US #1s of 1987

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Part 27 of an ongoing series. Rules are as usual. Year as randomly determined by our friendly integer generator. Songs are only included in the first year they reach the top spot. Years covered: 1941 1944 1945 1949 1950 1957 1960 1961 1963 1964 1965 1968 1970 1975 1980 1981 1986 1988 1989 1992 1995 2000 2005 2006 2007 2008

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Madonna, "Open Your Heart" 12
U2, "With or Without You" 12
George Michael, "Faith" 8
Gregory Abbott, "Shake You Down" 7
Whitney Houston, "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" 6
Michael Jackson, "Bad" 5
U2, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" 4
Whitesnake, "Here I Go Again" 3
Los Lobos, "La Bamba" 3
Heart, "Alone" 3
Cutting Crew, "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" 3
Belinda Carlisle, "Heaven is a Place on Earth" 2
Tiffany, "I Think We're Alone Now" 2
Kim Wilde, "You Keep Me Hangin' On" 1
Billy Idol, "Mony Mony" 1
Huey Lewis and the News, "Jacob's Ladder" 1
Madonna, "Who's That Girl" 1
Bob Seger, "Shakedown" 1
Atlantic Starr, "Always" 1
Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, "Head to Toe" 1
Bon Jovi, "Livin' on a Prayer" 1
Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" 0
Club Nouveau, "Lean on Me" 0
Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, "Lost in Emotion" 0
Starship, "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" 0
Whitney Houston, "Didn't We Almost Have It All" 0
Billy Vera and the Beaters, "At This Moment" 0
Aretha Franklin and George Michael, "I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)" 0
Michael Jackson, "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" 0


s4rgent boy tell em (The Reverend), Sunday, 21 June 2009 23:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

Nothing here I love. :(

s4rgent boy tell em (The Reverend), Sunday, 21 June 2009 23:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

Weird. Maybe it's because I was 13 that year, and really starting to embrace music, but I love every single one of these songs. I've kind of put 1987 on a pedestal.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 21 June 2009 23:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

(oh wait, I just noticed Billy Vera...and the song from Dirty Dancing...okay, I don't love every single one of these songs after all)

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 21 June 2009 23:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

Most wtf #1: Bob Seger "Shakedown"
Runner-up: The Queen of Soul doing a #1 duet with the guy from Wham!

1987, You Were A Diverse Year:
Whitesnake, "Here I Go Again" & Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, "Lost in Emotion" back-to-back

And then there's Tommy James, still cashing in those royalty checks.

Pleasant Plains, Sunday, 21 June 2009 23:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

With Or Without You.

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 21 June 2009 23:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

cutting crew!!!!

more tang than an astronaut (bug), Sunday, 21 June 2009 23:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

i love scrolling through the options in these polls and waiting for the chorus or main hook or whatever to appear in my head like an algae bloom. gonna go with whitesnake, just cuz.

x-post this is a really ilm thing to say but god have those u2 singles soured on me, i don't hear anything from joshua tree anymore except for a faint trace of self-importance.

Fred Durst. Wat heb ik gewonnen? (Matt P), Sunday, 21 June 2009 23:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

i loved those whitney songs at the time--they're some of the first songs i can remember going apeshit over at the ripe old age of 5 yo.

Fred Durst. Wat heb ik gewonnen? (Matt P), Sunday, 21 June 2009 23:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

Oh oh, we're half way there.

chap, Monday, 22 June 2009 00:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

Though Alone could be a contender. Clash of the ridiculous rock ballads.

chap, Monday, 22 June 2009 00:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

ohhhhiwannaDANCE with somebuuuddy

Fred Durst. Wat heb ik gewonnen? (Matt P), Monday, 22 June 2009 00:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

I was all set to vote for "What Have I Done to Deserve This?", but I guess that just missed. So "Open Your Heart," with "Alone" runner-up. I was working in a downtown record store at the time, so most of what's here I heard non-stop for eight hours a day--a lot of it's dead for me.

clemenza, Monday, 22 June 2009 00:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

With or Without You is the worst song of the ones I know.

chap, Monday, 22 June 2009 00:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

is it a challop to say that "livin on a prayer" is my least favorite song of all time? cuz it is

i voted for "bad"

swag serf (J0rdan S.), Monday, 22 June 2009 00:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

I guess my top 5 would look something like:

Michael Jackson, "Bad"
George Michael, "Faith"
Whitney Houston, "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"
Club Nouveau, "Lean on Me"
U2, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"

s4rgent boy tell em (The Reverend), Monday, 22 June 2009 00:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

'open your heart' is one of my very favourite madonna singles. it makes you feel so powerful, invincible, triumphant. listen to the lyrics, everything's stacked against her. the boy's actively avoiding her! by rights it should feel pointless or, worse, stalkery, but she just nails an optimism that brooks no argument - she will get her boy, of this there is no doubt.

lex pretend, Monday, 22 June 2009 00:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Open Your Heart," with "Jacob's Ladder," "Heaven is a Place on Earth," and "Shake You Down" (still an underrated song) right behind; it might be my favorite Madonna single from this era. The power and fervor of the thing is unstoppable.

