“Look Away” is a 1988 power ballad by American rock band Chicago. Written by Diane Warren, produced by Ron Nevison, and with Bill Champlin on lead vocals, it is the second single from the band’s album Chicago 19. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in December 1988, matching the chart success of the group’s “If You Leave Me Now” (1976) and “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” (1982). “Look Away” is Chicago’s seventh song to have peaked at number one on the Adult Contemporary chart as well as the number one song on the 1989 year-end Billboard Hot 100 chart, even though it never held the #1 spot at all 1989.
The song, unlike hits from early in Chicago’s career, does not prominently feature horns. It is also the band’s first number-one single following the departure of Peter Cetera, who left the group in 1985.
“Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley (Free Baby)” is a song by the American dance-pop band Will to Power. The song combines elements of two previously recorded rock songs: “Baby, I Love Your Way”, a #12 Billboard Hot 100 hit from 1976 by the British-born singer Peter Frampton; and American Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd’s song “Free Bird”, which hit #19 on the Hot 100 chart in 1975. Will to Power’s medley of these two songs had more of a synthesized dance beat (as opposed to the rock ballad-like nature of the two original songs). It spent one week at #1 on the Hot 100 chart dated December 3, 1988. It also peaked at #2 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart. Additionally, in the “Freebird” section, the line “and the bird you cannot change” in the original version was changed to “and this bird will never change”.
In March and April 2009, VH1 ran a countdown of the 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s. Will to Power’s “Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley” placed at #97 on the countdown despite the fact the group having another Top 10 hit in 1991 with a cover version of the 1975 10cc hit “I’m Not in Love.”
“Bad Medicine” is a number-one single by American hard rock band Bon Jovi. It was written by musicians Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Desmond Child. It was released in September 1988 as the lead single from the band’s album New Jersey.
The song is highlighted by a near constant keyboard playing by David Bryan that is well defined in the beginning of the song and at several interludes, as well as loud guitar playing by Richie Sambora, background singing in the bridge and chorus, and a loud fast-paced delivery of lyrics by Jon Bon Jovi. It is one of the more upbeat and hard rocking songs on New Jersey.
Towards the end of the song, Jon says he is running out of breath and has to go, but then relents, saying “I’m not done…one more time, with feelin'” and the band finishes the song with another repeat of the chorus.
“Wild, Wild West” is a song by The Escape Club from their similarly named debut album, Wild Wild West. The single hit the charts in late 1988 eventually reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of November 12, 1988, making The Escape Club the only British artist to have a No. 1 hit in America while never charting in the UK.
The lyrics, with phrases such as “I love her eyes and her wild, wild hair,” “heading for the ’90s, living in the wild, wild west,” are augmented with gunshot, laser and blaster (a la STAR WARS) sound effects. Critics have noted that portions of the song bore a strong similarity to Elvis Costello’s “Pump It Up” due to the distinct drum beat and vocal patterns during the verses.
The music video is noted for using mirror imaging of actors to give the illusion of disembodied arms and legs.
In 1989, Wally Wingert parodied it on the Dr. Demento radio show as “Adam West,” in response to the casting of Michael Keaton as the title character for that year’s Batman film.
“Kokomo” is a song written by John Phillips, Scott McKenzie, Mike Love, and Terry Melcher and recorded by American rock band the Beach Boys. Its lyrics describe two lovers taking a trip to a relaxing place on an island off the Florida Keys called Kokomo. It was released as a single on July 18, 1988 by Elektra Records and became a No. 1 Hit in the United States, Japan, and Australia (where it topped for about two months). The single was released to coincide with the release of Roger Donaldson’s film Cocktail, and its subsequent soundtrack.
It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television in 1988, but lost to Phil Collins’ “Two Hearts” (from the film Buster). “Two Hearts” and Carly Simon’s “Let the River Run” from Working Girl jointly beat it for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.
“A Groovy Kind of Love” is a pop song written by Toni Wine and Carole Bayer Sager and published by the Screen Gems music publishing company. It is heavily based on the Rondo movement of Sonatina in G major, op. 36 no. 5 by Muzio Clementi. The song was released first by Diane & Annita in 1965, and several covers have since appeared on worldwide music charts.
