Special Report

The Most Popular Song Every Year Since 1970

Source: Wikimedia Commons

1985
> Most popular song: a-ha – Take On Me
> Hot 100 debut: July 13, 1985
> Peak Hot 100 position: No. 1
> Weeks on Hot 100: 27
> Runner-up song: Kool & The Gang – Cherish

Source: A1C Nancy Smelser / Wikimedia Commons

1986
> Most popular song: Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald – On My Own
> Hot 100 debut: March 22, 1986
> Peak Hot 100 position: No. 1
> Weeks on Hot 100: 23
> Runner-up song: Level 42 – Something About You

Source: Virginia Tehan / Wikimedia Commons

1987
> Most popular song: Debbie Gibson – Only In My Dreams
> Hot 100 debut: May 9, 1987
> Peak Hot 100 position: No. 4
> Weeks on Hot 100: 28
> Runner-up song: Whitesnake – Here I Go Again

Source: National Park Service / Wikimedia Commons

1988
> Most popular song: Taylor Dayne – I’ll Always Love You
> Hot 100 debut: June 11, 1988
> Peak Hot 100 position: No. 3
> Weeks on Hot 100: 30
> Runner-up song: Breathe – Hands To Heaven

Source: Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons

1989
> Most popular song: Bette Midler – Wind Beneath My Wings (From “Beaches”)
> Hot 100 debut: March 4, 1989
> Peak Hot 100 position: No. 1
> Weeks on Hot 100: 29
> Runner-up song: Young M.C. – Bust A Move