List of Billboard Hot 100 top 10 singles in 1987

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The Billboard Hot 100 is a record chart that ranks the best-performing singles in the United States. The chart is published by Billboard magazine and issued weekly; chart rankings are based primarily on each single's weekly sales and radio airplay figures.[1] Throughout the long history of the Hot 100, several alterations and additions have been incorporated to the methods by which chart data is obtained and compiled. Until 1991, sales and airplay information was compiled based on reports from record stores and radio playlists.[1] Billboard has since utilized tracking systems such as Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems in compiling the chart.[1][2]

In 1987, one-hundred twenty-three singles reached the top ten of the Hot 100. One-hundred twelve singles reached their peaks within the year, while the remaining eleven reached their peaks in preceding and succeeding years. "Walk Like an Egyptian" by American rock band The Bangles topped the 1987 Billboard year-end chart for the most successful singles of the year.[3] American recording artist Madonna scored four top ten hits in 1987—"Open Your Heart", "La Isla Bonita", "Who's That Girl" and "Causing a Commotion"—the most for any artist in the year. Among the genres that surged in popularity during the year was hard rock, with bands such as Poison, Whitesnake and Bon Jovi experiencing massive commercial success on Billboard charts. All three acts reached the top ten of the Hot 100 in 1987, with the latter two topping the chart with their respective singles "Here I Go Again" and "Livin' on a Prayer".[4] Urban contemporary music also reached a wider audience, with artists such as Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam and Exposé scoring several top ten hits.[4]

Top ten singles[edit]