The song title was an early use of the then-new slang word “groovy”. Wine, who was 17 years old when she wrote the song, said, “Carole came up with “Groovy kinda… groovy kinda… groovy…” and we’re all just saying, ‘Kinda groovy, kinda groovy, kinda…’ and I don’t exactly know who came up with “Love”, but it was ‘Groovy kind of love’. And we did it. We wrote it in 20 minutes. It was amazing. Just flew out of our mouths, and at the piano, it was a real quick and easy song to write.”
“Red Red Wine” is a song written, performed and originally recorded by American singer Neil Diamond in 1967, included on Neil’s second studio album, Just for You. The lyrics are sung from the perspective of someone who finds drinking red wine the only way to forget his woes.
When Neil left the Bang Records label in 1968, Bang continued to release Neil Diamond singles, often adding newly recorded instruments and background vocals to album tracks from the two Neil Diamond albums that Bang had issued. For the “Red Red Wine” single, Bang added a background choir without Neil’s involvement or permission. Diamond’s version reached number sixty-two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1968. The original album version was released on Diamond’s The Greatest Hits (1966–92) but the 1968 single version has never been issued on a vinyl album or CD.
The song was covered by several artists, shortly after Diamond’s recording was released. Tony Tribe covered the song in 1969 in a reggae-influenced style. UB40 recorded it in 1983 in a lighter reggae style; a version which topped the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. Diamond later performed a UB40-inspired version of the song on tour.
“Love Bites” is a power ballad recorded by the English rock band Def Leppard in 1987 on the album Hysteria. It is Def Leppard’s only number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 to date.
When Robert John “Mutt” Lange originally brought the song to the band’s attention, it was a country ballad, which the band thought sounded like nothing they had done before. The band then added power rock elements and emotive backing vocals similar to those used in R&B ballads at the time. The title “Love Bites” was originally used for a very different song that was eventually re-titled “I Wanna Be Your Hero”, and which appeared as a Hysteria B-side and later on the album Retro Active.
Following the huge momentum generated by “Pour Some Sugar on Me”, the song was released in August 1988 and quickly shot to the top of the U.S. charts, dethroning Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. It stayed there for one week before giving up the position to UB40’s “Red Red Wine”. The song also hit number eleven in the UK (their second best showing from the album).
“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” was a popular worldwide hit song by musician Bobby McFerrin. Released in September 1988, it became the first a cappella song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a position it held for two weeks. The song’s title is taken from a famous quotation by Meher Baba. The “instruments” in the acappella song are entirely overdubbed voice parts and other sounds made by McFerrin, using no instruments at all; McFerrin also sings with an affected accent. The comedic original music video for the song stars McFerrin, Robin Williams, and Bill Irwin, and is considerably shorter than the album version.
“Sweet Child o’ Mine” is a song by the American rock band Guns N’ Roses, featured on their debut studio album, Appetite for Destruction (1987). Released in August 1988 as the album’s third single, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the band’s first and only number-one single in the U.S. Billboard ranked it as the No. 5 song for 1988. It reached number six on the UK Singles Chart, when re-released in 1989.
“Monkey” is a US number-one hit song by George Michael. It was released as a single in 1988 and reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #13 on the UK Singles Chart. “Monkey” debuted at #42 on 9 July 1988, reaching #1 for two weeks, beginning 27 August 1988.
“Monkey” became George Michael’s eighth #1 US single, and the fourth consecutive #1 from the Faith album. George Michael joined Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston as three artists who all had four or more consecutive number one singles during the 1987-1988 era, from one album (Michael Jackson scored five #1 hits from a single album (Bad) while Whitney Houston scored seven consecutive #1 hits from two albums).
“Monkey” also reached number one in the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart for two weeks and became his first dance number one. When the song was released as a single, the single version was remixed by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
“Roll with It” is a song recorded by Steve Winwood for his album, Roll with It, released on Virgin Records. It was written by Winwood and songwriter Will Jennings. Publishing rights organization BMI later had Motown songwriters Holland-Dozier-Holland credited with co-writing the song due to its resemblance to the Junior Walker hit “(I’m a) Roadrunner”.
The single spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the summer of 1988. It topped the Billboard adult contemporary chart for two weeks, and also spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard mainstream rock chart. In addition, the song reached No. 30 on the R&B chart. In the United Kingdom, the song reached No. 53 on the UK Singles Chart.
