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|