This week 29 years ago, one of Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflowers" sold for $39.7 million; the Showboat Casino opened in Atlantic City, N.J.; British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher conducted a 45-minute interview on Soviet television; the TV show "Max Headroom" debuted on ABC; "Blind Date" topped the American box office; and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "Let's Go!" Wang Chung
Wang Chung's other song. Exclamation point.
9. "Mandolin Rain," Bruce Hornsby
Is "mandolin rain" a mandolin that sounds like rain or rain that sounds like a mandolin? Either way, I don't really trust anyone who names their backup band The Range.
8. "The Final Countdown," Europe
Currently starring in a stupid Geico commercial, the super-synthy "Final Countdown" would prove to be Europe's biggest hit. Unless an overdue comeback is in order. Shhh ... it's coming!
7. "Don't Dream It's Over," Crowded House
The band's biggest single was off its 1986 debut album. Lead singer-songwriter Neil Finn remains prolific, contributing to everything from the film "The Hobbit" to releasing a solo album in 2014 — and leading Crowded House again.
6. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)," Aretha Franklin and George Michael
I feel like all other 1987 songs cowered in fear over the power that was a Aretha-George duet.
5. "Come Go With Me," Exposé
Throw on three cans of hairspray and your best neon fanny pack and meet me on the dance floor!
4. "Let's Wait Awhile," Janet Jackson
I'm assuming this was on many a high school prom playlist. They just don't make sexual abstinence ballads like they used to.
3. "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight," Genesis
The album version of this song is nearly nine minutes long. Do what you want with that information.
2. "Lean On Me," Club Nouveau
The dance group's take on Bill Withers' classic earned Withers a Grammy for best R&B song — 16 years after Withers first released it.
1. "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now," Starship
No. 1 for two weeks, "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" solidified Grace Slick's epic 1980s comeback (she was almost 50 when this was released). Now, who wants to watch "Mannequin" with me!?