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Top 100 Songs of 1987

Below is a list from Billboard magazine’s Top ear-End Hot 100 songs for 1987. Chart © by Billboard, a part of MRC Media and Info, a division of MRC. All Rights Reserved. Learn more about Billboard here.

Top 100 Songs of 1987


Top 100 Songs of 1987

1 Shake You Down – Gregory Abbott

2 Walk Like an Egyptian – Bangles

3 Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship

4 I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston

5 C’est La Vie – Robbie Nevil

6 Here I Go Again – Whitesnake

7 The Way It Is – Bruce Hornsby and the Range

8 La Bamba – Los Lobos

9 Livin’ On a Prayer – Bon Jovi

10 Everybody Have Fun Tonight – Wang Chung

11 Head to Toe – Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam

12 I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany

13 The Lady In Red – Chris De Burgh

14 I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2

15 I Want Your Sex – George Michael

16 Notorious – Duran Duran

17 Only In My Dreams – Debbie Gibson

18 (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

19 The Next Time I Fall – Peter Cetera and Amy Grant

20 (I Just) Died in Your Arms – Cutting Crew

21 Keep Your Hands to Yourself – The Georgia Satellites

22 I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) – Aretha Franklin and George Michael

23 Control – Janet Jackson

24 Somewhere Out There – Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram

25 Land of Confusion – Genesis

26 Jacob’s Ladder – Huey Lewis and The News

27 Who’s That Girl – Madonna

28 Touch Me (I Want Your Body) – Samantha Fox

29 I Just Can’t Stop Loving You – Michael Jackson and Siedah Garrett

30 In Too Deep – Genesis

31 Let’s Wait Awhile – Janet Jackson

32 Hip to Be Square – Huey Lewis and the News

More 68 Top Songs of 1987

    1. Alone – Heart
    2. Shakedown – Bob Seger
    3. Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House
    4. Always – Atlantic Starr
    5. With or Without You – U2
    6. Looking for a New Love – Jody Watley
    7. Mony Mony – Billy Idol
    8. At This Moment – Billy Vera and The Beaters
    9. Didn’t We Almost Have It All – Whitney Houston
    10. Lean On Me – Club Nouveau
    11. Open Your Heart – Madonna
    12. Lost In Emotion – Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
    13. Heart and Soul – T’pau
    14. You Keep Me Hangin’ On – Kim Wilde
    15. U Got the Look – Prince
    16. You Got It All – Jets
    17. Causing a Commotion – Madonna
    18. Will You Still Love Me? – Chicago
    19. Little Lies – Fleetwood Mac
    20. Luka – Suzanne Vega
    21. I Heard a Rumour – Bananarama
    22. Don’t Mean Nothing – Richard Marx
    23. Songbird – Kenny G
    24. Carrie – Europe
    25. Don’t Disturb This Groove – System
    26. La Isla Bonita – Madonna
    27. Bad – Michael Jackson
    28. Sign ‘O’ the Times – Prince
    29. Change of Heart – Cyndi Lauper
    30. Come Go With Me – Expose
    31. Can’t We Try – Dan Hill
    32. To Be a Lover – Billy Idol
    33. Mandolin Rain – Bruce Hornsby and the Range
    34. Breakout – Swing Out Sister
    35. Stand By Me – Ben E. King
    36. Tonight, Tonight, Tonight – Genesis
    37. Someday – Glass Tiger
    38. When Smokey Sings – ABC
    39. Casanova – Levert
    40. Rhythm Is Gonna Get You – Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine
    41. Rock Steady – Whispers
    42. Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi
    43. Big Time – Peter Gabriel
    44. The Finer Things – Steve Winwood
    45. Let Me Be the One – Expose
    46. Is This Love – Survivor
    47. Diamonds, Herb Alpert
    48. Point of No Return – Expose
    49. Big Love – Fleetwood Mac
    50. Midnight Blue – Lou Gramm
    51. Something So Strong – Crowded House
    52. Heat of the Night – Bryan Adams
    53. Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You – Glenn Medeiros
    54. Brilliant Disguise – Bruce Springsteen
    55. Just to See Her – Smokey Robinson
    56. Who Will You Run To – Heart
    57. Respect Yourself – Bruce Willis
    58. Cross My Broken Heart – Jets
    59. Victory – Kool and The Gang
    60. Don’t Get Me Wrong – Pretenders
    61. Doing It All for My Baby – Huey Lewis and The News
    62. Right On Track – Breakfast Club
    63. Ballerina Girl – Lionel Richie
    64. Meet Me Half Way – Kenny Loggins
    65. I’ve Been in Love Before – Cutting Crew
    66. (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party) – Beastie Boys
    67. Funky Town – Pseudo Echo
    68. Love You Down – Ready For The World

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Top 100 Songs of 1987 – Final Thoughts

The year 1987 was a significant one for music, with many influential songs released that still hold up today. The Top 100 Songs of 1987 were dominated by pop, rock, and R&B hits, showcasing the diversity of the era. Michael Jackson’s “Bad” was a standout hit, as was Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and U2’s “With or Without You.”

The inclusion of Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” reflected the popularity of rock music at the time. Overall, the Top 100 Songs of 1987 represent a time of great creativity and innovation in popular music, and continue to be celebrated and enjoyed today.

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About Paul Thompson

Paul loves guitars, guitarists, and music made with a guitar to an almost worrying extent. But he didn't start out playing the guitar and was a good pianist until the age of nine when 'Rock' entered his life. Since then, he has also become accomplished on a range of other instruments, but Guitar is still his number one love!

He has played in a lot of bands over the years, the majority of them rock bands and mainly playing guitar. He has a substantial home recording studio and enjoys recording his own and other people's music as often as he can.

His passion for the guitar always comes through in his writing, and he hopes to continue to preach the importance of guitar music for decades to come.

He lives in Chicago with his girlfriend Pam and lots and lots of guitars!

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