home Tonight, Eddie Money
★ Everybody Have Fun Tonight, Wang Chung
★ (Forever) Live And Die, OMD

Bigger in Vancouver

OMD’s “Forever Live and Die” was a #10 hit in Canada according to RPM magazine but did even better in Vancouver where it reached #1 on LG73.

Bigger in Canada

The Cult’s “She Sells Sanctuary” received airplay on LG73 but charted in Canada to #11. Double’s “The Captain of Her Heart” was a #29 hit in Vancouver but did better nationwide charting to #17. A big discrepancy surrounded Janet Jackson’s “When I Think of You”, #6 in Canada but only #24 in Vancouver. Kiss You (When It’s Dangerous) from Ottawa group Eight Seconds, with one of the niftiest synth riffs ever, received airplay on LG but failed to chart, while it hit #14 on RPM.

Canadian Artist Hits

The only Canadian artist song to reach #1 through the year was Glass Tiger’s “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” with a little help on vocals from Bryan Adams. It was an international smash as well. Corey Hart’s “I Am by Your Side” scaled the heights of “#2”, and his cover of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” made it to #4. “Hungry Eyes” by Platinum Blonde reached “#5.

Overlooked Canadian Songs

Metro Vancouver’s 54-40 began cranking out alternative work far before the 90s and released excellent single “Baby Ran” in 1986. But it was to be a couple more years before the band received local (and national) airplay.

The Parachute Club called it quits after third album Small Victories. The two singles released from the album “Love Is Fire” and “Love and Compassion” received airplay but did not chart on LG73. We think the tracks “Secret Heart” and “Cheat the Prophecy” were much better and should have been released as singles instead.

Overlooked International Songs

Program directors had been losing hair for years over what to do with AC/DC. With catchy melodies and delicious guitar riffs, the band’s songs were infectious, but was the rock too hard for the station? LG passed on anthem “Who Made Who”.

Book of Love stirred up some buzz in underground circles with great songs like “I Touch Roses” and “White Lies” but wasn’t touched by LG73. “Hanging on a Heart Attack” by Device bursts with 80s flavour and should have been a bigger hit; LG hanged it. ABC had scored a number of hits, but the station bankrupted “How to Be a Millionaire”.

Followups That Should Have Been Lapped Up

A number of artists, both domestic and international, followed up big hits with singes that were just as good but were not embraced by radio. Canada’s Trans-X released “Living on Video” in 1983, and it was a hit around the planet but not at home. A less savory but still good remix was released in 1986 that hit the airwaves in Canada. Excellent followup single “Ich Liebe Dich (I Love You)” was snubbed. “Eyes of Desire” from the album was also hit-worthy.

Animotion followed up smash “Obsession” with “I Engineer”. LG73 left it in the caboose. “Hit That Perfect Beat Boy” was a nice followup to “Small Town Boy” by The Bronski Beat and no doubt received much club play but failed to dazzle the radio DJs.

On to the 1986 hits…

More on the Charts…

The Sounds of Vancouver: 1985 Hits

Below is a listing of 229 songs that were hits on Vancouver’s top radio station LG73 in the year 1985. The station ran weekly Top 30 countdowns through the year. Find below all of these songs with their peak position and date reached. Songs on the LG playlist that didn’t make the countdown are included with the date when it was first added to the playlist. These are indicated with the letters “AP”. The songs are sorted in chronological order by LG73 peak date and then by peak position. For an analysis and highlights of the listing, check out our post here. The 1985 year-end chart can be found here. More chart information can be found on our Charts Page here.

