The Number One Hits Of 1987

December 20, 1986 – January 16, 1987
The Bangles
Walk Like An Egyptian
The Bangles’ lineup includes Susanna Hoffs, Debbi Peterson, Vicki Peterson, and Michael Steele.
The song was inspired by a newspaper article that described people walking similarly to ancient Egyptian paintings due to avoiding potholes on a street.
January 17, 1987 – January 23, 1987
Gregory Abbott
Shake You Down
Gregory Abbott is an American singer, musician, and composer known for his smooth, soulful voice and romantic ballads.
Shake You Down is a sensual, mid-tempo R&B song that showcases Abbott’s vocal range and songwriting skills.
January 24, 1987 – February 6, 1987
Billy Vera and the Beaters
At This Moment
Billy Vera is an American singer, songwriter, and actor, while The Beaters is his backing band.
At This Moment is a heartfelt ballad that gained popularity after being featured on the TV show “Family Ties.”
February 7, 1987 – February 13, 1987
Open Your Heart
Madonna is also an actress and has starred in films such as “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “Evita.”
Open Your Heart is a dance-pop song with a catchy melody and empowering lyrics about love and vulnerability.
February 14, 1987 – March 13, 1987
Bon Jovi
Livin’ On A Prayer
Bon Jovi, an American rock band, was formed in 1983 in New Jersey.
Livin’ On A Prayer tells the story of a working-class couple, Tommy and Gina, struggling to make ends meet and relying on their love and faith to persevere.
March 14, 1987 – March 20, 1987
Huey Lewis and the News
Jacob’s Ladder
Huey Lewis and the News is a San Francisco-based rock band formed in 1979.
Jacob’s Ladder is an uplifting rock song about personal growth and the struggle to reach one’s goals.
March 21, 1987 – April 3, 1987
Club Nouveau
Lean On Me
Club Nouveau is an American R&B group that emerged in the 1980s, blending soul, dance, and pop music.
Their rendition of Lean On Me is a cover of Bill Withers’ classic, adding a contemporary R&B and dance twist to the original.
April 4, 1987 – April 17, 1987
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
Starship is an American rock band, that evolved from the earlier group Jefferson Starship, which evolved from Jefferson Airplane.
Featured in the film “Mannequin,” Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now is a power ballad celebrating the resilience of love against all odds.
April 18, 1987 – May 1, 1987
Aretha Franklin and George Michael
I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)
Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” and George Michael, a British pop icon, joined forces for this powerful duet.
I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me) is an uplifting, gospel-inspired track showcasing both artists’ incredible vocal abilities.
May 2, 1987 – May 15, 1987
Cutting Crew
(I Just) Died in Your Arms
Cutting Crew is a British rock band formed in 1985 by singer and guitarist Nick Van Eede.
(I Just) Died in Your Arms is a powerful, emotive ballad with passionate vocals and a memorable, anthemic chorus.
May 16, 1987 – June 5, 1987
With or Without You
U2 is an Irish rock band formed in 1976, consisting of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr.
With or Without You features a distinctive guitar sound created by The Edge, and its lyrics explore the complexities of love and desire.
June 6, 1987 – June 12, 1987
Kim Wilde
You Keep Me Hangin’ On
Kim Wilde is an English pop singer and songwriter who gained fame in the early 1980s.
You Keep Me Hangin’ On is a synth-pop cover of The Supremes’ 1966 hit, giving the song a modern, upbeat twist.
June 13, 1987 – June 19, 1987
Atlantic Starr
Atlantic Starr is an American R&B band formed in the late 1970s, known for their smooth harmonies and romantic ballads.
Always is a tender love song with a slow, soulful melody that highlights the group’s vocal abilities
June 20, 1987 – June 26, 1987
Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
Head to Toe
The group consisted of lead vocalist Lisa Velez, better known as Lisa Lisa, and musicians Alex “Spanador” Moseley and Mike Hughes, who formed the Cult Jam. The trio was known for their fusion of R&B, pop, and freestyle music.
Head to Toe is an upbeat dance-pop track that blends elements of R&B and freestyle music.
June 27, 1987 – July 10, 1987
Whitney Houston
I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)
Whitney Houston was one of the best-selling artists of all time, known for her powerful voice and wide vocal range.
I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) is an energetic pop song showcasing Houston’s incredible vocals and ability to deliver an infectious, danceable track.
July 11, 1987 – July 31, 1987
Heart is an American rock band led by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson.
Alone is a power ballad with soaring vocals and emotional lyrics about longing for a lost love.
August 1, 1987 – August 7, 1987
Bob Seger
Bob Seger is an American singer, songwriter, and musician known for his rootsy rock sound.
Shakedown is an energetic, rock-infused track featured in the film “Beverly Hills Cop II.”
August 8, 1987 – August 21, 1987
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
