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Top R&B Songs of 1987

1986 <-1987-> 1988


  

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1.
05/1987
337

✫1
US
✫1
AC
✫1
dance
2
R&B


✫1
UK
produced by Narada Michael Walden
[Arista 9598]
written by George Merrill & Shannon Rubicam
I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
2.
01/1987
318

✫1
US
2
AC
12
dance
5
R&B


✫1
UK
I Just Can't Stop Loving You
3.
08/1987
293

✫1
US
✫1
AC


✫1
R&B


✫1
UK
with Siedah Garrett
[Epic 07253]
written by Michael Jackson
Lean on Me
4.
02/1987
284

✫1
US
31
AC
✫1
dance
2
R&B


3
UK
[King Jay 28430]
written by Bill Withers
Always
5.
03/1987
283

✫1
US
✫1
AC


✫1
R&B


3
UK
[Warner 28455]
written by Jonathan Lewis, David Lewis & Wayne Lewis
So Emotional
6.
10/1987
274

✫1
US
8
AC
✫1
dance
5
R&B


5
UK
produced by Narada Michael Walden
[Arista 9642]
written by Tom Kelly & Billy Steinberg
Need You Tonight
7.
10/1987
274

✫1
US


7
dance
73
R&B
12
rock
2
UK
charted as Need You Tonight / Mediate in US dance charts
[Atlantic 89188]
written by Andrew Farriss & Michael Hutchence
8.
06/1987
274

✫1
US
44
AC
7
dance
✫1
R&B


4
UK
[Columbia 07675]
written by Terence Trent D'Arby & Sean Oliver
The Way You Make Me Feel
9.
11/1987
274

✫1
US
9
AC
✫1
dance
✫1
R&B


3
UK
[Epic 07645]
written by Michael Jackson
Bad
10.
09/1987

Bad by Michael Jackson

from Bad   Bad
267

✫1
US
33
AC
✫1
dance
✫1
R&B


3
UK
[Epic 07418]
written by Michael Jackson
Who's That Girl
11.
07/1987
267

✫1
US
5
AC
44
dance
78
R&B


✫1
UK
[Sire 28341]
written by Madonna & Patrick Leonard
Didn't We Almost Have It All
12.
08/1987
247

✫1
US
✫1
AC


2
R&B


14
UK
[Arista 9616]
written by Will Jennings & Michael Masser
I Want Your Sex
13.
06/1987
245

2
US


2
dance
43
R&B


3
UK
[Columbia 38-07164]
written by George Michael
Let's Wait Awhile
14.
01/1987
237

2
US
2
AC


✫1
R&B


3
UK
[A&M 2906]
written by Jimmy Jam (as James Harris III), Terry Lewis, Janet Jackson & Melanie Andrews
Head to Toe
15.
04/1987
221

✫1
US


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B


82
UK
[Columbia 38-07008]
written by Full Force
Lost in Emotion
16.
08/1987
217

✫1
US
27
AC
8
dance
✫1
R&B


58
UK
[Columbia 38-07267]
written by Full Force
Looking for a New Love
17.
03/1987
210

2
US


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B


13
UK
[MCA 52956]
written by André Cymone & Jody Watley
Sign o' the Times
18.
03/1987
210

3
US


2
dance
✫1
R&B


10
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #299]
written by Prince
U Got the Look
19.
08/1987
206

2
US




11
R&B


11
UK
with Sheena Easton
[Paisley Park 28289]
written by Prince
Pump Up the Volume
20.
09/1987
190

13
US


✫1
dance
8
R&B


✫1
UK
Seasons Change
21.
11/1987
189

✫1
US
✫1
AC


27
R&B


97
UK
[Arista 9640]
written by Lewis Martineé
Respect Yourself
22.
01/1987
182

5
US
22
AC


20
R&B


7
UK
[Motown 1876]
written by Luther Ingram & Mack Rice
Diamonds
23.
04/1987
178

5
US


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B


27
UK
with Janet Jackson
[R]
backing vocals by Lisa Keith
[A&M 2929]
written by Jimmy Jam (as James Harris III) & Terry Lewis
24.
04/1987
175

