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Release Date Quick List

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Below is an incomplete list of Atari 2600 video game release dates by month in the USA for the year 1987 along with lists of top 100 music, movies, and TV shows to help summon your treasured memories of the Atari 2600 and the 1980s with the bonus of recreating the magical feelings of that special time.

 

If you were too young or not even born yet, play the songs in the order they are listed and watch short video clips or commercials for the movies and TV shows (in order) and you might start to feel what it was like back then in 1987. There were no smartphones or an Internet full of knowledge and entertainment at your fingertips. If you wanted to know something, you had to go to the library and try to find the information in a book. If you were lucky, you had an encyclopedia set at home, but it would probably be many decades out of date.

 

 

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Quick List and Index

For those who only want release dates and nothing else, there is a Release Date Quick List. This page also has an Index.

 

 

Not Set in Stone

Most of the release dates below are not set in stone. Games will be moved as better information is found, so be sure to check back once in a while.

 

 

Best Guess

Many games are marked as a best guess. Some guesses are worse than others. Below is a list of the types of guesses that can be on this page.

 

Best Guess (BG): At least one magazine or newsletter mentioned the month a game was released or supposed to be released.

 

Extreme Best Guess (EBG): A vague mention of the release month in a magazine or newsletter.

 

Super Extreme Best Guess (SEBG): The Video Game Update newsletter only had a review for the game (no release month mentioned), so it's a semi-educated wild guess. The review could have happened the same month the game was released or the review could have been published a month or more later.

 

Desperate Super Extreme Best Guess (DSEBG): There might be an ad in a magazine to go on if we're lucky. It's a desperate semi-educated wild guess.

 

 

Copyright Date

Remember, the date on the box, cartridge, manual, and copyright screen can be different from the actual release date. For example, Atari 2600 Pac-Man was released in March/April of 1982, but the box, cart, manual, and copyright screen have 1981 as the copyright date. It usually took around 6 months for a programmer to make an Atari VCS game back then and that's not counting the time it took to make the manuals, boxes, and cartridges.

 

 

YouTube

To help make your experience even more enjoyable, most items have a link next to them that will lead you to related search results at YouTube where you might find video game commercials, gameplay footage, music videos, and clips from TV shows or movies.

 

 

You Can Help

If you find a mistake, or have more information to add, such as month/year release dates for games, please contact me. Every little bit of credible information helps, no matter how insignificant you think it might be. Thanks for your help.

 

 

 

 

January 1987

January 1987

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Jacob’s Ladder” by Huey Lewis & The News  (Jan 17)   YouTube

“Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House  (Jan 17)   YouTube   70%

“Let’s Wait Awhile” by Janet Jackson  (Jan 17)   YouTube

“Mandolin Rain” by Bruce Hornsby & The Range  (Jan 17)   YouTube   65%

“Respect Yourself” by Bruce Willis  (Jan 17)   YouTube

“Come Go With Me” by Exposé  (Jan 24)   YouTube

“The Final Countdown” by Europe  (Jan 24)   YouTube

“Let’s Go” by Wang Chung  (Jan 24)   YouTube

“The Honeythief” by Hipsway  (Jan 24)   YouTube

“Ronnie’s Rapp” by Ron & The D.C. Crew  (Jan 24)   YouTube

“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship  (Jan 31)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for February >

January 1987

 

New at the Movies

Assassination  (Jan 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Bedroom Window  (Jan 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Critical Condition  (Jan 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Wanted: Dead or Alive  (Jan 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Jocks  (Jan 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Stepfather  (Jan 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold  (Jan 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Outrageous Fortune  (Jan 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Radio Days  (Jan 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

January 1987

 

New on TV

Unsolved Mysteries [specials until 1988]  NBC  (Jan 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Ohara  ABC  (Jan 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

The Tortellis  NBC  (Jan 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Square One TV  PBS  (Jan 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for February >

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February 1987

February 1987

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“The Finer Things” by Steve Winwood  (Feb 7)   YouTube

