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Songs of the Year: 1988

1988, it’s really just 1987 part 2.

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The superstars of 1987 are still dominating here in 1988. George Michael’s Faith is the big seller of the year with three non-consecutive appearances at the top of the charts. Also making a big splash was the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. Released all the way back in August of 1987, it topped the charts for 11 non-consecutive weeks in 1988. Def Leppard and Guns N’ Roses also have with multiple weeks at #1 as well as new albums from Van Halen, Bon Jovi and U2.

On the Billboard Hot 100, Faith finished the year at the top, followed by Need You Tonight from INXS and the ol’ Beatle himself, George Harrison at No. 3 with Got My Mind Set On You. Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley (*not a Rick Roll), Sweet Child o’ Mine, So Emotional, Heaven Is a Place on Earth, Could’ve Been, Hands to Heaven and Roll With It finished out the top 10.

THE RULES: It’s a simple concept. We pick five of our favorite songs that made the Billboard Top 100 (established in 1958) during any time that year. We also select five “wildcards” that can be any songs released as a single or on an album or EP that year. Finally, we also pick our “worst” song of the year, just for fun.

We started in 1958 and we’re going until we run out of years.

Standings So Far …

Joe’s appeal to Taylor Dayne on Twitter was in vain as Jason’s pick of Alex Chilton took home the victory. Kramzer, stealing a page from Jason’s Dinosaur Jr. loving book, once again finished last. This year’s battle looks like a fierce one as a cult favorite, fiery rookie hard rock band and bad boy Brit go head-to-head for the crown of 1988.

Joe: 15
Jason: 12.5
Kramzer: 8.5

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Which Was the Best Song of 1988?

  • Every Day is Like Sunday - Morrissey (37%, 83 Votes)
  • Cult of Personality - Living Colour (36%, 80 Votes)
  • Fisherman's Blues - The Waterboys (27%, 61 Votes)

Total Voters: 224

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The Music Critic

The following link is not Corey Feldman:

https://open.spotify.com/album/1HulL4NikuGieoJQUBJJL9

The Music Critic

Also, is this where Kramer starts his journey through re-growing his hair? Or was this just pre-recorded?

Dan O

My favorite songs of 1988:
Rank-Title-Artist
1. LOVE BITES – DEF LEPPARD
2. WHEN IT’S LOVE – VAN HALEN
3. HYSTERIA – DEF LEPPARD
4. NEVER TEAR US APART – INXS
5. I GET WEAK – BELINDA CARLISLE
6. CHECK IT OUT – JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP
7. NEW SENSATION – INXS
8. RAG DOLL – AEROSMITH
9. DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU GOT (TILL IT’S GONE) – CINDERELLA
10. POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME – DEF LEPPARD
11. SWEET CHILD OF MINE – GUNS ‘N ROSES
12. DESIRE – U2
13. CHERRY BOMB – JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP
14. DON’T SHED A TEAR – PAUL CARRACK
15. WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND (PURE ENERGY) – INFORMATION SOCIETY
16. SIGN YOUR NAME – TERENCE TRENT D’ARBY
17. PUSH IT – SALT N PEPA
18. SIMPLY IRRESISTABLE – ROBERT PALMER
19. WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? – PET SHOP BOYS & DUSTY SPRINGFIELD
20. NIGHTTIME – PRETTY POISON
21. CIRCLE IN THE SAND – BELINDA CARLISLE
22. TUNNEL OF LOVE – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
23. BECAUSE OF YOU – COVER GIRLS
24. EVERYWHERE – FLEETWOOD MAC
25. OPEN YOUR HEART – EUROPE
26. ORANGE CRUSH – R.E.M.
27. BEDS ARE BURNING – MIDNIGHT OIL
28. THE PROMISE – WHEN IN ROME
29. DO YOU LOVE ME – CONTOURS
30. WHEN WE WAS FAB – GEORGE HARRISON
31. FINISH WHAT YA STARTED – VAN HALEN
32. ROLL WITH IT – STEVE WINWOOD
33. LOOK OUT ANY WINDOW – BRUCE HORNSBY & THE RANGE
34. RAIN IN THE SUMMERTIME – ALARM
35. FAMILY MAN – FLEETWOOD MAC
36. NEED YOU TONIGHT – INXS
37. ALL I WANT IS YOU – CARLY SIMON
38. OVER AND OVER – BRENDA K. STARR
39. HIPPY HIPPY SHAKE – GEORGIA SATELLITES
40. THE VALLEY ROAD – BRUCE HORNSBY & THE RANGE

