1987 in music

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List of years in music (table)

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

Specific locations[edit]

Specific genres[edit]

Events[edit]

January–February[edit]

March–April[edit]

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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1 Best of the West Riders in the Sky -
I'm the Man Anthrax EP
12 The House of Blue Light Deep Purple -
14 Don't Disturb This Groove The System -
19 Warehouse: Songs and Stories Hüsker Dü double album
20 Echelons For Against -
The Return of Bruno Bruce Willis Debut
26 Control: The Remixes Janet Jackson Europe; Remix
? Famous Blue Raincoat Jennifer Warnes Canada
The First Chapter The Mission Compilation
Gaudi The Alan Parsons Project -
I Hear You Rockin Dave Edmunds Live
Up for a Bit with The Pastels The Pastels -
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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
? The Cost of Loving The Style Council UK
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 -
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2 Boi-ngo Oingo Boingo -
Saint Julian Julian Cope -
Exposure Exposé -
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 -
14 Smooth Sailin' The Isley Brothers -
19 Rock the House DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince -
Tribute Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads Live 1981
22 Among the Living Anthrax -
23 Now That's What I Call Music 9 (UK series) Various Artists Compilation
30 The Circus Erasure UK
Into the Fire Bryan Adams -
Louder Than Bombs The Smiths US, compilation
31 Close to the Bone Thompson Twins -
Sign o' the Times Prince double album
? Big Life Night Ranger -
Breakfast Club Breakfast Club -
Come as You Are Peter Wolf -
Locust Abortion Technician Butthole Surfers -
Men and Women Simply Red -
Running in the Family Level 42 -
Taking Over Overkill -

April–June[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
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1 Solitude Standing Suzanne Vega -
2 Incognito Céline Dion -
4 Always & Forever Randy Travis -
6 Electric The Cult -
Meet Danny Wilson Danny Wilson -
7 Whitesnake Whitesnake US
13 F.L.M. Mel and Kim UK & Canada
Johnny Cash Is Coming to Town Johnny Cash -
Tango in the Night Fleetwood Mac -
15 Death Before Dishonour The Exploited -
21 The Legacy Testament -
Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers -
23 Introduce Yourself Faith No More -
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 -
Uptown The Neville Brothers -
Will Power Joe Jackson -
Yo! Bum Rush the Show Public Enemy -
The Young Gods The Young Gods -
M
A
Y
1 Raintown Deacon Blue debut
4 Dawnrazor Fields of the Nephilim debut
5 Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me The Cure double album
11 It's Better to Travel Swing Out Sister -
Live in the City of Light Simple Minds Live
Under the Sign of the Black Mark Bathory -
15 Girls, Girls, Girls Mötley Crüe -
Jane's Addiction Jane's Addiction Live
Richard Marx Richard Marx -
18 Exit 0 Steve Earle -
20 Beverly Hills Cop II Various Artists Soundtrack
Open Sesame Whodini -
21 Sandbox Guided By Voices -
Strength of Steel Anvil -
22 Dana Dane with Fame Dana Dane -
23 Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 1 Helloween -
25 Scream Bloody Gore Death -
29 Bring the Family John Hiatt -
? Chayanne Chayanne -
Greatest Hits Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel Compilation
Living in a Box Living in a Box -
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2 Whitney Whitney Houston -
6 Bad Animals Heart -
9 Join the Army Suicidal Tendencies -
11 Bigger and Deffer LL Cool J -
12 Clutching at Straws Marillion -
15 Radio K.A.O.S. Roger Waters -
21 Keel Keel -
Pride White Lion -
Priest...Live! Judas Priest Live
Wild in the Streets Helix -
23 Bangin' The Outfield -
I Never Said Goodbye Sammy Hagar later re-titled I Never Said Goodbye
25 Cleanse Fold and Manipulate Skinny Puppy -
26 King's Record Shop Rosanne Cash -
29 Pop Goes the World Men Without Hats -
30 La Bamba Los Lobos et al. Soundtrack
? 1987 (What the Fuck Is Going On?) The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu recalled over copyright violation claim
Female Trouble Nona Hendryx -
Let It Loose Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine -
Pleased to Meet Me The Replacements -
Sister Sonic Youth -
Sold Boy George -
Tallulah The Go-Betweens -

