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VH1 Top 40 of 1987
« on: September 19, 2017, 09:39:47 AM »
An actual VH1 list from 1987 when it was MTV's more adult contemporary counterpart

Like that "Only In My Dreams" was ranked  8), which oddly enough MTV also left out Expose, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, Jody Watley, the Aretha Franklin/George Michael duet, Janet Jackson "Let's Wait Awhile", and the #1 video of this list.  :o

George Michael "Faith" would be ranked #48 on MTV's Top 100 of 1988


 Though also odd that Madonna and Michael Jackson were left out on VH1's list, though Jackson had more hit singles in 1988 since "Bad" was released in late 1987. Also several older/pre 1980's artists  from MTV's List weren't on this such as Heart, Steve Winwood (he was in Spencer Davis Group in the '60's), Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, Greatful Dead and then current artists such as Sting, Belinda Carlisle, and Richard Marx (latter mentioned as one of the new artists on VH1 special) wouldn't be out of place on the countdown.


VH1 Top 40 of 1987
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40. Herb Albert "Diamonds"
39. Expose "Let Me Be The One"
38. The Whispers "Rock Steady"
37. George Michael "Faith"
36. Debbie Gibson "Only In My Dreams"
35. Dan Wilson "Mary's Prayer"
34. Kim Wilde "You Keep Me Hangin' On"
33. Whitney Houston "So Emotional"
32. Benjamin Orr "Stay the Night"
31. Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam "Head to Toe"
30. T'Pau "Heart & Soul"
29. Elton John "Candle In The Wind"
28. Club Nouveau "Lean On Me"
27. Michael Bolton "That's What Love is All About"
26. Jody Watley "Looking For a New Love"
25. Bruce Hornsby and The Range "Every Little Kiss"
24. Cutting Crew "I've Been In Love Before"
23. George Harrison "I Got My Mind Set On You"
22. The System "Don't Disturb This Groove"
21. Bruce Willis "Respect Yourself"
20. Whitney Houston "Didn't We Almost Have It All"
19. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam "Lost In Emotion"
18. Janet Jackson "Let's Wait Awhile"
17. ABC "When Smokey Sings"
16. Chris DeBurgh "The Lady in Red"
15. Aretha Franklin and George Michael "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)"
14. Dan Hill and Vonda Sheppard "Can't We Try"
13. Starship "Nothing's Gonna Stop Up Now"
12. Billy Vera and The Beaters "At This Moment"*
11. Smokey Robinson "Just to See Her"
10. Suzanne Vega "Luka"
9. Whitney Houston "I Want to Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" 
8. Bruce Hornsby and the Range "Mandolin Rain"
7. Swingout Sister "Breakout"
6. Atlantic Starr "Always"
5  Los Lobos "La Bamba"
4. Kenny G "Songbird"
3. Smokey Robinson "One Heartbeat"
2. Kenny Loggins "Meet Me Half Way"
1. Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"


* Apparently there is a music video for "At This Moment" or it could be an random tv performance used for one like Sugarhill Gang "Rapper's Delight", which was taken from a local dance show "The Soap Factory" or the live songs taken from concert specials such as Elton John "Candle in the Wind" or U2 "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
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Re: VH1 Top 40 Year-end Countdown: 1987
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2017, 10:19:22 AM »

MTV's year-end countdown for 1987 and some of the songs also included on VH1's list

Some footage of the countdown with VJ commentary, commercials, and "Countdown to '88"


MTV Top 100: 1987

100. Psychedelic Furs - Heartbreak Beat
99. Bangles - Hazy Shade of Winter
98. Run DMC - It's Tricky
97. Breakfast Club - Right On Track
96. Robbie Nevil - Wot's It To Ya
95. The Outfield - Since You've Been Gone
94. Bryan Adams - Victim of Love
93. Def Leppard - Animal
92. Squeeze - Hourglass
91. Bruce Hornsby and Range - Every Little Kiss #25
90. Cinderella - Somebody Save Me
89. INXS - Need You Tonight/Mediate
88. Whitney Houston - So Emotional #33
87. The Cars - You Are the Girl
86. Sammy Hagar - Give to Live
85. Steve Winwood - Valerie
84. Eddie Money - Endless Night
83. Ratt - Dance
82. George Harrison - I Got My Mind Set on You #23
81. David Bowie - Day In, Day Out
80. Glass Tiger - Someday
79. Cutting Crew - I've Been In Love Before #24
78. Billy Idol - To Be A Lover
77. Bangles - Walking Down Your Street
76. Poison - I Won't Forget You
75. Robbie Nevil - C'est La Vie
74. Duran Duran - Notorious
73. Fat Boys featuring the Beach Boys - Wipeout
72. Europe - The Final Countdown
71. Bruce Springsteen - Brilliant Disguise
70. T'Pau - Heart and Soul #30
69. Starship - It's Not Over ('Til It's Over)
68. Cyndi Lauper - Change of Heart
67. Cinderella - Nobody's Fool
66. Lou Gramm - Midnight Blue
65. Kenny Loggins - Meet Me Halfway #2
64. Motley Crue - Girls, Girls, Girls
63. Steve Winwood - Back In The High Life Again
62. Huey Lewis And The News - Doing It All For My Baby
61. Prince - U Got the Look
60. Pink Floyd - Learning To Fly
59. Richard Marx - Don't Mean Nothin'
58. Bryan Adams - Hearts on Fire
57. Genesis - In Too Deep
56. Eric Clapton - It's In The Way That You Use It
55. Madonna - La Isla Bonita
54. REO Speedwagon - In My Dreams
53. Sting - We'll Be Together
52. Yes - Love Will Find A Way
51. Bruce Hornsby And The Range - Mandolin Rain #8
50. Beastie Boys - Fight For Your Right (To Party)
49. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Jammin' Me
48. Aerosmith -  Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
47. Fleetwood Mac - Big Love
46. Europe - Rock the Night
45. Huey Lewis And The News - Jacob's Ladder
44. Janet Jackson - Pleasure Principle
43. Richard Marx - Should've Known Better
42. Poison - Talk Dirty To Me
41. Sammy Hagar - Winner Takes It All
40. Bananarama - I Heard A Rumour
39. Michael Jackson - Bad
38. Loverboy - Notorious
37. Van Halen - Best of Both Worlds
36. Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over
35. Whitesnake - Is This Love
34. Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hanging On #34
33. John Cougar Mellencamp - Paper In Fire
32. Heart - Who Will You Run To
31. U2 - Where the Streets Have No Name
30. REM - The One I Love
29. Grateful Dead - Touch of Grey
28. Europe - Carrie
27. George Michael - I Want Your Sex
26. Fleetwood Mac - Little Lies
25. Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is A Place On Earth
24. Whitesnake - Still Of The Night
23. Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al
22. Suzanne Vega - Luka  #10
21. Georgia Satellites - Keep Your Hands To Yourself
20. Madonna - Who's That Girl
19. Steve Winwood - The Finer Things
18. Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now #13
17. Cutting Crew - I Just Died In Your Arms
16. Bob Seger - Shakedown
15. Crowded House - Something So Strong
14. Genesis - Tonight, Tonight, Tonight
13. Billy Idol - Mony, Mony
12. Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody #9
11. Los Lobos - La Bamba  #5
10. Bryan Adams - Heat of the Night
9. U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
8. Madonna - Open Your Heart
7. Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead or Alive
6. Heart - Alone
5. Whitesnake - Here I Go Again
4. Peter Gabriel - Big Time
3. Genesis - Land of Confusion
2. Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer
1. U2 - With Or Without You

