My Favorite Songs of 1987

It has come to my attention that the source I was using for song releases almost completely ignored Canadian songs unless they were hits in America. Man, I’d be missing a ton of great songs if I didn’t fix that. Going back to 1980, I added a song or two each year until 1984 when I found several songs to add. And in 1986 I added a dozen! I mean – Boy Inside the Man? Fantastic tune! Anyway, going forward I’m using two sources for the songs and making sure the Canadian stuff gets on these lists. It was late 80s and into the 90s that Canadian rock really hit it’s stride.

Looking at the songs from 1987, I’m starting to think that the 80s weren’t so bad. Some of the best slow songs in history were released this year, and we also had Guns N’Roses Appetite For Destruction and Def Leppard’s Hysteria albums.

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because I know better than anybody that on some days, some songs kick more ass than other songs. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow, if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment and I start singing along. You understand. So I group them instead of presenting a hard-and-fast order:

Pretty Good
Not Bad
…with inter-group splitting.


Awesome – 1 Here I Go Again  Whitesnake
Awesome – 1 Love Bites  Def Leppard
Awesome – 1 Paradise City  Guns N’ Roses
Awesome – 1 Pour Some Sugar On Me  Def Leppard
Awesome – 1 Sweet Child O’ Mine  Guns N’ Roses
Awesome – 1 With Or Without You  U2
Awesome – 7 Slow and Low Beastie Boys
Awesome – 7 Alone  Heart
Awesome – 7 Angel  Aerosmith
Awesome – 7 Brilliant Disguise  Bruce Springsteen
Awesome – 7 Father Figure  George Michael
Awesome – 7 Hysteria  Def Leppard
Awesome – 7 Need You Tonight  INXS
Awesome – 7 Push It  Salt N Pepa
Awesome – 7 Rag Doll  Aerosmith
Awesome – 7 The Way You Make Me Feel  Michael Jackson
Awesome – 7 Touch Of Grey  Grateful Dead
Awesome – 7 Wild Flower  The Cult
Awesome – 7 Last American Exit The Tragically Hip
Awesome – 7 One Gun 54-40
Great – 21 Fishin’ in the Dark Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Great – 21 Lil’ Devil The Cult
Great – 21 Highway Girl The Tragically Hip
Great – 21 Pop Goes the World Men Without Hats
Great – 21 Try Blue Rodeo
Great – 21 Together (the new wedding song) Joey Gregorash
Great – 21 Animal  Def Leppard
Great – 21 Bad  Michael Jackson
Great – 21 Dirty Diana  Michael Jackson
Great – 21 I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For  U2
Great – 21 Paper in Fire  John Mellencamp
Great – 21 Welcome To The Jungle  Guns N’ Roses
Great – 21 Seven Wonders  Fleetwood Mac
Great – 21 Bamboleo Gipsy Kings
Great – 35 Small Town Bringdown The Tragically Hip
Great – 35 Last of the Red Hot Fools The Jitters
Great – 35 A Hazy Shade of Winter  Bangles
Great – 35 Always  Atlantic Starr
Great – 35 Armageddon It  Def Leppard
Great – 35 Dude (Looks Like A Lady)  Aerosmith
Great – 35 Everywhere  Fleetwood Mac
Great – 35 Fairytale of New York  The Pogues
Great – 35 Faith  George Michael
Great – 35 Love Removal Machine  The Cult
Great – 35 The One I Love  R.E.M.
Great – 35 What Have I Done To Deserve This?  Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield
Pretty Good – 47 Killing Time The Tragically Hip
Pretty Good – 47 Just One Night Triumph
Pretty Good – 47 Dirty Water Rock & Hyde
Pretty Good – 47 Kiss Him Goodbye The Nylons
Pretty Good – 47 Can’t Help Falling in Love Corey Hart
Pretty Good – 47 Boyzn the Hood  N.W.A
Pretty Good – 47 Bring The Noise  Public Enemy
Pretty Good – 47 It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)  R.E.M.
Pretty Good – 47 La Bamba  Los Lobos
Pretty Good – 47 La Isla Bonita  Madonna
Pretty Good – 47 Little Lies  Fleetwood Mac
