URBAN: 'The year of the final bloody countdown' - the most horrible catastrophe to ever take place on Swedish soil. Twenty five countries!! The song ended up at the no: 1 singles chart spot in 25 friggin' countries all over the world including UK, Italy, 
France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Holland, Sweden, etc, etc, etc.

You all think about it for a minute or two... let it all sink in. 25, 25, 25. Not to mention all the places such as the states where it "merely" ended up at top-10 (#8). Can you imagine the complete 
and total hysteria which took place in Sweden during the year of 1986? 

No, well, imagine living inside the movie 'Groundhog Day', where every friggin' day is the exact same as the previous one... 

"it's not even a proper song... merely a fanfare with the occasional lyrics".

You'll wake up screaming to the sound of 'The Final 
Countdown' playing on the radio. Sheer and utter horror!!! And it's not even a proper song... merely a fanfare with the occasional lyrics.

I may sound like a real garbage mouth and like I'm sick and tired of the song. Well, does a bear shit in the woods? However, I do enjoy the music of Europe (the band, not the continent), it's just that bleeding fanfare that really gets on your nerves nowadays. 

At least noone had music ringtones on their mobiles back in those days, thank f**k. You'd become a serial killer quicker than page three's Sam Fox could flash her puppies. Nevermind if I had to spend my entire childhood as an juvenile 
delinquent. It'd be a small price to pay to spare future humanity of that song. 

Not sure if that's the reason why guitarist John Norum decided to abanndon ship at the very height of Europe's career though. It's not like we kids cared for that 
matter. We/us poor, tiny, innocent, cold war kids, had to put up with yet another catastrophe that year... and almost as big as 'the 
final' one. 

"think Paris Hilton on all the channels during prime time TV". 

In fact, we thought this would be the final countdown for sure. Chernobyl, ever heard of it? No? think Paris Hilton on all the channels during prime time TV, and you'll get the hang of the magnitude of this catastrophe. Indeed, not a laughing matter, sheer horror!!! 

We're obviously talking about the worst nuclear disaster (so far) as one of the main reactors at the Chernobyl 
(Soviet Union at the time) nuclear plant explodes. 100.000's of people are exposed to radioactive downfall and yellow rain. Vast territories in Ukraine and Belarus are rendered uninhabitable and Chernobyl is still and will probably never be a safe place to live in. 

Sweden was still in shock over the assassination of our prime minister (Olof Palme) and I believe 1986 marks the end of the innocence from our small part of the world. 

Speaking of meltdown. The "dead" Bobby Ewing is revealed to be alive and showering in his ex-wife Pam's bathroom in the season finale of Dallas. Later in the autumn premiere, it was shown that the entire 85/86 
season was merely a dream of Pamela's.

"'Peace Sells... But Who's Buying". 

'Peace Sells... But Who's Buying' - Dave Mustaine did his best. U.S. cowboy Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sure as hell didn't. They meet in Reykjavík, Iceland, to discuss scaling down their missile and nuclear arsenals. 

Fat chance! The cold war continued as the talks broke down quicker than millions of Metallica fans when they heard the news about Cliffy. Their release of the year, "Master Of Puppets", firmly stands as one of metal's mightiest and most influencial moments ever. Would you believe it ended up as my #1 record of the year too. 

Their wicked bassist would sadly not experience all the praise from todays metal artists, fans, mags, etc. since he was crushed under their tour bus in Sweden. See, only bad things happened in Sweden this year: The Final Countdown, Olof Palme, 
Cliff Burton. 

And on top of everything, I recall losing out one helluva lotta money on 'Outrun' too (the arcade game). Damn, I blame the Halley's Comet for everything. Don't you ever come back to our solar system again, you hear, you jinx! 

"some of the lyrics are just as silly as the girlie voice of Mike Tyson".

My fave hard rock album as a young kid and still kicking at #3, "Slippery When Wet". And considering the vast amount of plastic on Cher, also Sambora's standard phrase during you know what. Yeah, some of the lyrics are just as silly as the girlie voice of Mike Tyson (first time world boxing champion in '86). 

