During this week 27 years ago, the second NFL player strike began, Bruce Willis won his first Emmy (for "Moonlighting") and the following songs were the most popular in America, according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "U Got the Look," the Artist
As I'm sure you know, "the Artist" is Prince. And as I'm sure you also know, Prince is notoriously for blocking his songs on YouTube, hence the Gary Numan cover version video above. "U Got the Look" is the opener on the second disc of Prince's double album "Sign o' the Times."
9. "Touch of Grey," Grateful Dead
Released eight years before the death of lead singer Jerry Garcia, "Touch of Grey" was the Grateful Dead's only top 40 hit (it peaked at No. 9).
8. "La Bamba," Los Lobos
Los Lobos' cover of the Mexican folk song (which is just, basically, telling people to dance, shake and have a good time), was a big part of the 1987 Ritche Valens biopic "La Bamba." The song became a No. 1 hit, 29 years after Valens recorded his version.
7. "Carrie," Europe
Swedish rock power ballads for the win!
6. "When Smokey Sings," ABC
A new wave tribute to Smokey Robinson? Sure, it was 1987.
5. "Lost in Emotion," Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
Another Motown-esque song, "Lost in Emotion" was Lisa Lisa & Cult Jame's second consecutive No. 1 hit, following "Head to Toe."
4. "I Heard a Rumour," Bananarama
"I Heard a Rumour," featured in the film "Disorderlies," has six credited songwriters. Six.
3. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," Michael Jackson feat. Siedah Garrett
Despite the slightly gross opening monologue from Jackson, this song went to No. 1. The first single from Jackson's album "Bad," it was followed by four more consecutive No. 1 hits from the same album. The duet partner, Siedah Garrett, was chosen after both Barbra Steisand and Witney Houston turned him down, apparently.
2. "Here I Go Again," Whitesnake
A karaoke favorite (for good reason), the video for "Here I Go Again" is almost as popular as the song itself. Two words: Tawny Kitaen. Four more words: writhing on a car.
1. "Didn't We Almost Have it All," Whitney Houston
One of the most recognizable Houston songs, this was No. 1 for two weeks. The song's co-writer, Michael Masser, also penned Houston's "Saving All My Love For You" and "The Greatest Love of All." He wrote this one with Will Jennings, who wrote the lyrics to Celine Dion's "Titanic" ballad, "My Heart Will Go On."