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A Love Song Mix A Day: Top 12 Songs of 1987

Editor’s Note: Since there are few ways better suited for saying “I love you” than through song, I thought I would invite a few friends to share their preferred collection of songs for celebrating L-O-V-E.

We’ll have a new mix, every day through Valentine’s Day. You can see them all here.

-Image courtesy of Tracey Clark

Day 1 Mix: Top 12 Songs of 1987 from Emily Millard, Panic and Do Something Stupid

“What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?”
-John Cusack, High Fidelity

In honor of the opening lines of my favorite movie about love, I give you the top 12 love songs of 1987.  I spent hours waiting for DJs to play all of these songs so I could record them on my aqua portable tape player, and I got ‘em all.

This is dedicated to Brett Bryson, Rob Ferre, Scott Elder and all the other Midvale Middle School boys I was so sure I was in love with. And especially to poor Brett Jensen, whom I was assigned to like before 7th grade even started. He asked me to dance at my first middle school party.  I was breathlessly happy.  Sadly later I found out my friends made him do it.  Ahhh, middle school love.

With Or Without You, U2
(I Just) Died In Your Arms, Cutting Crew
(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life, Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
Is This Love, Whitesnake
Someday, Glass Tiger
Valerie, Steve Winwood
Always, Atlantic Starr
Moonlighting (Theme), Al Jarreau
Will You Still Love Me?, Chicago
Heartbreak Beat, Psychedelic Furs
Carrie, Europe
The Lady In Red, Chris Deburgh

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