However, you can't deny the feel-good power of cracking tunes such as 'Livin' On A Prayer' or 'You Give Love A Bad Name', etc. MTV made them a household name all over the world. Oh how the mighty have fallen, especially considering their lousy albums as of lately...

Vinnie Vincent (ex-KISS), the man who single handedly created the term 'guitarmageddon' and utterly over-the-top playing. Mad virtuoso skill with hand tapping, sweeping runs and licks. Lots of weird tricks and sound effects were only to be expected on his first solo album this year, "Invasion". 

"the best/worst example of eighties guitar madness".

'Invasion' is clearly the best/worst example of eighties guitar madness. For the record, I like the album a lot (see my personal list of the year). Many others didn't though...

'To Hell With The Devil vs. Reign In Blood'. Two almost as equally great albums. Wait, did I just type that? Yeah... so what? I hold the latter as the slightly better effort (see my list of the year). I'll never understand why some will merely listen 
to Stryper and not Slayer though (or vice versa). 

Stryper and the Sweet Brothers became legendary for tossing out bibles into their audience. The suger-sweet ballad, 'Honestly', became the most requested song on night MTV in '86. Slayer on the other hand, a bunch of not-so- sweet, tossers.

Van Halen transformed into 'Van Hagar' and released in my opinion their best album ever. '5150' was my first real encounter with the Van's (I knew only of 'Jump') and it's simply jam packed with feel-good, party tunes. 

I always end up howling loudly along to the likes of 'Why Can't This Be Love, 'Dreams', 'Summer Nights', 'Love Walks In'. The latter a real goosebumps experience. Give me Sammy Hagar era over David Lee Roth's any day of the week.

"Someone Built A Wall In Berlin, Not To Keep Them Out But To Keep Them In".

'Someone Built A Wall In Berlin, Not To Keep Them Out But To Keep Them In'. Not only 'Magnum' on TV anymore (the private eye) as I discovered the pompous music of Bob The Cat & Tony The Hat. 'Vigilante' is such a fine record, it should be in every rock fan's private collection. In fact, the Birmingham geezers managed to record three great albums in a row (this being the 2nd one).

1986 was also the year of 'synth guitars' as both Iron Maiden and Judas Priest had 'em on their releases of the year. Yup, not a sound effect, but actual Ronalds 'synth guitars'. 

Looking back, it must be one of the weirdest moments in hard rock. What genius came up with the idea of creating a guitar instead of some kind of effect box? And why bother with a synth guitar in the first place??? Simply get a keyboard player - duh!

Maiden's 'Somewhere In Time' and Priest's 'Turbo' ended up sounding like none of their other releases in their massive back catalogue. Perhaps not their best efforts, but also far from their worst. Both acts went tits up during the fiasco years of Blaze Bailey and Ripper Owens.

The 'white elephant' award of the year goes to... Quiet Riot and their 'QR III' release. I know, it's one of these albums you're not supposed to enjoy (much like Black Sabbath's release of the year). However, I find this one to be utterly cool and 
smooth to the extreme. 

"Kevin Dubrow managed somehow to have a full head of hair again".

It's a far cry from the 'Bang Your Head' rock of Metal Health, but songs like 'Twilight Hotel' should please any melodic hardrock fan. Ehem, strangely enough, Kevin Dubrow managed somehow to have a full head of hair again? (R.I.P.).

Black Sabbath's release, 'The Seventh Star', originally meant as the first solo album by Tony Iommi, had yet another former Deep Purple vocalist on board. Glenn Hughes followed Ian Gillan and the sound was utterly melodic. 

The 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico could just as easily have been re-named 'The Maradona World Cup'. Never before had one player been so superior to the rest of the schmucks. We wanted so badly to be just as good as Diego Maradona as we re-played the world cup in our schoolyard. 

Journey released the wimpiest of all wimp albums, 'Raised on Radio', and ended up recruiting session player Randy Jackson as their bass guitar player on tour. I believe he's mostly known for his mad ramblings on TV and the "Idol" show (and not to forget his awful hairdo of the eighties). 

"the biggest entertainer in the hard rock biz".

"Yankee Rose" with the biggest entertainer in the hard rock biz, David Lee Roth, another major talkie of the year. The talkin' guitar of Steve Vai would leave an lasting impression on all of us. Not to forget that bassist Billy Sheehan (ex-Talas) could mimic all the virtuoso stuff Vai came up with.  