Bud Huxtable (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 22 June 2009 00:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

"head to toe"

followed by
"open your heart"
"i wanna dance with somebody"
"with or without you"
"heaven is a place on earth"
"faith"

us_odd_bunny_lady (tipsy mothra), Monday, 22 June 2009 00:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

the bill withers cover is pretty great too.

us_odd_bunny_lady (tipsy mothra), Monday, 22 June 2009 00:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

I prefer "Why You Treat Me So Bad," which takes the backing track from Genesis' "Tonight Tonight Tonight" to outer space.

Bud Huxtable (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 22 June 2009 00:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

"(I Just) Died in Your Arms" is the worst song ever written and sung.

Bud Huxtable (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 22 June 2009 01:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Open Your Heart," pretty clearly. Only "Head to Toe" had a chance.

Matos W.K., Monday, 22 June 2009 01:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

don't really have an opinion on the original cutting crew song but it was sampled for a grime beat a couple of years ago - this track is amazing, one of my favourite grime tracks ever i think

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2felzw33L0

lex pretend, Monday, 22 June 2009 01:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

junior high hell

PappaWheelie V, Monday, 22 June 2009 01:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

hell, freshmen hell, even

PappaWheelie V, Monday, 22 June 2009 01:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

thank the music gods for college radio.

that's not my post, Monday, 22 June 2009 06:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

is it a challop to say that "livin on a prayer" is my least favorite song of all time? cuz it is

i voted for "bad"

― swag serf (J0rdan S.), Sunday, June 21, 2009 8:24 PM (5 hours ago)

"livin on a prayer" was my prom song :(

matos w.k.iw (k3vin k.), Monday, 22 June 2009 06:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

lol @ new york

whiney g. gordon liddy (J0rdan S.), Monday, 22 June 2009 06:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

What a horror show. I'll say "Head to Toe" though it was a little too Supremesy; Lisa Lisa did better singles before & after. The Kim Wilde track is, oddly, less Supremesy & pretty good.

Josefa, Monday, 22 June 2009 15:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Nothing's Gonna Stop us Now" was MY prom song.

When a slight but pleasant song like "Heaven's a Place on Earth" rises to the top of a list, you gotta know it's a pretty crappy list.

Sean Carruthers, Monday, 22 June 2009 15:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

Very very seriously considering voting for "Alone" here and I think I'm right.

Eastürzendes Annoybaten (Noodle Vague), Monday, 22 June 2009 15:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

kinda surprised at the couple songs here I don't even remember at all:

Gregory Abbott, "Shake You Down"
Billy Vera and the Beaters, "At This Moment"

what the fuck are these?

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 22 June 2009 15:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

terrible list btw

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 22 June 2009 15:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

i wanna dance w/somebody is the only stone classic thing on here.

call all destroyer, Monday, 22 June 2009 15:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

I really liked that Ruff Squad track!

Did the singles from Hysteria and Appetite for Destruction only chart the following year or did none of them go to #1?

Sundar, Monday, 22 June 2009 15:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

While I know it's probably not the best song, it's really hard to deny my elementary-school self's desire to vote for "Livin' On a Prayer".

Sundar, Monday, 22 June 2009 15:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

My prom song was "High Enough". Ugh.

This is a fantastic list, you haters. (and all the Hysteria/Appetite stuff was '88 IIRC)

HIS VAGINA IS MAKING HIM CRAVE SALAD. (HI DERE), Monday, 22 June 2009 15:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

yeah "open your heart" is the best thing here.

much love to lisa lisa... and bon jovi. and whitesnake! lest we forget: whitesnake - "here i go again"

goole, Monday, 22 June 2009 15:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

I am voting "Shake You Down", not because it's my favorite song here, but because it deserves a vote for being so fucking awesome.

HIS VAGINA IS MAKING HIM CRAVE SALAD. (HI DERE), Monday, 22 June 2009 15:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

i was a young kid but i knew something was deeply wrong with all those retroid covers at the time (tiffany, club nouveau, billy idol)

goole, Monday, 22 June 2009 15:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

For Shakey. I'm sure you've heard this:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyEc0j2ny68

Bud Huxtable (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 22 June 2009 15:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

also, Billy Vera:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH4odHVfF5E

HIS VAGINA IS MAKING HIM CRAVE SALAD. (HI DERE), Monday, 22 June 2009 15:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

This was the year I graduated from high school, went to college and discovered non-chart music. Voted Huey Lewis for the lols.

