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Top 40 Songs This Week (UK Edition) – July 12, 1987: Songs 10-1

Welcome back as we conclude this week’s countdown! It has been fun getting back into this. There are some classic songs in this top 10. Again, you can click on the album cover to get the song from Amazon, and you can click on the song title to watch the video on YouTube. WARNING: If you click on the #3 song title, you can’t unsee or unhear that song! Now, let’s Return to the U.K. for the week ending July 12, 1987, and wrap up this week’s countdown!


10. “Misfit” by Curiosity Killed the Cat”

This has that classic 80s British pop sound. And yes, that is Andy Warhol in the video doing an impersonation of Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues”.

 

 

9. “You’re the Voice” by John Farnham

This is my favorite song of the countdown by far! I cannot believe that this didn’t even chart in the U.S. I had never heard of it until I bought Heart’s The Road Home album (1995). I instantly fell in love with the song, and looked more into it, and found out that it was an ’80s song by Australia’s John Farnham. There are several versions of this song, and every one of them is really good.

 

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

Whitney was beloved all over the world. It still breaks my heart whenever I hear her music. What a talent.

 

 

 

7. “Always” by Atlantic Starr

If you were to pick the top wedding songs of the ’80s, this would be on the list. This song hit #1 on all of the U.S. charts, and it landed at #3 in the U.K.

 

 

6. “My Pretty One” by Cliff Richard

This song was the lead single off of Richard’s Always Guaranteed album. I like all of his songs when they appear on these countdowns, yet I still don’t own anything by him. I’ll have to rectify that. Or at least add him to some of my Spotify playlists.

 

5. “The Living Daylights” by a-ha

ha. a-ha. Yes, they had more than one hit song! Pretty good James Bond theme, and the first James Bond film to star Timothy Dalton.

 

 

4. “Wishing Well” by Terence Trent D’arby

This is one of those songs that I hated back in the day, but I appreciate it more now. I’m not loving it, but I like it a little bit more now.

 

 

3. “Star Trekkin'” by The Firm

3 words – What the Fuck?!?!?!

 

 

 

 

2. “Under the Boardwalk” by Bruce Willis

For an actor jumping into the music business, Bruce Willis is actually pretty respectable. This is a good cover of The Drifters’ 1964 hit.

 

 

1. “It’s a Sin” by Pet Shop Boys

A great way to finish the Top 40! This happens to be my favorite song by the British synthpop duo. it was a top 10 hit in the U.S., but was #1 in the U.K. for three weeks.

 

 


That wraps up this week’s U.K. countdown! I hope you enjoyed it. The next one will be back at stateside. In the meantime, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

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Top 40 Songs This Week (UK Edition) – July 12, 1987: Songs 20-11

We are back to continue the countdown! So far, this has been pretty cool. On today’s list, there are some very familiar songs to everybody. And there are some that we may have never heard before. And there are two songs with very familiar titles, but totally different from what we would expect. As usual, you can click on the song title to listen to the song on YouTube, and you can click on the album cover to get the song from Amazon. Now, let’s Return to the week ending July 12, 1987 in the U.K., and continue the countdown!

20. “Hold Me Now” by Johnny Logan

Not to be confused with the hit song by the Thompson Twins, this ballad by the Irish singer, Johnny Logan, was the winner of the 1987 Eurovision Song Contest. Never released in the U.S., this song was a top 5 song in most of the European countries, with the exception of Switzerland, where it peaked at #6.

 

19. “I Want Your Sex” by George Michael

This worldwide smash hit was the first single released from Michael’s iconic Faith album. It was also part of the Beverly Hills Cop II Soundtrack, which was an awesome soundtrack.

 

 

18. “Comin’ On Strong” by Broken English

Broken English was a British band formed in 1987 by Steve Elson (singer and guitarist), who at the time performed in a Rolling Stones tribute band. You can totally get that vibe from this song. It sounds like it could be a Rolling Stones song.

 

17. “Sweet Sixteen” by Billy Idol

This was the 3rd single released from Billy Idol’s Whiplash Smile album. This song also appeared in a Miami Vice episode, which automatically gives it a Cool factor, as if Billy Idol isn’t enough for that.

 

16. “F.L.M.” by Mel and Kim

Mel and Kim were sisters Melanie and Kim Appleby. Sadly, Melanie died of cancer in 1990 at the age of 23. She bears a striking resemblance to Maya Rudolph. This was the third single released from their debut album, F.L.M.

