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!