Overall, perhaps not the best of the 80's year when it comes to actual top releases. To be honest, a lot of the albums hasn't aged particular well. Shocking poor, the releases from: Ratt, Cheap Trick, Keel, Wasp, Accept, Ozzy, etc, etc.

You can still find a dozen or three of classic albums though. You just need to wade through a bunch of crappy ones first. 

KIMMO: Those Swedes... some of them are a bit traumatized over "that" song. I admit that I like it, no Europe gig wouldn't be complete without it and there's just something about that parp... 1986 was the year of big revelations for me. I got my first very own stereo system with a record player, and I started spending the little cash that I had on LP's and magazines. I used to raid the bargain bins, picking up obscure albums for a coin or two, hoping they'd be something cool. More often than not they weren't. I had a rather large number of albums released by Mausoleum Records, just because they were cheap - stuff like Stormbringer (pretty good actually), Hazzard, Ostrogoth... a bit more expensive were some of the albums I had heard of, but not actually heard yet, and I took some chances. My number one album "The Pleasure Principle" was one, I had seen the band a million times in the Swedish mag OKEJ, and their poodle haircuts and hard rock outfits lead me to believe that they might be good. They were. Same with Brighton Rock, a band that was compared to Bon Jovi and Dokken somewhere - that was my first full-priced LP. They looked cool, had a good producer and cool song titles, so I went to the record store's listening desk and gave it a try. Yep, they were great!

As I had a hunger for new music, I listened to the radio a lot. I heard "that" Europe song long before it actually exploded in Finland, and I did think that it was something special. Might have been played on the Swedish language channel, which had a show or two that played stuff not heard on the normal channels. My first taste of Bon Jovi's new album was in the TV show "Hittimittari", in which 6 or 8 videos competed against each other. "You Give Love A Bad Name" did well I recall, and Jon Bon Jovi became the heartthrob of the year for the young girls.

Indeed, in 1986 the art of Music Videos was doing well, and the Satellite TV shows were an important source of new music for my neigbourhood. One tape that ended up in the circulation contained a couple of Cinderella videos ("Shake Me" and "Nobody's Fool") and Poison's "Cry Tough", which had us running to the record store. I guess there were more, but those are the ones that I remember most clearly.

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Alan, Bandi, Kimmo, Martien, & yours truly, Urban of RockUnited.Com have been spending weeks, months, wading through a bunch of weird looking artcovers and albums of the eighties!  Indeed, not an easy task, tracking back in space and time, especially since some of us were almost still in diapers (sticky) at the early days of this era of grand and fantastic music. Check out the left-side border for our yearly write-up in 'black', and this is RockUnited's official 'Best-Of-Album Chart of 1986', calculated from the individual charts. No live-ones, EP's or compilations are included, merely studio albums. You can find them all and complain about our personal taste (or rather the complete lack of it) further down this page! This is merely our humble and tiny celebration of the hairmetal days or daze for that matter. Enjoy or not - this is the eighties: 1986.


80. White Wolf - Endangered Species
79. Stage Dolls - Commandos
78. Nuclear Assault - Game Over
77. Helstar - Remnants Of War
76. Krokus - Change Of Address
75. Dark Angel - Darkness Descends 
74. Sinner - Comin' Out Fighttin
73. Flotsam and Jetsam - Doomsday For The Deceiver 
72. Kreator - Pleasure to Kill
71. Triumph - The Sport of Kings

70. Accept - Russian Roulette
69. Outside Edge - Running Hot
68. Craaft - Craaft
67. Zero Nine - Intrigue
66. Keel - The Final Frontier
65. Exciter - Unveiling The Wicked
64. Motorhead - Orgasmatron
63. Idle Cure - Idle Cure
62. Eddie Money - Can't Hold Back
61. Deep Purple - The House Of Blue Light

60. Saxon - Rock The Nations
59. King Kobra - Thrill Of a Lifetime
58. Petra - Back To The Street
57. The Georgia Satellites - The Georgia Satellites
56. Glen Burtnick - Talking in Code
55. Alice Cooper - Constrictor
54. King Diamond - Fatal Portrait
53. Q5 - When The Mirror Cracks
52. Bad Company - Fame and Fortune
51. Aviator - Aviator

