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Off The Chart: 16 November 1986

Off The Chart: 16 November 1986

Fasten your seatbelts, we’re heading back to this day in 1986 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of obscure, forgotten and vaguely familiar hits, plus three of the week’s new hit albums, a round-up of the day’s goings-on, an illicit look at the South African chart and the UK’s top five singles in full.

  • Who had three hit singles this year from three different film soundtracks?
  • Who had a hit this week that was entirely contradicted by their next hit?
  • And what was the first quintuple album to sell a million copies?

Tune in and find out!


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Spotify playlists

If you’ve missed a previous edition they’re all on our Mixcloud page, or for a taster of the music we play, listen to our Spotify playlist Way Off The Chart including one track from each show!

We also have a Spotify playlist for our #ICEOTWF feature, including all (well, most) of the international hits we’ve played since the feature began in March 2017. There are all sorts of oddities in here, all of which were hits somewhere in the world but not in the UK!

Off The Chart: 6 July 1987

Off The Chart: 6 July 1987

We’re back to a less controversial edition of Off The Chart this week as we revisit the UK chart from this day in 1987. Along the way we’ll pick up a few of the day’s goings-on, three of the new … read more

Off The Chart: 11 May 1989

Off The Chart: 11 May 1989

What we’re gonna do right here is go back… back to this day in 1989 for another Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of obscure and forgotten hits, three of the week’s big new albums, a look at … read more

Off The Chart: 24 November 1986

Off The Chart: 24 November 1986

This week Off The Chart goes back to 1986 for the usual two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three of the week’s new albums, a look at what was going on in the media, a quick squint at the … read more

Mixcloud Select: Sophistipop

Sophistipop

Get your best designer suit on, slick back your hair and fire up your brand new Compact Disc Player for February 2018’s Virtual CD of the Month! 80 minutes of sophisticated pop from the likes of ABC, Swing Out Sister, … read more

Off The Chart: 8 January 1987

Off The Chart: 8 January 1987

No, we haven’t disappeared or been taken off the air (although you could be forgiven for thinking we had, after the last show we did), we’ve just moved to Tuesdays for the new series of Off The Chart! Join us … read more

Sound of the Crowd – a Discography of the ’80s: Fourth Edition available now!

Sound of the Crowd - 4th Edition cover

Sound Of The Crowd: a Discography of the ’80s is the ultimate record collector’s guide to the 1980s. In the era of multi-formatting, picture discs, coloured vinyl, multiple remixes, funny shaped records and tiny CDs you could lose down the back … read more

Virtual C90: May 2018

Virtual C90: May 2018

This month’s virtual mixtape includes new music from Tony Hadley, James, Swing Out Sister, Half Man Half Biscuit, Sparks, The Alarm and Johnny Marr, plus new takes on old faves by The Cure and Echo & The Bunnymen, as well … read more

Off The Chart: 15 April 1987

Off The Chart: 15 April 1987

This week on Off The Chart Steve and Julian take you through some of the less remembered hits from the chart of 15 April 1987, as well as playing three tracks from a featured album of the week and the … read more

Off The Chart: 12 November 1986

Off The Chart: 12 November 1986

We’ve received a leaflet… but we’re still carrying on with the UK singles chart of 12 November 1986 in this week’s Off The Chart! There’s hits from Fuzzbox, New Order, Kate Bush, a featured album from Kraftwerk and an all-female … read more

1986 Christmas Top 40

Jocky Wilson

Something seemed to have shifted in 1986. Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Culture Club and Frankie Goes To Hollywood all returned from their mid-decade break to lesser acclaim, failing to score a top three hit between them. Wham! called it a … read more