The Year in Music: 1987

The Year in Music: 1987

With the Decades series we honor the legacy of music history 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and even 60 years back in time. Join us for a deep musical dive into the best songs, biggest hits, album favorites and forgotten gems from each year. In 2017 we look at the music of 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997 and 2007. Each playlist – a carefully curated mix of approximately 100 hits, singles and album cuts we’ve found worthy of inclusion – gives you a historical snapshot of a 12-month window in popular music. For the sake of historical coherence, these do not necessarily reflect the top charts of the year, but rather the official release dates. Bring on the nostalgia!

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The year 1987 was a significant one for epic album releases, including some of the most memorable and cherished recordings of modern times: Michael Jackson’s Bad, U2’s The Joshua Tree, Guns n’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction, Prince’s Sign ‘O’ the Times and George Michael’s Faith are just some of the titles that have helped secure 1987 a place in music history.

Hip-hop innovators like Eric B & Rakim, Public Enemy, LL Cool J and Boogie Down Productions marked the beginning of a musical and cultural style that would some years later rule the world.

1987 was also a great year for alternative rock, with major titles dropping from Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth and Hüsker Dü, while some interesting movements in the Pacific Northwest (Soundgarden, Green River, Melvins) hinted at what’s to come.

But nevermind the future; from Prince to Napalm Death, this is what we remember and didn’t know we missed from the year in music 1987.

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