Top Ten Tuesday: KZOU (98.5 FM Little Rock, AR), 2/24/87

KZOU in Little Rock started as KLAZ in the early ’70’s, doing progressive rock until 1978, when it switched to a Top 40 station. They adopted the KZOU (The Zoo) call letters in 1986, and in 1991 were sold and changed formats to Hot Adult Contemporary and their call letters to KURB, "B-98.5," which they remain to this day. Here’s their Top Ten from 1987.

# Song/Artist Remarks
10 Let’s Wait Awhile
Janet Jackson
From Janet’s third studio album, 1986’s *Control*. This was critically well-received for its sweetness and for its message, encouraging abstinence in the face of the AIDS crisis at the time. It reached #2 on the Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary charts and topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Sungs chart. It reached #11 in Canada (#3 on the Canadian AC chart) and #3 in the UK.
9 Livin’ On A Prayer
Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi’s second #1 single from 1986’s Slippery When Wet, it benefitted from the video being in heavy rotation on MTV. It alo reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart, #1 in Canada, and #4 in the UK.
8 Talk To Me
Chico DeBarge
A younger brother of the Motown family act DeBarge, this is from his eponymous 1986 album. The song reached #7 on the R&B chart and #21 on the Hot 100.
7 Brand New Lover
Dead Or Alive
This was the lead single off of Dead or Alive’s third album, Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know. It reached #1 on the US Hot Dance Club Plays chart and #2 on the Japanese Singles chart.
6 Candy
The second single from Cameo’s 1986 album Word Up! reached #1 on the R&B chart and #10 on the Dance chart.
5 Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
A song by Diane Warren and Albert Hammond (“It Never Rains In Southern California”), this was used as the theme song for the 1987 movie Mannequin with Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall. From Starship’s second album, 1987’s No Protection, it topped the charts in the US, Canada, the UK, and Ireland.
4 Stop To Love
Luther Vandross
The first single from his 1986 album Give Me The Reason, it became his first #1 single on the R&B chart since “Never Too Much” in 1981. It also peaked at #15 on the Hot 100.
3 Respect Yourself
Bruce Willis
Having conquered television, Bruce tried his hand at singing. With June Pointer’s help, “Respect Yourself” rose to #5 on the Hot 100 and #8 in Canada.
2 The Final Countdown
Joey Tempest of the Swedish rock band Europe based this on a keyboard riff and David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” It was the title track on Europe’s third album, and was a #1 hit in 25 countries. In the US, it reached #8 on the Hot 100 and #18 on the Hot Album Tracks chart.
1 You’ve Got It All
The Jets
A Tongan family band from Minneapolis, The Jets were discoveed by Don Powell, who earlier had managed Stevie Wonder and David Bowie. Nationally, the song reached #3 on the Hot 100, #2 on the R&B chart, and #1 on the A.dult Contemporary chart

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for February 23, 2021.

15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: KZOU (98.5 FM Little Rock, AR), 2/24/87

    1. There are a lot of acts who are very popular and successful that I’m aware of but never really got into that much, and Bon Jovi is one of them. Still, I hear them on the radio or while I’m streaming along and like what I hear. That’s the beauty of popular music, at least prior to about 1995. Now, one group pretty much sounds like the next…


      1. Bruce Willis was really out of his league doing this. You have to give him points for enthusiasm, but still… I like Janet Jackson and think this was one of the prettier songs she did, but I can’t sit and listen to her for hours like some people.


  1. I remember Starship and Bon Jovi. I liked those, but they weren’t enough to keep me from changing to the country station. By 1988, I’d switched for good.


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