“Stone Love” by Kool & The Gang  (Feb 7)   YouTube

“What You Get Is What You See” by Tina Turner  (Feb 7)   YouTube

“Smoking Gun” by Robert Cray Band  (Feb 7)   YouTube

“Lean On Me” by Club Nouveau  (Feb 14)   YouTube

“The Lady In Red” by Chris DeBurgh  (Feb 14)   YouTube

“Tonight, Tonight, Tonight” by Genesis  (Feb 14)   YouTube

“Walking Down Your Street” by Bangles  (Feb 14)   YouTube   75%

“Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You” by Glenn Medeiros  (Feb 14)   YouTube

“Dominoes” by Robbie Nevil  (Feb 14)   YouTube

“Serious” by Donna Allen  (Feb 14)   YouTube

“Ship Of Fools (Save Me From Tomorrow)” by World Party  (Feb 14)   YouTube

“I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” by Aretha Franklin & George Michael  (Feb 21)   YouTube

“Light Of Day” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts  (Feb 21)   YouTube

“How Much Love” by Survivor  (Feb 21)   YouTube

“Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend)” by Mel & Kim  (Feb 21)   YouTube

“Come As You Are” by Peter Wolf  (Feb 28)   YouTube

“The Right Thing” by Simply Red  (Feb 28)   YouTube

“It’s Tricky” by Run DMC  (Feb 28)   YouTube   60%

New on Top 100 Radio for March >

February 1987

 

New at the Movies

Black Widow  (Feb 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

From the Hip  (Feb 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Light of Day  (Feb 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Mannequin  (Feb 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Over the Top  (Feb 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Death Before Dishonor  (Feb 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Square Dance  (Feb 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors  (Feb 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Number One with a Bullet  (Feb 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Some Kind of Wonderful  (Feb 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

February 1987

 

New on TV

LBJ: The Early Years [TV movie]  NBC  (Feb 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Amerika [miniseries]  ABC  (Feb 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Facts of Life Down Under [TV movie]  NBC  (Feb 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for March >

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March 1987

March 1987

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“(I Just) Died In Your Arms” by Cutting Crew  (Mar 7)   YouTube

“Looking For A New Love” by Jody Watley  (Mar 7)   YouTube

“Sign O’ The Times” by Prince  (Mar 7)   YouTube

“Meet Me Half Way” by Kenny Loggins  (Mar 7)   YouTube

“The Boy In The Bubble” by Paul Simon  (Mar 7)   YouTube

“Right On Track” by Breakfast Club  (Mar 14)   YouTube

“With Or Without You” by U2  (Mar 21)   YouTube

“La Isla Bonita” by Madonna  (Mar 21)   YouTube

“Always” by Atlantic Starr  (Mar 28)   YouTube

“You Keep Me Hangin’ On” by Kim Wilde  (Mar 28)   YouTube   60%

“Big Love” by Fleetwood Mac  (Mar 28)   YouTube

“Heat Of The Night” by Bryan Adams  (Mar 28)   YouTube

“Just To See Her” by Smokey Robinson  (Mar 28)   YouTube

“Se La” by Lionel Richie  (Mar 28)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for April >

March 1987

 

New at the Movies

Angel Heart  (Mar 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Lethal Weapon  (Mar 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Evil Dead II  (Mar 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Tin Men  (Mar 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Raising Arizona  (Mar 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Burglar  (Mar 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Hollywood Shuffle  (Mar 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Street Smart  (Mar 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Blind Date  (Mar 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

March 1987

 

New on TV

Houston Knights  CBS  (Mar 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Rags to Riches  NBC  (Mar 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

The Bronx Zoo  NBC  (Mar 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Roomies  NBC  (Mar 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Trivia: Televangelist Jim Bakker resigns as the host of The PTL Club after involvement in a sex scandal.  Christian TV  (Mar 19)   YouTube   Wikipedia: 1987 Events

The Charmings  ABC  (Mar 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

The Bold and the Beautiful  CBS  (Mar 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Max Headroom  ABC  (Mar 31)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for April >