 

15. “Alone” by Heart

Unless you live under a rock, you know this signature song by Heart. It was a worldwide smash hit. But, did you know it was a cover? It was originally performed by I-Ten in 1983. Not only that, but before Heart covered it, the song was also covered by Valerie Stevenson and legendary Beach Boys drummer, John Stamos in their roles as Lisa Copley and Gino Minelli, on the original soundtrack of the CBS sitcom Dreams in 1984.

 

14. “When Smokey Sings” by ABC

This is a pretty cool tribute to the R&B legend, Smokey Robinson. Robinson was still going strong at the time. In October of 1987, in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100, Robinson’s hit, “One Heartbeat”, was in the top 10 along with this tribute song to him.

 

13. “Let’s Dance” by Chris Rae

Not to be confused with David Bowie’s hit song, this song is by British rock and blues singer-songwriter and guitarist, Chris Rea. This song would peak at #12 here, but only landed at #81 in the U.S.

 

12. “Sweetest Smile” by Black

This sounds like a combination of Bryan Ferry, Morrissey, and Chris Isaak. This is not for me.

 

 

 

11. “Is This Love” by Whitesnake

Back to a song familiar to the U.S. audience. This was the second single released from Whitesnake’s classic 1987 self-titled album. What an awesome rock ballad! It would reach #9 in the U.K., and #2 in the U.S.

 


That wraps up today’s list of songs. Come back tomorrow as we see what the biggest hits were in the U.K. this week in 1987!

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Top 40 Songs This Week (UK Edition) – July 12, 1987: Songs 30-21

Hi Everybody! Welcome back to this week’s countdown! Some things that happened around this time were:
– Martina Navratilova earns 8th Wimbledon singles title with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Steffi Graf
– Also at Wimbledon, Pat Cash of Australia scores his only Grand Slam singles success 7-6, 6-2, 7-5 over Ivan Lendl
– A’s 1st baseman Mark McGwire becomes first rookie to hit 30 HRs before the MLB All-Star Game
– Nazi Klaus Barbie, “Butcher of Lyon” sentenced to life in France
– Kitty Dukakis reveals an addiction to amphetamines for 26 years
– Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North begins public testimony at Iran-Contra hearing
– Kiwanis Clubs end men-only tradition, vote to admit women

Today’s list of songs will have some songs that you know very well, as well as other songs that you may have never heard of, or may have forgotten about. So let’s Return to the week ending July 12, 1987, and continue the UK countdown

30. “Catch” by The Cure

This song was never released in the U.S. It would go on to reach #27 on this U.K. chart. According to Wikipedia, the song’s lyrics, as written by Robert Smith, were inspired when Smith caught a broadcast of the Sylvester Stallone written film ‘Rocky 2’ in which Rocky’s wife Adrian falls into a coma during childbirth. In a desperate hope to revive his wife, Rocky writes a poem for Adrian which at one point reads “…..and you kept trying to slip so I could catch you….”

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

This worldwide smash hit was the second single released from The Joshua Tree album.

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

Here is another worldwide smash hit. This song hit #1 in both the US and the UK, as well as several other countries. In addition to appearing on the Mannequin soundtrack, the song was also released on Starship’s album No Protection.

 

27. “Hooverville (And They Promised Us the World)” by The Christians

Here is a song and band I had never heard of. This song was from The Christians’ self-titled debut album, which contained their first five UK hit singles, including this one.

 

26. “A Little Boogie Woogie (In the Back of My Mind)” by Shakin’ Stevens

This is a cover of Gary Glitter’s 1977 song. Shakin’ Stevens had been recording music since the 1960’s. But, he didn’t hit it big until the ’80s. Then he would go on to be the UK’s biggest-selling singles artist of the 1980s

 

25. “Promised You a Miracle (Live)” by Simple Minds

This song was originally released in 1982, and would be Simple Minds’ first UK hit, reaching #13, and staying on the charts for 11 weeks. Then this live version would hit the charts again, coming off their 1987 album Live in the City of Light.

 

24. “If I Was Your Girlfriend” by Prince

This was the second single released from the Sign o’ the Times album. It was only a minor hit in the US, not even reaching the top 40. But it was a bigger hit here in the UK, reaching up to #20.

