This week in 1986
1 The Final Countdown Europe 2 Take My Breath Away (Love Theme From ‘Top Gun’) Berlin 3 Sometimes Erasure 4 Livin’ On A Prayer Bon Jovi 5 Each Time You Break My Heart Nick Kamen 6 Breakout Swing Out Sister 7 You Keep Me Hangin’ On Kim Wilde 8 French Kissin’ In The USA Debbie Harry 9 Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend) Mel and
10 The Skye Boat Song Roger Whittaker and Des
In the year of big hair and big ballads, Swedish band Europe had one of the biggest hits. The song, written by Joey Tempest, with lyrics apparently inspired by David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’, reached number 1 in 26 countries, including Ireland, and sold 8 million worldwide.’The Final Countdown’ has become a popular opening tune for many sports events. It’s the introduction theme at Blackburn Rovers and the theme song for the NBA’s Detroit Pistons.