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.Follow @returntothe80s