Chubby Checker Psycho (Pancakes Hackman), Monday, 22 June 2009 15:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

hahaha I have never heard Billy Vera speak before, wow

get money fuck witches (HI DERE), Monday, 22 June 2009 15:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

"At This Moment" was "Family Ties"'s jump-the-shark moment.

Bud Huxtable (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 22 June 2009 15:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

You should have changed your screen name to "Olivia Huxtable" for that post.

get money fuck witches (HI DERE), Monday, 22 June 2009 15:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

Well.

My name is Kenny! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 22 June 2009 16:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

haaaaaaaaaaaaa

get money fuck witches (HI DERE), Monday, 22 June 2009 16:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

Listen Alfred - "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" is an extremely powerful song used to great effect in the movie Mannequin.
(I Just) Died in Your Arms is some powerfully poignant stuff.

Maybe you just can't handle the intensity. ;-)

Really they're just songs that I will sing on the top of my lungs ever single time I hear them because they're OTT and FUN.

☺☻☺☻come on ppl now smile on u brother☺☻☺☻ (ENBB), Monday, 22 June 2009 19:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

Did we ever do a poll of the Starship singles?

get money fuck witches (HI DERE), Monday, 22 June 2009 19:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

If that hasn't happened then you need to make it happen RIGHT NOW.

☺☻☺☻come on ppl now smile on u brother☺☻☺☻ (ENBB), Monday, 22 June 2009 19:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

You need to jump on a starship right now.

My name is Kenny! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 22 June 2009 20:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

yeah because a love shack poll wasn't enough

Mr. Que, Monday, 22 June 2009 20:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

although i guess nothin's gonna stop you now, huh?

Mr. Que, Monday, 22 June 2009 20:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

we can build this poll together

tylerw, Monday, 22 June 2009 20:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

cuz we're the poll of fools.

My name is Kenny! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 22 June 2009 20:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

love shake you down

attack! attack! "stick stickly" youtube video 2:48 nvr frgt (M@tt He1ges0n), Monday, 22 June 2009 20:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

alone is really good too

attack! attack! "stick stickly" youtube video 2:48 nvr frgt (M@tt He1ges0n), Monday, 22 June 2009 20:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

Am seriously considering voting for Faith. I don't know how I feel about that.

Popture, Monday, 22 June 2009 22:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

Come on, you know it's 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody'. Just listen to it! It's amazing!

Ismael Klata, Monday, 22 June 2009 22:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

Was ready to vote Belinda but then, at the bottom, there was FAITH. Great song.

kate78, Monday, 22 June 2009 22:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

There were probably about 20 freestyle records that should have gone to #1 in this year instead of these "winners." Not to mention tons of hip hop. "Paid in Full," folks?

Josefa, Monday, 22 June 2009 22:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

I agree Paid In Full should have had a high chart placing. Wiki says it was in 1988, though. *shrugs*

A Breath of Fresh Culture (Bimble), Monday, 22 June 2009 22:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

pre soundscan though

attack! attack! "stick stickly" youtube video 2:48 nvr frgt (M@tt He1ges0n), Monday, 22 June 2009 22:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

and there wasn't a hip hop format stations in a lot of big cities then either

attack! attack! "stick stickly" youtube video 2:48 nvr frgt (M@tt He1ges0n), Monday, 22 June 2009 22:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

^^Well, that was the problem. And there weren't a lot of freestyle or crossover dance stations either. And top 40 was mind-numbingly conservative, as the top list indicates. Hence the injustice.

Josefa, Monday, 22 June 2009 22:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

I genuinely don't like a single song on here (I guess the Los Lobos cover is okay but its not very interesting)

reminds me of why I hated high school so much

Suckanoosik Chamber of Commerce (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 22 June 2009 22:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

The 86 and 88 lists were a lot better.

Arch Cancerped (The Reverend), Tuesday, 23 June 2009 00:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 24 June 2009 23:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 25 June 2009 23:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

ha -- i don't like any of these either! can't remember what the tiffany or carlisle tracks sound like, though.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Friday, 26 June 2009 04:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

Neither "With Or Without You" nor much of the Joshua Tree sounded nearly as good to me then as it does today.

Tantamount To Pressurized Milk (Bimble), Friday, 26 June 2009 04:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Open Your Heart" was a pretty uncommonly good single for Madonna, though, now that I'm forced to recall how it went.

