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.Follow @returntothe80s