Saturday, April 29, 2006

The Year was 1989......

Okay, I decided to revisit yesterday when I saw a post from Indiana Jane's Journal. These are the top 100 hits from the year I graduated from high school....1989. What I found was it was better forgotten. 1989 was one of those "cusp" years. It was leaving the really cool, anti-reality (see Talking Heads, Mr. Roboto, Oingo Boingo, etc.) songs of most of the 1980s and going into the sappy, self-pitty crud of the 1990's. What else can you say about a year where Milli Vanilli and Bobby Brown made the list 5 times, not to mention that killer come-back by Donny Osmond!?????

I guess I did have a few favorites that tapped into my dramatic, 17 year old heart. After all, 1989 was the year I first fell in love (Richard Marx had love song claim to that short relationship) and still some others managed to touch my overdramatic 17 year old heart. My favorites are in bold.

so here we go: Welcome to 1989:

1. Look Away, Chicago (this was #1???? GAG)
2. My Prerogative, Bobby Brown
3. Every Rose Has Its Thorn, Poison
4. Straight Up, Paula Abdul
5. Miss You Much, Janet Jackson
6. Cold Hearted, Paula Abdul (this was the song that epitomized the breakup with my first love)
7. Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Midler
8. Girl You Know Its True, Milli Vanilli
9. Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird, Will To Power
10. Giving You The Best That I Got, Anita Baker
11. Right Here Waiting, Richard Marx (then, when I felt sad about it all)
12. Waiting For A Star To Fall, Boy Meets Girl
13. Lost In Your Eyes, Debbie Gibson (he had nice eyes)
14. Don't Wanna Lose You, Gloria Estefan
15. Heavan, Warrant
16. Girl I'm Gonna Miss You, Milli Vanilli
17. The Look, Roxette
18. She Drives Me Crazy, Fine Young Cannibals
19. On Our Own, Bobby Brown
20. Two Hearts, Phil Collins
21. Blame It On The Rain, Milli Vanilli
22. Listen To Your Heart, Roxette (when he's calling for you...why won't he call?)
23. I'll Be There For You, Bon Jovi
24. If You Don't Know Me By Now, Simply Red
25. Like A Prayer, Madonna
26. I'll Be Loving You (Forever), New Kids On The Block
27. How Can I Fall?, Breathe
28. Baby Don't Forget My Number, Milli Vanilli
29. Toy Soldier, Martika
30. Forever Your Girl, Paula Abdul
31. The Living Years, Mike and the Mechanics
32. Eternal Flame, The Bangles (will it ever go away???)
33. Wild Thing, Tone Loc
34. When I See You Smile, Bad English
35. If I Could Turn Back Time, Cher
36. Buffalo Stance, Neneh Cherry 3
7. When I'm With You, Sheriff
38. Don't Rush Me, Taylor Dayne
39. Born To Be My Baby, Bon Jovi
40. Good Thing, Fine Young Cannibals
41. The Lover In Me, Sheena Easton
42. Bust A Move, Young M.C.
43. Once Bitten, Twice Shy, Great White
44. Batdance, Prince
45. Rock On, Michael Damian
46. Real Lov, Jody Watley
47. Love Shack, B-52's (well, I still did have some fun)
48. Every Little Step, Bobby Brown
49. Hangin' Tough, New Kids On The Block
50. My Heart Can't Tell You No, Rod Stewart
51. So Alive, Love and Rockets
52. You Got It (The Right Stuff), New Kids On The Block
53. Armageddon It, Def Leppard
54. Satisfied, Richard Marx
55. Express Yourself, Madonna
56. I Like It, Dino
57. Soldier Of Love, Donny Osmond
58. Sowing The Seeds Of Love, Tears For Fears
59. Cherish, Madonna
60. When The Children Cry, White Lion
61. 18 And Life, Skid Row
62. I Don't Want Your Love, Duran Duran
63. Second Chances, .38 Special
64. The Way You Love Me, Karyn White
65. Funky Cold Medina, Tone Loc
66. In Your Room, Bangles
67. Miss You Like Crazy, Natalie Cole
68. Love Song, Cure
69. Secret Rendesvous, Karyn White
70. Angel Eyes, Jeff Healey Band
71. Patience, Guns N' Roses
72. Walk On Water, Eddie Money
73. Cover Girl, New Kids On The Block
74. Welcom To The Jungle, Guns N' Roses
75. Shower Me With Your Love, Surface
76. Stand, R.E.M.
77. Close My Eyes Forever, Lita Ford
78. All This Time, Tiffany
79. After All, Cher and Peter Cetera
80. Roni, Bobby Brown
81. Love In An Elevator, Aerosmith
82. Lay Your Hands On Me, Bon Jovi
83. This Promise, When In Rome
84. What I Am, Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians
85. I Remember Holding You, Boys Club (I could cry now....ok, not really)
86. Paradise City, Guns N' Roses
87. Iwanna Have Some Fun, Samantha Fox (and more this song stinks)
88. She Wants To Dance With Me, Rick Astley
89. Dreamin', Vanessa Williams
90. It's No Crime, Babyface
91. Poison, Alice Cooper
92. This Time I Know It's For Real, Donna Summer
93. Smooth Criminal, Michael Jackson
94. Heavan Help Me, Deon Estus
95. Rock Wit'cha, Bobby Brown
96. Thinking Of You, Sa-fire
97. What You Don't Know, Expose
98. Surrender To Me, Ann Wilson and Robin Zander
99. The End Of The Innocence, Don Henley (no...we didn't...just a cool song)
100. Keep On Movin', Soul II Soul can tell in my song choices....a 3 month Summer Camp relationship and 9 months of brooding about it. Worked with him for 2 days up at Summer camp again, and I was completely over him. LOL. Well, my next Summer Camp relationship worked much better...I married him (3rd time is a charm).

But like I said, the music was bad. I guess I spent most of that year listening to cassette tapes (gasp). Jane's list was much cooler.


Kelly Klages said...

Hmm, looks like I'm not the only rebellious pastor's wife having 80s flashback nostalgia. I was only 8 in 1989, but recently I've been pulling stuff off iTunes and compiling CDs of "memory music" from the 80s. Since I have two older sisters, even the music of the very early 80s is in my childhood memory. The rule of thumb I use for my compilations is this: it's okay if the song is crummy or even if I don't like it; it makes the list only if it has a strong memory association from childhood. Looking over the list you posted, I'm deeply disappointed that I missed several that I should have put on there!

Favorite Apron said...

LOL - on the Don Henley comment. : P

Jane said...

Your post makes me feel so much older than you. ;) I was pregnant with baby number 2 and trying desperately to balance a 3yo, full-time college, a part-time job, and being pregnant. I'm not sure if I *ever* listened to the radio during that time!

I do, however, have a CD that is a compilation of '80s power ballads and a good number of them apparently were hits in '89. :)

Marie N. said...


My 9yo Amelia watched me blogging today and asked why you are rebellious! It was a good review of using the apostrophy (first semester material). Got to briefly explain how we don't agree with everyone who calls themselves Lutheran too.

Marie N. said...


My 9yo Amelia watched me blogging today and asked why you are rebellious! It was a good review of using the apostrophy (first semester material). Got to briefly explain how we don't agree with everyone who calls themselves Lutheran too.

Rebellious Pastor's Wife said...

LOL......I'm glad to be of help.

I am the one who is rebellious, though my husband is a bit also. He says there is nothing more rebellious in today's "anything goes" society than being a confessional pastor. Wearing Harley Davidson gear and riding on a motorcycle, causing trouble? That's nothing. Wear a clerical shirt and proclaim the gospel! Now that's rebellious.