Class of 86 music, favorite hits from (gulp) 30 years ago



By Leighton Ginn

Later on this year, I’ll probably go to my 30th high school reunion, highlighting the fact that I’m old and I haven’t really done much with my life.

But I have my music.

So here is a list of my favorite songs from the year I graduated.

I’m not proud of some of my picks. But my tastes are my tastes.

These songs were selected from a list of the top 100 songs from 1986, compiled by Billboard.

Sweet Freedom

A Michael McDonald film from one of my favorite, and not very well known movie, “Running Scared” with Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines.


I’m Your Man

Kind of an unheralded classic from Wham! It wasn’t included in George Michael’s 25th anniversary CD, which had three other Wham! hits.

Walk This Way

A groundbreaking video that merged rock and rap, and changed music.


If You Leave

A quintessential song in the Molly Ringwald trilogy of films she did with John Hughes.

We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off

Yeah, I like the song. Sue me.

Dancing on the Ceiling

Lionel Richie was a favorite in the 80s for me.

Love Touch


Legal Eagle was a big movie at the time and this was the hit song from the film starring Robert Redford, Debra Winger and Daryl Hannah.

Tender Love

I truly believe this song had a hand in the birth of several 30 year olds.

You Give Love A Bad Name

Not only did this song give love a bad name, but made going to karaoke nights a little painful.

 Party All The Time

I tried to keep a straight face when I posted this. I failed.





One comment

  1. danielle chandler · May 13, 2016

    oh geez…. I have a couple (or more) of these on my work playlist…


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