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April 1987

April 1987

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Songbird” by Kenny G  (Apr 4)   YouTube

“I Know What I Like” by Huey Lewis & The News  (Apr 4)   YouTube

“Lessons In Love” by Level 42  (Apr 4)   YouTube   70%

“Day-In Day-Out” by David Bowie  (Apr 4)   YouTube

“Baby Grand” by Billy Joel & Ray Charles  (Apr 4)   YouTube

“Head To Toe” by Lisa Lisa And Cult Jam  (Apr 11)   YouTube   60%

“Don’t Disturb This Groove” by The System  (Apr 11)   YouTube

“Diamonds” by Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson and Lisa Keith  (Apr 11)   YouTube   60%

“Wanted Dead Or Alive” by Bon Jovi  (Apr 11)   YouTube

“Endless Nights” by Eddie Money  (Apr 11)   YouTube

“I’ll Still Be Loving You” by Restless Heart  (Apr 11)   YouTube

“Should I See” by Frozen Ghost  (Apr 11)   YouTube

“Shy Girl” by Stacey Q  (Apr 11)   YouTube

“We Are What We Are” by The Other Ones  (Apr 18)   YouTube

“Go See The Doctor” by Kool Moe Dee  (Apr 18)   YouTube

“In Too Deep” by Genesis  (Apr 25)   YouTube

“Jammin’ Me” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers  (Apr 25)   YouTube

“Dirty Water” by Rock And Hyde  (Apr 25)   YouTube   70%

New on Top 100 Radio for May >

April 1987

 

New at the Movies

Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol  (Apr 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Aristocats [re-release]  (Apr 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Making Mr. Right  (Apr 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Secret of My Success  (Apr 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Three for the Road  (Apr 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Project X  (Apr 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Rumpelstiltskin  (Apr 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Wild Thing  (Apr 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Extreme Prejudice  (Apr 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

My Demon Lover  (Apr 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

April 1987

 

New on TV

Nothing in Common  NBC  (Apr 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Trivia: The Fox TV network makes its prime-time debut. The network debuts two shows, Married... with Children and The Tracey Ullman Show.  Fox  (Apr 5)   YouTube   Wikipedia: 1987 Events

Married... with Children  Fox  (Apr 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

The Tracey Ullman Show  Fox  (Apr 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

21 Jump Street  Fox  (Apr 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Sweet Surrender  NBC  (Apr 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Bionic Six  Syndication  (Apr 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Duet  Fox  (Apr 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Trivia: Matt Groening’s The Simpsons debuts as a series of short animated segments as part of The Tracey Ullman Show.  Fox  (Apr 19)   YouTube   Wikipedia: 1987 Events

Down and Out in Beverly Hills  Fox  (Apr 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for May >

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May 1987

May 1987

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Heart And Soul” by T’Pau  (May 2)   YouTube

“Something So Strong” by Crowded House  (May 2)   YouTube

“I’d Still Say Yes” by Klymaxx  (May 2)   YouTube

“Rock The Night” by Europe  (May 2)   YouTube

“Only In My Dreams” by Debbie Gibson  (May 9)   YouTube   55%

“Point Of No Return” by Exposé  (May 9)   YouTube

“Alone” by Heart  (May 16)   YouTube

“I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston  (May 16)   YouTube   55%

“Funkytown” by Pseudo Echo  (May 16)   YouTube   60%

“Kiss Him Goodbye” by The Nylons  (May 16)   YouTube

“Every Little Kiss” by Bruce Hornsby & The Range  (May 16)   YouTube

“Flames Of Paradise” by Jennifer Rush & Elton John  (May 16)   YouTube

“Shakedown” by Bob Seger  (May 23)   YouTube   60%

“The Pleasure Principle” by Janet Jackson  (May 23)   YouTube

“Happy” by Surface  (May 23)   YouTube

“Why Should I Cry?” by Nona Hendryx  (May 23)   YouTube

“Give Me All Night” by Carly Simon  (May 23)   YouTube

“Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine  (May 30)   YouTube   70%