TITLE ARTIST PEAK DATE
Like a Virgin Madonna 1 01/03
All I Need Jack Wagner 4 01/10
Bruce Rick Springfield 23 01/10
Understanding Bob Seger 25 01/10
Call It Love Images In Vogue AP 01/10
Call To The Heart Giuffria AP 01/10
Foolish Heart Steve Perry AP 01/10
Misled Kool & The Gang AP 01/10
The Word Is Out Jermaine Stewart AP 01/10
Do They Know It’s Christmas Band Aid 1 01/17
The Belle Of St. Mark Sheila E 8 01/17
Lamp At Midnight Corey Hart AP 01/17
Careless Whisper Wham 1 01/24
Born In The USA Bruce Springsteen 11 01/24
The Power Of Love Frankie Goes To Hollywood 15 01/24
Act Of An Innocent Parachute Club AP 01/24
Love Light In Flight Stevie Wonder AP 01/24
Easy Lover Philip Bailey & Phil Collins 2 01/31
I Want To Know What Love Is Foreigner 3 01/31
Loverboy Billy Ocean 7 01/31
At The Feet Of The Moon Parachute Club 9 01/31
I Would Die For You Prince 21 01/31
Feel It Burn Kim Mitchell AP 01/31
Stay In The Light Honeymoon Suite AP 01/31
You’re The Inspiration Chicago 5 02/07
The Boys Of Summer Don Henley 10 02/07
Money Changes Everything Cyndi Lauper 18 02/07
Sugar Walls Sheena Easton 23 02/07
Shades Of 45 Gary O AP 02/07
Tragedy John Hunter AP 02/07
Method Of Modern Love Hall & Oates 9 02/14
Borderlines Jeffrey Osbourne AP 02/14
Love Shines Doug & The Slugs AP 02/14
Lovergirl Tina Marie AP 02/14
Underworld The Front AP 02/14
Tenderness General Public 14 02/21
Neutron Dance Pointer Sisters 1 02/28
California Girls David Lee Roth 3 02/28
Rockin’ At Midnight The Honeydrippers 4 02/28
Private Dancer Tina Turner 8 02/28
Solid Ashford & Simpson 20 02/28
The Heat Is On Glenn Frey 4 03/07
Save A Prayer Duran Duran 9 03/07
Smalltown Boy Bronski Beat 11 03/07
Somebody Bryan Adams 15 03/07
We Run Strange Advance 28 03/07
High On You Survivor AP 03/07
Just Another Night Mick Jagger 8 03/14
Jungle Love The Time 19 03/14
Invisible Alison Moyet AP 03/14
Keeping The Faith Billy Joel AP 03/14
The Old Man Down The Road John Fogerty 10 03/21
Missing You Diana Ross AP 03/21
What About Me Belinda Metz AP 03/21
One More Night Phil Collins 4 03/26
Only The Young Journey 22 03/26
Material Girl Madonna 1 04/04
Shout Tears For Fears 2 04/04
I Can’t Fight This Feeling REO Speedwagon 3 04/04
Too Late For Goodbyes Julian Lennon 10 04/04
Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid Hall & Oates AP 04/04
Tears Are Not Enough Northern Lights 1 04/11
I’m On Fire Bruce Springsteen 14 04/11
Two Rivers Idle Eyes AP 04/11
One Night In Bangkok Murray Head 4 04/18
That Was Yesterday Foreigner 13 04/18
We Are The World USA For Africa 2 04/25
All She Wants To Do Is Dance Don Henley 7 04/25
Some Like It Hot Power Station 10 04/25
Along Comes A Woman Chicago 16 04/25
It’s Alright Leyden Zar AP 04/25
Don’t Come Around Here No More Tom Petty & Heartbreakers 29 05/02
Cruel Hearted Lovers Paul Hyde & Payolas AP 05/02
I’ll Be Waiting For You Doug & The Slugs AP 05/02
Don’t You (Forget About Me) Simple Minds 1 05/09
Crazy For You Madonna 2 05/09
Nightshift Commodores 7 05/09
Rock & Roll Girls John Fogerty 16 05/09
Vox Humana Kenny Loggins 21 05/09
Heaven (Live) Bryan Adams AP 05/09
Obsession Animotion 2 05/16
Everything She Wants Wham 4 05/16
Rhythm Of The Night Debarge 6 05/16
Criminal Mind Gowan 12 05/16
Suddenly Billy Ocean 17 05/16
Oh Girl Boy Meets Girl AP 05/16
The Second That I Saw You Strange Advance AP 05/16
Wave Babies Honeymoon Suite AP 05/16
Just A Gigolo/Ain’t Got Nobody David Lee Roth 3 05/23
Everybody Wants to Rule the World Tears For Fears 1 05/30
Axel F Harold Faltermeyer 3 05/30
Tokyo Rose Idle Eyes 9 05/30
One Lonely Night REO Speedwagon 18 05/30
Say You’re Wrong Julian Lennon 26 05/30
The Search Is Over Survivor 19 06/06
Angel Madonna 20 06/06
Not Enough Love In The World Don Henley AP 06/06
Smooth Operator Sade 4 06/13
In The Night Machine Baron Longfellow AP 06/13
A View To A Kill Duran Duran 1 06/20
Black Cars Gino Vannelli 2 06/20
Things Can Only Get Better Howard Jones 7 06/20
Raspberry Beret Prince 11 06/20
All Day Idle Eyes AP 06/20
Sunny Places, Shady People Corey Hart AP 06/20
Wake Up Next to You Graham Parker AP 06/20
Walking On Sunshine Katrina & The Waves 4 06/27
Sussudio Phil Collins 8 06/27
Heaven Bryan Adams 15 06/27
Go To Pieces Paul Janz 19 06/27
Smugglers Blues Glenn Frey 30 06/27
Would I Lie to You Eurythmics 3 07/04
Tough All Over John Cafferty 22 07/04
