1985 in music


This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1985.

List of years in music (table)

Specific locations


Specific genres


Events


January–March

April–June

July–September

October–December

Also in 1985

  • 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.
  • Roger Waters announces his intention to leave Pink Floyd; describing the band as "a spent force creatively," he would spend the next two years in a legal battle with his now-former bandmates over the rights to the "Pink Floyd" name and other associated assets.

Bands formed


Bands disbanded


Albums released


January–March

Date Album Artist Notes
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Y
10 SilvertoneChris Isaak-
15 CenterfieldJohn Fogerty-
NightshiftCommodores-
21 King of RockRun-D.M.C.-
Thunder in the EastLoudnessJapan
24 Finder of Lost LovesDionne Warwick-
25 No Jacket RequiredPhil Collins-
MaverickGeorge Thorogood and the Destroyers-
28 Crazy from the HeatDavid Lee RothCovers EP
29 StellaYello-
31 New Day RisingHüsker Dü-
? 40-Hour WeekAlabama-
Bring Me the Head of Yuri GagarinHawkwindLive 1973
Night RockerDavid Hasselhoff-
One Clear MomentLinda Thompson-
Strange AnimalGowan-
Tales of the New WestThe Beat Farmers-
Warming Up to the Ice AgeJohn Hiatt-
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B
R
U
A
R
Y
4 Secret SecretsJoan Armatrading-
11 The FirmThe FirmDebut
Meat Is MurderThe Smiths-
12 Vision QuestVarious ArtistsSoundtrack
14 Rhythm of the NightDeBarge-
Whitney HoustonWhitney HoustonDebut
15 A Classic CaseLondon Symphony Orchestramusic of Jethro Tull
18 No Jacket RequiredPhil Collins-
StarpeaceYoko Ono-
19 She's the BossMick Jagger-
The Breakfast ClubVarious ArtistsSoundtrack
25 Songs from the Big ChairTears for Fears-
? Armed and DangerousAnthraxEP
Beyond AppearancesSantana-
Love BombThe Tubes-
VUThe Velvet UndergroundOuttakes compilation
M
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R
C
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3 As the Band TurnsAtlantic Starr-
4 Aikea-GuineaCocteau TwinsEP
Metal HeartAccept-
7 We Are the WorldUSA for Africa-
8 The Night I Fell in LoveLuther Vandross-
9 Real LoveDolly Parton-
11 Behind the SunEric Clapton-
First and Last and AlwaysThe Sisters of Mercy-
Dream into ActionHoward Jones-
18 BirdyPeter GabrielSoundtrack
22 Disturbing the PeaceAlcatrazz-
Scream for HelpJohn Paul JonesSoundtrack
25 The Power StationThe Power Station-
The Secret of AssociationPaul Young-
26 The Right to RockKeel-
Southern AccentsTom Petty and the Heartbreakers-
27 7800° FahrenheitBon Jovi-
TaoRick Springfield-
29 Rogues GallerySlade-
? Bad Moon RisingSonic Youth-
EquatorUriah Heep-
Everybody's CrazyMichael Bolton-
Hell AwaitsSlayer-
Katrina and the WavesKatrina and the Waves-
Lost & Found (Jason & the Scorchers album)Jason & the Scorchers-
Night TimeKilling Joke-
Up on the SunMeat Puppets-
Vox HumanaKenny Loggins-

April–June

Date Album Artist Notes
A
P
R
I
L
15 Feel the FireOverkill-
Horror EpicsThe Exploited-
Love Not MoneyEverything but the Girl-
22 Around the World in a DayPrince and the Revolution-
BackwaxedAnvilCompilation
23 Two HeartsMen at Work-
We Are the WorldUSA for Africa and Various ArtistsDebut
25 Bonded by BloodExodus-
26 Nervous NightThe Hooters-
29 Be Yourself TonightEurythmics-
Mr. Bad GuyFreddie Mercury-
? Across a Crowded RoomRichard Thompson-
Only the StrongThor-
M
A
Y
1 Suzanne VegaSuzanne Vega-
9 Our Favourite ShopThe Style Counciltitled Internationalists in US
13 Brothers in ArmsDire Straits-
Low-LifeNew Order-
On a Storyteller's NightMagnum-
14 Brother Where You BoundSupertramp-
15 Soldiers Under CommandStryper-
UnguardedAmy Grant-
YouthquakeDead or Alive-
20 Power of the NightSavatage-
Shaken 'n' StirredRobert Plant-
7 WishesNight Ranger-
Wide Awake in AmericaU2EP
21 The ConfessorJoe Walsh-
GlowRick James-
27 The Return……Bathory-
29 HellboundWarlock-
30 Single LifeCameo-
? The Ballad of Sally RoseEmmylou Harris-
Fear No EvilGrim Reaper-
GravityKenny G-
Le ParcTangerine Dream-
Loose NutBlack Flag-
Music for "The Knee Plays"David ByrneSoundtrack
Space RitualHawkwindLive 1972
J
U
N
E
1 The Dream of the Blue TurtlesSting-
Rites of SpringRites of Spring-
3 Boys and GirlsBryan Ferry-
The Firstborn Is DeadNick Cave and the Bad Seeds-
5 Luxury of LifeFive Star-
10 The Beach BoysThe Beach Boys-
Cupid & Psyche 85Scritti Politti-
Empire BurlesqueBob Dylan-
Fables of the ReconstructionR.E.M.-
Little CreaturesTalking Heads-
12 Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!MegadethDebut
13 Invasion of Your PrivacyRatt-
14 Boy in the BoxCorey Hart-
17 CrushOrchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark-
Misplaced ChildhoodMarillion-
18 Dare to Be Stupid"Weird Al" Yankovic-
20 World Wide LiveScorpionsLive
21 Despite Straight LinesMarilyn-
Theatre of PainMötley Crüe-
Thicker than MeatloafElement Ethan-
22 Steve McQueenPrefab SproutUS title: Two Wheels Good
24 Innocence Is No ExcuseSaxon-
27 Call of the WildLee Aaron-
28 Fly on the WallAC/DC-
? Big Lizard in My BackyardThe Dead Milkmen-
Love You to PiecesLizzy Borden-
Spoiled GirlCarly Simon-

