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1987 in music

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Bands formed

Bands Disbanded

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Albums released

January

Day Album Artist Notes
12 The House of Blue Light Deep Purple -
20 The Return of Bruno Bruce Willis Debut
26 Control: The Remixes Janet Jackson Europe; Remix
? Warehouse: Songs and Stories Hüsker Dü double album
Famous Blue Raincoat Jennifer Warnes Leonard Cohen covers LP

February

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Exposure Exposé -
Midnight to Midnight The Psychedelic Furs UK
The Cost of Loving The Style Council UK
17 Lee Aaron Lee Aaron -
23 The World Won't Listen The Smiths Compilation
? Ready or Not Lou Gramm -
Up for a Bit with The Pastels The Pastels -

March

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Trio Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton -
3 Criminal Minded Boogie Down Productions -
9 Wild Frontier Gary Moore -
Men and Women Simply Red -
The Joshua Tree U2 -
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
? Locust Abortion Technician Butthole Surfers -
Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 1 Helloween -
Running in the Family Level 42 -

April

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Solitude Standing Suzanne Vega -
4 Whitesnake Whitesnake US
Now That's What I Call Music 9 (UK series) Various Artists Compilation
6 Electric The Cult -
13 Johnny Cash Is Coming to Town Johnny Cash -
Tango in the Night Fleetwood Mac -
F.L.M. Mel and Kim UK
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 -
? Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People
Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)
Happy Mondays -
Out & Intake Hawkwind Compilation
Yo! Bum Rush the Show Public Enemy -
Tell No Tales TNT -

May

Day Album Artist Notes
5 Frehley's Comet Ace Frehley -
Pleased to Meet Me The Replacements -
11 Under the Sign of the Black Mark Bathory -
It's Better To Travel Swing Out Sister -
15 Girls, Girls, Girls Mötley Crüe -
20 Beverly Hills Cop II: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Various Artists Soundtrack
25 Scream Bloody Gore Death -
Bad Animals Heart -
26 Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me The Cure -
? Live in the City of Light Simple Minds Live

June

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Let it Loose Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine -
6 Bad Animals Heart -
9 Contagious Y&T -
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 -
25 Cleanse Fold and Manipulate Skinny Puppy -
22 Clutching at Straws Marillion -
29 Once Bitten... Great White -
30 La Bamba soundtrack Los Lobos et al. Soundtrack
Life Neil Young & Crazy Horse -
? Classics Live II Aerosmith Live
Sold Boy George -
Whitney Whitney Houston -
Priest...Live! Judas Priest Live
1987 (What the Fuck Is Going On?) The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu recalled over copyright violation claim
Keel Keel -
Bigger and Deffer LL Cool J -
Sister Sonic Youth -

July

Day Album Artist Notes
6 In the Dark The Grateful Dead -
Echo & the Bunnymen Echo & the Bunnymen -
7 Touch Laura Branigan -
Paid in Full Eric B. & Rakim -
Faster Pussycat Faster Pussycat -
Frehley's Comet Ace Frehley -
The Legacy Testament -
10 One Way Home The Hooters -
13 Introducing the Hardline According to... Terence Trent D'Arby UK
21 Dream Evil Dio -
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses -
Who's That Girl soundtrack Madonna et al. Soundtrack
27 In My Tribe 10,000 Maniacs -
Within the Realm of a Dying Sun Dead Can Dance -
? Recently Joan Baez -
You're Living All Over Me Dinosaur Jr. -
Rhyme Pays Ice T -
Strange Weather Marianne Faithfull -
Scum Napalm Death -

August

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Hysteria Def Leppard -
7 Hurricane Eyes Loudness Japan
17 Substance New Order -
18 Out of the Blue Debbie Gibson -
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 Permanent Vacation Aerosmith -
31 Bad Michael Jackson -
? White Fields The Escape Club -
Jane's Addiction Jane's Addiction Live
Diesel and Dust Midnight Oil -