“Wot’s It To Ya” by Robbie Nevil  (May 30)   YouTube   60%

“Girls, Girls, Girls” by Mötley Crüe  (May 30)   YouTube

“Back In The High Life Again” by Steve Winwood  (May 30)   YouTube

“Moonlighting (Theme)” by Al Jarreau  (May 30)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for June >

May 1987

 

New at the Movies

The Allnighter  (May 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

American Ninja 2: The Confrontation  (May 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Creepshow 2  (May 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Malone  (May 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Gardens of Stone  (May 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Hot Pursuit  (May 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Gate  (May 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Ishtar  (May 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Beverly Hills Cop II  (May 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Chipmunk Adventure  (May 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Ernest Goes to Camp  (May 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

May 1987

 

New on TV

Mr. President  Fox  (May 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd  NBC  (May 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for June >

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June 1987

June 1987

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“I Want Your Sex” by George Michael  (Jun 6)   YouTube

“Luka” by Suzanne Vega  (Jun 6)   YouTube

“Can’t We Try” by Dan Hill & Vonda Shepard  (Jun 6)   YouTube

“Rock Steady” by The Whispers  (Jun 6)   YouTube

“Cross My Broken Heart” by The Jets  (Jun 6)   YouTube

“Mary’s Prayer” by Danny Wilson  (Jun 6)   YouTube   60%

“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2  (Jun 13)   YouTube

“Don’t Mean Nothing” by Richard Marx  (Jun 13)   YouTube

“Since You’ve Been Gone” by The Outfield  (Jun 13)   YouTube

“I Want Action” by Poison  (Jun 13)   YouTube

“Living In A Box” by Living In A Box  (Jun 20)   YouTube

“Seven Wonders” by Fleetwood Mac  (Jun 20)   YouTube

“La Bamba” by Los Lobos  (Jun 27)   YouTube

“It’s Not Over (Til It’s Over)” by Starship  (Jun 27)   YouTube

“Lies” by Jonathan Butler  (Jun 27)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for July >

June 1987

 

New at the Movies

Cyclone  (Jun 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Harry and the Hendersons  (Jun 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Untouchables  (Jun 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Believers  (Jun 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Million Dollar Mystery  (Jun 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Predator  (Jun 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Witches of Eastwick  (Jun 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Benji the Hunted  (Jun 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Roxanne  (Jun 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Dragnet  (Jun 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Spaceballs  (Jun 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Straight to Hell  (Jun 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

June 1987

 

New on TV

Home Shopping Game  Syndication  (Jun 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for July >

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July 1987

July 1987

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake  (Jul 4)   YouTube

“When Smokey Sings” by ABC  (Jul 4)   YouTube

“Who’s That Girl” by Madonna  (Jul 11)   YouTube

“Wipeout” by Fat Boys & Beach Boys  (Jul 11)   YouTube

“Love Power” by Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osborne  (Jul 11)   YouTube

“Who Found Who” by Jellybean Featuring Elisa Fiorillo  (Jul 11)   YouTube

“I’m Bad” by LL Cool J  (Jul 11)   YouTube

“I Heard A Rumour” by Bananarama  (Jul 18)   YouTube

“Doing It All For My Baby” by Huey Lewis & The News  (Jul 18)   YouTube

“One Heartbeat” by Smokey Robinson  (Jul 18)   YouTube

“In My Dreams” by REO Speedwagon  (Jul 18)   YouTube

“Touch Of Grey” by Grateful Dead  (Jul 25)   YouTube

“Jump Start” by Natalie Cole  (Jul 25)   YouTube

“Fake” by Alexander O’Neal  (Jul 25)   YouTube

“Back To Paradise” by .38 Special  (Jul 25)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for August >

July 1987

 

New at the Movies

Adventures in Babysitting  (Jul 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Innerspace  (Jul 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Brave Little Toaster  (Jul 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Full Metal Jacket  (Jul 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise  (Jul 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Squeeze  (Jul 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

