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1985 Chart Flashback: Reviewing tracks by Prince, Phil Collins, and more

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On the Hot 100 this week 32 years ago, Bryan Adams fell from heaven, Madonna was touched by an angel, and Prince picked up a hot chapeau. Ahead, check out reviews of the top 10 tracks from that week in 1985.

1. “Heaven,” Bryan Adams

All the tender, maple-scented wonder of being young, Canadian, and in love, minus the “Please don’t ask Daddy what that means” double entendres of “Summer of 69.” A-

2. “Sussudio,” Phil Collins

A jazzy little number about a girl so gorgeous that Collins had to make up his own Max Headroom stutter of a word to describe her. Not a real winner in the ’80s baby-name sweepstakes, though. B+

3. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” Tears for Fears

Or maybe they just want their dystopian nightmares wrapped in sweet, hairsprayed harmonies and a super-catchy chorus. A-

4. “Raspberry Beret,” Prince and the Revolution

God, he was so great with hats and fruits and sex metaphors. Can we play this game all day? Kiwi Fedora! Lemon Fez! Fig Beanie! Papaya Sombrero! A+

5. “A View to a Kill,” Duran Duran

Crystal tears, fatal kisses, dancing into the fire: It’s either the ultimate James Bond theme-song dream or, like, a slow Tuesday for circa-1985 Simon Le Bon. B+

6. “Angel,” Madonna

Ms. Ciccone is convinced her new man is an angel in disguise; she can see it in his eyes. So this is maybe not the moment to tell him that she has already been touched for the very first time. B

7. “In My House,” Mary Jane Girls

Give the Girls credit for anticipating the 2 a.m. “U up?” text by about three decades with their squiggly disco-funk invitation to enjoy the booty de la casa. B+

8. “Things Can Only Get Better,” Howard Jones

Poor Howard; he had about a year before his first name got hijacked by an obnoxious animatronic movie duck. But no rude mallard can steal this new-wave victory. B+

9. “Walking on Sunshine,” Katrina and the Waves

It is so hard to resist that happy, horn-y mmmmyeah intro! Or to forget Christian Bale’s casual murder face in American Psycho when it cues up on his Walkman. A-

10. “The Search Is Over,” Survivor

How cruel to be a successful arena band so defined by your Eye of the Tiger when your power ballads also have the soul of a sad soft-rock panda. C+