Top Ten Tunes- 1985

Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 1985.

For previous top ten tunes, please click on the year: 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984


Eastenders in 1985

So in 1985, the Sinclair C5 is launched, TV soap opera Eastenders debuts, a fire breaks out at Bradford football stadium during a match killing 56 people, the Football Association bans all English football clubs from playing in Europe due to football riots and hooliganism, the Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior is sunk after French agents plant a bomb, Live Aid concerts in both London and Philadelphia raise over £50,000,000 for famine relief in Ethiopia, the wreck of RMS Titanic is located by an expedition team, rioting as a result of racial tension take place in both Birmingham and Brixton, 55 people are killed in the Manchester Airport disaster when a plane bursts into flames, the first British mobile phone call is made and the films The Breakfast Club, The Goonies and Back to the Future are released. I turned 9 years old.


There’s quite a few repeat appearances here. There’s only two acts here that you haven’t seen before in previous weeks, but it does not make this week’s playlist any weaker. Also, please note how the hair has definitely got a lot BIGGER in 1985.

1.How Soon is Now? by The Smiths


2. Shout by Tears for Fears


3. You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) by Dead or Alive


I kind of feel sorry for the bloke on the right who is lacking in the hair department. Do you think he felt left out?

4. Take on Me by A-Ha

5. I’m Your Man by Wham!


6. Inbetween Days by the Cure


7. Raspberry Beret by Prince

8. Running up That Hill by Kate Bush

Kate Bush Cloudbusting 1985 smusic

9. Crazy for You by Madonna


10. Road to Nowhere by Talking Heads


Whilst Dead or Alive are a close second, it’s Kate that wins again for me this week. One of the best songs ever written and those lyrics are phenomenal “And if I only could, I’d make a deal with God, And I’d get him to swap our places”. So, which one is your favourite?

See you next week for 1986!


  1. Phil Taylor · January 26

    I’ve got to go with Tears for Fears, but this is a great list. So many really good ones!

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    • thebeasley · January 26

      1985 was a super strong year for great music. Tears for Fears is an excellent choice.

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  2. The Smiths – now that brought back memories of parties in old houses during the Auckland years 🙂

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  3. findmusthaves · January 26

    I am an 80s baby, but a really love 80s songs. Can’t wait for your post on 1986. This is my year.

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  4. music2commute2 · January 26

    Can’t fault any track on this list! What a year!

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  5. Kate Bush for sure, then The Cure. Great list..the glory years!

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  6. SickChristine · January 26

    It’s hard to choose from this list. They’re all so good. I have a special affection for Take on Me. I remember when that video came out and it was like nothing anyone had ever seen. I love that song. And you can never go wrong with Talking Heads.

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    • thebeasley · January 26

      I loved that video SO much. It was something special when it first came out. And then I used to stare at photos of male celebrities that I fancy in magazines, in the hope they’d pull me into the picture. Never happened. I still do it to be fair.

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  7. mydangblog · January 26

    Ooh, that’s so hard! For danceability, Dead or Alive. For sheer beauty, Kate, of course. And for angst, the Smiths, every time. Normally, The Cure would be at the top of the list, but this was a tough field!

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    • thebeasley · January 26

      Bloody loved the Smiths & the Cure. Kate & Dead or Alive are SUCH good tunes though.

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  8. Em Linthorpe · January 26

    Hi! The Smiths for me too – I’m a huge Smiths fan and How Soon is Now was the first song of theirs I found and owned as a young teen years later. So How Soon is Now was my gateway drug, haha! You’re right, lovely hair this year too. I’m guessing hair spray sales peaked in 85? 😂💜

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    • thebeasley · January 28

      How Soon is Now, is SUCH a good tune still. Commendable choice my friend x


  9. April Munday · January 26

    1985 was the year I moved to London and I’d been over pop for more than a decade. I think the Kate Bush song is the only one I recognise. Sadly, I can remember the first episode of Eastenders. It started as it meant to go on with the discovery of a dead body. Even more sadly, I had big hair and big shoulders. The big hair was more or less natural, though.

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    • thebeasley · January 28

      I can remember the first episode too! The whole family sat down to watch it. Unfortunately, the first episode was hardly family viewing with the dead body, was it? Oh and April, I would LOVE to see a photo of you with big hair & big shoulders!

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  10. MindOverMeta · January 26

    So many amazing songs on this list, which I didn’t really become aware of until I was a bit older! As for Eastenders, I remember Ethel’s willy 😂

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  11. Denzil TheBookOwl · January 26

    Good grief, Dirty Den looks like a teenager. Has to be AHA for me. For the song and the video.

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    • thebeasley · January 28

      Ha he really does. A-ha, amazing song, amazing video.


  12. Judy E Martin · January 26

    My favs this week are ‘Crazy for You’ and A-Ha with ‘Take on Me,’ What a video that was, so cleverly done, and Morten Haket, how gorgeous was he?!
    I remember Eastenders when it started and I was addicted to it for about 10 years never missing an episode!

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    • thebeasley · January 28

      Oh yes Morten Harket was very yummy plus the keyboardist was quite nice too. That video was epic. Same here with Eastenders! Never missed an episode for the first 10 Years!

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  13. angelanoelauthor · January 26

    AHA! Can’t live without that song. I have no idea what it means. I make up the lyrics in my head because I can’t quite understand what they’re saying. Doesn’t matter–still stands for everything that was ever right with the 80s for me.

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  14. music2commute2 · January 27

    1985 is this weeks Pick of the Pops on Radio 2! Fab!

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  15. Blossom Harris · January 28

    Dead or alive for me.Love it but great tunes and bands this year.

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  16. Matthew · January 29

    Awesome list! Kate Bush is the stand out track for me, but all those are very good.

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