The song “Roll with It” was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 1989, Record of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal performance. The album Roll with It was also nominated as Album of the Year.
“Hold On to the Nights” is a power ballad and number-one hit for American rock singer/songwriter/musician Richard Marx. This was the fourth and final single released from his self-titled debut album, and the first to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Written by Richard Marx, “Hold On to the Nights” reached the Billboard Hot 100 number 1 position on July 23, 1988, preventing Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” from reaching the top spot that same week. The song was on the chart for twenty-one weeks, and left the chart at number 65. From Marx’ debut 1987 album, Richard Marx, the song also reached number three on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. “Hold On to the Nights” has been re-released numerous albums  and is included on Marx’s live performance DVD A Night Out with Friends (2012).
“The Flame” is a ballad written by British songwriters Bob Mitchell and Nick Graham. The song was first offered to English singer Elkie Brooks, who turned it down, and was then released by Cheap Trick, for which it was a hit single in 1988. The song appeared on the band’s Lap of Luxury album.
“The Flame” reached number one on the American Billboard Hot 100 in July 1988. It also reached number one in Australia and Canada.
“Dirty Diana” is a song by American singer Michael Jackson. It is the ninth track on Jackson’s seventh studio album, Bad. The song was released by Epic Records on April 18, 1988 as the fifth single from the album. It presents a harder rock sound similar to “Beat It” from Thriller and a solo guitar played by Steve Stevens. “Dirty Diana” was written and co-produced by Jackson, and produced by Quincy Jones. The songs lyrics pertain to groupies. “Dirty Diana” has a moderate tempo and is played in the key of Bb major.
“Dirty Diana” received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics, with some criticizing the lyrics, while others found the song better than “Thriller’s forgettables.” The song was a commercial success worldwide in 1988, charting at number one on the United States Billboard Hot 100. The song also charted within the top ten in multiple countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and New Zealand. “Dirty Diana” was the fifth and final Hot 100 number one single from Bad. In 2009, after Jackson’s death in June, the song re-entered charts, mainly due to digital download sales. A music video for “Dirty Diana” was filmed in front of a live audience and released in 1988.
“Foolish Beat” is the fourth single, and the first ballad release, from American singer-songwriter-actress Debbie Gibson. Originally recorded in the winter of 1987 for the Dream Tour, months prior to its inclusion on her album Out of the Blue (LP 81780), this made Gibson the youngest person to write, produce and sing a number-one single entirely on her own when “Foolish Beat” hit the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the summer of 1988.
In the United Kingdom, the single reached a peak position of number nine on the UK Singles Chart. The single was released in Japan as the B-side to “Out of the Blue” on Atlantic Japan 10SW-15.
In 2010, Gibson re-recorded the song as an extra track for the Deluxe Edition release of the Japan-exclusive album Ms. Vocalist.
“Together Forever” is a song recorded by Rick Astley, which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on 18 June 1988.
It was Astley’s second and final U.S. chart-topper. It reached number 2 in Britain, being denied the top spot by Neighbours star Kylie Minogue with her debut single “I Should Be So Lucky”. It uses a similar chord structure and melody to “Never Gonna Give You Up” (as with most songs produced by Stock Aitken Waterman at the time).
“One More Try” is a million-selling, Gold-certified hit single written and performed by George Michael. It was released by Columbia Records in 1988 as the fourth single from George’s 12x Platinum album, Faith. The song hit #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Soul charts.
The song was the fourth of six singles to be released from George’s debut solo album Faith. A ballad at six minutes in length, the song lyrically explores a young man’s hesitancy to enter/revisit a new relationship because he had been emotionally hurt so many times previously. The song concludes with temptation taking over, and Michael ends by singing the title for the only time.
“One More Try” remained a live favourite at Michael’s concerts in the years which followed, although its radio airplay tends to be restricted to specific “Love Songs”-esque features because of both the tempo and the length.