 

23. “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now” by Samantha Fox

Nothing’s stopping ANYBODY in 1987! Earlier, Starship announced that nothing’s gonna stop us now, and now Samantha proclaims that nothing’s gonna stop me now. This is another song that did not chart very well in the US, but did better in the UK. However, I was very familiar with this song by one of my biggest 80s crushes. This song was off of Samantha Fox’s self-titled album, which also featured the hit song, “Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)”. There is not a bad song on that album.

22. “Throwing It All Away” by Genesis

Speaking of albums without a bad song, this hit was the second single released from the Invisible Touch album. That don’t make ’em like this anymore!

 

 

21. “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher (1987)” by Jackie Wilson

I am noticing that quite a few reissues are making the charts in the UK this week. And they are all great songs! I absolutely love this 1967 #1 hit by Jackie Wilson! 20 years later, it would chart again in this countdown, reaching up to #15.

 


That wraps up today’s list of songs. I think I like today’s even more than yesterday’s. What are some of your favorites this week? I hope you are enjoying this countdown. We are halfway through. Come back tomorrow as we continue the countdown.

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Top 40 Songs This Week (UK Edition) – July 12, 1987: Songs 40-31

Hi Lads and Lasses! We are way overdue for a new Top 40 countdown! This week, we will take another trip across the pond, to the UK. And if you are in the UK already, look out, here we come! This week, we will take a look at what the Top 40 songs were this week in 1987, in the UK. For those of us in the U.S., there will be some familiar songs. There will also be plenty of songs that didn’t hit it big in the U.S. As usual, you can click on the song title to get the YouTube video of the song, and you can click on the album cover to buy or listen to the song on Amazon. So, let’s Return to the week ending July 12, 1987, and get the countdown started!


40. “Jack Mix II/III” by Mirage

This is an electronic instrumental. I don’t listen to today’s EDM. Or maybe if I do hear it, I black out from the pain of that crap going into my ears. This song is OK since it has a small sample of “Axel F” in it.

39. “It’s Not Unusual (1987)” by Tom Jones

Apparently this song, a Carlton Banks favorite, had a resurgence in 1987. The Welsh Wonder (I just made that up) Tom Jones, originally had a smash hit with this song in 1965, when he was an unknown.

 

38. “Lifetime Love” by Joyce Sims

This is a pretty good freestyle song by Joyce Sims, who hails from Rochester New York. She never hit it too big in the U.S. This song did reach up to #23 on the U.S. R&B charts, but did not chart on the mainstream Billboard Hot 100. But, it reached up to #34 on the U.K. charts. She is still around, with her most recent album being released in 2014.

37. “Just Don’t Want to be Lonely” by Freddie McGregor

This song was originally recorded in 1973 by Ronnie Dyson, then made popular in 1974 by The Main Ingredient. This reggae version by Freddie McGregor became a huge hit in the U.K. reaching all the way up to #9.

 

36. “Scales of Justice” by Living in a Box

This was Living in a Box’s follow-up single to their self-titled single. It did not chart at all in the U.S., but reached #30 on the U.K charts. I’m really digging this song. It’s a very cool, upbeat song that sticks with you.

 

35. “Looking for a New Love” by Jody Watley

Here’s a song that hit it big everywhere. This was Jody Watley’s debut solo single. In 1987, she won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Originally, Watley was a member of Shalamar, who are huge in England. I still can’t figure out why they don’t have a huge audience here.

 

34. “Victim of Love” by Erasure

This song by the synth-pop duo, Erasure, was a huge hit in the U.K., reaching all the way to #7. It did not chart at all on the Billboard Hot 100. They would have to wait for “Chains of Love” the following year for that.

 

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

This song was a worldwide smash hit for the Australian band. It was nominated for Best Group Video, and Best Direction at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, and earned the group a Best New Artist award. This song was also covered by Paul Young in 1991, and by Sixpence None the Richer in 2003.

 

32. “Songbird” by Kenny G

Time for a little smooth jazz. Definitely not my kind of music. But, I do appreciate it much more now than I did when I was 16.

 

 

31. “Jive Talkin'” Boogie Box High

What the hell?!?!? Why have I not heard of this version before? I love the Bee Gees, and love this song. But, I had never heard about this super group, Boogie Box High. It consists of guitarist Nick Heyward (of Haircut One Hundred), keyboardist Mick Talbot (of The Style Council), guitarist–songwriter David Austin, bassist Deon Estus, and a singer you may have heard of – George Michael!


Well, that wraps up today’s list of songs. What do you think so far? Any new songs you hadn’t heard before? Come back tomorrow for some more gems.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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