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Top 40 Songs This Week: August 8, 1987 – Songs 10-1

Welcome back everybody! If you missed the previous songs, you can check out songs 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. Today we wrap up this week’s countdown. What a great week of music! Let’s get right to it, Return to the week ending August 8, 1987, and conclude the countdown.


10. “Wot’s It To Ya” by Robbie Nevil


Robbie Nevil burst onto the music scene with “C’est La Vie”, and had a short string of hits, including this one. In the early ’90s he turned to producing.

9. “Alone” by Heart


I feel like this took over “Barracuda” as Heart’s signature song. As often as it get’s played, I still love it. Ann Wilson has one of the greatest voices in rock history, and it really shows with this song.

8. “Cross My Broken Heart” by The Jets


The Jets had a huge run from the mid to late ’80s. This is a fun song, featured on the Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack. The original band consisted of eight brothers and sisters (out of 17!). The band name is named after the Elton John song, “Bennie and the Jets.”

7. “Who’s That Girl” by Madonna


I like Madonna’s early work, but this is around the time I lost interest, until “Like a Prayer” came out. Of course, I now long for this stuff.

6. “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine


O eh, o eh, o eh, oo aah
O eh, o eh, o eh, oo aah
The rhythm got me! I’m still liking Gloria Estefan. I also love that she now does the theme song for the One Day at a Time reboot – a show that I can’t recommend enough. You should be interested in just the fact alone that the show has an actual theme song. If you miss the late ’70s/early ’80s sitcoms, check it out.

5. “Luka” by Suzanne Vega


Outstanding song, despite the depressing subject matter. Suzanne Vega paved the way for the big wave of female singer/songwriters from the late ’80s through mid ’90s.

4. “Heart and Soul” by T’Pau


I love this song. The geek in me makes me kind of partial as this band is named after a vulcan from an episode of the original Star Trek series. This band is still around, and just released a new album in 2015, called Pleasure & Pain.

3. “Shakedown” by Bob Seger


This is my favorite Bob Seger song! This Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack was flat-out awesome! This is the second song, from the soundtrack, in this top 10. And we aren’t done yet! This is a great song for that movie, and goes hand-in-hand with “The Heat is On” from the original movie.

2. “I Want Your Sex” by George Michael


This is the third song from the Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack. It was also off of George Michael’s legendary Faith album. This is another artist we lost too soon. I was really hoping for a comeback from him.

1. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2


This was the second song released from U2’s successful album, The Joshua Tree. This song is a critical darling, for sure. A lot of people had fallen off the U2 bandwagon by this point, but I would stay on board a while longer.


Well, that wraps up this week’s countdown. I hope you enjoyed it. I’d love to hear what you think. I plan on doing more of these in the near future. Until next time, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

Top 40 Songs This Week: August 8, 1987 – Songs 20-11

Welcome back everybody! If you missed the previous songs, you can check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. I don’t know about you, but I’m loving the countdown this week! And as usual, if you want to watch/listen to the YouTube video, you can click on the song title. If you’d like to listen to/purchase this song from Amazon, you can click onthe album cover. Now let’s Return to the week ending August 8, 1987, and continue the countdown!


20. “Seven Wonders” by Fleetwood Mac


I love all of Fleetwood Mac’s stuff, no matter who’s singing. But, Stevie Nicks is definitely my favorite. She takes the lead on this awesome song from Mac’s final studio album with the classic lineup, Tango in the Night.

19. “It’s Not Over (‘Til It’s Over)” by Starship


This is my favorite Starship song. And just as Fleetwood Mac had come out with their final album with the classic lineup, No Protection was Starship’s final album with Grace Slick. So, I guess it was over for her.

18. “Kiss Him Goodbye” by the Nylons


I had never heard this version of the song in my life, and I never heard of this group. But, I’m loving this! This a cappella group covers the classic Steam song, “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,” here. And I think they do a helluva job!

17. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston


This is Whitney’s second entry this week. This song was the first single released off of her second album, Whitney. This song proved that her debut album was no fluke.

16. “Back in the High Life Again” by Steve Winwood


Even though Steve Winwood had been around for a while, this was the first time I was aware of him. Even though I was more into hard rock in these days, I did like all of Winwood’s music. He also gets a little help from James Taylor on backing vocals in this song.