“Anything for You” is a popular song and ballad written by Gloria Estefan and sung by Estefan and Miami Sound Machine. The song appeared on their 1987 album, Let It Loose. “Anything for You” became a number-one song in the United States summer of 1988; it was the band’s (and Gloria’s) first number-one and also saw a European first-release during the same period but failed to have the same impact there as the re-release in December 1988. It did top the Billboard magazine Hot 100 chart on May 14, 1988, and remained there for two weeks. Due to the success of the re-release of this signature song and the previous re-release in October 1988 from the single, “Can’t Stay Away from You,” outside North America the album Let It Loose saw a re-release named after the single: “Anything For You” The song also spent three weeks at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart that same year. It also peaked at #3 on the Hot Latin Tracks on June 25, 1988. The A-side of the single contained a longer fade than the version on the album. The B-side of the single was a Spanglish version of the song, with Estefan alternating the verses and chorus between English and Spanish.
In the UK, “Anything for You” was Gloria’s breakthrough hit. After the disappointing UK chart placings of previous singles, “Anything for You” was released in July 1988 and entered at #87. However, the song started a steady twelve week climb and finally reached a peak of #10 by September 1988. This gave Gloria the chance to release the uptempo follow up “1-2-3” just six weeks after and finally gave her two consecutive top ten hits. The success of Anything For You finally proved that Gloria was able to have UK hits and so followed the re-releases of “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” and “Can’t Stay Away From You” which reached the top 20 and top 10 respectively.
The song also appeared on the compilation album Exitos de Gloria Estefan, sung completely in Spanish and retitled “No Te Olvidaré (I Won’t Forget You).” The song was re-released in its original form in The Essential Gloria Estefan and in a slightly extended version in Gloria Estefan Greatest Hits (the 7″ single version).
“Wishing Well” is a song by Terence Trent D’Arby. The second single from the 1987 album Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby, the song reached number one on both the Soul Singles Chart and the Billboard Hot 100 on May 7, 1988. “Wishing Well” was certified “Gold”, indicating sales of 500,000, by the Recording Industry Association of America in October 1991. Written by D’Arby and Sean Oliver, D’Arby said “Wishing Well” was written “when I was in a half-asleep, half-awake state of mind”, and that he “liked the feel of the words”. Martyn Ware of Heaven 17 paired with D’Arby in production of the song, which was released on CBS Records. Once released, “Wishing Well”, along with D’Arby’s debut single “If You Let Me Stay”, went into “heavy rotation” on MTV. D’Arby performed the song live at the 30th Annual Grammy Awards, where he lost the Grammy Award for Best New Artist to Jody Watley. When the single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, it had charted for 17 weeks, which made it the slowest song to reach number one since “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” in 1983.
Ben Greenman of The New Yorker credits “Wishing Well”, along with other D’Arby songs, with “[bringing] soul music into the eighties”. Writing about D’Arby for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine called the song “sparse funk”, and noted how “Wishing Well” was his first major hit in the United States. Kathi Whalen of The Washington Post credited the song’s chart success to D’Arby’s combination of “’60s soul and pop on top”, and called “Wishing Well” “bouncy”. The song appears in Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City’s fictional radio station Vice City FM.
“Where Do Broken Hearts Go” is the fourth single from Whitney Houston’s second album, Whitney. The ballad was released in February 1988. The song was written by Frank Wildhorn and Chuck Jackson and produced by Narada Michael Walden. Wildhorn approached Jackson about the opportunity to write for Whitney Houston. He gave him the title, and Wildhorn completed the music and lyrics for the song.
Initially, Houston did not want to record the song, feeling there was no special message to convey. However, Arista Records CEO Clive Davis believed the song would go to number one if she recorded it, so she agreed. It indeed became a number one, Houston’s seventh consecutive number-one single in the United States.
“Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car” is a single by Trinidadian-born British singer Billy Ocean, based on a line in the Sherman Brothers’ song (famously covered by Johnny Burnette as well as Ringo Starr) “You’re Sixteen”. Part of its popularity lay in its cutting-edge (for the time) video, which featured cartoon mixed with live-action sequences. The song went to number one on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Black Singles charts. It also peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart.
The song was also featured on the soundtrack of the 1988 film License to Drive. The song was covered by Fenix TX for the soundtrack of NASCAR Thunder 2003. In 2013, Gwar covered the song in a video featured on The A.V. Club website as part of the site’s A.V. Undercover series. Approximately three minutes into the performance, the band incorporates The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” into the song. The song is mentioned in a 2014 commercial for Twix Bites.
The short but notable saxophone solo is by Vernon Jeffrey Smith.
