Sunday, December 31, 1989

Top 100 Songs from 1980 to 1989

First posted 1/21/2011; last updated 3/23/2020.

Top 100 Songs of the Decade:


These are the top 100 songs from the 1980s according to Dave’s Music Database. Click here to see “Song of the Year” awards.

1. Billie Jean…Michael Jackson (1982)
2. Every Breath You Take…The Police (1983)
3. Sweet Child O’ Mine…Guns N’ Roses (1987)
4. I Love Rock and Roll…Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (1981)
5. When Doves Cry…Prince (1984)
6. Endless Love…Lionel Richie & Diana Ross (1981)
7. We Are the World…U.S.A. for Africa (1985)
8. Beat It…Michael Jackson (1983)
9. With or Without You…U2 (1987)
10. Bette Davis Eyes…Kim Carnes (1981)

11. Eye of the Tiger…Survivor (1982)
12. Don’t You Want Me?...The Human League (1981)
13. Like a Prayer…Madonna (1989)
14. Lady…Kenny Rogers (1980)
15. Love Will Tear Us Apart…Joy Division (1980)
16. Livin’ on a Prayer…Bon Jovi (1986)
17. Call Me…Blondie (1980)
18. Tainted Love…Soft Cell (1981)
19. Careless Whisper…George Michael (1984)
20. I Just Called to Say I Love You…Stevie Wonder (1984)

21. Flashdance...What a Feelin’…Irene Cara (1983)
22. Physical…Olivia Newton-John (1981)
23. I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me…Whitney Houston (1987)
24. Take on Me…Aha (1984)
25. Another One Bites the Dust…Queen (1980)
26. Like a Virgin…Madonna (1984)
27. Jump…Van Halen (1984)
28. The Message…Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (1982)
29. Walk This Way…Run-D.M.C. with Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (1986)
30. What’s Love Got to Do with It?...Tina Turner (1984)

31. You Shook Me All Night Long…AC/DC (1980)
32. Girls Just Want to Have Fun…Cyndi Lauper (1983)
33. Blue Monday…New Order (1983)
34. Don’t Stop Believin’…Journey (1981)
35. That's What Friends Are For…Dionne & Friends (Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight, & Stevie Wonder) (1985)
36. Always on My Mind…Willie Nelson (1982)
37. Sweet Dreams Are Made of This…Eurythmics (1983)
38. Love Shack…The B-52’s (1989)
39. Relax…Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1983)
40. Come on Eileen…Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1982)

41. Celebration…Kool & the Gang (1980)
42. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For…U2 (1987)
43. Another Day in Paradise…Phil Collins (1989)
44. All Night Long (All Night)…Lionel Richie (1983)
45. Purple Rain…Prince & the Revolution (1984)
46. Do They Know It’s Christmas?…Band Aid (1984)
47. Funkytown…Lipps Inc. (1980)
48. Total Eclipse of the Heart…Bonnie Tyler (1983)
49. I Want to Know What Love Is…Foreigner (1984)
50. Never Gonna Give You Up…Rick Astley (1987)

51. Down Under…Men at Work (1982)
52. I’ve Had the Time of My Life…Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (1987)
53. Upside Down…Diana Ross (1980)
54. 9 to 5…Dolly Parton (1980)
55. Just Like Starting Over…John Lennon (1980)
56. Kiss…Prince (1986)
57. Fast Car…Tracy Chapman (1988)
58. Faith…George Michael (1987)
59. Ebony and Ivory…Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder (1982)
60. Time after Time…Cyndi Lauper (1983)

61. Karma Chameleon…Culture Club (1983)
62. Wind Beneath My Wings…Bette Midler (1989)
63. Dancing in the Dark…Bruce Springsteen (1984)
64. Footloose…Kenny Loggins (1984)
65. Money for Nothing…Dire Straits (1985)
66. Sexual Healing…Marvin Gaye (1982)
67. Say You, Say Me…Lionel Richie (1985)
68. Thriller…Michael Jackson (1982)
69. Fight the Power…Public Enemy (1989)
70. Everybody Wants to Rule the World…Tears for Fears (1985)

71. Islands in the Stream…Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton (1983)
72. Sledgehammer…Peter Gabriel (1986)
73. Up Where We Belong…Joe Cocker with Jennifer Warnes (1982)
74. Pride (In the Name of Love)…U2 (1984)
75. In the Air Tonight…Phil Collins (1981)
76. Centerfold…J. Geils Band (1981)
77. Once in a Lifetime…Talking Heads (1980)
78. Don’t You Forget About Me…Simple Minds (1985)
79. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?...Culture Club (1982)
80. Back in Black…AC/DC (1980)

81. Born in the U.S.A….Bruce Springsteen (1984)
82. Hello…Lionel Richie (1984)
83. 1999…Prince (1982)
84. Take My Breath Away…Berlin (1985)
85. Jessie’s Girl…Rick Springfield (1981)
86. Ghostbusters…Ray Parker, Jr. (1984)
87. Say, Say, Say…Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson (1983)
88. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go!...Wham! (1984)
89. Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)…Phil Collins (1984)
90. Welcome to the Jungle…Guns N’ Roses (1987)

91. Maneater…Daryl Hall & John Oates (1982)
92. West End Girls…Pet Shop Boys (1985)
93. Pour Some Sugar on Me…Def Leppard (1987)
94. Start Me Up…The Rolling Stones (1981)
95. Walk Like an Egyptian…Bangles (1986)
\ 96. Africa…Toto (1982)
97. You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party…Beastie Boys (1986) 98. Don’t Worry Be Happy…Bobby McFerrin (1988)
99. Into the Groove…Madonna (1985)
100. Jack and Diane…John Cougar Mellencamp (1982)

Dave’s Faves: #1 Albums in the 1980s

First posted 9/20/2020; updated 10/7/2020.

Dave’s Faves:

#1’s: 1980-1989

These were my personal #1 albums during the 1980s.



