US #1s of 1988

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For part 9, we're takin' it back to '88, cause that's what my random script tells me we should do. Already covered: 1941, 1944, 1957, 1975, 1981, 1992, 2000, 2008

Poll Results

OptionVotes
INXS, "Need You Tonight" 21
Rick Astley, "Never Gonna Give You Up" 14
Guns N' Roses, "Sweet Child o' Mine" 13
Terence Trent D'Arby, "Wishing Well" 9
George Michael, "Father Figure" 7
Michael Jackson, "The Way You Make Me Feel" 5
Bobby McFerrin, "Don't Worry, Be Happy" 4
Poison, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" 4
Billy Ocean, "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car" 4
George Michael, "One More Try" 3
Michael Jackson, "Man In the Mirror" 3
UB40, "Red Red Wine" 3
The Escape Club, "Wild, Wild West" 2
Will to Power, "Baby, I Love Your Way / Freebird Medley" 2
George Michael, "Monkey" 2
Steve Winwood, "Roll With It" 2
Michael Jackson, "Dirty Diana" 2
Cheap Trick, "The Flame" 1
Bon Jovi, "Bad Medicine" 1
Tiffany, "Couldv'e Been" 1
Beach Boys, "Kokomo" 1
Whitney Houston, "So Emotional" 1
Whitney Houston, "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" 1
Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine, "Anything For You" 1
Rick Astley, "Together Forever" 1
Def Leppard, "Love Bites" 0
Phil Collins, "Groovy Kind of Love" 0
Debbie Gibson, "Foolish Beat" 0
Richard Marx, "Hold on to the Nights" 0
George Harrison, "Got My Mind Set on You" 0
Chicago, "Look Away" 0
Expose, "Seasons Change" 0


::cannon:: (The Reverend), Saturday, 3 January 2009 08:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

Rick the Roller had a second #1 hit? Anyway, this is so "Wishing Well" it ain't funny.

::cannon:: (The Reverend), Saturday, 3 January 2009 08:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

haha out of all the years you pick the one that is obv gonna get rick rolled

jordan s (J0rdan S.), Saturday, 3 January 2009 08:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

what can you do? it had to come up sooner or later

::cannon:: (The Reverend), Saturday, 3 January 2009 08:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Never Gonna Give You Up" is probably in the better half of these songs anyway

::cannon:: (The Reverend), Saturday, 3 January 2009 08:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

i'm so super torn between "Wishing Well" and "One More Try." Both awesome on opposite ends of the awesome spectrum.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Saturday, 3 January 2009 08:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

Someone convince me to go one way or the other.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Saturday, 3 January 2009 08:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

baritone sax solo

::cannon:: (The Reverend), Saturday, 3 January 2009 09:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

The first twenty seconds of INXS's third finest moment fells the opposition with a kick drum to the balls and a guitar chop to the neck. The rest is additional, unnecessary cruelty.

moley, Saturday, 3 January 2009 09:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

Red Red Wine muufuckaaaas. They used to play it at dances when I was in high school, incongruously enough (I'm 24) I just looked it up on YouTube and there's versions mislabeled as Bob Marley, making me fear the future of the human race. I should have voted for Rick!

Whitey on the Moon, Saturday, 3 January 2009 09:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Don't Worry, Be Happy"

^

WAFFLES ADMIN (wilter), Saturday, 3 January 2009 10:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

WAS A NUMBER ONE JAM

::cannon:: (The Reverend), Saturday, 3 January 2009 10:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

nostalgia smooths alot of nonsense here, not a great year at a glance but these would hit me pretty fresh in 2009. have to hear one more try again, that was the torchey ballad right? the way you make me feel and where do broken hearts go coming round the stretch

missile loaded | com mode engaged | its a go | lool (tremendoid), Saturday, 3 January 2009 10:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

Billy Ocean.

Ioannis, Saturday, 3 January 2009 10:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

That's a lot of no.1s. Gave it to INXS, ahead of TTD and young Rick. GnR get enough love elsewhere.

Is "Baby, I Love Your Way / Freebird Medley" as good as it sounds?

