Thursday, 31 January 2013

30 Years Ago This Week: January 31, 1988

Originally posted as 25 Years Ago This Week in 2013. Updated in 2018.

This week in 1988, school holidays were coming to an end and it was back to school - I was going into Year 8. Bad, Kick and Faith had been the soundtrack of my summer (on my bright red Sony Walkman, no less) and had iTunes been in existence, "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life" would have topped my most played list.

What a difference a few years make... Feargal Sharkey's hit-making days were over in 1988

"(I've Had) The Time Of My Life" was still making its way up the ARIA chart at this point, and I quite liked being an early adopter in that instance. In fact, as 1988 went on, I began to pride myself on being ahead of the chart instead of looking to it for guidance. Especially when that guidance would have come in the form of a new Jimmy Barnes single.

ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart - week ending January 31, 1988

Jimmy gives us our first new entry of the week, while at the other end of the chart, George Harrison's "Got My Mind Set On You" finally got a week at number 1, dislodging "Faith" after just one week.


Off The Chart
Number 98 "Donna" by Los Lobos
Peak: number 98
This third and final single from the La Bamba soundtrack found the former chart-toppers at the other extreme of the top 100 with a song that'd reached number 4 in 1959 for Richie Valens.

Number 97 "Showdown At Big Sky" by Robbie Robertson
Peak: number 95
Taken from the acclaimed first solo album by the former member of The Band, this single features backing vocals from Sam Llanas from BoDeans.

Number 90 "Level With Me" by Nu-Genes
Peak: number 90
Before she was in The Clouds, singer Jodi Phillis was the frontwoman for this short-lived band from Sydney, who parted ways later in the year.

Number 89 "E.S.P." by Bee Gees
Peak: number 89
"You Win Again" had been a welcome return to form and chart success for the brothers Gibb, but this follow-up and title track of their comeback album didn't follow suit.

Number 81 "American Dream" by Simon F
Peak: number 72
This was the lead single from former Intaferon member Simon Fellowes's second album, Never Never Land. On his first album, he'd covered Hoodoo Gurus' "I Want You Back".


Single Of The Week
"More Love" by Feargal Sharkey
Peak: number 61
In 1985-86, Feargal had become the textbook example of a two-hit wonder. "A Good Heart" had been a number 1 here and in the UK, and its follow-up, "You Little Thief", also cracked the top 5 in both countries. A few years later, Feargal's fans had deserted him, with this first single from second album Wish (which received the Album Of The Week treatment on the flipside of the chart) peaking outside the top 50. I must admit I could only vaguely remember this song from the time and it took a listen to the clip below to ring any bells. That listen also allowed me to conclude that "More Love" reached the chart position it probably deserved.




Breaker
"All Shook Up" by Ry Cooder
Peak: number 61
Ry Cooder, Robert Cray, Joe Satriani, Gary Moore... Australia loved guitarists in the '80s. Me, not so much. This is the first time I've listened to this Elvis Presley cover from Ry's Get Rhythm album and it hasn't been that pleasant an experience. "All Shook Up" peaked at the same position as Feargal's single and, with that fact out of the way, does anyone mind if I move on?




New Entries
Number 50 "Driving Wheels" by Jimmy Barnes
Peak: number 12
It just gets worse! I was never a fan of Jimmy's in the 1980s and this song about trucking was hardly going to be the one to convert me. Having said that, I did quite like "Chained To The Wheel" by The Black Sorrows the following year, but "Driving Wheels" was too... well, Barnes-ish for me. "Driving Wheels" would go on to be a decent hit, even if that was a bit of a dip from chart-topper "Too Much Ain't Enough Love". But, since parent album Freight Train Heart had also reached the top by this stage, the normal law of dimishing returns applied, something that was borne out by Jimmy's two subsequent singles, which reached the top 30 and top 40 respectively.




Number 49 "Revolution Love" by Kids In The Kitchen
Peak: number 44
Here's a song I talked about in my personal 1987 countdown, and given it took until the end of January 1988 to crack the top 50, it should come as no surprise that it only managed to climb five more places. "Revolution Love" would end up as KITK's final single, with the band breaking up within the year. Scott Carne would try his hand at a couple of musical directions after the split, forming the short-lived rockabilly group Priscilla's Nightmare and releasing a couple of ill-fated solo singles like "All I Want To Do" in 1990, neither of which were anywhere near as good as KITK. These days, he performs regularly on the retro circuit, often in league with Brian Mannix.




Number 36 "Valerie" by Steve Winwood
Peak: number 19
Years before it was sampled by Eric Prydz (or, more accurately, the vocal was re-recorded by Steve) for "Call On Me", "Valerie" was released to promote Chronicles, a greatest hits album by the former Traffic and Spencer Davis Group member. Even more years before this 1987 remix of "Valerie" came out, the song had been a single in 1982 from Steve's third solo album, Talking Back To The Night. The original version of "Valerie" had bombed, but this updated version rectified that, peaking at number 19 in both Australia and the UK, and 10 places higher in the US. The turnaround in chart fortunes was likely down to Steve's previous studio album, Back In The High Life, which had contained a number of hits, although only one, "Higher Love", made it onto Chronicles.




