The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1988

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday December 25TH 1988:

  1. “Look Away” – Chicago
  2. “Waiting For A Star To Fall” – Boy Meets Girl
  3. “The Promise” – When In Rome
  4. “In Your Room” – The Bangles
  5. “The Only Way Is Up” – Yazz And The Plastic Population

30 years ago this weekend I was in Northern Virginia (Fairfax County – just outside of Washington D.C.) spending time with my family – my Dad, Mom, 13-year-old brother, and Fluffy and Barney (the young cats).

Back then we celebrated Fluffy’s 5TH Anniversary with our family. She joined us two days before Christmas of 1983.

11 years ago here on this blog I wrote about Fluffy’s arrival. Check it out here.

It’s halftime. I’ll be back on Monday with my brand new Top 10 chart for this week.

All rights reserved (c) 2018 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1988

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday October 30TH 1988:

  1. “The Loco-Motion” – Kylie Minogue
  2. “Je Ne Sais Pais Pourquoi” – Kylie Minogue
  3. “It’s No Secret” – Kylie Minogue
  4. “Go To Be Certain” – Kylie Minogue
  5. “Simply Irresistible” – Robert Palmer

Kylie had a huge week 30 years ago !

Further down my chart Bon Jovi debuted at # 6 with the hard-rockin’ “Bad Medicine”. The Escape Club moved up 18 notches to # 7 with “Wild Wild West”. U2’s “Desire” was the week’s fastest climber – up 21 to # 11.

Phil Collins topped the Billboard Hot 100 with “A Groovy Kind Of Love”. The Beach Boys were at # 2 with “Kokomo”. (It hit # 1 the following week.)

Whitney Houston topped the BBC-Gallup British Top 40 with “One Moment In Time”. Enya’s “Orinoco Flow” was the week’s fastest climber – up 24 to # 5. (It hit # 1 the following week.)

Aside from the British pop music scene while I was living and working in England from November 1985 to November 1987 I was not a big fan of Top 40 music during the 1980s. But in late-1988 the music scene began to shift. It began to change for the better. I’ve always considered 1989 as the first official year of 1990s music. For me the 1990s were the greatest decade of music of my life.

It’s halftime. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with two more blogs for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Make memories of a lifetime that will have you looking back at them fondly some 30 years from now !

All rights reserved (c) 2018 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries.

The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1988

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday October 09TH 1988:

  1. “Somewhere In My Heart” – Aztec Camera
  2. “Kokomo” – The Beach Boys
  3. “With A Little Help From My Friends” – Wet Wet Wet
  4. “Sign Your Name” – Terence Trent D’arby
  5. “Don’t Be Cruel” – Cheap Trick

I’m coming up on the 31ST anniversary of when I left the United Kingdom behind and returned stateside. I lived over there for exactly 2 years and 1 week, and it was the ultimate experience of a lifetime living as a young American in a foreign country. My favorite part of living there was the British pop music scene. I attended the first 17 music concerts of my life during my time in England. I often state that my best 2 years as a teenager – was when I was 19 and 20 over there.

The British pop music scene followed me across the sea and invaded America in 1988 (see any Billboard chart from that year). This song didn’t quite make it over here, but it was my # 1 smash 30 years ago this weekend:

 

It’s halftime. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with my remaining two blogs for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Make memories of a lifetime that will have you looking back at them fondly some 30 years from now !

All rights reserved (c) 2018 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries.

The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1988

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday September 11TH 1988:

  1. “Baby I Love Your Way / Freebird” – Will To Power
  2. “When It’s Love” – Van Halen
  3. “Perfect World” – Huey Lewis And The News
  4. “The Locomotion” – Kylie Minogue
  5. “Got To Be Certain” – Kylie Minogue

It’s fun to look back at my weekly hit music charts from all of those years ago. Back before personal computers, smart phones, and social media we had paper, pen, and pencil. That’s how I used to create, compile, and record my charts. I managed to preserve those paper charts pretty nicely over the past 30 years via durable 3-ring notebooks.

