Top Hits 1976 to 1986

Baby Boomer's "Early Adulthood Era"

Return to Top Hits
Return to Main Page

The following page contains hit songs from 1976-1986. Not all hit songs are included, since if every song that made either the top 10 or 40, these lists would be too large.

Unlike the time period lists of '55-'75, virtually No songs from '76-86 are in the alltime Top 500 Oldies lists compiled by "Oldie" radio Stations. So I have relied by relative chart position and my own personal bias.

The top 20+ performers for this period as measured by the amount of hits on this list are as follows. This period is dominated by many "individual" performers:

For Each year, a table of hits is shown that shows the:

Click on the Year or Scroll Down to Year

1976   1977   1978   1979   1980   1981   1982   1983   1984   1985   1986

1976

Song Title Performer(s) Peak Yr
Dancing Queen Abba 1 1976
You Should Be Dancing Bee Gees 1 1976
If You Leave Me Now Chicago 1 1976
Love Hangover Diana Ross 1 1976
Ne Kid In Town Eagles 1 1976
Island Girl Elton John 1 1976
Don't Go Breaking My Heart Elton John and Kiki Dee 1 1976
December 1963 (Oh What A Night) Four Seasons 1 1976
Kiss and Say Goodbye Manhattans 1 1976
Love Rollercoaster Ohio Players 1 1976
Silly Love Songs Paul McCartney and Wings 1 1976
50 Ways To Leave Your Lover Paul Simon 1 1976
Tonight's The Night Rod Stewart 1 1976
Rock'n Me Steve Miller Band 1 1976
Boogie Fever Sylvers 1 1976
Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry 1 1976
Love To Love You Baby Donna Summer 2 1976
I'd Really Love To See You Tonight England Dan & John Ford Coley 2 1976
Dream Weaver Gary Wright 2 1976
Love Is Alive Gary Wright 2 1976
Rubberband Man Spinners 2 1976
Lowdown Bozz Scaggs 3 1976
Fooled Around and Fell in Love Elvin Bishop 3 1976
You Sexy Thing Hot Chocolate 3 1976
Take It to the Limit Eagles 4 1976
Sara Smile Hall and Oates 4 1976
More Than A Feeling Boston 5 1976
Sing A Song Earth Wind and Fire 5 1976
If You Could Read My Mind Gordon Lightfoot 5 1976
Still the One Orleans 5 1976
Get Closer Seals and Crofts 6 1976
Summer War 7 1976
Magic Man Heart 9 1976
Bohemian Rhapsody Queen 9 1976
Rhiannon Fleetwood Mac 11 1976
That'll be the Day Linda Ronstadt 11 1976
(Don't Fear) The Reaper Blue Oyster Cult 12 1976
Squeeze Box Who 16 1976

Return to Top

1977

Song Title Performer(s) Peak Yr
I Just Want To Be Your Everything Andy Gibb 1 1977
How Deep is Your Love Bee Gees 1 1977
Night Fever Bee Gees 1 1977
Stayin' Alive Bee Gees 1 1977
You Light Up My Life Debby Boone 1 1977
Hotel California Eagles 1 1977
Dreams Fleetwood Mac 1 1977
Southern Nights Glen Campbell 1 1977
Rich Girl Hall and Oates 1 1977
I'm Your Boogie Man KC/Sunshine Band 1 1977
When I Need You Leo Sayer 1 1977
You Make Me Feel Like Dancing Leo Sayer 1 1977
Blinded By The Light Manfred Mann 1 1977
I Wish Stevie Wonder 1 1977
Sir Duke Stevie Wonder 1 1977
Nobody Does It Better Carly Simon 2 1977
Boogie Nights Heatwave 2 1977
Higher and Higher Rita Coolidge 2 1977
Fly Like An Eagle Steve Miller Band 2 1977
Fly Like An Eagle Steve Miller Band 2 1977
Couldn't Get It Right Climax Blues Band 3 1977
Blue Bayou Linda Ronstadt 3 1977
Night Moves Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band 4 1977
Feels Like The First Time Foreigner 4 1977
Things We Do For Love 10cc 5 1977
Lucille Kenny Rogers 5 1977
I Feel Love Donna Summer 6 1977
Cold As Ice Foreigner 6 1977
Watcha Gonna Do? Pablo Cruise 6 1977
Telephone Line ELO 7 1977
Year Of The Cat Al Stewart 8 1977
Margaritaville Jimmy Buffet 8 1977
Smoke From a Distant Fire Sanford/Townsend Band 9 1977
Maybe I'm Amazed Paul McCartney 10 1977