  • Feb. 20: Olivia Newton-John Physical (5 weeks)
  • Mar. 27: Asia Asia (4 weeks)
  • Apr. 24: Toto Toto IV (3 weeks)
  • May 15: John Cougar (Mellencamp) American Fool (2 weeks)
  • May 29: Van Halen Diver Down (2 weeks)
  • June 12: Neil Diamond Greatest Hits Vol. II (2 weeks)
  • June 26: Alan Parsons Project Eye in the Sky (3 weeks)
  • July 17: Men at Work Business As Usual (4 weeks)
  • Aug. 14: Don Henley I Can’t Stand Still (3 weeks)
  • Sept. 4: Olivia Newton-John Olivia’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 (4 weeks)
  • Oct. 2: Brimstone and Treacle soundtrack (2 weeks)
  • Oct. 16: The Beatles 20 Greatest Hits (1 week)
  • Oct. 23 Eagles Greatest Hits Volume 2 (2 weeks)
  • Nov. 6: Squeeze Singles: 45’s and Under (2 weeks)
  • Nov. 20: Pat Benatar Get Nervous (4 weeks)
  • Dec. 18: Little River Band Greatest Hits (1 week)
  • Dec. 25: Foreigner Records (1 week)


  • Jan. 28: Eurythmics Touch (3 weeks)
  • Feb. 18: Footloose soundtrack (4 weeks)
  • Mar. 17: Marillion Fugazi (2 weeks)
  • Mar. 31: Alan Parsons Project Ammonia Avenue (1 week)
  • Apr. 7: Styx Caught in the Act (5 weeks)
  • May 12: Steve Perry Street Talk (2 weeks)
  • May 26: Chicago Chicago 17 (2 weeks)
  • June 9: Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. (8 weeks)
  • June 23: Marillion Real to Reel (2 weeks)
  • Aug. 18: Prince & the Revolution Purple Rain soundtrack (8 weeks)
  • Oct. 13: Bangles All Over the Place (2 weeks)
  • Oct. 27: Dennis DeYoung Desert Moon (2 weeks)
  • Nov. 10: Pat Benatar Tropico (3 weeks)
  • Dec. 1: Don Henley Building the Perfect Beast (5 weeks)

  • Jan. 5: REO Speedwagon Wheels Are Turnin’ (3 weeks)
  • Jan. 26: Foreigner Agent Provocateur (4 weeks)
  • Feb. 23: Alan Parsons Project Vulture Culture (2 weeks)
  • Mar. 9: Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair (5 weeks)
  • Apr. 13: Phil Collins No Jacket Required (1 week)
  • Apr. 20: Various Artists We Are the World (2 weeks)
  • May 4: Hooters Nervous Night (2 weeks)
  • May 18: Dire Straits Brothers in Arms (3 weeks)
  • June 8: Sting The Dream of the Blue Turtles (2 weeks)
  • June 22: Marillion Misplaced Childhood (12 weeks)
  • July 6: Billy Joel Greatest Hits Volume I & II (compilation: 1973-85, released 1985) (2 weeks)
  • Sept. 9: John Cougar Mellencamp Scarecrow (4 weeks)
  • Oct. 19: Squeeze Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti (3 weeks)
  • Nov. 9: Olivia Newton-John Soul Kiss (4 weeks)
  • Dec. 7: Bob Dylan Biograph (2 weeks)
  • Dec. 21: Asia Astra (2 weeks)

  • Jan. 4: Mike + the Mechanics Mike + the Mechanics (4 weeks)
  • Feb. 1: Alan Parsons Project Stereotomy (3 weeks)
  • Feb. 22: Bangles Different Light (3 weeks)
  • Mar. 15: Marillion Brief Encounter (3 weeks)
  • Mar. 29: Dennis DeYoung Back to the World (3 weeks)
  • Apr. 26: Journey Raised on Radio (2 weeks)
  • May 10: Crowded House Crowded House (3 weeks)
  • May 31: Peter Gabriel So (3 weeks)
  • June 21: Genesis Invisible Touch (3 weeks)
  • July 12: Supertramp Classics (2 weeks)
  • July 26: Sting Bring on the Night (3 weeks)
  • Aug. 16: Billy Joel The Bridge (2 weeks)
  • Aug. 30: David + David Boomtown (3 weeks)
  • Sept. 20: The Rainmakers The Rainmakers (4 weeks)
  • Oct. 18: Berlin Count Three and Pray (2 weeks)
  • Nov. 1: The Police Every Breath You Take – The Singles (2 weeks)
  • Nov. 15: Bruce Springsteen Live 1975/1985 (4 weeks)
  • Dec. 13: Paul Simon Graceland (3 weeks)


  • Jan. 9: Marillion B-Sides Themselves (4 weeks)
  • Feb. 6: Lyle Lovett Pontiac (3 weeks)
  • Feb. 27: Alan Parsons Project Best of, Vol. 2 (1 week)
  • Mar. 5: She’s Having a Baby soundtrack (4 weeks)
  • Apr. 2: Everything But the Girl Idlewild (1 week)
  • Apr. 9: Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman (3 weeks)
  • Apr. 18: Eric Clapton Crossroads (2 weeks)
  • May 14: Giraffe The Power of Suggestion (2 weeks)
  • May 28: Melissa Etheridge Melissa Etheridge (5 weeks)
  • July 2: Toni Childs Union (4 weeks)
  • June 30: Little River Band Monsoon (2 weeks)
  • Aug. 13: Crowded House Temple of Low Men (4 weeks)
  • Sept. 10: Tori Amos Y Kant Tori Read (2 weeks)
  • Sept. 24: Olivia Newton-John The Rumour (3 weeks)
  • Oct. 15: U2 Rattle and Hum (studio/live soundtrack) (3 weeks)
  • Nov. 5: Bangles Everything (3 weeks)
  • Nov. 26: Mike + the Mechanics Living Years (1 week)
  • Dec. 3: Marillion The Thieving Magpie (6 weeks)

