Billboard Number One Album Rock Tracks 1989

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
R.E.M. - Stand 11
Tom Petty - Free Fallin' 11
The Replacements - I'll Be You 7
Tom Petty - Runnin' Down a Dream 5
Aerosmith - Love in an Elevator 5
Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down 5
Stevie Nicks - Rooms on Fire 4
Don Henley - The End of the Innocence 2
Crosby Stills Nash & Young - Got It Made 2
Rush - Show Don't Tell 2
Rolling Stones - Mixed Emotions 1
Eric Clapton - Pretending 0
Rolling Stones - Rock and a Hard Place 0
Eddie Money - The Love in Your Eyes 0
The Fixx - Driven Out 0
The Call - Let The Day Begin 0
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Crossfire 0
Chris Rea - Working On It 0
Julian Lennon - Now You're in Heaven 0
Doobie Brothers - The Doctor 0


first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 1 August 2013 01:31 (five years ago) Permalink

'Stand'.

I wanna live like C'MOWN! people (Turrican), Thursday, 1 August 2013 01:32 (five years ago) Permalink

lol I voted STand as well.

FUCK "END OF THE INNOCENCE"

Neanderthal, Thursday, 1 August 2013 01:34 (five years ago) Permalink

lol fucking schizoid list, with Stevie Nicks the only woman.

I'll bet "I'll Be You" or one of the Petty songs wins, and why not? For most of us 1989 was when we discovered Petty from the cumulative weight of Full Moon Fever, the Wilburys, etc. Meanwhile radio programmers acknowledge the Stones' "comeback," toss Chris Rea and Eddie Money a couple bones, anoint Stevie Ray, and uh Julian Lennon, sounding more like Bowie than Bowie did in Tin Machine.

The Nicks number is one of her weirdest and best; she actually gets away with a chorus that goes "Well there is magic all around you/If I do say so myself."

My finalists:

I Won't Back Down
I'll Be You
Rooms on Fire
Mixed Emotions
Stand
Runnin' Down a Dream

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 1 August 2013 01:35 (five years ago) Permalink

The Replacements "I'll Be You" i guess.

Bee OK, Thursday, 1 August 2013 01:43 (five years ago) Permalink

For the longest time I thought that Chris Rea song was Dire Straits. I think the main reason he was successful during this period was that programmers were waiting for Knopfler to pull his thumb out and deliver More Brothers In Arms, and Rea was the next best thing.

Uncle Cyril O'Boogie (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 1 August 2013 01:49 (five years ago) Permalink

OMG, I love these threads. This shit was so formative for me, I'm realizing. Amazing how well I still know most of the songs from this and the 1990 thread.

"Show Don't Tell" is really pretty good and there's plenty of latter-day Rush I won't defend! I'm pretty sure that gets my vote. HATE "Stand".

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 1 August 2013 01:50 (five years ago) Permalink

The intro to "Show Don't Tell" is promising but the song doesn't stick like other Rush songs b/w 1981-1991.

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 1 August 2013 01:55 (five years ago) Permalink

What's intriguing is how little hair metal actually appeared on these lists! "Livin' on a Prayer" seems to be the only Slippery When Wet single to reach #1, nothing from Hysteria or Appetite, let alone any Sunset Strip bands. (There wasn't a separate hard rock chart, was there?)

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 1 August 2013 01:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Really? I think it's one of their best post-"Subdivisions" singles, along with "Big Money" and "Time Stands Still". I freely acknowledge that nostalgia is probably swaying me, though. I really like that riff and breakdown, though.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 1 August 2013 01:59 (five years ago) Permalink

you can stand me up at the gates of hell
but I won't back down

loosely inspired by Dr. Dre (crüt), Thursday, 1 August 2013 02:01 (five years ago) Permalink

"Pretending" is pretty good too. I remember really liking "Rock and a Hard Place", although I don't think I've heard it since 1989,

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 1 August 2013 02:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Did "The Flame" not make it to #1??

Like, I definitely remember hearing a lot of Poison/Crue/Cinderella/Skid Row/White Lion on these same stations.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 1 August 2013 02:12 (five years ago) Permalink

And apparently Yes and Rush were scoring more #1s than any of them were in the late 80s and early 90s.