The band members met while attending Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin. Initially, they performed under the name “Feedback” before changing it to “The Hype” and finally settling on “U2” in 1978.
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For is a gospel-influenced rock anthem exploring spirituality and the search for meaning.
August 29, 1987 – September 18, 1987
Los Lobos
La Bamba
Los Lobos is an American rock band formed in 1973, known for their fusion of rock, Tex-Mex, country, and traditional Spanish music.
La Bamba is a cover of Ritchie Valens’ 1958 hit and was recorded for the biographical film about Valens’ life
September 19, 1987 – September 25, 1987
Michael Jackson with Siedah Garrett
I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
Siedah Garrett is an American singer and songwriter who has written songs for various artists, including Michael Jackson.
I Just Can’t Stop Loving You is a romantic ballad that features a heartfelt duet between Jackson and Garrett.
September 26, 1987 – October 9, 1987
Whitney Houston
Didn’t We Almost Have It All
Her 1987 album, “Whitney,” made her the first female artist to have an album debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
Didn’t We Almost Have It All is a powerful, emotional ballad about lost love and reminiscing on what could have been.
October 10, 1987 – October 16, 1987
Here I Go Again
Whitesnake is a British rock band formed in 1978 by David Coverdale, former lead singer of Deep Purple.
Here I Go Again is a classic rock anthem that features a memorable guitar riff and powerful vocals.
October 17, 1987 – October 23, 1987
Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
Lost in Emotion
Full Force, a production team that also worked with artists like UTFO and James Brown, discovered them. Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam released their debut album, “Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force,” in 1985, featuring the hit singles I Wonder If I Take You Home, Can You Feel the Beat, and All Cried Out. The group’s success continued with their 1987 album “Spanish Fly,” which included the chart-topping hits Head to Toe and Lost in Emotion.
Lost in Emotion is a catchy, danceable track that features a blend of R&B and freestyle music elements
October 24, 1987 – November 6, 1987
Michael Jackson
In 1987, Michael released “Bad,” another hugely successful album that included hits like The Way You Make Me Feel, Man in the Mirror, and Dirty Diana.
Bad is an aggressive, funk-infused track that showcases Jackson’s distinctive vocal style and innovative songwriting.
November 7, 1987 – November 20, 1987
I Think We’re Alone Now
Tiffany is an American pop singer who became a teen(age) idol in the late 1980s.
I Think We’re Alone Now is a catchy pop cover of the 1967 hit by Tommy James and the Shondells, featuring Tiffany’s youthful, energetic vocals.
November 21, 1987 – November 27, 1987
Billy Idol
Mony Mony
Billy Idol is an English rock musician known for his punk-inspired sound and rebellious image.
Mony Mony is a high-energy, rock-infused cover of Tommy James and the Shondells’ 1968 hit, featuring Idol’s distinctive snarling vocals.
November 28, 1987 – December 4, 1987
Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life
Bill Medley is a member of the Righteous Brothers, while Jennifer Warnes is a singer-songwriter known for her movie soundtrack collaborations.
(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life is a soaring duet featured in the film “Dirty Dancing” and has become an iconic song symbolizing love and celebrating life.
December 5, 1987 – December 11, 1987
Belinda Carlisle
Heaven Is a Place on Earth
Belinda Carlisle is an American singer and former member of the all-female rock band The Go-Gos.
Heaven Is a Place on Earth is an uplifting pop anthem with a catchy, infectious chorus that showcases Carlisle’s powerful vocals.
December 12, 1987 – January 8, 1988
George Michael
George Michael was a British singer, songwriter, and record producer who rose to fame as a member of the duo Wham!
Faith is an upbeat, guitar-driven track that blends pop, rock, and soul elements, showcasing Michael’s versatility.

The Biggest Pop Artists of 1987 include:
Alexander O’Neal, Anita Baker, Atlantic Starr, The Bangles, Billy Ocean, Bob Seger, Bon Jovi, Club Nouveau, Cutting Crew, Europe, Expose, Fleetwood Mac, Freddie Jackson, Genesis, George Michael, Heart, Herb Alpert, Huey Lewis & the News, Janet Jackson, The Jets, Jody Watley, John Cougar Mellencamp, Keith Sweat, Levert, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, LL Cool J, Luther Vandross, Madonna, Miami Sound Machine, Micheal Jackson, Michael McDonald, Mike + the Mechanics, Neal Alexander, Pet Shop Boys, Peter Cetera, Prince, Robbie Nevil, Robert Palmer, Starship, Stephanie Mills, Steve Winwood, Stevie Nicks, Tiffany, U2, Van Halen, The Whispers, Whitesnake, Whitney Houston

(HPS music data is compiled from charts, including Billboard’s Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance, and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)


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