We Didn’t Start the Fire

“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.[1][2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

Blame It on the Rain

“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.[1] 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

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.[1]

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 (Roxette song)

“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

“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,[1] and the biggest radio airplay song of the year.[2] 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

“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

“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.[1] 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 (song)

“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.[1]

Cold Hearted

“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.[1]

Right Here Waiting

“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.[2] It was certified Platinum by the RIAA.[3] The song has been covered by many artists, including Monica in her album The Boy Is Mine.


“Batdance” is a song by American musician Prince, from the 1989 Batman soundtrack. Helped by the film’s popularity, the song reached number one in the US, becoming Prince’s fourth number-one single, and his first since “Kiss” in 1986.

“Batdance” was a last-minute replacement for a brooding track titled “Dance with the Devil”, which Prince felt was too dark. Incidentally, although “Dance with the Devil” remains unreleased, some of the lyrics appear in the album’s liner notes.

“Batdance” is almost two songs in one—a chaotic, mechanical dance beat that changes gears into a slinky, funky groove before changing back for the song’s conclusion (except on the single version in which it eliminates the guitar solo before the middle section, then goes straight to the mechanical Joker laughter from the end of the movie and an earlier movie soundbyte of Michael Keaton saying “Stop”). The track is an amalgam of many musical ideas of Prince’s at the time. Elements from at least seven songs (some unreleased) were incorporated into “Batdance”: “200 Balloons”, “We Got the Power”, “House in Order”, “Rave Unto the Joy Fantastic” (later released on the album Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic), “The Future”, and “Electric Chair”, as well as the 1966 “Batman Theme” by Neal Hefti. Some of these were mere snippets, and other segments showed up only in remixes of the track. The song was also loaded with dialog samples from the film.

Toy Soldiers (song)

“Toy Soldiers” is a song by American singer-songwriter Martika appearing on her eponymous debut album in 1988, and released as the second single from it in May 1989. It was a number one Billboard hit song for two weeks in the U.S. in the summer of 1989. An edited version of the song is included in the imported version of the album Toy Soldiers: The Best of Martika.

Martika wrote the song about a friend who was battling a cocaine addiction. “I was a little hesitant because I had only written two songs before and they were light songs. I came up to Michael and said I wanted to write about drugs. It was the first time I got the nerve to write about something that was scary for me to talk about, so I did.” [1] According to an episode of VH-1’s Pop-Up Video, in which “Toy Soldiers” was featured, the friend-in-question eventually conquered the addiction.

If You Don’t Know Me by Now

“If You Don’t Know Me by Now” is a song written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and recorded by the Philly soul musical group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, which became their first hit after being released as a single in 1972 topping the US R&B chart and peaking at number three on the US Pop chart.[1]

The song was originally written for Labelle (a trio led by Patti LaBelle) but they never recorded it. Much like the issue with “I Miss You” and The Dells passing on it, the song’s composers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff gave the song to Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, which featured Teddy Pendergrass as lead vocalist. In addition to the single release, the song was included on their debut album I Miss You.

Patti LaBelle later made the song as part of her concert repertoire in 1982. A live version appears on her 1985 album, Patti.

It was later covered by the English pop/soul band Simply Red, also becoming their best-known hit after reaching number one on the U.S. Hot 100 on July 15, 1989 and at number thirty-eight on the Hot Black Singles chart.[2] It peaked at number two in the UK Singles Chart. It also topped the Canadian Singles Chart.

Seal recorded the song for his 2008 album Soul, and, in April 2009, it became his first top-ten Adult Contemporary hit since “Love’s Divine” in 2004;[3] the song was subsequently nominated for the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Grammy.

Rod Stewart also included this song on his 2009 album Soulbook.

The song was chosen as one of the Songs of the Century by the RIAA. It was featured at the end of Michael Apted’s movie Class Action (1991).

