43 Reasons Why 1987 Was An Amazing Year For Music

Somehow all of these songs came out over the course of 12 months.

1. Whitney Houston, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”

2. The Cure - Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me

“Just Like Heaven”

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3. Guns N’ Roses - Appetite for Destruction

“Paradise City”

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4. George Michael - Faith

“Father Figure”

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5. Prince - Sign O the Times

“U Got the Look”

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6. Public Enemy, “Bring the Noise”

7. R.E.M. - Document

“It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”

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8. The Dirty Dancing Soundtrack

Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, “I’ve Had the Time of My Life”

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9. The Replacements - Pleased To Meet Me

“Alex Chilton”

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10. U2 - The Joshua Tree

“With or Without You”

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11. INXS - Kick

“Never Tear Us Apart”

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12. Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, “Head to Toe”

13. Salt N Pepa, “Push It”

14. Def Leppard - Hysteria

“Pour Some Sugar on Me”

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15. Fleetwood Mac, “Everywhere”

16. Swing Out Sister, “Breakout”

17. Michael Jackson - Bad

“The Way You Make Me Feel”

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18. Sonic Youth - Sister


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19. The Smiths - Louder Than Bombs

“Shoplifters of the World”

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20. Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet

“Livin’ On A Prayer”

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21. T’Pau, “Heart and Soul”

22. Belinda Carlisle, “Heaven Is A Place On Earth”

23. Terence Trent D’Arby, “Wishing Well”

24. Debbie Gibson, “Only In My Dreams”

25. Pixies - Come On Pilgrim


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26. Crowded House, “Don’t Dream It’s Over”

27. Jodi Watley, “Looking for A New Love”

28. Tiffany, “I Think We’re Alone Now”

29. 10,000 Maniacs, “Like the Weather”

30. New Order, “True Faith”

31. Heart, “Alone”

32. M/A/R/R/S, “Pump Up the Volume”

33. Pet Shop Boys featuring Dusty Springfield, “What Have I Done to Deserve This?”

34. The Sugarcubes, “Birthday”

35. Depeche Mode, “Never Let Me Down Again”

36. Eric B. and Rakim - Paid In Full

“I Know You Got Soul”

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37. Dinosaur Jr., “Little Fury Things”

38. Echo and the Bunnymen, “Lips Like Sugar”

39. LL Cool J, “I’m Bad”

40. Suzanne Vega, “Luka”

41. Aerosmith, “Dude (Looks Like A Lady)”

42. They Might Be Giants, “Don’t Let’s Start”

43. Rick Astley, “Never Gonna Give You Up”

And here’s a playlist with every song, plus a few bonus hits from the year.

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