Albums Chart

ARIA Top 50 Albums Chart - week ending January 31, 1988

With only a few singles to talk about this week (and even less that I actually care for), it's the perfect time to turn the chart over and ask: what albums were Australians buying 25 years ago?

Answer 1: Not albums by female artists


Only four of the top 50 albums were by solo female singers - Whitney Houston, Pat Benatar (a best of), Madonna (a remix album) and Tina Turner (a live album), with Whitney the only original studio album. Three other entries were by groups with female singers - Fleetwood Mac, The Pretenders and Eurythmics, meaning women were sorely under-represented musically in January 1988.



Answer 2: Compilations and soundtracks


Summer 88 and Celebrate 88 appear higher on the chart, but the compilation everyone who was around at the time remembers is Smash Hits 87, which featured a denim jacket on the cover - a denim jacket worn by none other than Kylie Minogue. Meanwhile, Dirty Dancing made the week's biggest jump within the top 50, on its way to dominating the chart for the rest of the year (and winding up as the year's second highest-selling album).



Answer 3: Comedy releases


The highest-selling album of the week was the first LP-length offering from Billy Birmingham (aka The Twelfth Man). Wired World Of Sports spent three weeks on top, a position every single album by the comedian has reached - and there have been seven of them! That's a lot of jokes about Indian surnames. Further down the chart, Kevin Bloody Wilson made an appearance with the third of his five top 50 albums.



Answer 4: Rock, rock and more rock albums


From Barnesy to Farnsy, Whitesnake to Pink Floyd, Billy Joel to Billy Idol, the ARIA top 50 was packed with just about every style of rock music imaginable, with at least 30 albums being categorisable as rock or pop/rock. And no, I'm not including Kenny G or Foster & Allen in that tally!


Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 19XX (updated weekly):





Next week: four new entries - three I quite liked and one I really hated. See you then!


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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

The Best Of 1990 - part 4

JUMP TO: 100-76 II 75-51 II 50-26 II 25-1


Just a few years earlier, my end of year chart had a significant overlap with the list of highest-selling singles in Australia - but in 1990, my top 100 and the annual ARIA chart were quite different.

Paula Abdul's feline friend helped her land her biggest hit in 1990

Big hits by Sinead O'Connor, Alannah Myles, Jon Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Concrete Blonde, Peter Blakeley, Heart and, er, Craig McLachlan & Check 1-2 are nowhere to be seen on my chart of top songs for the year.

On the flipside, half of my top 25 songs from 1990 didn't even crack the weekly ARIA chart locally. The majority were hits in the UK, while a couple... well, you'll see...


Number 25 "Killer" by Adamski
We start off this batch of songs with a UK number 1 which failed to make the Australian top 100 at all. But, it's a song plenty of Australians will be familiar with since the featured (but not credited) vocalist was Seal, who recorded his own version of the track for his debut solo album. While Seal sold well here, the singer's new version of "Killer" only just managed to slip into the chart - it peaked at number 95. Producer Adamski (real name: Adam Tinley) looked like he'd have a promising career, with "Killer" the middle of three UK chart hits, but just as Seal took off as an artist in his own right, Adamski's time in the spotlight came to an end. The dance classic was also covered by George Michael (on his Five Live EP) and German dance act ATB as "Killer 2000", both of which made the Australian top 40.




Number 24 "Got To Have Your Love" by Mantronix featuring Wondress
Another song that missed the Australian top 100 altogether but charted in a cover version years later (Liberty X's remake made number 75 in 2002), this was a big UK top 5 hit early in 1990. Led by Kurtis Mantronik (who would finally score an Aussie top 40 hit in 2003 with "How Did You Know"), Mantronix went through quite the transformation in 1990 following the departure of rapper MC Tee, with their sound moving further away from hip-hop and more towards club music. Singer Wondress (her real name!) would return for follow-up "Take Your Time" (number 126 on this list).




Number 23 "Hang Onto Your Love" by Jason Donovan
After a pretty impressive 1989 - he had the highest-selling album in the UK and a string of hits both there and in Australia - Jason struggled in 1990. By "only" reaching number 8 in the UK, this second single from Between The Lines was his least successful to date. I don't even know if it or his next single, "Another Night" (number 45 on this list), were released in Australia. If "Hang Onto You Love" did come out here, it missed the top 100, despite having a video which looked like a commercial for Cottee's cordial; if it didn't, it was probably a good move since local interest in Jason had dropped right off. Personally, while I was more than happy to defiantly declare my love for Kylie Minogue's music at high school, I doubt I would have 'fessed up too loudly to also being a fan of Jason's songs.




