Top 40 Songs This Week – February 28, 1987: Songs 20-11

Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out 40-31 and 30-21. Here are some fun facts about 1987:

– Average Cost of new house $92,000
– Average Income per year $24,350.00
– Average Price for new car $10,3055.00
– 1 gallon of gas 89 cents
– The Food and Drug Administration approves anti-AIDS drug AZT.
– The First Criminal convicted using DNA Evidence Robert Melias in England
– Work on the Channel Tunnel joining UK and France begins
– Clive Sinclair launches the Z88 Portable Computer weighing under 2 LBS
– 1987 is shortened by 1 second to adjust to the Gregorian calender
– Disposable Contact Lenses became available for commercial distribution

Now, let’s Return to the week ending February 28, 1987, and continue the countdown.


20. “Brand New Lover” by Dead or Alive

You better spin me right round, baby, right round, or I’m gonna find a brand new lover. I know “You Spin Me Round” gets all the attention, but I like this song better. Very underrated New Wave song.

19. “Open Your Heart” by Madonna

Good song. Madonna never looked better. Creepy-ass video.

18. “Stop to Love” by Luther Vandross

The R&B legend crossed over to the mainstream charts with this awesome, upbeat song.

17. “I Wanna Go Back” by Eddie Money

This is a poignant song for us ’80s kids. But, no worries. Anytime you want to go back to the ’80s, you can come over here.

16. “Nobody’s Fool” by Cinderella

Speaking of going back, nothing brings me back more than a “hair band” power ballad!

15. “Let’s Wait Awhile” by Janet Jackson

Beautiful ballad, especially important amidst the AIDS crisis back then.

14. “I’ll Be Alright Without You” by Journey

The ballads continue. A lot of people gave Journey crap for their Raised on Radio album. But, I loved that album, and this was a great ballad off of it. I also liked the concert videos they released at the time, including this one.

13. “Love You Down” by Ready For The World

Once again, we have a song that I had forgotten about. We were in a really mellow mood at this time, as this is yet another ballad. Another awesome one, I may add.

12. “Mandolin Rain” by Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Eh boy. I can’t explain it, but for some reason I just can’t take this music. Although, back in 1987 I would have rated this a 1 out of 5, but now I give it a 2.

11. “Touch Me (I Want Your Body)” by Samantha Fox

Right back at ya, Samantha. Right back at ya. Although I was a huge rock fan back then, I did love all of Samantha Fox’s songs. There wasn’t a bad song on her first three albums. So, let’s sum things up:
Samantha Fox > Bruce Hornsby. There, I said it!


That wraps up today’s list of songs. I hope you’re still enjoying this countdown. Tomorrow we will find out what the biggest hits on the Billboard 100 were this week, 31 years ago. As usual, I would love to hear your thoughts on this music, and what you were doing at this time.

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Quote of the Day: Beverly Hills Cop II

Sidney Bernstein: [on the phone] Naturally. I can see- Yeah, yeah. I mean I-I understand. Somebody- W-wait-

[off the phone]

Sidney Bernstein: Oh, oh, oh. Come right in. Don’t let the fact that my door’s closed dissuade you in any way from entering my office.

Axel Foley: Sir, we’re with the Beverly Hills Police Department. Are you Mr. Sidney Bernstein?

Sidney Bernstein: Yes. Lucky guess.

Axel Foley: Well, sir, you have 25 unpaid parking tickets, we have a warrant for your arrest.

Sidney Bernstein: 25? What 25?

Axel Foley: You have 25 unpaid parking tickets, sir.

Sidney Bernstein: I-I pay my tickets. I pay – I pay all my tickets.

Axel Foley: Sir, do you own a Black Mercedes-Benz, License Plates number CRL-507?

Sidney Bernstein: 507? That’s my wife’s car! That’s not my car! That’s my-

Axel Foley: You have 25 unpaid parking tickets.

Sidney Bernstein: I mean, it’s under my name. But, it’s my wife’s car! No! No! No!

