It was 34 years ago this past Monday that Mary and I moved to the suburbs of Atlanta, so 1987 is pretty significant for me, musically and otherwise. Here are the #11-20 songs from the 1987 Billboard year-end Hot 100.
20 – Billy Vera & The Beaters, "At This Moment": Billy’s been a singer and songwriter since the ’60’s, and this is his biggest hit. "At This Moment" reached #1 in the US and Canada on both the Pop and Adult Contemporary charts and #11 in Australia.
19 – Billy Idol, "Mony Mony": Originally a 1968 hit for Tommy James & The Shondells in 1968, Billy had recorded a version of "Mony Mony" in 1981. The live version from 1987 went to #1 in the US and Canada, #7 in the UK, and #8 in Australia.
18 – Tiffany, "I Think We’re Alone Now": This was also a hit for Tommy James & the Shondells (spending 5 weeks at #1 at WLS in 1967). It was covered twenty years later by 16-year-old singer and mall rat Tiffany Darwish (at the time going only by her first name), who became famous by putting on shows in shopping malls; she took the song to #1 in the US, Canada, and the UK, and #13 in Australia. Tiffany turned 50 this year, and is still as adorable as ever. Her main rival during this time, Debbie Gibson, came in at #26 on the same survey for "Only In My Dreams."
17 – Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, "Head To Toe": Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam were one of the first "freestyle music" (a form of electronic dance music) bands to come out of New York. "Head To Toe" peaked at #1 on the Hot 100, R&B and Dance Singles charts in the US and #1 in Canada.
16 – Jody Watley, "Looking For A New Love": Jody Watley is #53 on Billboard‘s list of all-time top female performers. "Looking For A New Love" was from her eponymous 1987 debut album and reached #1 on the Hot 100, R&B, and Dance charts, #1 in Canada, and #13 in the UK and Australia.
15 – U2, "With Or Without You": From U2’s 1987 album The Joshua Tree, "With Or Without You" was U2’s best-performing single to date, spending 3 weeks at #1 in the US and one week at #1 in Canada, as well as three weeks at #2. It reached #4 in the UK and #9 in Australia.
14 – Atlantic Starr, "Always": Atlantic Starr’s best-selling single, from their 1987 All In The Name Of Love album. It reached #1 on the Hot 100, R&B, and Adult Contemporary charts in the US, #1 in Cannada, and #3 in the UK.
13 – Crowded House, "Don’t Dream It’s Over": From their eponymous 1987 debut album, Crowded House released "Don’t Dream It’s Over" in late 1986. It went to #2 in the US, #1 in Canada, only to #8 in their native Australia, but #1 in New Zealand.
12 – Wang Chung, "Everybody Have Fun Tonight": Released in late 1986 from their album Mosaic, it reached #2 during Christmas week that year and #1 in Canada the following week, and also reached #8 in Australia.
11 – Los Lobos, "La Bamba": From the 1987 biopic La Bamba about the life and death of Ritchie Valens, from which many of the film clips were taken. Valens’s own record only reached #22 in the US in 1958; Los Lobos’s version reached #1 in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia. Lou Diamond Phillips joins Los Lobos for part of the song in the vieo.
And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for November 2, 2021.