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These amazing albums turn 30 years old in 2017




Hard for the '80s Nation to believe, but our favorite albums from 1987 are now 30 years old. Not "thirtysomething" like the TV show (which none of us could understand at the time and which would probably make us just sigh now as some of us hit 50 this year), just plain "thirty."

The year 1987 is perhaps one of the best examples of a year that perfectly displays the evolution of the '80s sound. New Wave, by 1987, was no longer new. And the second British Invasion was slowly being overshadowed by a second Sunset Strip Invasion, led by Guns N' Roses with Appetite for Destruction.

Among the No. 1 selling albums of 1987 were two movie soundtracks - both of which were set in earlier times: La Bamba and Dirty Dancing. Bruce Springsteen would score two top selling albums in 1987: Live/1975–85 (released at the end of '86) and Tunnel of Love (recorded largely without his E Stree Band). And two legendary artists who left us too early would also find the top of the charts: Michael Jackson with Bad and Whitney Houston with Whitney.

There were plenty of hit singles to remember from 1987 as well. In that year, Rick Astley promised he'd "Never Gonna Give You Up." Whitney Houston just wanted to "Dance With Somebody Who Loves Me." Pet Shop Boys proclaimed "It's a Sin." And Madonna was just beginning her first identity crisis with "Who's That Girl?"

Here are the other 1987 albums that are particularly fond to the heart of Stuck in the '80s fans:


  • Oingo Boingo's Boi-ngo (March 2)
  • U2's The Joshua Tree (March 9)
  • Prince's Sign o' the Times (March 31)
  • Fleetwod Mac's Tango in the Night (April 13)
  • Richard Marx' Richard Marx (May 15)
  • The Replacements' Pleased to Meet Me (June 17)
  • Def Leppard's Hysteria (Aug. 3)
  • Debbie Gibson's Out of the Blue (Aug. 18)
  • Aerosmith's Permanent Vacation (Aug. 31)
  • Midnight Oil's Diesel and Dust (August)
  • R.E.M.'s Document (Sept. 1)
  • Pet Shop Boys' Actually (Sept. 7)
  • Depeche Mode's Music for the Masses (Sept. 28)
  • Belinda Carlisle's Heaven on Earth (Oct. 5)
  • INXS's Kick (Oct. 19)
  • George Michael's Faith (Oct. 30)
  • George Harrison's Cloud Nine (Nov. 2)


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