1985 in music

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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1985.

Events[edit]

January–March[edit]

April–June[edit]

July–September[edit]

October–December[edit]

Also in 1985[edit]

  • Several hundreds of thousands of US dollars in publishing royalties are released to the surviving members, and families of the deceased members, of the British music group, Badfinger. Two band members, Pete Ham and Tom Evans, previously committed suicide due to financial problems.[citation needed]
  • Metal Edge magazine is launched.

Bands formed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Albums released[edit]

January - March[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
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Y
10 Silvertone Chris Isaak -
15 Centerfield John Fogerty -
Nightshift Commodores -
21 King of Rock Run-D.M.C. -
Thunder in the East Loudness Japan
25 No Jacket Required Phil Collins -
Maverick George Thorogood and the Destroyers -
28 Crazy from the Heat David Lee Roth Covers EP
29 Stella Yello -
31 New Day Rising Hüsker Dü -
? 40-Hour Week Alabama -
Bring Me the Head of Yuri Gagarin Hawkwind Live 1973
Night Rocker David Hasselhoff -
One Clear Moment Linda Thompson -
Strange Animal Gowan -
Warming Up to the Ice Age John Hiatt -
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E
B
R
U
A
R
Y
4 Secret Secrets Joan Armatrading -
11 The Firm The Firm Debut
Meat Is Murder The Smiths -
12 Vision Quest Various Artists Soundtrack
14 Rhythm of the Night DeBarge -
Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Debut
15 A Classic Case London Symphony Orchestra music of Jethro Tull
18 Starpeace Yoko Ono -
19 She's the Boss Mick Jagger -
25 Songs from the Big Chair Tears for Fears -
? Armed and Dangerous Anthrax EP
Beyond Appearances Santana -
The Breakfast Club Various Artists Soundtrack
Love Bomb The Tubes -
VU The Velvet Underground Outtakes compilation
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3 As the Band Turns Atlantic Starr -
4 Aikea-Guinea Cocteau Twins EP
Metal Heart Accept -
7 We Are the World USA for Africa -
8 The Night I Fell in Love Luther Vandross -
9 Real Love Dolly Parton -
11 Behind the Sun Eric Clapton -
First and Last and Always The Sisters of Mercy -
18 Birdy Peter Gabriel Soundtrack
22 Disturbing the Peace Alcatrazz -
Scream for Help John Paul Jones Soundtrack
23 Dream into Action Howard Jones -
25 The Power Station The Power Station -
The Secret of Association Paul Young -
26 The Right to Rock Keel -
Southern Accents Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers -
27 7800° Fahrenheit Bon Jovi -
Tao Rick Springfield -
29 Rogues Gallery Slade -
? Bad Moon Rising Sonic Youth -
Equator Uriah Heep -
Everybody's Crazy Michael Bolton -
Hell Awaits Slayer -
Katrina and the Waves Katrina and the Waves -
Lost and Found Jason & the Scorchers -
Night Time Killing Joke -
Up on the Sun Meat Puppets -
Vox Humana Kenny Loggins -

April - June[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
A
P
R
I
L
15 Feel the Fire Overkill -
Horror Epics The Exploited -
22 Around the World in a Day Prince and the Revolution -
Backwaxed Anvil Compilation
23 Two Hearts Men at Work -
25 Bonded by Blood Exodus -
26 Nervous Night The Hooters -
29 Be Yourself Tonight Eurythmics -
Mr. Bad Guy Freddie Mercury -
? Across a Crowded Room Richard Thompson -
Love Not Money Everything but the Girl -
Only the Strong Thor -
M
A
Y
9 Our Favourite Shop The Style Council titled Internationalists in US
13 Brothers in Arms Dire Straits -
Low-Life New Order -
On a Storyteller's Night Magnum -
14 Brother Where You Bound Supertramp -
15 Soldiers Under Command Stryper -
Unguarded Amy Grant -
20 Power of the Night Savatage -
Shaken 'n' Stirred Robert Plant -
Seven Wishes Night Ranger -
21 The Confessor Joe Walsh -
Glow Rick James -
27 Players Too Short -
The Return Bathory -
29 Hellbound Warlock -
30 Single Life Cameo -
? The Ballad of Sally Rose Emmylou Harris -
Fear No Evil Grim Reaper -
Gravity Kenny G -
Le Parc Tangerine Dream -
Loose Nut Black Flag -
Music for "The Knee Plays" David Byrne Soundtrack
Space Ritual Hawkwind Live 1972
Suzanne Vega Suzanne Vega -
Youthquake Dead or Alive -
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N
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1 The Dream of the Blue Turtles Sting -
Hunting High and Low a-ha -
3 Boys and Girls Bryan Ferry -
The Firstborn Is Dead Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds -
5 Luxury of Life Five Star -
10 The Beach Boys The Beach Boys -
Cupid & Psyche 85 Scritti Politti -
Empire Burlesque Bob Dylan -
Fables of the Reconstruction R.E.M. -
Little Creatures Talking Heads -
Wide Awake in America U2 EP
12 Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good! Megadeth Debut
13 Invasion of Your Privacy Ratt -
14 Boy in the Box Corey Hart -
17 Crush Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark -
Misplaced Childhood Marillion -
18 Dare to Be Stupid "Weird Al" Yankovic -
20 World Wide Live Scorpions Live
21 Despite Straight Lines Marilyn -
Theatre of Pain Mötley Crüe -
27 Call of the Wild Lee Aaron -
28 Fly on the Wall AC/DC -
? Big Lizard in My Backyard The Dead Milkmen -
Love You to Pieces Lizzy Borden -
Spoiled Girl Carly Simon -
Steve McQueen Prefab Sprout US title: Two Wheels Good

