Category Archives: 1987

Top 40 Songs This Week – February 28, 1987: Songs 10-1

Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11. This has been a great week of music so far, and it continues today. It was so good, that we will be coming back with another countdown next week, with a twist! We will Return to the top 40 countdown for the week of March 6-12, from the UK! I know there is a huge following here of folks from the U.K. So they will get to relive their past, and 80s fans from the U.S. may discover music that did not make it over here for one reason or another. But first thing’s first. Let’s Return to the week ending February 28, 1987, and check out the top 10 songs of this week.

10. “Ballerina Girl” by Lionel Richie

This was the end of Lionel Richie’s run in the ’80s. A sweet song to end it. Supposedly, it was written for Lionel’s daughter, Nicole.

9. “Big Time” by Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel had some groundbreaking videos in the late ’80s. Which means that they were on MTV every other song. Which also means that I couldn’t stand it! I was dreading listening to this again, but now I’m liking it a little more.

8. “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (to Party!)” by the Beastie Boys

You got my rock in your rap! You got your rap in my rock! What?! Mmmm, delicious. Two great genres that go great together.

7. “Respect Yourself” by Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis hopped on that actors-turned-singers bandwagon. And he did a very respectful job of it, in my opinion.

6. “Somewhere Out There” by Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram

At this time, I was too cool to watch cartoon movies. So, I’ve never seen An American Tail. But, I do love this song. Such a perfect duet with two incredible voices.

5. “You Got It All” by The Jets

Nice ballad from The Jets, written by Rupert Holmes (“Escape (The Piña Colada Song)”), and sung by 13-year-old Elizabeth Wolfgramm.

4. “Will You Still Love Me?” by Chicago

If Chicago is asking us if we will still love them after the departure of Peter Cetera, the answer is Yes!

3. “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” by Georgia Satellites

Between this, and Janet Jackson’s “Let’s Wait Awhile” earlier in the countdown, all we need to do is substitute Samantha Fox’s “Touch Me” with Jermaine Stewart’s “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off”, and we would have a perfect countdown for a Catholic school dance.

2. “Jacob’s Ladder” by Huey Lewis & The News

Hands down, this is my favorite Huey Lewis and the News song. “All I want from tomorrow is to get it better than today.” That’s all anybody can ask.

1. “Livin’ On a Prayer” by Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi had a huge hit with “You Give Love a Bad Name”. But, this ’80s anthem is the one that changed them forever. When you say the words “’80s music” to somebody, this is one of a handful of songs that would immediately come to mind. This is totally deserving of the #1 spot, and a great way to end the countdown.

That’s it for this week. I hope you enjoyed this countdown. Please let me know your thoughts. And as I mentioned earlier, we will be coming right back next week with the UK Top 40 from 1983. Until then, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

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.

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.

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.

Top 40 Songs This Week: August 8, 1987 – Songs 10-1

Welcome back everybody! If you missed the previous songs, you can check out songs 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. Today we wrap up this week’s countdown. What a great week of music! Let’s get right to it, Return to the week ending August 8, 1987, and conclude the countdown.

10. “Wot’s It To Ya” by Robbie Nevil

Robbie Nevil burst onto the music scene with “C’est La Vie”, and had a short string of hits, including this one. In the early ’90s he turned to producing.

9. “Alone” by Heart

I feel like this took over “Barracuda” as Heart’s signature song. As often as it get’s played, I still love it. Ann Wilson has one of the greatest voices in rock history, and it really shows with this song.

8. “Cross My Broken Heart” by The Jets

The Jets had a huge run from the mid to late ’80s. This is a fun song, featured on the Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack. The original band consisted of eight brothers and sisters (out of 17!). The band name is named after the Elton John song, “Bennie and the Jets.”

7. “Who’s That Girl” by Madonna

I like Madonna’s early work, but this is around the time I lost interest, until “Like a Prayer” came out. Of course, I now long for this stuff.

6. “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine

O eh, o eh, o eh, oo aah
O eh, o eh, o eh, oo aah
The rhythm got me! I’m still liking Gloria Estefan. I also love that she now does the theme song for the One Day at a Time reboot – a show that I can’t recommend enough. You should be interested in just the fact alone that the show has an actual theme song. If you miss the late ’70s/early ’80s sitcoms, check it out.

