Hits of 1987 – Horrible and Great

On April 27, 2010, Stuck in the 80s released their Horrible Hits of 1987 podcast. Here is their list:

10. I’ve Had the Time of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
9. Songbird – Kenny G
8. I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany
7. With or Without You – U2
6. Head to Toe – Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
5. Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi
4. Respect Yourself – Bruce Willis
3. La Isla Bonita – Madonna
2. Always – Atlantic Starr
1. Heaven is a Place on Earth

You can see the top 100 hits from Billboard that year.

I had a lot of great music memories from this year. But, there were also so many bad songs, that I couldn’t just whittle it down to 5 like I have done for all my other Horrible lists. So here are my 10 Horrible Hits of 1987:

10. Everybody Have Fun Tonight – Wang Chung

The very first time I heard this song was at a dance/mixer. I got there early to set up, and the DJ played this song first, before the rest of the people showed up. I thought it sounded pretty good when it was being blasted on the big speakers. But upon further listening on normal radio, it slowly drove me crazy. “Everybody Have Fun Tonight! Everybody Wang Chung tonight?” Really?!? It seemed a bit desperate (or arrogant) to try to make their band name a part of our vocabulary. Well, it didn’t work, and they didn’t have too many hits after this song.

9. I Want Your Sex – George Michael

I was really sick of George Michael by the time this came out. The only song I really liked by him was “Faith”. Remember when this song was the most controversial thing that George Michael did? We all long for those days again!

8. Ballerina Girl – Lionel Richie

I love Lionel. But after an extremely long sting of successful hits, this stinker was kind of a jump-the-shark moment for him in my eyes. I even liked “Hello” better than this. I couldn’t listen to the whole song back then, and I can’t do it now.

7. Shake You Down – Gregory Abbott

This song is just meh to me. It might not have made my horrible list if it didn’t make the top 10. But, not only was this a top 10 song, it was a #1 hit! Not my cup of tea.

6. Looking for a New Love – Jody Watley

This was kind of boring for a dance song. I’ll take anything by Janet Jackson over this any day!

5. Hip to Be Square – Huey Lewis and the News

I don’t know why, but this song just rubs me the wrong way.

4. Mandolin Rain – Bruce Hornsby and the Range

Bruce Hornsby has a unique sound on his piano. Unfortunately, every song I’ve heard by him sounds exactly the same. And they are all horrible. I can’t turn this song off fast enough as soon as I hear it.

3. La Isla Bonita – Madonna

I love Madonna’s early music, and I even liked her music through the ’90s. But, this crappy boring song was the valley between her coned mountains of hits.

2. The Lady In Red – Chris DeBurgh

Let me know if there is anybody out there that hasn’t danced with a girl/woman in a red dress that actually still likes this song. This is too boring and whiny for me. I don’t care much for male singers that have wussy voices. However, I must admit that I do like DeBurgh’s “Carry Me (Like a Fire in Your Heart)“.

1. Songbird – Kenny G

This was the death of the sax in pop/rock songs, until Lady Ga Ga and the late, great Clarence Clemons brought it back last month. I don’t like the thought of elevator music appearing in the top 100, never mind topping at #4! I have a suggestion if you are planning a wedding. Do as I did, and tell the DJ: “NO KENNY G!!!”

And here is my list of Great Hits of 1987:

10. Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi

“You Give Love a Bad Name” sent Bon Jovi into the stratosphere, and their follow-up song. “Livin’ on a Prayer” kept them there. I get sick of hearing the same song over and over again, but I could not get enough of this song when it came out. It was inspiring hearing about Tommy and Gina, who would go on to reappear in Bon Jovi’s 2000 smash hit “It’s My Life”.

9. Somewhere Out There – Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram

This is a guilty pleasure for me. But Linda Ronstadt has an incredible voice, and James Ingram is so smooth. Together, they sounded great.

8. Keep Your Hands to Yourself – Georgia Satellites

Georgia Satellites were a one-hit wonder with this song. I think this song might irritate some people, but I really like it. It’s a great Southern Rock song that makes you want to move to the beat.

7. Jacob’s Ladder – Huey Lewis and The News

This is one of my favorite Huey Lewis songs, if not my favorite. Unfortunately, this song was overshadowed by the other songs from the Fore! album, such as “Stuck With You”, “Doing It All for My Baby”, and “Hip to Be Square”. This song was actually written by Bruce Hornsby and his brother John Hornsby. If Hornsby did this song instead of Huey Lewis, I would either hate this song, or I would like Bruce Hornsby.

6. At This Moment – Billy Vera and The Beaters

This song was originally released in 1981, and topped out at #79. But, thanks to Family Ties, “At This Moment” made the charts again, and skyrocketed to #1. “At This Moment” will now forever be linked with Family Ties – which is not a bad thing.

