We have quite a variety of songs today. There is some R&B on here as well as our first hair band of the countdown, an a capella remake of a classic song, and some classic ’80s tunes. So let’s Return to the week ending July 11, 1987, and continue the countdown.
20. “The Pleasure Principle” by Janet Jackson
“The Pleasure Principle” was the 6th – yes count ’em – 6th single released from Ms. Jackson’s classic album, Control. It was the only single that did not crack the top 5 on the Billboard chart. However, t the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards the video won for Best Choreography and was nominated for Best Female Video.
19. “Always” by Atlantic Starr
OK, how many of you had this as their wedding song?
18. “Kiss Him Goodbye” by The Nylons
I’m a sucker for a cappella. This is a cover of the classic 1969 song, “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” by Steam.
17. “In Too Deep” by Genesis
In 1986-1987, Genesis ruled the radio with the help of their Invisible Touch album. This was a great ballad off of that album.
16. “Just to See Her” by Smokey Robinson
I only seemed to know about Smokey Robinson from his songs with The Miracles in the ’60s. But, it seems like he is appearing on every countdown in the ’80s. I remembered this song when I heard it. I’m not a big Smokey Robinson fan, but I like this song. I feel like that’s not the first time I said that either. Maybe I’m warming up to him.
15. “Heart and Soul” by T’Pau
This song has a great, classic late ’80s sound.
14. “Every Little Kiss” by Bruce Hornsby & The Range
I really don’t like any Bruce Hornsby songs, and that’s just “The Way It Is“.
13. “Girls, Girls, Girls” by Motley Crue
I loved Motley Crue’s first two albums, Too Fast for Love and Shout At the Devil. But, the only thing I liked from Theater of Pain was “Home Sweet Home.” Next, the Girls, Girls, Girls album came out, and I was not a fan of that one either. This title track was OK. I love “Wild Side” from that album, and that’s about it. Then they finally pulled me back in with their Dr. Feelgood album. At the time that “Girls, Girls, Girls” came out, I wasn’t feeling too good about the Crue.
12. “Rhythm is Gonna Get You” by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
This fun, Latin sounding song was the lead single from the Let It Loose album.
11. “I Want Your Sex” by George Michael
In 1987, George Michael was at the top of his game. This song would peak at #2 on the charts. This was another song I remember from the Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack. It was also the first single released from Michael’s then-upcoming Faith album.
Well that wraps up today’s list. The next time we will finish out the top 10 songs this week.Follow @returntothe80s