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.

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.

  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. Just Got Paid - Johnny Kemp
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 - Motley Crue
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. Brilliant Disguise - Bruce Springsteen
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 & 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
An unheralded great record from 1987
Jeff's choice -
Greatest Single Re-entry:

* When a Man Loves a Woman (#2 UK 2 weeks)- Percy Sledge
Jeff's choice -
* 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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Last Updated: 2014-06-19