1987 in music

1987 in music

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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1987.

Contents

  • Events 1
    • January–February 1.1
    • March–April 1.2
    • May–August 1.3
    • September–October 1.4
    • November–December 1.5
    • Also in 1987 1.6
  • Bands formed 2
  • Bands disbanded 3
  • Bands reformed 4
  • Albums released 5
    • January–March 5.1
    • April – June 5.2
    • July – September 5.3
    • October - December 5.4
    • Release Date Unknown 5.5
  • Biggest hit singles 6
  • Significant songs 7
  • Other notable singles (worldwide) 8
  • Published popular music 9
  • Classical music 10
  • Opera 11
  • Musical theater 12
    • Original productions 12.1
    • Revivals 12.2
  • Musical films 13
  • Births 14
  • Deaths 15
  • Awards 16
    • Grammy Awards 16.1
    • Country Music Association Awards 16.2
    • Eurovision Song Contest 16.3
    • Glenn Gould Prize 16.4
  • Charts 17
  • See also 18
  • References 19

Events

January–February

March–April

[1]

  • April 23Carole King sues the owner of her record company, Lou Adler, claiming that she is owed more than $400,000 in royalties. King also asks for rights to her old recordings.

May–August

September–October

November–December

Also in 1987

Bands formed

Bands disbanded

Bands reformed

Albums released

January–March

Date Album Artist Notes
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R
Y
5 Warehouse: Songs and Stories Hüsker Dü double album
12 The House of Blue Light Deep Purple -
20 Echelons For Against -
The Return of Bruno Bruce Willis Debut
26 Control: The Remixes Janet Jackson Europe; Remix
Yo! Bum Rush the Show Public Enemy -
The First Chapter The Mission Compilation
Gaudi The Alan Parsons Project -
I Hear You Rockin' Dave Edmunds Live
Men and Women Simply Red -
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2 Exposure Exposé -
Midnight to Midnight The Psychedelic Furs UK
The Cost of Loving The Style Council UK
13 All in the Name of Love Atlantic Starr -
17 Fighting the World Manowar -
Lee Aaron Lee Aaron -
23 Jody Watley Jody Watley -
The World Won't Listen The Smiths Compilation
Freedom Santana -
Life as We Know It REO Speedwagon -
Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know Dead or Alive -
Midnight to Midnight The Psychedelic Furs -
Ready or Not Lou Gramm -
Up for a Bit with The Pastels The Pastels -
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2 Boi-ngo Oingo Boingo -
Through the Looking Glass Siouxsie and the Banshees -
Trio Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton -
3 Criminal Minded Boogie Down Productions -
9 The Joshua Tree U2 -
Wild Frontier Gary Moore -
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
31 Close to the Bone Thompson Twins -
Big Life Night Ranger -
Breakfast Club Breakfast Club -
Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 1 Helloween -
Locust Abortion Technician Butthole Surfers -
Running in the Family Level 42 -

