Top 40 Songs This Week – November 7, 1987: Songs 30-21

Welcome back as we continue this week’s countdown. If you missed the previous songs, you can check out Songs 40-31. The crazy variety of songs continue today. Let’s hop right into it, and Return to the week ending November 7, 1987, and move on with the countdown.

30. “Is This Love” by Whitesnake

We’ll begin today’s list with an awesome power ballad. Whitesnake skyrocketed to commercial success with their 1987 self-titled album. This was one of their biggest hits. And it had been orginally written for Tina Turner. This is what David Coverdale said in the booklet from the 20th Anniversary edition of the album:

“Before I’d left [for the south of France] a friend at EMI had asked me for any ideas that would work for Tina Turner. So that was where the original idea for ‘Is This Love’ came from.”

29. “Catch Me (I’m Falling)” by Pretty Poison

This is a fun freestyle dance song by Pretty Poison. This song, which made Pretty Poison a one-hit wonder, first appeared on the soundtrack to the Jon Cryer movie, Hiding Out. It would then appear on Pretty Poison’s debut album, Catch Me I’m Falling, the following year.

28. “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake

Here we go again, with another Whitesnake song. This is the song everybody knows by them. Yesterday, Steve Winwood’s “Valerie” was on this countdown, which was originally released in 1982, and remixed only to become a big hit this year. The same goes for this song. “Here I Go Again” was originally released on Whitesnake’s 1982 album Saints & Sinners. It was then remixed in 1987, and became a smash hit. The video also propelled this song to be a huge hit. And I (and every other teenage boy at the time) never wanted to be a car so bad!

27. “Faith” by George Michael

Back in the day, I was never a big Wham! or George Michael fan. But, I always liked this song. This was a number 1 smash hit, and was the top-selling single of the year in the United States in 1988. The video was also very popular. I think I remember many girls saying that they never wanted to be a pair of jeans so bad!

26. “Don’t You Want Me” by Jody Watley

Here is a really good song from Jody Watley’s debut album. I remember this being played at quite a few high school dances at the time.

25. “Boys Night Out” by Timothy B. Schmit

I had never heard of this song before, and I had no idea who Timothy B. Schmit was. It turns out that Schmit is the bassist and one of the lead singers for the Eagles. This song isn’t too bad. I sounds like it could be on an ’80s movie soundtrack.

24. “Shake Your Love” by Debbie Gibson

Ah, one of my biggest crushes of the ’80s! This was the second single released off of Debbie’s debut album Out of the Blue. The video was choreographed by Paula Abdul.

23. “Hour Glass” by Squeeze

I had not remembered this song until I heard the chorus. I like this one! This was the first single released from Squeeze’s seventh album, Babylon and On.

22. “Lost in Emotion” by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam

This song had been a #1 hit a few weeks earlier. It’s not bad. I like some of Lisa Lisa’s other songs better, but this is kind of fun. It reminds me of ’60s girl band songs.

21. “Come On, Let’s Go” by Los Lobos

Los Lobos is best known for covering Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” for the biographic movie La Bamba. I had forgotten that they had also covered this Ritchie Valens classic for the movie as well.

That wraps up today’s list of songs. These really bring me back to a fun time in my life. I hope you are enjoying these so far. We’ll be back tomorrow with some great songs.

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