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The Eighties Club
The Politics and Pop Culture of the 1980s
Top 100 Songs of 1987
"Faith," George Michael; "Alone," Heart; "With Or Without You," U2

1. "Faith".....George Michael
2. "Alone".....Heart
3. "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" .....Whitney Houston
4. "C'est la Vie".....Robbie Nevil
5. "Shake You Down".....Gregory Abbott
6. "La Bamba".....Los Lobos
7. "Livin' On A Prayer".....Bon Jovi
8. "Here I Go Again".....Whitesnake
9. "Heaven Is A Place On Earth".....Belinda Carlisle
10. "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life".....Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
11. "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now".....Starship
12. "I Think We're Alone Now".....Tiffany
13. "With Or Without You".....U2
14. "At This Moment".....Billy Vera and the Beaters
15. "Keep Your Hands To Yourself".....Georgia Satellites
16. "Heart And Soul".....T'Pau
17. "Open Your Heart".....Madonna
18. "Didn't We Almost Have It All".....Whitney Houston
19. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For".....U2
20. "Looking For A New Love".....Jody Watley
21. "Don't Dream It's Over".....Crowded House
22. "Is This Love".....Whitesnake
23. "Shake Your Love".....Debbie Gibson
24. "Shakedown".....Bob Seger
25. "Notorious".....Duran Duran
26. "I Want Your Sex".....George Michael
27. "The Lady In Red".....Chris DeBurgh
28. "Always".....Atlantic Starr
29. "Head To Toe".....Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
30. "Mony Mony".....Billy Idol
31. "Only In My Dreams".....Debbie Gibson
32. "Land Of Confusion".....Genesis
33. "Lost In Emotion"....Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
34. "Should've Known Better".....Richard Marx
35. "You Keep Me Hanging On".....Kim Wilde
36. "Touch Me (I Want Your Body)".....Samantha Fox
37. "Lean On Me".....Club Nouveau
38. "Catch Me (I'm Falling)".....Poison
39. "I Knew You Were Waiting".....Aretha Franklin & George Michael
40. "(I Just) Died In Your Arms".....Cutting Crew
41. "Control".....Janet Jackson
42. "Somewhere Out There".....Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
43. "U Got The Look".....Prince
44. "Don't You Want Me".....Jody Watley
45. "Jacob's Ladder".....Huey Lewis and the News
46. "I Heard A Rumour".....Bananarama
47. "Little Lies".....Fleetwood Mac
48. "Songbird".....Kenny G
49. "Breakout".....Swing Out Sister
50. "Someday".....Glass Tiger

"Is This Love," Whitesnake; "La Isle Bonita," Madonna; "Don't Mean Nothing," Richard Marx

51. "Bad".....Michael Jackson
52. "In Too Deep:.....Genesis
53. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You".....Michael Jackson & Siedah Garrett
54. "La Isla Bonita".....Madonna
55. "Let's Wait Awhile".....Janet Jackson
56. "Luka".....Suzanne Vega
57. "You Got It All".....The Jets
58. "Who's That Girl".....Madonna
59. "Don't Mean Nothing".....Richard Marx
60. "Come On With Me".....Expose
61. "Will You Still Love Me?".....Chicago
62. "Wanted Dead Or Alive".....Bon Jovi
63. "Don't Disturb This Groove".....The System
64. "Change Of Heart".....Cyndi Lauper
65. "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You".....Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
66. "Casanova".....Levert
67. "When Smokey Sings".....ABC
68."Is This Love".....Survivor
69. "The Finer Things".....Steve Winwood
70. "Rock Steady".....The Whispers
71. "Big Time".....Peter Gabriel
72. "Point Of No Return".....Expose
73. "We'll Be Together".....Sting
74. "Something So Strong".....Crowded House
75. "Victory".....Kool and the Gang
76. "The One I Love"......R.E.M.
77. "Causing A Commotion".....Madonna
78. "Sign O' The Times".....Prince
79. "Carrie".....Europe
80. "Mandolin Rain".....Bruce Hornsby and the Range
81. "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight".....Genesis
82. "Can't We Try".....Dan Hill with Vonda Sheppard
83. "Diamonds".....Herb Albert
84. "Heart Of The Night".....Bryan Adams
85. "Let Me Be The One".....Expose
86. "Brilliant Disguise".....Bruce Springsteen
87. "Midnight Blue".....Lou Gramm
88. "Just To See Her".....Smokey Robinson
89. "Doing It All For My Baby".....Huey Lewis and the News
90. "Valerie".....Steve Winwood
91. "Cross My Broken Heart".....The Jets
92. "Ballerina Girl".....Lionel Richie
93. "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You".....Glenn Medeiros
94. "It's A Sin".....Pet Shop Boys
95. "I've Been In Love Before".....Cutting Crew
96. "Wipeout".....Fat Boys & Beach Boys
97. "Big Love".....Fleetwood Mac
98. "Respect Yourself".....Bruce Willis
99. "Who Will You Run To?.....Heart
100. "Right On Track".....Breakfast Club


1987's Number Ones
(Includes the date the song reached the top of Billboard's Hot 100, and the duration of its stay there.)