List of Billboard Hot 100 top ten singles which peaked in 1987
Top ten
entry date[A]
Single Artist Peak Peak date Weeks in
top ten
Ref.(s)
Singles from 1986
December 13 "Notorious" Duran Duran 2 January 10 6
"Shake You Down" Abbott, GregoryGregory Abbott 1 January 17 8
December 20 "C'est La Vie" Nevil, RobbieRobbie Nevil 2 January 17 7
December 27 "Control" Jackson, JanetJanet Jackson 5 January 24 6
Singles from 1987
January 10 "At This Moment" Vera and the Beaters, BillyBilly Vera and the Beaters 1 January 24 6
"Is This Love" Survivor 9 January 17 3
January 17 "Open Your Heart" Madonna 1 February 7 6
"Land of Confusion" Genesis 4 January 31 4
January 24 "Someday" Glass Tiger 7 January 24 3
"Change of Heart" Lauper, CyndiCyndi Lauper 3 February 14 5
"Victory" Kool & the Gang 10 January 24 1
January 31 "Livin' on a Prayer" Bon Jovi 1 February 14 7
"Touch Me (I Want Your Body)" Fox, SamanthaSamantha Fox 4 February 14 4
February 7 "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" Georgia Satellites, TheThe Georgia Satellites 2 February 21 5
"Will You Still Love Me?" Chicago 3 February 21 4
"We're Ready" Boston 9 February 14 2
February 14 "Jacob's Ladder" Lewis and the News, HueyHuey Lewis and the News 1 March 14 6
"Ballerina Girl" Richie, LionelLionel Richie 7 February 21 3
February 21 "You Got It All" Jets, TheThe Jets 3 March 7 4
"Love You Down" Ready for the World 9 February 21 1
February 28 "Somewhere Out There" Ronstadt, LindaLinda Ronstadt and Ingram, JamesJames Ingram 2 March 14 5
"Respect Yourself" Willis, BruceBruce Willis 5 March 7 4
"(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" Beastie Boys 7 March 7 2
"Big Time" Gabriel, PeterPeter Gabriel 8 March 7 4
March 7 "Mandolin Rain" Hornsby and the Range, BruceBruce Hornsby and the Range 4 March 21 5
"Let's Wait Awhile" Jackson, JanetJanet Jackson 2 March 21 5
March 14 "Lean on Me" Club Nouveau 1 March 21 6
"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" Starship 1 April 4 8
March 21 "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" Genesis 3 April 4 4
"Come Go with Me" Exposé 5 April 4 5
March 28 "The Final Countdown" Europe 8 March 28 2
"Don't Dream It's Over" Crowded House 2 April 25 7
"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" Franklin, ArethaAretha Franklin and Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael 1 April 18 7
April 4 "Let's Go!" Wang Chung 9 April 11 2
April 11 "Sign o' the Times" Prince 3 April 25 5
"Midnight Blue" Gramm, LouLou Gramm 5 April 18 3
"The Finer Things" Winwood, SteveSteve Winwood 8 April 18 4
April 18 "Looking for a New Love" Watley, JodyJody Watley 2 May 2 6
"(I Just) Died in Your Arms" Cutting Crew 1 May 2 6
April 25 "La Isla Bonita" Madonna 4 May 2 4
"With or Without You" U2 1 May 16 8
May 2 "Stone Love" Kool & the Gang 10 May 2 1
May 9 "Heat of the Night" Adams, BryanBryan Adams 6 May 16 4
"The Lady in Red" de Burgh, ChrisChris de Burgh 3 May 23 6
"Big Love" Fleetwood Mac 5 May 30 5
May 16 "You Keep Me Hangin' On" Wilde, KimKim Wilde 1 June 6 6
"Talk Dirty to Me" Poison 9 May 16 2
"Always" Atlantic Starr 1 June 13 7
May 30 "Head to Toe" Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam 1 June 20 7
"Right on Track" Breakfast Club, TheThe Breakfast Club 7 May 30 1
"I Know What I Like" Lewis and the News, HueyHuey Lewis and the News 9 May 30 1
"Wanted Dead or Alive" Bon Jovi 7 June 6 5
June 6 "In Too Deep" Genesis 3 June 27 5
"Diamonds" Alpert, HerbHerb Alpert featuring Jackson, JanetJanet Jackson 5 June 20 4
"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston 1 June 27 9
June 13 "Just to See Her" Robinson, SmokeySmokey Robinson 8 July 4 4
June 20 "Alone" Heart 1 July 11 8
"Songbird" G, KennyKenny G 4 July 11 4
June 27 "Shakedown" Seger, BobBob Seger 1 August 1 7
July 4 "Don't Disturb This Groove" System, TheThe System 4 July 18 4
"Point of No Return" Exposé 5 July 18 4
"Funkytown" Pseudo Echo 6 July 18 3
July 11 "Something So Strong" Crowded House 7 July 25 3
"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" U2 1 August 8 7
July 18 "I Want Your Sex" Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael 2 August 8 6
"Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" Estefan and Miami Sound Machine, GloriaGloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine 5 August 1 4
July 25 "Heart and Soul" T'Pau 4 August 8 5
August 1 "Cross My Broken Heart" Jets, TheThe Jets 7 August 1 3
"Luka" Vega, SuzanneSuzanne Vega 3 August 22 5
"Wot's It to Ya" Nevil, RobbieRobbie Nevil 10 August 1 2
August 8 "Who's That Girl" Madonna 1 August 22 6
August 15 "La Bamba" Los Lobos 1 August 29 7
"Don't Mean Nothing" Marx, RichardRichard Marx 3 August 29 4
"Only in My Dreams" Gibson, DebbieDebbie Gibson 4 September 5 5
August 22 "Rock Steady" Whispers, TheThe Whispers 7 August 29 3
"I Just Can't Stop Loving You" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson and Garrett, SiedahSiedah Garrett 1 September 19 6
August 29 "Didn't We Almost Have It All" Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston 1 September 26 7
"It's Not Over ('Til It's Over)" Starship 9 August 29 1
"Can't We Try" Hill, DanDan Hill and Shepard, VondaVonda Shepard 6 September 12 4
September 5 "Here I Go Again" Whitesnake 1 October 10 7
"Doing It All for My Baby" Lewis and the News, HueyHuey Lewis and the News 6 September 19 3
September 12 "When Smokey Sings" ABC 5 September 19 4
"I Heard a Rumour" Bananarama 4 September 26 6
September 19 "Lost in Emotion" Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam 1 October 17 6
"Touch of Grey" Grateful Dead 9 September 26 2
September 26 "Carrie" Europe 3 October 10 5
"U Got the Look" Prince 2 October 17 6
October 3 "Who Will You Run To" Heart 7 October 3 3
"Paper in Fire" Cougar Mellencamp, JohnJohn Cougar Mellencamp 9 October 3 3
"One Heartbeat" Robinson, SmokeySmokey Robinson 10 October 3 1
October 10 "Bad" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson 1 October 24 5
"Casanova" LeVert 5 October 31 4
October 17 "Causing a Commotion" Madonna 2 October 24 5
October 24 "I Think We're Alone Now" Tiffany 1 November 7 6
"Mony Mony" Idol, BillyBilly Idol 1 November 21 6
"Let Me Be the One" Exposé 7 October 31 3
"Little Lies" Fleetwood Mac 4 November 7 5
October 31 "Breakout" Swing Out Sister 6 November 14 4
"Brilliant Disguise" Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen 5 November 21 5
November 7 "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" Medley, BillBill Medley and Warnes, JenniferJennifer Warnes 1 November 28 6
"It's a Sin" Pet Shop Boys 9 November 14 2
November 14 "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" Carlisle, BelindaBelinda Carlisle 1 December 5 6
"Should've Known Better" Marx, RichardRichard Marx 3 December 12 5
November 21 "I've Been in Love Before" Cutting Crew 9 November 21 2
"Faith" Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael 1 December 12 9
November 28 "We'll Be Together" Sting 7 December 5 4
"Shake Your Love" Gibson, DebbieDebbie Gibson 4 December 19 7
December 5 "Is This Love" Whitesnake 2 December 19 7
"The One I Love" R.E.M. 9 December 5 1
"Don't You Want Me" Watley, JodyJody Watley 6 December 19 6
December 19 "Catch Me (I'm Falling)" Pretty Poison 8 December 19 3
"Valerie" Winwood, SteveSteve Winwood 9 December 19 1

