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Atari 2600 Video Game Release Dates for 1985

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Information compiled by Duane Alan Hahn.

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Release Date Quick List

January

 

February

Spy Hunter (Sega) DSEBG

Up ‘n Down (Sega) SEBG

 

March

 

April

 

May

Q*Bert’s Qubes (Parker Bros) DSEBG

 

June

 

July

 

August

 

September

 

October

Cosmic Commuter (Activision) DSEBG

Ghostbusters (Activision) DSEBG

 

November

 

December

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Below is an incomplete list of Atari 2600 video game release dates by month in the USA for the year 1985 along with lists of top 100 music, movies, and TV shows to help summon your treasured memories of the Atari 2600 and the 1980s with the bonus of recreating the magical feelings of that special time.

 

If you were too young or not even born yet, play the songs in the order they are listed and watch short video clips or commercials for the movies and TV shows (in order) and you might start to feel what it was like back then in 1985. There were no smartphones or an Internet full of knowledge and entertainment at your fingertips. If you wanted to know something, you had to go to the library and try to find the information in a book. If you were lucky, you had an encyclopedia set at home, but it would probably be many decades out of date.

 

 

Link Colors

Links that jump to other places on this page are blue. Links that lead to other pages online are red.

 

 

Quick List and Index

For those who only want release dates and nothing else, there is a Release Date Quick List. This page also has an Index.

 

 

Not Set in Stone

Most of the release dates below are not set in stone. Games will be moved as better information is found, so be sure to check back once in a while.

 

 

Best Guess

Many games are marked as a best guess. Some guesses are worse than others. Below is a list of the types of guesses that can be on this page.

 

Best Guess (BG): At least one magazine or newsletter mentioned the month a game was released or supposed to be released.

 

Extreme Best Guess (EBG): A vague mention of the release month in a magazine or newsletter.

 

Super Extreme Best Guess (SEBG): The Video Game Update newsletter only had a review for the game (no release month mentioned), so it's a semi-educated wild guess. The review could have happened the same month the game was released or the review could have been published a month or more later.

 

Desperate Super Extreme Best Guess (DSEBG): There might be an ad in a magazine to go on if we're lucky. It's a desperate semi-educated wild guess.

 

 

Copyright Date

Remember, the date on the box, cartridge, manual, and copyright screen can be different from the actual release date. For example, Atari 2600 Pac-Man was released in March/April of 1982, but the box, cart, manual, and copyright screen have 1981 as the copyright date. It usually took around 6 months for a programmer to make an Atari VCS game back then and that's not counting the time it took to make the manuals, boxes, and cartridges.

 

 

YouTube

To help make your experience even more enjoyable, most items have a link next to them that will lead you to related search results at YouTube where you might find video game commercials, gameplay footage, music videos, and clips from TV shows or movies.

 

 

You Can Help

If you find a mistake, or have more information to add, such as month/year release dates for games, please contact me. Every little bit of credible information helps, no matter how insignificant you think it might be. Thanks for your help.

 

 

 

 

January 1985

January 1985

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Rockin’ At Midnight” by The Honeydrippers  (Jan 5)   YouTube

“Yo’ Little Brother” by Nolan Thomas  (Jan 5)   YouTube

“Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon  (Jan 19)   YouTube

“California Girls” by David Lee Roth  (Jan 19)   YouTube   65%

“Private Dancer” by Tina Turner  (Jan 19)   YouTube

“Relax (Mix)” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood  (Jan 19)   YouTube

“Nightshift” by Commodores  (Jan 26)   YouTube

“Too Late For Goodbyes” by Julian Lennon  (Jan 26)   YouTube   80%

“Obsession” by Animotion  (Jan 26)   YouTube   60%

“High On You” by Survivor  (Jan 26)   YouTube

“Only The Young” by Journey  (Jan 26)   YouTube

“Keeping The Faith” by Billy Joel  (Jan 26)   YouTube

“Why Can’t I Have You” by The Cars  (Jan 26)   YouTube

“Playing To Win” by Little River Band  (Jan 26)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for February >

January 1985

 

New at the Movies

The Mutilator  (Jan 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Rockin’ Road Trip  (Jan 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Too Scared to Scream  (Jan 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Avenging Angel  (Jan 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Tuff Turf  (Jan 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The New Kids  (Jan 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

That’s Dancing!  (Jan 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Falcon and the Snowman  (Jan 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Fandango  (Jan 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

January 1985

 

New on TV

Time Machine [game show]  NBC  (Jan 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Sara  NBC  (Jan 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

ThunderCats  Syndication  (Jan 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for February >

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February 1985

February 1985

 

Spy Hunter (Sega)

Desperate Super Extreme Best Guess. Spy Hunter for the ColecoVision was previewed in the January 1985 issue of Computer Entertainer The Newsletter, but there was no mention of the Atari 2600 version, so it’s listed with Up ‘n Down in February for now.