July–September

Date Album Artist Notes
J
U
L
Y
1 Clan of XymoxClan of Xymox-
ExtractionsDif Juz-
Return to WaterlooRay Davies-
3 PattiPatti LaBelle-
6 HeartHeartFirst album for Capitol
9 Who's Zoomin' Who?Aretha Franklin-
12 Love You to PiecesLizzy Borden-
Tales of TerrorHallows Eve-
20 How Could It BeEddie Murphy-
26 Mask of SmilesJohn Waite-
29 ProfilesNick Mason and Rick Fenn-
? Ain't Love Grand!X-
ContactPointer Sisters-
The Fire Still BurnsRuss Ballard-
FlashJeff Beck-
Hold MeLaura Branigan-
In ConcertAmericaLive
PhantasmagoriaThe Damned-
Salad DaysMinor ThreatEP
St. Elmo's FireVarious ArtistsSoundtrack
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G
U
S
T
5 Now That's What I Call Music 5Various ArtistsCompilation
Rum Sodomy & the LashThe Pogues-
8 Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full ForceLisa Lisa and Cult Jam-
12 Old WaysNeil Young-
Romance 1600Sheila E.-
15 Sacred HeartDio-
16 Freaky StyleyRed Hot Chili Peppers-
19 The FamilyThe Family-
ScarecrowJohn Cougar Mellencamp-
26 The Head on the DoorThe Cure-
? Cosi Fan Tutti FruttiSqueeze-
Lovin' Every Minute of ItLoverboy-
No Lookin' BackMichael McDonald-
Primitive LoveMiami Sound Machine-
The Rose of EnglandNick Lowe-
World ServiceSpear of Destiny-
S
E
P
T
E
M
B
E
R
2 Greatest Hits Volume I & IIBilly JoelCompilation
4 Living in the BackgroundBaltimora-
9 A CappellaTodd Rundgren-
You're Under ArrestMiles Davis-
10 Knee Deep in the HooplaStarship-
13 In Square CircleStevie Wonder-
16 Alabama ChristmasAlabamaChristmas
AsylumKiss-
Hounds of LoveKate Bush-
This Is the SeaThe Waterboys-
17 Here's to Future DaysThompson Twins-
Ready for the WorldReady for the World-
23 In Mysterious WaysJohn Foxx-
This Nation's Saving GraceThe Fall-
The Wishing Chair10,000 Maniacs-
24 Eaten AliveDiana Ross-
28 Screamin' 'n' Bleedin'Angel Witch-
30 Mad Not MadMadness-
Marching OutYngwie Malmsteen-
Rain DogsTom Waits-
Soul to SoulStevie Ray Vaughan-
? AlibiVandenberg-
Don't Stand Me DownDexys Midnight Runners-
Flip Your WigHüsker Dü-
The FuryGary Numan-
The Process of Weeding OutBlack FlagEP
Run for CoverGary Moore-
Under a Raging MoonRoger Daltrey-

