My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1989

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 10, 15, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 4TH Friday of the month, so I go back 30 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday July 30TH 1989:

  1. “Express Yourself” – Madonna
  2. “Good Thing” – Fine Young Cannibals
  3. “More Than You Know” – Martika
  4. “Everlasting Love” – Howard Jones
  5. “Dressed For Success” – Roxette

61, 58, 50, 64, 61, and 60. Those are the current (or soon-to-be) ages for Madonna, Roland Gift (lead singer of Fine Young Cannibals), Martika, Howard Jones, and Marie & Per (Roxette) respectively. Oh yeah, and I’m 52. This is my generation right here. #AgingRespectively

What about Martika at 50 ?  She was one of the original kids during the first three seasons of “Kids Incorporated” from 1984 to 1986. A couple of years after she left the show she burst onto the American pop music scene while she was still a teenager (at 19) with her debut smash “More Than You Know”. She followed it up with her biggest smash of them all – “Toy Soldiers”. She also scored big with her version of the classic “I Feel The Earth Move”, and “Love … Thy Will Be Done”.

Here’s the hit that was # 3 exactly 30 years ago this weekend. It got me dancing as a 22-year-old. I remember not hearing it enough on my local Top 40 radio station at the time, so I bought it on “cassingle” (cassette single) at the record store, and I played it until I wore it out. I still like this song today. It’s aged gracefully.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday morning and Monday night with two more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1989

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 10, 15, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 4TH Friday of the month, so I go back 30 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday July 02ND 1989:

  1. “Baby Don’t Forget My Number” – Milli Vanilli
  2. “Good Thing” – Fine Young Cannibals
  3. “My Brave Face” – Paul McCartney
  4. “The Look” – Roxette
  5. “Satisfied” – Richard Marx

Yesterday on my “Weekend Kickoff Mini-Thoughts” I revealed that exactly 33 years ago (today) in London England at Wembley Stadium this young and energetic 19-year-old teenybopper attended the first concert of my life – the final Wham! show. I was singing and dancing and sweating during that 8-hour extravaganza.

It was the first of over 100 concerts I’ve attended and enjoyed. (I can’t remember ever attending a concert that I did not enjoy.)

Well exactly 30 years ago this weekend on Friday June 30TH 1989 this young and energetic 22-year-old tweenybopper was at the old Miami Arena (not there anymore) for the “Club MTV On Tour” concert featuring The Information Society, Lisa Lisa And Cult Jam, Milli Vanilli (performing their # 1 smash at the time – as well as a few others), Tone Loc, Was (Not Was), and hosted by “Downtown” Julie Brown and the Club MTV Dancers.

According to my handwritten notes from the day it was a rainy and mild night in Miami. We arrived at 6:15 PM, and we left at 12 Midnight. The arena was about 55 to 60% full. (I can’t remember who “we” are. Who did I go with to this concert ?)

I did watch “Club MTV” occasionally in the afternoon after work. It was essentially a modern and hipper version of “American Bandstand” or “Solid Gold”. I danced along in my military dormitory room. (No video exists of this action.)

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday afternoon and Monday night with two more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1989

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 28TH 1989:

  1. “Baby Don’t Forget My Number” – Milli Vanilli
  2. “Into The Night” – Benny Mardones
  3. “I’ll Be There For You” – Bon Jovi
  4. “Iko Iko” – The Belle Stars
  5. “The Look” – Roxette

It’s another strong Top 5 chart from exactly 30 years ago this Memorial Day Weekend here in the U.S.A. 4 of those 5 hits are in active rotation on my iPod Shuffles at work. The one lone song that’s not – “Into The Night” – has just been added to my Wish List on iTunes. I had to listen to several different versions of that track to pick out the one that I remembered from 1989 (which was actually from 1980). It’s Benny Mardones’ signature song, and he still performs it LIVE in concert. The song has evolved over the years, but it’s the original version that tops them all. Yep – that’s the version that a young almost 22-year-old Chris cranked-up on Y-100 while driving up and down Dade County Florida’s U.S. 1 / South Dixie Highway in his red 1989 Geo Spectrum sedan.

Well it’s the last Friday night of May of 1989, so what’s on TV tonight ?  Well obviously I’m watching “Full House” – followed by “Perfect Strangers”- followed by “Mr. Belvedere” (my favorite TV show back then). “Just The Ten Of Us” was on after that, but I didn’t really care for it all that much. Prime Time Television was a whole lot more fun back in 1989 !

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday afternoon, Monday morning, and Tuesday night with 3 more blog posts for this weekend. Until then – enjoy your Saturday. Make memories that’ll make you smile 30 years from now !