White Water Summer  (Jul 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Jaws: The Revenge  (Jul 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Nowhere to Hide  (Jul 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

RoboCop  (Jul 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs [re-release]  (Jul 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

La Bamba  (Jul 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Summer School  (Jul 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace  (Jul 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Living Daylights  (Jul 31)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Lost Boys  (Jul 31)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Maid to Order  (Jul 31)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

July 1987

 

New on TV

Werewolf  Fox  (Jul 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Karen’s Song  Fox  (Jul 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

The New Adventures of Beans Baxter  Fox  (Jul 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for August >

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August 1987

August 1987

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Didn’t We Almost Have It All” by Whitney Houston  (Aug 1)   YouTube

“Lost In Emotion” by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam  (Aug 1)   YouTube

“U Got The Look” by Prince & Sheena Easton  (Aug 1)   YouTube

“Carrie” by Europe  (Aug 1)   YouTube

“I Need Love” by LL Cool J  (Aug 1)   YouTube

“Holiday” by The Other Ones  (Aug 1)   YouTube   60%

“Don’t Look Down (The Sequel)” by Go West  (Aug 1)   YouTube

“Misfit” by Curiosity Killed The Cat  (Aug 1)   YouTube

“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” by Michael Jackson & Siedah Garrett  (Aug 8)   YouTube   60%

“Never Let Me Down” by David Bowie  (Aug 8)   YouTube

“Be There” by Pointer Sisters  (Aug 8)   YouTube

“Oh Yeah” by Yello  (Aug 8)   YouTube   60%

“Casanova” by Levert  (Aug 15)   YouTube

“Breakout” by Swing Out Sister  (Aug 15)   YouTube   78%

“Who Will You Run To” by Heart  (Aug 15)   YouTube

“Let Me Be The One” by Exposé  (Aug 15)   YouTube

“Paper In Fire” by John Cougar Mellencamp  (Aug 15)   YouTube

“One Lover At A Time” by Atlantic Starr  (Aug 15)   YouTube

“Something Real (Inside Me/Inside You)” by Mr. Mister  (Aug 22)   YouTube

“Victim Of Love” by Bryan Adams  (Aug 22)   YouTube

“Dinner With Gershwin” by Donna Summer  (Aug 22)   YouTube

“I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany  (Aug 29)   YouTube   55%

“Little Lies” by Fleetwood Mac  (Aug 29)   YouTube   70%

“Don’t Make Me Wait For Love” by Kenny G  (Aug 29)   YouTube

“You Are The Girl” by The Cars  (Aug 29)   YouTube

“I Don’t Think That Man Should Sleep Alone” by Ray Parker Jr.  (Aug 29)   YouTube

“Happy Together” by The Nylons  (Aug 29)   YouTube

“Love Is A House” by Force M.D.’s  (Aug 29)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for September >

August 1987

 

New at the Movies

Back to the Beach  (Aug 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland  (Aug 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Masters of the Universe  (Aug 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Nadine  (Aug 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Stakeout  (Aug 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Who’s That Girl  (Aug 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Can’t Buy Me Love  (Aug 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Disorderlies  (Aug 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Monster Squad  (Aug 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

No Way Out  (Aug 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

North Shore  (Aug 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Born in East L.A.  (Aug 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Dirty Dancing  (Aug 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Garbage Pail Kids Movie  (Aug 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Big Easy  (Aug 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Fourth Protocol  (Aug 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Hamburger Hill  (Aug 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

House II: The Second Story  (Aug 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Matewan  (Aug 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

August 1987

 

New on TV

Animal Crack-Ups  ABC  (Aug 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for September >

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September 1987

September 1987

 

Kung-Fu Master (Activision)

Best Guess. The game was shipped in September according to Computer Entertainer. Kung-Fu Master was reviewed in the October 1987 issue of Computer Entertainer.