Dan O

More of my favorite songs of 1988:
Rank-Title-Artist
41. BAD MEDICINE – BON JOVI
42. MAN IN THE MIRROR – MICHAEL JACKSON
43. ANOTHER LOVER – GIANT STEPS
44. RED RED WINE – UB40
45. IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT (AND I FEEL FINE) – R.E.M.
46. SHATTERED DREAMS – JOHNNY HATES JAZZ
47. CALLING ALL NATIONS – INXS
48. LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING – HONEYMOON SUITE
49. WALK ON WATER – EDDIE MONEY
50. GIRLFRIEND – PEBBLES
51. THE FLAME – CHEAP TRICK
52. I DON’T WANT TO GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT – ELTON JOHN
53. PUMP UP THE VOLUME – MARRS
54. BLUE MONDAY 1988 – NEW ORDER
55. THERE’S THE GIRL – HEART
56. I WISH I HAD A GIRL – HENRY LEE SUMMER
57. WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE – GUNS ‘N ROSES
58. PROVE YOUR LOVE – TAYLOR DAYNE
59. GETTING BETTER – TESLA
60. PIANO IN THE DARK – BRENDA RUSSELL
61. I FEEL FREE – BELINDA CARLISLE
62. IT TAKES TWO – ROB BASE & D.J. E-Z ROCK
63. IN GOD’S COUNTRY – U2
64. THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL – MICHAEL JACKSON
65. GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU – GEORGE HARRISON
66. HAZY SHADE OF WINTER – BANGLES
67. WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD – LOUIS ARMSTRONG
68. I KNOW YOUR OUT THERE SOMEWHERE – MOODY BLUES
69. I HATE MYSELF FOR LOVING YOU – JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS
70. DEVIL INSIDE – INXS
71. UNDER THE MILKY WAY – THE CHURCH
72. PERFECT WORLD – HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS
73. KISS ME DEADLY – LITA FORD
74. SO EMOTIONAL – WHITNEY HOUSTON
75. DA BUTT – E.U.
76. YOU CAME – KIM WILDE
77. LOST IN YOU – ROD STEWART
78. MERCEDES BOY – PEBBLES
79. ANGEL – AEROSMITH
80. ELECTRIC BLUE – ICEHOUSE
81. A WORD IN SPANISH – ELTON JOHN
82. TALKING BACK TO THE NIGHT – STEVE WINWOOD
83. RUSH HOUR – JANE WIEDLIN
84. I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO – JOHNNY HATES JAZZ
85. TOMORROW PEOPLE – ZIGGY MARLEY
86. HANDLE WITH CARE – TRAVELING WILBURYS
87. RHYTHM OF LOVE – YES
88. LOVE WILL SAVE THE DAY – WHITNEY HOUSTON
89. GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR – BILLY OCEAN
90. I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY – KYLIE MINOGUE
91. DIRTY DIANA – MICHAEL JACKSON
92. SMALL WORLD – HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS
93. ALL FIRED UP – PAT BENATAR
94. I’M NOT YOUR MAN – TOMMY CONWELL & THE YOUNG RUMBLERS
95. GIVE ME ALL YOUR LOVE – WHITESNAKE
96. SAY IT’S GONNA RAIN – WILL TO POWER
97. WISHING WELL – TERENCE TRENT D’ARBY
98. BE STILL MY BEATING HEART – STING
99. NIGHT AND DAY – AL B. SURE
100. PAMELA – TOTO