4
US
3
AC


23
R&B


22
UK
[instrumental]
[Arista 9573]
written by Kenny G
Casanova
25.
08/1987
169

5
US


27
dance
✫1
R&B


9
UK
[Atlantic 7-89217]
written by Reggie Calloway
I Want to Be Your Man
26.
11/1987
167

3
US
22
AC


✫1
R&B




[Reprise 28229]
written by Larry Troutman
Wipe Out
27.
07/1987
153

12
US


42
dance
10
R&B


2
UK
with The Beach Boys
[Tin Pan Apple 885960]
written by Bob Berryhill, Pat Connolly, Jim Fuller & Ron Wilson
28.
03/1987
150

8
US
✫1
AC


2
R&B


52
UK
[Motown 1877]
written by Jimmy George & Lou Pardini
Don't You Want Me
29.
10/1987
149

6
US


✫1
dance
3
R&B


55
UK
produced by Bernard Edwards
[MCA 53162]
written by Franne Golde, David Paul Bryant (as D.P. Bryant) & Jody Watley
Rock Steady
30.
05/1987
149

7
US
49
AC


✫1
R&B


38
UK
produced by Babyface
[Solar 70006]
written by L.A. Reid & Babyface (as Kenneth Edmonds)
Push It
31.
11/1987
142

19
US


18
dance
28
R&B


2
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #440]
charted as Tramp / Push It in US dance charts : charted as Push It / Tramp in UK charts
written by Hurby Azor & Ray Davies (as Raymond Douglas Davies)
32.
04/1987
138

4
US
35
AC


✫1
R&B




[Atlantic 7-89320]
written by David Frank & Mic Murphy
Catch Me (I'm Falling)
33.
09/1987
137

8
US


✫1
dance
13
R&B




[Virgin 7-99416]
written by Jade Starling & Whey Cooler
Come Go with Me
34.
01/1987
134

5
US


✫1
dance
14
R&B




[Arista 1-9555]
written by Lewis Martineé
35.
07/1987
130

10
US
2
AC


3
R&B




[Motown 1897]
written by Brian Ray & Steve LeGassick
36.
03/1987
129

7
US


7
dance
64
R&B


54
UK
[MCA 52954]
written by Dan Gilroy & Stephen Bray (as Steve Bray)
37.
02/1987
129

10
US
11
AC
41
dance
4
R&B


45
UK
[Polygram 888292 (Mercury)]
written by Claydes Charles Smith, Kool & the Gang & James "J.T." Taylor
Two Occasions
38.
11/1987
120

10
US
21
AC


4
R&B




produced by Babyface
[Solar 70015]
written by Babyface (as Kenneth Edmonds), Darnell Bristol (as Darnell "Dee" Bristol) & Sid Johnson
Let Me Be the One
39.
08/1987
117

7
US


2
dance
29
R&B


76
UK
[Arista 1-9617]
written by Lewis Martineé
Living in a Box
40.
04/1987
115

17
US


6
dance
74
R&B


5
UK
[Chrysalis VS4 43104 A]
written by Marcus Vere & Steve Pigott
The Pleasure Principle
41.
05/1987
115

14
US


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B


24
UK
[A&M 2927]
written by Monte Moir
We'll Be Together
42.
10/1987
114

7
US


17
dance
39
R&B
20
rock
41
UK
[A&M 2983]
written by Sting
I Need Love
43.
08/1987
113

14
US




✫1
R&B


8
UK
[Def Jam 07350]
written by LL Cool J (as James Todd Smith), Bobby Erving, Darryl Pierce, Dwayne Simon & Steven Ett
Cross My Broken Heart
44.
06/1987
104