Good Thing (Fine Young Cannibals song)

“Good Thing” is a song recorded by Fine Young Cannibals, the second single from their 1989 album The Raw & the Cooked. The song was their second U.S. number one, topping the Billboard Hot 100 on 8 July 1989. It also peaked at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart.[1]

The song made its first appearance in Tin Men (1987). Fine Young Cannibals portrayed a nightclub band in the movie, performing this song and three others (including the single’s b-side “Social Security”).[2] The film is set in Baltimore in 1963, and the song’s retro-soul style is consistent with that setting. The song appears in Doomsday (2008), starring Rhona Mitra, in an surreal scene involving the film’s main antagonist.

Jools Holland played the piano on the track, noting that it was “one of the biggest selling records I’ve ever played on”.[3]

Baby Don’t Forget My Number

“Baby Don’t Forget My Number” is a song by German dance-pop group Milli Vanilli. It was released in December 1988 as the second U.S single release from their album Girl You Know It’s True. It became the first of their three number one hits in the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1989. In 1992, “Weird Al” Yankovic parodied this song and “Blame It on the Rain” as “The Plumbing Song” for his album Off the Deep End. The single was certified Gold in the USA by RIAA.

Satisfied (Richard Marx song)

“Satisfied” is a chart-topping hit song recorded by American rock singer Richard Marx for his second album, Repeat Offender. It was Richard’s second of three consecutive #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

“Satisfied” was the lead single from Richard Marx’s highly anticipated second album, Repeat Offender. Heavy radio, video and retail attention led to the single’s #39 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, during the week of May 6, 1989. The single steadily climbed to the top, reaching the #1 spot the week of June 24, 1989. “Satisfied” was the first of five Top 15 singles from Marx’s second studio album, which kept the artist on the singles chart consecutively for well over a year during 1989 and 1990.

I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)

“I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)” is a 1989 ballad song from New Kids on the Block. The lead vocals were sung by Jordan Knight. The third single from the group’s second album, Hangin’ Tough, it peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, while peaking at number five in the UK.

“I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)” rose from #56 to #41 the week of April 15, 1989 as “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” was descending from the Top 40. The single proved to be a popular single in the early summer of 1989, reaching #1 on June 17, 1989. The ballad boasted 6 weeks in the Top 10, 8 weeks in the Top 20, and 14 weeks in the Top 40.

Wind Beneath My Wings

“Wind Beneath My Wings” (sometimes titled “The Wind Beneath My Wings” and “Hero”) is a song written in 1982 by Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley.[1]

The song was originally recorded by Roger Whitaker in 1982, and appeared very shortly thereafter in charted versions by Colleen Hewett (1982), Lou Rawls (1983), Gladys Knight & The Pips (1983), and Gary Morris (1983). The highest-charting version of the song to date was recorded in 1988 by singer and actress Bette Midler for the soundtrack to the film Beaches. This version was released as a single in early 1989, spent one week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in June 1989, and won Grammy Awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year in February 1990. On October 24, 1991, Midler’s single was also certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipment of one million copies in the United States. In 2004 Midler’s version finished at No. 44 in AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

In a 2002 UK poll, “Wind Beneath My Wings” was found to be the most-played song at British funerals.[2]

Rock On (song)

“Rock On” is a song written by English singer David Essex. Originally recorded in 1973 and released as a single sung by Essex, it became an international hit. In 1989, American actor and singer Michael Damian recorded a cover version that went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song has been recorded many times including a 2006 version by the English hard rock group Def Leppard.

In March 1974, the original version by David Essex reached number one in Canada on the RPM national Top Singles chart[1] and was a top 5 song (reaching the number five position) on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop-music chart. It was Essex’s only Billboard top 40 hit. The song also reached the number three spot on the UK Singles Chart. “Rock On” was the title track to Essex’s 1973 debut studio album and was also featured on the soundtrack album to the 1973 film That’ll Be the Day, in which Essex had a starring role. The song is still frequently played on classic rock and oldies radio stations.

Essex later re-recorded the song in 1988 with an updated lyric. The version, which was remixed by Shep Pettibone, appeared on Essex’s 1989 album Touching the Ghost. A single release of the updated version reached number 93 on the UK Singles Chart. The recording is featured in the movies Dick, The Devil’s Rejects and Sunset Strip, as well as in episodes of The Sopranos and Cold Case.

