Tears For Fears

Top 80 Songs of 1985

Too big to fail? By ‘85, even quirky introspective bedroom new wavers like Tears for Fears had become international rock stars. Simple Minds was right there doing the same. Dead or Alive turned that LGBTQ frown upside down and stormed dance floors, and Johnny Rotten united with Afrika Bambaataa to deliver some sobering prophecies that are still coming true in the form of World Destruction. One night in Bangkok? More like just another day…

Top 80 Songs of 1985

1.      Shout -- Tears For Fears

2.      Shake The Disease -- Depeche Mode

3.      Opportunities -- Pet Shop Boys

4.      In Between Days -- Cure

5.      Dead Man’s Party -- Oingo Boingo

6.      You Spin Me Round -- Dead Or Alive

7.      Take On Me -- A-Ha

8.      This Time -- INXS

9.      Alive And Kicking -- Simple Minds

10.    Perfect Kiss -- New Order

11.    Viva La Rock -- Adam Ant

12.    The Bottom Line -- Big Audio Dynamite

13.    Love And Pride -- King

14.    So In Love -- OMD

15.    World Destruction -- Time Zone

16.    Flexible -- Depeche Mode

17.    Everybody Wants To Rule The World -- Tears For Fears

18.    Blue Kiss -- Jane Weidlin

19.    One Night In Bangkok -- Murray Head

20.    She Sells Sanctuary -- Cult

21.    Stay Up Late -- Talking Heads

22.    Don’t You Forget About Me -- Simple Minds

23.    Perfect Way -- Scritti Politti

24.    Bring On The Dancing Horses -- Echo & The Bunnymen

25.    Close To Me -- Cure

26.    What You Need -- INXS

27.    Be Near Me -- ABC

28.    Election Day -- Arcadia

29.    Running Up That Hill -- Kate Bush

30.    Weird Science -- Oingo Boingo

31.    Secret -- OMD

32.    Voices Carry -- ‘Til Tuesday

33.    Bad (Live) -- U2

34.    Love Is The 7th Wave -- Sting

35.    Some Like It Hot -- Power Station

36.    Subculture -- New Order

37.    Head Over Heels -- Tears For Fears

38.    Ball Of Confusion -- Love & Rockets

39.    And She Was -- Talking Heads

40.    Slave To Love -- Brian Ferry

41.    My Heart Goes Bang -- Dead Or Alive

42.    Nemesis -- Shriekback

43.    Things Can Only Get Better -- Howard Jones

44.    Kosciusko -- Midnight Oil

45.    A View To A Kill -- Duran Duran

46.    Just Another Day -- Oingo Boingo

47.    A Sort Of Homecoming -- U2

48.    Goodbye Bad Times -- Philip Oakley And Giorgio Moroder

49.    Strength -- Alarm

50.    Lay Your Hands On Me -- Thompson Twins

51.    Dancing In Heaven -- Q Feel

52.    Vanity Kills -- ABC

53.    The Sun Always Shines On TV -- A-Ha

54.    Bang A Gong -- Power Station

55.    Sanctify Yourself -- Simple Minds

56.    Say It Again -- Danse Society

57.    Johnny Come Home -- Fine Young Canibals

58.    Tarzan Boy -- Baltimora

59.    Cities In Dust -- Siouxsie & The Banshees

60.    I Would Die For You -- Prince

61.    Perfect Skin -- Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

62.    Walking On Sunshine -- Katrina & The Waves

63.    Party At Ground Zero -- Fishbone

64.    Never You Done That -- General Public

65.    How To Be A Millionaire -- ABC

66.    Gratitude -- Danny Elfman

67.    No Promises -- Icehouse

68.    Don’t Mess With A Dream -- Thompson Twins

69.    Kiss Me -- Tin Tin

70.    Lover Come Back To Me -- Dead Or Alive

71.    Warning Sign -- Nick Hayward

72.    Road To Nowhere -- Talking Heads

73.    Burning House Of Love -- X

74.    This Is Not America -- David Bowie

75.    A Night Like This -- Cure

76.    Can’t Get Enough Of You Baby -- Colourfield

77.    Can’t Get There From Here -- REM

78.    Mother’s Talk -- Tears For Fears

79.    E=MC2 -- Big Audio Dynamite

80.    Blowing Up Detroit -- John Polumbo

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