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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10 Silvertone Chris Isaak -
15 Centerfield John Fogerty -
Nightshift Commodores -
21 Thunder in the East Loudness Japan
25 No Jacket Required Phil Collins -
28 Crazy from the Heat David Lee Roth Covers EP
29 Stella Yello -
40-Hour Week Alabama -
Bring Me the Head of Yuri Gagarin Hawkwind Live 1973
New Day Rising Hüsker Dü -
Night Rocker David Hasselhoff -
One Clear Moment Linda Thompson -
A Sense of Wonder Van Morrison -
Strange Animal Gowan -
Warming Up to the Ice Age John Hiatt -
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11 The Firm The Firm Debut
12 Vision Quest soundtrack Various Artists Soundtrack
14 Meat Is Murder The Smiths -
Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Debut
15 A Classic Case London Symphony Orchestra music of Jethro Tull
16 Seven Churches Possessed -
25 She's the Boss Mick Jagger -
Songs from the Big Chair Tears for Fears -
Armed and Dangerous Anthrax EP
Beyond Appearances Santana -
The Breakfast Club soundtrack Various Artists Soundtrack
King of Rock Run-D.M.C. -
Maverick George Thorogood and the Destroyers -
Night Time Killing Joke -
Voices Carry 'Til Tuesday -
VU The Velvet Underground Outtakes compilation
Vulture Culture The Alan Parsons Project -
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3 As the Band Turns Atlantic Starr -
4 Aikea-Guinea Cocteau Twins EP
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 -
22 Disturbing the Peace Alcatrazz -
Scream for Help John Paul Jones Soundtrack
23 Dream Into Action Howard Jones -
26 Southern Accents Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers -
The Right to Rock Keel -
29 Rogues Gallery Slade -
Bad Moon Rising Sonic Youth -
Birdy Peter Gabriel Soundtrack
Equator Uriah Heep -
Everybody's Crazy Michael Bolton -
Hell Awaits Slayer -
Horror Epics The Exploited -
Katrina and the Waves Katrina and the Waves -
Lost and Found Jason & the Scorchers -
Metal Heart Accept -
The Power Station Power Station -
Rhythm of the Night DeBarge -
Secret Secrets Joan Armatrading -
Stay Hard Raven -
Up on the Sun Meat Puppets -
Vox Humana Kenny Loggins -

April - June[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
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R
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1 The Secret of Association Paul Young -
2 Go West Go West -
20 7800° Fahrenheit Bon Jovi -
22 Around the World in a Day Prince and the Revolution -
23 Two Hearts Men at Work -
25 Bonded by Blood Exodus -
26 Nervous Night The Hooters -
29 Mr. Bad Guy Freddie Mercury -
Across a Crowded Room Richard Thompson -
Feel the Fire Overkill -
Glow Rick James -
Love Not Money Everything but the Girl -
Only the Strong Thor -
Tao Rick Springfield -
M
A
Y
9 Our Favourite Shop The Style Council titled Internationalists in US
11 Be Yourself Tonight Eurythmics -
13 Brothers in Arms Dire Straits -
Low-Life New Order -
On a Storyteller's Night Magnum -
15 Seven Wishes Night Ranger -
Soldiers Under Command Stryper -
Unguarded Amy Grant -
17 Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good! Megadeth Debut
20 Power of the Night Savatage -
Shaken 'n' Stirred Robert Plant -
29 Hellbound Warlock -
"Players" Too Short -
30 Single Life Cameo -
31 Hunting High and Low a-ha -
The Ballad of Sally Rose Emmylou Harris -
Brother Where You Bound Supertramp -
The Confessor Joe Walsh -
Gravity Kenny G -
Le Parc Tangerine Dream -
Long Way to Heaven Helix -
Loose Nut Black Flag -
Love Bomb The Tubes -
Music for "The Knee Plays" David Byrne Soundtrack
Space Ritual Volume 2 Hawkwind Live 1972
Suzanne Vega Suzanne Vega -
The Return Bathory -
Wide Awake in America U2 EP
Willie and the Poor Boys Bill Wyman -
Youthquake Dead or Alive -
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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 -
Empire Burlesque Bob Dylan -
Fables of the Reconstruction R.E.M. -
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 -
Backwaxed Anvil Compilation
Cupid & Psyche 85 Scritti Politti -
The Dream of the Blue Turtles Sting -
Fear No Evil Grim Reaper -
The Goonies: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Various Artists Soundtrack
Invasion of Your Privacy Ratt -
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 Return to Waterloo The Kinks -
6 Heart Heart First album for Capitol
15 Little Creatures Talking Heads -
26 Mask of Smiles John Waite -
Ain't Love Grand! X -
Behaviour Saga -
Contact Pointer Sisters -
The Fire Still Burns Russ Ballard -
Flash Jeff Beck -
Hold Me Laura Branigan -
In Concert America Live
Open Fire Y&T Live
Phantasmagoria The Damned -
Rough Cutt Rough Cutt -
Screamin' 'n' Bleedin' Angel Witch -
Some of My Best Jokes Are Friends George Clinton -
St. Elmo's Fire Soundtrack Various Artists Soundtrack
Who's Zoomin' Who? Aretha Franklin -
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5 Species Deceases Midnight Oil EP
12 Old Ways Neil Young -
15 Sacred Heart Dio -
16 Freaky Styley Red Hot Chili Peppers -
Primitive Love Miami Sound Machine -
I Am the Night Pantera -
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 -
Marching Out Yngwie Malmsteen -
Now That's What I Call Music 5 Various Artists Compilation
Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash The Pogues -
Standing on the Edge Cheap Trick -
World Service Spear of Destiny -
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2 Baggariddim UB40 -
Greatest Hits – Volumes I & II Billy Joel Compilation
Innocence Is No Excuse Saxon -
9 Don't Stand Me Down Dexys Midnight Runners -
You're Under Arrest Miles Davis -
11 Falco 3 Falco -
13 In Square Circle Stevie Wonder -
16 Asylum Kiss -
This Is the Sea The Waterboys -
20 Here's to Future Days Thompson Twins -
Hounds of Love Kate Bush -
23 This Nation's Saving Grace The Fall -
30 Mad Not Mad Madness -
Rain Dogs Tom Waits -
Soul to Soul Stevie Ray Vaughan -
A Cappella Todd Rundgren -
Alabama Christmas Alabama Christmas
Alibi Vandenberg -
Eaten Alive Diana Ross -
Flip Your Wig Hüsker Dü -
The Fury Gary Numan -
The Heart of the Matter Kenny Rogers -
How Could It Be Eddie Murphy -
Knee Deep in the Hoopla Starship -
The Process of Weeding Out Black Flag EP
Run for Cover Gary Moore -