OMG "Got It Made". Haven't thought about this song in forever. Wouldn't say that it's great but it is > "Stand".

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 1 August 2013 02:18 (five years ago) Permalink

"The Flame" hit #1 pop, #3 on this chart in '88.

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 1 August 2013 02:18 (five years ago) Permalink

I love that Cheap Trick recorded "The Flame" because their other choice was "Look Away", which eventually went to Chicago.

Neanderthal, Thursday, 1 August 2013 03:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Any of the Tom Petty's, Stevie Ray, Replacements. And does anybody remember the Cheis Rea without sneaking over to Google? Voting "Free Fallin'".

jetfan, Thursday, 1 August 2013 03:48 (five years ago) Permalink

I remembered Chris Rea!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o3IdhYIkEg

Uncle Cyril O'Boogie (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 1 August 2013 03:53 (five years ago) Permalink

That's a huge guitar pick...

Uncle Cyril O'Boogie (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 1 August 2013 03:55 (five years ago) Permalink

There's diner I eat at sometimes, they have Journeyman on the juke, and it's always a good time when "Pretending" comes up on random play.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zm2PvnM7Vds

Clapton's pretty creepy in the vid, particularly in some gif-worthy scenes in the model's room.

Uncle Cyril O'Boogie (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 1 August 2013 04:05 (five years ago) Permalink

runnin down a dream, just ahead of rush

mookieproof, Thursday, 1 August 2013 05:25 (five years ago) Permalink

it is alarming that 'steel wheels' will soon belong to the first half of the stones' career

mookieproof, Thursday, 1 August 2013 05:29 (five years ago) Permalink

God I hate Clapton SO MUCH

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 1 August 2013 05:30 (five years ago) Permalink

don't be pretending about how you feel

loosely inspired by Dr. Dre (crüt), Thursday, 1 August 2013 05:37 (five years ago) Permalink

Alright, Cream was okay.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 1 August 2013 05:39 (five years ago) Permalink

Ha, I'm always defending/repping for Clapton here when I actually do think that e.g. Rolling Stone overrates him about as much as ILM underrates him.

For my part, I don't know that I'll ever understand how people can really love Tom Petty.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 1 August 2013 05:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Free Ballin'

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 1 August 2013 05:52 (five years ago) Permalink

^

chicken (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 1 August 2013 11:05 (five years ago) Permalink

I wonder if I juuuuust missed catching the Replacements in the MTV or VH1 top 20 countdowns

chicken (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 1 August 2013 11:06 (five years ago) Permalink

For my part, I don't know that I'll ever understand how people can really love Tom Petty

He's decent but I really can't imagine people claiming him as their favorite artist

Take Learning to Fly over these btw

Like Pretending quite a lot off that album but would prefer No Alibis

Master of Treacle, Thursday, 1 August 2013 11:14 (five years ago) Permalink

I would happily defend Behind the Sun - From The Cradle era Clapton any day

Master of Treacle, Thursday, 1 August 2013 11:15 (five years ago) Permalink

I think Rea had a big enough audience in his own right - Auberge in 1991 sold bucketloads and seemed be a bigger deal than the Dire Straits eventual follow up to BIA

Master of Treacle, Thursday, 1 August 2013 11:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Rea was huge in England, nothing here. His only Top 40 hit is this excellent supermarket classic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OC9sESRMRRM

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 1 August 2013 12:08 (five years ago) Permalink

I only know those Petty songs from the radio. So they were all on the same album? Huh. Maybe I should give it a listen. Probably one of those, but I'm not sure which.

o. nate, Thursday, 1 August 2013 19:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Of all of these, 'I wont back down' is the only song I remember.

Moka, Thursday, 1 August 2013 20:41 (five years ago) Permalink

I can't understand why Peter Bogdanovich made a 4-hour documentary about Petty, or why some critics venerate him, but I have fond memories of these two hits. I've heard Free Fallin' played unexpectedly in a couple of contexts recently and it just floored me, so that.