October–December

Date Album Artist Notes
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C
T
O
B
E
R
1 What Does Anything Mean? BasicallyThe Chameleons-
5 Midnight Street Amy "Sunflower" Johnson
Mike + The MechanicsMike + The Mechanics-
7 Midnite DynamiteKix-
11 Picture BookSimply Red-
Seventh Dream of Teenage HeavenLove and Rockets-
14 The JetsThe Jets-
Listen Like ThievesINXS-
Live After DeathIron MaidenLive
The Singles 81→85Depeche ModeCompilation
Power WindowsRush-
Falco 3Falco-
16 Seven ChurchesPossessed-
17 The Blasting Concept Vol. 2Various Artists-
18 LoveThe Cult-
20 High PriorityCherrelle-
21 Once Upon a TimeSimple Minds-
22 TwitchAldo Nova-
24 Krush GrooveVarious ArtistsSoundtrack
Don't Stop Rappin'Too ShortLP, Debut
25 Greatest HitsThe CarsCompilation
27 To Mega TherionCeltic Frost-
28 Hunting High and Lowa-ha-
AfterburnerZZ Top-
Dead Man's PartyOingo Boingo-
Slave to the RhythmGrace Jones-
30 Seven the Hard WayPat Benatar-
Spreading the DiseaseAnthrax-
? AmericaKurtis Blow-
Dog Eat DogJoni Mitchell-
Endless PainKreator-
Eye DanceBoney M.-
FrankenchristDead Kennedys-
The GiftMidge Uresolo debut
How to Be a ... Zillionaire!ABC-
In My HeadBlack Flag-
Jane WiedlinJane Wiedlin-
Movin'Jennifer Rush-
Soul KissOlivia Newton-John-
The Spectre WithinFates Warning-
Standing on the EdgeCheap Trick-
That's Why I'm HereJames Taylor-
This Is Big Audio DynamiteBig Audio Dynamite-
TimThe Replacements-
Walls of JerichoHelloween-
World MachineLevel 42-
N
O
V
E
M
B
E
R
4 Done with MirrorsAerosmith-
Cut the CrapThe Clash-
Hawkwind AnthologyHawkwindCompilation
Ice on FireElton John-
PromiseSadeUK
5 The Broadway AlbumBarbra Streisand-
7 9012Live: The SolosYesLive
BiographBob DylanBox Set
8 All for LoveNew Edition-
9 Come Out and PlayTwisted Sister-
Delirious NomadArmored Saint-
Down for the CountY&T-
Fight to SurviveWhite Lion-
The Last CommandW.A.S.P.-
Long Way to HeavenHelix-
Night of the CrimeIcon-
Ready to StrikeKing Kobra-
11 Catching Up with Depeche ModeDepeche ModeUS; Compilation
The Chronicle of the Black SwordHawkwind-
13 FolksingerPhranc-
Original MastersJethro TullUK; Compilation
The Singles CollectionSpandau BalletCompilation
15 Songs to Learn & SingEcho & the BunnymenCompilation
Tiny DynamineCocteau TwinsEP
18 Crackers: The Christmas Party AlbumSlade-
High Roller in New OrleansElement EthanLive
PsychocandyThe Jesus and Mary Chain-
RadioLL Cool J-
Rock a LittleStevie Nicks-
So Red the RoseArcadia-
21 Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of PreventionFrank Zappa-
22 Easy PiecesLloyd Cole and the Commotions-
25 FriendsDionne Warwick-
Now That's What I Call Music 6Various ArtistsCompilation
26 Pack Up the Plantation: Live!Tom Petty and the HeartbreakersLive
Species DeceasesMidnight OilEP
27 Welcome to the Real WorldMr. Mister-
29 Echoes in a Shallow BayCocteau TwinsEP
30 White City: A NovelPete Townshend-
Who's MissingThe WhoCompilation
? AstraAsia-
CarnivoreCarnivore-
Double Trouble LiveMolly HatchetLive
The Dream AcademyThe Dream Academy-
MisdemeanorUFO-
Raging ViolenceHirax-
RiptideRobert Palmer-
StereotomyThe Alan Parsons Project-
The Wrestling AlbumWorld Wrestling FederationSoundtrack
D
E
C
E
M
B
E
R
7 Sun CityArtists United Against Apartheid-
9The Long PlaySandra-
10 Club NinjaBlue Öyster CultUS
Fine Young CannibalsFine Young Cannibals-
? 10 from 6Bad CompanyCompilation
3-Way Tie (For Last)Minutemen-
3 ShipsJon Anderson-
FriendsDionne Warwick-
Geek!My Bloody ValentineEP
Island LifeGrace Jones Compilation

Release date unknown

Biggest hit singles


The following songs achieved the highest in the charts of 1985.[11]

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1Tears For FearsShout1984US 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 1985, 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
2USA For AfricaWe Are the World1985UK 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 1985, Australia 1 of 1985, Italy 1 of 1985, Republic of Ireland 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
3a-haTake On Me1984US 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
4ForeignerI Want to Know What Love Is1984 / 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 1985, Republic of Ireland 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
5MadonnaMaterial Girl1985UK 1 – Jul 1985, Netherlands 1 – Aug 1985, Republic of Ireland 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


Classical music


Opera


Ballet


Jazz


Musical theater


Musical films


Births


Deaths


Awards


Charts


US Top 100 Hits of 1985

See also


References


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