15. “The Pleasure Principle” by Janet Jackson


Janet was staying strong as this was the sixth single released from her classic Control album.

14. “Rock Steady” by The Whispers


Seven years after the Whispers had cracked the top 20, with “And the Beat Goes On”, they had an incredible comeback with this awesome hit.

13. “Only in My Dreams” by Debbie Gibson


And so begins Paul’s huge ’80s crush!

12. “Don’t Mean Nothing” by Richard Marx


In the previous song, while I was crushing on Debbie, I forgot to mention that “Only in My Dreams” was her debut single. And now we have another debut single. Richard Marx was already a great songwriter. But, he went on a great run, in the late ’80s, as a performer.

11. “La Bamba” by Los Lobos


This is the song that I mumble and struggle to the lyrics…until the chorus. Then I can sing the shit out of it at the top of my lungs!


That wraps up today’s list. I would love to hear what you think of these songs, and these countdowns in general. We will wrap up the countdown on Friday.

Top 40 Songs This Week: August 8, 1987 – Songs 30-21

Welcome back as the countdown continues. If you missed the first 10 songs, you can go back and check them out. In the early ’80s, radio was quite diverse. Disco was still winding down, and there were a lot of singer/songwriter, rock, and pop tunes. In the late ’80s, the Top 40 countdowns were still diverse. There was a good combination of pop, rock, and R&B. And today’s list is no exception. So, let’s go back to the good ole days, and Return to the week ending August 8, 1987, and go on with the countdown.


30. “Point of No Return” by Exposé


Often imitated, but never duplicated! This pioneering female freestyle group had an incredible start, landing four top 10 hits from their debut album, Exposure. And this was one of them.

29. “When Smokey Sings” by ABC


Am I the only one that thinks this video would be awesome if it featured Jackie Gleason, Burt Reynolds, and Jerry Reed from Smokey and the Bandit?

28. “Doing It All For My Baby” by Huey Lewis & The News


Not one of my favorite Huey Lewis songs. But man, were the videos fun back then! The music doesn’t even start until over 3 1/2 minutes in!

27. “Something So Strong” by Crowded House


Much like Exposé, Crowded House got off to a strong start, turning out hits like this and “Don’t Dream It’s Over” from their debut album.

26. “Hearts On Fire” by Bryan Adams


Yes, people born post ’80s, Bryan Adams had more hits than “Summer of ’69” and “Cuts Like a Knife”. For example…this song! I can’t get enough of it.

25. “Living In a Box” by Living In a Box


Often, the question comes up, Can you name a song with the same name as its artist? This, Night Ranger, and Danger Danger are always my go-to’s. This song has that classic ’80s pop sound.

24. “Girls, Girls, Girls” by Mötley Crüe


Meh. If you want to listen to some real Crüe, go back to their first 2 albums – Too Fast For Love and Shout At the Devil.

23. “Can’t We Try” by Dan Hill and Vonda Shepard


Music whiplash! We go from a rocker to a slow duet ballad. There were a lot of great duets in the ’80s, and this is definitely one of them.

22. “I’d Still Say Yes” by Klymaxx


Another ballad I remember slow dancing to back in those high school days.

21. “Love Power” by Dionne Warwick and Jeffrey Osborne


We wrap up today with a classy song. This song was written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager. I love both Dionne Warwick’s and Jeffrey Osborne’s voices. And together, they sound great.


Well, we’re halfway through the countdown. What do you think so far? Do you have any favorites, or are there any surprises that you had forgotten about? Let me know.

Top 40 Songs This Week: August 8, 1987 – Songs 40-31

It’s been far too long. At long last, we Return to the Top 40 countdown. This week, we’ll go back 30 years, and see what the 40 most popular songs were. At this time, I was getting ready to start my senior year of high school. I have a ton of great memories, and I loved the music back then. So, let’s Return to August 8, 1987, and check out songs 40-31 today. You can click on the song title to watch the video, and you can click on the album cover to buy/listen to the song from Amazon.


40. “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” by Whitney Houston


She did have it all, then lost it. And we lost one of the greatest voices of our generation. This is a beautiful, sad song.

39. “Wipe Out” by The Fat Boys and The Beach Boys


For all the haters of Beach Boy ’80s songs, I bet you’re begging for Kokomo now!

38. “Funkytown” by Pseudo Echo


In my opinion, this is one cover song that is as good as the original. This version is a little more rock than disco.

