Saturday, November 24, 2007

I get lost in your eyes.

This post is not going to mean a thing to you unless, in 1989, you were a young teenager who was still a little too captivated by top-40 radio. For those of you who are my exact contemporaries, however, you will probably cry and throw up when you read the following chart. It was a very dark year for music, if you ask me: NKOTB, Milli Vanilli, lots of hair bands and most especially their power ballads, Paula Abdul, etc. We also got "Love Shack," which you have to admit remains iconic, and Edie Brickell appeared on the scene, which is important only to those of us who veered off the pop charts and into the melodic and chick-heavy college radio-type alternapop. Oh, and to my friend/boss RJ. He really likes Edie Brickell too.

Billboard Top 100 - 1989
01. Look Away - Chicago
02. My Prerogative - Bobby Brown
03. Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison
04. Straight Up - Paula Abdul
05. Miss You Much - Janet Jackson
06. Cold Hearted - Paula Abdul
07. Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
08. Girl You Know Its True - Milli Vanilli
09. 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
12. Waiting For A Star To Fall - Boy Meets Girl
13. Lost In Your Eyes - Debbie Gibson
14. Don't Wanna Lose You - Gloria Estefan
15. Heaven - 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
23. I'll Be There For You - Bon Jovi
24. If You Don't Know Be 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 Solider - Martika
30. Forever Your Girl - Paula Abdul
31. The Living Years - Mike & The Mechanics
32. Eternal Flame - The Bangles
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
37. 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 Love - Jody Watley
47. Love Shack - B-52's
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 & 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 Rendezvous - 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. Welcome 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 & Peter Cetera
80. Roni - Bobby Brown
81. Love In An Elevator - Aerosmith
82. Lay Your Hands On Me - Bon Jovi
83. The Promise - When In Rome
84. What I Am - Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians
85. I Remember Holding You - Boys Club
86. Paradise City - Guns N' Roses
87. I Wanna Have Some Fun - Samantha Fox
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. Heaven 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 & Robin Zander
99. The End Of The Innocence - Don Henley
100. Keep On Movin' - Soul II Soul

I encountered these via a CD tracklisting and just really, really had to share them with you because I was 14 in 1989 and life was really, really, really real, such that almost all of these songs have specific or even just generically teenage emotional memories attached to them, whether I liked the songs or not. For example, my sister Mol (she who is now finally in the hospital to push that baby out) was deeply devoted to the New Kids and had posters on the walls of our bedroom, which infuriated me. I spoke of the New Kids with nothing but derision. I really liked that joke about What has 100 legs and no pubic hair? The front row at a New Kids concert!

I also had a crippling crush on an extremely douchey boy for almost that entire year and I kept a special journal about it, which I've confessed before. I don't think I confessed that almost every entry had some heart-stabbing song lyric appended to it, written in tiny hand, like I wanted that soundtrack to be playing while I wrote or read the entry. MANY of these songs appeared in that journal, but I will go ahead and let you guess which ones.

Semi-related: who remembers the song "What About Me?" It was by a band called Moving Pictures. I have very strong sense memories for that song, too, like childhood riding around the neighborhood all melancholy on my bike. The song originally came out in 1983 but, get this, it had a weird comeback in 1989. Oh, shit, I'll just give you the youtube video because it's insane. It's like the most overwrought song ever.

In other news, I made this pumpkin bread and it is delicious and I'm going to eat a diet of it until it is gone.


  1. I think I can probably sing every one of these songs. And I totally love Buffalo Stance! BCSM

  2. Exact contemporary here... I was not a KNOTB fan either. Several of those songs from that list brought back painful wallflower moments of 8th/9th grade dances, ie.. Poison, Richard Marx, Tone Loc, Young M.C., Great White? OMG! But Love Shack is totally girlie-slumber-party-in-the-basement bubbly fun. Which then led me to think, but where is Deee-Lite? Apparently the dance video I made with my friends to "Groove is in the Heart" was in 1990. My bad.

  3. Awesome list! This brings me back to Sunday afternoons with Casey Casem and the sappy dedications.

    I loved me some Milli Vanilli and was so bummed when it all fell apart ...

  4. Dori, I am ashamed to say that I really liked Milli Vanilli too. And madam0wl, "Groove is in the Heart" is definitely another iconic song in the "Love Shack" mold, and it is one of the defining songs of every high school party, along with Matthew Sweet's "Girlfriend" and all of Violent Femmes. We did a lot of jumping around.

  5. Rockin' tunes man! My friend used to always write M with a V under it on all her book covers. The V like covered the bottom of the M. Very cool (or something! :)

  6. I was also 14 in 1989! And oh, how I LOVED Breathe. Did you ever see a photo of them? Those boys were GORGEOUS, and what a voice on David Glasper. I wonder what ever happened to them.

  7. Hater, I don't know what's so dark about a list that boasts 3 Bon Jovi songs. PLUS a duet by Cher and Peter Cetera. Your heart is cold.

  8. Damn.

    "Soldier of Love" was in the top 100?

    However far away, Donnie Osmond, I will always love you. Whatever words I say, Donnie Osmond, I will always love you. I will always love you. ...Donnie Osmond.

  9. Like I said: a dark time, Cher & Peter Cetera notwithstanding.

  10. Remember most all of them, and I've always liked "What About Me" - thanks for the trip down memory lane!