Forever Your Girl (song)

“Forever Your Girl” is a 1989 Pop song by American singer Paula Abdul, taken from the album of the same name. It was written and produced by Oliver Leiber. After the success of “Straight Up,” Virgin Records quickly released another single to satisfy the public’s newfound interest in Paula Abdul. It became the second #1 from her debut album, which would eventually yield four #1 singles.

The song is about loyalty in a relationship. The female vocalist proclaims that, despite rumors that others may be interested in her, none of those matter because she will remain faithful to the man she loves; she will remain “forever his girl.” The single version differs slightly from the album version, as it uses more of the background male vocal and denser instrumentation.

The song was part of a medley Abdul sang at the 1989 MTV Music Video Awards.

“Forever Your Girl” spent two weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1989, charted at #24 in the UK, and peaked at #17 in Germany.

The video was directed by David Fincher, and featured Abdul acting as a choreographer and director of a children’s performance (a 6-year-old Trevor Wright, 8-year-old Elijah Wood and 10-year-old Nikki Cox were among them). The “Forever Your Girl” video spent two weeks at number one on MTV’s video rotation and helped establish Abdul as a leading visual entertainer.

The video also parodied Robert Palmer videos, having three little girls dressed like the three women who play backup guitars in his videos (black dresses, red lipstick, white makeup, and hair tied in buns).

I’ll Be There for You (Bon Jovi song)

“I’ll Be There for You” is a power ballad by the American rock band Bon Jovi from their 1988 album New Jersey, was written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. The song ranked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on the Mainstream rock charts.[1]

Originally released on the 1988 album New Jersey, it became the band’s third single from the album when it was released as a single in 1989. As the band (and hard rock music) was at its peak popularity at this time, the song quickly climbed to the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their fourth and final number one single.[2] The song has remained as one of Bon Jovi’s signature songs and a classic in the power ballad genre. The song was also a peek into a more mature sound heard on their following albums Keep the Faith and These Days.

Some think the verses have an eerily and uncredited similarity (both musically and melodically) to John Lennon’s Beatles’ track “Don’t Let Me Down” (recorded during the Get Back sessions) and the chorus was claimed, by some fans of the late 1980s hard rock genre, to have been culled from an unreleased song by Joel Ellis of Cats in Boots and Heavy Bones.[3][4] Ellis has said that Lehua Reid (Richie Sambora’s ex-fiancée) regaled him with anecdotes regarding Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora “sitting at the piano for hours with a box full of tapes they got from people and going through the songs looking for stuff they could rip off and laughing about it, your [Ellis’] song was played over and over and over.”[4]

On March 16, 2011, James Durbin performed the song on the 10th season of American Idol.

Like a Prayer (song)

“Like a Prayer” is a song by American singer Madonna, from her studio album of the same name. Sire Records released it as the album’s lead single on March 3, 1989. She co-wrote and co-produced the song with Patrick Leonard. The track denoted a more artistic and personal approach to songwriting for Madonna, who felt she needed to cater more to her adult audience.

“Like a Prayer” is a pop rock song with elements of gospel music. A choir provides background vocals that heighten the song’s spiritual nature, and a rock guitar keeps the music dark and mysterious. Madonna introduced liturgical words in the lyrics—inspired by her Catholic upbringing—but changed the context in which they were used. They have dual meanings of sexual innuendo and religion. “Like a Prayer” was acclaimed by critics, and was a commercial success. It was Madonna’s seventh number-one single on the United States’ Billboard Hot 100, and topped the singles charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and other countries.

The music video, directed by Mary Lambert, portrays Madonna as a witness to a murder of a white girl by white supremacists. While a black man is arrested for the murder, Madonna hides in a church for safety seeking strength to go forth as a witness. The clip depicts Catholic symbols such as stigmata, Ku Klux Klan-style cross burning, and a dream about kissing a black saint. After its release, the Vatican condemned the video, while family and religious groups protested its broadcast. They boycotted products by soft drink manufacturer Pepsi, which used the song for a commercial. Madonna’s contract with Pepsi was then canceled, although she was allowed to retain her initial fee.

