Top Ten Tunes- 1987

Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 1987.

For previous top ten tunes, please click on the year: 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986

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The Simpsons looking a little bit different in 1987

In 1987, Terry Waite is kidnapped in Beirut, Margaret Thatcher wins the general election again for the third time, in Hungerford, Berkshire Michael Ryan shoots dead 16 people and injures 16 before turning the gun on himself (this is the same day that whilst staying with our grandparents, my brother & I decided to go for a walk in the woods. We told our grandmother we’d be 10 minutes. We were gone for over 2hrs. Where did my grandparents live? Berkshire. Not far from Hungerford. Cue a very panic stricken grandmother greeting us at the gate when we nonchalantly returned),  hurricane force winds kill 23 people in South-East England, a fire at Kings Cross underground station claims 31 lives, The Simpsons first appear on the Tracey Ullman Show, a cross-channel ferry capsizes near Zeebrugge, Belgium killing 193 people and Dirty Dancing, Robocop and the film that would deter anyone from having an affair (and then leaving your pet rabbit unattended) Fatal Attraction were released. And I turned 11 years old.

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Yes, I know it’s about the 900th time that both the Smiths and George Michael have featured in my top tens, but hey- the heart wants what the heart wants. And it’s not my fault they were both so prolific and good (it’ll be the last appearance of the Smiths FYI). Anyway, never fear- we’ve got plenty of first time appearances from several artists this week too. 1987 coming atcha (in no particular order)…

1.Sweet Little Mystery by Wet Wet Wet

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Poor ginger bloke from Wet Wet Wet

2. Respectable by Mel & Kim (the first single I ever bought. Purchased with the £1 coin that my brother had sellotaped to my Birthday card as my gift. I genuinely couldn’t have been happier. I literally ran to the local record shop to buy the 7″…does this all make me sound old?)

3. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) by Whitney Houston

4. Don’t Get Me Wrong by the Pretenders

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5. Heaven is a Place on Earth by Belinda Carlisle

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6. Faith by George Michael

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7. The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson

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8. China in Your Hand by T’Pau

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9. Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship

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10. Last Night I Dreamt Someone Loved Me by The Smiths

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So easy to choose my favourite this week. As I’m at my happiest when it’s 2am, I’ve sunk a few Sambuccas and am dancing with my girl gang to I Wanna Dance With Somebody, it most definitely has to be our Whitney this week. Which one of these 1987 treats is your favourite?

And if you want more deliciousness from 1987, hop over to the wonderful Talk About Pop Music‘s blog on what songs they thought were the best from 1987 here. See you next week for 1988!

36 comments

  1. middleagedwarrior · 11 Days Ago

    Blimey I can’t believe I though the ‘Faith’ was released really late on after Wham! And it was only 1987! ‘Respectable’ top song, as is ‘I wanna dance with somebody’ happy days!

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    • thebeasley · 11 Days Ago

      I know! It’s so crazy when you find out what year some songs were actually released. Mel & Kim and Whitney are top choices.

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  2. gigglingfattie · 11 Days Ago

    OOO I’ve been waiting for this one! It’s the year I was born ❤ I love that Whitney Houston song and now I love it even more because of this

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  3. rachaelstray · 11 Days Ago

    Some cracking songs again! I think you’re spot on with the top spot!! Also I watched a documentary on that shooting a couple of weeks ago absolutely horrific. We’re so lucky that we’ve only really had two incidents that one and Dumblane. Not like America.

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    • thebeasley · 11 Days Ago

      And the Derek Bird shooting in 2010 in the Lake District, but you’re right we’re so lucky it’s such rarity over here. Strict gun laws DO work. Cheers Rachael x

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      • rachaelstray · 11 Days Ago

        Was that a mass shooting? I don’t remember that one. It’s horrible!

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      • thebeasley · 11 Days Ago

        Yeah I think he shot dead about 12 people. I remember it well as I was heavily pregnant & don’t live that far from the Lakes & I remember my mum phoning me to check that I’d locked all my doors & windows! Bless her!

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      • rachaelstray · 11 Days Ago

        Oh wow. Horrific!

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  4. Denzil TheBookOwl · 11 Days Ago

    Gee that was a year full of tragedy. I can understand your Gran tearing her hair out. We were living in the Netherlands and used to take the Townsend-Thorensen ferry regularly. I remember hearing of that disaster on the radio. And music: oh you’ve rumbled me! Whitney all the way! 🙂

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    • thebeasley · 11 Days Ago

      I know, it’s pretty depressing doing the research for the news section. 1989 is a particularly horrific year. However, I am so very happy to hear that Whitney does it for you too!

