I’ve discussed the first twenty songs from November 4th, 1989, so I feel like I shouldn’t keep you hanging with the next twenty. Here it is in all its glory, which isn’t much. Also, we’re only two months away from the release of Iron John. There has to be a connection here somewhere.
20. Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler – Back To Life
THW – Soul II Soul followed up their big hit Keep On Movin’ with an even bigger smash. Caron Wheeler does the vocals on this one as well. Featuring the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra and that familiar Jazzy B shuffle, this will make it into the Top 5 and win a Grammy for Best R&B Group Performance.
Fun fact: Caron Wheeler was a member of Afrodiziak, a trip of women who performed backing vocals on hits such as Howard Jones’ Things Can Only Get Better and Elvis Costello’s Everyday I Write The Book along with other New Wave classics such as The Jam’s Beat Surrender and the Special AKA’s Free Nelson Mandela.
19. Babyface – It’s No Crime
Kenny Edmunds aka Babyface gave his solo career another try with his second album, Tender Lover. This time its first single made the Top 10 climbing to #7 as well as #1 Soul. It would spawn four Top 40 hits including another Top 10 in 1990 called Whip Appeal.
18. Poco – Call It Love
The commercial Breakthrough of 1978’s Legend did not last long into the 80s and the lineup continued to shuffle. After a five year hiatus, the original band of Richie Furay, Randy Meisner, Rusty Young, George Grantham, and Jim Messina got together one more time and recorded Legend, which featured two Top 40 hits, including this one that sits at its peak. After this album, these five guys would never record or tour live again.
17. Alice Cooper – Poison
Alice spent most of the 80s trying to get his personal life together. He started recording again towards the end of the decade and scored this surprise Desmond Child-produced hit in 1989 which will rise to #7. It was a great reminder that AC was doing better higher quality glam metal way before the second copy that ate up a lot of MTV bandwidth in the late 80s.
Also, remember that time when people were shocked to see that Alice Cooper plays golf?
16. Richard Marx – Angelia
This will be Marx’s seventh Top 5 hit in a row when this reaches #4. Do you know any 30-year olds with that name?
15. Tina Turner – The Best
Shouldn’t a song that’s called The Best be number one for like 72 weeks? If if it’s not, is it a disappointment or at least false advertising? Cause this one isn’t gonna go any farther than where it is now, even with an Edgar Winter sax solo.
Fun fact: Bonnie Tyler recorded and released this first in 1988 and it bombed. I’m sure someone enjoyed the irony of that.
14. Elton John – Healing Hands
Elton records them. We buy them. That’s the deal we made with him a long time ago, regardless if he’s writing jingles for Jergen’s lotion.
13. New Kids On The Block – Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind)
WPWFU, STA – There’s a reason why this bombed out in 1986. It is absolutely horrible. It’s why dick-in-a-box is so funny. A bunch of white wannabe street kids from South Bahston should go nowhere near this Delfonics classic. If we need another version, leave it to the professionals.
12. Milli Vanilli – Blame It On The Rain
This song, written by Diane Warren, will eventually become their third number one in 1989. I drove my car into the front window of a carpet store once. When the manager came out and shouted at me, I shrugged and calmly replied, “The rain. It was the rain.” That didn’t work, so there’s one more Milli Vanilli lie to throw on the fire.
11. Young MC – Bust A Move
THW – Marvin Young is a rapper with adequate flow, but his strength is his ability to find a pop hook. He co-wrote two big hits for Tone Loc, Wild Thing & Funky Cold Medina and with live bass by Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and a sweet sample from Ballin’Jack, he had his first and only Top 10 hit.
10. The B-52’s – Love Shack
If you see a faded sign by the side of the road that says 15 miles to the…wedding reception, turn your car around.
9. Paula Abdul – (It’s Just) The Way You Love Me
STA – A cold Paula couldn’t get this one up any higher than 88 in 1988. A hot Paula took it up to #3 in 1989.
Fun fact: The song was one of the first videos produced by David Fincher, director of Seven. I forgot, what’s in the box?
8. Motley Crue – Dr. Feelgood
I’m not a Crue fan by any means, but even I can’t deny the funky backbeat on this one.
7. Bobby Brown – Rock Wit’Cha
Bobby Beeeee’s Don’t Be Cruel album is still churning out the hits. As it peaks this week, it becomes BB’s fifth Top 10 from the aforementioned LP and his sixth within a year.
6. Aerosmith – Love In An Elevator
How long is an average elevator ride? 15 seconds? 30 seconds tops? Doesn’t say much for Steven Tyler’s prowess, does it?
5. Bad English – When I See You Smile
Folks if you love sap so much, go plant your own maple tree.
4. Tears For Fears – Sowing The Seeds Of Love
This song deserved a more in-depth look, so here it is. Also, SXM played the single version on their Big 40 Countdown. WHY? No need to shave off two minutes on a non-commercial station. Play the whole song.
3. Janet Jackson – Miss You Much
Janet falls from the top spot but before securing a full month up there making it the song to garner the most #1 weeks of 1989.
2. New Kids On The Block – Cover Girl
WPWFU – How did we (not me, you) think this was the second-best song in the country one week after we (me, not you) think that about Tears For Fears?
Also, they were one of six acts to have multiple number ones this year: Phil Collins, Fine Young Cannibals, Milli Vanilli, Paula Abdul and…
1. Roxette – Listen To Your Heart
There’s nothing bad about this song but I don’t ever need to hear it again. Just flush this entire year down the toilet, even if a few good ones go down with it.
- OHW – One-Hit-Wonder
- THW – Two-Hit-Wonder
- PD – Previously Discussed
- PFK – Perfect for Karaoke
- RAR – Rite-Aid Rock
- STA – Second Time Around
- WPWFU – White People, We F(_)cked Up