The song has been featured on four of Madonna’s concert tours, most recently the Rebel Heart Tour in 2015. “Like a Prayer” has been covered by many artists. The song is noted for the mayhem surrounding the music video, and the different interpretations of its content, leading to discussions among music and film scholars. Alongside its respective album, “Like a Prayer” has been considered a turning point in Madonna’s career, as she began to be viewed as an efficient businesswoman—someone who knew how to sell a concept.

She Drives Me Crazy

“She Drives Me Crazy” is a song recorded by English group Fine Young Cannibals, included on their 1988 album The Raw & the Cooked. The song peaked at Number 5 on the British singles chart in the band’s native U.K. in January 1989 (it was released on New Year’s Day) before hitting Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US on 15 April 1989. “She Drives Me Crazy” also topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Spain and on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart.[1] It also was a top 3 hit on the German and Dutch Top 40.

The Look

“The Look” is a song by the Swedish rock duo Roxette, released as the second single in early 1989 from their second studio album, Look Sharp! (1988). The song became Roxette’s international “breakthrough” single, finally exposing the duo to music consumers outside of the duo’s native Sweden and Europe after more than one attempt. It topped the U.S. singles chart in 1989 becoming their first U.S. #1 success and scored #7 on the UK Singles Chart. The song also topped the charts in 24 other countries. This song is also known as “She’s Got the Look.” [1]

Eternal Flame (song)

“Eternal Flame” is a ballad and love song by American band the Bangles from their 1988 album Everything. It became a hit single, when released in 1989, peaking at number one in the charts in nine countries, including Australia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It was written by the established songwriting partnership of Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly (becoming the pair’s fifth Billboard Hot 100 number one in five years) along with the Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs. Having previously reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1986 with “Walk Like an Egyptian,” the Bangles became only the third girl group to score multiple number-ones in the United States, after the Supremes (twelve) and the Shirelles (two).

The Living Years

“The Living Years” is a ballad written by Mike Rutherford and B. A. Robertson, and recorded by Rutherford’s English rock band Mike + The Mechanics. It was released in December 1988 in the UK and in the US as the second single from their album, Living Years. The song was a chart hit around the world, topping the US Billboard Hot 100 on 25 March 1989,[2] and reaching No.1 in Canada and Australia and No.2 in the UK. It spent four weeks at No. 1 on the US Adult Contemporary chart. Paul Carrack sings lead vocals on the track.

The song addresses a son’s regret over unresolved conflict with his now-deceased father.[3] It won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically & Lyrically in 1989,[4] and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1990. In 1996, famed composer Burt Bacharach opined: “‘The Living Years’ is one of the finest lyrics of the last 10 years.”[5]

In 2004, “The Living Years” was awarded a 4 Million-Air citation by BMI.[6]

Lost in Your Eyes

“Lost in Your Eyes” is the sixth single from American singer-songwriter, Debbie Gibson, and the first from her second album, Electric Youth. Released in October 1988, the ballad climbed to number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and remained there for three weeks, becoming her most successful single. Additionally, it reached number three on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

The song was written by Gibson in late 1987 and published by Creative Bloc Music, Ltd. and Deborah Ann’s Music in early 1988 (rights now administered by the Music Sales Corporation (ASCAP). A beta arrangement had been performed on the Out of the Blue Tour.

One variant mixed from the original multitrack, “Lost in Your Eyes” (Piano and Vocal Mix/3:34), was only available in Europe as Track 3 of the CD3 release #A8970CD. The song is mentioned by name in Kimya Dawson’s, “Caving in,” as the singer’s preferred alternative to “Unchained Melody”.

Straight Up (Paula Abdul song)

“Straight Up” is a song recorded by American singer Paula Abdul, which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and brought her widespread public attention. It was written and produced by Elliot Wolff.

The song is a mid-tempo dance tune. The synthetic lead trumpet sound comes from the Roland D-50 (preset 1-5). Daniel J. Levitin’s This Is Your Brain On Music praises the song as “hold[ing] a certain appeal over many, many listenings.”

