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The Best Albums of 1987


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What if I told you the two biggest hit songs of 1987 were by Gregory Abbot and Billy Vera & the Beaters?

Well they were. The songs in question are “Shake You Down” and “At This Moment,” two tunes I haven’t given a second thought to in the intervening thirty years. If you had asked me to name the top hits of the year without doing any research I never would have thought of these two. Go a little further down the list and you’ll start to find artists you may associate more with the era, like Madonna, Michael Jackson, U2, George Michael, Whitney Houston, and Bon Jovi. If you know me well, you probably know that not many of those folks are likely to make my list of the best albums of the year from thirty years ago. If you don’t know me well, check out last year’s article about the Best Albums of 1986 and the previous year’s highlight of the top long-form recordings of 1985. That should drive the point home. Since I turned 17 in 1987, I not only developed some intense attachment to the popular art forms of the time, but I also learned a bit of distaste for the stuff that I found less appealing. I’m sure most people who take art seriously go through this at some point in time and over the next few years it would develop for me pretty significantly.

Despite this, you should find some of my choices for the best of 1987 to be accessible enough.

Take a deep breath and dive in!
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December 8: Happy Birthday Nicki Minaj and Jim Morrison


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Hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj turns 34 today.  In a musical genre that tends to be male-dominated, Minaj has been one of the most successful women.  Born in Trinidad, she moved to the US at a young age, and after graduating from high school, she began working as a musician.  Truly a 21st Century musician, she was initially “discovered” through recordings she posted to her Myspace page.  She then released a series of mixtapes that earned increasing attention, and by the end of the 2000s she had a recording contract, releasing several singles and her first album in 2010.

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