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  5. noellekelly · 11 Days Ago

    Oh my, I love so many if these! Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now (from Mannequin the Movie) and Respectable were me and my sister’s favourite songs as children!! 💖

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    • thebeasley · 11 Days Ago

      YES! My brother & I loved both of those too. Cheers Noelle x

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  6. angelanoelauthor · 11 Days Ago

    So many good ones this year–Michael (both Jackson and George) are excellent. Belinda Carlisle–wow. Also, must love Whitney. I remember that song so vividly. I’m thinking I was in high school, or nearly, and the thought of boys and dancing… gives me the chills even now.
    But, serious questions, what do you think of Margaret Thatcher?

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    • thebeasley · 11 Days Ago

      Very good choices Angela & that’s a very good question. In general, she was an abomination. She privatised so much & closed down so many British industries that certain areas of the country have never recovered from. She passed homophobic laws & supported apartheid in South Africa. Her time in power was dominated by recessions and high unemployment. She did however defend the people of the Falklands Island which was commendable. Despite everything she did wrong, I still can’t help, but have a sliver of admiration for her. She became the first ever female Prime Minister of this country during a time when British politics was essentially a boys club & that must’ve taken both guts & determination.

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      • angelanoelauthor · 10 Days Ago

        I’m so glad I asked. I have only an impression of her and it starts with just being a woman in a sea of men. But, I didn’t know very much about the effects she created and how those actions impacted the people. Thank you for that. Wow. Very interesting.

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      • thebeasley · 10 Days Ago

        She wasn’t a very popular public figure over here, as you can imagine, but I think people’s opinion of her can be quite conflicted. Thanks for asking Angela x

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  7. Matthew · 11 Days Ago

    Very difficult to pick just one one track from here, as they’re all so nostalgic for me…but if I had to choose just one, it’d be The Way You Make Me Feel. I used to listen to my copy of Bad on my black and white TV-radio-cassette player combo while I played with Lego in my bedroom. Oh and I remember all those news stories, I watched the aftermath of the ferry disaster on TV-AM.

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    • thebeasley · 11 Days Ago

      Yes, I seem to have lost my love of most Michael Jackson songs, but this one is still a great pop tune. Good choice. I remember both the ferry disaster & the fire at Kings Cross so clearly too.

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  8. I am going with George this time, gotta have Faith

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  9. Carol · 11 Days Ago

    Brilliant choices…love them all 🙂

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  10. arv! · 10 Days Ago

    1987? well, it will always be considered as the rising year of George Michael and ruled by M.J. Thanks for this great list!

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  11. SickChristine · 10 Days Ago

    That picture of Starship is so quintessentially 80’s it hurts.

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  12. Year of my A levels, leaving parties, leaving home…..Mart Pellow looks so young & I remember that film Mannequin! Struggling to pick this week as so many memories here….just so sad that 3 great icons on that list died in their prime. That blinkin’ Mel & Kim song is going to be an earworm though now!!!

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    • thebeasley · 10 Days Ago

      Gosh yes. Whitney, George & Michael and not forgetting Mel from Mel & Kim too. Ha I know, Respectable has been stuck in my head ever since I made the playlist!

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  13. Jennifer · 10 Days Ago

    Ah…Whitney. What a voice. Such a shame. 1987 was the year my son was born and Shake You Down by Gregory Abbot was number one on that date!

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    • thebeasley · 10 Days Ago

      Ah your son’s birth year- excellent. Yes so very sad about Whitney, especially after I watched that Can I Be Me? document.

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  14. Gloria · 9 Days Ago

    I remember and love them all! My favourite from this list is China in Your Hand by T’Pau. I think it’s so meaningful. I was actually watching her singing it last night and it was the first time I heard it in years!

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  15. music2commute2 · 7 Days Ago

    Top list! I agree, Whitney gets the best track of the list. I had been working for a year so had money to keep buying my 12″‘s and go clubbing, remembering to quote a year earlier for my birth date to get past the bouncers! Can’t get away with that these days sadly.

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    • thebeasley · 7 Days Ago

      Haha. Oh yes Whitney always has to be the winner for this year 💃🏻

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