37. “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” by Michael Jackson and Siedah Garrett


A much overlooked tune from Jackson’s Bad album. A very nice duet.

36. “Mary’s Prayer” by Danny Wilson


No, Danny Wilson is not a person. It is a Scottish pop group. This is one of those songs that I had forgotten about until I just heard it for the first time in a while.

35. “Happy” by Surface


Finally, a Happy song I approve of! This R&B tune is way better than Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, which is a million times better than the recent song “Happy” by Pharrell.

34. “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake


When you hear the words ’80s Rock, this is one of the first songs that come to mind. Great song, and great video. So many of us teenage boys really wanted to be that car.

33. “Since You’ve Been Gone” by The Outfield


Future candidate of the Return to the ’80s podcast’s segment, ‘Play This, Not That.’ Sure, “Your Love” is a great song, but The Outfield has many other great songs, which never get played. This was one of them. It reached #11 and never gets played.

32. “Give to Live” by Sammy Hagar


This hit was off of the Red Rocker’s album I Never Said Goodbye, his only solo album released while he was with Van Halen. This is one of my favorites by him.

31. “Don’t Disturb This Groove” by The System


I love me some late ’80s R&B, and this is no exception.

And unfortunately, I will have to disturb this groove by stopping the countdown for today. We will be back with songs 30-21.


What do you think of this countdown so far? What were you doing this week in 1987? I’d love to hear from you.

Top 40 Songs This Week – November 7, 1987: Songs 10-1

Hi Everybody, welcome back to this week’s countdown. If you missed the previous songs, you can check out Songs 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. There has been quite a variety of songs this week, and today is no different. There are all different genres of music in this Top 10. There may also be some songs you hadn’t heard in a while, and there are some very familiar songs on here. Now, let’s Return to the week ending November 7, 1987, and take a trip down Memory Lane.

10. “It’s a Sin” by The Pet Shop Boys

We’ll begin the countdown with a little synthpop. This was a huge hit for The Pet Shop Boys. It would peak in the U.S. at #9. But in the U.K., it was a #1 hit for three weeks. There is no denying that this is an ’80s song, all the way.

9. “Let Me Be the One” by Exposé

The queens of Freestyle are at it again with their third consecutive Top 10 hit. This was off of their debut album Exposure.

8. “Brilliant Disguise” by Bruce Springsteen

I told you at the top of this countdown that there was going to be quite the variety of music! So far we had synthpop, freestyle, and now some classic rock with Bruce. I did not remember this song – even after listening to it just now. I like this one!

I’m glad Bruce Springsteen is on the countdown this week. This gives me an opportunity to fill you in on a project I will be working on in the upcoming weeks. I will be working on a new series here with the help of the Rock Out Loud podcast. You can hear about it on the latest episode of the Rock Out Loud podcast – (Halloween Songs). They start talking about it around the 13:55 mark. But, you should listen to the whole episode anyway. Kristin and Steve talk about a lot of great music. And towards the end, there is a lot of talk about one of my favorite movies – The Lost Boys. If you listen to it, let me know what you think.

7. “Breakout” by Swing Out Sister

This was on of Swing Out Sister’s biggest hits. It kind of sounds like it could be a Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine song. I like it a lot. It definitely has a late ’80s sound.

6. “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

This was a huge hit. This was from a small film that one or two of you may have heard of – Dirty Dancing. Growing up, The Righteous Brothers were played quite a bit in my household. So I was very familiar with Bill Medley. I loved this song when it first came out. I could not get enough of it….at first. Radio and MTV took care of that for me. They ruined it for me. It didn’t help that my sister ended up getting the Dirty Dancing movie when it was released on video. She knew every single word of that movie. She even knew what people were saying in the background! How many of you girls were the same way? I mean, c’mon now! It’s not like it’s Star Wars or anything, where you should know all the dialogue, right?

5. “Bad” by Michael Jackson

This was a huge hit for MJ, proving that Thriller was no fluke. The song is good, and the dancing is incredible in the video. HOWEVER, I can’t help but laugh whenever I see it because all I can think of is Weird Al’s “Fat” video.