Return to Top

1978

Song Title Performer(s) Peak Yr
Shawdow Dancing Andy Gibb 1 1978
Thicker Than Water Andy Gibb 1 1978
Too Much Heaven Bee Gees 1 1978
Three Times a Lady Commodores 1 1978
You Don't Bring Me Flowers Neil Diamond / Streisand 1 1978
Your The One That I Want Olivia-Newton John 1 1978
With A Little Luck Paul McCartney and Wings 1 1978
Baby Come Back Player 1 1978
Closer I Get To You Roberta Flack 1 1978
Miss You Rolling Stones 1 1978
If I Can't Have You Yvonne Elliman 1 1978
Double Vision Foreigner 2 1978
Baker Street Gerry Rafferty 2 1978
How Much I Feel Ambrosia 3 1978
Just The Way You Are Billy Joel 3 1978
It's A Heartache Bonnie Tyler 3 1978
Last Dance Donna Summer 3 1978
Lay Down Sally Eric Clapton 3 1978
Hot Blooded Foreigner 3 1978
Still the Same Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band 4 1978
Don't Look Back Boston 4 1978
We Are The Champions Queen 4 1978
I Love the Night Life Alicia Bridges 5 1978
Dust In The Wind Kansas 6 1978
Love Will Find A Way Pablo Cruise 6 1978
Count On Me Jefferson Starship 8 1978
Got To Get ou Into My Life Earth Wind and Fire 9 1978
Disco Inferno Tramps 11 1978
Who Are You Who 14 1978
King Tut (N) Steve Martin 17 1978
Macho Man Village People 25 1978
Forever Autumn Justin Hayward 47 1978

Return to Top

1979

Song Title Performer(s) Peak Yr
Heart of Glass Blondie 1 1979
Do That To Me One More Time Captain & Tennille 1 1979
Still Commodores 1 1979
Bad Girls Donna Summer 1 1979
Hot Stuff Donna Summer 1 1979
MacAruthur Park Donna Summer 1 1979
What A Fool Believes Doobie Brothers 1 1979
Heartache Tonight Eagles 1 1979
My Sharona Knack 1 1979
Don't Stop Until You Get Enough Michael Jackson 1 1979
Reunited Peaches & Herb 1 1979
Sad Eyes Robert John 1 1979
Da Ya Think I'm Sexy Rod Stewart 1 1979
Escape (The Pina Colada Song) Rupert Holmes 1 1979
Babe Styx 1 1979
Longer Dan Fogelberg 2 1979
After The Love Has Gone Earth Wind and Fire 2 1979
Fire Pointer Sisters 2 1979
We Are Family Sister Sledge 2 1979
Y.M.C.A. Village People 2 1979
My Life Billy Joel 3 1979
Devil Wnet Down To Georgia Charlie Daniels Band 3 1979
In The Navy Village People 3 1979
Sultans of Swing Dire Straits 4 1979
Don't Bring Me Down ELO 4 1979
She Believes In Me Kenny Rogers 5 1979
Hold The Line Toto 5 1979
Gambler Kenny Rogers 16 1979
Old Time Rock 'N Roll Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band 48 1979