  • Jan. 14: Lou Reed New York (2 weeks)
  • Jan. 28: Lyle Lovett Lyle Lovett and His Large Band (2 weeks)
  • Feb. 11: Shona Laing South (1 week)
  • Feb. 18: Elvis Costello Spike (2 weeks)
  • Mar. 4: Indigo Girls Indigo Girls (6 weeks)
  • Apr. 15: Giraffe The View from Here (2 weeks)
  • Apr. 29: Tom Petty Full Moon Fever (2 weeks)
  • May 13: John Cougar Mellencamp Big Daddy (2 weeks)
  • May 27: Simple Minds Street Fighting Years (1 week)
  • June 3: Dennis DeYoung Boomchild (1 week)
  • June 10: The Rainmakers The Good News and the Bad News (3 weeks)
  • July 1: Don Henley The End of the Innocence (1 week)
  • July 8: Faith No More The Real Thing (4 weeks)
  • Aug. 5: Tim Finn Tim Finn (2 weeks)
  • Aug. 19: The Rolling Stones The Singles Collection: The London Years (3 weeks)
  • Sept. 9: Del Amitri Waking Hours (2 weeks)
  • Sept. 23: David Bowie Sound + Vision (1 week)
  • Sept. 30: Marillion Seasons End (3 weeks)
  • Oct. 21: Tears for Fears The Seeds of Love (4 weeks)
  • Nov. 18: Tracy Chapman Crossroads (1 week)
  • Nov. 25: Shawn Colvin Steady On (2 weeks)
  • Dec. 9: Billy Joel Storm Front (2 weeks)
  • Dec. 23: Terence Trent D’Arby Neither Fish Nor Flesh (2 weeks)

Saturday, December 30, 1989

Dave’s Faves: #1 Songs in the 1980s

First posted 4/4/2020; updated 4/28/2020.

Dave’s Faves:

#1’s: 1980-1989

September 18, 1982. I can peg my fascination with music charts to that date. After listening to a local radio station’s countdown of the hits of the summer, I decided to make my own list of favorites (see original list here). I ended up revising it every few days, eventually developing my own charts which I maintained into the ‘90s.

I’ve also projected before and after those lists to create speculative lists of #1 songs for eras not covered by those original charts. You can check out those links here, but this page is focused on the #1 songs that might have been for me in the 1980s.


  • Jan. 19: Pink Floyd “Comfortably Numb” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 2: Pink Floyd “Mother” (1 wk)
  • Feb. 9: Rush “Free Will” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 23: Air Supply “Lost in Love” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 15: Eagles “I Can’t Tell You Why” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 29: Blondie “Call Me” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 19: Charlie Dore “Pilot of the Airwaves” (2 wks)
  • May 3: Lipps Inc. “Funkytown” (2 wks)
  • May 17: Mac Davis “It’s Hard to Be Humble” (2 wks)
  • May 31: Billy Joel “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” (3 wks)
  • June 21: Olivia Newton-John “Magic” (4 wks)
  • July 19: Split Enz “I Hope I Never” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 2: Peter Gabriel “Family Snapshot” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 16: Queen “Another One Bites the Dust” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 6: Peter Gabriel “Biko” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 4: Kenny Rogers “Lady” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 25: The Police “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 8: Kool & the Gang “Celebration” (1 wk)
  • Nov. 15: Air Supply “American Hearts” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 29: REO Speedwagon “Keep on Loving You” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 13: The Alan Parsons Project “Games People Play” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 27: Eagles “Seven Bridges Road (live)” (3 wks)


  • Jan. 17: Styx “The Best of Times” (6 wks)
  • Feb. 28: Climax Blues Band “I Love You” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 21: Styx “Too Much Time on My Hands” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 4: Rush “Tom Sawyer” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 25: Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes” (2 wks)
  • May 9: Stars on 45 “Medley I” (1 wk)
  • May 16: Neil Diamond “America” (4 wks)
  • June 13: Bruce Springsteen “The River” (2 wks)
  • June 27: Squeeze “Tempted” (4 wks)
  • July 25: Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 8: Journey “Who’s Crying Now” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 22: Foreigner “Juke Box Hero” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 5: Soft Cell “Tainted Love” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 26: Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 10: Sting “Message in a Bottle (live)” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 24: Olivia Newton-John “Physical” (4 wks)
  • Nov. 21: Foreigner “Waiting for a Girl Like You” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 19: Triumph “Magic Power” (1 wk)
  • Dec. 26: The J. Geils Band “Centerfold” (2 wks)


  • Jan. 2: Queen with David Bowie “Under Pressure” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 23: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 6: Journey “Open Arms” (6 wks)
  • Mar. 20: Alabama “Mountain Music” (4 wks)
  • Apr. 17: Elton John “Empty Garden” (2 wks)
  • May 1: Squeeze “Black Coffee in Bed” (2 ws)
  • May 15: Sting “Roxanne (live)” (2 wks)
  • May 29: Queen “Body Language” (3 wks)
  • June 19: Steve Miller Band “Abracadabra” (2 wks)
  • July 10: John Mellencamp “Jack and Diane” (4 wks)
  • Aug. 7: The Alan Parsons Project “Eye in the Sky” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 28: Van Halen “Happy Trails” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 11: Olivia Newton-John “Heart Attack” (5 wks)
  • Oct. 16: Don Henley “Dirty Laundry” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 30: Toto “Africa” (6 wks)
  • Dec. 11: Charlene with Stevie Wonder “Used to Be” (3 wks)


  • Jan. 1: The Police “I Burn for You” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 15: The Alan Parsons Project “Old and Wise” (4 wks)
  • Feb. 12: Styx “Mr. Roboto” (8 wks)
  • Apr. 9: Marillion “Script for a Jester’s Tear” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 23: Pat Benatar “Anxiety (Get Nervous)” (3 wks)
  • May 14: U2 “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (3 wks)
  • June 4: The Police “Every Breath You Take” (8 wks)
  • July 30: The Police “King of Pain” (7 wks)
  • Sept. 17: Pat Benatar “Love Is a Battlefield” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 15: Berlin “Masquerade” (1 wk)
  • Oct. 22: Olivia Newton-John “Twist of Fate” (5 wks)
  • Nov. 26: Yes “Owner of a Lonely Heart” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 10: Journey “Ask the Lonely” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 31: Paul McCartney “Pipes of Peace” (2 wks)


