In what amounts to a shockingly quick turnaround for us — less than a month! — we’re back with the eighth installment of our Best of the ’80s Redux series, the sporadic Slicing Up Eyeballs poll in which our readers have now ranked the Top 100 songs of 1987.

A quick refresher: The Best of the ’80s Redux song polls were launched five years ago following our wildly popular Best of the ’80s year-by-year album polls, but slowly petered out after we conducted the Top 100 songs of 1980 and 1981 surveys. (This whole site went dormant for nearly two years.)

RELATED: Slicing Up Eyeballs’ Top 100 songs of 1987 playlist on Spotify

We resurrected the polls in 2018, and have since completed balloting on the 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1986 surveys. Now comes the results for 1987.

For the ’87 poll, readers were asked to vote for up to 25 of their favorite songs that first were released in some form — as a single, B-side, on an album, etc. — during that calendar year.

We received 7,420 total votes, and, after weeding out songs from the wrong year — including six that got a good number of votes despite having appeared on the 1986 list, including “Dear God,” “The Dead Heart,” “Ship of Fools” and “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!),” and one that should have appeared on the ’86 list (The Damned’s cover of “Alone Again Or”) — and flipping a coin to break ties, we created this list.

And, invoking the so-called “Radio Free Europe” rule, we’ve included at least one song that previously charted: Faith No More’s “We Care A Lot.” The original version made our 1985 list, and the band’s 1987 re-recording is included on this new Top 100 as well.

As you can see below, 1987 was a year dominated by big albums, from Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Document and Music For the Masses to The Joshua Tree, Kick and Strangeways, Here We Come, with back-to-back R.E.M. songs sandwiched between two Depeche Mode tracks in the Top 10.

And the two songs that came in at No. 1 and No. 2 may be separated by one of the slimmest margins we’ve seen in a Slicing Up Eyeballs poll: just four votes.

So thank you all for voting and sharing your thoughts. Take a look at the Top 100 list below — and feel free to offer your own take on the results, good or bad, in the comments below.

 

 

SLICING UP EYEBALLS READERS POLL: TOP 100 SONGS OF 1987

 

1. New Order, “True Faith”
2. The Cure, “Just Like Heaven”
3. Echo & The Bunnymen, “Lips Like Sugar”
4. Depeche Mode, “Never Let Me Down Again”
5. R.E.M., “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”
6. R.E.M., “The One I Love”
7. Depeche Mode, “Strangelove”
8. The Replacements, “Alex Chilton”
9. The Smiths, “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before”
10. The Sisters of Mercy, “This Corrosion”

 

11. Love and Rockets, “No New Tale to Tell”
12. The Sugarcubes, “Birthday”
13. U2, “With or Without You”
14. Sinead O’Connor, “Mandinka”
15. The Jesus and Mary Chain, “April Skies”
16. Pet Shop Boys, “It’s a Sin”
17. The Church, “Under the Milky Way”
18. The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Happy When it Rains”
19. The Smiths, “Girlfriend in a Coma”
20. INXS, “Need You Tonight”

 

21. U2, “Where the Streets Have No Name”
22. The Cult, “Love Removal Machine”
23. Midnight Oil, “Beds Are Burning”
24. Siouxsie and the Banshees, “The Passenger”
25. New Order, “Touched by the Hand of God”
26. The Cure, “Why Can’t I Be You?”
27. The Pogues, “Fairytale of New York”
28. Depeche Mode, “Behind The Wheel”
29. 10,000 Maniacs, “Like the Weather”
30. Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield, “What Have I Done To Deserve This”

 

31. The Replacements, “Can’t Hardly Wait”
32. INXS, “Never Tear Us Apart”
33. The Alarm, “Rain in the Summertime”
34. The Sisters of Mercy, “Lucretia My Reflection”
35. The Bangles, “Hazy Shade of Winter”
36. Flesh For Lulu, “I Go Crazy”
37. Public Image Ltd., “Seattle”
38. Prince, “Sign O’ The Times”
39. Suzanne Vega, “Luka”
40. New Order, “1963”

 

41. Squeeze, “Hourglass”
42. The Stone Roses, “Sally Cinnamon”
43. The Sisters of Mercy, “Dominion/Mother Russia”
44. U2, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”
45. M|A|R|R|S, “Pump Up The Volume”
46. Sinead O’Connor, “Troy”
47. Happy Mondays, “24 Hour Party People”
48. Echo & The Bunnymen, “The Game”
49. The Smiths, “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me”
50. Echo & The Bunnymen, “Bedbugs and Ballyhoo”

 

51. The Smiths, “Shoplifters Of The World Unite”
52. Men Without Hats, “Pop Goes the World”
53. INXS, “New Sensation”
54. R.E.M., “Finest Worksong”
55. The Cure, “Catch”
56. X, “4th of July”
57. Pixies, “Caribou”
58. The Godfathers, “Birth, School, Work, Death”
59. Hüsker Dü, “Could You Be The One?”
60. The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Darklands”

 

61. Hoodoo Gurus, “Whats My Scene”
62. Icehouse, “Crazy”
63. ABC, “When Smokey Sings”
64. Camouflage, “The Great Commandment”
65. Bryan Ferry, “Kiss and Tell”
66. The Cure, “Hot Hot Hot!!!”
67. Sinead O’Connor, “I Want Your (Hands On Me)”
68. Nitzer Ebb, “Join in the Chant”
69. Terence Trent D’Arby, “Wishing Well”
70. 10,000 Maniacs, “Don’t Talk”

 

71. Eric B. & Rakim, “Paid in Full”
72. Pet Shop Boys, “Rent”
73. Echo & The Bunnymen, “People are Strange”
74. The Smiths. “Shella Take A Bow”
75. The Dukes Of Stratosphear, “Vanishing Girl”
76. Guadalcanal Diary, “Litany (Life Goes On)”
77. Siouxsie and the Banshees, “This Wheel’s On Fire”
78. INXS, “Devil Inside”
79. Pet Shop Boys, “Always On My Mind”
80. Prince, “U Got The Look”

 

81. Wire, “Ahead”
82. Faith No More, “We Care A Lot”
83. Guns N’ Roses, “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
84. Prince, “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man”
85. U2, “In God’s Country”
86. The Cult, “Wild Flower”
87. The House of Love, “Shine On”
88. INXS, “Mystify”
89. Sonic Youth, “Schizophrenia”
90. The Cure, “How Beautiful You Are”

 

91. Erasure, “Victim of Love”
92. Danny Wilson, “Mary’s Prayer”
93. Gene Loves Jezebel, “The Motion Of Love”
94. U2, “Bullet the Blue Sky”
95. Guns N’ Roses, “Welcome to the Jungle”
96. Rodney Allen, “Come Around Suzy”
97. Suzanne Vega, “Tom’s Diner”
98. Oingo Boingo, “We Close Our Eyes”
99. That Petrol Emotion, “Big Decision”
100. The Fall, “Hit The North”

 

 

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