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Songs of the Year: 1987

Hysteria. Bad. Whitney. Appetite. Joshua Tree. Kick. Faith. Document. Sign O The Times. It’s a good year for the blockbuster release.

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The year of the blockbuster: Bad, The Joshua Tree, Appetite for Destruction, Sign O The Times, Faith, Tango in the Night, Whitesnake ’87, Hysteria, Whitney. That’s a lot of albums sold. It was such a big year that many of those albums would continue producing charting singles well into 1988.

If you weren’t into blockbusters, well The Cure, Dinosaur Jr., The Smiths, REM and The Replacements all put out seminal releases. In short, no matter what you’re into, it was a good year… unless it was metal. Metal took the year off (except for you, Stryper).

Billboard Hot 100 song of the year? Walk Like an Egyptian from the Bangles took the top spot, followed by Heart’s Alone, Shake You Down by Gregory Abbott, I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) by Whitney Houston (it is Whitney week after all) and Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now from the band formerly known as Jefferson Starship.

It’s a simple concept. We pick five of our favorite songs that made the Billboard Top 100 (established in 1958) during any time that year. We also select five “wildcards” that can be any songs released as a single or on an album or EP that year. Finally, we also pick our “worst” song of the year, just for fun.

We started in 1958 and we’re going until we run out of years.

Standings So Far …

Just like the Miracle Mets in 1986, Kramzer came out of nowhere to snatch a victory with Crowded House’s Don’t Dream It’s Over. The Aussie vote handily carried it to victory as it took down the twin powerhouses of New Order and Elvis Costello. That’s Kramzer’s first solo win since 1978. Can he go back-to-back for the first time ever? His pick, which is a definite Jason pick will have a tough time against Jason’s Kramzer pick. Joe? Let’s just say he went with his heart on this one.

Joe: 15
Jason: 11.5
Kramzer: 8.5

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Which Was the Best Song of 1987?

  • Alex Chilton - The Replacements (45%, 91 Votes)
  • Tell It To My Heart - Taylor Dayne (29%, 59 Votes)
  • Little Fury Things - Dinosaur Jr. (26%, 53 Votes)

Total Voters: 203

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Dan O

My favorite songs of 1987:
Rank-Title-Artist
1. LAND OF CONFUSION – GENESIS
2. ANIMAL – DEF LEPPARD
3. MY BABY – PRETENDERS
4. WATERFALL – WENDY & LISA
5. OPEN YOUR HEART – MADONNA
6. WE’RE READY – BOSTON
7. FULL CIRCLE – COMPANY B
8. LIVING ON A PRAYER – BON JOVI
9. JUST LIKE HEAVEN – CURE
10. POINT OF NO RETURN – EXPOSE (original version made # 208 on My Favs for 1985)
11. LOVE WILL FIND A WAY – YES
12. HERE I GO AGAIN – WHITESNAKE
13. TEARING US APART – ERIC CLAPTON
14. SATELLITE – HOOTERS
15. MARY’S PRAYER – DANNY WILSON
16. COME GO WITH ME – EXPOSE
17. CATCH ME (I’M FALLING) – PRETTY POISON
18. DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER – CROWDED HOUSE
19. SHOULD’VE KNOWN BETTER – RICHARD MARX
20. BIG TIME – PETER GABRIEL
21. WHO WILL YOU RUN TO – HEART
22. RIGHT ON TRACK – BREAKFAST CLUB
23. DANCE – RATT
24. DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) – AEROSMITH
25. TALK TO ME – CHICO DEBARGE
26. TONIGHT, TONIGHT, TONIGHT – GENESIS
27. MEET ME HALFWAY – KENNY LOGGINS
28. NOBODY’S FOOL – CINDERELLA
29. CONTROL – JANET JACKSON
30. DOMINOES – ROBBIE NEVIL
31. SOMETHING SO STRONG – CROWDED HOUSE
32. NOTORIOUS – DURAN DURAN
33. I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE – CUTTING CREW
34. KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF – GEORGIA SATELLITES
35. THE HONEYTHIEF – HIPSWAY
36. DON’T MEAN NOTHING – RICHARD MARX
37. TRUE FAITH – NEW ORDER
38. SUBURBIA – PET SHOP BOYS
39. HOT LOVE – TWISTED SISTER
40. SILENT MORNING – NOEL

