1987 Number 1 Hits

1987’s Christmas number 1 was the Pet Shop Boys’ cover of the Elvis song, You Were Always On My Mind.

I well remember dancing to this in a great huddle at the sixth form Christmas disco. Well didn’t everybody? In my opinion, Elvis’s version wasn’t quite such the driving force of Neil and Chris’s version. Continuing a recent theme – remember Jackie Wilson’s Reet Petite? – Ben E. King’s classic Stand By Me was re-released in 87 and made it to number 1.

Looking back to 1987, perhaps Rick Astley – he of the Stock Aitken Waterman conveyor belt – was a better singer than I gave him credit for, even if he is guilty of helping them to establish themselves. Never Gonna Give You Up is a pop classic. One of those 1980’s songs that will stand the test of time.

ArtistTitleMade Number 1Steve ‘Silk’ HurleyJack Your BodyJanuary 24 1987Aretha Franklin & George MichaelI Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)February 7 1987Ben E. KingStand By MeFebruary 21 1987Boy GeorgeEverything I OwnMarch 14 1987Mel and KimRespectableMarch 28 1987Ferry AidLet It BeApril 4 1987MadonnaLa Isla BonitaApril 25 1987StarshipNothing’s Gonna Stop Us NowMay 9 1987Whitney HoustonI Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)June 6 1987The FirmStar Trekkin’June 20 1987Pet Shop BoysIt’s A SinJuly 4 1987MadonnaWho’s That GirlJuly 25 1987Los LobosLa BambaAugust 1 1987Michael Jackson with Siedah GarrettI Just Can’t Stop Loving YouAugust 15 1987Rick AstleyNever Gonna Give You UpAugust 29 1987MARRSPump Up The VolumeOctober 3 1987The Bee GeesYou Win AgainOctober 17 1987T’PauChina In Your HandNovember 14 1987Pet Shop BoysAlways on My MindDecember 19 1987

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