Ismael Klata, Saturday, 3 January 2009 11:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

Sigh. I wish I could get excited about something here, but I really can't. The thought of that Billy Ocean song makes me laugh now. I'm surprised that I can't remember what that Winwood song sounded like, but not sure I want to remember either.

I think I'll just cast a vote for McFerrin as a rebellion against everything else.

With Oatmeal Sauce (Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You), Saturday, 3 January 2009 12:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

This is rock hard. I like "Together Forever" better of the two Rick Astley tunes. Neither of the Michael Jacksons are in my faves. Whitney is kinda hard to overlook. I almost wanna vote "Red Red Wine" on the strength of the song rather than the UB's slightly whiney version. Ditto "Baby I Love Your Way". I'm seriously torned.

I Was a Teenage Armchair Hongro Fan (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 3 January 2009 12:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

Baby I Love Your Way/ Freebird Melody is a great record. Kind of a Miami synth light pop sound, male and female vocals. I went with TTD though.

It was hard to go against Guns, but I must have heard that song so many times, most recently during a football game last weekend.

james k polk, Saturday, 3 January 2009 13:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

going inxs on this

Jordan Sarging (Brohan Hari), Saturday, 3 January 2009 13:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

Surprised by the "Wishing Well" love, when clearly "Sign Your Name" is superior.

Every George Michael single here is GOLD, especially "Monkey" (in its Jam-Lewis remix version) and "One More Try." "Love Bites" is the best of the power ballads listed.

Went with "Michael."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Saturday, 3 January 2009 13:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

*er, "Monkey."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Saturday, 3 January 2009 13:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Sign Your Name" is a good point, I forgot about that one.

With Oatmeal Sauce (Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You), Saturday, 3 January 2009 13:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

Also, god help me, but I like Cheap Trick's "The Flame" a little.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Saturday, 3 January 2009 14:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

wowo way u make me feel v sweet child o mine

heavy

❤¯\㋡/¯❤ (ice cr?m), Saturday, 3 January 2009 14:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

I like "Together Forever" better of the two Rick Astley tunes.

ditto

some dude, Saturday, 3 January 2009 14:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

Wishing Well
just ahead of Father Figure and INXS

Timezilla vs Mechadistance (blueski), Saturday, 3 January 2009 14:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

y'all know that it's really gonna be "sweet child 'o mine" that's gonna win this thing, right?!?

Mad Vigorish (Eisbaer), Saturday, 3 January 2009 14:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

Cheap Trick can mostly go suck ass, but I have a good friend who adores them, so go figure.
I love the Dream Police but otherwise it is the SUXXORS.

Anyway what about Sade? What was she doing in 1988? Reverend? She could be the peacemaker here, right?

Sweet Child o' Mine can suck ONE GREAT BIG DICK in 1988. I will sic Mark E. Smith on your ass. Don't even go there.

John D.??? Talk some sense into these naive dudes. Please.

With Oatmeal Sauce (Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You), Saturday, 3 January 2009 14:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

I like Sade's "Paradise," but it didn't even hit the Top Ten.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Saturday, 3 January 2009 15:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

I know, dude, and to be honest, I feel like some unknown force wanted me to vote for UB40 "Red, Red Wine" but I just couldn't do it. I really felt some pressure in my mind to vote for that one. But the truth is I didn't enjoy UB40 last time I saw them live and I met a Rastafarian reggae dude recently who adores the Smiths and he was at least willing to sympathize as to my reasons why I didn't enjoy UB40 live.

Brian Eno sounds so nice in my ears right now, though. God he sounds so good in my ears.

With Oatmeal Sauce (Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You), Saturday, 3 January 2009 15:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'd have gone with "Sign Your Name" had it hit #1.

But please tell me I won't be the only "Man in the Mirror" vote.

Joseph McCombs, Saturday, 3 January 2009 15:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

Bimble if you think you can get John D to join in your hatred of Cheap Trick you are sadly mistaken. Also your hatred of Cheap Trick is sadly mistaken. I'm being nice but I mean it.

I voted "Wishing Well" before reading anything else here. No other song was playing for me in my last semester of lol college.