Seduction New Regime AP 07/04
Never Surrender Corey Hart 1 07/11
Goonies Are Good Enough Cyndi Lauper 5 07/11
Set Them Free Sting 9 07/11
Strange Animal Gowan 19 07/11
Getcha Back Beach Boys 20 07/11
Get It On Power Station 29 07/11
Into the Groove Madonna 2 07/18
Glory Days Bruce Springsteen 9 07/18
Like a Surgeon Weird Al Yankovic 21 07/18
You’re the Only Love Payolas 25 07/18
Find a Way Amy Grant AP 07/18
Sentimental Street Night Ranger AP 07/18
Everytime You Go Away Paul Young 3 07/25
Voices Carry Til Tuesday 4 07/25
In My House Mary Jane Girls 7 07/25
What Do I Know Saga AP 07/25
You Spin Me Round Dead or Alive 1 07/31
We Don’t Need Another Hero Tina Turner 5 07/31
You Give Good Love Whitney Houston 15 07/31
19 Paul Hardcastle 25 07/31
Life In One Day Howard Jones AP 07/31
Stuck In The Rain Again Payolas AP 07/31
Walk Of Life Dire Straits 3 08/07
Crazy In The Night Kim Carnes 8 08/07
You’re Only Human Billy Joel 25 08/07
Pop Life Prince AP 08/07
Up In The Air Jump AP 08/07
What About Love Heart 9 08/14
Take The Phone Off The Hook MT Vessels 28 08/14
High Strung Paul Janz AP 08/14
I Got You Babe UB40 & Chrissie Hynde AP 08/14
When Your Heart Is Weak Cock Robin AP 08/14
People Are People Depeche Mode 6 08/21
Mystery Lady Billy Ocean 27 08/21
Innuendo Parachute Club AP 08/21
The Power Of Love Huey Lewis & The News 1 08/28
Freeway Of Love Aretha Franklin 12 08/28
Invincible Pat Benatar 13 08/28
Who’s Holding Donna Now Debarge 17 08/28
Diana Bryan Adams 25 08/28
Fortress Around Your Heart Sting AP 08/28
Stayin’ All Night Headpins AP 08/28
St. Elmo’s Fire John Parr 1 09/04
Head Over Heels Tears For Fears 4 09/04
Summer Of 69 Bryan Adams 5 09/04
Dare Me Pointer Sisters 7 09/04
Crying Over You Platinum Blonde 1 09/18
Cry Godley & Creme 3 09/18
Don’t Lose My Number Phil Collins 5 09/18
Boy In The Box Corey Hart 7 09/18
Hurts To Be In Love Gino Vannelli 14 09/18
Shame Motels 15 09/18
You Look Marvelous Billy Crystal 18 09/18
Let Me In Nick Gilder AP 09/18
Sunset Grill Don Henley AP 09/18
The Way You Do The Things You Do Hall & Oates AP 09/18
Dancing In The Street David Bowie & Mick Jagger 1 09/25
Freedom Wham 8 09/25
There Must Be An Angel Eurythmics 11 09/25
And We Danced The Hooters AP 09/25
Talk Talk The Arrows AP 09/25
Smokin’ In The Boys Room Motley Crue 4 10/02
Do You Want Crying Katrina & The Waves 19 10/02
One More Colour Jane Siberry AP 10/02
Soul Kiss Olivia Newton-John AP 10/02
Total Stranger Gino Vannelli AP 10/02
Who’s Zoomin’ Who Aretha Franklin AP 10/02
Money for Nothing Dire Straits 1 10/09
Cherish Kool & The Gang 6 10/09
Running Up That Hill Kate Bush AP 10/09
Part Time Lover Stevie Wonder 6 10/16
Never Heart 13 10/16
Be Near Me ABC 22 10/16
Love Has Remembered Me April Wine AP 10/16
Take on Me A-Ha 1 10/23
Dress You Up Madonna 3 10/23
Lonely Ol’ Night John Cougar 7 10/23
Tear Your Playhouse Down Paul Young 12 10/23
I’m Going Down Bruce Springsteen 20 10/23
Bang On Rational Youth AP 10/23
Here’s The World Payolas AP 10/23
The Night Is Still Young Billy Joel AP 10/23
You Belong To The City Glenn Frey 2 10/30
Saving All My Love Whitney Houston 19 10/30
Miami Vice Jan Hammer 1 11/06
Lovin’ Every Minute Of It Loverboy 9 11/06
Oh Sheila Ready For The World 11 11/06
One Night Love Affair Bryan Adams 15 11/06
Good Friends Joni Mitchell AP 11/06
Love Is The Seventh Wave Sting AP 11/06
We Built This City Starship 1 11/13
There Was A Time One To One AP 11/13
One Of The Living Tina Turner 3 11/20
Love Theme From St. Elmo’s Fire David Foster 9 11/20
Sleeping Bag ZZ Top 11 11/20
Situation Critical Platinum Blonde 12 11/20
Go Home Stevie Wonder AP 11/20
Separate Lives Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin 3 11/27
Lay Your Hands On Me Thompson Twins 6 11/27
So In Love OMD 8 11/27
Sun City A.U.A.A. 22 11/27
Do It For Love Sheena Easton 28 11/27
Close My Eyes Paul Janz AP 11/27
Cosmetics Gowan AP 11/27
Dangerous Loverboy AP 11/27
Just A Motion Away Gino Vannelli AP 11/27
Broken Wings Mr. Mister 2 12/04
Say You Say Me Lionel Ritchie 1 12/11
Election Day Arcadia 5 12/11
Perfect Way Scritti Politti 16 12/11
It’s Only Love Bryan Adams & Tina Turner 15 12/18
Alive & Kicking Simple Minds 2 12/25
Everything In My Heart Corey Hart 3 12/25
Christmas Time Bryan Adams 4 12/25
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Corey Hart 20 12/25