The charts: Springsteen delivers epic Slane sell-out
In music, the year was dominated by US rocker Bruce Springsteen.
His mega-selling 'Born in the USA' album was matched by a barnstorming world tour which brought 'The Boss' and his legendary E Street Band to Ireland for the first time.
More than 100,000 fans packed Slane Castle on June 1 for a gig many still consider one of the best ever staged in Ireland.
Other major stars to storm the music charts in 1985 were Madonna, Foreigner, Wham, Duran Duran, Phil Collins, Bryan Adams and Dire Straits.
On the international front, Bob Geldof masterminded the Live Aid charity campaign which, thanks to dual live concerts in London and Philadelphia on July 13, brought the plight of Ethiopians battling famine to the attention of 1.9 billion people worldwide.
The concerts built on the success of the Band Aid single the previous year and brought charity campaigning to an unprecedented level.
In film, the year was dominated by 'Back to the Future', 'Rambo II', 'Rocky IV' and 'The Colour Purple'.
The biggest movie news of the year was British actor Roger Moore stepping down from his James Bond role.