“Man in the Mirror” is a song made popular by Michael Jackson and written by Glen Ballard and Siedah Garrett. Jackson’s recording was produced by Quincy Jones and co-produced by Jackson. It peaked at number 1 in the United States when released in January 1988 as the fourth single from his seventh solo album, Bad. It is one of Jackson’s most critically acclaimed songs and it was nominated for Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks. The song peaked at number 21 in the UK Singles Charts in 1988, but in 2009, following the news of Jackson’s death, the song peaked at number 2, having re-entered the chart at 11 the previous week as his top song on the singles chart. It also became the number 1 single in iTunes downloads in the US and the UK, having sold over 1.3 million digital copies in the former alone.
The song was remixed for the soundtrack of Jackson’s tribute tour Immortal.
“Never Gonna Give You Up” is a single by Rick Astley, released in 1987, written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman. The song was released as the first single from his debut album, Whenever You Need Somebody (1987). The song was a worldwide number-one hit, initially in the singer’s native United Kingdom in 1987, where it stayed at the top the chart for five weeks and was the best-selling single of that year. It eventually topped the charts in 25 countries, including the United States and West Germany. “Never Gonna Give You Up” hit number one in the U.S. in March 1988 after it was played by resident DJ, Larry Levan, at the Paradise Garage in 1987.
The song won Best British Single at the 1988 Brit Awards. In 2004, it was voted number 28 in 50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs… Ever by VH1.
The music video for the song has become the basis for the “Rickrolling” Internet meme. In 2008, Rick Astley won the MTV Europe Music Award for Best Act Ever with the song, as a result of collective voting from thousands of people on the internet, due to the popular phenomenon of Rickrolling. It was also featured as a downloadable track for the Rock Band series.
The song is considered Astley’s signature song and it is often played at the end of Astley’s live concerts. During a live performance, usually on the last verse, Rick sometimes shouts out to the audience that he is feeling “bloody marvellous” or in other countries that he is feeling “fantastic” after the line “And if you ask me how I’m feeling.” to have some banter with the audience.
“Father Figure” is a U.S. number-one hit song written and performed by George Michael and released on Columbia Records in 1988 as the third single from his debut album Faith.
The music video depicts a relationship between a cab driver (George Michael) and a high fashion model (Tania Coleridge). Various intercut flashbacks tell a backstory. George Michael and Andy Morahan won “Best Direction of a Video” at the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards for the video.
“Seasons Change” is a pop–R&B song written and produced by Lewis Martineé for the American girl group Exposé’s debut album, Exposure (1987). It was the group’s fifth single released. The song’s lyrics describe relationships fading away due to the changes brought about by time (on both people and events). It is the group’s biggest hit to date. Angie Vollaro of fellow Lewis A. Martineé group Sequal lent background vocals to this song.
“Could’ve Been” is the third single released from Tiffany, the debut album of American teen-pop singer Tiffany.
The song was discovered by Music Industry Insiders Don McGovern and Brad Schmidt when they stumbled into a Hungry Tiger Restaurant in Thousand Oaks, California and heard a local performer, Lois Blaisch singing the song. Then McGovern and Schmidt brought the song to producer George Tobin and encouraged Tobin to record the song… The song is a slow ballad about the love that “could’ve been so beautiful, could’ve been so right.” Both Tiffany’s label, MCA Records, and her manager, George Tobin, felt concern that she was not old or mature enough to handle a song with such emotional depth. In the end, Tiffany convinced them that she could, and the song was recorded and put on her debut album, becoming its third single.
The B-side to the single of “Could’ve Been” was the track “The Heart of Love.”
For the music video, music video stations played a live version of “Could’ve Been” where fans sang along to Tiffany’s performance.
Country singer Carrie Underwood covered the song on American Idol.
The song has been revived by a Filipina artist named Sarah Geronimo.
The song was heard in the television series Growing Pains (TV series), episode “Nasty Habits”
“Need You Tonight” is the fourth song on INXS’s 1987 album Kick as well as the first single from the album released worldwide. It is the only INXS single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also achieved their highest charting position in the United Kingdom, where the song reached number two on the UK Singles Chart; however, this peak was only reached after a re-release of the single in November 1988. On its first run on the UK Charts in October 1987, it stalled at No. 58. While it would arguably become the band’s signature song, it was one of the last songs recorded for the album.
