1986 Number 2 Hits

Good grief! I started this exercise because of the whole Ultravox / Joe Dolce outrage of 1981, but there are some real corkers here I can tell you (and to be brutal, you can probably see for yourself). The fact that Nick Berry could get to number one at the expense of anybody is bad enough, but the fact that he kept The Quo from occupying the top spot is nothing sort of a NATIONAL SCANDAL. At least Joe Dolce had a sense of humour... grrr.

Song at Number 2 Week Ending Song at Number 1
Dire Straits - Walk Of Life 25/01/1986 a-ha - The Sun Always Shines On TV
Nana Mouskouri - Only Love 01/02/1986
Madonna - Borderline 15/02/1986 Billy Ocean - When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going
Su Pollard - Starting Together 22/02/1986
Bangles - Manic Monday 15/03/1986 Diana Ross - Chain Reaction
David Bowie - Absolute Beginners 22/03/1986
Sam Cooke - Wonderful World (re-issue) 05/04/1986 Cliff Richard & The Young Ones - Living Doll
Madonna - Live To Tell 10/05/1986 Falco - Rock Me Amadeus
Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald - On My Own 17/05/1986 Spitting Image - The Chicken Song
24/05/1986
31/05/1986
Simply Red - Holding Back The Years 07/06/1986 Dr & The Medics - Spirit In The Sky
14/06/1986
Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait 28/06/1986 Wham! - The Edge Of Heaven / Where Did Your Heart Go
Rod Stewart - Every Beat Of My Heart 19/07/1986 Madonna - Papa Don't Preach
Sinitta - So Macho / Cruising 23/08/1986 Boris Gardiner - I Want To Wake Up With You
Jermaine Stewart - We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off 20/09/1986 The Communards - Don't Leave Me This Way
27/09/1986
Five Star - Rain Or Shine 04/10/1986
11/10/1986 Madonna - True Blue
Status Quo - In The Army Now 01/11/1986 Nick Berry - Every Loser Wins
Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hangin' On 15/11/1986 Berlin - Take My Breath Away
22/11/1986
Erasure - Sometimes 13/12/1986 Europe - The Final Countdown
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<td style="text-align: right;" width="265" valign="center"><strong>Song at Number 2</strong></td>
<td style="text-align: center;" width="86" valign="center"><strong>Week Ending</strong></td>
<td style="text-align: right;" width="265" valign="center"><strong>Song at Number 1</strong></td>
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<td style="text-align: right;" width="265" valign="center">Dire Straits - Walk Of Life</td>
<td style="text-align: center;" width="86" valign="center">25/01/1986</td>
<td rowspan="2" width="265">a-ha - The Sun Always Shines On TV</td>
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<td style="text-align: right;" width="265" valign="center">Nana Mouskouri - Only Love</td>
<td style="text-align: center;" width="86" valign="center">01/02/1986</td>
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<td style="text-align: right;" width="265" valign="center">Madonna - Borderline</td>
<td style="text-align: center;" width="86" valign="center">15/02/1986</td>
<td rowspan="2" width="265">Billy Ocean - When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going</td>
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<td style="text-align: right;" width="265" valign="center">Su Pollard - Starting Together</td>
<td style="text-align: center;" width="86" valign="center">22/02/1986</td>
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<td style="text-align: right;" width="265" valign="center">Bangles - Manic Monday</td>
<td style="text-align: center;" width="86" valign="center">15/03/1986</td>
<td rowspan="2" width="265">Diana Ross - Chain Reaction</td>
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<td style="text-align: right;" width="265" valign="center">David Bowie - Absolute Beginners</td>
<td style="text-align: center;" width="86" valign="center">22/03/1986</td>
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<td style="text-align: right;" width="265" valign="center">Sam Cooke - Wonderful World   (re-issue)</td>
<td style="text-align: center;" width="86" valign="center">05/04/1986</td>
<td style="text-align: right;" width="265" valign="center">Cliff Richard &amp; The Young Ones - Living Doll</td>
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<td style="text-align: right;" width="265" valign="center">Madonna - Live To Tell</td>
<td style="text-align: center;" width="86" valign="center">10/05/1986</td>
<td style="text-align: right;" width="265" valign="center">Falco - Rock Me Amadeus</td>
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<td rowspan="3" width="265">Patti LaBelle &amp; Michael McDonald - On My Own</td>
<td style="text-align: center;" width="86" valign="center">17/05/1986</td>
<td rowspan="3" width="265">Spitting Image - The Chicken Song</td>
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<td style="text-align: center;" width="86" valign="center">24/05/1986</td>
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<td style="text-align: center;" width="86" valign="center">31/05/1986</td>
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<td rowspan="2" width="265">Simply Red - Holding Back The Years</td>
<td style="text-align: center;" width="86" valign="center">07/06/1986</td>
<td rowspan="2" width="265">Dr &amp; The Medics - Spirit In The Sky</td>
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<td style="text-align: center;" width="86" valign="center">14/06/1986</td>
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<td style="text-align: right;" width="265" valign="center">Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait</td>
<td style="text-align: center;" width="86" valign="center">28/06/1986</td>
<td style="text-align: right;" width="265" valign="center">Wham! - The Edge Of Heaven / Where Did Your Heart Go</td>
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<td style="text-align: right;" width="265" valign="center">Rod Stewart - Every Beat Of My Heart</td>
<td style="text-align: center;" width="86" valign="center">19/07/1986</td>
<td style="text-align: right;" width="265" valign="center">Madonna - Papa Don't Preach</td>
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<td style="text-align: right;" width="265" valign="center">Sinitta - So Macho / Cruising</td>
<td style="text-align: center;" width="86" valign="center">23/08/1986</td>
<td style="text-align: right;" width="265" valign="center">Boris Gardiner - I Want To Wake Up With You</td>
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<td rowspan="2" width="265">Jermaine Stewart - We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off</td>
<td style="text-align: center;" width="86" valign="center">20/09/1986</td>
<td rowspan="3" width="265">The Communards - Don't Leave Me This Way</td>
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<td style="text-align: center;" width="86" valign="center">27/09/1986</td>
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<td rowspan="2" width="265">Five Star - Rain Or Shine</td>
<td style="text-align: center;" width="86" valign="center">04/10/1986</td>
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<td style="text-align: center;" width="86" valign="center">11/10/1986</td>
<td style="text-align: right;" width="265" valign="center">Madonna - True Blue</td>
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<td style="text-align: right;" width="265" valign="center">Status Quo - In The Army Now</td>
<td style="text-align: center;" width="86" valign="center">01/11/1986</td>
<td style="text-align: right;" width="265" valign="center">Nick Berry - Every Loser Wins</td>
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<td rowspan="2" width="265">Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hangin' On</td>
<td style="text-align: center;" width="86" valign="center">15/11/1986</td>
<td rowspan="2" width="265">Berlin - Take My Breath Away</td>
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<td style="text-align: center;" width="86" valign="center">22/11/1986</td>
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<td style="text-align: right;" width="265" valign="center">Erasure - Sometimes</td>
<td style="text-align: center;" width="86" valign="center">13/12/1986</td>
<td style="text-align: right;" width="265" valign="center">Europe - The Final Countdown</td>
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