Return to Top

1980

Song Title Performer(s) Peak Yr
It's Still Rock and Roll To Me Billy Joel 1 1980
Call Me Blondie 1 1980
Tide Is High Blondie 1 1980
Sailing Christopher Cross 1 1980
Upside Down Diana Ross 1 1980
Please Don't Go KC/Sunshine Band 1 1980
Lady Kenny Rogers 1 1980
Rock With You Michael Jackson 1 1980
Magic Olivia-Newton John 1 1980
Another Brick In The Wall Pink Floyd 1 1980
Another One Bits The Dust Queen 1 1980
Crazy Little Thing Called Love Queen 1 1980
All Out of Love Air Supply 2 1980
Ride Like The Wind Christopher Cross 2 1980
More Than I Can Say Leo Sayer 2 1980
Love On The Rocks Neil Diamond 2 1980
Working My Way Back To You Spinners 2 1980
Lost In Love Air Supply 3 1980
Biggest Part of Me Ambrosia 3 1980
Rose Bette Midler 3 1980
Coward Of The County Kenny Rogers 3 1980
Hungry Heart Bruce Springsteen 5 1980
Drivin' My Life Away Eddie Rabbitt 5 1980
Fire Lake Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band 6 1980
Xanadu ELO/Olivia Newton-John 8 1980
Tell It Like It Is Heart 8 1980
Same Old Lang Syne Dan Fogelberg 9 1980
Cars Gary Numan 9 1980
Hit Me With Your Best Shot Pat Benetar 9 1980
Let Me Love You Tonight Pure Prairie League 10 1980

Return to Top

1981

Song Title Performer(s) Peak Yr
One That You Love Air Supply 1 1981
Rapture Blondie 1 1981
Arthur's Theme Christopher Cross 1 1981
Endless Love Diana Ross/Lionel Richie 1 1981
9 To 5 Dolly Parton 1 1981
I Love A Rainy Night Eddie Rabbitt 1 1981
Kiss On My List Hall and Oates 1 1981
Private Eyes Hall and Oates 1 1981
Bette Davis Eyes Kim Carnes 1 1981
Celebration Kool & The Gang 1 1981
Endless Love Lionel Richie/Diana Ross 1 1981
Physical Olivia-Newton John 1 1981
Keep On Loving You REO Speedwagon 1 1981
Jessie's Girl Rick Springfield 1 1981
Queen Of Hearts Juice Newton 2 1981
Slow Hand Pointer Sisters 2 1981
Start Me Up Rolling Stones 2 1981
Let's Groove Earth Wind and Fire 3 1981
Stop Draggin' My Heart Around Tom Petty / Heartbreakers 3 1981
Shake It Up Cars 4 1981
Urgent Foreigner 4 1981
Angel Of The Morning Juice Newton 4 1981
Crying Don Mclean 5 1981
Elvira Oak Ridge Boys 5 1981
America Neil Diamond 8 1981
Shaddap You Face (N) Joe Dolce 53 1981

Return to Top

1982

Song Title Performer(s) Peak Yr
Maneater Hall and Oates 1 1982
Don't You Want Me Human League 1 1982
Centerfold J. Geils Band 1 1982
Jack & Diane John Cougar Mellancamp 1 1982
Truly Lionel Richie 1 1982
Who Can It Be Now? Men At Work 1 1982
Ebony and Ivory Paul McCartney and Wings 1 1982
Abracadabra Steve Miller Band 1 1982
Eye Of The Tiger Survivor 1 1982
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me Culture Club 2 1982
We Got The Beat Go-Go's 2 1982
Hurts So Good John Cougar Mellancamp 2 1982
Gloria Laura Branigan 2 1982
Girl Is Mine Michael Jackson/McCartney 2 1982
Don't Talk To Strangers Rick Springfield 2 1982
Rosanna Toto 2 1982
Eye In The Sky Alan Parsons Project 3 1982
Hungry Like The Wolf Duran Duran 3 1982
Even The Nights Are Better Air Supply 5 1982
Do You Believe In Love Huey Lewis & The News 7 1982
Only the Lonely Motels 9 1982

Return to Top

1983

Song Title Performer(s) Peak Yr
Tell Her About It Billy Joel 1 1983
Total Eclipse Of The Heart Bonnie Tyler 1 1983
Let's Dance David Bowie 1 1983
Islands In The Stream Dolly Parton/Kenny Rogers 1 1983
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) Eurythmics 1 1983
Flashdance € What A Feeling Irene Cara 1 1983
All Night Long Lionel Richie 1 1983
Down Under Men At Work 1 1983
Beat It Michael Jackson 1 1983
Billie Jean Michael Jackson 1 1983
Say Say Say Michael Jackson/McCartney 1 1983
Maniac Michael Sembello 1 1983
Every Breath You Take Police 1 1983
Africa Toto 1 1983
Making Love Out of Nothing At All Air Supply 2 1983
Time Culture Club 2 1983
Uptown Gril Billy Joel 3 1983
Overkill Men At Work 3 1983
King Of Pain Police 3 1983
True Spandau Ballet 4 1983
Back On The Chain Gang Pretenders 5 1983
It's A Mistake Men At Work 6 1983
Suddenly Last Summer Motels 9 1983
Burning Down The House Talking Heads 9 1983
China Girl David Bowie 10 1983