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September 1987

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Mony Mony (Live)” by Billy Idol  (Sep 5)   YouTube

“I’ve Been In Love Before” by Cutting Crew  (Sep 5)   YouTube

“It’s A Sin” by Pet Shop Boys  (Sep 5)   YouTube

“That’s What Love Is All About” by Michael Bolton  (Sep 5)   YouTube

“Betcha Say That” by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine  (Sep 5)   YouTube

“Causing A Commotion” by Madonna  (Sep 12)   YouTube

“Where The Streets Have No Name” by U2  (Sep 12)   YouTube

“Come On, Let’s Go” by Los Lobos  (Sep 12)   YouTube

“Let’s Work” by Mick Jagger  (Sep 12)   YouTube

“Love Is Contagious” by Taja Sevelle  (Sep 12)   YouTube

“Solitude Standing” by Suzanne Vega  (Sep 12)   YouTube

“Bad” by Michael Jackson  (Sep 19)   YouTube   75%

“The One I Love” by R.E.M.  (Sep 19)   YouTube

“Hourglass” by Squeeze  (Sep 19)   YouTube   90%

“Boys Night Out” by Timothy B. Schmit  (Sep 19)   YouTube

“Waterfall” by Wendy & Lisa  (Sep 19)   YouTube

“Heaven Is A Place On Earth” by Belinda Carlisle  (Sep 26)   YouTube   52%

“(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” by Bill Medley with Jennifer Warnes  (Sep 26)   YouTube

“Should’ve Known Better” by Richard Marx  (Sep 26)   YouTube

“Catch Me (I’m Falling)” by Pretty Poison  (Sep 26)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for October >

September 1987

 

New at the Movies

The Curse  (Sep 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Amazon Women on the Moon  (Sep 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Fatal Attraction  (Sep 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Hellraiser  (Sep 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Maurice  (Sep 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Pick-up Artist  (Sep 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Principal  (Sep 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Best Seller  (Sep 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Big Town  (Sep 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Real Men  (Sep 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

September 1987

 

New on TV

Geraldo  Syndication  (Sep 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

My Pet Monster  ABC  (Sep 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

I’m Telling! [game show]  NBC  (Sep 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

The New Archies  NBC  (Sep 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

Popeye and Son  CBS  (Sep 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

Dinosaucers  Syndication  (Sep 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Maxie’s World  Syndication  (Sep 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Wil Shriner Show  Syndication  (Sep 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Frank’s Place  CBS  (Sep 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

The Oldest Rookie  CBS  (Sep 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Wiseguy  CBS  (Sep 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

A Year in the Life [miniseries/TV Series]  NBC  (Sep 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Out of This World  Syndication  (Sep 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

DuckTales (Original series)  Syndication  (Sep 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Marblehead Manor  Syndication  (Sep 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

She’s the Sheriff  Syndication  (Sep 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Once a Hero  ABC  (Sep 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

The Highwayman  NBC  (Sep 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

My Two Dads  NBC  (Sep 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Beverly Hills Teens  Syndication  (Sep 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Spiral Zone  Syndication  (Sep 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Full House  ABC  (Sep 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

I Married Dora  ABC  (Sep 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Hooperman  ABC  (Sep 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

The Slap Maxwell Story  ABC  (Sep 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

A Different World  NBC  (Sep 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Tour of Duty  CBS  (Sep 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Beauty and the Beast  CBS  (Sep 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Jake and the Fatman  CBS  (Sep 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

ALF: The Animated Series  NBC  (Sep 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

J.J. Starbuck  NBC  (Sep 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Second Chance (aka Boys Will Be Boys)  Fox  (Sep 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Dolly  ABC  (Sep 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

The Law & Harry McGraw  CBS  (Sep 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Star Trek: The Next Generation  Syndication  (Sep 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

thirtysomething  ABC  (Sep 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for October >

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October 1987

October 1987

 

Title Match Pro Wrestling (Absolute Entertainment)

Best Guess. This game was shipped in October 1987 according to Computer Entertainer. Title Match Pro Wrestling was reviewed in the November 1987 issue of Computer Entertainer.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

October 1987

 

Summer Games (Epyx)

Best Guess. This game was shipped in October 1987 according to Computer Entertainer. Summer Games was reviewed in the November 1987 issue of Computer Entertainer.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