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1989

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday April 30TH 1989:

  1. “I Only Wanna Be With You” – Samantha Fox
  2. “This Time I Know It’s For Real” – Donna Summer
  3. “She Drives Me Crazy” – Fine Young Cannibals
  4. “The Look” – Roxette
  5. “Soldier Of Love” – Donny Osmond

What a strong Top 5 chart exactly 30 years ago. My Goodness. Samantha Fox, Donna Summer, and Donny Osmond all had strong dance songs at the time, and then there’s Fine Young Cannibals with what I consider to be one of the greatest pop songs and pop videos ever made in the history of pop music. If that weren’t enough the Swedish duo Roxette came out of nowhere and exploded onto our U.S. pop scene with their debut smash – and their first of no less than 10 radio hits from 1989 to 1994.

But back to Fine Young Cannibals. I lived in England from 1985 to 1987, so I knew who they were, and I was a fan of them before most Americans back home stateside. Their remake of Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” was absolutely brilliant, and it was actually the # 1 smash on my 10TH-ever weekly hit music chart dated Saturday February 01ST 1986. The video was pretty cool too, but they topped themselves 3 years later with this gem:

 

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday afternoon and Monday night with two more blog posts for this weekend. Until then – enjoy your Saturday. Walk away from the computer, put down your smart phone and tablet, go outside, and have some fun in the sun !  That’s what I’ll be doing.

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1989

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday March 26TH 1989:

  1. “I Beg Your Pardon” – Kon Kan
  2. “Soldier Of Love” – Donny Osmond
  3. “My Prerogative” – Bobby Brown
  4. “Like A Prayer” – Madonna
  5. “Wild Thing” – Tone Loc

I remember when my local Top 40 radio station – Y-100 (Miami) – first started playing “Soldier Of Love”. They withheld the artist of the song so that we could hear it, like it, and request it without prejudice. It worked, and it became a hit before we discovered that it was child star Donny Osmond singing it. Once that was revealed the hit became a # 2 smash from coast to coast. It began a short comeback for Donny, as it was his biggest hit in 18 years since he was 13.

Nationwide Casey Kasem counted down the hits on “Casey’s Top 40”, and Shadoe Stevens did the same on “American Top 40” on this Easter Weekend in 1989. The results were the same. Mike And The Mechanics scored the new # 1 smash from coast to coast with “The Living Years”. It replaced Debbie Gibson’s “Lost In Your Eyes”.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with two more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Make memories that will last a lifetime !

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1989

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday March 05TH 1989:

  1. “I Beg Your Pardon” – Kon Kan
  2. “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” – New Kids On The Block
  3. “Straight Up” – Paula Abdul
  4. “She Wants To Dance With Me” – Rick Astley
  5. “The Lover In Me” – Sheena Easton

GREAT music there. A young 21½-year-old version of me was dancing day and night to the hottest hits in the land. You can’t get more “club in 1989” than Kon Kan’s “I Beg Your Pardon”. That song still sounds awesome today – 30 years later.

Back in the day my local Top 40 radio station -Y-100 (Miami Florida) – used to “daypart” where they would play “adult-friendly” mainstream pop music during the work day, and then at the top of the 3 o’clock hour right after station identification they would let loose with a song on the radical fringe. Think “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (Guns N’ Roses), “Bad Medicine” (Bon Jovi), “My Prerogative” (Bobby Brown), “It Takes Two” (Rob Base & D.J. E-Z Rock), and “I Beg Your Pardon” (Kon Kan). Once any of those “radical” songs came on – you knew that the work day was almost through, and it was time to party en Miami !

But that was then, and this is now. I’ll return to the “now” – which is so much more greater than the “then” – this Sunday with Scripture, and this Monday with the soundtrack of my life during this first weekend of March of 2019. I think I’ll have a new # 1 smash on the new chart. Enjoy your weekend my friends !

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1989

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday February 12TH 1989:

  1. “Straight Up” – Paula Abdul
  2. “The Lover In Me” – Sheena Easton
  3. “She Wants To Dance With Me” – Rick Astley
  4. “When I’m With You” – Sheriff
  5. “Born To Be My Baby” – Bon Jovi

30 years ago this weekend Paula Abdul completed her ascent from relative obscurity to becoming a household name worldwide as her “Straight Up” skyrocketed to # 1 nationwide (and simultaneously on my chart). It fueled one of the most successful debut albums (“Forever Your Girl”) in U.S. pop history. Its award-winning music video was an instant classic for MTV near the end of the peak of the network’s music video era, and it was created and released just a few weeks before its single hit the top of the charts.

Meanwhile on the local party scene a young 21½-year-old wild and crazy version of me occasionally partied the club scene at Confetti on East Commercial Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale – where Uptown’s “(I Know) I’m Losing You” – got everyone out on the dance floor as whistles blew, sirens blared, and confetti blasted in the air all around us. Good Times. (A Regions Bank now sits on the former site of that legendary nightclub.)

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday afternoon with “Sunday Scripture” – because Thank God – I’m not the man I used to be back then in 1989. Enjoy your Saturday. Make it memorable.

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

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