“Bad” was at the top of the Dance charts this week. Here is a look at what was topping some of the other charts this week in 1987:

#1 Country single: “Am I Blue” by George Strait

#1 R&B single: “Lovin’ You” by The O’Jays

#1 Rock single: “Love Will Find a Way” by Yes

#1 Album: Tunnel of Love by Bruce Springsteen

And we’ll continue the countdown with the #4 song, which was also the #1 Adult Contemporary single of the week:

4. “Little Lies” by Fleetwood Mac

This was a Christine McVie song from Fleetwood Mac’s last studio album to date – Tango in the Night. I preferred Stevie Nicks songs and Lindsay Buckingham songs. But I do like this one.

3. “Mony Mony” by Billy Idol

OK, I just learned something new! Billy Idol originally covered this Tommy James and The Shondells song in 1981. Here he is performing it on Solid Gold.
He released the live version in 1987 making it a huge mainstream hit.

2. “Causing a Commotion” by Madonna

This was a time when Madonna was putting out music that we liked. I much prefer her very early stuff. By this time, I wasn’t too much into her music. But, I liked this song. I neve hear this on the radio anymore either. It’s a lost gem in my opinion.

1. “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany

Boy, Tommy James had a great week! He had the #3 and #1 hits, and he didn’t have to do any of the singing! This was Tiffany’s breakthrough song. This would also be a #1 hit in the U.K., Canada, New Zealand and several other countries.

Well that wraps up this week’s countdown. I hope you all enjoyed it. We’ll be back with a new one in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

Top 40 Songs This Week – November 7, 1987: Songs 20-11

Hi Everybody, welcome back to this week’s countdown. If you missed the previous songs, you can check out Songs 40-31 and 30-21. Now, let’s Return to the week ending November 7, 1987, and move on with the countdown.

20. “We’ll Be Together” by Sting

Not a fan of this song. I still like Sting much better with The Police. Can’t you all just get along?!?

19. “I Won’t Forget You” by Poison

Before we were force-fed “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” over and over and over again, this was Poison’s big power ballad. This was the fourth single released from Poison’s debut album, Look What the Cat Dragged In.

18. “The One I Love” by R.E.M.

Only R.E.M. can make a love song sound whiny. Although R.E.M. had previously released four studio albums, this was their first hit song, which came off their fifth studio album, Document.

17. “U Got the Look” by Prince

Here we go with another Prince song on a countdown that we aren’t allowed to listen to. But, don’t worry. If you click on the song title, you’ll get to hear a far superior song.

16. “I’ve Been in Love Before” by Cutting Crew

This is a song that I had totally forgotten about. And I did not know that this was a Cutting Crew song. The only song I knew by them was “(I Just) Died In Your Arms.” Both songs were off of the same album, which was Cutting Crew’s debut album, Broadcast. I like “I’ve Been in Love Before” a lot. I love being pleasantly surprised during these countdowns.

15. “Don’t Make Me Wait for Love” by Kenny G

This was the second pleasant surprise in this countdown for me! I was expecting a boring instrumental song. But, it’s not an instrumental. It is a really good song with Lenny Williams, former Tower of Power lead singer, on the lead vocals. So, this is a nice combination of jazz and R&B. Kenny G and Lenny Williams sound great together. Maybe Kenny G can win me over much like Michael McDonald has. Or maybe not. But, I may need to look more into this Lenny Williams.

14. “Should’ve Known Better” by Richard Marx

This is a really good up-tempo song from Richard Marx’s self titled debut album. This was the second single released from the album, and reached all the way to #3. Marx became the first solo artist in recording history to reach the top three of the Billboard Hot 100 with four singles from a debut album.

13. “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2

This was the third single released from U2’s classic album, The Joshua Tree. It would peak right here at #13. The music video for this song was
famous for being performed on a Los Angeles rooftop. Going all Beatles on us was successful as they won a Grammy Award for Best Performance Music Video for this song.

12. “Casanova” by Levert

This is a good R&B song by Levert. Levert composed of Sean and Gerald Levert—sons of Eddie Levert, founder of the O’Jays (“Love Train“). Levert had several hits on the R&B chart, but this was their only hit on the mainstream Hit 100 list.

11. “Heaven is a Place On Earth” by Belinda Carlisle

We’ll wrap up today’s list with a great song. This was Belinda Carlisle’s biggest hit (with or without The Go-Go’s) as it would go on to be #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The music video was directed by Diane Keaton.

That wraps up today’s list. I hope you are enjoying this trip back to 1987 this week. We will finish up the countdown on Friday. See you then!

