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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.

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Daily Trivia – 7/12/11

Question: What Major League Baseball team began the 1988 season with a record 21 straight losses?


Last Question: What three-man rap group starred in Disorderlies?

Answer: The Fat Boys

The Brooklyn rap group, The Fat Boys, came out with their self titled debut album in 1984. They were an instant hit. The trio consisted of Mark Morales a.k.a. “Prince Markie Dee”, Damon Wimbley a.k.a. “Kool Rock-Ski”, and Darren Robinson a.k.a. “Buff Love” a.k.a. “The Human Beat Box”.

Their popularity exploded in 1987 with their album, Crushin’. It had the cover version of “Wipe Out” with The Beach Boys singing back-up vocals.

The single made it to #12 on the Billboard chart, and #10 on the R&B chart.

That same year, The Fat Boys starred in the movie Disorderlies. Here is the summary from wikipedia:

Winslow Lowry, the no-good, indebted nephew of elderly, infirm billionaire Albert Dennison seeks to speed his uncle’s demise by hiring three of the most inept orderlies he can possibly find. The trio, Markie, Buffy and Kool, only mean well, however, and their good-natured antics actually help re-energize the ailing Albert. They find out about Winslow’s scheme and try to stop it from taking place.

Here is a clip from the movie:

In the early ’90s, Prince Markie Dee left the group and went on to produce early tracks for Mariah Carey and Mary J Blige. In 1991, the remaining two members, Kool Rock Ski and Buff Love, carried on as a duo and released Mack Daddy (1991), but broke up not long after that.

On December 10, 1995, Buff Love died of a heart attack in Rosedale, Queens, New York. He was 28 years old and reportedly weighed 450 lbs. Prince Markie Dee was a radio host for WMIB 103.5 FM the Beat in Miami, Florida on its afternoon drive-time show, until the station changed formats in May 2010. Kool Rock-ski resides in New York.

The surviving members of the Fat Boys launched OriginalFatBoys.com its first official homepage on November 5, 2008.