  • Jan. 14: The Police “Wrapped Around Your Finger” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 28: Nena “99 Red Balloons” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 18: Genesis “Illegal Alien” (1 wk)
  • Feb. 25: Yes “Leave It” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 10: Night Ranger “Sister Christian” (1 wk)
  • Mar. 17: Marillion “Fugazi” (1 wk)
  • Mar. 24: Marillion “She Chameleon” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 7: Styx “Music Time” (5 wks)
  • May 12: Prince “When Doves Cry” (3 wks)
  • June 2: Bruce Springsteen “Dancing in the Dark” (4 wks)
  • June 30: Ray Parker, Jr. “Ghostbusters” (4 wks)
  • July 28: Bruce Springsteen “Born in the U.S.A.” (4 wks)
  • Aug. 25: Prince “Let’s Go Crazy” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 8: Dennis DeYoung “Desert Moon” (6 wks)
  • Oct. 20: Pat Benatar “We Belong” (1 wk)
  • Oct. 27: Toto “Stranger in Town” (4 wks)
  • Nov. 24: Don Henley “The Boys of Summer” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 8: Tears for Fears “Shout” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 22: Foreigner “I Want to Know What Love Is” (4 wks)


  • Jan. 19: Don Henley “Sunset Grill” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 2: Foreigner “That Was Yesterday” (1 wk)
  • Feb. 9: The Alan Parsons Project “Let’s Talk About Me” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 2: Sting “Moon Over Bourbon Street” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 16: Simple Minds “Don’t You Forget About Me” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 30: The Dream Academy “Life in a Northern Town” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 13: Marillion “Kayleigh” (3 wks)
  • May 4: Bruce Springsteen “Trapped” (2 wks)
  • May 18: Hooters “All You Zombies” (2 wks)
  • June 1: Bruce Springsteen “Glory Days” (2 wks)
  • June 15: Dire Straits “Money for Nothing” (2 wks)
  • June 29: Marillion “Childhood’s End?” (1 wk)
  • July 6: Tears for Fears “Head Over Heels” (5 wks)
  • Aug. 10: John Parr “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 24: U2 “Bad (live)” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 14: Squeeze “I Won’t Ever Go Drinking Again (?)” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 28: Prince “Purple Rain” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 26: Olivia Newton-John “Soul Kiss” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 9: Squeeze “Heartbreaking World” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 7: Bruce Springsteen “My Hometown” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 21: Sting “Russians” (3 wks)


  • Jan. 11: Tears for Fears “When in Love with a Blind Man” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 25: The Alan Parsons Project “Stereotomy” (4 wks)
  • Feb. 22: Tony Banks with Fish “Shortcut to Somewhere” (4 wks)
  • Mar. 22: Dennis DeYoung “Call Me” (5 wks)
  • Apr. 26: The Moody Blues “Your Wildest Dreams” (4 wks)
  • May 24: Roger Waters “Folded Flags” (2 wks)
  • June 7: Double “The Captain of Her Heart” (2 wks)
  • June 21: Furniture “Brilliant Mind” (4 wks)
  • July 19: Berlin “Take My Breath Away” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 2: Tom Cochrane with Red Rider “The Boy Inside the Man” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 16: Billy Joel with Ray Charles “Baby Grand” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 30: David + David “Welcome to the Boomtown” (6 wks)
  • Oct. 11: The Police “Don’t Stand So Close to Me ‘86” (6 wks)
  • Nov. 22: Bruce Springsteen “War (live)” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 13: Huey Lewis & the News “Naturally” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 27: The Bangles “Following” (4 wks)


  • Jan. 24: The Alan Parsons Project “Standing on Higher Ground” (4 wks)
  • Feb. 21: Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush “Don’t Give Up” (4 wks)
  • Mar. 14: U2 “With or Without You” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 4: XTC “Dear God” (6 wks)
  • May 16: Marillion “Incommunicado” (2 wks)
  • May 30: Marillion: “Going Under” (2 wks)
  • June 13: Indigo Girls “Hey Jesus” (1 wk)
  • June 20: Suzanne Vega “Luka” (4 wks)
  • July 18: Terence Trent D’Arby “Wonderful World” (1 wk)
  • July 25: Marillion “Sugar Mice” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 8: Marillion “Tux On” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 22: Marillion “Warm Wet Circles” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 12: Pink Floyd “Learning to Fly” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 26: R.E.M. “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 10: Pink Floyd “One Slip” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 24: Sting “Englishman in New York” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 7: Sting “They Dance Alone” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 5: Bruce Springsteen “Spare Parts” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 19: The Rainmakers “The Wages of Sin” (3 wks)


  • Jan. 9: Eurythmics “Brand New Day” (3 wks)
  • Jan. 30: Lyle Lovett “She’s No Lady” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 20: Lyle Lovett “Pontiac” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 12: Kate Bush “This Woman’s Work” (4 wks)
  • Apr. 9: Sting “Someone to Watch Over Me” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 30: Everything But the Girl “Apron Strings” (2 wks)
  • May 14: Tracy Chapman “Fast Car” (4 wks)
  • June 11: Melissa Etheridge “Bring Me Some Water” (2 wks)
  • June 25: Melissa Etheridge “Occasionally” (2 wks)
  • July 9: Crowded House “Better Be Home Soon” (6 wks)
  • Aug. 20: Rod Stewart “Forever Young” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 10: Everything But the Girl “Oxford Street” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 24: Everything But the Girl “The Night I Heard Caruso Sing” (1 wk)
  • Oct. 1: Olivia Newton-John “It’s Not Heaven” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 15: Shona Laing “Glad I’m Not a Kennedy” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 5: U2 “God Part II” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 3: Sting with Bruce Springsteen “Every Breath You Take (live)” (2 wk)
  • Dec. 17: Bruce Springsteen with Sting “The River (live)” (1 wk)
  • Dec. 24: The Bangles “Something to Believe In” (2 wks)


  • Jan. 7: Guns N’ Roses “Patience” (3 wks)
  • Jan. 28: Mike + the Mechanics “The Living Years” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 11: Night Ranger “Reason to Be’ (2 wks)
  • Feb. 25: Metallica “One” (5 wks)
  • Apr. 1: Shona Laing “South” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 15: Lyle Lovett “Nobody Knows Me” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 29: Elvis Costello “Veronica’ (3 wks)
  • May 20: Simple Minds “Biko” (3 wks)
  • June 10: Simple Minds “Mandela Day” (2 wks)
  • June 24: U2 “All I Want Is You” (2 wks)
  • July 8: The Call “Let the Day Begin” (2 wks)
  • July 22: Indigo Girls “Closer to Fine” (6 wks)
  • Sept. 2: Tears for Fears “Sowing the Seeds of Love” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 23: Melissa Etheridge “You Can Sleep While I Drive” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 7: Squeeze “Slaughtered, Gutted, and Heartbroken” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 21: Tracy Chapman “All That You Have Is Your Soul” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 4: Madonna “Oh Father” (6 wks)
  • Dec. 16: Tears for Fears “Woman in Chains” (3 wks)

Friday, November 24, 1989

Phil Collins’ But Seriously released

First posted 3/26/2008; updated 9/15/2020.

