It is funny how you go for pop now but not then. My 87 list would be a lot George Michael, INXS, Michael Jackson, etc. Aside from the rap and Prince.
I didn’t know any rap album released in 1987 or that George Michael and INXS had released albums in that year! Those didn’t appear in the usual sites I look for and no one recommended them to me. I do my best, but sometimes I just miss some albums.
This was me, but I didn’t mean to point out any flaws in Juana’s system. I very much enjoy following her process and reading the stuff she shares— both her own writing and the archival stuff she digs up.
Just in general, for her or anyone else who is curious, wiki is actually a decent resource for music releases:
As are the custom charts on rateyourmusic
I believe I’ve seen Juana mention these before, but all of the Village Voice Pazz and Jop lists are on Robert Christgau’s site.
But she did get me thinking about 1987. Here is how I might rate the releases of that year, in terms of personal preference:
1. INXS, Kick
2. George Michael, Faith
3. Eric B & Rakim, Paid in Full
4. Guns N Roses, Appetite for Destruction
5. The Cure, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
6. Prince, Sign O the Times
7. Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night
8. Pet Shop Boys, Actually
9. Boogie Down Productions, Criminal Minded
10. Michael Jackson, Bad
Look at that. Look at the ambition (#4, #5), the production (#7, #10), the exquisite use of relative minimalism (#2, #3, #7), the wall-to-wall classics (#1, #4). Now that is a year in pop music.
If you want to go into indie rock, as Juana started laying out, and then compare it all to a godawful year like 2014, you’ll end up laughing maniacally in a padded cell like the Joker.
I still haven’t listened to much music released in 2014, but I still have hopes for Alt-J and Javiera Mena, in the indie scene, and Taylor, of course, but she is not indie.