July - September[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
J
U
L
Y
1 Clan of Xymox Clan of Xymox -
Greatest Hits Billy Joel Compilation
Return to Waterloo The Kinks -
3 Patti Patti LaBelle -
6 Heart Heart First album for Capitol
20 How Could It Be Eddie Murphy -
26 Mask of Smiles John Waite -
? Ain't Love Grand! X -
Contact Pointer Sisters -
The Fire Still Burns Russ Ballard -
Flash Jeff Beck -
Hold Me Laura Branigan -
In Concert America Live
Phantasmagoria The Damned -
Salad Days Minor Threat -
St. Elmo's Fire Various Artists Soundtrack
Who's Zoomin' Who? Aretha Franklin -
A
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G
U
S
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5 Now That's What I Call Music 5 Various Artists Compilation
Rum Sodomy & the Lash The Pogues -
8 Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam -
12 Old Ways Neil Young -
Romance 1600 Sheila E. -
15 Sacred Heart Dio -
16 Freaky Styley Red Hot Chili Peppers -
19 The Family The Family -
Scarecrow John Cougar Mellencamp -
26 The Head on the Door The Cure -
? Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti Squeeze -
Lovin' Every Minute of It Loverboy -
No Lookin' Back Michael McDonald -
Primitive Love Miami Sound Machine -
The Rose of England Nick Lowe -
World Service Spear of Destiny -
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9 You're Under Arrest Miles Davis -
10 Knee Deep in the Hoopla Starship -
11 Falco 3 Falco -
13 In Square Circle Stevie Wonder -
16 Asylum Kiss -
Hounds of Love Kate Bush -
This Is the Sea The Waterboys -
17 Here's to Future Days Thompson Twins -
23 This Nation's Saving Grace The Fall -
The Wishing Chair 10,000 Maniacs -
24 Eaten Alive Diana Ross -
28 Screamin' 'n' Bleedin' Angel Witch -
30 Mad Not Mad Madness -
Marching Out Yngwie Malmsteen -
Rain Dogs Tom Waits -
Soul to Soul Stevie Ray Vaughan -
? Alabama Christmas Alabama Christmas
Alibi Vandenberg -
A Cappella Todd Rundgren -
Don't Stand Me Down Dexys Midnight Runners -
Flip Your Wig Hüsker Dü -
The Fury Gary Numan -
The Process of Weeding Out Black Flag EP
Run for Cover Gary Moore -
Under a Raging Moon Roger Daltrey -

