1987 in music

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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1987.

Events[edit]

January–February[edit]

March–April[edit]

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  • April 23Carole King sues the owner of her record company, Lou Adler, claiming that she is owed more than $400,000 in royalties. King also asks for rights to her old recordings.

May–August[edit]

September–October[edit]

November–December[edit]

Also in 1987[edit]

Bands formed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Bands reformed[edit]

Albums released[edit]

January–March[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
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5 Warehouse: Songs and Stories Hüsker Dü double album
12 The House of Blue Light Deep Purple -
20 Echelons For Against -
The Return of Bruno Bruce Willis Debut
26 Control: The Remixes Janet Jackson Europe; Remix
Yo! Bum Rush the Show Public Enemy -
The First Chapter The Mission Compilation
Gaudi The Alan Parsons Project -
I Hear You Rockin' Dave Edmunds Live
Lone Star State of Mind Nanci Griffith -
Men and Women Simply Red -
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2 Exposure Exposé -
Midnight to Midnight The Psychedelic Furs UK
The Cost of Loving The Style Council UK
13 All in the Name of Love Atlantic Starr -
17 Fighting the World Manowar -
Lee Aaron Lee Aaron -
23 Jody Watley Jody Watley -
The World Won't Listen The Smiths Compilation
Freedom Santana -
Life as We Know It REO Speedwagon -
Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know Dead or Alive -
Midnight to Midnight The Psychedelic Furs -
Ready or Not Lou Gramm -
Up for a Bit with The Pastels The Pastels -
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2 Boi-ngo Oingo Boingo -
Through the Looking Glass Siouxsie and the Banshees -
Trio Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton -
3 Criminal Minded Boogie Down Productions -
9 The Joshua Tree U2 -
Wild Frontier Gary Moore -
17 Deathcrush Mayhem EP
19 Tribute Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads Live 1981
22 Among the Living Anthrax -
24 Into the Fire Bryan Adams -
30 The Circus Erasure UK
Sign "O" the Times Prince double album
Louder Than Bombs The Smiths US, compilation
31 Close to the Bone Thompson Twins -
Big Life Night Ranger -
Breakfast Club Breakfast Club -
Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 1 Helloween -
Locust Abortion Technician Butthole Surfers -
Running in the Family Level 42 -

April – June[edit]

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1 Solitude Standing Suzanne Vega -
2 Incognito Céline Dion -
4 Now That's What I Call Music 9 (UK series) Various Artists Compilation
Whitesnake Whitesnake US
6 Electric The Cult -
Meet Danny Wilson Danny Wilson -
13 Johnny Cash Is Coming to Town Johnny Cash -
Tango in the Night Fleetwood Mac -
F.L.M. Mel and Kim UK & Canada
16 The Perfect Prescription Spacemen 3 -
17 Rock the House DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince -
21 Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers -
23 The Ultra-Violence Death Angel -
27 Never Let Me Down David Bowie -
You Boyz Make Big Noize Slade -
Coming Around Again Carly Simon -
One Voice Barbra Streisand Live
Out & Intake Hawkwind Compilation
Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People
Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)
Happy Mondays -
Tell No Tales TNT -
Uptown The Neville Brothers -
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1 Raintown Deacon Blue debut
5 Pleased to Meet Me The Replacements -
11 Under the Sign of the Black Mark Bathory -
Live in the City of Light Simple Minds Live
It's Better To Travel Swing Out Sister -
15 Girls, Girls, Girls Mötley Crüe -
18 Concrete Blonde Concrete Blonde -
20 Beverly Hills Cop II: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Various Artists Soundtrack
20 Open Sesame (Whodini album) Whodini -
22 Dana Dane with Fame Dana Dane -
25 Scream Bloody Gore Death -
Bad Animals Heart -
26 Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me The Cure -
29 Bring the Family John Hiatt -
Babble That Petrol Emotion -
Chayanne Chayanne -
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1 Let It Loose Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine -
2 Whitney Whitney Houston -
9 Contagious Y&T -
13 Live in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Elton John Live
15 Abigail King Diamond -
Radio K.A.O.S. Roger Waters -
19 Sammy Hagar Sammy Hagar later re-titled I Never Said Goodbye
21 Pride White Lion -
Priest...Live! Judas Priest Live
Keel Keel -
25 Cleanse Fold and Manipulate Skinny Puppy -
22 Clutching at Straws Marillion -
29 Once Bitten... Great White -
Pop Goes the World Men Without Hats -
30 La Bamba soundtrack Los Lobos et al. Soundtrack
Life Neil Young & Crazy Horse -
Bangin' The Outfield -
Classics Live II Aerosmith Live
Female Trouble Nona Hendryx -
1987 (What the Fuck Is Going On?) The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu recalled over copyright violation claim
Sister Sonic Youth -
Sold Boy George -