Dimension 5ive, Saturday, 3 January 2009 16:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

This list explains why I feel absolutely no nostalgia for 1988, even though those were my salad days.

I'll take Will to Power, no contest.

Josefa, Saturday, 3 January 2009 16:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

I prefer Will To Power's 10cc cover, and their original material ("Fading Away," "Dreamin'"), all of which was played ad nauseum on Miami radio (weren't they from Miami? Don't know).

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Saturday, 3 January 2009 16:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

defend the indefensible: "kokomo" by the beach boys

buzza, Saturday, 3 January 2009 16:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

Will to Power were Miamians. Vocals: Bob Rosenberg & Maria Mendez.

Josefa, Saturday, 3 January 2009 16:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

thinking about "wishing well" if only for the awesome video

k3vin k., Saturday, 3 January 2009 16:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/2299/rickrollastleyux0.jpg

ilxor, Saturday, 3 January 2009 17:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

so many classic jams on this thing, though nostalgia (this was the year I first started paying concerted attention to pop) means I even love shit like "Kokomo" and "Look Away."

da croupier, Saturday, 3 January 2009 17:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

I WILL BE UR FATHER FIGURE PUT UR TINY HAND IN MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tempted to vote never gonna give u up but father figure is the jam of JAMS imo

Fursona (real life tauren ^_^) (cankles), Saturday, 3 January 2009 17:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

that pie chart is inaccurate

Timezilla vs Mechadistance (blueski), Saturday, 3 January 2009 17:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

cant embed so just copy pasta this

youtube.com/watch?v=T0z2TWkwD6M&fmt=18

Fursona (real life tauren ^_^) (cankles), Saturday, 3 January 2009 17:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

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im a true blue full blown balls to the wall devil may care metal head and yet i must state with great emphasis that is a great tune

Fursona (real life tauren ^_^) (cankles), Saturday, 3 January 2009 17:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

I think I might vote INXS. Probly the best tune off easily their best rekkid.

I Was a Teenage Armchair Hongro Fan (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 3 January 2009 17:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

"New Sensation" > "Never Tear Us Apart" > "Need You Tonight" > "Devil Inside" > "Mystify"

Whiney G. Weingarten, Saturday, 3 January 2009 17:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

No.

I Was a Teenage Armchair Hongro Fan (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 3 January 2009 17:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

inxs then ub40

Lingbert, Saturday, 3 January 2009 19:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

Anyway, this is so "Wishing Well" it ain't funny.

― ::cannon:: (The Reverend), Saturday, January 3, 2009 3:51 AM (10 hours ago) Bookmark

Crackhead #2 (PappaWheelie V), Saturday, 3 January 2009 19:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

See, INXS had way better records than Kick in Listen Like Thieves and The Swing. New Sensation is not even their best song, Don't Change is.

redmond, Saturday, 3 January 2009 19:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

If Guns & Roses wins this thing, I'm gonna be so mad.

But they're gonna do it anyway, aren't they?

Bimble's Got A Brand New Bag of Goth (Bimble), Sunday, 4 January 2009 17:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'll have to listen to this George Michael track. I don't remember it, honestly.

Bimble's Got A Brand New Bag of Goth (Bimble), Sunday, 4 January 2009 17:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

it is a song about holding tiny hands

Fursona (real life tauren ^_^) (cankles), Sunday, 4 January 2009 19:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

this was the year I first started paying concerted attention to pop

Ha, me too. GnR seems best right now though I like "The Flame".

Sundar, Sunday, 4 January 2009 19:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

Poor Winwood. He was out of it for like a decade, then did this very polished, overproduced "comeback"
album with top people like Nile muthafuckin Rogers. The songs were about as good as anything else he'd done, really, and they charted well but have not held up. That is not a cool record to like, I suppose partly because of the dated sounds and because it was aimed solidly at the Top 40. As if Blind Faith etc. were a purely artistic enterprise. But I remember digging his sad, vague voice and burbly PPG synth sounds.