But Seriously

Phil Collins

Released: November 24, 1989

Peak: 13 US, 115 UK, 111 CN, 13 AU

Sales (in millions): 4.0 US, 2.74 UK, 24.4 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: mainstream pop-rock

Tracks: Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Hang in Long Enough (10/6/90, 23 US, 11 CB, 38 AC, 34 UK)
  2. That’s Just the Way It Is (7/28/90, 26 UK)
  3. Do You Remember? (4/28/90, 4 US, 3 CB, 1 AC, 49 AR, 57 UK, airplay: 1 million)
  4. Something Happened on the Way to Heaven (4/28/90, 4 US, 3 CB, 2 AC, 34 AR, 15 UK)
  5. Colours
  6. I Wish It Would Rain Down (1/6/90, 3 US, 3 CB, 3AC, 5 AR, 7 UK)
  7. Another Day in Paradise (10/7/89, 1 US, 1 CB, 1 AC, 7 AR, 2 UK, gold single)
  8. Heat on the Street
  9. All of My Life
  10. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
  11. Father to Son
  12. Find a Way to My Heart

Total Running Time: 59:42


3.555 out of 5.00 (average of 11 ratings)

Quotable: --


About the Album:

Phil Collins was one of the hardest-working musicians in the ‘80s, racking up eight studio albums and fifteen top-ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100 with Genesis and as a solo act. Like 1985’s No Jacket Required, But Seriously topped the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic. Both albums also had four top-ten hits in the U.S. and sold more than 20 million copies, ranking them amongst the top 100 best-selling albums of all-time.

“While pursuing much of the same formula as on No Jacket Required, there was also a move toward more organic production as Collins abandoned some of the drum machines and prominent keyboards in the up-tempo numbers in favor of live instrumentation. The decision was a good one as there’s no doubt that tracks such as Find a Way to My Heart and Hang in Long Enough have enough bite to outlast his more dated sounding mid-80s material.” AMG

“The set also contains Collins’ finest batch of lost-love songs…since his first two albums, meaning, likely as not, that art was served at the expense of yet another relationship.” AZ One of those, Do You Remember?, was written from the perspective of a man in a failing relationship because of the neglect of his lover. It features Stephen Bishop on backing vocals. WK

I Wish It Would Rain Down is a “dramatic gospel-influenced” AMG song featuring Eric Clapton, with “staggering” results. AMG Collins said it is the closest he’s come to writing a blues song. WK

Something Happened on the Way to Heaven was the last song written for the album. He wrote it with Daryl Steurmer, his longtime touring guitarist, with the intent to give it to the Four Tops. By the time he was done with it, however, he opted to keep it for himself. WK

The songs “mirrored its title in a turn toward more pensive, socially conscious fare.” AZ Another Day in Paradise, the album’s lead single and a #1 hit, was about homelessness. He was inspired by a stay in Washington, D.C. while on tour. He was struck by the irony of homeless people trying to keep warm in the shadow of Capitol Hill. WK That’s Just the Way It Is, featuring David Crosby on backing vocals, is an anti-war ballad about conflict in Northern Ireland. WK

Notes: In 2016, a deluxe edition of the album was released with six live cuts, B-sides “That’s How I Feel” and “You’ve Been in Love That Little Bit Too Long” and demos for “Another Day in Paradise,” “That’s Just the Way It Is,” “Hang in Long Enough,” and “Do You Remember?”

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Tuesday, October 17, 1989

Billy Joel’s Storm Front released

First posted 5/9/2011; updated 9/22/2020.

Storm Front

Billy Joel

Released: October 17, 1989

Peak: 11 US, 5 UK, 4 CN, 12 AU

Sales (in millions): 4.0 US, 0.3 UK, 8.0 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: pop/rock singer-songwriter


Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. That’s Not Her Style (12/2/89, 18 AR, 77 US, 97 UK)
  2. We Didn’t Start the Fire (9/27/89, 1 US, 5 AC, 6 AR, 7 UK, 2 CN, 2 AU, platinum single)
  3. The Downeaster ‘Alexa’ (4/14/90, 57 US, 18 AC, 33 AR, 76 UK, 25 CN)
  4. I Go to Extremes (1/13/90, 6 US, 4 AC, 10 AR, 70 UK, 3 CN, 48 AU)
  5. Shameless (1/4/92, 40 AC)
  6. Storm Front
  7. Leningrad (53 UK)
  8. State of Grace
  9. When in Rome
  10. And So It Goes (10/20/90, 37 US, 5 AC, 30 CN)

Total Running Time: 44:34


3.293 out of 5.00 (average of 12 ratings)


About the Album:

For 1989’s Storm Front, Joel was looking for a new sound. He jettisoned most of his longtime band and producer Phil Ramone. He hired Mick Jones, “the Foreigner fat cat, not the Clash founder,” DB in pursuit of “big-rock pomp and power chords” DB in the vein of “Foreigner’s big AOR sound.” AMG

“Joel packed all the strongest numbers into the first half of Storm Front.” AMG The album opened with “That’s Not Her Style, a weirdly defensive song about his model wife, Christie Brinkley.” AMG It then transitioned to “the boomer-centric history lesson We Didn’t Start the FireDB, Joel’s third and final Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper.

