Top Ten Tuesday: 1987, The Next 10

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.

27 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 1987, The Next 10

  1. I Think I’m Alone Now is one of those songs that takes me back to a very specific moment in my teen years. I used to go to a disco skate every Friday night at our local skating rink and the boy I liked asked me to skate to him when that song was playing – of course, that was probably the only time he ever looked at me, but the song stuck, lol.

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    1. I really thought it might happen Sunday when Duvall hit the grand slam, but nope…. They’ve been leaving men on base all over, and you simply cannot do that during this part of the season… Thanks for pulling for them!

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      1. We know about leaving people on base. I’ve liked the Braves since the days of “Eggs” Benedict and Dale Murphy. Used to get to watch a lot of them and the Cubs when we got WGN with our cable. Miss those days. We would see the Pirates more too and that’s my husband’s favorite because of Roberto. Now I pretty much only see the Giants and whoever they are playing. I liked listening to Harry Carey and his sons. The “national” announcers on the game of the week or whatever just aren’t as much fun to listen to. And, you know, Joe Buck sucks.

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                1. I grew up in a house with two Cub fans, so more often than not I would listen to the Sox on the radio while they watched the Cubs on TV. The Sox radio announcers were Bob Elson and Red Rush, who we “traded” to the A’s for Harry Caray. Red Rush used to do Loyola University basketball games as well (“Swisheroo! It went through like a piece of Gonnella Bread!”) Anyway, I actrually prefer listening on the radio.

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  2. I remember the Tommy James versions, and I had a friend who played “La Bamba” during a Puerto Rican food fest party that he threw. Otherwise, by 1987, my radio was set on Country 92.5.

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  3. I’ve heard all of these despite the fact that I didn’t listen to much pop radio at that time. My biggest favorites then were Wang Chung and Crowded House. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” remains one of my favorite songs of all time.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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