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Hits of 1987

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Another mini music challenge, this time we've got my top ten hits of 1987...

Fight for Your Right - Beastie Boys

My favourite Beastie Boys track, this is just like every kid's rebellion anthem.

Heaven Is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle

This perfect slice of pop from Belinda Carlisle made it to the UK #1 in 1987 and also manages to sum up my entire religious philosophy. (I'm a humanist which is all about doing our best with the life we have.)

Little Lies - Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac are amazing, that's not even up for discussion, and this is one of their best.

Rat in Mi Kitchen - UB40

As a kid I was convinced the lyric was 'I'm gonna feast on rat', turning this chilled reggae hit into a tale of culinary horror...

Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley

Rick Astley scored a #1 hit in 25 countries with this song, some 30 years later became an internet phenomenon. Not bad for a debut single!

I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston

The musical embodiment of late 80s fashion.

Star Trekkin' - The Firm

I'm a sucker for novelty songs and this one has a story worthy of any heartwarming Britcom. Originally limited to a pressing of 500 copies, radio stations began to pick it up and it eventually generated enough buzz to enter the charts at #74. The next week it was #13. It then spent two weeks at #1, pushing Whitney Houston off the top spot. It ended up being the ninth best selling single of the year!

Here I Go Again - Whitesnake

Though it peaked at #9 in the UK charts, this was a #1 hit in both the USA and Canada. The song was originally recorded for Whitesnake's 1982 Saints & Sinners album, but the '87 hit was updated to put the 'power' into 'power ballad'.

Fairytale of New York - The Pogues

This Christmas classic is not without controversy, but I think we can all agree that their 2020 takedown of Laurence Fox was a unifying moment the nation needed.

Respectable - Mel & Kim

Stock/Aitken/Waterman's second UK number one. And so an institution was born!

What was your favourite hit of 1987? Let me know in the comments. :)

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