It was a year of coming together and pulling apart. The 'super group' USA For Africa recorded "We Are The World" and Willie Dixon sued Led Zeppelin over "Whole Lotta Love". VH-1 launched on New Year's Day and in September Michael Jackson outbid Paul McCartney for most of the Beatles music catalog.
Classic Alternative 1985
Before grunge, THIS was Alternative Rock: R.E.M., the Smiths, New Order, and Kate Bush