Pretty Good – 47 Man In The Mirror  Michael Jackson
Pretty Good – 47 Mandinka  Sinéad O’Connor
Pretty Good – 47 Rocket  Def Leppard
Pretty Good – 47 U Got the Look  Prince
Pretty Good – 47 Sweetest Thing  U2
Pretty Good – 47 Tom’s Diner  Suzanne Vega
Pretty Good – 64 The New Style Beastie Boys
Pretty Good – 64 Easy to Tame Kim Mitchell
Pretty Good – 64 Ordinary People The Box
Pretty Good – 64 Bad Boys  Inner Circle
Pretty Good – 64 Going Back to Cali  LL Cool J
Pretty Good – 64 Heat Of The Night  Bryan Adams
Pretty Good – 64 I Just Can’t Stop Loving You  Michael Jackson
Pretty Good – 64 I Want Your Sex  George Michael
Pretty Good – 64 Luka  Suzanne Vega
Pretty Good – 64 Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now  Starship
Pretty Good – 64 Sign Your Name  Terence Trent D’Arby
Pretty Good – 64 Smooth Criminal  Michael Jackson
Pretty Good – 64 Another Part Of Me  Michael Jackson
Pretty Good – 64 Big Love  Fleetwood Mac
Pretty Good – 64 Circle In The Sand  Belinda Carlisle
Pretty Good – 64 (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life  Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
Pretty Good – 64 Heaven Is A Place On Earth  Belinda Carlisle
Pretty Good – 64 Time Stand Still  Rush
Pretty Good – 64 Wishing Well  Terence Trent D’Arby
Not Bad – 83 Peace Dog The Cult
Not Bad – 83 Evelyn The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 83 I Will Be There Glass Tiger
Not Bad – 83 Contact Platinum Blonde
Not Bad – 83 Teenland Northern Pikes
Not Bad – 83 Got My Mind Set On You  George Harrison
Not Bad – 83 Heart and Soul  T’Pau
Not Bad – 83 I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)  Aretha Franklin and George Michael
Not Bad – 83 Is This Love?  Whitesnake
Not Bad – 83 Meet Me Half Way  Kenny Loggins
Not Bad – 83 Paid In Full  Eric B. & Rakim
Not Bad – 83 Where The Streets Have No Name  U2
Not Bad – 83 She’s Crafty Beastie Boys
Not Bad – 96 One Day In Your Life 54-40
Not Bad – 96 Closer Together The Box
Not Bad – 96 You’re What I Look For Glass Tiger
Not Bad – 96 Wild Horses Gino Vannelli
Not Bad – 96 123  Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
Not Bad – 96 Can’t We Try  Dan Hill
Not Bad – 96 Could’ve Been  Tiffany
Not Bad – 96 Don’t Shed a Tear  Paul Carrack
Not Bad – 96 Electric Blue  Icehouse
Not Bad – 96 Hot Hot Hot  Buster Poindexter
Not Bad – 96 Hourglass  Squeeze
Not Bad – 96 Hungry Eyes  Eric Carmen
Not Bad – 96 I Think We’re Alone Now  Tiffany
Not Bad – 96 I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)  Whitney Houston
Not Bad – 96 In God’s Country  U2
Not Bad – 96 It’s A Sin  Pet Shop Boys
Not Bad – 96 Jammin’ Me  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Not Bad – 96 Just Like Heaven  The Cure
Not Bad – 96 Learning To Fly  Pink Floyd
Not Bad – 96 Lessons In Love  Level 42
Not Bad – 96 Looking For A New Love  Jody Watley
Not Bad – 96 Midnight Blue  Lou Gramm
Not Bad – 96 Monkey  George Michael
Not Bad – 96 Moonlight Desires  Gowan
Not Bad – 96 Never Gonna Give You Up  Rick Astley
Not Bad – 96 Pump Up The Volume  M/A/R/R/S
Not Bad – 96 She’s Like The Wind  Patrick Swayze
Not Bad – 96 Together Forever  Rick Astley
Not Bad – 96 Who’s That Girl  Madonna
Not Bad – 96 On The Turning Away  Pink Floyd
Not Bad – 96 One More Try  George Michael
Not Bad – 96 Rebel Without A Pause  Public Enemy
Not Bad – 96 Shattered Dreams  Johnny Hates Jazz
Not Bad – 96 Sign O’ the Times  Prince
Not Bad – 96 Somewhere Down The Crazy River  Robbie Robertson
Not Bad – 96 True Faith  New Order
Not Bad – 96 Tunnel of Love  Bruce Springsteen
Not Bad – 96 When The Children Cry  White Lion
Not Bad – 96 I’m an Adult Now Pursuit of Happiness


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