Top 40 Songs This Week – November 7, 1987: Songs 40-31

Hi Everybody, it’s time for another Top 40 countdown! We will countdown the biggest hits in the nation from this week in 1987. At this time, I was in my senior year of high school. There is going to be quite a variety of music this week. We will get some rock, dance, R&B, and pop music – and possibly a jazz tune. As I mentioned in the last Top 40 article, the videos will no longer be embedded on the page. You can click on the song title to listen to the song. Maybe this will help the page to load faster. So let’s Return to the week ending November 7, 1987, and begin the countdown.

40. “That’s What Love is All About” by Michael Bolton

This was a time just before Michael Bolton became a sex symbol for moms everywhere. “That’s What Love is All About” was the lead single from The Hunger, which was Bolton’s fifth album, as well as his breakthrough album. Many of the tracks from this album featured members from the recently broken up Journey, including Jonathan Cain, Neal Schon, and Randy Jackson. Bruce Kulick of Kiss also played guitar on some tracks.
As far as this song goes, I actually like it. It’s a nice ballad.

39. “Who Will You Run To” by Heart

Heart had a huge comeback in 1985 with their self-titled album. The proved that this was no fluke with their follow-up, Bad Animals. “Who Will You Run To” was the second single released from that album. It is an outstanding uptempo rock song, written by Diane Warren.

38. “So Emotional” by Whitney Houston

At this time in 1987, my musical tastes leaned more heavily on the rock side. But, I always loved Whitney. This fun, awesome song was her sixth consecutive #1 hit. It was written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. If you don’t recognize those names, you may have possibly heard of some other songs they have written (especially if you are reading this blog), such as: Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors,” Heart’s “Alone,” and The Bangles “Eternal Flame“.

37. “Love Will Find a Way” by Yes

The prog-rock group Yes is probably best known for their hit “Owner of a Lonely Heart.” However, I much prefer this one.

36. “Sugar Free” by Wa Wa Nee

I did not recognize the song title or group name when I saw this. But, when I played it, it sounded vaguely familiar. This song definitely has a late ’80s sound. Wa Wa Nee was an Australian funk/pop band, who were around from 1985 to 1989. This song was from the soundtrack to the 1986 movie Cassandra, which I never heard of. Apparently, it was an Australian horror movie.

35. “Valerie” by Steve Winwood

I love this song by Steve Winwood. And from the “You Learn Something New Everyday” department, this song was originally on Winwood’s third solo album Talking Back to the Night, in 1982.
It was remixed and re-released in 1987, which is the version we are more familiar with, and I think it is superior.

34. “Carrie” by Europe

Europe is best known for their smash hit “The Final Countdown.” But they had so many more great songs, including this awesome power ballad.

33. “You Are the Girl” by The Cars

I had forgotten about this song. This song had reached up to #17, and would be The Cars’ last Top 40 hit so far.

32. “Skeletons” by Stevie Wonder

I like a lot of Stevie Wonder songs, but I wasn’t too crazy about this one. It could be just me though. It was a #1 R&B single, and helped earn Stevie Wonder two 1988 Grammy Award nominations for Best R&B Song and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

31. “In My Dreams” by REO Speedwagon

I love this REO Speedwagon ballad. It was one of my favorite songs by them when it came out, and I still like it a lot.

That wraps up today’s list of songs. What were you doing this week in 1987? Were you finishing up your Halloween candy? Feel free to give your thoughts on the songs we have heard so far. We’ll continue the countdown tomorrow.

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4 thoughts on “Top 40 Songs This Week – November 7, 1987: Songs 40-31”

  1. Not bad. Can’t believe three of these songs (Bolton, Yes and REO) didn’t come back to me until I clicked on the videos. And even though funk/pop is right up my alley, I don’t remember Wa Wa Nee at all.

    I’m not sure which version of “Valerie” I like better. They’re both great.

    1. I was trying to find a movie trailer for that film (Cassandra). I’d be interested in looking into that. It must not have been released in the U.S. If it was, then it would have been a very limited release.

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