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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1986.

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Events[]

  • January 30 - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame holds its first induction ceremony with many rock pioneers attending.[1]
  • February 12 - Element Ethan forms the band 666 with Minnie Baker prior to The Thickest Tour which Raven, who formerly opened for him, opens for them again in France.
  • May 28 - The Monkees held a press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City to officially announce that they would embark on a 100-plus city tour. The tour became one of the biggest grossing tours of the year.[2]
  • June 10 - Bob Geldof was awarded with a knighthood in recognition of his work in organizing Live Aid and other concerts that raised millions of dollars for the starving people of Africa.[3]
  • June 30 - Madonna releases her "True Blue" album, which tops the charts in over 28 countries & becomes the best selling album of 1986.[4]
  • September 27 – A tour bus carrying the heavy metal band Metallica crashes in Sweden, killing their influential bassist, Cliff Burton.[5]
  • November 17–18 - Billy Eckstine makes his final recordings, later released on his album Billy Eckstine Sings with Benny Carter.[6]
  • December 12 - The Smiths play Brixton Academy, their last ever gig before their dissolution.[7]
  • Approximate date - Axé (music) originates in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

Bands formed[]

Bands disbanded[]

Albums released[]

  1. Graceland Paul Simon
  2. So Peter Gabriel
  3. Parade Prince and The Revolution
  4. Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi
  5. A Kind of Magic Queen
  6. Invisible Touch Genesis

Biggest hit singles[]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1986.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart entries
1 Falco "Rock Me Amadeus" 1986 File:Flag of Austria.svg UK 1 – Mar 1986, US BB 1 – Feb 1986, Canada 1 – Dec 1985, Sweden 1 – Aug 1985, Sweden (alt) 1 – Sep 1985, Austria 1 – May 1985, Germany 1 – Jun 1985, Éire 1 – Apr 1986, New Zealand 1 for 5 weeks Mar 1986, France 2 – Nov 1985, Switzerland 2 – Jun 1985, Netherlands 3 – May 1986, South Africa 3 of 1986, Norway 6 – Apr 1986, Italy 18 of 1985, US CashBox 19 of 1986, Poland 24 – Jun 1985, POP 29 of 1986, US BB 30 of 1986, Germany 50 of the 1980s, RYM 63 of 1985, Scrobulate 65 of 80s, KROQ 74 of 1986
2 Madonna "Papa Don't Preach" 1986 United States UK 1 – Jun 1986, US BB 1 – Jul 1986, Sweden 1 – Aug 1986, Norway 1 – Jul 1986, Italy 1 of 1986, Éire 1 – Jun 1986, Australia 1 for 6 weeks Mar 1987, Netherlands 2 – Jun 1986, Switzerland 2 – Jul 1986, Poland 2 – Aug 1986, Germany 2 – Jul 1986, Austria 4 – Aug 1986, Australia 9 of 1986, US CashBox 18 of 1986, US BB 19 of 1986, POP 35 of 1986, 37 in 2FM list, RYM 43 of 1986, Germany 215 of the 1980s, Acclaimed 761
3 Europe "The Final Countdown" 1986 Sweden UK 1 – Nov 1986, Netherlands 1 – Aug 1986, Sweden 1 – May 1986, Austria 1 – Nov 1986, Switzerland 1 – Sep 1986, Poland 1 – Nov 1986, Germany 1 – Sep 1986, Éire 1 – Nov 1986, Italy 2 of 1987, Norway 4 – Jul 1986, South Africa 7 of 1987, US BB 8 – Feb 1987, France 9 – Apr 1986, Australia 10 of 1987, Europe 14 of the 1980s, US BB 19 of 1987, Scrobulate 20 of Swedish, POP 29 of 1987, Germany 90 of the 1980s, RYM 93 of 1986
4 Berlin "Take My Breath Away" 1986 United States UK 1 – Oct 1986, US BB 1 – Jul 1986, Netherlands 1 – Sep 1986, Sweden 1 – Sep 1986, Éire 1 – Oct 1986, Oscar in 1986, Switzerland 2 – Oct 1986, Germany 3 – Sep 1986, Austria 4 – Nov 1986, Norway 4 – Oct 1986, Poland 4 – Nov 1986, Australia 6 of 1986, POP 7 of 1986, US BB 13 of 1992, RYM 16 of 1986, US CashBox 21 of 1986, Italy 37 of 1986, TOTP 37, Scrobulate 80 of 80s, OzNet 251, Germany 310 of the 1980s
5 Pet Shop Boys "West End Girls" 1985 United Kingdom UK 1 – Nov 1985, US BB 1 – Mar 1986, Norway 1 – Jan 1986, New Zealand 1 for 4 weeks Feb 1986, US CashBox 2 of 1986, Switzerland 2 – Jan 1986, Netherlands 3 – Jan 1986, Sweden 3 – Jan 1986, Germany 3 – Jan 1986, Austria 5 – Feb 1986, France 7 – Oct 1985, KROQ 11 of 1984, Poland 14 – Jan 1986, RYM 15 of 1985, US BB 16 of 1986, South Africa 18 of 1986, Scrobulate 32 of 80s, POP 43 of 1986, Germany 232 of the 1980s, WXPN 478, OzNet 694, Acclaimed 890

