By Jack Sharkey, August 11, 2017

 

1987

Nineteen eighty-seven is one of those subtlely fabulous musical years. No matter your taste, there was a song for you, but it was the duet that ruled the airwaves with no less than six powerhouse duets cracking the Top 25.   

 

Walk Like An Egyptian - The Bangles Banned by most radio stations in the US after September 11, 2001, the song was orginally written by Liam Sternberg after a particularly rough ferry crossing of the English Channel. The video is cheesy and the production is way pop, but admit it, you know the lyrics.

 

I've Had the Time of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes A hit song from a hit movie sung by an unexpected duet of powerhouse singers is money in the bank. And so went the summer of 1987.  

 

Tom's Diner - Suzanne Vega Luka was the hit from the consumate New York singer-songwriter but Tom's Diner changed the world. The song was used to test the algorithm for the mp3 digital music container, so all of the iTunes tracks you've got that sound, well, kind of flat and uninspired owe their heritage to computer scientists who dug them some Suzanne Vega. For more on Tom's Diner and the history of the mp3 check out KEF Blog The Mother of the MP3, Or, How A Great Song Helped Up-End the Music Business' Apple Cart - February 2015. 

 

Where the Streets Have No Name - U2 Here's the thing, in 1987 U2 mattered. The music mattered, the band mattered, the fans mattered, the event surrounsing them mattered. All on a practically universal scale. Very few, if any, bands since have mattered on or even near a level approaching what orbited around U2 in the summer of 1987. And with the way media is fractured now, we may never see another.

 

I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston This is why Whitney Houston is the icon she is today. Everything she did afterward was just unfairly pouring it on the competition.  

 

 

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