Dr. Smooth’s Flashback #18: Billboard Year-End Jazz Albums chart of 1985

Spend two hours remembering some of the most popular jazz records sold in 1985 as listed on the Year-End Jazz Albums chart of Billboard magazine.

Playlist:


The Introduction album cover

Track 1: “The Introduction” by The Steve Morse Band, from the 1984 album The Introduction. Written and produced by Steve Morse.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 15 27
Billboard 200 101 12
R&B
1985 Jazz Year End 50

Classic Masters album cover

Track 2: “Stay Awake” by Ronnie Laws, from the 1984 compilation album Classic Masters. Written and produced by Ronnie Laws.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 16 18
Billboard 200 201 7
R&B 33 18
1985 Jazz Year End 46

backstreet album cover

Track 3: “Neither One of Us” by David Sanborn from the 1983 album Backstreet. Written by Jim Weatherly, produced by Marcus Miller, Ray Bardani, Michael Colina.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 1 70
Billboard 200 81 33
R&B 21 47
1985 Jazz Year End 43

Bop Doo Wopp album cover

Track 4: “Route 66” by The Manhattan Transfer, from the 1984 album Bop Doo-Wopp. Written by Bobby Troup, produced by Tim Hauser.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 11 18
Billboard 200 127 11
R&B
1985 Jazz Year End 42

Access All Areas album cover

Track 5: “Morning Dance” by Spyro Gyra, from the 1984 live album Access All Areas. Written by Jay Beckenstein, produced by Jay Beckenstein and Richard Calandra.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 1 37
Billboard 200 59 19
R&B 41 13
1985 Jazz Year End 36

Samurai Samba album cover

Track 6: “Daddy’s Gonna Miss You” by The Yellowjackets from the 1985 album Samurai Samba. Written by Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip, Ricky Lawson, and Marc Russo, produced by Tommy LiPuma and The Yellowjackets.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 10 24
Billboard 200 179 4
R&B
1985 Jazz Year End 35

Rendezvous album cover

Track 7: “Fire Fly” by Sadao Watanabe, from the 1984 album Rendezvous. Written by William Eaton, produced by Ralph MacDonald.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 2 29
Billboard 200
R&B 37 13
1985 Jazz Year End 34

Lush Life album cover

Track 8: “You Took Advantage of Me” by Linda Ronstadt, from the 1984 album Lush Life. Written by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers, produced by Peter Asher.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 8 18
Billboard 200 13 26
R&B
1985 Jazz Year End 28

Vocalese album cover

Track 9: “Move” by The Manhattan Transfer, from the 1985 album Vocalese. Written by Denzil DeCosta Best with lyrics by Jon Hendricks, produced by Tim Hauser.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 2 48
Billboard 200 74 40
R&B
1985 Jazz Year End 26

Bob James 12 album cover

Track 10: “Courtship” by Bob James, from the 1984 album 12. Written and produced by Bob James.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 5 29
Billboard 200 136 20
R&B 67 3
1985 Jazz Year End 24

One of a Kind album cover

Track 11: “Playera” by Dave Grusin from the 1985 reissue of the album One of a Kind. Written by Enrique Grandos and Carlos Molina, produced by Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 6 38
Billboard 200
R&B
1985 Jazz Year End 21

Skin Dive album cover

Track 12: “Your Secret’s Safe with Me” by Michael Franks, from the 1985 album Skin Dive. Written by Michael Franks, produced by Rob Mounsey.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 6 56
Billboard 200 137 27
R&B
1985 Jazz Year End 20

Night Lines album cover

Track 13: “Bossa Baroque” by Dave Grusin, from the 1984 album Night-Lines. Written by Dave Grusin, produced by Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 4 69
Billboard 200
R&B
1985 Jazz Year End 19

Night songs album cover

Track 14: “The Look of Love” by Earl Klugh from the 1984 album Nightsongs. Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, produced by Earl Klugh.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 4 29
Billboard 200 107 17
R&B 42 13
1985 Jazz Year End 18