April – June

Date Album Artist Notes
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1 Solitude Standing Suzanne Vega -
2 Incognito Céline Dion -
4 Now That's What I Call Music 9 (UK series) Various Artists Compilation
Whitesnake Whitesnake US
6 Electric The Cult -
Meet Danny Wilson Danny Wilson -
13 Johnny Cash Is Coming to Town Johnny Cash -
Tango in the Night Fleetwood Mac -
F.L.M. Mel and Kim UK & Canada
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 -
You Boyz Make Big Noize Slade -
Coming Around Again Carly Simon -
One Voice Barbra Streisand Live
Out & Intake Hawkwind Compilation
Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People
Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)
Happy Mondays -
Uptown The Neville Brothers -
M
A
Y
1 Raintown Deacon Blue debut
5 Pleased to Meet Me The Replacements -
11 Under the Sign of the Black Mark Bathory -
Live in the City of Light Simple Minds Live
It's Better To Travel Swing Out Sister -
15 Girls, Girls, Girls Mötley Crüe -
18 Concrete Blonde Concrete Blonde -
20 Beverly Hills Cop II: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Various Artists Soundtrack
20 Open Sesame (Whodini album) Whodini -
22 Dana Dane with Fame Dana Dane -
25 Scream Bloody Gore Death -
Bad Animals Heart -
26 Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me The Cure -
29 Bring the Family John Hiatt -
Chayanne Chayanne -
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1 Let It Loose Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine -
2 Whitney Whitney Houston -
9 Contagious Y&T -
13 Live in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Elton John Live
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 -
Priest...Live! Judas Priest Live
Keel Keel -
25 Cleanse Fold and Manipulate Skinny Puppy -
22 Clutching at Straws Marillion -
29 Once Bitten Great White -
Pop Goes the World Men Without Hats -
30 La Bamba soundtrack Los Lobos et al. Soundtrack
Life Neil Young & Crazy Horse -
Bangin' The Outfield -
Classics Live II Aerosmith Live
Female Trouble Nona Hendryx -
1987 (What the Fuck Is Going On?) The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu recalled over copyright violation claim
Sister Sonic Youth -
Sold Boy George -

July – September

Date Album Artist Notes
J
U
L
Y
6 In the Dark The Grateful Dead -
Echo & the Bunnymen Echo & the Bunnymen -
7 Angel with a Lariat k.d. lang and the Reclines -
Faster Pussycat Faster Pussycat -
Frehley's Comet Ace Frehley -
The Legacy Testament -
Paid in Full Eric B. & Rakim -
Touch Laura Branigan -
10 One Way Home The Hooters -
13 Introducing the Hardline According to... Terence Trent D'Arby UK
15 Soy Como Quiero Ser Luis Miguel -
20 Born to Mack Too Short Debut
21 Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses Debut
Dream Evil Dio -
Sheila E. Sheila E. -
Who's That Girl soundtrack Madonna et al. Soundtrack
22 Bigger and Deffer LL Cool J -
27 In My Tribe 10,000 Maniacs -
Within the Realm of a Dying Sun Dead Can Dance -
Surveillance Triumph -
No Protection Starship -
Recently Joan Baez -
Strange Weather Marianne Faithfull -
Scum Napalm Death -
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3 Hysteria Def Leppard -
7 Hurricane Eyes Loudness Japan
10 Between The Lines Five Star -
13 Love Is for Suckers Twisted Sister -
14 Crushin' Fat Boys -
17 Franks Wild Years Tom Waits -
Substance New Order -
18 Out of the Blue Debbie Gibson -
Permanent Vacation Aerosmith -
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 Door to Door The Cars -
27 Sentimental Hygiene Warren Zevon -
28 Feel My Power MC Hammer -
31 Bad Michael Jackson -
Move Somethin' 2 Live Crew -
Diesel and Dust Midnight Oil -
Jane's Addiction Jane's Addiction Live
Psonic Psunspot The Dukes of Stratosphear pseudonym of XTC
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1 Document R.E.M. -
5 Rock You to Hell Grim Reaper Final album
Perfect Timing McAuley Schenker Group -
Rock 'n' Roll Motörhead -
7 Actually Pet Shop Boys -
Islands Mike Oldfield -
The Last One to Know Reba McEntire -
8 Go On... Mr. Mister -
Hold Your Fire Rush -
A Momentary Lapse of Reason Pink Floyd UK
9 Earth, Sun, Moon Love and Rockets -
11 Crest of a Knave Jethro Tull -
Together Again The Temptations -
14 Bridge of Spies T'Pau -
Happy? Public Image Ltd -
Introduce Yourself Faith No More -
Primitive Cool Mick Jagger -
15 All Systems Go Donna Summer -
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
The Hunger Michael Bolton -
28 Music for the Masses Depeche Mode -
Strangeways, Here We Come The Smiths -
Big Generator Yes -
Popped In Souled Out Wet Wet Wet UK
Come On Pilgrim Pixies EP
29 The Uplift Mofo Party Plan Red Hot Chili Peppers -
Always Guaranteed Cliff Richard -
Babylon and On Squeeze -
Darklands The Jesus and Mary Chain -
E.S.P. Bee Gees -
Hall of the Mountain King Savatage -
Honor Among Thieves The Brandos -
Just Us Alabama -
Mainstream Lloyd Cole and the Commotions -
The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death Housemartins -
Poetic Champions Compose Van Morrison -
Wild in the Streets Helix -
Wow! Bananarama -

