t.g.i. mixtape 87
  • FRIDAY, DECEMBER 03, 2010

  • Posted by: Joe Puglisi

In honor of our 87th mixtape, we're taking a vacation from 2010. We decided to hop in the Delorean and compile a bunch of number one hits from the real '87: 1987. Notable events: Ronald Reagan is President, Michael Douglas wins Best Actor for Wall Street, Windows 2.0 is released, the first appearance of The Simpsons, the birth of Ke$ha. As for the radio, there were quite a few classics, including hits from your favorite retro-beach party soundtrack like Starship, Heart, and Cutting Crew, not to mention some of the best stuff from people who are still around today, like U2 and Madonna. Let's put on some Growing Pains and do the Cabbage Patch!

All the songs on this week's mixtape were #1 radio singles for at least one week in 1987.


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1. "Open Your Heart" - Madonna

The only way to start your 1980s mixtape.

2. "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" - Starship

Also known as Jefferson Starship, the spinoff of Jefferson Airplane who later faced legal action for use of "Jefferson" (yes everyone had to deal with legal action back then too). Definitely not Cobra Starship.

3. "(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight" - Cutting Crew

This is one of my favorite songs of the entire 80s, no promo. Later, hookers, drug dealers, and innocent bystanders are (simulated to be) actually dying to the sounds of Cutting Crew on the soundtrack to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

4. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" - U2

Say what you will about Bono and his activism/sunglasses, but there is a reason U2 is on this list twice.

5. "Here I Go Again" - Whitesnake

Later, an entire generation of writers would make jokes about teenagers from the 80s growing up to be housewives while secretly wishing to be the leather-clad babe in a Whitesnake video.

6. "Heaven is a Place on Earth" - Belinda Carlisle

Little did Belinda Carlisle know she would later soundtrack the Amsterdam romp of popular 2010 stoners Harold and Kumar. Congrats! You made it!

7. "Livin' On A Prayer" - Bon Jovi

The most overplayed sports anthem/kareokee masacre somehow never loses its luster, even given it's gratuitous overuse in a variety of insufferable contexts. Bon Jovi must be a magic alien.

8. "Alone" - Heart

This is just a really legitamately great song, also once recorded by John Stamos before it was finally given to Heart for their number one version. Later, Celine Dion recorded it. More later, it was in a Burger King commercial.

9. "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" - Whitney Houston

Ashley Tisdale recorded a version of this song in the past few years. I know because I accidentally downloaded that first and had to be defribulated.

10. "With Or Without You" - U2

What else is there to say?


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