Next up is his ode “to the fisherman's plight” AMG with The Downeaster ‘Alexa’, which is followed by I Go to Extremes, which gave Joel another top-10 hit. Then we get “the power ballad Shameless, which Garth Brooks later made a standard.” AMG

The second half, however, isn’t quite as strong. It “perks up only mildly with Leningrad and And So It Goes.” AMG “It’s upbeat, varied, melodic, and effective, but when it’s compared to…such high-water marks as The Stranger or Glass Houses…it pales musically and lyrically. The five singles…were catchy enough on the radio to propel the album to multi-platinum status, but in retrospect, Storm Front sounds like the beginning of the end.” AMG

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Tuesday, September 12, 1989

Aerosmith’s Pump released

First posted 4/2/2008; updated ?.



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Released: September 12, 1989

Peak: 5 US, 3 UK, 2 CN, 13 AU

Sales (in millions): 7.0 US, 0.1 UK, 11.5 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: classic rock

Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.)

  1. Young Lust (Tyler, Perry, Jim Vallance) [4:18]
  2. F.I.N.E. (Tyler, Perry, Desmond Child) [4:09] (11/25/89, 14 AR)
  3. Going Down/Love in an Elevator (Tyler, Perry) [5:39] (9/2/89, 5 US, 1 AR, 13 UK, 13 CN, 33 AU, gold single)
  4. Monkey on My Back (Tyler, Perry) [3:57] (4/14/90, 17 AR)
  5. Water Song/Janie’s Got a Gun (Tyler, Tom Hamilton) [5:38] (9/23/89, 4 US, 2 AR, 76 UK, 2 CN, 1 AU)
  6. Dulcimer Stomp/The Other Side (Tyler, Vallance, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland) [4:56] (6/16/90, 22 US, 1 AR, 46 UK, 22 CN, 73 AU)
  7. My Girl (Tyler, Perry) [3:10]
  8. Don’t Get Made, Get Even (Tyler, Perry) [4:48]
  9. Hoodoo/ Voodoo Medicine Man (Tyler, Brad Whitford) [4:39]
  10. What It Takes (Tyler, Perry, Child) [5:11] (1/13/90, 9 US, 1 AR, 15 CN, 46 CN)

Total Running Time: 47:22

The Players:

  • Steven Tyler (vocals, keyboards, harmonica, percussion)
  • Joe Perry (guitar)
  • Brad Whitford (rhythm guitar)
  • Tom Hamilton (bass)
  • Joey Kramer (drums, percussion)


4.346 out of 5.00 (average of 13 ratings)

Quotable: “Rank[s] with Rocks and Toys in the Attic.” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide


About the Album:

1987’s Permanent Vacation heralded in the second wave of Aerosmith, the return of the original lineup in one of rock history’s greatest comeback stories. While that album “seemed a little overwhelmed by its pop concessions, Pump revels in them without ever losing sight of Aerosmith’s dirty hard rock core.” STE

For Pump, the band set out to explore “a rawness that had been glossed over for a commercial sound in Permanent Vacation.” WK As guitarist Joe Perry said, “We wanted to strip off a little fat we felt on our last one.” WK The result? Q magazine called it “the year’s best metal album,” WK noting that “it took a bunch of hoary, addled old stagers like Aerosmith” to “hoist the heavy metal crown from the likes of Def Leppard and Bon Jovi.” WK

Rolling Stone called Aerosmith “the reigning kind of the double entendre” WK but said Pump “has more going for it than locker-room laughs, such as the vintage high-speed crunch (circa Toys in the Attic) of Young Lust…[and] the sassy slap ‘n’ tickle of My Girl.” WK

Part of the success of Vacation was due to producer Bruce Fairbairn, who returns for Pump. At his suggestion, the band brought in outside songwriting help from Desmond Child (Loverboy, Bon Jovi) and Jim Vallance (Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi) for the previous album. Both songwriters show up again here – Child on What It Takes and F.I.N.E. and Vallance on “Young Lust” and The Other Side. Two of those songs were top 40 hits. “What It Takes,” which “has more emotion and grit than any of their other power ballads,” STE hit #9 on the U.S. pop charts while “The Other Side” reached #22. Both songs also topped the album rock tracks chart.

“The Other Side” gave Aerosmith some legal troubles when the famed Motown songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland threatened to sue the band because of similarities between the melodies of “The Other Side” and “Standing in the Shadows of Love.” Aerosmith ended up adding them to the songwriting credits. WK

The album’s two biggest songs, however, were penned solely by the band. Lead single Love in an Elevator, like “The Other Side,” rock[s] relentlessly, no matter how many horns and synths fight with the guitars.” STE The song was a top-five pop hit and, surprisingly, Aerosmith’s first trip to the pinnacle of the album rock chart.

Janie’s Got a Gun tackles more complex territory than most previous songs” STE with its no-holds-barred glimpse into incest and murder. It was also a top-five pop hit. It also gave Aerosmith its first Grammy – for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. They went on to win the award three more times.

Notes: An alternate version of the album included a hidden instrumental track after “What It Takes” while the Japanese version added the song “Ain’t It Enough.”

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Saturday, August 26, 1989

The B-52’s hit the chart with “Love Shack”

First posted 11/16/2019.

Love Shack

The B-52’s

Writer(s): Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Cindy Wilson (see lyrics here)

Released: June 20, 1989

First Charted: August 26, 1989

Peak: 3 US, 4 CB, 5 RR, 14 MR, 2 UK, 5 CN, 19 AU
(Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales *: 0.5 US, 0.2 UK, 0.84 world (includes US + UK)

Radio Airplay *: 1.0

Video Airplay *: 29.6

Streaming *: --

* in millions


The B-52’s arrived on the scene a decade earlier with their debut album and became a definitive band of the new wave/post-punk era. They had a cult following primarily comprised of the gay community and college radio listeners. However, their relevance declined and in 1985, they considered calling it quits after guitarist Ricky Wilson died of AIDS. Instead, they soldiered on with drummer Keith Strickland recording guitar parts in Wilson’s style. SF