"Shake You Down," Gregory Abbott
17 January 1987/1 week
This was Abbott's first single for CBS Records. Studying psychology at Boston University and earning his masters at California State, Abbott did graduate work in literature at Stanford and taught black studies at UC Berkeley. He was working as a Wall Street researcher when investment bankers heard his music and financed a recording studio in his home and his own label, Gramercy Park. He produced other artists before launching his own performing career.

"At This Moment," Billy Vera and the Beaters
24 January 1987/2 weeks
Michael Weithorn, a producer of the NBC series Family Ties, went to an L.A. club to hear a popular local band, Billy and the Beaters. After the show he persuaded Billy Vera to let him use the song "At This Moment" on the series. Thousands of people called radio stations to request the song, and before long it had moved to the top of the Hot 100.

"Open Your Heart," Madonna
7 February 1987/1 week
The third # 1 from the True Blue album -- "Live To Tell" and "Papa Don't Preach" being the other two -- was written by Gardner Cole and Peter Rafelson with Cyndi Lauper in mind. But Madonna got her hands on it first and, with producer Patrick Leonard, changed the arrangement to make it more rock than pop.

"Livin' On A Prayer," Bon Jovi
14 February 1987/4 weeks
When he wrote the song with fellow band member Richie Sambora, Jon Bon Jovi didn't think it was worthy of being on the Slippery When Wet album. But producer Bruce Fairbairn fought to include the tune. The band would be glad he did -- "Livin' On A Prayer" became the second consecutive # 1 single for Bon Jovi, and the biggest single off the album.

"Jacob's Ladder," Huey Lewis and the News
14 March 1987/1 week
Huey Lewis had wanted a song penned by Bruce Hornsby and brother John called "Let The Girls Rock" for his Sports album, but the Hornsbys kept the song for themselves. They learned their lesson, and when Huey asked to record "Jacob's Ladder" for the Fore! album, they agreed. Lewis changed the feel of the tune, from R&B to rock, and had another chart-topper.

"Lean On Me," Club Nouveau
21 March 1987/2 weeks
Like Bananarama's chart-topping cover of "Venus", "Lean On Me" was yet another # 1 from the Seventies that hit the top of the Hot 100 again in the Eighties. Bill Withers, who wrote and originally recorded the tune, called to congratulate Club Nouveau for their successful version.

"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now," Starship
4 April 1987/2 weeks
Producer Narada Michael Walden paid tribute to Phil Spector with a "wall of sound" cut of this song written by Diane Warren and Albert Hammond for the soundtrack of the film Mannequin. The filmmakers initially considered teaming Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald (who had a # 1 duet with "On My Own"), but the song ended up with Starship (and features a duet by band members Mickey Thomas and Grace Slick).It was Starship's third # 1, following "We Built This City" and "Sara."

"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)," Aretha Franklin & George Michael
18 April 1987/2 weeks
Narada Michael Walden became the eighth producer in the rock era to have back-to-back # 1's with this song, written by Dennis Morgan, who had twenty # 1's to his credit -- all of them Country & Western -- and a British songwriter named Simon Climie. It was Clive Davis who brought Aretha Franklin and George Michael together to sing it as a duet.

"(I Just) Died In Your Arms," Cutting Crew
2 May 1987/2 weeks
Nick Van Eede got the title for the song after making love to his girlfriend. He jotted it down on a notepad. Later, when he and guitarist Kevin Macmichael formed the band Cutting Crew, the song was written -- and became the first # 1 not only for the band but also for their label, Virgin Records.

"With Or Without You," U2
16 May 1987/3 weeks
Signed by Island Records in 1980 after the label's exec, Bill Stewart, saw U2 perform in a small Dublin venue, the band had become one of the biggest live draws in rock by the mid-Eighties. But a concert promoter in Denver, Colorado told lead singer Bono they still didn't have a breakthrough hit. That changed when "With Or Without You" hit the top of the Hot 100.

"You Keep Me Hangin' On," Kim Wilde
6 June 1987/1 week
This was the third 1987 chart-topper that had been a # 1 before. (The other two: "Venus" and "Lean On Me"). "You Keep Me Hangin' On" was a hit for the Supremes in 1966. Several previous remakes of the song made it to the Hot 100, done by Vanilla Fudge (1968), Wilson Pickett (1969), and Jackie DeShannon (1970); but it was British pop singer Kim Wilde who took it back to the top of the chart.

