“We Didn’t Start the Fire” is a song by Billy Joel. Its lyrics include brief, rapid-fire allusions to more than 100 headline events between 1949, the year of Joel’s birth, and 1989, when the song was released on his album Storm Front. The tune was nominated for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. The song was also a No. 1 hit in the US.
Joel got the idea for the song when he had just turned 40. He was in a recording studio and met a friend of Sean Lennon who had just turned 21 who said “It’s a terrible time to be 21!” Joel replied to him, “Yeah, I remember when I was 21 — I thought it was an awful time and we had Vietnam, and y’know, drug problems, and civil rights problems and everything seemed to be awful.” The friend replied, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, but it’s different for you. You were a kid in the fifties and everybody knows that nothing happened in the fifties”. Joel retorted, “Wait a minute, didn’t you hear of the Korean War or the Suez Canal Crisis?” Joel later said those headlines formed the basic framework for the song.
Joel has said, “I’m a history nut. I devour books. At one time I wanted to be a history teacher”. According to his mother, he was a bookworm by the age of seven. Unlike most of Joel’s songs, the lyrics were written before the melody, owing to the somewhat unusual style of the song. The song was a huge commercial success and was Joel’s third Billboard No. 1 hit. It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
“Blame It on the Rain” is a song by German dance-pop group Milli Vanilli.
“Blame It On The Rain” debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on October 7, 1989, at number sixty-five. Seven weeks later, for the week ending November 25, 1989, it reached number one, and occupied the spot for two weeks. It also spent a total of twenty-three weeks on the Hot 100. The song became Milli Vanilli’s third number one single on the Hot 100 after “Baby Don’t Forget My Number” and “Girl I’m Gonna Miss You”. “Rain” was their final single to top the chart before their infamous scandal took off.
It was preceded at number one on the Hot 100 by Bad English’s “When I See You Smile” (also penned by Warren) and succeeded by Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire”.
The song was ranked at number 21 on Billboard’s Year-End Singles list for 1989, and number forty-six for 1990.
When I See You Smile is a song by American/British hard rock band Bad English. It was released in September 1989 as the second single taken from their self-titled debut album of the same name, released in 1989. The power ballad was a huge success and went on to become the band’s first and only US number one hit when it peaked there in the fall of 1989 for two weeks.
In the video the band are performing on a stage, which contains close-up shots of its members. The footage was taken at one of their arena concerts. It shows Jonathan Cain’s distinctive synthesizer opening and moves into the soft initial vocal work of John Waite. The tempo picks up with Deen Castronovo’s drum work and Neal Schon’s trademark guitar during which Waite becomes more emphatic vocally; the song finishes with Waite’s soft vocals. The complete video was directed by Jonathan Cain and can easily be found on YouTube.
“Listen to Your Heart” is a song by the Swedish band Roxette. The song was originally released in September 1988 in Sweden only, as the fourth single from their second studio album, Look Sharp! (1988); later, it reached number one in its re-release in 1989 on the Canadian singles chart and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on 4 November 1989, their second chart-topper of the year. The song was written by Per Gessle and Mats M.P. Persson.
They rose to #1 the same week the dominant New Kids on the Block rose to number two with their song “Cover Girl”, thus preventing the group from taking the top spot. The song was released in the UK in October 1989 and reached a lowly number 62, but was re-issued in August 1990 as a double A-side with “Dangerous” after the success of their previous single “It Must Have Been Love”, and reached number six.
The single was one of the top 25 best selling singles of 1989 in the U.S.
“Miss You Much” is a song recorded by American recording artist Janet Jackson, released as the lead single from Jackson’s fourth studio album, Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989). The song spent four weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the longest-running number one of 1989. “Miss You Much” was the second-best selling single of 1989, and the biggest radio airplay song of the year. It is Jackson’s third longest running number-one single, behind “That’s The Way Love Goes” and “All For You”, which spent eight and seven weeks at number one.
The song received two Grammy Award nominations, and was awarded two American Music Awards and a Billboard Award for Top Hot 100 Single of the Year. It has been included in each of Jackson’s greatest hits albums, Design of a Decade: 1986–1996 (1995), Number Ones (2009) and Icon: Number Ones (2010).
Its music video is considered iconic for its choreography and chair routine, and has been referenced by various artists. “Miss You Much” has inspired videos from Britney Spears, and was covered in the Korean film 200 Pounds Beauty, also being sampled by artists such as 50 Cent.
“Girl I’m Gonna Miss You” is a song by German dance-pop group Milli Vanilli. It was released in July 1989 as a single from their debut album Girl You Know It’s True. The single was a success, hitting the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, while also being certified Gold by the RIAA. The song also reached number one in Canada, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands, and reached number two in the United Kingdom, Germany and Ireland, and number three in Australia.
“Don’t Wanna Lose You” is a song written and recorded by Gloria Estefan. It was released in 1989 as the first single from the album Cuts Both Ways and reached number one in the U.S., where it became her second number-one single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The single was certified Gold.
The song earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance but lost against Bonnie Raitt’s “Nick of Time.” Her live performance of the song at the 1990 Grammy Awards was released on the 1994 album Grammy’s Greatest Moments Volume I. It also received an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single but lost to Milli Vanilli’s “Girl I’m Gonna Miss You.”
“Hangin’ Tough” is a 1989 single from New Kids on the Block. It was released on Columbia Records. The fourth single from the group’s second album of the same name, the lead vocals were sung by Donnie Wahlberg. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart on September 9, 1989. It also topped the UK Singles Chart, where the song became the first number one single of the 1990s. It also became their only number one single in the Republic of Ireland. The song also made the top 10 in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
“Cold Hearted” is a 1989 song by American singer Paula Abdul from the album Forever Your Girl, written and co-produced by Elliot Wolff. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the album’s third song to top the US chart.
In the video for “Cold Hearted”, Abdul dances for music executives with a group of semi-nude dancers, with Abdul wearing a fishnet dress which exposes her belly button. The scenery includes scaffolding upon which Abdul and her dancers hang and grind. The video was directed by David Fincher and spent more than three weeks on top of MTV’s video rotation list. The inspiration for the video came from Bob Fosse’s choreography of the “Take Off with Us” scene in the movie All That Jazz.
“Right Here Waiting” is a song by American singer and songwriter Richard Marx. It was released in June 29, 1989, as the second single from his second album, Repeat Offender. The song was a global hit, topping charts throughout the world, including the U.S., where it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It was certified Platinum by the RIAA. The song has been covered by many artists, including Monica in her album The Boy Is Mine.