In 1989, they came back on the scene in a big way. The band wanted Nile Rodgers (best known for his band Chic) to produce their Cosmic Thing album, but he wasn’t available. They turned to Don Was who had his own group Was (Not Was), but had also worked with Bob Dylan, Elton John, and the Rolling Stones. Kate Pierson, one of the singers in the band, credits Was for making the song a hit. The band used to perform songs live before recording them, but Was helped them structure “Love Shack” and record it in the studio. SF It didn’t just put them back on the radar, but gave them their first taste of mainstream success and became their signature song. It topped the charts in Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand and hit the top 5 in the U.S., UK, and Canada. WK

The band was inspired by the club in the movie The Color Purple, as well as Hawaiian Ha-Le, a real club outside Athens, Georgia where the band hung out. The club drew a wide variety of hippies, scenesters, and University of Georgia students. Cindy Wilson, another of the band’s singers, described the club as “a really cool place – a run-down love shack kind of thing…It was a really interesting place.” SF The concept for the song was that the Love Shack was “a place where people of all stripes come together for a groovy time.” SF

The song was also inspired by a tin-roofed cabin – also in the Athens, Georgia area – where Pierson lived in the ‘70s. The band conceived their 1979 hit “Rock Lobster,” probably their best-known song prior to “Love Shack,” at the cabin. Wilson’s memorable line about “tin roof rusted” was actually an outtake from a jamming session. WK The line has been famously misinterpreted as “Hennn-ry, busted.” SF Wilson has said she was thinking of the rusty roof from the Hawaiian Ha-Le club. SF

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Saturday, August 19, 1989

8/19/1989: Del Amitri charted with “Kiss This Thing Goodbye”

First posted 12/24/2019.

Kiss This Thing Goodbye

Del Amitri

Writer(s): Justin Currie, Iain Harvie, Mick Slaven (see lyrics here)

Released: July 1989

First Charted: August 19, 1989

Peak: 35 US, 35 CB, 28 RR, 17 AR, 13 MR, 43 UK, 28 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales *: -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US + UK)

Radio Airplay *: --

Video Airplay *: 0.32

Streaming *: --

* in millions


Del Amitri were a Scottish band who got their start in the ‘80s. From then until their final release in 2002, they never featured the same lineup on any two records. WK Only singer/songwriter Justin Currie (the singer) and guitarist/songwriter Iain Harvie appeared on all their albums and keyboardist Andy Alston proved a stable member, having been with the band from 1989 on. While a changing lineup would certainly produce a different sound each time out, it was never more marked than it was from their 1985 self-titled debut to 1989’s Waking Hours. On the latter album, the band eschewed the post-punk sound of the first album for what was arguably “Del Amitri’s first ‘mature’ record.” WK

They also found their first taste of mainstream success. In the U.K., they recached #11 with “Nothing Ever Happens,” and then they hit the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 when “Kiss This Thing Goodbye” saw a re-release as a single. This time, they hit the top 40 and also took the song to the top 20 of the album rock and modern rock charts. In the U.S., they only hit the top 40 two more times – with 1992’s “Always the Last to Know” (#30) and 1995’s “Roll to Me” (#10), but they scored fifteen top-40 hits in the U.K. describes it as “one of the more resigned break-up songs, about a relationship that is not working and never will. The couple can barely even stand to share the same space, so there’s no point in prolonging the end of it.” SF The music, however, betrays the gloomy lyrical theme with its poppy, upbeat feel.

On a personal note, I repurposed the song in the early ‘90s. I played the song (then on a car tape deck) as a farewell to my first car – a used Mustang – when I bought a brand spankin’ new Grand Am.

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Saturday, June 17, 1989

Indigo Girls charted with “Closer to Fine”

First posted 10/20/2020.

Closer to Fine

Indigo Girls

Writer(s): Emily Saliers (see lyrics here)

First Charted: June 17, 1989

Peak: 52 US, 48 AC, 48 AR, 26 MR, 53 CN, 57 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 6.7 video, -- streaming


About the Song:

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers met in elementary school in the Atlanta, Georgia area. As the duo Indigo Girls, they walked “the musical line between R.E.M. and Tracy Chapman” SG and were signed to Epic Records. Their 1989 self-titled sophomore album, but major-label debut, was a two-million seller which nabbed them a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album and a nomination for Best New Artist.

Blues singer Michelle Malone, who knew the duo “up-close and early on” SG said the album “captured the essence of that thing Amy and Emily have always done so well: vocal harmony weaving through well-written, sincere songs.” SG On one hand, there was Ray’s “husky alto…digging through the rubble of she was” SG while Saliers’ “lighter touch [served] as a counterweight to Ray’s fiery passion.” SG

The album kicked off with “Closer to Fine,” a song featuring a penny whistle, a reference to Rasputin, and the Hothouse Flowers. SG It became “much more than just a folk song: it is joy, hope, and validation set to music.” SG The duo have played it at every concert since its release, eventually making it their show closer. Singer Matt Nathanson calls it a “magical unicorn of a song wrapped up in these campfire chords that anyone can play.” SG

Saliers wrote the song sitting on the front porch of a cabin in Vermont while on vacation with her family. As she said, “whenever you’re in such a bucolic setting, it can make you feel very philosophical.” SF As a recent college graduate, she was wrestling with the impact of academia and, essentially, the purpose of life. In the song’s lyrics she “looked to the children” and “drank from the fountains” in search for answers, only to conclude that “the less I seek my source for some definitive / The closer I am to fine.” It served as “a testament to the spiritual notion that we each have all the truth and wisdom we need right here inside of us.” SG

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Saturday, May 13, 1989

The Stone Roses’ debut album hit the charts

First posted 3/23/2008; updated 10/11/2020.