Number 22 "Fascinaing Rhythm" by Bass-o-matic
This is getting a bit predictable... big UK hit (number 9), total flop in Australia, classic dance track with a link to a performer who would eventually have local success - in this case, William Orbit. Years before he twiddled the knobs for Madonna and All Saints, and helped turn Barber's "Adagio For Strings" into a trance anthem, the producer/performer formed this dance group. This was their most successful single, but I also liked "Funky Love Vibrations" from their second and final album, Science And Melody.




Number 21 "Enjoy The Silence" by Depeche Mode
1990 was a big year for this long-running synthpop group turned stadium-filling mega-band - just not in Australia. The second single from Violator returned them to the UK top 10 for the first time since 1984 and gave them their first and, to date, only US top 10 hit.
I came across this song on the double cassette of Now That's What I Call Music 17, which my sister brought back for me from the UK. I had forgotten all about Depeche Mode since liking early '80s tracks like "Just Can't Get Enough" and "People Are People", and this reignited my interest in them.
I got right into the Violator album - which also included "World In My Eyes" (number 35 on this list) and "Policy Of Truth" (number 44) - and snapped up Songs Of Faith And Devotion when it came out a few years later. I then reversed through the group's back catalogue, picking up all the albums I'd missed along the way - and Depeche Mode now rank as one of my favourite groups of all time.
They have a new album, Delta Machine, out in a couple of months' time - and I hoping it's as good as 2005's Playing The Angel and a lot better than their last offering, the disappointing Sounds Of The Universe.




Number 20 "I Wanna Make Love" by Colours
Just for something different - a song that went nowhere anywhere, failing to make the Australian top 100 or the UK top 75. I came across the track when it got a random play on a Saturday morning music show and snapped up the 7" single, which I still have. I don't know anything about the group, except that they had an album called Rules Of Attraction, which I also ended up tracking down on CD years later so I could have the song on CD, only to find the album version was longer - and if there's one thing I like more than anything else when it comes to music, it's 7" versions or radio edits. I regularly check eBay for a copy of the CD single...




Number 19 "If I Have To Stand Alone" by Lonnie Gordon
1990 was not a good year for producers Stock Aitken Waterman - or their latest artist. Although things started off swimmingly, with Lonnie's "Happenin' All Over Again" reaching number 4 in the UK (and number 33 in Australia), by November, when this track came out, it could only manage a single week at number 68. Needless to say, it completely stiffed in Australia. As far as SAW were concerned, it was one of many disasters for them that year - some tracks were deserved flops, but this song and Lonnie's other single from 1990, "Beyond Your Wildest Dreams", were just as worthy as "Happenin'..." (which is still to come) of becoming hits.




Number 18 "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" by Janet Jackson
Mentioned below

Number 17 "Only Your Love" by Bananarama
From an act new to SAW to one who was (kind of) leaving them behind, Bananarama branched out musically with this first single from their Pop Life album. That album did feature two SAW productions, but neither of them were singles. Instead, they worked with in-demand producer Youth (who was behind credible dance act Blue Pearl and had, coincidentally, been a member of SAW-produced group Brilliant back in the mid-'80s) and, on this track, sampled The Rolling Stones, The Stone Roses and Primal Scream. It wasn't as big a musical shift as it sounds, with the girls' pop sensibility firmly in place - but it probably was too cool for the kids and not cool enough for the indie crowd, resulting in a much lower chart position than Bananarama had recently become accustomed to. In Australia, it narrowly missed the top 50, peaking at number 51.




Number 16 "Blue Savannah" by Erasure
Unlike Bananarama, fellow '80s survivors Erasure were still very much in favour and landed their highest charting single from Wild! in the UK with this, the album's third single. Vince and Andy were really on a roll at this point in their career, with another four years of big UK hits still to come, including "Star" (number 97 on this list). But, yep, you guessed it, in Australia, "Blue Savannah" didn't chart inside the top 100.




Number 15 "World In Motion..." by England New Order
Finally, a song that people in Australia actually bought! (In fairness, Janet's entry back at number 18 also did well, but we'll talk about that later) Why Australians bought a British soccer anthem, however, is another matter. "World In Motion" was the latest in a long line of UK "football songs", released in support of a team's sporting efforts - in this case, the national team, which was competing in that year's World Cup. In Australia, enough people either supported the British team or liked New Order (or both) to send the song to number 21 on the chart.  




Number 14 "Opposites Attract" by Paula Abdul with The Wild Pair
This was already a great album track crying out for a single release, but throw in a rap from a cartoon cat, who also dances with the singer, and the result was amazing - and a number 1 smash around the world, including in Australia (for two weeks). MC Skat Kat (the Ks made him extra kool) only performed the two raps in the song, with the male part of the back-and-forth vocal supplied by The Wild Pair (Bruce DeShazer and Marv Gunn). "Opposites Attract" would be Paula's only chart-topper in Australia ("Rush Rush" spent three weeks at number 2 in 1991), but in the US, it was her fourth of six number 1s.