Top 40 Songs This Week – November 7, 1987: Songs 30-21

Welcome back as we continue this week’s countdown. If you missed the previous songs, you can check out Songs 40-31. The crazy variety of songs continue today. Let’s hop right into it, and Return to the week ending November 7, 1987, and move on with the countdown.

30. “Is This Love” by Whitesnake

We’ll begin today’s list with an awesome power ballad. Whitesnake skyrocketed to commercial success with their 1987 self-titled album. This was one of their biggest hits. And it had been orginally written for Tina Turner. This is what David Coverdale said in the booklet from the 20th Anniversary edition of the album:

“Before I’d left [for the south of France] a friend at EMI had asked me for any ideas that would work for Tina Turner. So that was where the original idea for ‘Is This Love’ came from.”

29. “Catch Me (I’m Falling)” by Pretty Poison

This is a fun freestyle dance song by Pretty Poison. This song, which made Pretty Poison a one-hit wonder, first appeared on the soundtrack to the Jon Cryer movie, Hiding Out. It would then appear on Pretty Poison’s debut album, Catch Me I’m Falling, the following year.

28. “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake

Here we go again, with another Whitesnake song. This is the song everybody knows by them. Yesterday, Steve Winwood’s “Valerie” was on this countdown, which was originally released in 1982, and remixed only to become a big hit this year. The same goes for this song. “Here I Go Again” was originally released on Whitesnake’s 1982 album Saints & Sinners. It was then remixed in 1987, and became a smash hit. The video also propelled this song to be a huge hit. And I (and every other teenage boy at the time) never wanted to be a car so bad!

27. “Faith” by George Michael

Back in the day, I was never a big Wham! or George Michael fan. But, I always liked this song. This was a number 1 smash hit, and was the top-selling single of the year in the United States in 1988. The video was also very popular. I think I remember many girls saying that they never wanted to be a pair of jeans so bad!

26. “Don’t You Want Me” by Jody Watley

Here is a really good song from Jody Watley’s debut album. I remember this being played at quite a few high school dances at the time.

25. “Boys Night Out” by Timothy B. Schmit

I had never heard of this song before, and I had no idea who Timothy B. Schmit was. It turns out that Schmit is the bassist and one of the lead singers for the Eagles. This song isn’t too bad. I sounds like it could be on an ’80s movie soundtrack.

24. “Shake Your Love” by Debbie Gibson

Ah, one of my biggest crushes of the ’80s! This was the second single released off of Debbie’s debut album Out of the Blue. The video was choreographed by Paula Abdul.

23. “Hour Glass” by Squeeze

I had not remembered this song until I heard the chorus. I like this one! This was the first single released from Squeeze’s seventh album, Babylon and On.

22. “Lost in Emotion” by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam

This song had been a #1 hit a few weeks earlier. It’s not bad. I like some of Lisa Lisa’s other songs better, but this is kind of fun. It reminds me of ’60s girl band songs.

21. “Come On, Let’s Go” by Los Lobos

Los Lobos is best known for covering Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” for the biographic movie La Bamba. I had forgotten that they had also covered this Ritchie Valens classic for the movie as well.

That wraps up today’s list of songs. These really bring me back to a fun time in my life. I hope you are enjoying these so far. We’ll be back tomorrow with some great songs.

Top 40 Songs This Week – July 11, 1987: Songs 10-1

Welcome back as we wrap up this week’s Top 40 countdown!! If you missed the previous songs, you can go and check out songs 40-31, songs 30-21 and 20-11.
As has been the case this week, there is quite a variety of songs on today’s list. So, let’s just jump into it, and Return to the week of July 11, 1987, and count down the top 10 songs in the country.

10. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2

U2 was riding high at this time. This is one of the best songs from one of their best selling albums – The Joshua Tree.

9. “Head to Toe” by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam

This was a number #1 hit from the R&B trio from Harlem. The were one of the early freestyle groups that became so popular in the mid-late ’80s.

8. “Something So Strong” by Crowded House

I enjoy this song. I had gone to the beach a lot in my teenage years, especially in ’86 and ’87. I remember this song playing a lot on the radio while relaxing at the beach.

7. “Funkytown” by Pseudo Echo

Australia is doing great on the U.S. charts this week in 1987! I kind of prefer Pseudo Echo’s version of “Funkytown” to the original by Lipps Inc. Lipps Inc was a little more disco. This version is more ’80s rock/pop.

