1987 in music
1986 in music,
other events of 1987,
1988 in music and the
list of 'years in music'.
- January 3 - Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- January 16 - The Beastie Boys become the first act to be censored by American Bandstand.
- February 6 - Sonny Bono announces his candidacy for mayor of Palm Springs, California
- February 26 - The first four Beatles albums, Please Please Me, With the Beatles, A Hard Day's Night and Beatles for Sale, are released on Compact disc. Capitol Records decides to release the original UK mixes of the Beatles albums, which means that the first four CDs are released in mono. This marks the first time that many of these mono mixes were available in the US.
- March 9 - Carole King is inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City
- March 13 - Bob Seger[?] and the Silver Bullet Band receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
- March 13 - In the US, Bryan Adams "Heat of the Night" becomes the first single to be commercially released on cassette. Cassette singles become known as cassingles[?].
- March 27 - Inspired by The Beatles' 1969 rooftop concert, U2 shoots a music video for the song "Where the Streets Have No Name" on a rooftop in Los Angeles, California.
- April 23 - Carole King sues the owner of her record company, Lou Adler, claiming that she is owed more than $400,000 in royalties. King also asks for rights to her old recordings.
- November 13 - Sonny and Cher reunite for a performance on Late Night with David Letterman.
- Social Distortion returns to record Prison Bound
- Jane's Addiction's career begins
- Public Enemy's career starts
- Paul Oakenfold's career begins
- Tori Amos' career begins
- Danzig's career begins
- Gin Blossoms forms
- Mr. Big forms
- Nirvana forms
- Pennywise forms
- Zebra breaks up
- Wham! breaks up
- Hüsker Dü breaks up
- Jane's Addiction signs to Warner Bros
- Winger signs to Atlantic Records
- The following artists are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, B. B. King, Clyde McPhatter, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey Robinson, Big Joe Turner, Muddy Waters, and Jackie Wilson