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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1989

Every Friday 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 December 31ST 1989:

  1. “Leave A Light On” – Belinda Carlisle
  2. “Love Shack” – The B-52s
  3. “Bust A Move” – Young MC
  4. “Blame It On The Rain” – Milli Vanilli
  5. “With Every Beat Of My Heart” – Taylor Dayne

And that’s how the 1980s ended high atop my Top 40 chart exactly 30 years ago this weekend. The 1980s were definitely not one of my favorite decades of secular hit music. Looking back in hindsight I place the 1990s, the 1970s, and even the 2000s (in that order) ahead of the 1980s. 1980 to 1985 (my teenage years) can be completely written off, but then it started getting good during my two years (1986-1987) in the United Kingdom (British pop). Back home stateside 1988 was essentially a rerun of 1987 in the U.K., but then the music got really good in 1989. I’ve always considered 1989 to be the first real year of 1990s music (my all-time favorite decade).

Starting next month on the 4TH Friday of the month 30 years ago will be January 1990. We’ll jump in to my all-time favorite decade then. We’ll check out the # 1 smash from one of my favorite artists of the early-1990s – a duo with a string of hits – and just a few weeks ago one-half of the duo passed away.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday (New Year’s Eve) with 3 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

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1980s Music Radio

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1989

Every Friday 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 October 29TH 1989:

  1. “Sowing The Seeds Of Love” – Tears For Fears
  2. “Cover Girl” – New Kids On The Block
  3. “Puss N’ Boots / These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” – Kon Kan
  4. “Cherish” – Madonna
  5. “We Didn’t Start The Fire” – Billy Joel

30 years ago this weekend Tears For Fears hit # 1 on my chart with their Beatles-sounding anthem that’s actually a politically-charged song that takes aim at late-1980s British politics. “Sowing The Seeds Of Love” hit # 1 in Canada and # 2 here in the U.S.

“Puss N’ Boots” was the 3RD of 3 big hit singles in a row for the Canadian duo known as Kon Kan. It peaked 30 years ago this weekend at # 3, and it followed-up the # 2 hit “Harry Houdini” which followed-up the # 1 smash “I Beg Your Pardon”. How durable is that “Puss N’ Boots” track ?  It’s currently in heavy rotation at my workplace on my iPod Shuffles. I heard it today. I sang along to it. It still sounds as fresh as it did back in 1989.

Next Friday is November 01ST, and so I’ll start over again with RETRO. I’ll take a look back at my chart from exactly 10 years ago in 2009.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday 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

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1980s Music Radio

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1989

Every Friday 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 August 27TH 1989:

  1. “Hangin’ Tough” – New Kids On The Block
  2. “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind)” – New Kids On The Block
  3. “I Like It” – Dino
  4. “Batdance” – Prince
  5. “So Alive” – Love And Rockets

This is the 30TH anniversary of a concert that I attended at the now defunct (1976-2002) Sunrise Musical Theatre (now a megachurch). It was the occasion of Y-100’s “Sweet 16” birthday celebration. Y-100 – the heritage Top 40 radio station here in South Florida – was celebrating their 16TH birthday. (They are still in the Top 40 business – after 46 continuous years !)

On the docket on that day – Sunday August 27TH 1989 – were (in this order) – Bandera, K.C. And The Sunshine Band, Roxette, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Damian, and Buster Poindexter. According to my well-preserved notes from that concert K.C. And The Sunshine Band was my favorite act of the show. I rated them as “totally awesome man”. Cyndi Lauper was my 2ND favorite act of the show. I rated her as “pretty cool dude”. Obviously I talked like a 22-year-old dude back then – because that’s what I was. The show started at 2:15 PM, and it continued for 8 hours until 10:15 PM. I think all of the Y-100 deejays of the time were at the show – Bobby Mitchell & “Footy”, Al Chio, Doug Dunbar (now a news anchor on CBS-11 in Dallas Texas), Kid Kurry, and JJ Walker (now on SiriusXM’s ’70s On 7).

What a great show. It’s hard to believe that it was 30 years ago. My next concert is this upcoming week – in Fort Lauderdale. I’ll tell you all about it when I go RETRO next Friday.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday 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

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1980s Music Radio

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