October - December[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
O
C
T
O
B
E
R
10 Stages Triumph Live
11 Picture Book Simply Red -
Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven Love and Rockets -
14 How to Be a...Zillionaire! ABC -
Listen Like Thieves INXS -
Live After Death Iron Maiden Live
The Singles 81>85 Depeche Mode Compilation
17 The Blasting Concept Vol. 2 Various Artists -
18 Love The Cult -
19 The Spectre Within Fates Warning -
21 Once Upon a Time Simple Minds -
Original Masters Jethro Tull UK; Compilation
24 Krush Groove soundtrack Various Artists Soundtrack
25 Greatest Hits The Cars Compilation
27 To Mega Therion Celtic Frost -
28 Dead Man's Party Oingo Boingo -
Afterburner ZZ Top -
29 Power Windows Rush -
30 Spreading the Disease Anthrax -
America Kurtis Blow -
Dog Eat Dog Joni Mitchell -
The Dream Academy The Dream Academy -
Endless Pain Kreator -
Eye Dance Boney M. -
Frankenchrist Dead Kennedys -
The Gift Midge Ure solo debut
In My Head Black Flag -
Jane Wiedlin Jane Wiedlin -
Midnite Dynamite Kix -
Mike + The Mechanics Mike + The Mechanics -
Movin' Jennifer Rush -
Rescue You Joe Lynn Turner -
Soul Kiss Olivia Newton-John -
That's Why I'm Here James Taylor -
This is Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite -
Tim The Replacements -
Twitch Aldo Nova -
Under a Raging Moon Roger Daltrey -
What Does Anything Mean? Basically The Chameleons -
World Machine Level 42 -
The Wrestling Album World Wrestling Federation -
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M
B
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4 The Broadway Album Barbra Streisand -
The Chronicle of the Black Sword Hawkwind -
Cut the Crap The Clash -
Done with Mirrors Aerosmith -
Hawkwind Anthology Volume I Hawkwind Compilation
7 Biograph Bob Dylan Box Set
Ice on Fire Elton John -
9012Live: The Solos Yes Live
8 All for Love New Edition -
9 Come Out and Play Twisted Sister -
Delirious Nomad Armored Saint -
Down for the Count Y&T -
Fight to Survive White Lion -
Night of the Crime Icon -
The Last Command W.A.S.P. -
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 -
15 Songs to Learn & Sing Echo & the Bunnymen Compilation
Tiny Dynamine Cocteau Twins EP
16 Promise Sade UK
18 Crackers – The Christmas Party Album Slade -
Radio LL Cool J -
Riptide Robert Palmer -
Rock a Little Stevie Nicks -
21 Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention Frank Zappa -
22 Easy Pieces Lloyd Cole and the Commotions -
Starpeace Yoko Ono -
26 Pack Up the Plantation: Live! Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Live
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 -
Copacabana soundtrack Barry Manilow Soundtrack
Do You Sheena Easton -
Double Trouble Live Molly Hatchet Live
Manilow Barry Manilow -
Misdemeanor UFO -
Mud Will Be Flung Tonight Bette Midler Live
Now That's What I Call Music 6 Various Artists Compilation
Now - The Christmas Album Various Artists Compilation
Psychocandy The Jesus and Mary Chain -
Seven the Hard Way Pat Benatar -
The Singles Collection Spandau Ballet Compilation
Slave to the Rhythm Grace Jones -
So Red the Rose Arcadia -
The Wishing Chair 10,000 Maniacs -
Under Lock and Key Dokken -
D
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B
E
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7 Sun City Artists United Against Apartheid -
10 Fine Young Cannibals Fine Young Cannibals -
Club Ninja Blue Öyster Cult US
Friends Dionne Warwick -
Geek! My Bloody Valentine EP
Island Life Grace Jones Compilation
Stereotomy The Alan Parsons Project -
3-Way Tie (For Last) Minutemen -
3 Ships Jon Anderson -
Walls of Jericho Helloween -

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 1985 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 1985 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 Into the Groove 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 (undated). "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. 
  4. ^ Dan Halen (undated). "Chronology". Archived from the original on October 21, 2009. Retrieved July 15, 2008. 
  5. ^ Madonnatribe (undated). "The Virgin Tour". Archived from the original on 14 July 2008. Retrieved July 15, 2008. 
  6. ^ mdh (1995). "Live Aid Programme". Archived from the original on 7 June 2008. Retrieved July 15, 2008. 
  7. ^ MJ Cafe (2008). "When did Michael buy the Beatles' songs?". Archived from the original on 1 June 2008. Retrieved July 15, 2008. 
  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.