1987 Episode Guide

TOTP expands across the Atlantic, with the format being broadcast in the US for a short time. Artists like Rick Astley, Erasure, Belinda Carlisle take over the charts.


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01/01/1987

Gary Davies takes a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from A-ha, Elkie Brooks, Spitting Image, and Madonna.


08/01/1987

Gary Davies takes a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Lionel Richie, The Pretenders, Robbie Nevil, and Jackie Wilson.


15/01/1987

Mike Smith takes a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from The Mission, The Style Council, Siouxsie & The Banshees, and Bangles.


22/01/1987

Gary Davies and Steve Wright take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Ub40, Curiosity Killed The Cat, Pepsi & Shirlie, and Steve ‘silk’ Hurley.


29/01/1987

Mike Smith takes a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Aretha Franklin & George Michael, Robbie Nevil, The Blow Monkeys, and Taffy.


05/02/1987

John Peel and Janice Long take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Randy Crawford, Curiosity Killed The Cat, Eric Clapton, and Aretha Franklin & George Michael.


12/02/1987

Simon Mayo and Peter Powell take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Ben E. King, Five Star, Carly Simon, and Vesta Williams.


19/02/1987

Gary Davies takes a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Carly Simon, Man 2 Man Meets Man Parrish, Simply Red, and The Jets.


26/02/1987

Mike Smith and Steve Wright take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Simply Red, Level 42, A-ha, and Ben E. King.


05/03/1987

Janice Long and Gary Davies take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from A-ha, Mel & Kim, Freddie Mercury, and Al Jarreau.


12/03/1987

Mike Smith and Steve Wright take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Jackie Wilson, Freddie Mercury, Bruce Willis, and Beastie Boys.


19/03/1987

Simon Bates and Peter Powell take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Bruce Willis, Erasure, Al Jarreau, and Prince.


26/03/1987

Mike Smith takes a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from U2, Janet Jackson, Nick Kamen, and Club Nouveau.


02/04/1987

Gary Davies and Janice Long take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Madonna, Fine Young Cannibals, Herb Alpert, and Ruby Turner.


09/04/1987

Mike Smith takes a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Club Nouveau, Judy Boucher, Bon Jovi, and Ferry Aid.


16/04/1987

Janice Long and Peter Powell take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from David Bowie, Herb Alpert, Five Star, and Rikki.


23/04/1987

Gary Davies takes a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from The Smiths, Judy Boucher, Tom Jones, and Madonna.


30/04/1987

Peter Powell and Steve Wright take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Starship, Level 42, Fleetwood Mac, and Madonna.


07/05/1987

Mike Smith takes a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Fleetwood Mac, Spear Of Destiny, The Cult, and Starship.


14/05/1987

Gary Davies takes a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from The Cult, Labi Siffre, Cameo, and Starship.


21/05/1987

Peter Powell and Simon Bates take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Wet Wet Wet, Donna Allen, Bruce Springsteen, and Whitney Houston.


28/05/1987

Mike Smith takes a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Bruce Springsteen, Donna Allen, Gary Moore, and Johnny Logan.


05/06/1987

Gary Davies takes a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from U2, Jody Watley, John Farnham, and Wet Wet Wet.


11/06/1987

Simon Bates and Peter Powell take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Bruce Willis, Run Dmc, Whitesnake, and Johnny Logan.


18/06/1987

Janice Long and Simon Mayo take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Whitesnake, Abc, Janet Jackson, and The Firm.


25/06/1987

Simon Bates and Peter Powell take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Bruce Willis, Terence Trent D’arby, Simple Minds, and The Firm.


02/07/1987

Simon Bates takes a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Atlantic Starr, Black, A-ha, and Pet Shop Boys.


09/07/1987

Gary Davies takes a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from A-ha, Genesis, Mel & Kim, and The Christians.


