List of number-one R&B singles of 1986 (U.S.)

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These are the Billboard magazine R&B singles chart number one hits of 1986:

See also: 1986 in music, List of number-one R&B hits (United States)

Issue Date Song Artist
January 4 "Don't Say No Tonight" Eugene Wilde
January 11 "Say You, Say Me" Lionel Richie
January 18 "Say You, Say Me" Lionel Richie
January 25 "That's What Friends Are For" Dionne and Friends
February 1 "That's What Friends Are For" Dionne and Friends
February 8 "That's What Friends Are For" Dionne and Friends
February 15 "Do Me, Baby" Meli'sa Morgan
February 22 "Do Me, Baby" Meli'sa Morgan
March 1 "Do Me, Baby" Meli'sa Morgan
March 8 "How Will I Know" Whitney Houston
March 15 "Your Smile" René & Angela
March 22 "What Have You Done for Me Lately" Janet Jackson
March 29 "What Have You Done for Me Lately" Janet Jackson
April 5 "Kiss" Prince and the Revolution
April 12 "Kiss" Prince and the Revolution
April 19 "Kiss" Prince and the Revolution
April 26 "Kiss" Prince and the Revolution
May 3 "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love" Stephanie Mills
May 10 "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love" Stephanie Mills
May 17 "On My Own" Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald
May 24 "On My Own" Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald
May 31 "On My Own" Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald
June 7 "On My Own" Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald
June 14 "Nasty" Janet Jackson
June 21 "Nasty" Janet Jackson
June 28 "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)" Billy Ocean
July 5 "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)" Billy Ocean
July 12 "Who's Johnny" El DeBarge
July 19 "Rumors" Timex Social Club
July 26 "Rumors" Timex Social Club
August 2 "Closer Than Close" Jean Carne
August 9 "Closer Than Close" Jean Carne
August 16 "Do You Get Enough Love" Shirley Jones
August 23 "Do You Get Enough Love" Shirley Jones
August 30 "Love Zone" Billy Ocean
September 6 "Ain't Nothin' Goin' on But the Rent" Gwen Guthrie
September 13 "(Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind" LeVert
September 20 "The Rain" Oran "Juice" Jones
September 27 "The Rain" Oran "Juice" Jones
October 4 "Word Up" Cameo
October 11 "Word Up" Cameo
October 18 "Word Up" Cameo
October 25 "Shake You Down" Gregory Abbott
November 1 "Shake You Down" Gregory Abbott
November 8 "A Little Bit More" Melba Moore with Freddie Jackson
November 15 "Tasty Love" Freddie Jackson
November 22 "Tasty Love" Freddie Jackson
November 29 "Tasty Love" Freddie Jackson
December 6 "Tasty Love" Freddie Jackson
December 13 "Love You Down" Ready for the World
December 20 "Love You Down" Ready for the World
December 27 "Girlfriend" Bobby Brown

Chart comparisons[edit]

  • Seven songs reached number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Six of the songs topped the chart the same year: "Say You, Say Me," "That's What Friends Are For," "How Will I Know," "Kiss" "On My Own" and "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)." The seventh song, "Shake You Down," did not peak at that chart until the year after.