List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 1985

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Cyndi Lauper, studio badge, and the sweatshirt given to all attendees at A&M Studios in Hollywood, California on January 28, 1985, during the recording of "We Are the World".

These are the Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits of 1985. The two longest running number-one singles of 1985 are "We Are the World" by USA for Africa and "Say You, Say Me" by Lionel Richie which each logged four weeks at number-one. "Say You, Say Me" logged two weeks at number-one in 1985 and two more additional weeks in 1986, reaching a total of four. "Like a Virgin" by Madonna concluded a six-week run that started in 1984.

That year, 16 acts first hit number one, such as Foreigner, USA for Africa, Simple Minds, Tears for Fears, Bryan Adams, Paul Young, Huey Lewis and the News, John Parr, Dire Straits, Ready for the World, a-ha, Whitney Houston, Jan Hammer, Starship, Marilyn Martin, and Mr. Mister. George Michael, having already hit number one with Wham!, also earns his first number one song as a solo act. Madonna, Wham!, Phil Collins, and Tears for Fears were the only acts to have more than one song reach number one, with Phil Collins having the most with three, while the others have two.

Key
The yellow background indicates the #1 song on Billboard's 1985 Year-End Chart of Pop Singles.
No. Issue Date Song Artist(s) Ref.
561 January 5 "Like a Virgin" Madonna [1]
January 12 [2]
January 19 [3]
January 26 [4]
562 February 2 "I Want to Know What Love Is" Foreigner [5]
February 9 [6]
563 February 16 "Careless Whisper" Wham! featuring George Michael [7]
February 23 [8]
March 2 [9]
564 March 9 "Can't Fight This Feeling" REO Speedwagon [10]
March 16 [11]
March 23
565 March 30 "One More Night" Phil Collins [12]
April 6 [13]
566 April 13 "We Are the World" USA for Africa [14]
April 20 [15]
April 27 [16]
May 4 [17]
567 May 11 "Crazy for You" Madonna [18]
568 May 18 "Don't You (Forget About Me)" Simple Minds [19]
569 May 25 "Everything She Wants" Wham! [20]
June 1 [21]
570 June 8 "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" Tears for Fears [22]
June 15 [23]
571 June 22 "Heaven" Bryan Adams [24]
June 29 [25]
572 July 6 "Sussudio" Phil Collins [26]
573 July 13 "A View to a Kill" Duran Duran [27]
July 20 [28]
574 July 27 "Everytime You Go Away" Paul Young [29]
575 August 3 "Shout" Tears for Fears [30]
August 10 [31]
August 17 [32]
576 August 24 "The Power of Love" Huey Lewis and the News [33]
August 31 [34]
577 September 7 "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" John Parr
September 14 [35]
578 September 21 "Money for Nothing" Dire Straits [36]
September 28 [37]
October 5 [38]
579 October 12 "Oh Sheila" Ready for the World [39]
580 October 19 "Take On Me" A-ha [40]
581 October 26 "Saving All My Love for You" Whitney Houston [41]
582 November 2 "Part-Time Lover" Stevie Wonder [42]
583 November 9 "Miami Vice Theme" Jan Hammer [43]
584 November 16 "We Built This City" Starship [44]
November 23 [45]
585 November 30 "Separate Lives" Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin [46]
586 December 7 "Broken Wings" Mr. Mister [47]
December 14 [48]
587 December 21 "Say You, Say Me" Lionel Richie [49]
December 28 [50]

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References[edit]

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  24. ^ DeKnock, Jan (1985-06-21). "Bryan Adams' Ballad 'Heaven' Hits Top". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Company. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
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  44. ^ DeKnock, Jan (1985-11-15). "Starship's 'We Built This City' Zooms From No. 5 to Top Spot". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Company. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
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