Info:

YouTube

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February 1985

 

Up ‘n Down (Sega)

Super Extreme Best Guess. Up ‘n Down was reviewed in the February 1985 issue of Computer Entertainer The Newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

February 1985

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Somebody” by Bryan Adams  (Feb 2)   YouTube

“Save A Prayer” by Duran Duran  (Feb 2)   YouTube   65%

“When The Rain Begins To Fall” by Jermaine Jackson & Pia Zadora  (Feb 2)   YouTube

“One More Night” by Phil Collins  (Feb 9)   YouTube

“Material Girl” by Madonna  (Feb 9)   YouTube   70%

“Just Another Night” by Mick Jagger  (Feb 9)   YouTube

“Take Me With U” by Prince & The Revolution  (Feb 9)   YouTube

“Rhythm Of The Night” by DeBarge  (Feb 16)   YouTube

“I’m On Fire” by Bruce Springsteen  (Feb 16)   YouTube

“New Attitude” by Patti LaBelle  (Feb 16)   YouTube

“Lucky” by Greg Kihn  (Feb 16)   YouTube

“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds  (Feb 23)   YouTube   70%

“One Night In Bangkok” by Murray Head  (Feb 23)   YouTube   70%

“All She Wants To Do Is Dance” by Don Henley  (Feb 23)   YouTube   70%

“Along Comes A Woman” by Chicago  (Feb 23)   YouTube

“The Bird” by The Time  (Feb 23)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for March >

February 1985

 

New at the Movies

Heaven Help Us  (Feb 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Mischief  (Feb 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Witness  (Feb 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Breakfast Club  (Feb 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Fast Forward  (Feb 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Into the Night  (Feb 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Mean Season  (Feb 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Turk 182  (Feb 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Vision Quest  (Feb 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for February >

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March 1985

March 1985

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Crazy For You” by Madonna  (Mar 2)   YouTube

“Smooth Operator” by Sade  (Mar 2)   YouTube

“One Night In Bangkok” by Robey  (Mar 2)   YouTube   [Didn’t hear it on the radio back then, but I would have hated if I did. Holy cow is that horrible.]

“In My House” by Mary Jane Girls  (Mar 9)   YouTube

“Forever Man” by Eric Clapton  (Mar 9)   YouTube

“Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears  (Mar 16)   YouTube   70%

“Some Like It Hot” by The Power Station  (Mar 16)   YouTube

“Don’t Come Around Here No More” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers  (Mar 16)   YouTube

“Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid” by Daryl Hall & John Oates  (Mar 16)   YouTube

“Rock And Roll Girls” by John Fogerty  (Mar 16)   YouTube

“We Are The World” by USA for Africa  (Mar 23)   YouTube   75%

“Everything She Wants” by Wham!  (Mar 23)   YouTube   75%

“Suddenly” by Billy Ocean  (Mar 23)   YouTube

“Things Can Only Get Better” by Howard Jones  (Mar 23)   YouTube   75%

“Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves  (Mar 23)   YouTube

“Fresh” by Kool & The Gang  (Mar 23)   YouTube

“Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody” by David Lee Roth  (Mar 23)   YouTube   70%

“Never Ending Story” by Limahl  (Mar 23)   YouTube   70%

“Vox Humana” by Kenny Loggins  (Mar 23)   YouTube   80%

“Baby Come And Get It” by Pointer Sisters  (Mar 23)   YouTube

“Axel F” by Harold Faltermeyer  (Mar 30)   YouTube   75%

New on Top 100 Radio for April >

March 1985

 

