Top 40 Songs This Week – November 7, 1987: Songs 10-1

Hi Everybody, welcome back to this week’s countdown. If you missed the previous songs, you can check out Songs 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. There has been quite a variety of songs this week, and today is no different. There are all different genres of music in this Top 10. There may also be some songs you hadn’t heard in a while, and there are some very familiar songs on here. Now, let’s Return to the week ending November 7, 1987, and take a trip down Memory Lane.

10. “It’s a Sin” by The Pet Shop Boys

We’ll begin the countdown with a little synthpop. This was a huge hit for The Pet Shop Boys. It would peak in the U.S. at #9. But in the U.K., it was a #1 hit for three weeks. There is no denying that this is an ’80s song, all the way.

9. “Let Me Be the One” by Exposé

The queens of Freestyle are at it again with their third consecutive Top 10 hit. This was off of their debut album Exposure.

8. “Brilliant Disguise” by Bruce Springsteen

I told you at the top of this countdown that there was going to be quite the variety of music! So far we had synthpop, freestyle, and now some classic rock with Bruce. I did not remember this song – even after listening to it just now. I like this one!

I’m glad Bruce Springsteen is on the countdown this week. This gives me an opportunity to fill you in on a project I will be working on in the upcoming weeks. I will be working on a new series here with the help of the Rock Out Loud podcast. You can hear about it on the latest episode of the Rock Out Loud podcast – (Halloween Songs). They start talking about it around the 13:55 mark. But, you should listen to the whole episode anyway. Kristin and Steve talk about a lot of great music. And towards the end, there is a lot of talk about one of my favorite movies – The Lost Boys. If you listen to it, let me know what you think.

7. “Breakout” by Swing Out Sister

This was on of Swing Out Sister’s biggest hits. It kind of sounds like it could be a Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine song. I like it a lot. It definitely has a late ’80s sound.

6. “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

This was a huge hit. This was from a small film that one or two of you may have heard of – Dirty Dancing. Growing up, The Righteous Brothers were played quite a bit in my household. So I was very familiar with Bill Medley. I loved this song when it first came out. I could not get enough of it….at first. Radio and MTV took care of that for me. They ruined it for me. It didn’t help that my sister ended up getting the Dirty Dancing movie when it was released on video. She knew every single word of that movie. She even knew what people were saying in the background! How many of you girls were the same way? I mean, c’mon now! It’s not like it’s Star Wars or anything, where you should know all the dialogue, right?

5. “Bad” by Michael Jackson

This was a huge hit for MJ, proving that Thriller was no fluke. The song is good, and the dancing is incredible in the video. HOWEVER, I can’t help but laugh whenever I see it because all I can think of is Weird Al’s “Fat” video.

“Bad” was at the top of the Dance charts this week. Here is a look at what was topping some of the other charts this week in 1987:

#1 Country single: “Am I Blue” by George Strait

#1 R&B single: “Lovin’ You” by The O’Jays

#1 Rock single: “Love Will Find a Way” by Yes

#1 Album: Tunnel of Love by Bruce Springsteen

And we’ll continue the countdown with the #4 song, which was also the #1 Adult Contemporary single of the week:

4. “Little Lies” by Fleetwood Mac

This was a Christine McVie song from Fleetwood Mac’s last studio album to date – Tango in the Night. I preferred Stevie Nicks songs and Lindsay Buckingham songs. But I do like this one.

3. “Mony Mony” by Billy Idol

OK, I just learned something new! Billy Idol originally covered this Tommy James and The Shondells song in 1981. Here he is performing it on Solid Gold.
He released the live version in 1987 making it a huge mainstream hit.

2. “Causing a Commotion” by Madonna

This was a time when Madonna was putting out music that we liked. I much prefer her very early stuff. By this time, I wasn’t too much into her music. But, I liked this song. I neve hear this on the radio anymore either. It’s a lost gem in my opinion.

1. “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany

Boy, Tommy James had a great week! He had the #3 and #1 hits, and he didn’t have to do any of the singing! This was Tiffany’s breakthrough song. This would also be a #1 hit in the U.K., Canada, New Zealand and several other countries.

Well that wraps up this week’s countdown. I hope you all enjoyed it. We’ll be back with a new one in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

Quote of the Day: This is Spinal Tap

Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest): The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and…

Marty DiBergi (Rob Reiner): Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?

Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.

Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it’s louder? Is it any louder?

Nigel Tufnel: Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You’re on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you’re on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?

Marty DiBergi: I don’t know.

Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?

Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.

Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.

Marty DiBergi: Why don’t you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?

Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.

Remember That Song: 11/7/14

Hair’s to Friday!!!

Can you name the artist and song:

You know I thought you were so naive
But you were runnin’ a game on me
‘Cause baby I saw through your lies, lies, lies

Last Song: “You Belong To The City” by Glenn Frey from the Miami Vice Soundtrack (1985)

Great job Jim and Candy (@candyissodandy)

The traffic roars…the sirens scream
You look at the faces
It’s just like a dream
Nobody knows where you’re goin’
Nobody cares where you’ve been

Remember That Song: 11/6/14

Can you name the artist and song:

The traffic roars…the sirens scream
You look at the faces
It’s just like a dream
Nobody knows where you’re goin’
Nobody cares where you’ve been

Last Song: “Wild Wild West” by The Escape Club from the album Wild Wild West (1988)

Great job Rick and Candy (@candyissodandy)!!!

Now put your flags in the air and march them up and down
You can live it up live it up all over the town

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!

Remember That Song: 11/5/14

Can you name the artist and song:

Now put your flags in the air and march them up and down
You can live it up live it up all over the town

Last Song: “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears from Songs from the Big Chair (1985)

We will find you
Acting on your best behavior
Turn your back on mother nature

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.

Quote of the Day: The Karate Kid

[Daniel is about to have his first match in the tournament]

Daniel: All right, so what are the rules here?

Mr. Miyagi: Don’t know. First time you, first time me.

Daniel: Well, I figured you knew about this stuff. I figured you went to these before. Oh great, I’m dead. I am dead. You told me you fought a lot.

Mr. Miyagi: For life, not for points.

Happy 53rd Birthday to Ralph Macchio!!!