7
US


8
dance
11
R&B




[MCA 53123]
written by Stephen Bray & Michael Verdick
45.
03/1987
98

23
US
✫1
AC


32
R&B


8
UK
produced by Nile Rodgers
[MCA 53124]
written by Al Jarreau & Lee Holdridge
46.
05/1987
95

59
US
20
AC


72
R&B


2
UK
[Motown 1896]
written by Kenny Young & Arthur Resnick
47.
10/1987
92

13
US
2
AC


4
R&B


86
UK
[Manhattan 50094]
written by Pam Reswick, Steve Werfel & Allan Rich
Criticize
48.
10/1987
91

70
US


21
dance
4
R&B


4
UK
[Tabu 07600]
written by Garry Johnson & Alexander O'Neal
49.
07/1987
89

12
US
✫1
AC


5
R&B




50.
06/1987
87

13
US


28
dance
2
R&B


44
UK
[Manhattan 50073]
written by Reggie Calloway & Vincent Calloway
51.
05/1987
86

10
US


10
dance
69
R&B


43
UK
[EMI 50075]
written by Robbie Nevil & Brock Walsh
(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay
52.
12/1987
80

11
US
19
AC


58
R&B
12
rock
77
UK
[Columbia 07680]
written by Otis Redding & Steve Cropper
Fake
53.
06/1987
78

25
US


7
dance
✫1
R&B


33
UK
[Tabu 07100]
written by Jimmy Jam (as James Harris) & Terry Lewis
Don't Make Me Wait for Love
54.
08/1987
77

15
US
2
AC


17
R&B




55.
10/1987
77

19
US


20
dance
✫1
R&B


59
UK
[Motown 1907]
written by Stevie Wonder
56.
04/1987
75

27
US
16
AC


5
R&B


18
UK
[Jive 1043]
written by Jonathan Butler & Jolyon Skinner
57.
03/1987
73

50
US


6
dance
3
R&B


11
UK
[Atlanta Artists 888385 ]
written by Kevin Kendrick, Nathan Leftenant, Larry Blackmon & Tomi Jenkins
I'd Still Say Yes
58.
05/1987
70

18
US
8
AC


7
R&B




[Constellation 53028]
written by Babyface, Greg Scelsa & Joyce "Fenderella" Irby (as Fenderella)
59.
09/1987
69

19
US
3
AC


62
R&B




[Columbia 07322]
written by Michael Bolton & Eric Kaz
60.
02/1987

Happy by Surface

from Surface   Surface
69

20
US
24
AC


2
R&B


56
UK
[Columbia 06739]
written by Bernard Jackson, David Townsend & David Conley
61.
10/1987
68

30
US


7
dance
9
R&B


20
UK
[Columbia 08023]
written by Terence Trent D'Arby
62.
03/1987
67

20
US
5
AC


12
R&B


43
UK
[Motown 1883]
written by Greg Phillinganes & Lionel Richie
63.
02/1987
67

46
US


3
dance
3
R&B


19
UK
backing vocals by Lisa Keith
[A&M 2915]
written by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
If You Let Me Stay
64.
03/1987
64