Deafening silence (DL), Thursday, 1 August 2013 22:55 (five years ago) Permalink

a lot of these songs have nostalgic appeal. two of the first CDs I ever got were Green and Full Moon Fever. My parents also got me the cassingle for "Rock And A Hard Place" when I wanted the one for "Mixed Emotions."

Voted "Stand"

da croupier, Thursday, 1 August 2013 23:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Fresh out of high school, summer jobs temping, those Tom Petty songs at the all-ages places where I shot pool.

only dogg forgives (Eazy), Thursday, 1 August 2013 23:29 (five years ago) Permalink

"runnin down a dream" over "i'll be you". tom petty's an artist i always think i kinda hate except for a few songs but then 'a few songs' turns out to be like a solid cd's worth easy and the songs i actually hate (as opposed to just going 'ugh tom petty' and changing the station) are pretty few tbh . there's only a few i would say i love by him though and 'runnin down a dream' is the only one that doesn't have the word 'girl' in the title. huge fan of mike campbell and that solo is weirdly one of all time faves. was listening to grace jones earlier today, totally forgot she covered 'breakdown'.

balls, Friday, 2 August 2013 00:59 (five years ago) Permalink

that julian lennon hit's probably the best hit he had that didn't have a sam peckinpah video to go w/ it.

balls, Friday, 2 August 2013 01:01 (five years ago) Permalink

The guy's a scold, reactionary, and in the beginning of his career whined way too much in song, but wtf I have no tolerance for dismissals of Petty singles from 1977 to 1994.

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 2 August 2013 01:01 (five years ago) Permalink

"Mixed Emotions" was the last 45 I bought.

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 2 August 2013 01:02 (five years ago) Permalink

balls otm (re: petty)

mookieproof, Friday, 2 August 2013 01:02 (five years ago) Permalink

Any of the Petty singles. There all good!

I'll take the jangle-jangle over the throb-throb (brg30), Friday, 2 August 2013 02:26 (five years ago) Permalink

my dad was so stoked for that doobies comeback

balls, Friday, 2 August 2013 02:53 (five years ago) Permalink

when I first heard Moon Duo I thought of "Runnin' Down A Dream"

loosely inspired by Dr. Dre (crüt), Friday, 2 August 2013 03:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Huh, Journeyman isn't bad.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Friday, 2 August 2013 04:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Considering how old most of these artists were and how these stations would still play the generally more innovative and/or heavy/intense 60s/70s work of these and other classic artists alongside the songs on these charts, I've been thinking that this aesthetic might have reflected an attitude that (rock) music had already peaked in the late 60s and early 70s. There was nothing really left to do except sit back with a light beer on the patio and coast, content that the battles had been won. Like, did anyone think CSNY or the Stones or even Robert Plant were doing the best work of their careers at this point? Around 2005, the modern rock charts seem to have moved to a similar attitude vis-a-vis the early 90s.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Saturday, 3 August 2013 03:28 (five years ago) Permalink

capital-R rock music was in a weird divided place in the late '80s. the biggest young bands were the brazenly commercial metal/hard rock guys, the 'alternative' stuff that we might consider the best of the era was a couple years off from having a mainstream breakthrough, a lot of aging stars had gone in big on videos and drum machines to stay relevant...

some dude, Saturday, 3 August 2013 03:34 (five years ago) Permalink

...and by then most boomers had CD players, and needed something to buy other than stuff they were replacing from vinyl.

Uncle Cyril O'Boogie (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 3 August 2013 03:53 (five years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 8 August 2013 00:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Were any non-singles even appearing on the 'AOR' charts by this point?

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 8 August 2013 00:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Like, did anyone think CSNY or the Stones or even Robert Plant were doing the best work of their careers at this point?

not in 1990 probably, but the Honeydrippers project aside, Plant's eighties albums are damn good and don't embarrass him at all. Shaken 'n' Stirred is ready to be reclaimed by the Trans claque.

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 8 August 2013 00:03 (five years ago) Permalink

No, I love a lot of solo Plant actually, especially Manic Nirvana and Dreamland. He didn't deserve to be lumped in with the other two. I still kind of doubt that many people were saying "this is better than Zep IV!" is all.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 8 August 2013 00:07 (five years ago) Permalink

But no, it wasn't the best example for the point I was making there.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 8 August 2013 00:08 (five years ago) Permalink

I don't know the 80s albums except for Now and Zen tbh. Ever get into Peter Gabriel territory?