Singles released[]

  1. I Want You Elvis Costello and the Attractions

Published popular music[]

Music festivals[]

  • Inaugural Festival International de Louisiane

Births[]

  • January 2 - Trombone Shorty, American trumpet and trombone player
  • January 3 - Lloyd Polite, American singer (N-Toon)
  • January 5Teppei Koike, Japanese singer and actor
  • January 6Alex Turner, singer and guitarist (Arctic Monkeys)
  • January 11 - Mithoon, film score composer and singer
  • January 20 - Victoria Asher, American keyboard player
  • January 26
    • Hero, Korean singer (TVXQ)
    • Matt Heafy, singer, and guitarist (Trivium)
  • February 2Blaine Larsen, US country singer
  • February 6U-Know, Korean singer (TVXQ)
  • February 14Tiffany Thornton, American actress
  • February 19Maria Mena, singer
  • February 21Charlotte Church, singer
  • February 25Danny Saucedo, Swedish singer
  • February 26Crystal Kay, Japan-born singer
  • February 26 - Juliet Simms, American singer-songwriter.
  • March 3Stacie Orrico, singer
  • March 12Danny Jones, singer and guitarist (McFLY)
  • March 15Adrianne Leon, actress and singer
  • March 22Amy Studt, singer, songwriter and musician
  • March 26Jonny Craig, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • March 28Lady Gaga, singer, songwriter, and pianist
  • April 2Lee DeWyze, singer
  • April 4Eunhyuk, Korean singer (Super Junior)
  • April 8
    • Bridget Kelly, American singer-songwriter
    • Erika Sawajiri, Japanese actress and singer
  • May 13Alexander Rybak, Norwegian singer
  • May 14
    • Alyosha, Ukrainian singer
    • Joseph Attieh, Lebanese singer
  • May 21Myra, singer
  • May 30Claudia Beni, singer
  • May 31Sopho Khalvashi, Georgian musician
  • June 10Tinchy Stryder, English rapper and producer
  • June 25 - Aya Matsuura, Japanese singer
  • June 27Drake Bell, actor, singer
  • June 28Kellie Pickler, American Idol singer
  • June 29Austin Drage, British actor and singer
  • July 2Lindsay Lohan, actress, singer
  • July 5 – Adam Young, American singer-songwriter and producer (Owl City and Sky Sailing)
  • August 19 - Christina Perri, Americcan singer/songwriter
  • August 26
    • Laza Morgan, singer
    • Cassie, singer
  • September 12Emmy Rossum, actress and singer
  • September 19Ilya Salmanzadeh, music producer
  • October 22 - Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, actress
  • October 24 - Drake, rapper, actor, entertainer.
  • November 5BoA, singer
  • November 15Jerry Roush, American singer-songwriter (Of Mice & Men, Sky Eats Airplane, and Glass Cloud)
  • November 20Oliver Sykes, English heavy metal vocalist (Bring Me the Horizon)
  • December 15Xiah, Korean singer (TVXQ)
  • December 20Anoop Desai, American singer-songwriter
  • December 30Ellie Goulding, English singer-songwriter