New at the Movies

Certain Fury  (Mar 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Lust in the Dust  (Mar 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Purple Rose of Cairo  (Mar 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Sure Thing  (Mar 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Ghoulies  (Mar 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Missing in Action 2: The Beginning  (Mar 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Mask  (Mar 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Lost in America  (Mar 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Sylvester  (Mar 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend  (Mar 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Friday the 13th: A New Beginning  (Mar 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Last Dragon  (Mar 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Porky’s Revenge!  (Mar 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword  (Mar 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Desperately Seeking Susan  (Mar 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

King David  (Mar 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment  (Mar 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Robbery Under Arms  (Mar 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Slugger’s Wife  (Mar 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

March 1985

 

New on TV

Michael Nesmith in Television Parts  NBC  (Mar 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Google Books

Moonlighting  ABC  (Mar 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Robotech  Syndication  (Mar 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Mr. Belvedere  ABC  (Mar 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

CBS Storybreak  CBS  (Mar 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for April >

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April 1985

April 1985

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Smuggler’s Blues” by Glenn Frey  (Apr 6)   YouTube

“Celebrate Youth” by Rick Springfield  (Apr 6)   YouTube

“Voices Carry” by ‘Til Tuesday  (Apr 13)   YouTube

“Heaven” by Bryan Adams  (Apr 20)   YouTube

“The Search Is Over” by Survivor  (Apr 20)   YouTube

“Say You’re Wrong” by Julian Lennon  (Apr 20)   YouTube

“Show Some Respect” by Tina Turner  (Apr 20)   YouTube

“Would I Lie To You?” by Eurythmics  (Apr 27)   YouTube

“Angel” by Madonna  (Apr 27)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for May >

April 1985

 

New at the Movies

Alamo Bay  (Apr 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Private Resort  (Apr 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Cat’s Eye  (Apr 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Girls Just Want to Have Fun  (Apr 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Ladyhawke  (Apr 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Crimewave  (Apr 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Just One of the Guys  (Apr 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Stick  (Apr 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

April 1985

 

New on TV

National Geographic Explorer  Nickelodeon  (Apr 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Lady Blue  ABC  (Apr 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Double Dare  CBS  (Apr 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for May >

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May 1985

May 1985

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“My Toot Toot” by Jean Knight  (May 4)   YouTube

“Save The Night For Me” by Maureen Steele  (May 4)   YouTube

“Little Sheila” by Slade  (May 4)   YouTube

“Everytime You Go Away” by Paul Young  (May 11)   YouTube

“Sussudio” by Phil Collins  (May 11)   YouTube   80%

“The Word Girl” by Scritti Politti  (May 11)   YouTube   [Didn't hear it on the radio back then, but I would have liked it.]

“Crazy In The Night (Barking At Airplanes)” by Kim Carnes  (May 11)   YouTube

“A View To A Kill” by Duran Duran  (May 18)   YouTube

“Raspberry Beret” by Prince & The Revolution  (May 18)   YouTube

“The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough” by Cyndi Lauper  (May 18)   YouTube   65%

“Find A Way” by Amy Grant  (May 18)   YouTube   70%

“People Are People” by Depeche Mode  (May 25)   YouTube   65%

New on Top 100 Radio for June >

May 1985

 

New at the Movies

Code of Silence  (May 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Gotcha!  (May 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Gymkata  (May 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Creature  (May 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Rustlers’ Rhapsody  (May 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Ordeal by Innocence  (May 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Brewster’s Millions  (May 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Rambo: First Blood Part II  (May 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

A View to a Kill  (May 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Fletch  (May 31)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

May 1985

 

New on TV

WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event   NBC  (May 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for June >

May 1985

 

History

     

    Text below from Computer Entertainer The Newsletter (May 1985, page 13)

     

    NO Q*BERT’S QUBE

    It really doesn’t come as a surprise but inside sources have confirmed to Computer Entertainer that Parker Bros. is OUT of the game/computer business. Obviously, this means no sequel to Montezuma’s Revenge and Q*Bert’s Qubes for all systems is a “no-go.” We did get the impression, however, that there MAY have been a very small quantity of Q*Bert’s Qubes (format unknown) produced to fulfill commitments so those of you who love to search for rare games, this one could be quite a challenge!

