Back to Sunday, March 15, 1987. Mets fans were freaking out: Doc Gooden admitted to a coke habit & was out indefinitely. Talk about a bummer after a world championship. But, hey, good music! Here's the local top 10 album list, for a change of pace.

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  • 10

    "Different Light" by The Bangles

    (#4 last week) My favorite 80s artists! Every one of their songs is soooo catchy, filled with jangly guitars & melody. This video for "Walking Down Your Street" features Little Richard & Randy Quaid.

  • 9

    "Night Songs" by Cinderella

    (New to top 10) It sure helps when you open on tour for Bon Jovi! This album peaked at #3; the single "Nobody's Fool", #13.

  • 8

    "Rapture" by Anita Baker

    (#8 last week) This latest single from the LP "Rapture", "Caught Up In The Rapture",  did great on the R&B & Adult Contemporary chart, but not so much at top 40 radio. Pretty tune.

  • 7

    "Invisible Touch" by Genesis

    (#5 last week) Tonight Tonight Tonight" was the 4th single from the LP. The video borrows a bit from the movie "Blade Runner".

  • 6

    "Give Me A Reason" by Luther Vandross

    (#7 last week) Luther's first #1 R&B chart single since "Never Too Much" in 1981, & his biggest pop chart crossover to date.

  • 5

    "Control" by Janet Jackson

    (#6 last week) Fans of the group America perked up their ears when "Let's Wait Awhile"was released from the "Control" album: the opening notes sound like they were lifted from America's 1975 hit "Daisy Jane". The song was interpreted as an anthem to sexual abstinence as it was a hit at the height of the AIDS epidemic.

  • 4

    "The Way It Is" by Bruce Hornsby & The Range

    (#3 last week) Speaking of borrowing from an earlier song, "Mandolin Rain" appears to be partly inspired by the R&B song "You Don't Miss Your Water" by William Bell, due to it employing the same hook (heard at the beginning of both songs), & by a amazingly similar swing feel (albeit with different chords).

  • 3

    "Graceland" by Paul Simon

    (#10 last week) This title track from the album was just named "Record Of The Year" at the Grammys, kind of a surprise because the single had not been a hit on top 40 radio (up to that point).

  • 2

    "Licensed To Ill" by The Beastie Boys

    (#2 last week) By 1987, rap was going rock...& suburban. The album "Licensed To Ill" was the first rap album to make it to #1 nationally. This party jam has definitely endured!

  • 1

    "Slippery When Wet" by Bon Jovi

    (#1 last week; 9th week at #1) The story goes that Jon bon Jovi did not like the original recording of this song, which can be found as a hidden track on "100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong". Richie Sambora convinced him the song was good, and they reworked it with a new bass line, different drum fills and the use of a talk box to include it on their "Slippery When Wet" album. Smart move.