Pick of the Year: 1987

‘I haven’t had a big hit record in America since 1987’ – Bonnie Tyler


Dad’s ‘Pick of the Year’ tapes were always a firm family favourite where he would make a compilation cassette of his favourite songs form that year. He stopped in 1992 however, when music got a bit too modern for him. It’s something over the years I’ve tried to carry on, and did for a while but, no one listens to CDs anymore and they don’t have the same impact as mp3 playlists. I’ve often thought about restarting it all from 1982 on my blog though just so I have somewhere to put them all for prosperity sake.

The first rule of POTY is DON’T TALK ABOUT PICK OF THE YEAR, sorry, that’s the illegal underground fight club i’m part of.

The first rule of POTY is that you can only pick songs that charted in the top 75 in the UK. The second rule of POTY is that you can only pick enough songs that would fit onto an old C120 cassette (between 30-40 tracks). The final rule, one which I’ve imposed myself, is that you must include that year’s Christmas number 1 (highlighted in green)

  1. Starship – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
  2. Bon Jovi – Never Say Goodbye
  3. Los Lobos – La Bamba
  4. Roger Waters – The Tide is Turning
  5. Beastie Boys – (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right To Party
  6. George Harrison – Got My Mind Set on You
  7. Whitesnake – Here I Go Again
  8. Pet Shop Boys – It’s A Sin
  9. Living in a Box – Living in a Box
  10. Michael Jackson – I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
  11. Bananarama – Love in the First Degree
  12. T’Pau – China in Your Hand
  13. Mental as Anything – Live it Up
  14. Pet Shop Boys – Always on my Mind
  15. Ben E King – Stand By Me
  16. Michael Jackson – Bad
  17. Black – Wonderful Life
  18. Bee Gees – You Win Again
  19. Level 42 – Running in the Family
  20. The Housemartins – Build
  21. Madonna – La Isla Bonita
  22. Wet Wet Wet – Sweet Little Mystery
  23. U2 – With or Without You
  24. Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel
  25. Aerosmith – Dude Look Like A Lazy
  26. Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
  27. Whitesnake – Is This Love
  28. Europe – Carrie
  29. The Firm – Star Trekkin
  30. Proclaimers – Letter From America
  31. New Order – True Faith
  32. Bon Jovi – Wanted Dead or Alive
  33. Taylor Dayne – Tell it to my Heart
  34. Terence Trent D’Arby – Sign Your Name
  35. Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky
  36. Bros – When Will I Be Famous
  37. Belinda Carlisle – Heaven is a Place on Earth
  38. Tiffany – I Think We’re Alone Now
  39. Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning

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