Check this out:

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There it is – the original Top 10 of my Top 40 via paper, pen, and pencil. Menudo. LOL. You like my sense of humor up there ?  “NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK VERSION”. Incidentally my handwriting has deteriorated over the past 30 years. I wish I wrote that nicely today. At least I can type from 75 to 100 WPM.

It’s halftime. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with my remaining two blogs for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Make memories of a lifetime, and protect them so that you can reflect back on them 30 years from now !

The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1988

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday August 21ST 1988:

  1. “Baby I Love Your Way / Freebird” – Will To Power
  2. “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)” – The Information Society
  3. “Staying Together” – Debbie Gibson
  4. “It Would Take A Strong, Strong Man” – Rick Astley
  5. “Monkey” – George Michael

30 years ago this weekend the 21-year-old edition of me lived 7½-miles away (by road) from where I live today, and I worked about a mile away from where I work today on the same United States Air Force installation that I worked back then. A 10-speed bike was my only form of transportation in 1988. Today it’s a 2018 Honda Civic.

By the Summer of 1988 I had made the decision to reenlist in the USAF for another 4 years in uniform. Now I’ve got over 33 years of Federal service in, and I plan to retire 5 years from now. I also plan to move away from here 5 years from now.

But while those are my plans – they may not be God’s plans for me. On this 12TH Anniversary of the start of my salvation I’ve figured it out by now. Go with God’s plans. They are plans for good – and not for disaster – to give me a future and a hope.

It’s halftime. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with my remaining two blogs for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Make memories of a lifetime !

The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1988

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday July 24TH 1988:

  1. “I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That” – Elton John
  2. “Lost In You” – Rod Stewart
  3. “Simply Irresistible” – Robert Palmer
  4. “Hole In My Heart” – Cyndi Lauper
  5. “Do You Love Me ?” – The Contours

I’ve got an old-school early-2010s-era iPod Shuffle (4TH Generation – orange in color) that I listen to at work, and it’s essentially got 305 of the greatest hits of my lifetime – from the mid-1960s clear through to present-day time. 120 of the 305 are hits before 1980, and another 45 hits are from the 1980s.

Looking back at my entire Top 40 chart for this weekend exactly 30 years ago there are a few songs that are on my iPod Shuffle, so I hear them almost every day at work:  Guns ‘N Roses debuted with their massive smash – “Sweet Child O’ Mine” – at # 37. I consider it to be one of the greatest hard rock songs of its time. Cheap Trick’s “The Flame” rose to # 28. It still sounds fresh today – just like it did in 1988. Additionally Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” (# 3) is a long-running hit on my iPod Shuffle – garnering 864 plays over the past 6½ years.

# 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for this weekend exactly 30 years ago – Richard Marx with “Hold On To The Nights”.

It’s halftime. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with my remaining two blogs for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Make memories of a lifetime !

The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1988

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday June 19TH 1988:

  1. I Should Be So Lucky – Kylie Minogue
  2. Together Forever – Rick Astley
  3. That’s The Way It Is – Mel And Kim
  4. Stutter Rap – Morris Minor And The Majors
  5. Doctorin’ The House – Coldcut Ft. Yazz And The Plastic Population

I just checked out my original checkbook registers from exactly 30 years ago this week. (Believe it or not I’m still using the exact same checking account today as I did 30 years ago.)

I was certainly a regular customer of Little Caesar’s Pizza back then, and they delivered all day every day to all of the dorms on base (Homestead Air Force Base Florida – where I still work today). I always paid via check, and according to my checkbook register I was a big fan of their two pepperoni pizza-pizzas, crazy bread, and coca colas back then.

 

Nowadays I rarely eat carry-out pizza (from anywhere), and I gave up all carbonated beverages a few years ago. I have eaten Little Caesar’s Pizza a few times over this past year, and it’s good, but I think that it was so much better back in 1988 !

This concludes my 2 blogs this weekend. “Saturday Night Retro” is taking a rest for the next week. I’ll be back with “Sunday Scripture” in 9 days on Sunday June 24TH 2018.

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