List of number-one R&B singles of 1985 (U.S.)

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These are the Billboard magazine R&B singles chart number one hits of 1985:

See also: 1985 in music, List of number-one R&B hits (United States)

Issue Date Song Artist
January 5 "Operator" Midnight Star
January 12 "Operator" Midnight Star
January 19 "Operator" Midnight Star
January 26 "Gotta Get You Home Tonight" Eugene Wilde
February 2 "Mr. Telephone Man" New Edition
February 9 "Mr. Telephone Man" New Edition
February 16 "Mr. Telephone Man" New Edition
February 23 "Missing You" Diana Ross
March 2 "Missing You" Diana Ross
March 9 "Missing You" Diana Ross
March 16 "Nightshift" The Commodores
March 23 "Nightshift" The Commodores
March 30 "Nightshift" The Commodores
April 6 "Nightshift" The Commodores
April 13 "Back In Stride" Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
April 20 "Back In Stride" Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
April 27 "Rhythm Of the Night" DeBarge
May 4 "We Are the World" USA for Africa
May 11 "We Are the World" USA for Africa
May 18 "Fresh" Kool & the Gang
May 25 "You Give Good Love" Whitney Houston
June 1 "Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)" Freddie Jackson
June 8 "Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)" Freddie Jackson
June 15 "Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)" Freddie Jackson
June 22 "Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)" Freddie Jackson
June 29 "Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)" Freddie Jackson
July 6 "Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)" Freddie Jackson
July 13 "Hangin' on a String (Contemplating)" Loose Ends
July 20 "Save Your Love (For #1)" René & Angela
July 27 "Save Your Love (For #1)" René & Angela
August 3 "Freeway of Love" Aretha Franklin
August 10 "Freeway of Love" Aretha Franklin
August 17 "Freeway of Love" Aretha Franklin
August 24 "Freeway of Love" Aretha Franklin
August 31 "Freeway of Love" Aretha Franklin
September 7 "Saving All My Love for You" Whitney Houston
September 14 "Cherish" Kool & the Gang
September 21 "Oh Sheila" Ready For the World
September 28 "Oh Sheila" Ready For the World
October 5 "You Are My Lady" Freddie Jackson
October 12 "You Are My Lady" Freddie Jackson
October 19 "Part-Time Lover" Stevie Wonder
October 26 "Part-Time Lover" Stevie Wonder
November 2 "Part-Time Lover" Stevie Wonder
November 9 "Part-Time Lover" Stevie Wonder
November 16 "Part-Time Lover" Stevie Wonder
November 23 "Part-Time Lover" Stevie Wonder
November 30 "Caravan of Love" Isley-Jasper-Isley
December 7 "Caravan of Love" Isley-Jasper-Isley
December 14 "Caravan of Love" Isley-Jasper-Isley
December 21 "Don't Say No Tonight" Eugene Wilde
December 28 "Don't Say No Tonight" Eugene Wilde

Chart comparisons[edit]

  • Four songs reached number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart: "We Are The World," "Saving All My Love For You", "Oh Sheila", and "Part-Time Lover".