October - December[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
O
C
T
O
B
E
R
1 What Does Anything Mean? Basically The Chameleons -
5 Mike + The Mechanics Mike + The Mechanics -
7 Midnite Dynamite Kix -
11 Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven Love and Rockets -
14 The Jets The Jets -
Listen Like Thieves INXS -
Live After Death Iron Maiden Live
The Singles 81→85 Depeche Mode Compilation
16 Seven Churches Possessed -
17 The Blasting Concept Vol. 2 Various Artists -
18 Love The Cult -
21 Once Upon a Time Simple Minds -
22 Twitch Aldo Nova -
24 Krush Groove Various Artists Soundtrack
25 Greatest Hits The Cars Compilation
27 To Mega Therion Celtic Frost -
28 Afterburner ZZ Top -
Dead Man's Party Oingo Boingo -
Slave to the Rhythm Grace Jones -
29 Power Windows Rush -
30 Seven the Hard Way Pat Benatar -
Spreading the Disease Anthrax -
? America Kurtis Blow -
Dog Eat Dog Joni Mitchell -
Endless Pain Kreator -
Eye Dance Boney M. -
Frankenchrist Dead Kennedys -
The Gift Midge Ure solo debut
How to Be a ... Zillionaire! ABC -
In My Head Black Flag -
Jane Wiedlin Jane Wiedlin -
Movin' Jennifer Rush -
Picture Book Simply Red -
Soul Kiss Olivia Newton-John -
The Spectre Within Fates Warning -
Standing on the Edge Cheap Trick -
That's Why I'm Here James Taylor -
This Is Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite -
Tim The Replacements -
Walls of Jericho Helloween -
World Machine Level 42 -
N
O
V
E
M
B
E
R
4 Cut the Crap The Clash -
Hawkwind Anthology Hawkwind Compilation
Ice on Fire Elton John -
Promise Sade UK
5 The Broadway Album Barbra Streisand -
7 9012Live: The Solos Yes Live
Biograph Bob Dylan Box Set
8 All for Love New Edition -
9 Come Out and Play Twisted Sister -
Delirious Nomad Armored Saint -
Done with Mirrors Aerosmith -
Down for the Count Y&T -
Fight to Survive White Lion -
The Last Command W.A.S.P. -
Long Way to Heaven Helix -
Night of the Crime Icon -
Ready to Strike King Kobra -
11 Catching Up with Depeche Mode Depeche Mode US Compilation
The Chronicle of the Black Sword Hawkwind -
13 Folksinger Phranc -
Original Masters Jethro Tull UK; Compilation
The Singles Collection Spandau Ballet Compilation
15 Songs to Learn & Sing Echo & the Bunnymen Compilation
Tiny Dynamine Cocteau Twins EP
18 Crackers: The Christmas Party Album Slade -
Psychocandy The Jesus and Mary Chain -
Radio LL Cool J -
Rock a Little Stevie Nicks -
So Red the Rose Arcadia -
21 Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention Frank Zappa -
22 Easy Pieces Lloyd Cole and the Commotions -
25 Now That's What I Call Music 6 Various Artists Compilation
26 Pack Up the Plantation: Live! Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Live
Species Deceases Midnight Oil EP
27 Welcome to the Real World Mr. Mister -
29 Echoes in a Shallow Bay Cocteau Twins EP
30 White City: A Novel Pete Townshend -
Who's Missing The Who Compilation
? Astra Asia -
Double Trouble Live Molly Hatchet Live
The Dream Academy The Dream Academy -
Misdemeanor UFO -
Riptide Robert Palmer -
Stereotomy The Alan Parsons Project -
The Wrestling Album World Wrestling Federation -
D
E
C
E
M
B
E
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7 Sun City Artists United Against Apartheid -
10 Club Ninja Blue Öyster Cult US
Fine Young Cannibals Fine Young Cannibals -
? 10 from 6 Bad Company -
3-Way Tie (For Last) Minutemen -
3 Ships Jon Anderson -
Friends Dionne Warwick -
Geek! My Bloody Valentine EP
Island Life Grace Jones Compilation

Release Date Unknown[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest in the charts of 1985.[9]