1986 peaks[edit]

List of Billboard Hot 100 top ten singles in 1987 which peaked in 1986
Top ten
entry date
Single Artist Peak Peak date Weeks in
top ten
Ref.(s)
November 22 "The Way It Is" Hornsby and the Range, BruceBruce Hornsby and the Range 1 December 13 8
November 29 "Walk Like an Egyptian" Bangles, TheThe Bangles 1 December 20 8
December 6 "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" Wang Chung 2 December 27 7
December 13 "Stand by Me"[B] King, Ben E.Ben E. King 9 December 20 8
December 27 "War" Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 8 December 27 3
"Don't Get Me Wrong" Pretenders, TheThe Pretenders 10 December 27 2

1988 peaks[edit]

List of Billboard Hot 100 top ten singles in 1987 which peaked in 1988
Top ten
entry date
Single Artist Peak Peak date Weeks in
top ten
Ref.(s)
December 5 "So Emotional" Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston 1 January 9 8
December 12 "Got My Mind Set on You" Harrison, GeorgeGeorge Harrison 1 January 16 8
December 26 "The Way You Make Me Feel" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson 1 January 23 6
"Cherry Bomb" Mellencamp, John CougarJohn Cougar Mellencamp 8 January 9 3
"Need You Tonight" INXS 1 January 30 8

Notes[edit]

  • A ^ Four singles—"Notorious", "Shake You Down", "C'est La Vie" and "Control"—entered the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1986, but reached their peaks in 1987. The entry dates for the aforementioned four singles pertain to 1986, while the entry dates for all other singles in the table pertain to 1987.
  • B ^ "Stand by Me" originally entered the top ten on the week of June 5, 1961, peaking at number four the following week and spending four weeks in the tier during its first chart run. The entry date, peak and peak date listed for the song in the above table represent its second chart run, while the week count is an aggregate of both runs.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8th ed.). Billboard Books. pp. 8–9. ISBN 978-0823074990. 
  2. ^ Trust, Gary (November 30, 2011). "Billboard Hot 100 Celebrates 20 Years of Nielsen Data". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Year End Charts – Year-end Singles – The Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on December 1, 2007. Retrieved February 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "The Year In Charts". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media): 4. December 26, 1987. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved February 7, 2013.