5. Shakedown – Bob Seger

Kenny Loggins may be the king of ’80s movie soundtracks, but Bob Seger made a pretty good mark on movie soundtracks himself. He scored big time with “Old Time Rock and Roll” in an iconic scene in Risky Business. Then he had “Shakedown” for the Beverly Hills Cop II. I like Bob Seger alot, and this is one of my favorite songs by him.

4. Alone – Heart

In my opinion, Ann and Nancy Wilson are among the greatest females in Rock history. This is one of my favorite Heart songs. Ann sings this song with so much power and passion.

Here is an awesome acoustic version:

3. With or Without You – U2

U2 had some great rockin’ songs that I love. But this slower song is probably my favorite U2 tune. I love songs that starts slow, and becomes more and more powerful as it goes on.

2. Will You Still Love Me? – Chicago

Chicago, one of my favorite bands, proved that they could move on without Peter Cetera. Their rock songs are underrated. But, when they do great ballads like this, you can see why these are the ones that get the radio air play.

1. Here I Go Again – Whitesnake

This is a great song without the video. But, much like “At This Moment” is linked with Family Ties, “Here I Go Again” will forever be linked with the video and Tawny Kitaen. How many of us guys wished that we were that car?!? 24 years later I still love this song. It stands the test of time for me.

4 thoughts on “Hits of 1987 – Horrible and Great”

  1. Yay! You’re back!

    I agree with your horrible #10 and #9…but I gotta say Kenny G is a guilty pleasure of mine. Probably because I met my wife when she was into his music. She’s moved on, but I guess I’m still stuck in the 80s…

    The only one of your Top Ten I would put in my Horrible Hits list is Georgia Satellites. Didn’t like them, but I liked these five even less:
    Horrible Hits:
    5. Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House
    4. Lean On Me – Club Nouveau
    3. Died In Your Arms – Cutting Crew
    2. U Got The Look – Prince
    1. Fight For Your Right (To Party) – Beastie Boys

    Top Ten:
    10. Rock Steady – Whispers
    9. Tonight, Tonight, Tonight – Genesis
    8. Don’t Mean Nothing – Richard Marx
    7. Songbird – Kenny G
    6. Finer Things – Steve Winwood
    5. Midnight Blue – Lou Gramm
    4. In Too Deep – Genesis
    3. Will You Still Love Me? – Chicago
    2. C’est La Vie – Robbie Nevil
    1. Notorious – Duran Duran

    It’s a travesty that “Lessons In Love” from Level 42 didn’t make it into the Top 100. It got airplay on MTV and VH1. I remember watching it, and thinking it was so much better than “Something About You.”

    This live version is even better:


    1. Yeah, I skipped the “Daily Trivia”, and “Remember That Song”, and just jumped right into this. I was almost done when I left, but didn’t have time to finish.

      I love your lists as usual. I almost had Crowded House, Cutting Crew, and Prince on my Horrible list also. There just wasn’t enough room. I could probably tack your list onto mine, and make it a worst 15 instead of 10.

      I’ll give you a pass on Kenny G. 🙂 We can’t help ourselves when we relate a song to somebody we love.
      I like all the rest of your top 10 though. I thought about putting “Rock Steady” and “C’est La Vie” for a minute, but there were too many other songs that I liked a little better, but they came close. And I like that you have Genesis on there. I could probably put the entire Invisible Touch album on the top list. it was so great. I also really like that Duran Duran song, which I almost had on my list. Good choice for #1. I also came really close to having Richard Marx on my best list. He’ll make the next 2 years for me, I think. I love “Midnight Blue”, and I could probably switch it for any of the other songs on my list. And I really love the beginning of “Finer Things”. I could have had it high up on my list, but he loses my attention midway through the song.

      And I really like that Level 42 song. I think I remember that one. It sounded familiar.

      Thanks again for your list! I appreciate it. And I’ll try to get the last two out a little more quickly.


      1. Oh yeah, I see you made your Horrible HIts list a Bottom Ten instead of the usual five. So, I guess if I were to do the same…

        6. I Want Your Sex – George Michael
        7. Keep Your Hands to Yourself – Georgia Satellites
        8. Touch Me (I Want Your Body) – Samantha Fox
        9. Luka – Suzanne Vega
        10. Everybody Have Fun Tonight – Wang Chung

        As for your Top Ten, I like Shakedown. Soooo much better than his vastly-overplayed Old Time Rock n Roll. Some other songs that almost made my Top Ten:
        I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2 (your choice was good, too)
        Only In My Dreams – Debbie Gibson
        Little Lies – Fleetwood Mac
        Heat of the Night – Bryan Adams (probably my favorite song from him)
        Brilliant Disguise – Bruce Springsteen

        Toto should have been in the Top 100. I like their Fahrenheit album a lot.


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