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June 1985

June 1985

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen  (Jun 1)   YouTube

“Who’s Holding Donna Now” by DeBarge  (Jun 1)   YouTube

“What About Love?” by Heart  (Jun 1)   YouTube

“You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” by Dead Or Alive  (Jun 1)   YouTube   75%

“19” by Paul Hardcastle  (Jun 1)   YouTube

“Possession Obsession” by Daryl Hall & John Oates  (Jun 1)   YouTube

“Never Surrender” by Corey Hart  (Jun 8)   YouTube

“If You Love Somebody Set Them Free” by Sting  (Jun 8)   YouTube   60%

“Get It On (Bang A Gong)” by The Power Station  (Jun 8)   YouTube

“State Of The Heart” by Rick Springfield  (Jun 8)   YouTube

“(Closest Thing To) Perfect” by Jermaine Jackson  (Jun 8)   YouTube

“Real Love” by Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers  (Jun 8)   YouTube

“Shout” by Tears For Fears  (Jun 15)   YouTube   80%

“Stir It Up” by Patti LaBelle  (Jun 15)   YouTube   65%

“People Get Ready” by Jeff Beck & Rod Stewart  (Jun 15)   YouTube

“St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)” by John Parr  (Jun 22)   YouTube   55%

“Freeway Of Love” by Aretha Franklin  (Jun 22)   YouTube   69%

“Like A Surgeon” by "Weird Al" Yankovic  (Jun 22)   YouTube   65%

“Your Love Is King” by Sade  (Jun 22)   YouTube

“Power Of Love” by Huey Lewis & The News  (Jun 29)   YouTube

“Summer Of ‘69” by Bryan Adams  (Jun 29)   YouTube

“Take No Prisoners (In The Game Of Love)” by Peabo Bryson  (Jun 29)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for July >

June 1985

 

New at the Movies

The Goonies  (Jun 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Perfect  (Jun 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Prizzi’s Honor  (Jun 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Secret Admirer  (Jun 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Cocoon  (Jun 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Return to Oz  (Jun 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Pale Rider  (Jun 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

St. Elmo’s Fire  (Jun 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

June 1985

 

New on TV

Larry King Live  CNN  (Jun 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Code of Vengeance  NBC  (Jun 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for July >

June 1985

 

History

     

    Text below from Computer Entertainer The Newsletter (June 1985, page 11)

     

    Q*BERT’S QUBE UPDATE

    Following our report last month regarding the existence of very small quantities of Q*Bert’s Qubes in unknown formats, our phones lit up. We sincerely thank the readers who called to inform us what they had found and purchased. It appears that Toys R Us received very small quantities of 2600 and ColecoVision versionsnot available in all locations. Again, if you’re a collector, call around FAST as it is very apparent that very tiny quantities were made.

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July 1985

July 1985

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Cherish” by Kool & The Gang  (Jul 6)   YouTube

“We Don’t Need Another Hero” by Tina Turner  (Jul 6)   YouTube

“Invincible” by Pat Benatar  (Jul 6)   YouTube   70%

“Life In One Day” by Howard Jones  (Jul 6)   YouTube   85%

“Mystery Lady” by Billy Ocean  (Jul 6)   YouTube

“Bit By Bit” by Stephanie Mills  (Jul 6)   YouTube

“Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits  (Jul 13)   YouTube   80%

“Take On Me” by A-Ha  (Jul 13)   YouTube   85%

“You’re Only Human (Second Wind)” by Billy Joel  (Jul 13)   YouTube   60%

“Dare Me” by Pointer Sisters  (Jul 13)   YouTube

“Smokin’ In The Boys Room” by Mötley Crüe  (Jul 13)   YouTube

“Live Every Moment” by REO Speedwagon  (Jul 13)   YouTube

“Don’t Lose My Number” by Phil Collins  (Jul 20)   YouTube   75%

“Cry” by Godley & Crème  (Jul 20)   YouTube

“Shame” by The Motels  (Jul 20)   YouTube

“Freedom” by Wham!  (Jul 27)   YouTube   55%

“Pop Life” by Prince & The Revolution  (Jul 27)   YouTube

“I Got You Babe” by UB40 & Chrissie Hynde  (Jul 27)   YouTube

“You Look Marvelous” by Billy Crystal  (Jul 27)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for August >

July 1985

 

New at the Movies

Back to the Future  (Jul 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Red Sonja  (Jul 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome  (Jul 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Explorers  (Jul 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Silverado  (Jul 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Day of the Dead  (Jul 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Legend of Billie Jean  (Jul 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Man with One Red Shoe  (Jul 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Black Cauldron  (Jul 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Kiss of the Spider Woman  (Jul 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