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Re: VH1 Top 40 of 1987
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2017, 08:27:13 AM »
Billboard #1 Adult Contemporary Hits of 1987


22 songs have charted #1 on the AC chart with half  was ranked on VH1's list and 10 on MTV's list.

Have forgotten that The Jet's "You Got It All" was a hit that year, which was omitted on both lists. I know the single was released in 1986.

There wasn't a video for Michael Jackson's "I Just Can't Stop Loving You".

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Re: VH1 Top 40 of 1987
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2017, 03:40:56 AM »
"Only In My Dreams" was sort of the anthem song of the summer of 1987.  Both VH-1 and MTV played the song in somewhat heavy rotation so it's kind of odd that it would be left out of VH-1's top 10 and not even on MTV's list. 

The Jets also had a big song late in 1987 called "Make it Real" that sort of ended up being their last hit.

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Re: VH1 Top 40 of 1987
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2017, 12:35:49 PM »
"Make It Real" was #4 in the same week as "Foolish Beat" charting #1 on June 25, 1988


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Re: VH1 Top 40 of 1987
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2017, 03:45:46 AM »
The thing about "Make it Real" is that the videos that have been uploaded to Youtube aren't the version that both MTV and VH-1 played.  Why and how that is I don't know.

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Re: VH1 Top 40 of 1987
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2017, 06:52:03 AM »
There's many popular music videos that haven't been uploaded, ie Lita Ford "Kiss Me Deadly", which there's several live performances and audio, The Buggles "Video Killed the Radio Star" with only a stretched video with subtitles is still uploaded,or have alternate versions on their Vevo channel such as live versions.

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Re: VH1 Top 40 of 1987
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2017, 03:57:33 AM »
It's been so long since I've seen the video for "Kiss Me Deadly" that I can't clearly remember it.  I really liked and still like that song.  It was a big song during that infamously hot summer of 1988.  I've never seen a summer that hot or that dry in my life.  It was the stuff of urban legend.  I've kind of seen Lita Ford as Deb's Metal counterpart.

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Re: VH1 Top 40 of 1987
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2017, 11:17:27 AM »
The "Kiss Me Deadly" video featured Lita rocking out in an empty building and around blocks of ice.  8)

Her videos from 1988 to 1992 with concert footage was released on DVD, simply titled "Lita Ford the Complete Video Collection" (despite it doesn't include her earlier videos from Mercury Records such as  "Gotta Let Go") over a decade ago, but is long out of print.









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Re: VH1 Top 40 of 1987
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2018, 07:31:30 AM »
NBC "Friday Night Videos" Top 10 Videos of 1987
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10. "The Way You Make Me Feel" Michael Jackson
9. "With Or Without You" U2
8. "U Got the Look" Prince
7. "Livin' On A Prayer" Bon Jovi
6. "Faith" George Michael
5. "I Want To Dance With Somebody" Whitney Houston
4. "Open Your Heart" Madonna
3. "Land of Confusion" Genesis
2. "The Pleasure Principle" Janet Jackson
1. "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)" Beastie Boys

#10 was more of a hit in early 1988 since it was released towards the end of the year.

"Fight For Your Right" is a classic video, though an ironic song considering it was intended as a parody of party anthems

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Re: VH1 Top 40 of 1987
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2018, 05:57:14 AM »
Two things that grab me there.  The first was that "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" was really U2's biggest song that year and second was that "Only In My Dreams" was really THE anthem song of that summer.  I find it hard to believe that they didn't even consider it.