Dan O

More of my favorites of 1988:
Rank-Title-Artist
101. OUT OF THE BLUE – DEBBIE GIBSON
102. EDGE OF A BROKEN HEART – VIXEN
103. I WANT YOU SO BAD – HEART
104. KNOCKED OUT – PAULA ABDUL
105. DREAMING – O.M.D.
106. SOME KIND OF LOVER – JODY WATLEY
107. EVERY ROSE HAS IT’S THORN – POISON
108. BLACK & BLUE – VAN HALEN
109. WILD LIFE – INXS
110. ALL THAT MONEY WANTS – PSYCHEDELIC FURS
111. ONE GOOD REASON – PAUL CARRACK
112. ARE YOU SURE – SO
113. WILD WILD WEST – KOOL MOE DEE
114. LOCK & KEY – RUSH
115. WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET – BRENDA K. STARR
116. HUNGRY EYES – ERIC CARMEN
117. SPOTLIGHT – MADONNA
118. THROWAWAY – MICK JAGGER
119. TALL COOL ONE – ROBERT PLANT
120. ENDLESS SUMMER NIGHTS – RICHARD MARX
121. IF YOU FEEL IT – DENISE LOPEZ
122. CHAINS OF LOVE – ERASURE
123. HOT HOT HOT – BUSTER POINDEXTER
124. POWERFUL STUFF – FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS
125. STRANGELOVE – DEPECHE MODE
126. 1-2-3 – GLORIA ESTEFAN & MIAMI SOUND MACHINE
127. WAITING FOR A STAR TO FALL – BOY MEETS GIRL
128. SAY YOU WILL – FOREIGNER
129. GROOVY KIND OF LOVE – PHIL COLLINS
130. KICK – INXS
131. DON’T YOU KNOW WHAT THE NIGHT CAN DO – STEVE WINWOOD
132. LEAD ME ON – AMY GRANT
133. DARLIN’ DANIELLE DON’T – HENRY LEE SUMMER
134. DREAMWORLD – MIDNIGHT OIL
135. MONKEY – GEORGE MICHAEL
136. DANCING UNDER A LATIN MOON – CANDI
137. FOREVER YOUNG – ROD STEWART
138. DANCE LITTLE SISTER (PART ONE) – TERENCE TRENT D’ARBY
139. TWILIGHT WORLD – SWING OUT SISTER
140. TWO OCCASSIONS – DEELE
141. NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP – RICK ASTLEY
142. ONE MOMENT IN TIME – WHITNEY HOUSTON
143. YOU DON’T KNOW – SCARLETT & BLACK
144. HOLD ON TO THE NIGHTS – RICHARD MARX
145. PINK CADILLAC – NATALIE COLE
146. THE RIGHT STUFF – VANESSA WILLIAMS
147. EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES – DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES
148. I STILL BELIEVE – BRENDA K. STARR
149. RHYTHM OF LOVE – SCORPIONS
150. SEASONS CHANGE – EXPOSE
151. JUST LIKE PARADISE – DAVID LEE ROTH
152. TELL ME – WHITE LION
153. NOT JUST ANOTHER GIRL – IVAN NEVILLE
154. SENDIN’ ALL MY LOVE – JETS
155. CANDLE IN THE WIND – ELTON JOHN
156. BURNING LIKE A FLAME – DOKKEN
157. I LIVE FOR YOUR LOVE – NATALIE COLE
158. WAIT – WHITE LION
159. DIDN’T KNOW IT WAS LOVE – SURVIVOR
160. FALLEN ANGEL – POISON
161. SILHOUETTE – KENNY G
162. NEVER THOUGHT THAT I COULD LOVE – DAN HILL
163. LOOK AWAY – CHICAGO
164. SHIP OF FOOLS – ROBERT PLANT
165. ROUTE 66/BEHIND THE WHEEL – DEPECHE MODE
166. JEALOUS GUY – JOHN LENNON
167. POP GOES THE WORLD – MEN WITHOUT HATS
168. MAKE ME LOSE CONTROL – ERIC CARMEN
169. DON’T BE CRUEL – CHEAP TRICK
170. MYSTIFY – INXS
171. HEART OF MINE – BOZ SCAGGS
172. WILD WILD WEST – ESCAPE CLUB
173. DOMINO DANCING – PET SHOP BOYS
174. SUPERSTITIOUS – EUROPE
175. I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN – ROGER
176. I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU – TAYLOR DAYNE
177. HEART DON’T FAIL ME NOW – HOLLY KNIGHT
178. DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK – ROBERT CRAY BAND
179. NOBODY’S FOOL – KENNY LOGGINS
180. WHERE DO BROKEN HEARTS GO? – WHITNEY HOUSTON
181. DON’T BE CRUEL – BOBBY BROWN
182. TRUE LOVE – GLENN FREY
183. I DID IT FOR LOVE – NIGHT RANGER
184. EARLY IN THE MORNING – ROBERT PALMER
185. ANOTHER PART OF ME – MICHAEL JACKSON
186. LET YOURSELF GO GO – SCARLETT & BLACK
187. COMMON GROUND – RHYTHM CORPS.
188. HOT HOT HOT!!! – CURE
189. PARADISE – SADE
190. THE LOCO MOTION – KYLIE MINOGUE
191. I DON’T WANT TO LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE – CHICAGO
192. TELL THAT GIRL TO SHUT UP – TRANSVISION VAMP
193. ROCK OF LIFE – RICK SPRINGFIELD
194. SAYIN’ SORRY (DON’T MAKE IT RIGHT) – DENISE LOPEZ
195. NEVER LET YOU GO – SWEET SENSATION
196. BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY/FREEBIRD – WILL TO POWER
197. RITUAL – DAN REED NETWORK
198. DYNAMITE – ROD STEWART
199. LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING – CLIMIE FISHER
200. BLACK LEATHER – KINGS OF THE SUN

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