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Number-one albums of 1987 (USA)

The highest-selling albums and EPs in the United States are ranked in the Billboard 200, which is published by Billboard magazine. The data are compiled by Nielsen Soundscan based on each album's weekly physical and digital sales. In 1987, a total 9 albums reached the number one position.

The beginning of the year started with the continuation of the end of last year's number one album, Live 1975-85 by Bruce Springsteen, but was quickly overtaken by Bon Jovi, and Slippery When Wet, which returned to the top spot, and became their first number one album. R&B singer Whitney Houston scored her second #1 with Whitney, which had the longest run among the releases, spending 11 consecutive weeks at the top. The album became the first by a female artist ever to debut at #1 in the Billboard 200,[1] and produced a then-record-equaling four #1 singles from one album; which was broken two months later when Michael Jackson's Bad produced five number ones.[2] Whitney is one of only nine albums in music history to produce at least four #1 Hot 100 hits from the same album.[2] Both U2 and Beastie Boys gained their first number one albums, with The Joshua Tree, and Licensed to Ill.


Issue Date Album Artist Reference
January 3 Live/1975–85 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band [3]
January 10 [4]
January 17 Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi [5]
January 24 [6]
January 31 [7]
February 7 [8]
February 14 [9]
February 21 [10]
February 28 [11]
March 7 Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys [12]
March 14 [13]
March 21 [14]
March 28 [15]
April 4 [16]
April 11 [17]
April 18 [18]
April 25 The Joshua Tree U2 [19]
May 2 [20]
May 9 [21]
May 16 [22]
May 23 [23]
May 30 [24]
June 6 [25]
June 13 [26]
June 20 [27]
June 27 Whitney Whitney Houston [28]
July 4 [29]
July 11 [30]
July 18 [31]
July 25 [32]
August 1 [33]
August 8 [34]
August 15 [35]
August 22 [36]
August 29 [37]
September 5 [38]
September 12 La Bamba Soundtrack [39]
September 19 [40]
September 26 Bad Michael Jackson [41]
October 3 [42]
October 10 [43]
October 17 [44]
October 24 [45]
October 31 [46]
November 7 Tunnel of Love Bruce Springsteen [47]
November 14 Dirty Dancing Soundtrack [48]
November 21 [49]
November 28 [50]
December 5 [51]
December 12 [52]
December 19 [53]
December 26 [54]

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