[picks up phone; yells]

Sidney Bernstein:
Bitch!

Axel Foley: Your tickets have not been paid, that means you’re liable.

[to Taggart & Rosewood]

Axel Foley: Can you cuff Mr. Bernstein, please?

Sidney Bernstein: Cuff me? There are people out there with chainsaws, you’re cuffing me!

Axel Foley: Well, sir, you have 25 unpaid parking tickets, and it’s your car. So, we have to take you in.

Sidney Bernstein: Wait a second, I’ve got an idea. Is there something that I have in this office that I could hand to you, and that would make you kind of forget that you’re holding those, uh, little pink tickets there?

Happy 63rd birthday to Gilbert Gottfried!!!

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Top 40 Songs This Week – February 28, 1987: Songs 30-21

Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check them out. We were off to a great start yesterday. So, let’s Return to the week ending February 28, 1987, and see if it continues to be just as good.


30. “The Final Countdown” by Europe

Understandibly, this is Europe’s signature song. This is the epitome of ’80s rock, complete with keyboards, guitar, soaring vocals, and big hair. But, Europe is so much more than this song. They have several other great songs (just on this album alone).

 

29. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Corey Hart

This is the umpteenth version of this song. And I still haven’t heard a version I didn’t like. This is a slow ballad version.

 

 

28. “Candy” by Cameo

Time for some pop funk!

 

 

 

27. “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight” by Genesis

Another smash hit from the legendary Invisible Touch album.

26. “Talk to Me” by Chico DeBarge

I totally forgot about this one! I remembered it as soon as I heard it. This sounds like a Prince song.

25. “Change of Heart” by Cyndi Lauper

Very underrated song by Cyndi from her True Colors album.

24. “At This Moment” by Billy Vera & The Beaters

Thank you Family Ties! This 1981 tune got renewed interest and became a smash hit thanks to Alex P. Keaton and Ellen Reed slow dancing and ripping the hearts out of ’80s kids.

23. “Come Go With Me” by Exposé

Often imitated, but never duplicated, Exposé took the freestyle world by storm in the late ’80s. This was the 3rd single released from their classic debut album Exposure.

22. “Lean On Me” by Club Nouveau

Outstanding dance version of the 1972 Bill Withers classic. Club Nouveau’s version hit number 1 for two weeks, and won a Grammy award in 1987 for Bill Withers, as the writer, for Best R&B Song.

21. “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship

I still love this worldwide smash hit from Starship. It was featured in the movie Mannequin. Yesterday, in my opening segment, I mentioned having a girlfriend at this time. We went to see Mannequin in the theater. However, we were in the back of the theater making out most of the time, so I have no idea what happened. I’ll have to go check out that movie again.


That wraps up today’s list of songs. So far I’m loving it this week! How about you? Come back tomorrow as we continue the countdown.

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Top 40 Songs This Week – February 28, 1987: Songs 40-31

Hi Everybody! We are back this week with another Top 40 Countdown! This week, we Return to 1987. This was one of the best periods in my life. I was in my junior year of high school. I was actually doing decent in school, finally. I had met a girl who would be a great girlfriend around this time. And music, movies, and TV shows were outstanding. So, “let’s go”, and Return to the week ending February 28, 1987, and begin the countdown. As usual, you can click on the song title to watch the video, and you can click onthe album cover to listen or purchase the song on Amazon.


40. “That Ain’t Love” by REO Speedwagon

Very cool rocker by REO, who were still going strong, as this song cracked the Top 40 this week, and would go on to be a top 20 hit.

39. “Don’t Need a Gun” by Billy Idol

Yeesh, this is a timely song title right now. I had forgotten about this song. This song also mentions the album title – Whiplash Smile. I always thought it was cool when there was no title track, but a song on the album had the title in the lyrics.

38. “C’est La Vie” by Robbie Nevil

This was a huge hit for Robbie Nevil, reaching all the way up to #2 on the Hot 100. I was very much into rock at this point, so I didn’t care much for it. It didn’t help that it was constantly on the airwaves.