Tantamount To Pressurized Milk (Bimble), Friday, 26 June 2009 04:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

Michael Jackson, "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" 0

:(

I thought I'd voted for that.

bad crack (Eric H.), Friday, 26 June 2009 05:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

Huey Lewis and the News, "Jacob's Ladder"

wtf is this? the only thing on the list that i have zero memory of ever hearing

meh (jjjusten), Friday, 26 June 2009 05:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

Written by Bruce Hornsby

Goes (as any song called "Jacob's Ladder" would) "Step by step - rung by rung."

Nothing to do with Tim Robbins, Vietnam, etc.

Eazy, Friday, 26 June 2009 05:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

Bruce Hornsby wrote a song that Huey Lewis did?

*blood vessels in my brain explode*

Oh my god, that's so not right. Oh my god, that's...horrible.

Tantamount To Pressurized Milk (Bimble), Friday, 26 June 2009 05:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

yes! top 2!

winston, Friday, 26 June 2009 07:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

leave bruce hornsby alone

winston, Friday, 26 June 2009 07:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

actually bruce & huey they seem like 2 peas in a pod kinda

winston, Friday, 26 June 2009 07:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

The three people who voted for Cutting Crew will never meet me.

My name is Kenny! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 26 June 2009 11:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

nine years pass...

87 is a special year for me and I love almost all of these

calstars, Sunday, 10 March 2019 01:50 (two months ago) Permalink

This is one of the troubling years for me, because I felt like my aesthetic was being pulled in at least three directions at the time. Only later would I understand that they weren't in conflict, and that one could love different things for different reasons. Lots of these songs are awesome, and it's fascinating (to me anyway) how many different ways they find to be awesome.

80s music had lots of problems, but I do think there was a notable diversity of expression that allowed Lisa Lisa, Whitesnake, Whitney, and U2 to occupy the same cultural moment so thoroughly and so seamlessly (from the perspective of my teenage clock radio).

Gunther Gleiben (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 10 March 2019 02:08 (two months ago) Permalink

that's why I don't know what "eighties music" means.

Let's have sensible centrist armageddon (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 10 March 2019 02:22 (two months ago) Permalink

I do think there was a notable diversity of expression that allowed Lisa Lisa, Whitesnake, Whitney, and U2 to occupy the same cultural moment so thoroughly and so seamlessly (from the perspective of my teenage clock radio).


Yeah. It makes no sense and it makes perfect sense at the same time. So much emotion I guess

calstars, Sunday, 10 March 2019 02:25 (two months ago) Permalink

so emotional?

Let's have sensible centrist armageddon (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 10 March 2019 02:32 (two months ago) Permalink

I dated this Latina at the time who was lost in emotion

calstars, Sunday, 10 March 2019 03:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Wow what a great year for top 40. I had a dubbed cassette with "License to Ill" on one side and "Invisible Touch" on the other, that's what kind of year 1987 was.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 10 March 2019 03:10 (two months ago) Permalink

can we discuss "Don't Disturb This Groove" forever

Let's have sensible centrist armageddon (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 10 March 2019 03:12 (two months ago) Permalink

and the weirdness of my home girl Gloria Estefan's "Rhythm is Gonna Get You" isn't discussed enough

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZkjeJKBI0M

Let's have sensible centrist armageddon (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 10 March 2019 03:13 (two months ago) Permalink

of course this is the year i was born

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Sunday, 10 March 2019 07:15 (two months ago) Permalink

^ me too, but i'm not really feeling these songs so much. there are some good ones there, but the only really great one to me is "Fight For Your Right." I like "Valerie" as well but not the 1987 remix.

⅋ (crüt), Sunday, 10 March 2019 15:08 (two months ago) Permalink

P much love all but the Bon Jovi

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Sunday, 10 March 2019 15:15 (two months ago) Permalink

xpost The Hague for 87 is a particularly dire list of tunes. Seems worse - quantity and lack of quality - than previous years.

that's not my post, Sunday, 10 March 2019 15:35 (two months ago) Permalink

Very few issues with Alfred's ranking as opposed to the '86 one - Bon Jovi undervalued again, and I'd put "Right on Track" and "Sign o' the Times" in the highest category. What really jumps out to me is how many I don't know - esp those in the 'meh' category. I was 15 and a 24/7 radio listener at the time, so it must be a US-Europe thing.

dorsalstop, Sunday, 10 March 2019 17:19 (two months ago) Permalink

"Right On Track" would be in good to great today.

Let's have sensible centrist armageddon (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 10 March 2019 17:37 (two months ago) Permalink

Hurrah!

Just had a look at the Dutch top 10s, and yes, it was a very different year here. Mel & Kim, "Pump up the Volume", Sabrina's "Boys", the original Rickroll, LL's "I Need Love", and a handful of Terence Trent D'Arby singles. Oh, and "Crockett's Theme" by Jan Hammer...

dorsalstop, Sunday, 10 March 2019 17:52 (two months ago) Permalink


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