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

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