"Always," Atlantic Starr
13 June 1987/1 week
Atlantic Starr was signed by A&M Records in 1978, but the nine-member group split into two factions in 1983, and A&M dropped them, freezing their royalties. The Lewis brothers -- Jonathan, David and Wayne -- with percussionist Joe Phillips and a new vocalist, Barbara Weathers, signed with Warner Bros., and had this # 1 hit, written by the Lewis brothers, off their first album for that label.

"Head To Toe," Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
20 June 1987/1 week
Hell's Kitchen resident Lisa Velez hung out at a Manhattan nightclub called the Fun House, hoping to be discovered, just like Madonna had been at the same club some years earlier. And it was there that Mike Hughes, a member of Full Force, spotted her. Written and produced by Full Force, this song was Cult Jam's first of two chart-toppers.

"I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," Whitney Houston
27 June 1987/2 weeks
This was Houston's fourth # 1, written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam, who had also penned another of the chart-toppers, "How Will I Know," and who were also A&M recording artists (Boy Meets Girl). Produced by Narada Michael Walden, the song was the first single off Houston's second album (and Walden's third # 1 for 1987).

"Alone," Heart
11 July 1987/3 weeks
Heart's second # 1 was written by the same team that was responsible for two previous chart-toppers, Madonna's "Like A Virgin" and Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" -- Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. They'd written it five years earlier, and recorded it as i-Ten for Epic Records. At Steinberg's insistence, the song's chorus was rewritten and then submitted to Heart.

"Shakedown," Bob Seger
1 August 1987/1 week
Glenn Frey had a huge hit with the song "The Heat Is On" from the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack, and he was the first choice to record "Shakedown" from the sequel's soundtrack. But Frey didn't like the tune crafted by Harold Faltermeyer and Keith Forsey, so he passed. Bob Seger was second choice; he kept the chorus as written but changed the rest of the lyrics.

"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," U2
8 August 1987/2 weeks
The second single from The Joshua Tree album, this song, like the first -- "With Or Without You" -- soared to the top of the chart. 1987 was a watershed year for U2 -- their first # 1 songs, their first album to go to # 1 in the US, and a Time Magazine cover story.

"Who's That Girl," Madonna
22 August 1987/1 week
Madonna's sixth # 1, giving her more chart-toppers than anyone else in the 1980s. This song was co-written by Madonna with Patrick Leonard, who had penned "Live To Tell," another of Madonna's # 1's, and appeared on the soundtrack for the artist's third feature film, Who's That Girl.

"La Bamba," Los Lobos
29 August 1987/3 weeks
The day after "La Bamba" peaked at # 22 on the Hot 100 -- 2 February 1959 -- Ritchie Valens was killed in the plane crash that also claimed the life of Buddy Holly. The 1987 biopic about Valens was called La Bamba, and screenwriter Luis Valdez pegged Los Lobos to perform the title song, originally an old Mexican marriage tune known for generations.

"I Just Can't Stop Loving You," Michael Jackson & Siedah Garrett
19 September 1987/1 week
Barbara Streisand was Jackson's first choice for a duet partner, but she turned him down. Siedah Garrett had won a spot in Quincy Jones's vocal group Deco, and sang on the Fast Forward soundtrack. She also wrote "Man In The Mirror" for Jackson's Bad album. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" was the first single released from that album, which entered the charts at # 1.

"Didn't We Almost Have It All," Whitney Houston
26 September 1987/2 weeks
A single off the album Whitney, this was not only Houston's fifth # 1, but also the fifth chart-topper for songwriter Michael Masser, who collaborated with lyricist Will Jennings on the tune. Houston was the first female artist ever to have an album debut at # 1.

"Here I Go Again," Whitesnake
10 October 1987/1 week
"Here I Go Again" hit the UK charts in 1982, but its parent album, Saints and Sinners was not released in the U.S.  Band leader David Coverdale re-recorded it at the behest of a Geffen Records executive, and it was put on the Whitesnake LP, an album long in the making due to a change in band personnel and Coverdale's lengthy recuperation from surgery to repair a deviated septum.

"Lost In Emotion," Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
17 October 1987/1 week
This was Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam's second chart-topper from their sophomore album, Spanish Fly. Where the first, "Head To Toe," was a tribute to the Supremes, "Lost In Emotion" was a combination of a pair of Mary Wells songs, "Two Lovers" and "You Beat Me To The Punch."

"Bad," Michael Jackson
24 October 1987/2 weeks
The video for this song was directed by Martin Scorsese, and first shown in a half-hour special on CBS the same day the Bad album was released -- 31 August 1987. "Bad" entered the Hot 100 at the # 40 spot and reached the top five weeks later, making it the fastest rising chart-topper since "We Are The World."

