The Gist

Billboard Hits From 1986

Back when our host was 14 years old, the hit songs were all big hair diva pop, big hair metal, and some guy named Falco.

Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” signals the breakthrough of the hair metal into popular culture.

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On The Gist, we travel back to the year our host and music writer Chris Molanphy were in their music-listening prime. We’ll count down the Billboard hits from 1986 that marked a significant pivot in music history. Chris writes Slate’s Why Is That Song No. 1 column, and you can read his insightful reflections on Bon Jovi in the Village Voice, When Bon Jovi Gave ‘Hair Metal’ a Bad Name.” For the Spiel, favorite moments from Thursday night’s Democratic debate in Brooklyn, New York.

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