The Stone Roses

The Stone Roses

Released: May 2, 1989

Peak: 86 US, 9 UK, 62 CN, 36 AU

Sales (in millions): -- US, 1.2 UK, 1.2 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: alternative rock/Britpop


Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. I Wanna Be Adored (9/14/91, 20 UK, 18 MR)
  2. She Bangs the Drums (7/29/89, 34 UK, 9 MR)
  3. Waterfall (1/11/92, 27 UK)
  4. Don’t Stop
  5. Bye Bye Badman
  6. Elizabeth My Dear
  7. (Song for My) Sugar Spun Sister
  8. Made of Stone (3/31/89, 20 UK)
  9. Shoot You Down
  10. This Is the One
  11. I Am the Resurrection (4/11/92, 33 UK)

Total Running Time: 49:02

The Players:

  • Ian Brown (vocals)
  • John Squire (guitars, backing vocals)
  • Mani (bass)
  • Reni (drums, backing vocals)


4.363 out of 5.00 (average of 20 ratings)

Quotable: “There’s almost no precedent for the Stone Roses…their debut was a fully formed gem that gave birth to an entire genre – Brit-pop.” – Josh Tyrangiel and Alan Light, Time magazine


About the Album:

“There’s almost no precedent for the Stone Roses…their debut was a fully formed gem that gave birth to an entire genre – Brit-pop.” TL “Pop hooks [are] one thing, and dance rhythms [are] another, but it’s also important to have dat swing, you know, and the band has it.” GS The album “ushered in the era of Madchester,” AZ “an indie rock phenomenon that fused guitar-pop with drug-fueled rave and dance culture.” AMG At the time, “British youth were abandoning rock music en masse for acid-house sounds and communal raves” BN “and the charts were looking less than healthy.” AD By bringing “dance music to an audience…previously obsessed with droning guitars,” AMG the Stone Roses “almost single-handedly made British rock music hip again.” BN

Through “classic psychedelia married with punk energy and rave swagger” BN, the Roses established themselves as “postmodern English, filtering folk-rock romanticism through Joy Division and Jesus and Mary Chain hyperromanticism.” RC “The repercussions…could be heard throughout the ‘90s” AMG as the band spawned the sound of the guitar-based pop of Oasis and Blur, “gave birth to shoegazer bands like My Bloody Valentine,” RV and were “a definite precursor of grunge.” JA

Frontman Ian Brown revived “the concept of classic pop songwriting.” AMG “Quietly melodic” PK “prime ‘sixties’ harmonies” AD “owe far more to, say, Simon & Garfunkel than to New Order.” PK The lyrics “flicked at epic romance…without veering into sentimentality.” TL The album “creates it’s own world and atmosphere whilst simultaneously reminding you of almost every great sixties English group.” AD It has “the lyrical sensibilities of John Lennon and Joe Strummer, mixes in Motown rhythms, adds a dash of Sex Pistols and tops it off with a purple haze of instrumentation and production reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix.” RV “The vocal melodies are well-written and sound fresh, sincere, and inspiring. And happy, too: this is one hell of a cheerful, optimistic record.” GS “Only The Beatles ever dared exhaust so many good tunes in the space of an hour.” IB Ultimately, the album is “a crystallization of everything there is to love about the last 40 years of pop music.” RV

Guitarist John Squire establishes himself as “a new hero for a new age,” AZ deftly heading into the world of “guitar heroism without the attendant pomp and egomania.” IB His “playing is endlessly inventive but never overwhelms the songs.” IB His “layers of simple, exceedingly catchy hooks” AMG are “a thing of magic,” AZ “recalling the British Invasion while suggesting the future with their phased, echoey effects.” AMG He “lingered over chords like the Byrds’ Roger McGuinn.” TL “Drummer Alan ‘Reni’ Wren’s galloping, hiphop-influenced beats [are] a sonic infusion that became a fixture of ‘90s alt rock.” JA Along with bassist ‘Mani’ Mounfield, the two “shift from charging beat-pop to fluid funkadelic grooves, sometimes in the space of a single song.” IB They “always imply dance rhythms without overtly going into the disco,” AMG establishing themselves as “one of the tightest British rhythm sections of the time.” GS “This is as good as guitars, bass and drums can sound together, and if you don’t get it, you probably have some disease that keeps you from liking music.” IB

I Wanna Be Adored is “a perfect album opener” AD “with it’s slow, slow build up [and the] impeccably played musical backing” AD of Mani’s “creeping bassline,” AMG Squire’s “waves of cool guitar hooks” AMG and Reni’s “funky drummer shuffle.” QM Through it all, Brown “Brown sings with a vitriolic verve unheard since Johnny Rotten” RV as he “reveals the band is driven by the devil to make great music. ‘I don’t need to sell my soul,’ he sings. ‘He’s already in me.’ When he wails, ‘I wanna be adored,’ the sentiment doesn’t seem like an egotistical statement from a band in its infancy as much as it is a prelude to greatness.” RV

On She Bangs the Drums “the ‘60s hooks and the rolling beats manage to convey the colorful, neo-psychedelic world of acid house” AMG and “wind into the rhythm inseparably” AMG while displaying “a rush of guitars not heard since The Byrds invented folk rock.” AD Waterfall is “a luminous, druggy, Byrds-style ballad” JA “with it’s delicate repeating guitar figure and it’s dramatic ending.” AD By leaning on “sixties-influenced studio gimmicks like backwards tracks and phasing,” JA

Made of Stone is an “atmospheric” and “heartbreaking, swoon-some classic pop rock song.” AD “The band were justly proud of this and released it as a single.” AD It “depicts the destruction of Manchester under dwindling industrialization and Margaret Thatcher’s iron fist. ‘When the streets are cold and lonely / And the cars they burn below me / Are you all alone / Are you made of stone?’” RV

While every song on the album “is knocking on the door of perfection…[the epic finale I Am the Resurrection] kicks it down, taking in bubblegum, Motown, and psychedelic funk on the way to a glorious instrumental climax that’ll having you shaking your head in disbelief.” IB It takes a certain amount of arrogance for a band to claim its [sic] the second coming, let alone an upstart. The Roses pull it off with ease. Brown snarls, ‘I am the resurrection and I am the light / I couldn’t ever bring myself to hate you as I fly,’ sounding more like a villain than the messiah…By the time the band reaches its instrumental climax, it’s easy to adore the Roses.” RV

The band would never find a way to equal their debut. With their fame came subsequent legal battles to move from independent status to a major label. They eventually signed with Geffen and, five years after their debut, “reemerged…with the stodgy and wrongly titled Second Coming. The Stone Roses, however, remains a stellar contribution to the canon of classic debuts.” BN It is “one of the finest records of the past 30 years.” CL “Some albums really can change the world, and in 1989 this was one of them.” AZ

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