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 8 August 2013 00:09 (five years ago) Permalink

gabriel's not the worst comparison

balls, Thursday, 8 August 2013 00:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Looks like this will probably be the first time I vote for Tom Petty in a poll.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 8 August 2013 00:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Like, did anyone think CSNY or the Stones...were doing the best work of their careers at this point?

One thing to consider re:these two was how greased the hype machine was. The CSNY was their first lp in 18 years, while the Stones were on a new label, celebrating the end of the Jagger-Richards feud, and embarking on their first all-enormodome tour in like 6-8 years.

Uncle Cyril O'Boogie (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 8 August 2013 00:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Did not expect that from you, Rudipherous.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 8 August 2013 00:49 (five years ago) Permalink

Alfred has me interested in that Stevie Nicks song though.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 8 August 2013 00:58 (five years ago) Permalink

I miss my chance tell Sund4r: I Won't Back Down. Which I just voted for. Gave a sloppy listen to the Nicks before you posted that but I will try again. I don't tend to zero in on lyrics as much as you do, Alfred.

But there are a bunch of Tom Petty songs from this time period that I think are hard to argue with as good songs, even if I've never been into his sound.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 8 August 2013 01:14 (five years ago) Permalink

haha I don't really care for lyrics! I noticed hers because they're particularly insane even for her. The tasteful Rupert Hine production (even the flamenco guitar and airy synth clouds he'd reprise for Rush's "Ghost of a Chance") helps.

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 8 August 2013 01:15 (five years ago) Permalink

I think I've made that mistake before about you and lyrics, but I do notice you mentioning them.

I feel dumb saying it, but I have a little trouble making out the words Nicks is singing much of the time and her voice just ends up sounding like her voice. And I like her voice, though the style of a song like this makes it hard for me to get excited about. I wouldn't really call the production tasteful, though I found myself enjoying the flauxmenco guitar part of the time.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 8 August 2013 01:29 (five years ago) Permalink

This is annoying: I was going to post something about how crap "Runnin Down a Dream" is, went to listen to it to back this up, and then realized I know the whole thing by heart, which completely deflates my original point.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 8 August 2013 01:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Again, time to get offline.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 8 August 2013 01:32 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh, THIS Stevie Nicks song. I still hear this on the radio all the time.

OK, really going offline now.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 8 August 2013 01:35 (five years ago) Permalink

Going off the grid?

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 8 August 2013 01:39 (five years ago) Permalink

looks like a grocery store playlist!

Petty album the first I ever sold off, think I like it more now than then but I dunno, so earnest!

The Call = The Fixx, no?

voted Stand over The End of the Innocence

Euler, Thursday, 8 August 2013 01:39 (five years ago) Permalink

Thinking more of 1989, I remember listening to Green a lot when I was packing to move out from home to live on my own, which gives it way too much importance somehow. As I think I've said elsewhere, I was really into it for maybe half a year. Something like that. I neither love nor hate Stand at this point.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 8 August 2013 01:42 (five years ago) Permalink

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

System, Friday, 9 August 2013 00:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Four votes for Nicks? TWO votes for CSNY???

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 9 August 2013 00:03 (five years ago) Permalink

there is magic all around us -- if I do say so myself

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 9 August 2013 00:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Principle of Moments is very good! I forgot how good "Big Log" was.

Tbh I probably mostly like Manic Nirvana for nostalgia.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Friday, 9 August 2013 00:43 (five years ago) Permalink

Four votes for Nicks? TWO votes for CSNY???
I know! One of them should have been another vote for Free Fallin' and REM can suck it!

I'll take the jangle-jangle over the throb-throb (brg30), Friday, 9 August 2013 00:49 (five years ago) Permalink

My vote for Free Falling would have stood in the way of an REM win, and after I had already voted, I changed my mind and wished that's what I had voted for.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 9 August 2013 01:05 (five years ago) Permalink

somehow didn't notice 'rooms on fire' up there, yeah that's a pretty great solo nicks track

balls, Friday, 9 August 2013 02:11 (five years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

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