50. Frank Marino - Full Circle
49. Megadeth - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
48. Ozzy Osbourne - The Ultimate Sin
47. Chicago - 18
46. Joshua - Surrender
45. Robert Tepper - No Easy Way Out
44. Black Sabbath - Seventh Star
43. AC/DC - Who Made Who
42. Savatage  - Fight For The Rock
41. It Bites - The Big Lad In The Windmill

40. Giuffria - Silk + Steel
39. Toto - Fahrenheit
38. Vinnie Moore - Mind's Eye
37. Judas Priest - Turbo
36. Slayer - Reign in Blood
35. Fastway - Trick Or Treat
34. Vinnie Vincent - Invasion
33. Bonfire - Don't Touch The Light 
32. Pallas - The Wedge
31. Virgin Steele - Noble Savage

30. Quiet Riot - III
29. Brighton Rock - Young, Wild And Free
28. Skagarack - Skagarack
27. Crimson Glory - Crimson Glory
26. Fifth Angel - Fifth Angel
25. White Sister - Fashion By Passion
24. Fate - A Matter Of Attitude
23. Great White - Shot in the Dark
22. David Lee Roth - Eat 'Em and Smile
21. 38 Special - Strength in Numbers

20. Cinderella - Night Songs
'1986 - the year of the debuts'. Cinderella (as well as Poison) managed to ride the 'MTV' wave of success all the way to the top. Signed by Phonogram after Jon Bon Jovi recommended the band, Cinderella made an instant impact. Their GLAMmy version of AC/DC rock reached #3 on the Billboard chart and went platinum three times over.

19. Yngwie Malmsteen - Trilogy
'You Don't Remember - I'll Never Forget'. After 'Marching Out', Malmsteen tried it with another vocalist, Mark Boals (Ted Nugent) who could sing way higher than Soto at the time. The self-proclaimed master of scales, high-speed, note-runs, and tapping, came up with yet another fine record and amazing virtuoso in 1986.

18. Boston - Third Stage
After winning a legal battle with Epic Records (they sued Boston, contending the band owned them a number of albums), Tom Scholtz finally decided to release another album in '86 (eight long years since the previous one). The multi-layered guitar-dude stuck again as the album reached #1 in the states. The single, 'Amanda', a #1 hit. Success. 

17. Waysted - Save Your Prayers
The band of Phil Mogg (UFO) with their U.S. Melodic Rock sounding platter. Vocalist Fin was forced to leave at the end of '85, since you can't reach the U.S. albums chart with a dodgy pitch (vocals, not footie). Danny Vaughn (later: Tyketto) provided vocals and the majority of the songs are good. UK fans said 'no thanks' and so did US.

16. Joe Satriani - Not Of This Earth
'Whammy bar effects, I need more whammy bar effects'. The instrumental debut album by Joe Satriani ('Satch' to die-hard fans and mad reviewers) recived a lot of praise in guitar circles. It contains several different techniques as well as picking, sweeping, and tapping. The teacher of Steve Vai, Alex Skolnick, Kirk Hammet, etc.

15. Treat - The Pleasure Principle
Recorded at the world famous 'Polar Music' studios (ABBA), the 1986 effort by the Swedes contains more keyboards and overall better arrangements than the debut. The American producer, Gregg Winter, co-wrote six of the nine tracks. It's the classic sound of Scandi-Rock with catchy melodies and somewhat questionable vocals. 

14. Poison - Look What The Cat Dragged In
'four cross-dressers and a ship-load of glitter' (the answer to the question in the albums title). The album took 23 days to record and cost 23,000 dollars. The turn over were a multiple of that as it peaked at #3 in the US chart and stayed at Top-100 for a year and a half. So what if they had to compensate Easy Action for song theft. 

13. Journey - Raised On Radio
Wimp-lash? Older fans of the band thought of this as the second solo album by Steve Perry. No doubt, the vocalist saw his opportunity and grabbed the chance to become the AOR version of Frank Sinatra. That's a bit harsh, I guess. However, 'Raised On Radio', would hardly fit the description of 'hard rock' by any means. Smooth... 