October 1987

 

Winter Games (Epyx)

Best Guess. This game was shipped in October 1987 according to Computer Entertainer. Winter Games was reviewed in the November 1987 issue of Computer Entertainer.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

October 1987

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Shake Your Love” by Debbie Gibson  (Oct 3)   YouTube

“Brilliant Disguise” by Bruce Springsteen  (Oct 3)   YouTube

“Don’t You Want Me” by Jody Watley  (Oct 3)   YouTube

“Dude (Looks Like A Lady)” by Aerosmith  (Oct 3)   YouTube   55%

“Love Will Find A Way” by Yes  (Oct 3)   YouTube

“Satellite” by The Hooters  (Oct 3)   YouTube

“Tell It To My Heart” by Taylor Dayne  (Oct 10)   YouTube

“We’ll Be Together” by Sting  (Oct 10)   YouTube   65%

“Valerie” by Steve Winwood  (Oct 10)   YouTube   60%

“Crazy” by Icehouse  (Oct 17)   YouTube

“Skeletons” by Stevie Wonder  (Oct 17)   YouTube

“I Do You” by The Jets  (Oct 17)   YouTube

“Motortown” by The Kane Gang  (Oct 17)   YouTube   [Didn’t hear it back then, but I might have liked it.]

“Need You Tonight” by INXS  (Oct 24)   YouTube

“Got My Mind Set On You” by George Harrison  (Oct 24)   YouTube   75%

“Faith” by George Michael  (Oct 24)   YouTube

“Is This Love” by Whitesnake  (Oct 24)   YouTube

“Cherry Bomb” by John Cougar Mellencamp  (Oct 24)   YouTube

“So Emotional” by Whitney Houston  (Oct 31)   YouTube

“Pop Goes The World” by Men Without Hats  (Oct 31)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for November >

October 1987

 

New at the Movies

Anna  (Oct 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Big Shots  (Oct 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Like Father Like Son  (Oct 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Slam Dance  (Oct 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Princess Bride  (Oct 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Someone to Watch Over Me  (Oct 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Surrender  (Oct 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Three O’Clock High  (Oct 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Barfly  (Oct 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II  (Oct 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Hope and Glory  (Oct 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Weeds  (Oct 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Whales of August  (Oct 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Glass Menagerie  (Oct 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

No Man’s Land  (Oct 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Prince of Darkness  (Oct 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Sicilian  (Oct 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Suspect  (Oct 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Baby Boom  (Oct 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Fatal Beauty  (Oct 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Hidden  (Oct 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

October 1987

 

New on TV

Everything’s Relative  CBS  (Oct 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Leg Work  CBS  (Oct 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Friday the 13th: The Series  Syndication  (Oct 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Women in Prison  Fox  (Oct 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Trivia: Bob Barker stops dyeing his hair brown and appears on The Price Is Right for the first time with white hair.  CBS  (Oct 15)   YouTube   Wikipedia: 1987 Events

New on Top 100 Radio for November >

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November 1987

November 1987

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Hungry Eyes” by Eric Carmen  (Nov 7)   YouTube

“Candle In The Wind (Live)” by Elton John  (Nov 7)   YouTube

“There’s The Girl” by Heart  (Nov 7)   YouTube

“I Live For Your Love” by Natalie Cole  (Nov 7)   YouTube

“Honestly” by Stryper  (Nov 7)   YouTube

“Hazy Shade Of Winter” by Bangles  (Nov 14)   YouTube   60%

“Don’t Shed A Tear” by Paul Carrack  (Nov 14)   YouTube

“I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man” by Prince  (Nov 14)   YouTube

“The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson  (Nov 21)   YouTube   75%

“I Found Someone” by Cher  (Nov 21)   YouTube

“Push It” by Salt ‘N Pepa  (Nov 21)   YouTube

“Could’ve Been” by Tiffany  (Nov 28)   YouTube

“Seasons Change” by Exposé  (Nov 28)   YouTube

“Pump Up The Volume” by M|A|R|R|S  (Nov 28)   YouTube

“Everywhere” by Fleetwood Mac  (Nov 28)   YouTube   68%

“Because Of You” by The Cover Girls  (Nov 28)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for December >

