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.
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.
The queens of Freestyle are at it again with their third consecutive Top 10 hit. This was off of their debut album Exposure.
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.
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.
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?
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.Follow @returntothe80s