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1987 Rock On - Top 40 Chartbusters
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, R&B, Rock
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This is the Best 1987 Collection Available.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First and foremost, this is a 1980s collection. Although it isn't representative of more than a single year in music, these songs are fantastic. For any 1987 collection in particular, you are likely to find at least two of my personal favorites--Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven is a Place on Earth" and Kim Wilde's "You Keep Me Hangin' On." (This collection is no exception.) However, I can't remember the last time I saw The Jets' "Cross My Broken Heart" or Ready For the World's "Love You Down," Survivor's "Is This Love?" or Samantha Fox's "Touch Me (I Want Your Body),"--which, in all honesty, was a 1986 hit. Still, what I love about this disc is its compiling of obscure 1987 hits that may not have charted in Top Ten positions, but are certainly vintage 1980s. Face it, none of these songs would chart today, and that's why this compilation is so charming. I have listened to other volumes of the "Rock On/Top 40 Chartbusters" series and no volume can touch 1987."
Thomas Magnum | NJ, USA | 08/16/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Rock On's 1987 collection starts off strongly but then limps down the stretch. Former Go-Go, Belinda Carlisle hit number one with the sunny "Heaven Is A Place On Earth" and Club Nouveau brilliantly updated Bill Wither's folk-soul classic "Lean On Me". The original has a gospel feel to it, but the remake has a danceable beat with a memorable keyboard riff. The song is one of a handful to hit number one in two different versions. Another song to match that feat is "You Keep Me Hangin' On". Kim Wilde updates the Supremes' classic, but unlike Club Nouveau, her song is a notch below mediocre. Yet another remake from 1987 to go to number one is mall queen Tiffany's "I Think We're Alone Now". The song has an ultra catchy beat and despite being pure bubblegum, is good fun. Ready For The World's "Love You Down" is sexy smooth and Jody Whatley's "Don't You Want Me" has a sophisticated funk to it. The rest of the album is made of duds like Wang Chung's vile "Let's Go", former porn star Samantha Fox's "Touch Me" is awful, The Jets' "Cross My Broken Heart" is pure fluff and Taylor Dayne's "Tell It To My Heart" is complete dreck."