When I’m with You

“When I’m with You” is a power ballad by Canadian arena rock band Sheriff. The song first appeared on Sheriff’s self-titled debut album (the group’s only album, to date), released in 1982. A top ten hit in Canada in 1983 (and a minor US hit at the same time), the song later hit number one in the United States—in 1989, four years after the band separated.

This song is also notable that it was one of the few #1 hits not to have a promotional video during the MTV era. Also the song is featured in the movie Goon.

Two Hearts (Phil Collins song)

“Two Hearts” is a song by Phil Collins. The song reached No. 1 in the United States and Canada in February 1989.

It was composed by Lamont Dozier (of Motown’s Holland-Dozier-Holland), with lyrics by Collins, both of whom also produced this song for the 1988 crime comedy film Buster. Both promo-singles of the film, “Two Hearts” and “A Groovy Kind Of Love”, topped the U.S charts.[1]

It won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song alongside the Carly Simon song “Let the River Run” from Working Girl (with the latter having beaten the former for the Academy Award for Best Original Song) and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television in 1989.

Two music videos were made, both directed by Jim Yukich: the first one similar to Collins’ 1982 video “You Can’t Hurry Love” featuring Collins as all four members in a band (named “The Four Pound Notes”), and the other featuring him in a wrestling match against the Ultimate Warrior, which was featured on the Jim Yukich-directed Seriously.. Phil Collins CBS TV special (aired 8 September 1990). The special can be found on the 2004 First Final Farewell Tour DVD.

The song topped the U.S. Hot 100 for two weeks,[2] the U.S. adult contemporary chart for five weeks, and also reached No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart. It opened the radio station BBC Hereford and Worcester, appropriate in that the station was based in two different places.

The B-side features Anne Dudley and the London Film Orchestra performing “The Robbery”, also on the Buster soundtrack.

My Prerogative

“My Prerogative” is a song by American singer Bobby Brown from his second studio album Don’t Be Cruel (1988). It was released on October 11, 1988 as the second single from the album. After recording sessions for the album were completed, Brown and producer Gene Griffin travelled to New York City, since he felt something was “missing” from the record. “My Prerogative” was written by Brown as a response to the criticism he received for his departure from New Edition. He explained the song was about making decisions in one’s life and not caring about other people’s judgment. “My Prerogative” is often considered a new jack swing anthem, and contains many elements from Teddy Riley productions due to his involvement as one of the song’s session musicians.[1]

The song was positively received by critics and was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best R&B Urban Contemporary Single. It was also commercially successful, reaching number one in Billboard’s Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. “My Prerogative” also reached top ten positions in many countries, such as Ireland, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The music video for the song features Brown performing the song on stage with his band and dancers. The song was also performed at most of his concerts, usually as the last song of the set list. On the February 4, 1989 performance at Madison Square Garden, he was joined on stage by many popular rap artists and producers of the time.

“My Prerogative” has been covered and sampled by a number of artists from different genres, including Britney Spears. She released her cover in her first compilation, Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (2004). The cover was produced by Bloodshy & Avant and was noted for aptly referring to Spears’s relationship with the media at the time. Although the song only appeared in component charts in the United States, Spears’s cover surpassed Brown’s version worldwide, peaking at the top of the charts in Finland, Ireland, Italy and Norway and reaching the top ten in another fourteen countries.[3][4]

Every Rose Has Its Thorn

“Every Rose Has Its Thorn” is the title of a power ballad song by American glam metal band Poison. It was released in October 1988 as the third single from Poison’s second album Open Up and Say… Ahh!. It is the band’s only number-one hit in the U.S., reaching the top spot on December 18, 1988, for three weeks (carrying over into 1989) and it also charted at #11 on the Mainstream Rock chart.[3] It was a number 13 hit in the UK.[4] “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” was named number 34 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Songs of the 80s”, #100 on their “100 Greatest Love Songs” and #7 on MTV and VH1 “Top 25 Power Ballads”.

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