1985 Episode Guide

Halfway through the 80s, and the 'Big Four' of the 80s - Wham!, Culture Club, Spandau & Duran Duran, have a pretty quiet year, ushering in a new generation of pop talent.


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Monthly Episode Guide

03/01/1985

John Peel and Richard Skinner take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40, as Top of the Pops celebrates it's 21st birthday. Including performances from Sal Solo, Paul Young, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and The Toy Dolls.


10/01/1985

Mike Read and Mike Smith take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Zz Top, Thompson Twins, Bronski Beat, and Council Collective.


17/01/1985

Peter Powell and Gary Davies take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Prince, Pat Benatar, Philip Bailey & Phil Collins, and Smiley Culture.


24/01/1985

Mike Smith and Steve Wright take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Ashford & Simpson, James Ingram, Billy Ocean, and Foreigner.


31/01/1985

Peter Powell and Janice Long take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Art Of Noise, Phil Collins, The Commodores, and Bruce Springsteen.


07/02/1985

Richard Skinner and Gary Davies take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Bryan Adams, Kirsty Maccoll, Chicago, and Dead Or Alive.


14/02/1985

Simon Bates and Janice Long take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from The Commodores, Reo Speedwagon, Daryl Hall & John Oates, and Killing Joke.


21/02/1985

Mike Read and Bruno Brookes take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Sharpe & Numan, Mick Jagger, Little Benny & The Masters, and Bryan Adams.


28/02/1985

Peter Powell and Mike Smith take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Prince, Jermaine Jackson, Daryl Hall & John Oates, and Madonna.


07/03/1985

John Peel and Janice Long take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Madonna, Loose Ends, Philip Bailey & Phil Collins, and Dead Or Alive.


14/03/1985

Gary Davies and Mike Smith take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Philip Bailey & Phil Collins, New Edition, Nik Kershaw, and Dead Or Alive.


21/03/1985

Mike Read and Steve Wright take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Third World, Glenn Frey, Billy Bragg, and Loose Ends.


28/03/1985

Peter Powell and Mike Smith take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Alison Moyet, The Cool Notes, David Grant & Jaki Graham, and Go West.


04/04/1985

Simon Bates and Richard Skinner take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Phyllis Nelson, Bryan Adams, Reo Speedwagon, and David Grant & Jaki Graham.


11/04/1985

Janice Long and John Peel take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Usa For Africa, Foreigner, China Crisis, and The Dream Academy.


18/04/1985

Mike Smith and Peter Powell take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Simple Minds, Chaka Khan, Dire Straits, and China Crisis.


25/04/1985

Mike Read and Gary Davies take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Phil Collins, New Model Army, Eurythmics, and David Grant & Jaki Graham.


02/05/1985

Richard Skinner and Mike Smith take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Paul Hardcastle, Vikki, New Model Army, and Godley & Crème.


09/05/1985

John Peel and Janice Long take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Freddie Mercury, Godley & Crème, Bryan Ferry, and Divine.


16/05/1985

Gary Davies and Peter Powell take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Bryan Ferry, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, and Marillion.


23/05/1985

Mike Read and Steve Wright take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Katrina & The Waves, The Power Station, Stephen Tin Tin Duffy, and Animotion.


30/05/1985

Janice Long takes a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Animotion, Propaganda, Gary Numan, and Scritti Politti.


06/06/1985

Richard Skinner and Simon Bates take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from The Crowd, Kool & The Gang, Sister Sledge, and David Bowie.


13/06/1985

Mike Read and Dixie Peach take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Madonna, Harold Faltermeyer, Fine Young Cannibals, and Marillion.


20/06/1985

Janice Long and Gary Davies take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Sting, Paul Young, Marti Webb, and Harold Faltermeyer.


27/06/1985

Mike Smith and Peter Powell take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Kool & The Gang, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John & Millie Jackson, and Howard Jones.


04/07/1985

Simon Bates and Richard Skinner take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Tears For Fears, Fine Young Cannibals, The Cult, and Sister Sledge.


