100 Greatest Albums of 1987

Criteria: These 1987 albums were chosen for their initial and lasting popularity and their influence and impact on rock music in general. Also considered is critical acclaim. The list includes rock and roll and related genres that were influential on rock music.

Note: Yearly album lists go by earliest 'release date'. Not necessarily the year an album peaked in the U.S. charts.

  1. The Joshua Tree - U2
  2. Appetite For Destruction - Guns N' Roses
  3. Sign O' The Times - Prince
  4. Paid In Full - Eric B. & Rakim
  5. Bad - Michael Jackson
  6. Hysteria - Def Leppard
  7. Faith - George Michael
  8. Document - R.E.M.
  9. Kick - INXS
10. Criminal Minded - Boogie Down Productions
11. Sister - Sonic Youth
12. Whitney - Whitney Houston
13. Yo! Bum Rush The Show - Public Enemy
14. Permanent Vacation - Aerosmith
15. Tunnel Of Love - Bruce Springsteen
16. Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me - The Cure
17. Diesel And Dust - Midnight Oil
18. Strangeways, Here We Come - The Smiths
19. Bring The Family - John Hiatt
20. Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'Arby - Terence Trent D'Arby
21. You're Living All Over Me - Dinosaur Jr.
22. Whitesnake/1987 - Whitesnake
23. Richard Marx - Richard Marx
24. Bigger And Deffer - LL Cool J
25. A Momentary Lapse Of Reason - Pink Floyd
26. Jody Watley - Jody Watley
27. Tango In The Night - Fleetwood Mac
28. Cloud Nine - George Harrison
29. Exposure - Exposé
30. Roll With It - Steve Winwood
31. Let It Loose - Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
32. Make It Last Forever - Keith Sweat
33. Surfing With The Alien - Joe Satriani
34. In The Dark - Grateful Dead
35. Bad Animals - Heart
36. Solitude Standing - Suzanne Vega
37. Cher - Cher
38. Out Of The Blue - Debbie Gibson
39. A Very Special Christmas - Various Artists
40. Girls, Girls, Girls - Mötley Crüe
41. How Ya Like Me Now - Kool Moe Dee
42. The Lonesome Jubilee - John Cougar Mellencamp
43. Tribute - Ozzy Osbourne & Randy Rhodes
44. ...Nothing Like The Sun - Sting
45. Floodland - Sisters Of Mercy
46. Whenever You Need Somebody - Rick Astley
47. Back For The Attack - Dokken
48. Robbie Robertson - Robbie Robertson
49. Music For The Masses - Depeche Mode
50. Rhyme Pays - Ice-T
51. Actually - Pet Shop Boys
52. In My Tribe - 10,000 Maniacs
53. La Bamba - Los Lobos and various artists
54. Tiffany - Tiffany
55. Pleased To Meet Me - The Replacements
56. Electric - The Cult
57. Heaven On Earth - Belinda Carlisle
58. The Uplift Mofo Party Plan - Red Hot Chili Peppers
59. Pride - White Lion
60. Spanish Fly - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
61. Crushin' - The Fat Boys
62. The Lion And The Cobra - Sinéad O'Connor
63. One Heartbeat - Smokey Robinson
64. The Hunger - Michael Bolton
65. Living Large - Heavy D & The Boyz
66. Just Gets Better With Time - The Whispers
67. Among The Living - Anthrax
68. If I Were Your Woman - Stephanie Mills
69. Songs About Fucking - Big Black
70. Under The Sign Of The Black Mark - Bathory
71. All In The Name Of Love - Atlantic Starr
72. Abigail - King Diamond
73. Babylon & On - Squeeze
74. Scream Bloody Gore - Death
75. Locust Abortion Technician - The Butthole Surfers
76. Warehouse: Songs And Stories - Hüsker Dü
77. Hearsay - Alexander O'Neal
78. Coming Around Again - Carly Simon
79. Echo & The Bunnymen - Echo & The Bunnymen
80. Saturday Night! The Album - Schoolly D
81. Never Let Me Down - David Bowie
82. Running In The Family - Level 42
83. Pebbles - Pebbles
84. Franks Wild Years - Tom Waits
85. Rhythm Killers - Sly & Robbie
86. It's Better To Travel - Swing Out Sister
87. Rock The House - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
88. Into The Fire - Bryan Adams
89. Darklands - The Jesus And Mary Chain
90. Move Somethin' - 2 Live Crew
91. Children Of God - Swans
92. Characters - Stevie Wonder
93. The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death - The Housemartins
94. Crazy Nights - Kiss
95. Earth, Sun, Moon - Love & Rockets
96. Keeper Of The Seven Keys Pt. 1 - Helloween
97. Blow Your Cool - Hoodoo Gurus
98. Once Bitten - Great White
99. Bridge Of Spies/T'Pau - T'Pau
100. Big Generator - Yes
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1987
Brett's choice - An unheralded great album from 1987
* This Is The Story - The Proclaimers

Ryan's choice:
* George Best - The Wedding Present

Brian's choice:
* By the Light of the Moon - Los Lobos
1986   |   1988