National Lampoon’s European Vacation  (Jul 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

July 1985

 

New on TV

Stingray  NBC  (Jul 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for August >

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August 1985

August 1985

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Oh Sheila” by Ready For The World  (Aug 3)   YouTube

“There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)” by Eurythmics  (Aug 3)   YouTube   65%

“Fright Night” by J. Geils Band  (Aug 10)   YouTube

“Saving All My Love For You” by Whitney Houston  (Aug 17)   YouTube

“Dress You Up” by Madonna  (Aug 17)   YouTube

“Lonely Ol’ Night” by John Cougar Mellencamp  (Aug 24)   YouTube

“Fortress Around Your Heart” by Sting  (Aug 24)   YouTube   60%

“Be Near Me” by ABC  (Aug 24)   YouTube

“Lovin’ Every Minute Of It” by Loverboy  (Aug 24)   YouTube

“Love Theme From St. Elmo’s Fire” by David Foster  (Aug 24)   YouTube

“Four In The Morning (I Can’t Take Any More)” by Night Ranger  (Aug 24)   YouTube

“All Of Me For All Of You” by 9.9  (Aug 24)   YouTube

“Dancing In The Street” by Mick Jagger & David Bowie  (Aug 31)   YouTube

“Sunset Grill” by Don Henley  (Aug 31)   YouTube   55%

“Weird Science” by Oingo Boingo  (Aug 31)   YouTube   85%

New on Top 100 Radio for September >

August 1985

 

New at the Movies

Fright Night  (Aug 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Follow That Bird  (Aug 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Weird Science  (Aug 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Real Genius  (Aug 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

My Science Project  (Aug 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure  (Aug 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Summer Rental  (Aug 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

American Flyers  (Aug 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Return of the Living Dead  (Aug 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Volunteers  (Aug 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Year of the Dragon  (Aug 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Agnes of God  (Aug 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Better Off Dead  (Aug 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Ghostbusters (re-release)  (Aug 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Teen Wolf  (Aug 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

American Ninja  (Aug 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Gremlins (re-release)  (Aug 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Compromising Positions  (Aug 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

August 1985

 

New on TV

West 57th   CBS  (Aug 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for September >

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September 1985

September 1985

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“We Built This City” by Starship  (Sep 7)   YouTube

“Part-Time Lover” by Stevie Wonder  (Sep 7)   YouTube

“Miami Vice Theme” by Jan Hammer  (Sep 7)   YouTube

“I’m Goin’ Down” by Bruce Springsteen  (Sep 7)   YouTube

“Perfect Way” by Scritti Politti  (Sep 7)   YouTube   85%

“Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush  (Sep 7)   YouTube

“And She Was” by Talking Heads  (Sep 7)   YouTube   65%

“You Belong To The City” by Glenn Frey  (Sep 14)   YouTube

“Head Over Heels” by Tears For Fears  (Sep 14)   YouTube   80%

“Never” by Heart  (Sep 14)   YouTube

“I Miss You” by Klymaxx  (Sep 14)   YouTube   65%

“One Night Love Affair” by Bryan Adams  (Sep 14)   YouTube

“Boy In The Box” by Corey Hart  (Sep 14)   YouTube   60%

“All Fall Down” by Five Star  (Sep 14)   YouTube

“Broken Wings” by Mr. Mister  (Sep 21)   YouTube   65%

“Lay Your Hands On Me” by Thompson Twins  (Sep 21)   YouTube

“Born In East L.A.” by Cheech & Chong  (Sep 21)   YouTube

“Who’s Zoomin’ Who” by Aretha Franklin  (Sep 28)   YouTube

“Like To Get To Know You Well” by Howard Jones  (Sep 28)   YouTube   75%

“The Screams Of Passion” by The Family  (Sep 28)   YouTube   [I remember laughing at how horrible the song and video was back then.]