16/07/1987

Simon Bates and Peter Powell take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Bruce Willis, Kenny G, Los Lobos, and Boogie Box High.


23/07/1987

Janice Long and Simon Mayo take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Atlantic Starr, Los Lobos, Samantha Fox, and Beastie Boys.


30/07/1987

Gary Davies takes a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Heart, Bananarama, Spagna, and New Order.


06/08/1987

Gary Davies takes a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram, Samantha Fox, Motley Crue, and Spagna.


13/08/1987

Simon Bates and Peter Powell take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Motley Crue, Wet Wet Wet, Kim Wilde, and The Jesus & Mary Chain.


20/08/1987

Janice Long and Steve Wright take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Five Star, Bon Jovi, The Smiths, and Sinitta.


27/08/1987

Gary Davies takes a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield, Black, Rick Astley, and T'Pau.


03/09/1987

Mike Smith takes a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Levert, Cliff Richard, Johnny Hates Jazz, and The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys.


10/09/1987

Simon Bates and Peter Powell take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Level 42, Wax, Rick Astley, and U2.


17/09/1987

Gary Davies and Mike Smith take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Luther Vandross, Cliff Richard, Karel Fialka, and M/a/r/r/s.


24/09/1987

Mike Smith and Gary Davies take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Abc, Jan Hammer, Ll Cool J, and Mick Jagger.


01/10/1987

Mike Smith and Gary Davies take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Michael Jackson, Gary Numan, Shakin’ Stevens, and The Bee Gees.


08/10/1987

Gary Davies and Mike Smith take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Kiss, Erasure, Steve Walsh, and LL Cool J.


15/10/1987

Gary Davies and Peter Powell take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Five Star, Terence Trent D’arby, Bananarama, and Was (not Was).


22/10/1987

Gary Davies and Simon Bates take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Los Lobos, Kiss, The Cure, and George Michael.


29/10/1987

Gary Davies and Steve Wright take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from George Michael, Ray Parker Jr, George Harrison, and Scarlet Fantastic.


05/11/1987

Janice Long and Mike Smith take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from George Harrison, Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe, The Communards, and The Bee Gees.


12/11/1987

Peter Powell and Gary Davies take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, and T’pau.


19/11/1987

Simon Mayo and Steve Wright take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Whitney Houston, Barry White, The Smiths, and T’pau.


26/11/1987

Simon Bates and Gary Davies take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Boy George, Shakin’ Stevens, Paul Mccartney, and T’pau.


03/12/1987

Janice Long and Gary Davies take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Alexander O’neal, Def Leppard, Jellybean Featuring Elisa Fiorillo, and Paul Mccartney.


10/12/1987

Mike Smith takes a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Michael Jackson, Johnny Hates Jazz, Mel & Kim, and T’pau.


17/12/1987

Mike Read and Gary Davies take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Mel & Kim, The Pogues & Kirsty Maccoll, Nat King Cole, and Pet Shop Boys.


Christmas Day 1987

In this special Christmas Day edition Mike Smith and Gary Davies present the popular hits of 1987, plus this week's Top 40 chart and the No. 1 best selling record of Christmas 1987. Including performances from Rick Astley, Ben E King, Starship, and Ferry Aid.


31/12/1987

Peter Powell and Gary Davies take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Nat ‘king’ Cole, Belinda Carlisle, Cher, and Pet Shop Boys.



Year in Review

1987 – a year marked by triumph and disaster in the UK. And while epic events unfolded in the outside world, the Top of the Pops studio provided a haven for those who wanted to escape. With a new groundbreaking twin show broadcast from the USA, Top of the Pops could sidestep the music videos of MTV and bring the very biggest names to UK audiences. In Television Centre, Stock, Aitken and Waterman provided the floor-fillers as hip-hop and rap made their mark on the chart along with home-grown house. From the rock aristocracy to pure pop hits and the irresistible new funk grooves, the youth could pick their own soundtrack and pump up the volume.