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.

Artist Title Topping out date
Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley Jack Your Body January 24 1987
Aretha Franklin & George Michael I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) February 7 1987
Ben E. King Stand By Me February 21 1987
Boy George Everything I Own March 14 1987
Mel and Kim Respectable March 28 1987
Ferry Aid Let It Be April 4 1987
Madonna La Isla Bonita April 25 1987
Starship Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now May 9 1987
Whitney Houston I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) June 6 1987
The Firm Star Trekkin’ June 20 1987
Pet Shop Boys It’s A Sin July 4 1987
Madonna Who’s That Girl July 25 1987
Los Lobos La Bamba August 1 1987
Michael Jackson with Siedah Garrett I Just Can’t Stop Loving You August 15 1987
Rick Astley Never Gonna Give You Up August 29 1987
MARRS Pump Up The Volume October 3 1987
The Bee Gees You Win Again October 17 1987
T’Pau China In Your Hand November 14 1987
Pet Shop Boys Always on My Mind December 19 1987

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