“The Oak Tree” by Morris Day  (Sep 28)   YouTube

“Blue Kiss” by Jane Wiedlin  (Sep 28)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for October >

September 1985

 

New at the Movies

Plenty  (Sep 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Smooth Talk  (Sep 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

After Hours  (Sep 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Maxie  (Sep 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Invasion U.S.A.  (Sep 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Journey of Natty Gann  (Sep 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

September 1985

 

New on TV

Attitudes  Lifetime  (Sep 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Hell Town  NBC  (Sep 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo  ABC  (Sep 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

Star Wars: Droids  ABC  (Sep 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

Star Wars: Ewoks  ABC  (Sep 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

Small Wonder  Syndication  (Sep 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

What’s Happening Now!!  Syndication  (Sep 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

227  NBC  (Sep 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears  NBC  (Sep 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   SMS

The Golden Girls  NBC  (Sep 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

It’s Punky Brewster  NBC  (Sep 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

The Berenstain Bears  CBS  (Sep 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling  CBS  (Sep 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

Jim Henson’s Little Muppet Monsters  CBS  (Sep 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   SMS

The Wuzzles  CBS  (Sep 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

The Care Bears  Syndication  (Sep 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

America  Syndication  (Sep 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Break the Bank [game show]  Syndication  (Sep 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero  Syndication  (Sep 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors  Syndication  (Sep 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Charlie & Co.  CBS  (Sep 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

The Equalizer  CBS  (Sep 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

George Burns Comedy Week  CBS  (Sep 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Stir Crazy  CBS  (Sep 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Spenser: For Hire  ABC  (Sep 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Hollywood Beat  ABC  (Sep 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Lime Street  ABC  (Sep 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Growing Pains  ABC  (Sep 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

MacGyver  ABC  (Sep 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Amazing Stories  NBC  (Sep 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for October >

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October 1985

October 1985

 

Cosmic Commuter (Activision)

Desperate Super Extreme Best Guess. Cosmic Commuter was reviewed in the November 1985 issue of Computer Entertainer The Newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

News:

The text below is from the the October 1985 issue of Computer Entertainer The Newsletter:

The Rebirth of Video Games

The home video game industry, long assumed to be dead and buried, is showing some signs of life. Nintendo is preparing to introduce a new game system, Activision recently released two new cartridges for the Atari 2600, and INTV Corporation (formerly Intellivision Inc ) is getting ready to introduce the INTV SYSTEM III for Intellivision.

October 1985

 

Ghostbusters (Activision)

Desperate Super Extreme Best Guess. Ghostbusters was reviewed in the October 1985 issue of Computer Entertainer The Newsletter.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

News:

The text below is from the the October 1985 issue of Computer Entertainer The Newsletter:

The Rebirth of Video Games

The home video game industry, long assumed to be dead and buried, is showing some signs of life. Nintendo is preparing to introduce a new game system, Activision recently released two new cartridges for the Atari 2600, and INTV Corporation (formerly Intellivision Inc ) is getting ready to introduce the INTV SYSTEM III for Intellivision.

October 1985

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Separate Lives” by Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin  (Oct 5)   YouTube

“Party All The Time” by Eddie Murphy  (Oct 5)   YouTube

“One Of The Living” by Tina Turner  (Oct 5)   YouTube

“Soul Kiss” by Olivia Newton-John  (Oct 5)   YouTube

“The Night Is Still Young” by Billy Joel  (Oct 5)   YouTube

“Girls Are More Fun” by Ray Parker Jr.  (Oct 5)   YouTube

“Remo’s Theme (What If)” by Tommy Shaw  (Oct 5)   YouTube

“Everybody Dance” by Ta Mara & The Seen  (Oct 12)   YouTube

“To Live And Die In L.A.” by Wang Chung  (Oct 12)   YouTube

“Que Te Quiero” by Katrina & The Waves  (Oct 12)   YouTube

“I’ll Be There” by Kenny Loggins  (Oct 12)   YouTube

“Conga” by Miami Sound Machine  (Oct 19)   YouTube   70%

“Tarzan Boy” by Baltimora  (Oct 19)   YouTube

“Alive & Kicking” by Simple Minds  (Oct 19)   YouTube

“Sleeping Bag” by ZZ Top  (Oct 19)   YouTube

“Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” by Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin  (Oct 19)   YouTube

“America” by Prince & The Revolution  (Oct 19)   YouTube

“You’re A Friend Of Mine” by Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne  (Oct 26)   YouTube

“Election Day” by Arcadia  (Oct 26)   YouTube

“Emergency” by Kool & The Gang  (Oct 26)   YouTube

“Wrap Her Up” by Elton John  (Oct 26)   YouTube

“Do It For Love” by Sheena Easton  (Oct 26)   YouTube

“Shock” by The Motels  (Oct 26)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for November >