Deaths[]

  • January 4Phil Lynott, bassist/singer and co-founder of Thin Lizzy, 36 (heart failure & pneumonia)
  • January 6Joe Farrell, jazz saxophonist, 48 (bone cancer)
  • January 8Pierre Fournier, cellist, 79
  • February 2Francisco Mignone, composer, 88
  • February 14Edmund Rubbra, composer, 84
  • February 15Galliano Masini, operatic tenor, 90
  • March 4
    • Richard Manuel (The Band), 42 (suicide)
    • Howard Greenfield, songwriter, 49 (AIDS)
  • March 11Sonny Terry, blues musician, 74
  • March 21Raymond Burke, jazz clarinetist, 81
  • March 22Mark Dinning, US singer, 52 (heart attack)
  • March 30James Cagney, US actor, singer and dancer, 86
  • March 31O'Kelly Isley of the Isley Brothers, 48 (heart attack)
  • April 1Donald Grobe, operatic tenor, 56
  • April 3Peter Pears, opera singer and partner of Benjamin Britten, 75
  • April 8Yukiko Okada, singer, 18 (suicide)
  • April 13Dorothy Ashby, jazz harpist and composer, 53 (cancer)
  • April 19
    • Dag Wirén, composer, 80
    • Estelle Yancey, blues singer, 90
  • June 3Anna Neagle, actress, singer and dancer, 81
  • June 13Benny Goodman, bandleader, 77
  • June 14Alan Jay Lerner, lyricist, 67
  • June 16Maurice Duruflé, composer, 84
  • June 17Kate Smith, singer, 79
  • June 29 - Dusolina Giannini, operatic soprano, 83
  • July 3Rudy Vallee, singer, 84
  • July 18Don Wilkerson, saxophonist
  • July 31Teddy Wilson, jazz pianist, 73
  • September 27Cliff Burton (Metallica), 24 (tour bus accident)
  • September 28Robert Helpmann, dancer and choreographer, 77
  • October 16Arthur Grumiaux, violinist, 65
  • October 22Thorgeir Stubø, Norwegian jazz guitarist, 42
  • November 1Sippie Wallace, blues singer, 88
  • November 3Eddie Davis, saxophonist, 64
  • November 6 - Elisabeth Grümmer, operatic soprano, 75
  • November 7Tracy Pew, bass guitarist, 28 (brain hemorrhage)
  • November 13Rudolf Schock, operatic tenor, 71
  • November 18Lajos Bárdos, composer and conductor, 87
  • November 22Scatman Crothers, singer, dancer and musician, 76
  • December 1Horace Heidt, pianist and bandleader, 85
  • December 10 - Kate Wolf, folk singer and songwriter, 44 (leukemia)
  • Unknown - Boris Gutnikov, violinist

Awards[]

Charts[]

List of no. 1 hits[]

  • Hot 100 no. 1 hits of 1986 – U.S.

US Top 40 Hits of 1986[]

Main article: Billboard Top 40 of 1986

See also[]

  • Record labels established in 1986

References[]

  1. "1986 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony".
  2. "1986 20th ANNIVERSARY REUNION TOUR". Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  3. "Queen Knights Bob Geldof, but Don't Call Him Sir Bob". Associated Press. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  4. Emery, Mark. "1986 flashback: Remembering the year of the Mets' last title, from Reagan to Ruxpin". NEW YORK DAILY NEWS. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  5. "Metallica History Part 2". Metallica. Retrieved December 23, 2006.
  6. Cary Ginell (August 1, 2013). Mr. B: The Music and Life of Billy Eckstine. Hal Leonard. ISBN 978-1-4803-6679-4.
  7. Greene, Andy. "Flashback: The Smiths Play Their Last-Ever Gig". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
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