5. “Luka” by Suzanne Vega

Outstanding song, despite the depressing subject matter. Suzanne Vega paved the way for the big wave of female singer/songwriters from the late ’80s through mid ’90s.

4. “Heart and Soul” by T’Pau

I love this song. The geek in me makes me kind of partial as this band is named after a vulcan from an episode of the original Star Trek series. This band is still around, and just released a new album in 2015, called Pleasure & Pain.

3. “Shakedown” by Bob Seger

This is my favorite Bob Seger song! This Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack was flat-out awesome! This is the second song, from the soundtrack, in this top 10. And we aren’t done yet! This is a great song for that movie, and goes hand-in-hand with “The Heat is On” from the original movie.

2. “I Want Your Sex” by George Michael

This is the third song from the Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack. It was also off of George Michael’s legendary Faith album. This is another artist we lost too soon. I was really hoping for a comeback from him.

1. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2

This was the second song released from U2’s successful album, The Joshua Tree. This song is a critical darling, for sure. A lot of people had fallen off the U2 bandwagon by this point, but I would stay on board a while longer.

Well, that wraps up this week’s countdown. I hope you enjoyed it. I’d love to hear what you think. I plan on doing more of these in the near future. Until next time, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

Top 40 Songs This Week: August 8, 1987 – Songs 20-11

Welcome back everybody! If you missed the previous songs, you can check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. I don’t know about you, but I’m loving the countdown this week! And as usual, if you want to watch/listen to the YouTube video, you can click on the song title. If you’d like to listen to/purchase this song from Amazon, you can click onthe album cover. Now let’s Return to the week ending August 8, 1987, and continue the countdown!

20. “Seven Wonders” by Fleetwood Mac

I love all of Fleetwood Mac’s stuff, no matter who’s singing. But, Stevie Nicks is definitely my favorite. She takes the lead on this awesome song from Mac’s final studio album with the classic lineup, Tango in the Night.

19. “It’s Not Over (‘Til It’s Over)” by Starship

This is my favorite Starship song. And just as Fleetwood Mac had come out with their final album with the classic lineup, No Protection was Starship’s final album with Grace Slick. So, I guess it was over for her.

18. “Kiss Him Goodbye” by the Nylons

I had never heard this version of the song in my life, and I never heard of this group. But, I’m loving this! This a cappella group covers the classic Steam song, “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,” here. And I think they do a helluva job!

17. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston

This is Whitney’s second entry this week. This song was the first single released off of her second album, Whitney. This song proved that her debut album was no fluke.

16. “Back in the High Life Again” by Steve Winwood

Even though Steve Winwood had been around for a while, this was the first time I was aware of him. Even though I was more into hard rock in these days, I did like all of Winwood’s music. He also gets a little help from James Taylor on backing vocals in this song.

15. “The Pleasure Principle” by Janet Jackson

Janet was staying strong as this was the sixth single released from her classic Control album.

14. “Rock Steady” by The Whispers

Seven years after the Whispers had cracked the top 20, with “And the Beat Goes On”, they had an incredible comeback with this awesome hit.

13. “Only in My Dreams” by Debbie Gibson

And so begins Paul’s huge ’80s crush!

12. “Don’t Mean Nothing” by Richard Marx

In the previous song, while I was crushing on Debbie, I forgot to mention that “Only in My Dreams” was her debut single. And now we have another debut single. Richard Marx was already a great songwriter. But, he went on a great run, in the late ’80s, as a performer.

11. “La Bamba” by Los Lobos

This is the song that I mumble and struggle to the lyrics…until the chorus. Then I can sing the shit out of it at the top of my lungs!

That wraps up today’s list. I would love to hear what you think of these songs, and these countdowns in general. We will wrap up the countdown on Friday.

Top 40 Songs This Week: August 8, 1987 – Songs 30-21

Welcome back as the countdown continues. If you missed the first 10 songs, you can go back and check them out. In the early ’80s, radio was quite diverse. Disco was still winding down, and there were a lot of singer/songwriter, rock, and pop tunes. In the late ’80s, the Top 40 countdowns were still diverse. There was a good combination of pop, rock, and R&B. And today’s list is no exception. So, let’s go back to the good ole days, and Return to the week ending August 8, 1987, and go on with the countdown.

