Is there a certain reason why you have to be so negative: best singles of 1987


Freestyle ruled South Florida in 1987. I doubt a single Miamian would deny Company B the honor of recording the song of the year. It was everywhere: at carnivals, pumping out of cars, boom boxes, pool parties, . The runners-up would include Noel’s “Silent Morning,” a mournful morning-after that no less than Dave Marsh included in The Heart of Rock and Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made and called an oblique nod to AIDS; Cover Girls’ “Show Me; Will to Power’s first radio smash “Dreamin'”; and a regional hit called “Jealous Fellas” that had all the girls in eighth grade rewinding over and over so they could transcribe its lyrics. New Order’s “True Faith” and the Bangles’ fantastic Simon & Garfunkel cover were welcome changes of pace.

A shout-out to Thomas for introducing me to the remix of “The Pleasure Principle,” the only way I can hear the song these days.

1. Madonna – Open Your Heart
2. Alexander O’Neal – Fake
3. Company B – Fascinated
4. Noel – Silent Morning
5. New Order – True Faith
6. Dimples Tee – Jealous Fellas
7. Bangles – Hazy Shade of Winter
8. Janet Jackson – The Pleasure Principle (Long Vocal remix)
9. Stephanie Mills – You’re Puttin’ a Rush on Me
10. Swing Out Sister – Breakout
11. Will to Power – Dreamin’
12. Pet Shop Boys – It’s a Sin/You Know Where You Went Wrong
13. EPMD – It’s My Thing
14. Exposé – Let Me Be the One
15. Anita Baker – Same Ol’ Love (365 Days a Year)
16. Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine – Rhythm is Gonna Get You
17. Roxanne Shanté – Have a Nice Day
18. Bananarama – I Heard a Rumour
19. The Breakfast Club – Right On Track
20. Lou Gramm – Midnight Blue
21. Eric B & Rakim – I Know You Got Soul
22. Danny Wilson – Mary’s Prayer
23. Def Leppard – Animal
24. Herb Alpert – Diamonds
25. Prince – If I Was Your Girlfriend
26. Debbie Gibson – Only in My Dreams
27. ABC – When Smokey Sings
28. Kool Moe Dee – How Ya Like Me Now
29. Depeche Mode – Never Let Me Down Again
30. Randy Travis – Forever and Ever, Amen
31. That Petrol Emotion – Big Decision
32. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Jammin’ Me
33. Fleetwood Mac – Little Lies
34. Luther Vandross – Stop to Love
35. M|A|R|R|S – Pump Up the Volume
36. The Smiths – Shoplifters of the World
37. Terence Trent D’Arby – If You Let Me Stay
38. Rosanne Cash – The Way We Make a Broken Heart
39. Richard Marx – Don’t Mean Nothing
40. The Cover Girls – Show Me
41. The Cure – Just Like Heaven
42. X – 4th of July
43. Beastie Boys – Fight for Your Right to Party
44. Mick Jagger – Throwaway
45. Echo & the Bunnymen – Lips Like Sugar
46. Billy Idol – Don’t Need a Gun
47. Bruce Springsteen – Brilliant Disguise
48. Julian Cope – World Shut Your Mouth
49. Belinda Carlisle – Heaven is a Place on Earth
50. The System – Don’t Disturb This Groove
51. K.T. Oslin – 80’s Ladies
52. George Strait – Ocean Front Property
53. Freddie Jackson – Jam Tonight
54. Donna Summer – Dinner With Gershwin
55. Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over

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