Return to Top

1984

Song Title Performer(s) Peak Yr
Carribbean Queen Billy Ocean 1 1984
Karma Chameleon Culture Club 1 1984
Time After Time Cyndi Lauper 1 1984
Reflex Duran Duran 1 1984
I Want To Know What Love Is Foreigner 1 1984
Hello Lionel Richie 1 1984
Like A Virgin Madonna 1 1984
Against All Odds Phil Collins 1 1984
I Just Called To Say I Love You Stevie Wonder 1 1984
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go Wham! 1 1984
Owner Of A Lonely Heart Yes 1 1984
Dancing In The Dark Bruce Springsteen 2 1984
Girls Just Want To Have Fun Cyndi Lauper 2 1984
Heat Is On Glenn Frey 2 1984
Drive Cars 3 1984
Hold Me Now Thompson Twins 3 1984
Thriller Michael Jackson 4 1984
On the Dark Side John Cafferty/Beaver Brown Band 7 1984

Return to Top

1985

Song Title Performer(s) Peak Yr
Money For Nothing Dire Straits 1 1985
A View To A Kill Duran Duran 1 1985
Power Of Love Huey Lewis & The News 1 1985
Say You, Say You Lionel Richie 1 1985
Crazy For You Madonna 1 1985
Broken Wings Mr. Mister 1 1985
One More Night Phil Collins 1 1985
Separate Lives Phil Collins 1 1985
Sussudio Phil Collins 1 1985
Can't Fight This Feeling REO Speedwagon 1 1985
We Built This City Starship 1 1985
Part-Time Lover Stevie Wonder 1 1985
Everybody Wants To Rule The World Tears For Fears 1 1985
Shout Tears For Fears 1 1985
Careless Whisper Wham! 1 1985
Everything She Wants Wham! 1 1985
Saving All My Love For You Whitney Houston 1 1985
Loverboy Billy Ocean 2 1985
You Belong To The City Glenn Frey 2 1985
Dancing On The Ceiling Lionel Richie 2 1985
Material Girl Madonna 2 1985
Head Over Heals Tears For Fears 3 1985
You Give Good Love Whitney Houston 3 1985
Never Heart 4 1985
Smooth Operator Sada 5 1985
Lay Your Hands On Me Thompson Twins 6 1985
Life In a Northern Town Dream Academy 7 1985
Born In The U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen 9 1985

Return to Top

1986

Song Title Performer(s) Peak Yr
Take My Breath Away Berlin 1 1986
There'll Be Sad Songs Billy Ocean 1 1986
Amanda Boston 1 1986
True Colors Cyndi Lauper 1 1986
Invisible Touch Genesis 1 1986
These Dreams Heart 1 1986
Stuck With You Huey Lewis & The News 1 1986
Human Human League 1 1986
Live To Tell Madonna 1 1986
Open Your Heart Madonna 1 1986
Papa Don't Preach Madonna 1 1986
Kyrie Mr. Mister 1 1986
West End Girls Pet Shop Boys 1 1986
Sara Starship 1 1986
Higher Love Steve Winwood 1 1986
Greatest Love Of All Whitney Houston 1 1986
How Will I Know Whitney Houston 1 1986
When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough .. Billy Ocean 2 1986
R.O.C.K. In The USA John Cougar Mellancamp 2 1986
Mad About You Belinda Carlisle 3 1986
Sweetest Taboo Sada 5 1986
My Hometown Bruce Springsteen 6 1986
Somthing About You Level 42 7 1986
King For A Day Thompson Twins 8 1986

Return to Top


The inComplete Jukebox

Developed and Maintained by Tom DeCillis
Last Updated June-26-2002
Have found that all Questions, if not answered by the Q&A. are answered somewhere on this site