11/07/1985

Janice Long and John Peel take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Eurythmics, Russ Abbot, Jaki Graham, and Sister Sledge.


18/07/1985

Peter Powell and Mike Smith take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Steve Arrington, Russ Abbot, Jaki Graham, and Billy Idol.


25/07/1985

Gary Davies and Dixie Peach take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Madonna, The Cure, Dire Straits, and Eurythmics.


01/08/1985

Mike Smith and Mike Read take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Tina Turner, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, and Madonna.


08/08/1985

Simon Bates and Richard Skinner take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Dire Straits, Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, Ub40 & Chrissie Hynde, and Madonna.


15/08/1985

Peter Powell and Dixie Peach take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Ub40 & Chrissie Hynde, Total Contrast, Baltimora, and Madonna.


22/08/1985

Gary Davies and Steve Wright take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from The Cars, Dan Hartman, Marc Almond, and Princess.


29/08/1985

Janice Long and John Peel take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Dan Hartman, Bananarama, Madness, and Ub40 & Chrissie Hynde.


05/09/1985

Mike Smith and Peter Powell take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Bryan Ferry, Madness, Marillion, and David Bowie & Mick Jagger.


12/09/1985

Mike Read and Steve Wright take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Huey Lewis & The News, Marillion, Red Box, and Mai Tai.


19/09/1985

Simon Bates and Peter Powell take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Madonna, Cameo, Billy Idol, and David Bowie & Mick Jagger.


26/09/1985

Janice Long and Dixie Peach take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Billy Idol, Five Star, Dead Or Alive, and Bonnie Tyler.


03/10/1985

Gary Davies and Paul Jordan take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Iron Maiden, John Parr, The Cure, and Midge Ure.


10/10/1985

Mike Smith and Steve Wright take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from John Parr, Madonna, Simple Minds, and Jennifer Rush.


17/10/1985

Peter Powell and Mike Read take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from A-ha, Level 42, Jan Hammer, and Jennifer Rush.


24/10/1985

Dixie Peach and Mike Smith take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Arcadia, Matt Bianco, King, and Jennifer Rush.


31/10/1985

Simon Bates and Janice Long take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Elton John, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Ub40, and Jennifer Rush.


07/11/1985

Peter Powell and Steve Wright take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from The Far Corporation, The Simon May Orchestra, Talking Heads, and Jennifer Rush.


14/11/1985

Gary Davies and Mike Smith take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin, Talking Heads, Dire Straits, and Feargal Sharkey.


21/11/1985

Paul Jordan and Janice Long take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Wham!, Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie, and Feargal Sharkey.


28/11/1985

Peter Powell and Dixie Peach take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Whitney Houston, Paul Mccartney, Prefab Sprout, and Wham!.


05/12/1985

Mike Smith and Steve Wright take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Lionel Richie, Marillion, Madonna, and Wham!.


12/12/1985

Gary Davies and Janice Long take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Madonna, Iron Maiden, Starship, and Whitney Houston.


19/12/1985

Paul Jordan and Mike Smith take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Band Aid, Level 42, Elton John, and Whitney Houston.


Christmas Day 1985

The Radio 1 DJs take a look at the best-selling tracks and artists from 1985, in this special Christmas Day edition. Including performances from Sister Sledge, Colonel Abrams, Midge Ure, Eurythmics, Billy Ocean, and Dead or Alive.



Year in Review

1985 sees the 'Big Four' of 80's pop - Spandau, Wham!, Culture Club and the Durans - have a relatively quiet year which ushers in a new generation of pop talent. The show becomes a barometer for the state of the nation as the ambitious King and A-ha, propelled by the most expensive music video of the year for Take On Me, compete for attention with passionate politicos Billy Bragg and The Style Council who, fired up by the ongoing miners' strike and continuing threat of nuclear war, give the studio audience their all with Between The Wars and Walls Come Tumbling Down.