Alternating Currents album cover

Track 15: “Heartbeat” by Spyro Gyra, from the 1985 album Alternating Currents. Written by Jeremy Wall, produced by Jay Beckenstein and Richard Calandra.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 3 52
Billboard 200 66 23
R&B 41 12
1985 Jazz Year End 17

Harlequin album cover

Track 16: “Early A.M. Attitude” by Dave Grusin and Lee Ritenour, from the 1985 album Harlequin. Written by Dave Grusin, produced by Dave Grusin and Lee Ritenour.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 2 54
Billboard 200 192 2
R&B
1985 Jazz Year End 15

Diamond Life album cover

Track 17: “Your Love is King” by Sade from the 1984 album Diamond Life. Written by Sade Adu and Stuart Matthewman, produced by Robin Millar.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 5 66
Billboard 200 5 81
R&B 3 76
1985 Jazz Year End 14

Soda Fountain Shuffle album cover

Track 18: “One Night (Alone with You)” by Earl Klugh, from the 1985 album Soda Fountain Shuffle. Written and produced by Earl Klugh.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 3 4
Billboard 200 110 17
R&B 23 21
1985 Jazz Year End 13

You're Under Arrest album cover

Track 19: “Human Nature” by Miles Davis, from the 1985 album You’re Under Arrest. Written by John Bettis and Steve Porcaro, produced by Miles Davis and Robert Irving III.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 3 44
Billboard 200 111 12
R&B 63 5
1985 Jazz Year End 12

Inside Moves album cover

Track 20: “Jet Stream” by Grover Washington, Jr., from the 1984 album Inside Moves. Written by Grover Washington, Jr., Art Sorenson, and Richard Lee Steacker, produced by Grover Washington, Jr. and Ralph MacDonald.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 3 33
Billboard 200 79 23
R&B 21 26
1985 Jazz Year End 11

American Eyes album cover

Track 21: “Storm” by Rare Silk, from the 1985 album American Eyes. Written by Stanley Turrentine with lyrics by Marylynn Gillaspie, produced by Rare Silk.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 4 44
Billboard 200
R&B
1985 Jazz Year End 10

December album cover

Track 22: “Peace” by George Winston from the 1982 album December. Written by George Winston, produced by William Ackerman and George Winston.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 2 183
Billboard 200 54 135
R&B
1985 Jazz Year End 9

High Crime album art

Track 23: “After All” by Al Jarreau, from the 1984 album High Crime. Written by Al Jarreau, Jay Graydon, and David Foster, produced by Jay Graydon.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 2 53
Billboard 200 49 35
R&B 12 33
1985 Jazz Year End 7

Dancing in the Sun album cover

Track 24: “Dancing in the Sun” by George Howard, from the 1985 album Dancing in the Sun. Written by George Howard and Billy Johnson, produced by George Howard.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 1 62
Billboard 200 169 4
R&B 47 25
1985 Jazz Year End 6

twenty twenty album cover

Track 25: “Please Don’t Walk Away” by George Benson from the 1985 album 20/20. Written by Steve Lukather and James Newton Howard, produced by Russ Titelman.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 3 48
Billboard 200 45 32
R&B 20 34
1985 Jazz Year End 5

Straight to the Heart album cover

Track 26: “Hideaway” by David Sanborn, from the 1984 live album Straight to the Heart. Written by David Sanborn, produced by Marcus Miller.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 1 74
Billboard 200 64 32
R&B 31 20
1985 Jazz Year End 4

first circle album cover

Track 27: “Praise” by Pat Metheny Group, from the 1984 album First Circle. Written by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays, produced by Pat Metheny.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 2 75
Billboard 200 91 35
R&B
1985 Jazz Year End 3

Magic Touch album cover

Track 28: “All the Children” by Stanley Jordan from the 1985 album Magic Touch. Written by Stanley Jordan, produced by Al DiMeola.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 1 86
Billboard 200 64 66
R&B 31 61
1985 Jazz Year End 2

Hot House Flowers album cover

Track 29: “When You Wish Upon a Star” by Wynton Marsalis, from the 1984 album Hot House Flowers. Written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington, produced by Steve Epstein.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 1 75
Billboard 200 90 39
R&B 53 25
1985 Jazz Year End 1

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