12. Queensryche - Rage For Order
Queensryche's 'Rage For Order' release was advertised with the slogan, 'every chord a power chord'. It also featured a classy production by Neal Kernon as well as more progressive overtures and metal cascades. The rather peculiar Glam image of the band didn't do them any favours though. 'Gonna Get Close To You', a Dalbello cover from '84.

11. Zeno - Zeno
One of the most expensive debut albums in the history of hard rock. Unfortunately, also one of the biggest flops. EMI invested hugely on the brother of former Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon, Zeno Roth. Recorded and mixed in several studios, two producers, dozen of big-name session musicians. Bombastic rock inspired by Boston and Queen.  

10. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
The best metal album ever recorded according to several sources (who?). 'Master Of Puppets' was Metallica's first success seller and Gold album in the states. It peaked at #29 on the Billboard 200 chart. Not too shabby, considering they didn't release any singles or videos whatsoever at this point. Thrash 'em all !!!

9. Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time
The subject of long and hard discussions in 1986. For two reasons mainly actually. 1 - their dodgy use of synth guitars. 2 - the artcover which holds dozens of references to earlier Iron Maiden albums and songs. It was originally created for use to the book cover of the biography 'Running Free' by Bushell/Halfin.

8. FM - Indiscreet
The U.K. version of U.S. rock and overall fluffy AOR. They have that big commercial keyboard driven sound (Didge Digital) and outstanding vocals by former Wildlife frontman, Steve Overland. FM had already made a name out of themselves in the clubs and several support tours on the back of their debut album. Fun schtuff.

7. Stryper - To Hell With The Devil
'Speak of the devil. He's no friend of mine'. But, but, they're playing the 'devils' music according to millions of nutty believers at the time. The best selling Christian Metal album of all time. Stryper, a band with penchant for yellow and black, and vocal harmonies not of this earth. Most requested song on MTV, 'Honestly' peaked at #23.

6. Survivor - When Seconds Count
Strangely enough, this album does not include the Rocky IV smash hit, 'Burning Heart'. It does however include the hit single, 'Is This Love', which reached as high as #9 in the U.S. on the Billboard singles charts. It's their sixth album since the debut in 1980 and the second to feature ex-Target and ex-Cobra vocalist, Jimi Jamison. Nice.

5. Magnum - Vigilante
Their first release on a major label and also a major change of direction, but somehow the destination is business as usual. Produced by Queen's Roger Taylor, Magnum's 'Vigilante' had a slightly more commerical approach. Not as much Birmingham 'pomp' as several of the songs are straight-ahead Pop/Rock/AOR anthems. Excellent.

4. Tesla - Mechanical Resonance
Duane Hitchings produced the City Kidd demos and their managment came up with the new monicker. The scientist Nikolai Tesla discovered electricity and the theory, 'Meachanical Resonance' (all material have their own frequence, with which you can explode objects when you expose them to the vibrations). Kikk azz rock n' roll.

3. Van Halen - 5150
The biggest entertainer (DLR) replaced by a better vocalist and songs. Van Hagar's first and certainly best release? Former Montrose singer, Sammy Hagar, at the helm of instant success. '5150' became the band's first album to top the sales chart in the states. The keyboard driven, 'Why Can't This Be Love', peaked at #3 and it's all catchy.

2. Europe - The Final Countdown
Based on an old keyboard riff from '82, Tempest decided to write the song that would forever change the world's opinion about Swedes. I'm obviously talkin' about the success of the title track. A #1 hit in 25 countries and #8 in the states. The next single, 'Carrie', peaked at #3 on Billboard 200. ABBA, who? Europe ruled the world in '86 (pun intended).

1. Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet
Their best selling album and the reason behind the continued success as of presence. Seriously, it's not like they would/could have been successful today - if not for "Slippery When Wet". They haven't produced any classic albums since. It spent 8 weeks at #1 and 38 weeks at Top-5 in the states. Two consecutive #1 singles, 'Livin On A Prayer' and 'You Give Love A Bad Name'. (all album comment nonsense by: Urban)

INDIVIDUAL LISTS OF 1986 *Personal Stuff*


Albums Top 40:

1. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
2. Magnum - Vigilante
3. Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet 
4. Van Halen - 5150
5. Europe- The Final Countdown 
6. Quiet Riot - III 
7. Vinnie Vincent - Invasion
8. Slayer - Reign In Blood
9. Tesla - Mechanical Resonance 
10. Queensryche - Rage For Order

11. Stryper - To Hell With The Devil
12. Black Sabbath - Seventh Star
13. Treat - Pleasure Principle
14. Megadeth - Peace Sells,But Who's Buying
15. Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time
16. King Diamond - Fatal Portrait
17. Yngwie Malmsteen - Trilogy
18. Judas Priest - Turbo Lover 
19. Deep Purple - House of the Blue Light
20. David Lee Roth - Eat'Em and Smile

21. King Kobra - Thrill of a Lifetime
22. Fifth Angel - Fifth Angel
23. White Sister - Fashion By Passion 
24. Fate - A Matter Of Attitude
25. Motorhead- Orgasmatron 
26. Exciter - Unveiling The Wicked
27. Cinderella - Night Songs
28. Journey - Raised on Radio
29. Survivor - When Seconds Count 
30. Zeno - Zeno

31. Triumph - The Sport Of Kings
32. Waysted - Save Your Prayers
33. Robert Tepper - No Easy Way Out
34. Kreator - Pleasure to Kill
35. Flotsam & Jetsam - Doomsday...
36. Dark Angel - Darkness Descends
37. Giuffria - Silk + Steel
38. Helstar - Remnants Of War 
39. FM - Indiscreet
40. Boston - Third Stage


Albums Top 40:

1. Treat - The Pleasure Principle
2. Zeno - Zeno
3. Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet
4. Europe - The Final Countdown
5. Brighton Rock - Young, Wild And Free
6. Bonfire - Don't Touch The Light
7. FM - Indiscreet
8. Stryper - To Hell With The Devil
9. Poison - Look What TheCat Dragged In
10.Survivor - When Seconds Count

11.Fate - A Matter Of Attitude
12.38 Special - Strength In Numbers
13.Tesla - Mechanical Resonance
14.Great White - Shot In The Dark
15.Giuffria - Silk & Steel
16.Aviator - Aviator
17.Alice Cooper - Constrictor
18.Journey - Raised On Radio
19.White Sister - Fashion By Passion
20.Robert Tepper - No Easy Way Out

21.Eddie Money - Can't Hold Back
22.Waysted - Save Your Prayers
23.Fifth Angel - Fifth Angel
24.Idle Cure - Idle Cure
25.Keel - The Final Frontier
26.Zero Nine - Intrigue
27.Skagarack - ST
28.Craaft - Craaft
29.Outside Edge - Running Hot
30.Magnum - Vigilante

31.Boston - Third Stage
32.Judas Priest - Turbo
33.Accept - Russian Roulette
34.Van Halen - 5150
35.Sinner - Comin' Out Fighting
36.Cinderella - Night Songs
37.Krokus - Change of Address
38.Yngwie Malmsteen - Trilogy
39.King Kobra- Thrill Of A Lifetime
40.Stage Dolls - Commandos


Albums Top 20:

1. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
2. Queensryche - Rage For Order
3. Van Halen - 5150
4. Crimson Glory - Crimson Glory
5. Virgin Steele - Noble Savage
6. Tesla - Mechanical Resonance
7. Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time
8. Yngwie Malmsteen - Trilogy
9. Vinnie Moore - Mind's Eye
10.Joe Satriani - Not Of This Earth

11. Savatage - Fight For The Rock
12. Joshua - Surrender
13. Ozzy Osbourne - The Ultimate Sin
14. Frank Marino - Full Circle
15. Tony MacAlpine - Edge Of Insanity
16. Europe - The Final Countdown
17. Boston - Third Stage
18. Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet
19. Magnum - Vigilante
20. Stryper - To Hell With The Devil



Albums Top 20:

1. FM - Indiscreet
2. Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet
3. Survivor - When Seconds Count
4. Van Halen - 5150
5. Pallas - The Wedge
6. Waysted - Save Your Prayers
7. Fastway - Trick Or Treat
8. Journey - Raised On Radio
9. Magnum - Vigilante
10.It Bites - The Big Lad In The Windmill

