List of number-one adult contemporary singles of 1986 (U.S.)

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These are the Billboard adult contemporary chart number-one hits of 1986.

Issue Date Song Artist
January 4 "Say You, Say Me" Lionel Richie
January 11 "That's What Friends Are For" Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder
January 18
January 25 "Go Home" Stevie Wonder
February 1 "My Hometown" Bruce Springsteen
February 8 "The Sweetest Taboo" Sade
February 15 "How Will I Know" Whitney Houston
February 22 "Sara" Starship
March 1
March 8
March 15 "These Dreams" Heart
March 22
March 29
April 5 "Secret Lovers" Atlantic Starr
April 12 "Overjoyed" Stevie Wonder
April 19
April 26 "Greatest Love of All" Whitney Houston
May 3
May 10
May 17
May 24
May 31 "Live to Tell" Madonna
June 7
June 14
June 21 "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)" Billy Ocean
June 28 "No One Is to Blame" Howard Jones
July 5 "Your Wildest Dreams" The Moody Blues
July 12
July 19 "Glory of Love" Peter Cetera
July 26
August 2
August 9
August 16
August 23 "Words Get in the Way" Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
August 30
September 6 "Friends and Lovers" Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson
September 13
September 20 "Stuck with You" Huey Lewis and the News
September 27
October 4
October 11 "Throwing It All Away" Genesis
October 18
October 25 "I'll Be Over You" Toto
November 1
November 8 "The Next Time I Fall" Peter Cetera and Amy Grant
November 15
November 22 "Love Will Conquer All" Lionel Richie
November 29
December 6 "The Way It Is" Bruce Hornsby and the Range
December 13
December 20 "Love Is Forever" Billy Ocean
December 27

See also[edit]


  • Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications) ISBN 0-8230-7693-8