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Tears For Fears Shout 1985 United Kingdom US BB 1 – Jun 1985, Canada 1 – Feb 1985, Netherlands 1 – Jan 1985, Switzerland 1 – Feb 1985, Germany 1 – Jan 1985, New Zealand 1 for 3 weeks Mar 1985, Australia 1 for 1 weeks Nov 1985, France 3 – Dec 1984, Poland 3 – Mar 1983, UK 4 – Dec 1984, Sweden 5 – Dec 1984, Norway 5 – Mar 1985, KROQ 5 of 1985, Austria 6 – Mar 1985, US CashBox 13 of 1985, Australia 14 of 1985, Sweden (alt) 16 – Feb 1985, South Africa 16 of 1985, Italy 20 of 1985, RYM 27 of 1984, Scrobulate 36 of 80s, Germany 104 of the 1980s, Acclaimed 974
2 USA For Africa We Are the World 1985 United States UK 1 – Apr 1985, US BB 1 – Mar 1985, US CashBox 1 of 1985, Canada 1 – Apr 1985, Netherlands 1 – Mar 1985, Sweden 1 – Mar 1985, Sweden (alt) 1 – Apr 1985, Switzerland 1 – Apr 1985, Norway 1 – Mar 1985, Poland 1 – Mar 1983, Australia 1 of 1985, Italy 1 of 1985, Éire 1 – Apr 1985, New Zealand 1 for 7 weeks Apr 1985, Australia 1 for 9 weeks Dec 1985, Grammy in 1985, Austria 2 – Apr 1985, Germany 2 – Apr 1985, Global 4 (20 M sold) – 1985, South Africa 8 of 1985, US BB 40 of 1985, POP 71 of 1985, RIAA 121, Germany 263 of the 1980s, OzNet 418, Acclaimed 1371
3 a-ha Take On Me 1984 Norway US BB 1 – Aug 1985, Canada 1 – Aug 1985, Netherlands 1 – Oct 1985, Sweden (alt) 1 – Oct 1985, France 1 – May 1985, Switzerland 1 – Nov 1985, Norway 1 – Nov 1984, Poland 1 – Dec 1985, Germany 1 – Jan 1986, Australia 1 for 2 weeks Aug 1986, Scrobulate 1 of 80s, UK 2 – Sep 1985, Sweden 4 – Aug 1985, Austria 4 – Dec 1985, Italy 7 of 1986, KROQ 7 of 1985, RYM 8 of 1984, Australia 12 of 1985, US CashBox 15 of 1985, Europe 20 of the 1980s, POP 31 of 1985, Global 33 (5 M sold) – 1985, US BB 36 of 1985, Germany 81 of the 1980s, Party 133 of 2007, OzNet 795, Acclaimed 2396
4 Foreigner I Want to Know What Love Is 1984 United States / United Kingdom UK 1 – Dec 1984, US BB 1 – Dec 1984, Canada 1 – Dec 1984, Sweden 1 – Dec 1984, Sweden (alt) 1 – Dec 1984, Norway 1 – Jan 1985, Poland 1 – Mar 1983, Éire 1 – Jan 1985, New Zealand 1 for 3 weeks Feb 1985, Australia 1 for 5 weeks Oct 1985, Switzerland 2 – Jan 1985, Germany 4 – Jan 1985, Australia 5 of 1985, Netherlands 6 – Dec 1984, Austria 7 – Feb 1985, US CashBox 8 of 1985, South Africa 12 of 1985, POP 17 of 1985, US BB 34 of 1985, Europe 38 of the 1980s, OzNet 180, RYM 186 of 1984, Germany 255 of the 1980s, Rolling Stone 476, Acclaimed 659
5 Madonna Material Girl 1985 United States UK 1 – Jul 1985, Netherlands 1 – Aug 1985, Éire 1 – Aug 1985, New Zealand 1 for 6 weeks Aug 1985, Australia 1 for 4 weeks Mar 1986, Sweden 2 – Aug 1985, Switzerland 2 – Aug 1985, Australia 2 of 1985, Italy 2 of 1985, Sweden (alt) 3 – Aug 1985, Germany 3 – Aug 1985, Norway 4 – Aug 1985, US BB 7 of 1985, Austria 7 – Sep 1985, France 9 – Aug 1985, RYM 9 of 1985, POP 13 of 1985, Poland 19 – Sep 1985, Scrobulate 73 of 80s, Party 193 of 1999, OzNet 200, Acclaimed 235, Germany 271 of the 1980s

Top hits[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Ballet[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Awards[edit]

Charts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ unattributed (n.d.). "We Are The World by U.S.A. For Africa". Songfacts. Retrieved April 18, 2008. 
  2. ^ Associated Press (March 27, 1985). "Stevie Wonder Music Banned in South Africa". New York Times. Retrieved July 15, 2008. 
  3. ^ Unattributed (2005). "Michael Jackson, 1985". Michael Jackson in the Early 1980s. Archived from the original on 13 June 2008. Retrieved July 15, 2008. 
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  8. ^ Peter Nichols, "Opera Head to be Mayor of Florence", The Times issue 62252 (25 September 1985): 8H.
  9. ^ Hawtin, Steve (2007). "Songs from the Year 1985". Steve Hawtin/TsorT. Archived from the original on 3 April 2008. Retrieved April 13, 2008. 
  10. ^ Ray Connelly (2003). "Stu". Out-Take Limited. Archived from the original on February 22, 2008. Retrieved July 15, 2008. 
  11. ^ unattributed (1987). "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Ricky Nelson". Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 15, 2008.