Dan O

More of my favorite songs of 1987:
Rank-Title-Artist
41. THE ONE I LOVE – R.E.M.
42. TELL IT TO MY HEART – TAYLOR DAYNE
43. PLEASURE PRINCIPLE – JANET JACKSON
44 SEVEN WONDERS – FLEETWOOD MAC
45. JACOB’S LADDER – HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS
46. C’EST LA VIE – ROBBIE NEVIL
47. EVERY LITTLE KISS – BRUCE HORNSBY & THE RANGE
48. LIVING IN A BOX – LIVING IN A BOX
49. IS THIS LOVE – WHITESNAKE
50. LET ME BE THE ONE – EXPOSE
51. I WANNA GO BACK – EDDIE MONEY
52. BREAKOUT – SWING OUT SISTER
53. HEAD TO TOE – LISA LISA & CULT JAM
54. LET’S DANCE – CHRIS REA
55. DREAMIN’ – WILL TO POWER
56. LITTLE LIES – FLEETWOOD MAC
57. LA BAMBA – LOS LOBOS
58. DON’T MAKE ME WAIT FOR LOVE – KENNY G (WITH LENNY WILLIAMS)
59. BANGIN’ ON MY HEART – OUTFIELD
60. DIAMONDS – HERB ALPERT WITH JANET JACKSON
61. HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH – BELINDA CARLISLE
62. (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS – CUTTING CREW
63. YOU ARE THE GIRL – CARS
64. LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE – JODY WATLEY
65. I’LL BE ALRIGHT WITHOUT YOU – JOURNEY
66. DIDN’T WE ALMOST HAVE IT ALL – WHITNEY HOUSTON
67. ROCK STEADY – WHISPERS
68. WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE – BON JOVI
69. LESSONS IN LOVE – LEVEL 42
70. PAPER IN FIRE – JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP
71. CAUSING A COMMOTION – MADONNA
72. HEARTS ON FIRE – BRYAN ADAMS
73. THE FINER THINGS – STEVE WINWOOD
74. DON’T YOU WANT ME – JODY WATLEY
75. WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME – U2
76. THEME FROM “MOONLIGHTING” – AL JARRAEU
77. LET’S GO – WANG CHUNG
78. DON’T NEED A GUN – BILLY IDOL
79. COMING AROUND AGAIN – CARLY SIMON
80. TIME STANDS STILL – RUSH
81. NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW – STARSHIP
82. I WON’T FORGET YOU – POISON
83. WILD HORSES – GINO VANNELLI
84. LET’S WORK – MICK JAGGER
85. OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY – GARY MOORE
86. SOMEDAY – GLASS TIGER
87. LA ISLA BONITA – MADONNA
88. NOTORIOUS – LOVERBOY
89. I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY – WHITNEY HOUSTON
90. SHELTER – LONE JUSTICE
91. FASCINATED – COMPANY B
92. I’LL STILL BE LOVING YOU – RESTLESS HEART
93. SERIOUS – DONNA ALLEN
94. I KNOW WHAT I LIKE – HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS
95. SUMMERTIME, SUMMERTIME – NOCERA
96. WITH OR WITHOUT YOU – U2
97. HEAT OF THE NIGHT – BRYAN ADAMS
98. IN TOO DEEP – GENESIS
99. FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME – SINITTA
100. ALONE – HEART