July – September[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
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6 In the Dark The Grateful Dead -
Echo & the Bunnymen Echo & the Bunnymen -
7 Angel with a Lariat k.d. lang and the Reclines -
Faster Pussycat Faster Pussycat -
Frehley's Comet Ace Frehley -
The Legacy Testament -
Paid in Full Eric B. & Rakim -
Touch Laura Branigan -
10 One Way Home The Hooters -
13 Introducing the Hardline According to... Terence Trent D'Arby UK
15 Soy Como Quiero Ser Luis Miguel -
20 Born to Mack Too Short Debut
21 Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses Debut
Dream Evil Dio -
Sheila E. Sheila E. -
Who's That Girl soundtrack Madonna et al. Soundtrack
22 Bigger and Deffer LL Cool J -
27 In My Tribe 10,000 Maniacs -
Within the Realm of a Dying Sun Dead Can Dance -
Surveillance Triumph -
No Protection Starship -
Recently Joan Baez -
Strange Weather Marianne Faithfull -
Scum Napalm Death -
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3 Hysteria Def Leppard -
7 Hurricane Eyes Loudness Japan
10 Between The Lines Five Star -
13 Love Is for Suckers Twisted Sister -
14 Crushin' Fat Boys -
17 Franks Wild Years Tom Waits -
Substance New Order -
18 Out of the Blue Debbie Gibson -
Permanent Vacation Aerosmith -
21 The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited Metallica Covers EP
Dirty Dancing soundtrack Various Artists Soundtrack
24 The Lonesome Jubilee John Mellencamp -
25 Door to Door The Cars -
27 Sentimental Hygiene Warren Zevon -
28 Feel My Power MC Hammer -
31 Bad Michael Jackson -
Move Somethin' 2 Live Crew -
Diesel and Dust Midnight Oil -
Jane's Addiction Jane's Addiction Live
Psonic Psunspot The Dukes of Stratosphear pseudonym of XTC
White Fields The Escape Club -
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1 Document R.E.M. -
5 Rock You to Hell Grim Reaper Final album
Perfect Timing McAuley Schenker Group -
Rock 'n' Roll Motörhead -
7 Actually Pet Shop Boys -
Islands Mike Oldfield -
The Last One to Know Reba McEntire -
8 Go On... Mr. Mister -
Hold Your Fire Rush -
A Momentary Lapse of Reason Pink Floyd UK
9 Earth, Sun, Moon Love and Rockets -
11 Crest of a Knave Jethro Tull -
Together Again The Temptations -
14 Bridge of Spies T'Pau -
Happy? Public Image Ltd -
Introduce Yourself Faith No More -
Primitive Cool Mick Jagger -
15 All Systems Go Donna Summer -
Halfway to Sanity Ramones -
Tiffany Tiffany -
16 Visual Lies Lizzy Borden -
17 London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 2 Frank Zappa -
18 Crazy Nights Kiss -
21 Piledriver – The Wrestling Album II World Wrestling Federation -
22 Man of Colours Icehouse Australia
The Hunger Michael Bolton -
28 Music for the Masses Depeche Mode -
Strangeways, Here We Come The Smiths -
Big Generator Yes -
Popped In Souled Out Wet Wet Wet UK
Come On Pilgrim Pixies EP
29 The Uplift Mofo Party Plan Red Hot Chili Peppers -
Always Guaranteed Cliff Richard -
Babylon and On Squeeze -
Darklands The Jesus and Mary Chain -
E.S.P. Bee Gees -
Hall of the Mountain King Savatage -
Honor Among Thieves The Brandos -
Just Us Alabama -
Mainstream Lloyd Cole and the Commotions -
The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death Housemartins -
Poetic Champions Compose Van Morrison -
Wild in the Streets Helix -
Wow! Bananarama -

October – December[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
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5 Heaven on Earth Belinda Carlisle -
Raise Your Fist and Yell Alice Cooper -
7 Pleasures of the Flesh Exodus -
9 Tunnel of Love Bruce Springsteen -
12 Perfect Timing McAuley Schenker Group -
13 ...Nothing Like the Sun Sting -
16 Masque Manfred Mann's Earth Band -
19 Kick INXS -
25 Big Tyme Heavy D & The Boyz -
26 Live at Wembley Meat Loaf UK; Live
27 Robbie Robertson Robbie Robertson -
30 Faith George Michael -
Schizophrenia Sepultura -
Exit 0 Steve Earle -
Free as a Bird Supertramp -
Raising Fear Armored Saint EP
Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll Chuck Berry Soundtrack
Surfing With the Alien Joe Satriani -
Touch the World Earth, Wind & Fire -
A Very Special Christmas Various Artists -
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2 Bete Noire Bryan Ferry -
Cloud Nine George Harrison -
All the Best! Paul McCartney Compilation
Don't Let's Start (EP) They Might Be Giants EP
3 Cher Cher -
4 The Lion and the Cobra Sinéad O'Connor -
Rhyme Pays Ice-T -
6 How Ya Like Me Now Kool Moe Dee -
N.W.A. and the Posse N.W.A. Compilation "debut"
Less Than Zero (soundtrack) Various Artists Soundtrack
Characters Stevie Wonder -
7 Secrets of the Beehive David Sylvian -
Calm Before the Storm Venom -
9 Nightfall Candlemass -
Savage Eurythmics UK
13 Floodland The Sisters of Mercy -
16 Whenever You Need Somebody Rick Astley -
The Eternal Idol Black Sabbath -
17 Back for the Attack Dokken -
You Can Dance Madonna Remix
24 Make It Last Forever Keith Sweat -
26 Live...In the Raw W.A.S.P. Live
Canciones de mi padre Linda Ronstadt -
I'm the Man Anthrax EP
Love Aztec Camera -
The Princess Bride Soundtrack Mark Knopfler Soundtrack
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1 Persecution Mania Sodom -
4 Inside Information Foreigner -
5 Now That's What I Call Music 10 (UK series) Various Artists Compilation
14 You're Living All Over Me Dinosaur Jr. -
The Old Masters Box Three Frank Zappa Box Set
One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism Aretha Franklin Gospel
Sinitta! Sinitta UK

