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100 Greatest Songs From 1987

Criteria: Songs listed are from Rock 'n' Roll and related sub-genres. Rankings are based on initial and lasting popularity and on acclaim received from critics and musicians.
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Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release).
Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.
No.
Song
Artist

Sweet Child O' Mine - single cover
With or Without You - single cover
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - single cover
Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard single cover
Bad - Michael Jackson single cover
Welcome To the Jungle - single cover
I Wanna Dance With Somebody - single cover
Faith - single cover
(I've Had) The Time of My Life - single cover
The Way You Make Me Feel - single cover
1
Sweet Child O' Mine
Guns N' Roses
2
With Or Without You
U2
3
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
U2
4
Pour Some Sugar On Me
Def Leppard
5
Bad
Michael Jackson
6
Welcome To The Jungle
Guns N' Roses
7
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
Whitney Houston
8
Faith
George Michael
9
It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
R.E.M.
10
Need You Tonight
INXS
11
(I've Had) The Time of My Life
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
12
Man In the Mirror
Michael Jackson
13
The Way You Make Me Feel
Michael Jackson
14
Love Bites
Def Leppard
15
La Bamba
Los Lobos
16
Where The Streets Have No Name
U2
17
Never Gonna Give You Up
Rick Astley
18
Sign O' The Times
Prince
19
Here I Go Again
Whitesnake
20
Luka
Suzanne Vega
21
Always
Atlantic Starr
22
Mony Mony (live version)
Billy Idol
23
Wishing Well
Terence Trent D'Arby
24
Paradise City
Guns N' Roses
25
The One I Love
R.E.M.
26
Beds Are Burning
Midnight Oil
27
Pump Up The Volume
M/A/R/R/S
28
Smooth Criminal
Michael Jackson
29
New Sensation
INXS
30
I Need Love
LL Cool J
31
Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
Aerosmith
32
Alone
Heart
33
Just Like Heaven
The Cure
34
Bring The Noise
Public Enemy
35
I Know You Got Soul
Eric B. & Rakim
36
Brilliant Disguise
Bruce Springsteen
37
Father Figure
George Michael
38
U Got The Look
Prince & Sheena Easton
39
Is This Love?
Whitesnake
40
Heaven Is A Place On Earth
Belinda Carlisle
41
I Want Your Sex
George Michael
42
Dirty Diana
Michael Jackson
43
It's A Sin
Pet Shop Boys
44
True Faith
New Order
45
Touch Of Grey
Grateful Dead
46
Never Tear Us Apart
INXS
47
Girls, Girls, Girls
Mötley Crüe
48
Devil Inside
INXS
49
Tunnel Of Love
Bruce Springsteen
50
What Have I Done To Deserve This?
Pet Shop Boys
51
Going Back To Cali
LL Cool J
52
Da Butt
E.U.
53
Fairytale Of New York
Pogues
54
I Just Can't Stop Loving You
Michael Jackson with Siedah Garrett
55
I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
Aretha Franklin & George Michael
56
Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
Billy Ocean
57
Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
Starship
58
Together Forever
Rick Astley
59
Always On My Mind
Pet Shop Boys
60
Casanova
LeVert
61
Girlfriend
Pebbles
62
Anything For You
Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
63
Little Lies
Fleetwood Mac
64
I Want Her
Keith Sweat
65
Heart And Soul
T'Pau
66
Big Love
Fleetwood Mac
67
We'll Be Together
Sting
68
Tell It To My Heart
Taylor Dayne
69
So Emotional
Whitney Houston
70
Mercedes Boy
Pebbles
71
Got My Mind Set On You
George Harrison
72
One More Try
George Michael
73
Didn't We Almost Have It All?
Whitney Houston
74
Rock Steady
Whispers
75
Shakedown
Bob Seger
76
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
Prince
77
Hysteria
Def Leppard
78
Rag Doll
Aerosmith
79
Armageddon It
Def Leppard
80
Rocket
Def Leppard
81
Paper In Fire
John Cougar Mellencamp
82
Cherry Bomb
John Cougar Mellencamp
83
Head To Toe
Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam
84
The Promise
When In Rome
85
Animal
Def Leppard
86
On The Turning Away
Pink Floyd
87
Love Removal Machine
Cult
88
I Heard A Rumour
Bananarama
89
Shattered Dreams
Johnny Hates Jazz
90
I Want To Be Your Man
Roger
91
Skeletons
Stevie Wonder
92
Love Overboard
Gladys Knight & The Pips
93
Never Let Me Down Again
Depeche Mode
94
Hourglass
Squeeze
95
Strangelove
Depeche Mode
96
Girlfriend In A Coma
Smiths
97
Paid In Full
Eric B. & Rakim
98
Hazy Shade Of Winter
Bangles
99
Hot Hot Hot
Buster Poindexter & His Banshees of Blue
100
Top Billin'
Audio Two
20 more worth mentioning.
101
Fake
Alexander O'Neal
102
Why Can't I Be You?
The Cure
103
If I Was Your Girlfriend
Prince
104
Lips Like Sugar
Echo & The Bunnymen
105
Birthday
Sugarcubes
106
Bullet The Blue Sky
U2
107
Criticize
Alexander O'Neal
108
Behind The Wheel
Depeche Mode
109
This Corrosion
Sisters Of Mercy
110
Jane Says
Jane's Addiction
111
Learning To Fly
Pink Floyd
112
April Skies
Jesus & Mary Chain
113
Rent
Pet Shop Boys
114
Unchain My Heart
Joe Cocker
115
I Think We're Alone Now
Tiffany
116
When Smokey Sings
ABC
117
Birth, School, Work, Death
Godfathers
118
I'm An Adult Now
Pursuit of Happiness
119
Strings Of Life
Rhythim is Rhythim
120
Acid Tracks
Phuture
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1987
Jeff's Choice - Greatest Single Re-Entry
*
When A Man Loves A Woman
Percy Sledge (#2 UK 2 weeks)
Jeff's Choice - An unheralded great record from 1987
*
Troy
Sinead O'Connor
Lew's Choice:
*
Memphis In The Meantime
John Hiatt
Bruce's Choice:
*
I Couldn't Believe It
David Ruffin & Eddie Kendricks
Brett's Choice:
*
I'll Treat You Right Someday
House Of Freaks
Ryan's Choice:
*
My Favourite Dress
The Wedding Present




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