July–September[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
J
U
L
Y
1 Scum Napalm Death -
6 Echo & the Bunnymen Echo & the Bunnymen -
In the Dark The Grateful Dead -
Life Neil Young & Crazy Horse -
Live in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Elton John Live
7 Buster Poindexter Buster Poindexter -
Faster Pussycat Faster Pussycat -
Frehley's Comet Ace Frehley -
Paid in Full Eric B. & Rakim -
Touch Laura Branigan -
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 -
Who's That Girl Madonna et al. Soundtrack
27 In My Tribe 10,000 Maniacs -
No Protection Starship -
Surveillance Triumph -
Within the Realm of a Dying Sun Dead Can Dance -
? Missing Links The Monkees compilation
One Way Home The Hooters -
Once Bitten Great White -
The Poison Boyfriend Momus -
Recently Joan Baez -
Sheila E. Sheila E. -
Strange Weather Marianne Faithfull -
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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 -
16 Deathcrush Mayhem EP
17 Franks Wild Years Tom Waits -
18 Out of the Blue Debbie Gibson -
21 The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited Metallica Covers EP
Dirty Dancing Various Artists Soundtrack
24 The Lonesome Jubilee John Mellencamp -
25 Door to Door The Cars -
29 Sentimental Hygiene Warren Zevon -
31 Bad Michael Jackson -
Darklands The Jesus and Mary Chain -
Move Somethin' 2 Live Crew -
Permanent Vacation Aerosmith -
Wonderful Life Black -
? Diesel and Dust Midnight Oil -
Hearsay Alexander O'Neal -
Psonic Psunspot The Dukes of Stratosphear pseudonym of XTC
Substance 1987 New Order -
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1 Document R.E.M. -
5 Contagious Y&T -
Raising Fear Armored Saint -
Rock 'n' Roll Motörhead -
Rock You to Hell Grim Reaper Final album
Triumph and Agony Warlock (final album) -
7 Actually Pet Shop Boys -
Islands Mike Oldfield -
The Last One to Know Reba McEntire -
A Momentary Lapse of Reason Pink Floyd UK
8 Go On... Mr. Mister -
Hold Your Fire Rush -
9 Earth, Sun, Moon Love and Rockets -
10 Songs About Fucking Big Black Final album
11 Crest of a Knave Jethro Tull -
Together Again The Temptations -
14 Always Guaranteed Cliff Richard -
Bridge of Spies T'Pau -
Happy? Public Image Ltd -
Primitive Cool Mick Jagger -
15 All Systems Go Donna Summer -
Halfway to Sanity Ramones -
Tiffany Tiffany -
16 Visual Lies Lizzy Borden -
17 Big Generator Yes -
London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. II Frank Zappa -
18 Crazy Nights Kiss -
21 Piledriver: The Wrestling Album 2 World Wrestling Federation -
22 The Hunger Michael Bolton -
Man of Colours Icehouse Australia
24 Wendy and Lisa Wendy & Lisa -
The Right Night & Barry White Barry White -
28 Come On Pilgrim Pixies EP
Hall of the Mountain King Savatage -
Music for the Masses Depeche Mode -
Popped In Souled Out Wet Wet Wet UK
Raise Your Fist and Yell Alice Cooper -
Strangeways, Here We Come The Smiths -
29 The Uplift Mofo Party Plan Red Hot Chili Peppers -
? Babylon and On Squeeze -
Vital Idol Billy Idol Remix
E.S.P. Bee Gees -
Honor Among Thieves The Brandos -
Just Us Alabama -
The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death Housemartins -
The Perfect Prescription Spacemen 3 -
Poetic Champions Compose Van Morrison -
Wildside Loverboy -
Wow! Bananarama -

October–December[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
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C
T
O
B
E
R
5 Heaven on Earth Belinda Carlisle
7 Pleasures of the Flesh Exodus
9 Tunnel of Love Bruce Springsteen
12 Perfect Timing McAuley Schenker Group
A Very Special Christmas Various Artists Christmas
Alphabet City ABC
George Best The Wedding Present
13 Free as a Bird Supertramp
...Nothing Like the Sun Sting
Touch the World Earth, Wind & Fire
15 Surfing with the Alien Joe Satriani
16 Masque Manfred Mann's Earth Band
19 Kick INXS
21 Abigail King Diamond
26 Live at Wembley Meat Loaf UK; Live
Mainstream Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
27 Robbie Robertson Robbie Robertson
29 Got Any Gum? Joe Walsh
30 Faith George Michael
Schizophrenia Sepultura
? The Christians The Christians
Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll Chuck Berry Soundtrack
Outside Looking In BoDeans
Red The Communards
Unchain My Heart Joe Cocker
Blues for Salvador Carlos Santana
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B
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2 All the Best! Paul McCartney Compilation
Back for the attack Dokken
Bête Noire Bryan Ferry
Cloud Nine George Harrison
Don't Let's Start They Might Be Giants EP
3 How Ya Like Me Now Kool Moe Dee
4 The Lion and the Cobra Sinéad O'Connor
Rhyme Pays Ice-T
6 Characters Stevie Wonder
Less Than Zero Various Artists Soundtrack
N.W.A and the Posse N.W.A Compilation "debut"
7 Calm Before the Storm Venom
Secrets of the Beehive David Sylvian
9 Nightfall Candlemass
Savage Eurythmics UK
10 Cher Cher
13 Floodland The Sisters of Mercy
16 Whenever You Need Somebody Rick Astley
17 You Can Dance Madonna Remix
23 The Eternal Idol Black Sabbath
Now That's What I Call Music 10 (UK series) Various Artists Compilation
24 Canciones de Mi Padre Linda Ronstadt
Make It Last Forever Keith Sweat
27 Live...In the Raw W.A.S.P. Live
? Calenture The Triffids
Love Aztec Camera
The Princess Bride Mark Knopfler Soundtrack
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1 Persecution Mania Sodom
8 Inside Information Foreigner
14 You're Living All Over Me Dinosaur Jr.
? The Initial Command Front Line Assembly
The Old Masters Box 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 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 Madonna Who's That Girl 1987 United States 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]

Jazz[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]

US Top 40 Hits[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Bar-Kays: Bio. Accessed 22 July 2014