"Roll With It" is an especially problematic track - it is exactly the kind of retro-soul pastiche (horns! standup bass! lots of tambourine! ethnic people for added authenticity!) that is all over the place just now, but because of its cultural moment it's shelved under Dad Rock or some such.

Ye Mad Puffin, Monday, 5 January 2009 17:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

(But, that said, "Need you Tonight" and "Wishing Well" are far better songs than "Roll With It".)

Ye Mad Puffin, Monday, 5 January 2009 17:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

It's kind've hard to believe that "Two Hearts" came out after "Groovy Kind of Love."

doobieborther, Monday, 5 January 2009 17:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

It's hard to believe how (briefly) big Steve Winwood was (the album also hit #1). The singles from this era are innocuous, though. I prefer "Valerie" and the 1986-era stuff.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 5 January 2009 17:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

but because of its cultural moment it's shelved under Dad Rock or some such.

More because he was 40 when it came out, I'd think.

she is living in an auto tune (kingkongvsgodzilla), Monday, 5 January 2009 17:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

wow I like so many of these songs

fuck the Whitney songs and "Kokomo", tho

^likes black girls (HI DERE), Monday, 5 January 2009 17:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

Looking back at the list I realize that 1988 was the last year in which I listened to the radio.

Ye Mad Puffin, Monday, 5 January 2009 18:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah, this was when I transitioned from solely listening to top-40/whatever records my brother brought home to whatever albums were on the college and dance charts in the back of Rolling Stone and Spin.

^likes black girls (HI DERE), Monday, 5 January 2009 18:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Roll With It" is a fucking jam, and it was probably my favorite of these songs that I was actually aware of at the time. I was 6 years old in '88, and the songs I definitely heard back then were mainly Winwood, Billy Ocean, George Harrison, the Escape Club, and 2 of the Jacko songs.

some dude, Monday, 5 January 2009 18:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

I have "Got My Mind Set On You" to thank for serving as my Beatles gateway drug.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 5 January 2009 18:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

Whitney's "So Emotional" is the least emotional song of all time.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 5 January 2009 18:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z128/ericzieg/rickslash.jpg?t=1225478145

I was an artist-in-residence at a state university this past fall, and two of the freshmen (likely born in '90) dressed for Halloween as Slash and Rick.

'88 TOP 40 LIVES ON.

Eazy, Monday, 5 January 2009 18:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

i was so hopin that was a scan from a actuall '88 picture

extremely intoxicated & uncooperative outside a Hסּסּters in Winston-Salem (will), Monday, 5 January 2009 18:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 6 January 2009 00:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

Voted for "Need You Tonight" because a) to me it's the best of INXS -- the kind of easy-going menace presented here never surfaced in the more straightforward "New Sensation" or the oddly peppy given its title "Devil Inside" and b) I associated it with beginning to listen to good old WHFS 99.1 in Wash, DC and breaking out of the classic rock cocoon I'd lived in up to that point -- hearing it in my car and suddenly GETTING THE POINT that rock music could do something more than lie around being classic. Of course it then became a huge hit and was on the regular radio stations too, but I stuck with HFS.

Strongly considered "Wishing Well" and GnR here too. Can't hear the Billy Ocean as anything but a joke and considered voting for "Wild Wild West" before I realized I was thinking of "Don't Look Down" by Go West.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 6 January 2009 01:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 7 January 2009 00:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

!

Sundar, Wednesday, 7 January 2009 00:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

fuckin' ILM and its goddamn rickrolling obsession.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 7 January 2009 00:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

who was the bright boy who gave "Where Do Broken Hearts Go?" one vote.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 7 January 2009 00:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

Hah, I am also curious about the "Kokomo" fan.

ARUBA JAMAICA OOOOH I WANNA TAKE YA

Ye Mad Puffin, Wednesday, 7 January 2009 00:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

J0hn D., amirite?

permanent o_Ovolution (The Reverend), Wednesday, 7 January 2009 00:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

Haha I probably would've voted for "Never Gonna Give You Up" if I hadn't voted GNR. But what a not-very-good winner.