Dan O

More of my favorite songs of 1987:
Rank-Title-Artist
101. VALERIE – STEVE WINWOOD (different than the version that made # 136 in 1982)
102. CAN’TCHA SAY (YOU’LL BELIEVE IN ME)/STILL IN LOVE – BOSTON
103. ONE HEARTBEAT – SMOKEY ROBINSON
104. SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE – OUTFIELD
105. U GOT THE LOOK – PRINCE (WITH SHEENA EASTON)
106. FINAL COUNTDOWN – EUROPE
107. I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR – U2
108. SHAKIN’ SHAKIN’ SHAKES – LOS LOBOS
109. TOUCH OF GREY – GRATEFUL DEAD
110. VICTIM OF LOVE – BRYAN ADAMS
111. SAME OLE LOVE (365 DAYS A YEAR) – ANITA BAKER
112. IT’S IN THE WAY THAT YOU USE IT – ERIC CLAPTON
113. ENDLESS NIGHTS – EDDIE MONEY
114. MIDNIGHT BLUE – LOU GRAMM
115. SHAKEDOWN – BOB SEGER
116. COME ON, LET’S GO – LOS LOBOS
117. GOOD TIMES – INXS AND JIMMY BARNES
118. TRUE – CONCRETE BLONDE
119. IS THIS LOVE – SURVIVOR
120. YOU I KNOW – JENNY MORRIS
121. ONLY IN MY DREAMS – DEBBIE GIBSON
122. SWEET SIXTEEN – BILLY IDOL
123. LOST IN EMOTION – LISA LISA & CULT JAM
124. KISS YOU (WHEN IT’S DANGEROUS) – EIGHT SECONDS
125. WALKING DOWN YOUR STREET – BANGLES
126. JOHNNY B – HOOTERS
127. JAMMIN’ ME – TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
128. LEAN ON ME – CLUB NOUVEAU
129. BAD – MICHAEL JACKSON
130. CAUGHT UP IN THE RAPTURE – ANITA BAKER
131. BIG LOVE – FLEETWOOD MAC
132. LUKA – SUZANNE VEGA
133. YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON – KIM WILDE
134. WINNER TAKES IT ALL – SAMMY HAGAR
135. JUST TO SEE HER – SMOKEY ROBINSON
136. WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE – TINA TURNER
137. THIS IS THE TIME – BILLY JOEL
138. WOMEN – DEF LEPPARD
139. CRY WOLF – A-HA
140. IT’S NOT OVER (‘TIL IT’S OVER) – STARSHIP
141. IT’S A SIN – PET SHOP BOYS
142. CRAZY WORLD – BIG TROUBLE
143. ROCK ME – GREAT WHITE
144. WHY CAN’T I BE YOU – CURE
145. I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU – MICHAEL JACKSON FEAT. SIEDAH GARRETT
146. DIRTY WATER – ROCK AND HYDE
147. INTO THE NIGHT – ACE FREHLEY
148. BACK TO PARADISE – .38 SPECIAL
149. HEART AND SOUL – T’PAU
150. DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY – HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS
151. TALK DIRTY TO ME – POISON
152. UNCHAIN MY HEART – JOE COCKER
153. MONY MONY (LIVE) – BILLY IDOL
154. SHOW ME – COVER GIRLS
155. SHAKE YOU DOWN – GREGORY ABBOTT
156. VICTORY – KOOL & THE GANG
157. FAKE – ALEXANDER O’NEAL
158. DON’T BE SCARED (LIVE) – FIXX
159. GIVE TO LIVE – SAMMY HAGAR
160. CROSS MY BROKEN HEART – JETS
161. DAY IN DAY OUT – DAVID BOWIE
162. BACK IN THE HIGH LIFE – STEVE WINWOOD
163. SHAKE YOUR LOVE – DEBBIE GIBSON
164. (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT – BEASTIE BOYS
165. WHEN SMOKEY SINGS – ABC
166. YOU CAN CALL ME AL – PAUL SIMON
167. I’VE HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE – BILL MEDLEY & JENNIFER WARNES
168. ALL I WANT – HOWARD JONES
169. LADY RED LIGHT – GREAT WHITE
170. CRAZY – ICEHOUSE
171. BOY TOY – TIA
172. ALWAYS – ATLANTIC STARR
173. BRAND NEW LOVER – DEAD OR ALIVE
174. LOVE POWER – DIONNE WARWICK & JEFFREY OSBORNE
175. GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS – MOTLEY CRUE
176. YOU GOT IT ALL – THE JETS
177. HOLIDAY – THE OTHER ONES
178. LONELY IN LOVE – DAN FOGELBERG
179. FOLLOW YOU – GLEN BURTNICK
180. NIAGARA FALLS – CHICAGO
181. FUNKY TOWN – PSEUDO ECHO
182. VICTIM OF LOVE – ERASURE
183. STAY THE NIGHT – BENJAMIN ORR
184. LOVE IS LIKE A ROCK – SLADE
185. SHIP OF FOOLS – WORLD PARTY
186. SIGN ‘O’ THE TIMES – PRINCE
187. STONE LOVE – KOOL & THE GANG
188. LEARNING TO FLY – PINK FLOYD
189. LIGHT HEARTED – JENNY MORRIS
190. I HEARD A RUMOR – BANANARAMA
191. MOTORTOWN – KANE GANG
192. LIFETIME LOVE – JOYCE SIMS
193. I DON’T MIND AT ALL – BOURGEOIS TAGG
194. SKELETONS – STEVIE WONDER
195. FAITH – GEORGE MICHAEL
196. LIPS LIKE SUGAR – ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN
197. WE CONNECT – STACEY Q
198. BACK IN THE U.S.S.R. (LIVE) – BILLY JOEL
199. SOMEWHERE OUT THERE – LINDA RONSTADT & JAMES INGRAM
200. AT THIS MOMENT – BILLY VERA & THE BEATERS

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