11.Europe - The Final Countdown
12.Huey Lewis & the News - Fore
13.Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time
14.Zeno - Zeno
15.Boston - 3rd Stage
16.Q5 - When The Mirror Cracks
17.Stryper - To Hell With The Devil
18.The Georgia Satellites - s/t
19.Petra - Back To The Street
20.Saxon - Rock the Nations




Albums Top 20:

1. Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet
2. Queen - A Kind of Magic
3. Europe - The Final Countdown
4. Poison - Look What ThCat Dragged In
5. Cinderella - Night Songs
6. Joe Satriani - Not of This Earth
7. Van Halen - 5150
8. David Lee Roth - Eat 'Em and Smile
9. Survivor - When Seconds Count
10.Toto - Fahrenheit

11.Tesla - Mechanical Resonance
12.AC/DC - Who Made Who
13.Chicago - 18
14.FM - Indiscreet
15.38 Special - Strength in Numbers
16.Bad Company - Fame and Fortune
17.Glen Burtnick - Talking in Code
18.Great White - Shot in the Dark
19.Skagarack - Skagarack
20.Bonnie Tyler - Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire



Songs of the year:

Bon Jovi - You Give Love A Bad Name
Van Halen - Why Can't This Be Love
Ozzy Osbourne - Shot In The Dark
Alice Cooper - He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)
David Lee Roth - Yankee Rose
Magnum - Lonely Night
Quiet Riot - Twilight Hotel
Cinderella - Nobody's Fool
Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer
Treat - Ride Me High
Europe - Rock The Night
Stryper - To Hell With The Devil
Black Sabbath - No Stranger To Love
Poison - Cry Tough
Judas Priest - Out In The Cold
Metallica - Battery
King Kobra - Iron Eagle (Never Say Die)
Kenny Loggins - Danger Zone
Jean Beauvoir - Feel The Heat
Robert Tepper - No Easy Way Out
Vinnie Vincent - Back On the Streets
Tesla - Cumin' Atcha Live
Boston - Amanda
Skagarack - I'm Alone
Black'N Blue - Rock On
Zeno - Signs In The Sky
Fate - I Won't Stop
Survivor - Is This Love
Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
Talk Talk - Life's What You Make It
Spandau Ballet - Through The Barricades
Huey Lewis & The News - Hip To Be Square
Human League - Human
Genesis - Land Of Confusion
Bruce Hornsby - The Way It Is
Madonna - Papa Don't Preach
Cyndi Lauper - True Colours
Peter Cetera - Glory Of Love
Duran Duran - Notorious
Smiths - The Boy With a Thorn In His Side
Furniture - Brilliant Mind
Eurythmics - When Tomorrow Comes
Falco - Rock Me Amadeus
Berlin - Take My Breath Away
John Farnham - You're The Voice
etc, etc, etc.

Urban (Wally):

POP/Rock albums of the year:

1. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
2. Queen - A Kind of Magic 
3. Genesis - Invisible Touch
4. Depeche Mode - Black Celebration
5. Peter Gabriel - So
6. Huey Lewis & The News - Fore
7. Talk Talk - The Colour of Spring
8. Spandau Ballet - Through The Barricades
9. Bruce Hornsby - The Way It Is
10.Bonnie Tyler - Secret Dreams & Forbidden Fire

11.Madonna - True Blue
12.Human League - Crash 
13.Peter Cetera - Solitude/Solitaire 
14.Cutting Crew - Broadcast
15.Duran Duran - Notorious 
16.Eurythmics - Revenge 
17.Concrete Blonde - Concrete Blonde
18.A-HA - Scoundrel Days
19.Chris Rea - On the Beach
20.Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill

21.John Farnham - Whispering Jack
22.Lionel Richie - Dancing On The Ceiling
23.Style - Heaven No 7
24.Roxette - Pearls Of Passion
25.Cyndi Lauper - True Colors
26.Belinda Carlisle - Belinda
27.Furniture - The Lovemongers
28.XTC - Skylarking
29.Carola - Runaway 
30.Front 242 - Front By Front