Matos W.K., Wednesday, 7 January 2009 01:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

George Harrison, "Got My Mind Set on You" - 0 votes. This makes me sad. I feel like this was in a lot of peoples' top 5 choices, and yet..

Pain don't hurt. (Pillbox), Wednesday, 7 January 2009 01:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

Eh, "Need You Tonight" probably would be my #2 after TTD. It's kind of a boring, telling pick, but I have no problem with it.

permanent o_Ovolution (The Reverend), Wednesday, 7 January 2009 01:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

for a minute I thought it was Kool Moe Dee "Wild Wild West" which was one of my fave songs at the time

Tiffany, "Could've Been"
Expose, "Seasons Change"
Debbie Gibson, "Foolish Beat"

^^^ LOL, middle school dance

disco is the reason (daria-g), Wednesday, 7 January 2009 01:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

Aside from the rickroll, I agree with the top 3, in order, an ILXPoll first for me.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 7 January 2009 02:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

But see, the Rick Astley song is genuinely better than most of these tracks.

ilxor, Wednesday, 7 January 2009 05:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

missed this poll, but 88 was a great year innit

Lemonade In Hammocks (electricsound), Wednesday, 7 January 2009 05:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

(would have voted for inxs)

Lemonade In Hammocks (electricsound), Wednesday, 7 January 2009 05:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

poison (but I've never heard the will to power)

a mountain climber who plays an electric guitar (gabbneb), Wednesday, 7 January 2009 05:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

bump

Et tu, Crut? (The Reverend), Sunday, 11 January 2009 08:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

J0hn D., amirite?

no, mine was "Man in the Mirror"

J0hn D., Sunday, 11 January 2009 11:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

I stand corrected.

Et tu, Crut? (The Reverend), Sunday, 11 January 2009 11:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

Weird results. I like "Seasons Change" a lot more than the INXS at the top, which sounded corny & forced even in '88.

Josefa, Sunday, 11 January 2009 16:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Oh, I just missed this one. WOuld've voted for Terence Trent D'Arby who not only performed "Wishing Well" on SNL (2/13/88) but came back and did "Under My Thumb" as well!

http://image.listen.com/img/150x100/1/2/3/6/506321_150x100.jpg

energy, Tuesday, 27 January 2009 22:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

ten years pass...

I cannot believe those two songs beat "Sweet Child o' Mine".

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Monday, 11 March 2019 02:11 (one week ago) Permalink

Apparently, it surprised me 10 years ago too.

I was thinking the other day that the "Sweet Child o' Mine" intro is a really good string-skipping exercise, then learned that Slash originally came up with it as a string-skipping exercise.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Monday, 11 March 2019 02:51 (one week ago) Permalink

fyi, Keith Sweat’s “I Want Her” is Great to Awesome

breastcrawl, Monday, 11 March 2019 08:58 (one week ago) Permalink

Rick Astley would win this poll in a landslide with younger generations.

Siegbran, Monday, 11 March 2019 13:08 (one week ago) Permalink

lol eleven years later I correct this chart.
But where does "Need You Tonight" rank? ("So Emotional" is also missing, but I know where that one goes in your book.)

dorsalstop, Monday, 11 March 2019 16:26 (one week ago) Permalink

Wonderful wonderful year for balladry (as encapsulated in my prior poll: Greatest Billboard Top 40(-ish) Ballad (1988 edition)).

Goody Rickels on the Dime (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 13:07 (one week ago) Permalink

Chicago's "Look Away" video might be peak half-assed-plot-and-scenes-from-a-movie-I-don't-recognize indulgence.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uKLTtVqQpE

Also peak DX7 preset.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 13:21 (one week ago) Permalink

But where does "Need You Tonight" rank? ("So Emotional" is also missing, but I know where that one goes in your book.)
― dorsalstop, Monday, March 11, 2019

on the '87 list

Let's have sensible centrist armageddon (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 14:37 (one week ago) Permalink

Ah, right.

dorsalstop, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 15:00 (one week ago) Permalink

My god, what a terrible collection of songs that is for the most part.

does it look like i'm here (jon123), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 15:22 (one week ago) Permalink


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