Welcome back as we wrap up this week’s Top 40 countdown!! If you missed the previous songs, you can go and check out songs 40-31, songs 30-21 and 20-11.
As has been the case this week, there is quite a variety of songs on today’s list. So, let’s just jump into it, and Return to the week of July 11, 1987, and count down the top 10 songs in the country.
10. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2
U2 was riding high at this time. This is one of the best songs from one of their best selling albums – The Joshua Tree.
9. “Head to Toe” by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
This was a number #1 hit from the R&B trio from Harlem. The were one of the early freestyle groups that became so popular in the mid-late ’80s.
8. “Something So Strong” by Crowded House
I enjoy this song. I had gone to the beach a lot in my teenage years, especially in ’86 and ’87. I remember this song playing a lot on the radio while relaxing at the beach.
7. “Funkytown” by Pseudo Echo
Australia is doing great on the U.S. charts this week in 1987! I kind of prefer Pseudo Echo’s version of “Funkytown” to the original by Lipps Inc. Lipps Inc was a little more disco. This version is more ’80s rock/pop.
6. “Point of No Return” by Exposé
Freestyle is ruling the charts this week as well! This was from the freestyle queens’ debut album Exposure.
5. “Don’t Disturb this Groove” by The System
I had not remembered this song. I also had not remembered this synthpop duo at all. But, I like this song a lot. I love discovering new old music!
4. “Songbird” by Kenny G
I remember this instrumental sax song being a huge hit. I am not a fan in the least bit. I suppose this would be a nice song to hear in an elevator, but that’s about it for me.
3. “Shakedown” by Bob Seger
Alright, now we’re talkin’!! This is my favorite song by Bob Seger. It was also a perfect song for the Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack.
2. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston
I miss Whitney. This was the first single released from Whitney Houston’s second album, Whitney. It was written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam of the band Boy Meets Girl, who had also written the #1 hit “How Will I Know.”
This song won the award for “Favorite Pop/Rock Single” at the 15th American Music Awards, the Grammy award for “Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female” with the song at its 30th ceremony on March 2, 1988, where she received a total of three nominations. The music video for the song was nominated for “Best Music Video” at the 2nd Soul Train Music Awards on March 30, 1988. Houston won the award for “Best Music Video” for the video at the 1st Garden State Music Awards.
If it is possible for anybody to doubt Whitney’s success with her first album, this song proved that she was no fluke, and there would be no sophomore slump.
1. “Alone” by Heart
And we have arrived at the #1 song this week. This is one of my favorite Heart songs of all time. This song was composed by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. It first appeared on via Steinberg and Kelly’s pet project, 1983’s I-Ten, Taking a Cold Look. That version is outstanding as well. It was later recorded by Valerie Stevenson and John Stamos in their roles as Lisa Copley and Gino Minelli, on the original soundtrack of the CBS sitcom Dreams in 1984. That version is not too bad either.
But, it was heart who took the song and ran all the way to #1 with it. Ann Wilson’s voice is already incredible. And with this song, it is just that much better. So good.
Well that concludes another week of some top 40 music from the ’80s. I hope you enjoyed it. We’ll be back for another countdown in the next week or two. In the meantime, “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”
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