6. “Point of No Return” by Exposé

Freestyle is ruling the charts this week as well! This was from the freestyle queens’ debut album Exposure.

5. “Don’t Disturb this Groove” by The System

I had not remembered this song. I also had not remembered this synthpop duo at all. But, I like this song a lot. I love discovering new old music!

4. “Songbird” by Kenny G

I remember this instrumental sax song being a huge hit. I am not a fan in the least bit. I suppose this would be a nice song to hear in an elevator, but that’s about it for me.

3. “Shakedown” by Bob Seger

Alright, now we’re talkin’!! This is my favorite song by Bob Seger. It was also a perfect song for the Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack.

2. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston

I miss Whitney. This was the first single released from Whitney Houston’s second album, Whitney. It was written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam of the band Boy Meets Girl, who had also written the #1 hit “How Will I Know.”

This song won the award for “Favorite Pop/Rock Single” at the 15th American Music Awards, the Grammy award for “Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female” with the song at its 30th ceremony on March 2, 1988, where she received a total of three nominations. The music video for the song was nominated for “Best Music Video” at the 2nd Soul Train Music Awards on March 30, 1988. Houston won the award for “Best Music Video” for the video at the 1st Garden State Music Awards.
If it is possible for anybody to doubt Whitney’s success with her first album, this song proved that she was no fluke, and there would be no sophomore slump.

1. “Alone” by Heart

And we have arrived at the #1 song this week. This is one of my favorite Heart songs of all time. This song was composed by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. It first appeared on via Steinberg and Kelly’s pet project, 1983’s I-Ten, Taking a Cold Look. That version is outstanding as well. It was later recorded by Valerie Stevenson and John Stamos in their roles as Lisa Copley and Gino Minelli, on the original soundtrack of the CBS sitcom Dreams in 1984. That version is not too bad either.
But, it was heart who took the song and ran all the way to #1 with it. Ann Wilson’s voice is already incredible. And with this song, it is just that much better. So good.

Well that concludes another week of some top 40 music from the ’80s. I hope you enjoyed it. We’ll be back for another countdown in the next week or two. In the meantime, “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”

Top 40 Songs This Week – July 11, 1987: Songs 20-11

Welcome back as we continue this week’s Top 40 countdown!! If you missed the previous songs, you can go and check out songs 40-31 and songs 30-21.

We have quite a variety of songs today. There is some R&B on here as well as our first hair band of the countdown, an a capella remake of a classic song, and some classic ’80s tunes. So let’s Return to the week ending July 11, 1987, and continue the countdown.

20. “The Pleasure Principle” by Janet Jackson

“The Pleasure Principle” was the 6th – yes count ’em – 6th single released from Ms. Jackson’s classic album, Control. It was the only single that did not crack the top 5 on the Billboard chart. However, t the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards the video won for Best Choreography and was nominated for Best Female Video.

19. “Always” by Atlantic Starr

OK, how many of you had this as their wedding song?

18. “Kiss Him Goodbye” by The Nylons

I’m a sucker for a cappella. This is a cover of the classic 1969 song, “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” by Steam.

17. “In Too Deep” by Genesis

In 1986-1987, Genesis ruled the radio with the help of their Invisible Touch album. This was a great ballad off of that album.

16. “Just to See Her” by Smokey Robinson

I only seemed to know about Smokey Robinson from his songs with The Miracles in the ’60s. But, it seems like he is appearing on every countdown in the ’80s. I remembered this song when I heard it. I’m not a big Smokey Robinson fan, but I like this song. I feel like that’s not the first time I said that either. Maybe I’m warming up to him.

15. “Heart and Soul” by T’Pau

This song has a great, classic late ’80s sound.

14. “Every Little Kiss” by Bruce Hornsby & The Range

I really don’t like any Bruce Hornsby songs, and that’s just “The Way It Is“.

13. “Girls, Girls, Girls” by Motley Crue

I loved Motley Crue’s first two albums, Too Fast for Love and Shout At the Devil. But, the only thing I liked from Theater of Pain was “Home Sweet Home.” Next, the Girls, Girls, Girls album came out, and I was not a fan of that one either. This title track was OK. I love “Wild Side” from that album, and that’s about it. Then they finally pulled me back in with their Dr. Feelgood album. At the time that “Girls, Girls, Girls” came out, I wasn’t feeling too good about the Crue.

