Hi Everybody, this week we will Return to another Top 40 countdown. We will count down the biggest hits in the country from this week in 1987. At this time, it was summer vacation, and I was getting ready for my senior year of high school. Let’s Return to the week ending July 11, 1987, and begin the countdown.
40. “Sweet Sixteen” by Billy Idol
This song is less “Rebel Yell“, “Dancing With Myself“, and “White Wedding“, and more like Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire“. Not exactly the most exciting song in the world.
And, can you believe it’s been a “Sweet Sixteen” years since The Wedding Singer was in theaters, and that was probably the last time I’ve seen him. However, he will be coming out with a new album this October around the same time that his autobiography “Dancing with Myself,” will be released.
39. “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” by Kim Wilde
Kinm Wilde’s “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” is a cover a The Supremes’ hit. Wilde re-worked the song, and made it her own. It would go on to be her biggest hit, reaching all the way to #1 in the U.S. and Australia, and peaking at #2 in her home country of England.
38. “Meet Me Halfway” by Kenny Loggins
The “King of ’80s Soundtracks” is at it again. This one is a very good ballad from Sylvester Stallone’s arm wrestling flick, Over the Top.
37. “Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi
Not exactly my favorite Bon Jovi tune. It did have a distinct sound that would carry over to Jon Bon Jovi’s Young Guns II soundtrack project.
36. “Flames of Paradise” by Jennifer Rush and Elton John
This song was a pleasant surprise for me. I don’t remember this one, and I like it a lot. This song was on Jennifer Rush’s third album, Heart Over Mind. This duet was Jennifer Rush’s first top 40 hit in the U.S.
35. “Hearts On Fire” by Bryan Adams
You can’t go wrong with Bryan Adams in the ’80s. This song was partially written at the time that Adams’ Reckless album was being written and recorded. But, “Hearts On Fire” was not completed in time to appear on the album. So, it was included on his next album, Into the Fire. It was a nice transition between the two albums.
34. “Seven Wonders” by Fleetwood Mac
Stevie Nicks took the lead on this song, which was on Fleetwood Mac’s Tango in the Night album.
33. “Don’t Mean Nothing” by Richard Marx
This was Richard Marx’s breakout song. It was the first single released from his debut album. It was a great start to his career. It hit #1 on Billboard’s Album Rock Tracks chart and #3 on the Hot 100. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Rock Vocal Performance – Solo.”
32. “Rock Steady” by The Whispers
This was the biggest hit for the R&B group, The Whispers, peaking at #7. This song was produced by L.A. Reid and Babyface.
31. “Back in the High Life Again” by Steve Winwood
This was a huge hit for Steve Winwood from his album Back in the High Life, becoming a #1 hit for three weeks on the Adult Contemporary chart, and peaking at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. James Taylor provides the backing vocals on this song.
Well, I hope you enjoyed the songs so far. I don’t think they were too shabby, myself. As always, feel free to leave any ’80s memories – especially from the summer of 1987. And if you would like to send in a long distance dedication, email it to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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