68
US


47
dance
19
R&B


7
UK
[Columbia 07398]
written by Terence Trent D'Arby
(Something Inside) So Strong
65.
03/1987
64







49
R&B


4
UK
[China 43102]
written by Labi Siffre
66.
09/1987
62

62
US
48
AC


58
R&B


7
UK
[Reprise 28257]
written by Taja Sevelle
Dinner with Gershwin
67.
08/1987
61

48
US
38
AC
13
dance
10
R&B


13
UK
[Geffen 28418]
written by Brenda Russell
68.
01/1987
58

23
US
21
AC


5
R&B




[Elektra 69518]
written by Roger (as Roger Troutman) & Billy Beck
69.
09/1987
58

82
US


✫1
dance
49
R&B


13
UK
featuring Steven Dante
[Chrysalis 43167]
written by Arnie Roman & Toni C
System of Survival
70.
10/1987
57

60
US


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B


54
UK
[Columbia 07608]
written by Skylark
71.
08/1987
54

68
US
42
AC


5
R&B


13
UK
[Geffen 28417]
written by Ray Parker Jr
72.
06/1987
49

32
US




✫1
R&B


81
UK
[Capitol 44037]
written by Freddie Jackson & Paul Laurence
73.
10/1987
48

27
US


16
dance
47
R&B




[Fever 1914]
written by David Cole
74.
02/1987
48

57
US


30
dance
21
R&B


16
UK
written by DJ Run (as Joseph Simmons) & DMC (as Darryl McDaniels)
I Do You
75.
10/1987
48

20
US




19
R&B




[MCA 53193]
written by Stephen Bray & Rick Kelly
Paid in Full
76.
11/1987
42





3
dance
65
R&B


15
UK
charted as Move the Crowd / Paid in Full in US dance charts
written by Eric B. (as Eric Barrier) & Rakim (as William Griffin Jr.)
77.
02/1987
41

69
US




✫1
R&B


33
UK
[Capitol 5661]
written by Barry Eastmond & Jolyon Skinner
Making Love in the Rain
78.
07/1987
41

35
US
21
AC


7
R&B


87
UK
vocals by Lisa Keith
[A&M 2949]
written by Jimmy Jam (as James Harris III) & Terry Lewis
Why You Treat Me So Bad
79.
05/1987
40

39
US


22
dance
2
R&B




[King Jay 28360]
written by Denzil Foster, Jay King & Thomas McElroy
80.
03/1987
40

50
US
20
AC


✫1
R&B




No One in the World
81.
07/1987
39

44
US
9
AC


5
R&B




[Elektra 69456]
written by Ken Hirsch & Marti Sharron
If I Was Your Girlfriend
82.
05/1987
38

67
US




12
R&B


20
UK
[Paisley Park 28334]
written by Prince
83.
06/1987
38







6
R&B


16
UK
[Epic 07201]
written by Luther Vandross & Marcus Miller
Whenever You're Ready
84.
08/1987
38







39
R&B


11
UK
[RCA 5292]
written by Lionel Job, Cliff Dawson & Bill Hagans
Still a Thrill
85.
06/1987
36

56
US


8
dance
3
R&B


77
UK
[MCA 53081]
written by André Cymone & Jody Watley
86.
03/1987
36

44
US
6
AC


8
R&B




[Elektra 69484]
written by Marilyn Mcleod & Darryl K. Roberts
87.
09/1987
35

54
US


20
dance
2
R&B




[Virgin 99422]
written by Eban Kelly, Jimi Randolph & Kevin Moore
Show Me
88.
02/1987
35

44
US


4
dance
34
R&B




[Fever 1911]
written by Albert Cabrera, Bob Khozouri, Tony Moran & Andy Tripoli (as Andy "Panda" Tripoli)
89.
05/1987
34

58
US


6
dance
5
R&B




[EMI 8382]
written by Garry Johnson
90.
12/1987
34

40
US


14
dance
21
R&B


62
UK
[from the movie Hiding Out]
[Virgin 99390]
written by Boy George (as George O'Dowd)
91.
10/1987
33







17
R&B


14
UK
[A&M 2943]
written by Barry White & Jack Perry
92.
08/1987
33

96
US


✫1
dance
5
R&B




[Motown 1892]
written by Georgio
93.
12/1987
33

59
US


2
dance
26
R&B




[Motown 1906]
written by Georgio
94.
06/1987
33

58
US


16
dance
10
R&B


57
UK
[Warner 28327]
written by Richard Feldman & Jimmy Scott
95.
10/1987
33

66
US
36
AC


2
R&B




[Jive 1049]
written by Timmy Allen & Glenn Jones
96.
08/1987
32

78
US
38
AC


✫1
R&B


97
UK
97.
02/1987
32

56
US
25
AC


5
R&B


76
UK
[Columbia 06632]
written by Gregory Abbott
98.
11/1987
32

50
US


16
dance
6
R&B




[A&M 2939]
written by Bryan Loren
(You're Puttin') A Rush on Me
99.
09/1987
32

85
US


23
dance
✫1
R&B


62
UK
[MCA 53151]
written by Timmy Allen & Paul Laurence
100.
07/1987
32





✫1
dance
6
R&B


75
UK
[MCA 53121]
written by Colonel Abrams & Marston Freeman

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