Two songs topped the charts in Jaunary, 1986. Say You, Say Me (Title Song From White Nights) by Lionel Richie and That's What Friends Are For by Dionne Warwick. I don't remember either, even after checking them out on youtube. And who can forget Eddie Murphy's smash Party All The Time, which peaked at #2.
But there were some songs that rocked. Some better than others, but rocked....
In the Top 10:
Small Town - John Mellencamp (highest rank in January = #6)
Walk Of Life - Dire Straits (HRIJ = #7)
It s Only Love - Bryan Adams / Tina Turner (HRIJ = #15)
Sleeping Bag - ZZ Top (HRIJ = #16)
Never - Heart (#25)
We Built This City - Starship (HRIJ = #34)
On The Charts:
The Big Money - Rush (#45)
Go - Asia (#46)
One Vision - Queen (#61)
I Knew The Bride (When She Use To Rock N Roll) - Nick Lowe (#77)
Note that this is not intended to be comprehensive, but merely songs that struck my fancy. There were 121 songs that appeared on the Hot 100 in the 4 weeks of January,
Note: The ranks here is just for teh month of January and may not represent a song's peak position.