37. “Midnight Blue” by Lou Gramm

Great song that was Lou Gramm’s debut solo single. It would be his biggest solo hit, reaching #5. Still love this song to this day!

36. “As We Lay” by Shirley Murdock

I never heard of this song in my life. It’s a good R&B slow jam song. This would go well on the soundtrack of a Tyler Perry movie.

35. “We Connect” by Stacey Q

Another song I had forgotten about. Stacey Q performed this on an episode of The Facts of Life. I kind of dig the guitar solo in this!

34. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House

This worldwide smash hit by Australia’s own Crowded House, reached all the way to #2 in the U.S.

33. “We’re Ready” by Boston

I love Boston! They were on fire in the late ’70s with back-to-back smash albums. However, it then took 8 years to release their 3rd album, Third Stage. It was another great album. But, what I remember most was when I bought the cassette, and in the liner notes, there were all kinds of excuses of why it took so long to release this album. Even back then, I thought that was strange.

32. “Let’s Go” by Wang Chung

My favorite Wang Chung song! No matter how down I am, this song always seems to lift me up.

31. “Facts of Love” by Jeff Lorber Featuring Karyn White

We’ll close out today with another song I had never heard of before. I’ve been missing out! This song was off of Jeff Lorber’s Private Passion album. In 1988, Karyn White would go on to release her debut album, and had a great run as a solo artist.


Well, that wraps up today’s list of songs. Any favorites so far, or any forgotten hits for you? What were you doing at this time in 1987? I’d love to hear from you! Come back tomorrow as we continue the countdown.

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Quote of the Day: sex, lies, and videotape

Graham: I remember reading somewhere that men learn to love the person that they’re attracted to, and that women become more and more attracted to the person that they love.

Happy 58th birthday to James Spader!!!

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Remember That Song: 2/7/18

Can you name the artist and song:

You had your time, you had the power
You’ve yet to have your finest hour


Last Song: “Together Forever” by Rick Astley from the album Whenever You Need Somebody (1987)

Great job Karen (@dovey_karen) and Andy (@Torahguy)!!!

It’s never changing
Can’t you hear me, I’m saying
I want you for the rest of my life

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Quote of the Day: Say Anything…

Jim Court: You’re not a permanent part of her life. You’re a distraction.

Lloyd Dobler: I’m the distraction that’s going with her to England, sir.

R.I.P. John Mahoney (June 20, 1940 – February 4, 2018)

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Remember That Song: 2/6/18

Can you name the artist and song:

It’s never changing
Can’t you hear me, I’m saying
I want you for the rest of my life


Last Song: “Life In A Northern Town” by The Dream Academy from the album Dream Academy (1985)

Great job Karen (@dovey_karen) and Andy (@Torahguy)!!!

They sat on the stony ground
And he took a cigarette out
And everyone else came down
To listen

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Quote of the Day: This is Spinal Tap

Marty DiBergi: Your first drummer was…
David St. Hubbins: John Stumpy Pepys..great great, tall blond geek with glasses..good drummer great look good drummer….
Marty DiBergi: What happened to him?
David St. Hubbins: He died…he died in a bizarre gardening accident …some years back.
Nigel Tufnel: It was really one of those things – it was – you know the authorities said you know best leave it–unsolved really.
Marty DiBergi: And he was replaced by uh..
Nigel Tufnel: Stumpy Joe…Eric Stumpy Joe Childs.
Marty DiBergi: And what happened to Stumpy Joe?
Derek Smalls: Its not very pleasant story…but uh, he died, uh he choked on uh, the official explanation was he choked on vomit…
Nigel Tufnel: It was actually – it was actually someone else’s vomit…you know there’s no real…
Derek Smalls: Well they can’t prove whose vomit it was…they don’t have the ability…there’s no way of…
Nigel Tufnel: You can’t really dust for vomit…

Happy 70th Birthday to Christopher Guest!!!

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