September

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Go On... Mr. Mister -
Document R.E.M. -
5 Rock 'n' Roll Motörhead -
7 Actually Pet Shop Boys -
Islands Mike Oldfield -
8 A Momentary Lapse of Reason Pink Floyd UK
Hold Your Fire Rush -
9 Earth, Sun, Moon Love and Rockets -
11 Crest of a Knave Jethro Tull -
Together Again The Temptations -
14 Introduce Yourself Faith No More -
Primitive Cool Mick Jagger -
15 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
28 Music for the Masses Depeche Mode -
Strangeways, Here We Come The Smiths -
Big Generator Yes -
29 The Uplift Mofo Party Plan Red Hot Chili Peppers -
? Wow! Bananarama -
The Hunger Michael Bolton -
Between The Lines Five Star -
Wild in the Streets Helix -
Darklands The Jesus and Mary Chain -
Poetic Champions Compose Van Morrison -
Hall of the Mountain King Savatage -
All Systems Go Donna Summer -
Popped In Souled Out Wet Wet Wet UK

October

Day Album Artist Notes
5 Heaven on Earth Belinda Carlisle -
Raise Your Fist and Yell Alice Cooper -
Introducing the Hardline According to... Terence Trent D'Arby US
7 Pleasures of the Flesh Exodus -
9 Tunnel of Love Bruce Springsteen -
13 ...Nothing Like the Sun Sting -
19 Kick INXS -
26 Live at Wembley Meat Loaf UK; Live
30 Faith George Michael -
Schizophrenia Sepultura -
? Raising Fear Armored Saint EP
Perfect Timing McAuley Schenker Group -
Pop Goes the World Men Without Hats -
Come on Pilgrim Pixies EP
Surfing With the Alien Joe Satriani -
A Very Special Christmas Various Artists -

November

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Cloud Nine George Harrison -
All the Best! Paul McCartney Greatest Hits
Don't Let's Start (EP) They Might Be Giants EP
3 Cher Cher -
4 The Lion and the Cobra Sinéad O'Connor -
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
? I'm the Man Anthrax EP
The Princess Bride Soundtrack Mark Knopfler Soundtrack
Surveillance Triumph -

December

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Persecution Mania Sodom -
4 Inside Information Foreigner -
5 Now That's What I Call Music 10 (UK series) Various Artists Compilation
? Sinitta! Sinitta UK
The Old Masters Box Three Frank Zappa Box Set

Release Date Unknown

Biggest hit singles

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 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, Holland 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 UK 1 - Aug 1987, US BB 1 - Jan 1988, Holland 1 - Sep 1987, France 1 - Aug 1987, Norway 1 - Oct 1987, Germany 1 - Sep 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 - Sep 1987, Sweden 3 - Sep 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 UK 1 - May 1987, US BB 1 - May 1987, Holland 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 UK 1 - Jun 1987, Sweden 1 - Aug 1987, Austria 1 - Aug 1987, Switzerland 1 - Jul 1987, Norway 1 - Jul 1987, Poland 1 - Jul 1987, Germany 1 - Jul 1987, Éire 1 - Jul 1987, Holland 3 - Jul 1987, France 5 - Jun 1987, US BB 9 - Sep 1987, 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 US BB 1 - Apr 1987, Poland 1 - Mar 1987, Éire 1 - Apr 1987, Holland 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

Top hits on record

Other Singles

Published popular music

  • "Last midnight"     w.m. Stephen Sondheim
  • "Children Will Listen"     w.m. Stephen Sondheim
  • "The Time Of My Life"     w.m. Franke Previte, Donald Markowitz & John DeNicola

Classical music

Opera

Musical theater

Most Critically Acclaimed Songs of 1987

This info is taken from Acclaimed Music.

Songs

Births

Deaths

Awards

Grammy Awards

Country Music Association Awards

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

Eurovision Song Contest

Charts

List of No. 1 Hits

References

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