October - December

Date Album Artist Notes
O
C
T
O
B
E
R
5 Heaven on Earth Belinda Carlisle -
Raise Your Fist and Yell Alice Cooper -
7 Pleasures of the Flesh Exodus -
9 Tunnel of Love Bruce Springsteen -
12 A Very Special Christmas Various Artists -
Perfect Timing McAuley Schenker Group -
13 ...Nothing Like the Sun Sting -
16 Masque Manfred Mann's Earth Band -
19 Kick INXS -
25 Big Tyme Heavy D & The Boyz -
26 Live at Wembley Meat Loaf UK; Live
27 Robbie Robertson Robbie Robertson -
29 Got Any Gum? Joe Walsh -
30 Faith George Michael -
Schizophrenia Sepultura -
Exit 0 Steve Earle -
Free as a Bird Supertramp -
Raising Fear Armored Saint EP
Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll Chuck Berry Soundtrack
Touch the World Earth, Wind & Fire -
N
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V
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B
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2 Bete Noire Bryan Ferry -
Cloud Nine George Harrison -
All the Best! Paul McCartney Compilation
Don't Let's Start (EP) They Might Be Giants EP
3 Cher Cher -
4 The Lion and the Cobra Sinéad O'Connor -
Rhyme Pays Ice-T -
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
Canciones de mi padre Linda Ronstadt -
I'm the Man Anthrax EP
Love Aztec Camera -
The Princess Bride Soundtrack Mark Knopfler Soundtrack
D
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C
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M
B
E
R
1 Persecution Mania Sodom -
4 Inside Information Foreigner -
5 Now That's What I Call Music 10 (UK series) Various Artists Compilation
14 You're Living All Over Me Dinosaur Jr. -
The Old Masters Box Three Frank Zappa Box Set
One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism Aretha Franklin Gospel
Sinitta! Sinitta UK

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, Netherlands 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, Netherlands 1 – Sept 1987, France 1 – Aug 1987, Norway 1 – Oct 1987, Germany 1 – Sept 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 – Sept 1987, Sweden 3 – Sept 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, Netherlands 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 Sweden 1 – Oct 1987, Austria 1 – Oct 1987, Switzerland 1 – Nov 1987, Norway 1 – Nov 1987, Poland 1 – Nov 1987, Germany 1 – Dic 1987, Éire 1 – Dic 1987, Netherlands 3 – Dic 1987, France 5 – Jan 1988, US BB 9 – Jan 1988, 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 Madonna Who's That Girl 1987 US BB 1 – Apr 1987, Poland 1 – Mar 1987, Éire 1 – Apr 1987, Netherlands 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

Significant songs

Other notable singles (worldwide)

Published popular music

Classical music

Opera

Musical theater

Original productions

Revivals

Musical films

Births

Deaths

Awards

Grammy Awards

Country Music Association Awards

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

Eurovision Song Contest

Glenn Gould Prize

Charts

See also

References

  1. ^ Alice Cooper timeline
  2. ^ McGann Brothers website. Accessed 22 July 2014
  3. ^ Dalida's Official Website, Biography, retrieved December 29, 2009
  4. ^ "Dalida".  
  5. ^ Bar-Kays: Bio. Accessed 22 July 2014