Release Date Unknown[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1987.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Los Lobos La Bamba 1987 United States UK 1 – Jul 1987, US BB 1 – Jul 1987, Switzerland 1 – Aug 1987, Italy 1 of 1987, Éire 1 – Jul 1987, New Zealand 1 for 7 weeks Aug 1987, Australia 1 for 7 weeks Apr 1988, Netherlands 2 – Aug 1987, Australia 2 of 1987, Austria 4 – Oct 1987, Norway 4 – Aug 1987, US BB 8 of 1987, POP 8 of 1987, Germany 9 – Aug 1987, US CashBox 11 of 1987, Sweden 12 – Aug 1987, Poland 17 – Sep 1987, South Africa 17 of 1987, Scrobulate 75 of Latin, KROQ 81 of 1987, RYM 116 of 1987, Party 227 of 1999, Acclaimed 2050
2 Rick Astley Never Gonna Give You Up 1987 United Kingdom UK 1 – Aug 1987, US BB 1 – Jan 1988, Netherlands 1 – Sept 1987, France 1 – Aug 1987, Norway 1 – Oct 1987, Germany 1 – Sept 1987, New Zealand 1 for 1 weeks Feb 1988, Australia 1 for 7 weeks Jun 1988, South Africa 1 of 1988, US CashBox 2 of 1988, Switzerland 2 – Sept 1987, Sweden 3 – Sept 1987, Austria 4 – Nov 1987, Australia 5 of 1988, Italy 13 of 1987, US BB 34 of 1988, POP 61 of 1988, Germany 140 of the 1980s, OzNet 765
3 Whitney Houston I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me 1987 United States UK 1 – May 1987, US BB 1 – May 1987, Netherlands 1 – May 1987, Switzerland 1 – May 1987, Norway 1 – May 1987, Germany 1 – May 1987, New Zealand 1 for 4 weeks Jun 1987, Australia 1 for 5 weeks Jan 1988, US CashBox 2 of 1987, Sweden 2 – May 1987, Austria 3 – Jun 1987, Poland 4 – Jun 1987, South Africa 4 of 1987, France 10 – Jun 1987, Italy 10 of 1987, Australia 11 of 1987, POP 22 of 1987, Germany 67 of the 1980s
4 The Pet Shop Boys It's a Sin 1987 United Kingdom Sweden 1 – Oct 1987, Austria 1 – Oct 1987, Switzerland 1 – Nov 1987, Norway 1 – Nov 1987, Poland 1 – Nov 1987, Germany 1 – Dic 1987, Éire 1 – Dic 1987, Netherlands 3 – Dic 1987, France 5 – Jan 1988, US BB 9 – Jan 1988, South Africa 18 of 1987, Italy 21 of 1987, KROQ 27 of 1987, RYM 34 of 1987, Germany 94 of the 1980s, Acclaimed 1308
5 U2 With or Without You 1987 Republic of Ireland US BB 1 – Apr 1987, Poland 1 – Mar 1987, Éire 1 – Apr 1987, Netherlands 2 – Mar 1987, UK 4 – Mar 1987, Sweden 5 – Apr 1987, Europe 5 of the 1980s, RYM 6 of 1987, Germany 7 – Apr 1987, KROQ 9 of 1987, Switzerland 10 – Apr 1987, POP 10 of 1987, US CashBox 12 of 1987, US BB 14 of 1987, Poland 14 of all time, Austria 15 – Jun 1987, Belgium 24 of all time, OzNet 44, TheQ 47, Scrobulate 93 of rock, WXPN 116, Rolling Stone 131, Party 168 of 2007, Acclaimed 309

Significant songs[edit]

Other notable singles(worldwide)[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Country Music Association Awards[edit]

Gary P. Blueyes Walker – CMA Air Personality of the Year / KYKX

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Glenn Gould Prize[edit]

Charts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alice Cooper timeline
  2. ^ Dalida's Official Website, Biography, retrieved December 29, 2009
  3. ^ "Dalida". New York Times. May 5, 1987. Retrieved December 29, 2009.