This week 29 years ago, Greg LeMond becomes the first American to win the Tour de France; Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, marries Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey; "Aliens" reigns supreme at the box office; and the following songs are the most popular in the United States, according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "Modern Woman," Billy Joel
This super-talky track was included on the soundtrack to the Danny DeVito/Bette Midler black comedy "Ruthless People." Also on the soundtrack: Kool and The Gang, Mick Jagger and Luther Vandross.
9. "Holding Back the Years," Simply Red
"Holding Back the Years" is the most successful track by the British soul-pop group, who just happened to announce a reunion this year.
8. "Mad About You," Belinda Carlisle
Aww, post-Go-Go's Belinda. This was Carlisle's first single from her solo debut album. Also in 1986, Carlisle married Morgan Mason, the son of actor James Mason. Morgan appears in this song's video.
7. "Love Touch," Rod Stewart
Apparently, "I want to give you my love touch," was considered something romantic to say in 1986. This was the theme to the Robert Redford movie "Legal Eagles," which I have never heard of and apparently centers around a love triangle between Redford, Debra Winger and Daryl Hannah.
6. "Papa Don't Preach," Madonna
Eventually hitting No. 1 on the Hot 100 for two weeks, "Papa Don't Preach" was written by Brian Elliott who once said, "I just wanted to make this girl in the song a sympathetic character."
5. "Glory of Love," Peter Cetera
Another movie song! "Glory of Love" comes from "The Karate Kid, Part II," hence the dojo-y music video.
4. "Nasty," Janet Jackson
Thank you, Janet, for adding, "Miss Jackson if you're nasty" to the pop-culture lexicon.
3. "Invisible Touch," Genesis
This is peak Genesis. "Invisible Touch" is the band's only No. 1 single and also is the best-selling track in its history.
2. "Danger Zone," Kenny Loggins
Ah, "Top Gun" It wouldn't be 1986 without a song from that film. True story: I once had to go to an EMT graduation ceremony (don't ask) and the teachers made a PowerPoint presentation of photos from the class with this song as the soundtrack. Couldn't. Stop. Laughing.
1. "Sledgehammer," Peter Gabriel
No. 1 for just one week, "Sledgehammer" gives Gabriel the interesting distinction of replacing his former band, Genesis, at the top of the Hot 100 chart. I feel like that's going to be a question at some trivia night soon. So, you're welcome. Also interesting: It's basically just a euphemism-heavy song about sex, sex and, yeah, sex. Really, 1986? You were OK with the line "Open up your fruit cages"?