Welcome back to the Top-40 songs for the week ending March 28, 1987. Feel free to check out songs 40-31 if you missed them. As the countdown continues, I was surprised to discover that there were still quite a few songs I either never heard of, or totally forgot. Let’s just jump into it today, and Return to March 28, 1987:
30. “Come As You Are” by Peter Wolf
This is a song that I had forgotten about. A few years before this song came out, I discovered that the lead singer for the J. Geils Band was NOT J. Geils, when Peter Wolf launched his solo career and released the hit song “Lights Out“. I knew that I would remember “Come As You Are” when I heard it, and was correct. This song would reach all the way up to #15 on the Billboard Hot 100.
29. “Dominoes” by Robbie Nevil
This song did not ring a bell with me. I didn’t even remember Robbie Nevil. I was expecting him to be one of the Neville Brothers, but was way off. He is way poppier (is that even a word?). You instantly know that this is a song from the mid-late ’80s when you hear it. It sounds vaguely familiar now that I hear it. Nevil is probably better known for his hit song “C’est La Vie”. I like “Dominoes” better. It is definitely a product of its time, which is perfectly fine in my opinion.
28. “Brand New Lover” by Dead or Alive
I know two songs by Dead or Alive – this one and “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”, and I like both of them a lot.
27. “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right to Party” by The Beastie Boys
I loved the Beastie Boys when they first came out. I loved the mash-up of rock and rap. According to an interview they had on NPR, This song was actually a parody of party and attitude songs, such as “Smokin’ in the Boys Room” and “I Wanna Rock“. But, the irony was lost on most listeners (including me).
Now, invite all your friends and have soda and pie. I hope that no bad people show up…NOT!!!
26. “Looking for a New Love” by Jody Watley
This was Jody Watley’s first hit. It reached all the way to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1987, and was kept out of the top spot by Cutting Crew’s “(I Just) Died in Your Arms” and U2’s “With or Without You”. In 1988 the song was nominated for two Soul Train Music Awards for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video, and Best R&B/Soul Single, Female. She was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
This song’s not bad. It just feels like Janet Jackson Lite. This is a good song if you’re in the mood for ’80s dance music.
25. “Stone Love” by Kool & the Gang
Here is another song I had forgotten about, but knew that I would remember it once I heard it. I like Kool & the Gang a lot (although I could live without hearing “Celebration” and “Ladies Night” ever again). They did not have many hit songs after this one, but this one is really good.
24. “The Honeythief” by Hipsway
This song and band did not sound familiar at all to me. This is another song that you instantly know what time period this came from. Not bad. Not great.
23. “As We Lay” by Shirley Murdock
This is the second song in a row that I didn’t know. I never heard of Shirley Murdock. At a time when Bon Jovi and Def Leppard were at the top of their game, this song was not exactly in my wheelhouse. But I like this song a lot. It is a really good R&B ballad. Shirley Murdock started out singing gospel music in her native Toledo, Ohio, and you can hear it. She has a really good voice. I’ll have to check out more of her music.
22. “You Got It All” by The Jets
I liked The Jets a lot. This ballad was played a lot at our dances. This song was written by Rupert Holmes, most famous for the song, “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)“.
21. “Walking Down Your Street” by the Bangles
This is a really good, fun song by the Bangles. Plus, it got the DJ’s to play something other than “Walk Like an Egyptian“! This was the 4th and final single released from their smash hit album, Different Light.
I hope you enjoyed today’s songs. We’ll be back with songs 20-11. There will be more great tunes on the way.
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