Top 40 Songs This Week – November 7, 1987: Songs 20-11

Hi Everybody, welcome back to this week’s countdown. If you missed the previous songs, you can check out Songs 40-31 and 30-21. Now, let’s Return to the week ending November 7, 1987, and move on with the countdown.

20. “We’ll Be Together” by Sting

Not a fan of this song. I still like Sting much better with The Police. Can’t you all just get along?!?

19. “I Won’t Forget You” by Poison

Before we were force-fed “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” over and over and over again, this was Poison’s big power ballad. This was the fourth single released from Poison’s debut album, Look What the Cat Dragged In.

18. “The One I Love” by R.E.M.

Only R.E.M. can make a love song sound whiny. Although R.E.M. had previously released four studio albums, this was their first hit song, which came off their fifth studio album, Document.

17. “U Got the Look” by Prince

Here we go with another Prince song on a countdown that we aren’t allowed to listen to. But, don’t worry. If you click on the song title, you’ll get to hear a far superior song.

16. “I’ve Been in Love Before” by Cutting Crew

This is a song that I had totally forgotten about. And I did not know that this was a Cutting Crew song. The only song I knew by them was “(I Just) Died In Your Arms.” Both songs were off of the same album, which was Cutting Crew’s debut album, Broadcast. I like “I’ve Been in Love Before” a lot. I love being pleasantly surprised during these countdowns.

15. “Don’t Make Me Wait for Love” by Kenny G

This was the second pleasant surprise in this countdown for me! I was expecting a boring instrumental song. But, it’s not an instrumental. It is a really good song with Lenny Williams, former Tower of Power lead singer, on the lead vocals. So, this is a nice combination of jazz and R&B. Kenny G and Lenny Williams sound great together. Maybe Kenny G can win me over much like Michael McDonald has. Or maybe not. But, I may need to look more into this Lenny Williams.

14. “Should’ve Known Better” by Richard Marx

This is a really good up-tempo song from Richard Marx’s self titled debut album. This was the second single released from the album, and reached all the way to #3. Marx became the first solo artist in recording history to reach the top three of the Billboard Hot 100 with four singles from a debut album.

13. “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2

This was the third single released from U2’s classic album, The Joshua Tree. It would peak right here at #13. The music video for this song was
famous for being performed on a Los Angeles rooftop. Going all Beatles on us was successful as they won a Grammy Award for Best Performance Music Video for this song.

12. “Casanova” by Levert

This is a good R&B song by Levert. Levert composed of Sean and Gerald Levert—sons of Eddie Levert, founder of the O’Jays (“Love Train“). Levert had several hits on the R&B chart, but this was their only hit on the mainstream Hit 100 list.

11. “Heaven is a Place On Earth” by Belinda Carlisle

We’ll wrap up today’s list with a great song. This was Belinda Carlisle’s biggest hit (with or without The Go-Go’s) as it would go on to be #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The music video was directed by Diane Keaton.

That wraps up today’s list. I hope you are enjoying this trip back to 1987 this week. We will finish up the countdown on Friday. See you then!

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2 thoughts on “Top 40 Songs This Week – November 7, 1987: Songs 20-11”

  1. Wow, I didn’t find a song I liked until I got to #15! Kenny and Lenny are a great combo. Hmmm, maybe Kenny can do a song with Michael McDonald someday…

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