"I Think We're Alone Now," Tiffany
7 November 1987/ 2 weeks
MCA never intended to release this song as a single from Tiffany's debut album. But Lou Simon, a program director at KCPX in Salt Lake City, listened to the album and knew the tune was a potential hit. When MCA learned of the reaction to the song from KCPX listeners, it did an about-face, and "I Think We're Alone Now" became a nationwide hit -- for the second time; Tommy James and the Shondells took it to # 4 in 1967.

"Mony, Mony," Billy Idol
21 November 1987/1 week
Like the previous chart-topper, "Mony Mony" was originally recorded by Tommy James and the Shondells; this was the first time in Billboard history that two remakes of songs originally recorded by the same artist became back-to-back # 1's. Ritchie Cordell, who was sole writer of "I Think We're Alone Now," collaborated with Tommy James, Bobby Bloom and Bo Gentry to pen "Mony Mony." The name was derived from a sign atop the Mutual of New York building.

"{I've Had) The Time Of My Life," Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
28 November 1987/1 week
Though Medley was reluctant to do another soundtrack song -- he'd been disappointed by the failure of his duet with Gladys Knight, "Loving On Borrowed Time," for the Cobra soundtrack -- he finally relented when he learned he'd be singing with Jennifer Warnes. This was Medley's third # 1, Warnes's second -- and all were duets. It had been 22 years since Medley's first # 1 (as a member of the Righteous Brothers), "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," which gave the artist the longest span of # 1 singles in the rock era.

"Heaven Is A Place On Earth," Belinda Carlisle
5 December 1987/1 week
When the Go-Gos split up in 1985, Carlisle immediately went to work on a solo album. Belinda was released in 1986 and produced the hit "Mad About You," which peaked at US# 3. The songwriting team of Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley wrote songs for Carlisle's second album, including this one. Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas was one of the backing vocalists.

"Faith," George Michael
12 December 1987/4 weeks
The first release from Michael's first solo album was "I Want Your Sex"; the fact that many radio stations refused to play the controversial song kept it from topping the Hot 100. (It peaked at # 2). So "Faith" -- the album's title track -- became Michael's first # 1 as a solo artist.


1987's Top 50 in the UK
* Number One songs

Rick Astley, T'Pau, Pet Shop Boys

1. "Never Gonna Give You Up," Rick Astley*
2. "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now," Starship*
3. "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," Whitney Houston*
4. "You Win Again," The Bee Gees*
5. "China In Your Hand," T'Pau*
6. "Respectable," Mel & Kim*
7. "Stand By Me," Ben E. King*
8. "It's A Sin," The Pet Shop Boys*
9. "Star Trekkin'," The Firm*
10. "Pump Up The Volume," M/A/R/R/S*
11. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)," Aretha Franklin & George Michael*
12. "Under The Boardwalk," Bruce Willis
13. "Let It Be," Ferry Aid*
14. "Always On My Mind," The Pet Shop Boys*
15. "Got My Mind Set On You," George Harrison
16. "Can't Be Without You Tonight," Judy Boucher
17. "La Isla Bonita," Madonna*
18. "La Bamba," Los Lobos*
19. "Hold Me Now," Johnny Logan
20. "Who's That Girl?" Madonna*
21. "Everything I Own," Boy George*
22. "Down To Earth," Curiosity Killed The Cat
23. "When A Man Loves A Woman," Percy Sledge
24. "Heartache," Pepsi & Shirley
25. "Always," Atlantic Starr
26. "Whenever You Need Somebody," Rick Astley
27. "Toy Boy," Sinitta
28. "I Get The Sweetest Feeling," Jackie Wilson
29. "Faith," George Michael
30. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," Michael Jackson & Siedah Garrett*
31. "Live It Up," Mental As Anything
32. "Love In The First Degree," Bananarama
33. "Crockett's Theme," Jan Hammer
34. "Alone," Heart
35. "Wipe Out," The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
36. "Call Me," Spagna
37. "Let's Wait Awhile," Janet Jackson
38. "Jack Your Body," Steve 'Silk' Hurley*
39. "The Great Pretender," Freddie Mercury
40. "Male Stripper," Man 2 Man meet Man Parrish
41. "Lean On Me," Club Nouveau
42. "What Have I Done To Deserve This?" The Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield
43. "Some People," Cliff Richard
44. "A Boy From Nowhere," Tom Jones
45. "With Or Without You," U2
46. "Wishing Well," Terence Trent D'Arby
47. "Heart and Soul," T'Pau
48. "Fairytale Of New York," The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl
49. "I Want To Be Your Drill Instructor," Abigail Mead & Nigel Goulding
50. "My Arms Keep Missing You," Rick Astley