30. “Point of No Return” by Exposé

Often imitated, but never duplicated! This pioneering female freestyle group had an incredible start, landing four top 10 hits from their debut album, Exposure. And this was one of them.

29. “When Smokey Sings” by ABC

Am I the only one that thinks this video would be awesome if it featured Jackie Gleason, Burt Reynolds, and Jerry Reed from Smokey and the Bandit?

28. “Doing It All For My Baby” by Huey Lewis & The News

Not one of my favorite Huey Lewis songs. But man, were the videos fun back then! The music doesn’t even start until over 3 1/2 minutes in!

27. “Something So Strong” by Crowded House

Much like Exposé, Crowded House got off to a strong start, turning out hits like this and “Don’t Dream It’s Over” from their debut album.

26. “Hearts On Fire” by Bryan Adams

Yes, people born post ’80s, Bryan Adams had more hits than “Summer of ’69” and “Cuts Like a Knife”. For example…this song! I can’t get enough of it.

25. “Living In a Box” by Living In a Box

Often, the question comes up, Can you name a song with the same name as its artist? This, Night Ranger, and Danger Danger are always my go-to’s. This song has that classic ’80s pop sound.

24. “Girls, Girls, Girls” by Mötley Crüe

Meh. If you want to listen to some real Crüe, go back to their first 2 albums – Too Fast For Love and Shout At the Devil.

23. “Can’t We Try” by Dan Hill and Vonda Shepard

Music whiplash! We go from a rocker to a slow duet ballad. There were a lot of great duets in the ’80s, and this is definitely one of them.

22. “I’d Still Say Yes” by Klymaxx

Another ballad I remember slow dancing to back in those high school days.

21. “Love Power” by Dionne Warwick and Jeffrey Osborne

We wrap up today with a classy song. This song was written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager. I love both Dionne Warwick’s and Jeffrey Osborne’s voices. And together, they sound great.

Well, we’re halfway through the countdown. What do you think so far? Do you have any favorites, or are there any surprises that you had forgotten about? Let me know.

Top 40 Songs This Week: August 8, 1987 – Songs 40-31

It’s been far too long. At long last, we Return to the Top 40 countdown. This week, we’ll go back 30 years, and see what the 40 most popular songs were. At this time, I was getting ready to start my senior year of high school. I have a ton of great memories, and I loved the music back then. So, let’s Return to August 8, 1987, and check out songs 40-31 today. You can click on the song title to watch the video, and you can click on the album cover to buy/listen to the song from Amazon.

40. “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” by Whitney Houston

She did have it all, then lost it. And we lost one of the greatest voices of our generation. This is a beautiful, sad song.

39. “Wipe Out” by The Fat Boys and The Beach Boys

For all the haters of Beach Boy ’80s songs, I bet you’re begging for Kokomo now!

38. “Funkytown” by Pseudo Echo

In my opinion, this is one cover song that is as good as the original. This version is a little more rock than disco.

37. “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” by Michael Jackson and Siedah Garrett

A much overlooked tune from Jackson’s Bad album. A very nice duet.

36. “Mary’s Prayer” by Danny Wilson

No, Danny Wilson is not a person. It is a Scottish pop group. This is one of those songs that I had forgotten about until I just heard it for the first time in a while.

35. “Happy” by Surface

Finally, a Happy song I approve of! This R&B tune is way better than Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, which is a million times better than the recent song “Happy” by Pharrell.

34. “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake

When you hear the words ’80s Rock, this is one of the first songs that come to mind. Great song, and great video. So many of us teenage boys really wanted to be that car.

33. “Since You’ve Been Gone” by The Outfield

Future candidate of the Return to the ’80s podcast’s segment, ‘Play This, Not That.’ Sure, “Your Love” is a great song, but The Outfield has many other great songs, which never get played. This was one of them. It reached #11 and never gets played.

32. “Give to Live” by Sammy Hagar

This hit was off of the Red Rocker’s album I Never Said Goodbye, his only solo album released while he was with Van Halen. This is one of my favorites by him.

31. “Don’t Disturb This Groove” by The System

I love me some late ’80s R&B, and this is no exception.

And unfortunately, I will have to disturb this groove by stopping the countdown for today. We will be back with songs 30-21.

What do you think of this countdown so far? What were you doing this week in 1987? I’d love to hear from you.

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.

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!