In February 2014, after the Channel 7 screening of the INXS: Never Tear Us Apart mini-series, “Need You Tonight” charted again in Australia via download sales. It peaked at No. 28 on the ARIA Singles Chart.
“The Way You Make Me Feel” is a song by American recording artist Michael Jackson. Released by Epic Records in November 1987, it was the third single from Jackson’s seventh studio album Bad. Written and composed by Jackson, and produced by Quincy Jones (and co-produced by Jackson), the song is credited as being a pop and rhythm and blues song.
Aside from appearing on Jackson’s Bad album, the song has also been featured on the first disc of Jackson’s compilation album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I in 1995, Number Ones in 2003, The Ultimate Collection in 2004, The Essential Michael Jackson in 2005, Visionary: The Video Singles in 2006 and This Is It in 2009. “The Way You Make Me Feel” has been covered by multiple recording artists since its release.
The song received positive reviews from contemporary critics. “The Way You Make Me Feel” became Bad’s third consecutive single to peak at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and charted mainly within the top ten and twenty internationally. A music video for “The Way You Make Me Feel” was released at the time showing Jackson pursuing and dancing with a woman. Since the music video’s release, it has become influential on other artists’ material. The song has been performed on all of Jackson’s world concert tours as a solo artist, and was planned to have been performed during the This Is It concerts from 2009 to 2010. Notable live performances of the song by Jackson include a performance at the 1988 Grammy Awards ceremony.
” Got My Mind Set on You” is a song written and composed by Rudy Clark and originally recorded by James Ray in 1962. An edited version of the song was released later in the year as a single on the Dynamic Sound label. In 1987, George Harrison released a cover version of the song as a single, and released it on his album, Cloud Nine, which he had recorded on his own Dark Horse Records label.
Of Harrison’s three number-one singles in the US, it was both the only song not written or composed by Harrison himself and the only one without religious overtones. It also was not only the last US number 1 hit by Harrison, but also from any of the ex-Beatles in the US. When the song hit number 1, it broke a three-way tie among Harrison, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr, all of whom had two number 1 hit singles as solo artists (discounting Paul McCartney’s work with Wings). It also happened to be the number 1 single in the US the week immediately preceding the induction of The Beatles into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, making Harrison one of the few inductees to have an active single on the US record charts at the time of induction. Billboard ranked it as the No. 3 song for 1988.
The single’s B-side is “Lay His Head”, a remixed version of the unreleased song from Harrison’s originally intended Somewhere in England album. The 12-inch version of the single also adds an extended version of “Got My Mind Set on You”.
In the UK the single spent four weeks at number two. It was kept off the number 1 spot by T’Pau’s “China in Your Hand”.
The song was included in the Harrison compilation albums Best of Dark Horse 1976–1989 (1989) and Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison (2009).
A live version was recorded for his Live in Japan (1992) album.
In 2010, AOL radio listeners chose “Got My Mind Set on You” as one of the 10 Best George Harrison Songs, appearing at number 4 on the list.
“So Emotional” is a song written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, and recorded by American singer Whitney Houston. The song was the third single from her second album Whitney, and was released in October 1987.
Commercially, it peaked at number five in the UK and number one in the Billboard Hot 100, where it became her sixth consecutive number one, and a dance chart hit. It would go and finish as the sixth best selling song of the year and the fourth most played in clubs; it is her sixth biggest hit on the Hot 100 chart.
“Faith” is a song written and performed by George Michael, from his 1987 debut solo album of the same name. It reached number one in the United States and, according to Billboard magazine, was the top-selling single of the year in the United States in 1988.
Having disbanded Wham! the previous year, there was a keen expectation for Michael’s solo career and “Faith” would go on to become one of his most popular and enduring songs, as well as being the most simplistic in its production. It was the second of six singles released from the well-received album.
As with the rest of the album, the track was written, arranged, and produced by Michael. It is claimed that the idea came from producer Dick Leahy’s suggestion that Michael write a rock and roll pastiche. The song incorporates the famous Bo Diddley beat, a classic rock and roll rhythm. It begins with organ played by Chris Cameron, referencing Wham’s song “Freedom”, followed by guitar strumming, finger clicking, hand-claps, tambourine and hi-hat.
The song was featured in the film Bitter Moon, directed by Roman Polanski.