November 1987

 

New at the Movies

Cry Freedom  (Nov 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Death Wish 4: The Crackdown  (Nov 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Hello Again  (Nov 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Hiding Out  (Nov 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Less Than Zero  (Nov 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Made in Heaven  (Nov 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Russkies  (Nov 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Steel Dawn  (Nov 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Cross My Heart  (Nov 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Running Man  (Nov 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Cinderella [re-release]  (Nov 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Date with an Angel  (Nov 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Flowers in the Attic  (Nov 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Nuts  (Nov 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Sign “” the Times  (Nov 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Teen Wolf Too  (Nov 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Planes, Trains and Automobiles  (Nov 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Three Men and a Baby  (Nov 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

November 1987

 

New on TV

Finders Keepers  Nickelodeon  (Nov 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Beverly Hills Buntz  NBC  (Nov 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Sable  ABC  (Nov 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Trivia: Sonny & Cher reunite for a performance on Late Night with David Letterman.  NBC  (Nov 13)   YouTube   Wikipedia: 1987 Events

Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story [miniseries]  NBC  (Nov 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

CBS This Morning  CBS  (Nov 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for December >

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December 1987

December 1987

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Say You Will” by Foreigner  (Dec 5)   YouTube   65%

“Tunnel Of Love” by Bruce Springsteen  (Dec 5)   YouTube

“What Have I Done To Deserve This” by Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield  (Dec 12)   YouTube   80%

“Hot Hot Hot (Radio Edit)” by Buster Poindexter and his Banshees Of Blue  (Dec 12)   YouTube   65%

“Hot In The City” by Billy Idol  (Dec 12)   YouTube

“Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley  (Dec 19)   YouTube

“She’s Like The Wind” by Patrick Swayze Featuring Wendy Fraser  (Dec 19)   YouTube

“Twilight World” by Swing Out Sister  (Dec 19)   YouTube

“853-5937” by Squeeze  (Dec 19)   YouTube

“Rhythm Of Love” by Yes  (Dec 19)   YouTube

“I Need A Man” by Eurythmics  (Dec 19)   YouTube

“Dear Mr. Jesus” by Powersource  (Dec 19)   YouTube

Back to New on Top 100 Radio for January >

December 1987

 

New at the Movies

Walker  (Dec 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Cold Steel  (Dec 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Throw Momma from the Train  (Dec 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Wall Street  (Dec 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

*batteries not included  (Dec 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Dead  (Dec 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Eddie Murphy Raw  (Dec 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Ironweed  (Dec 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Leonard Part 6  (Dec 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Moonstruck  (Dec 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Overboard  (Dec 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

September  (Dec 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Last Emperor  (Dec 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Broadcast News  (Dec 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Empire of the Sun  (Dec 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Good Morning, Vietnam  (Dec 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night  (Dec 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

December 1987

 

New on TV

Remote Control  MTV  (Dec 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles  Syndication  (Dec 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Wilton North Report  Fox  (Dec 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Roman Holiday [TV movie]  NBC  (Dec 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Back to New on Top 100 Radio for January >

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Need a Month

??? 1987

 

Desert Falcon (Atari)

The game was supposed to be released in the fourth quarter of 1987 according to Computer Entertainer. Atari's sales activity for 01/01/87 - 01/01/88 shows that 16,788 units were sold in 1987.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Trivia:

Atari created a non-playable demo on May 27, 1987, so we know the finished game wasn't sold before May. Computer Entertainer reported in their March 1988 issue that an Easter egg was discovered in Desert Falcon by a subscriber.

??? 1987

 

RealSports Boxing (Atari)

The game was scheduled as a fourth quarter 1987 release according to Computer Entertainer. Atari's sales activity for 01/01/87 - 01/01/88 shows that 25,388 units were sold in 1987.

Info:

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