12. “Rhythm is Gonna Get You” by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine

This fun, Latin sounding song was the lead single from the Let It Loose album.

11. “I Want Your Sex” by George Michael

In 1987, George Michael was at the top of his game. This song would peak at #2 on the charts. This was another song I remember from the Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack. It was also the first single released from Michael’s then-upcoming Faith album.

Well that wraps up today’s list. The next time we will finish out the top 10 songs this week.

Top 40 Songs This Week – July 11, 1987: Songs 30-21

Welcome back to this week’s Top 40 countdown!! If you missed the first ten songs, you can go back and check them out. We have quite a variety of awesome songs to listen to today. So let’s Return to the week ending July 11, 1987, and continue the countdown.

30. “Endless Nights” by Eddie Money

This is one of those songs I had forgotten about, but remembered it as soon as I heard it. This was off of Eddie Money’s Can’t Hold Back album. “Endless Nights” holds it’s own with “Take Me Home Tonight” and “I Wanna Go Back” from the same album.

29. “Luka” by Suzanne Vega

This classic, heartbreaking song about child abuse was ahead of it’s time. Before the female singer/songwriters of the ’90s like Sarah McLachlan, Jewel, Joan Osborne, and Sheryl Crow, we had Suzanne Vega.
This song earned Vega nominations for several Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

28. “Only In My Dreams” by Debbie Gibson

Yesterday, we had the debut of Richard Marx. Now, we have the debut of Debbie Gibson. The talented Debbie Gibson not only played her own music, but she wrote it too. Not bad for a 16 year old. And even more impressive, Debbie actually wrote this song in 1984 when she was 13 or 14 years old!

27. “Moonlighting” by Al Jarreau

These days there are hardly any decent television theme songs, let alone any that are good enough to become a hit on mainstream radio. But, in the ’80s there were many theme songs that became hit songs onthe radio. This was one of them. Moonlighting, starring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd ran from 1985-1989. The theme song’s music was written by Lee Holdridge and performed by Al Jarreau, who wrote the lyrics. It would go on to peak at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent one week at number one on the Adult Contemporary chart. The song would even earn two Grammy Award nominations for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male and for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television.

26. “Diamonds” by Herb Alpert

Herb Alpert, best known for a lot of his instrumental work with Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, made a huge comeback in the ’80s with this song. Of course it doesn’t hurt that Janet Jackson sings this song. I had forgotten about this song until I just heard it. I thought of it as a Janet Jackson song and not Herb Alpert. I like this song a lot…when it eventually gets to the song around the 2:25 mark of this video.

25. “Wot’s It To Ya” by Robbie Nevil

Robbie Nevil is best known for his #2 hit (and debut single), “C’est La Vie”. But, “Wot’s It To Ya” did pretty well too, peaking at #10. By the early ’90s Nevil’s singing career faded away. But, he turned to writing and producing for acts such as Babyface, Jessica Simpson, and Destiny’s Child. In 2006, he collaborated with Matthew Gerrard on the Smash Mouth album Summer Girl. Gerrard had been writing for Disney for some time and their work led to a partnership working on Disney projects including The Cheetah Girls, High School Musical, and Hannah Montana franchises.

24. “Happy” by Surface

This is a lot better than the recent Pharrell song of the same name.
This song reminds me of something that I would listen to on an airplane radio station as I flew across the country. It is very smooth and relaxing. I like it a lot.

23. “I’d Still Say Yes” by Klymaxx

This song was written by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. It would reach #7 on Billboard’s R&B chart, #18 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #8 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

22. “Cross My Broken Heart” by The Jets

This is a fun song by The Jets. I remember this song being on the Beverly Hills Cop II, which I had and listened to often.

21. “Lessons in Love” by Level 42

While Level 42 had a bigger hit in the U.S. with “Something About You“, “Lessons in Love” was the jazz-funk band’s biggest hit in the U.K., peaking at #3 there. Even though this song peaked at #12 in the U.S., it would be a top 10 hit in several other countries, and reached the #1 spot in some of them, such as Germany and South Africa.

Well, that wraps up today’s list of songs. I’m enjoying these songs so far, and I hope you are too. I love re-discovering songs that I had long forgotten about. There will be more to come tomorrow. See you then!