October 1985

 

New at the Movies

Commando  (Oct 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Jagged Edge  (Oct 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Sweet Dreams  (Oct 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins  (Oct 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Silver Bullet  (Oct 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Re-Animator  (Oct 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Twice in a Lifetime  (Oct 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

October 1985

 

New on TV

Misfits of Science  NBC  (Oct 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Jem  Syndication  (Oct 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for November >

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November 1985

November 1985

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Burning Heart” by Survivor  (Nov 2)   YouTube

“Walk Of Life” by Dire Straits  (Nov 2)   YouTube

“Tonight She Comes” by The Cars  (Nov 2)   YouTube

“Small Town” by John Cougar Mellencamp  (Nov 2)   YouTube

“Sun City” by Artists United Against Apartheid  (Nov 2)   YouTube

“Count Me Out” by New Edition  (Nov 2)   YouTube

“That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne & Friends  (Nov 9)   YouTube

“Say You, Say Me” by Lionel Richie  (Nov 9)   YouTube

“Face The Face” by Pete Townshend  (Nov 9)   YouTube

“Love Is The Seventh Wave” by Sting  (Nov 9)   YouTube   55%

“Everyday” by James Taylor  (Nov 9)   YouTube   65%

“Talk To Me” by Stevie Nicks  (Nov 16)   YouTube

“Sidewalk Talk” by Jellybean  (Nov 16)   YouTube

“The Sweetest Taboo” by Sade  (Nov 23)   YouTube

“Silent Running” by Mike + The Mechanics  (Nov 23)   YouTube   75%

“Spies Like Us” by Paul McCartney  (Nov 23)   YouTube

“Go Home” by Stevie Wonder  (Nov 23)   YouTube

“It’s Only Love” by Bryan Adams & Tina Turner  (Nov 23)   YouTube

“When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going” by Billy Ocean  (Nov 30)   YouTube   70%

“I’m Your Man” by Wham!  (Nov 30)   YouTube

“Life In A Northern Town” by The Dream Academy  (Nov 30)   YouTube   75%

“The Sun Always Shines On T.V” by A-Ha  (Nov 30)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for December >

November 1985

 

New at the Movies

Death Wish 3  (Nov 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge  (Nov 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

To Live and Die in L.A.  (Nov 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Target  (Nov 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

That Was Then... This Is Now  (Nov 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Transylvania 6-5000  (Nov 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Once Bitten  (Nov 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer  (Nov 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Bad Medicine  (Nov 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Fever Pitch  (Nov 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

King Solomon’s Mines  (Nov 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

One Magic Christmas  (Nov 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Starchaser: The Legend of Orin  (Nov 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

White Nights  (Nov 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Rocky IV  (Nov 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Santa Claus: The Movie  (Nov 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

November 1985

 

New on TV

The Colbys  ABC  (Nov 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Shadow Chasers  ABC  (Nov 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for December >

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December 1985

December 1985

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston  (Dec 7)   YouTube

“Living In America” by James Brown  (Dec 7)   YouTube

“My Hometown” by Bruce Springsteen  (Dec 7)   YouTube

“Kyrie” by Mr. Mister  (Dec 21)   YouTube   70%

“Sara” by Starship  (Dec 28)   YouTube   70%

“Secret Lovers” by Atlantic Starr  (Dec 28)   YouTube

“Let’s Go All The Way” by Sly Fox  (Dec 28)   YouTube   80%

Back to New on Top 100 Radio for January >

December 1985

 

New at the Movies

Young Sherlock Holmes  (Dec 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Fool for Love  (Dec 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Spies Like Us  (Dec 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Jewel of the Nile  (Dec 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

A Chorus Line  (Dec 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Clue  (Dec 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Brazil  (Dec 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Color Purple  (Dec 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Out of Africa  (Dec 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Enemy Mine  (Dec 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Revolution  (Dec 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Trip to Bountiful  (Dec 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

December 1985

 

New on TV

Foley Square  CBS  (Dec 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Mary  CBS  (Dec 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

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Atari Compendium Archives

The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers

I. C. When

Atari History Museum (Atari Historical Society)

AtariAge

Hot 100 Singles Chronology

Rock on the Net: The Ark Weekly Top 40 Archives

Internet Movie Database

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Wikipedia: List of Years in Television

 

 

 

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