Number 13 "So Hard" by Pet Shop Boys
Previously featured here

Number 12 "One Thing Leads To Another" by Yell!
Remember back at number 19 when I said 1990 was a bad year for Stock Aitken Waterman? Well, here's another song they produced which failed miserably. And, unlike songs they worked on for the likes of Kakko, Delage and Romi & Jazz, "One Thing Leads To Another" had the advantage of being the follow-up to a UK top 10 hit. At the start of the year, the duo comprised of Paul Varney and Daniel James had taken a pretty ordinary cover version of Dan Hartman's "Instant Replay" to number 10, so it's even more surprising this SAW original completely bombed. Paul would go on to record a couple of solo flops with SAW - one of which will pop up quite high in my 1991 chart.




Number 11 "Insect" by Boxcar
So far, all the songs we've seen which didn't work in Australia have been by UK artists (or, in the case of Jason Donovan, a local artist based in the UK), but here's an Australian band who couldn't land a hit in their home country. The reason might have been because Boxcar sounded like they were a UK synthpop band and, clearly, that was not a popular genre in this country at the time. Routinely compared to New Order - and there were obvious similarities - Boxcar had a number of awesome songs, including this track and their sole ARIA top 100 entry, "Gas Stop (Who Do You Think You Are)" (number 41 on this list). Despite the lack of success for the singles and debut album Vertigo, the band returned in 1994 with a second studio album - and more underappreciated songs.




Number 10 "Make It Easy On Me" by Sybil
Previously featured here

Number 9 "Groove Is In The Heart" by Deee-Lite
Certainly the most unique new act of 1990, Deee-Lite hit it out of the park with this debut single, hitting number 1 in Australia and famously being denied the top spot in the UK due to a re-release of "The Joker" by Steve Miller Band selling an almost identical amount of copies. Although they're considered a one-hit wonder, Deee-Lite did slip into the bottom of most major charts with follow-up "Power Of Love" (number 87 on this list) - and I also liked 1991's "Good Beat".




Number 8 "Vogue" by Madonna
With the singles from Like A Prayer starting to bring back ever-diminishing returns, Madonna returned to the studio and came up with "Vogue", inspired by a dance style that actually been around for some time without most people noticing. In Australia and Europe, "Vogue" was released as a double A-side with "Keep It Together", and duly became the latest in a long line of number 1 singles. In the US, "Keep It Together" had already charted and so "Vogue" hit the top spot there in its own right.




Number 7 "Step Back In Time" by Kylie Minogue
Previously featured here

Number 6 "Handful Of Promises" by Big Fun
Previously featured here

Number 5 "Escapade" Janet Jackson
Like Madonna and Paula Abdul, as well as Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, who we saw back in Part 3, Janet was a regular visitor to the number 1 spot in the US. 1990 was a time when albums were mined for singles, with "Escapade" becoming the third of seven releases from Rhythm Nation 1814 - and the second of four that reached the top spot. It's my favourite Janet single of all time, a feeling not shared by much of Australia, since the song only reached number 25 here. "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" (number 18 on this list) was another US chart-topper and did quite well here, reaching number 14 - and also featured a video in which Janet ditched the military wear and long jackets for a sexy new look. We'd be seeing a lot more of that body in the following years...




Number 4 "Don't Worry" by Kim Appleby
Making a triumphant return to the UK music scene, Kim was one half of '80s pop duo Mel & Kim and had tragically lost sister Mel to cancer at the very start of the year. "Don't Worry" was always going to be successful as a show of support for Kim by the British public - but it was a great song as well, the first of a number of poppy solo singles she recorded without help from previous producers SAW. Some of the tunes on her self-titled album were co-writtern with Mel, and had been intended for the second Mel & Kim album. Unfortunately, Kim's return to the charts never translated to Australia.




Number 3 "Better The Devil You Know" by Kylie Minogue
Previously featured here

Number 2 "Happenin' All Over Again" by Lonnie Gordon
Mentioned above and previously featured here

Number 1 "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" by Jimmy Somerville
In a year with such classic singles from some of pop's leading ladies, it sometimes surprises me that this is my top song for 1990, but at the time, I loved this remake of the Sylvester disco track and bought the 12" single on import - something I rarely did, since the purchase set me back close to $20, a fortune at the time. Jimmy had moved on from Communards by this stage, but maintained his habit of turning old songs into hits all over again - at least in the UK, where this went to number 5. In Australia, it struggled to a high of number 76.




My top 200 singles for 1990 in full:

1        YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
2        HAPPENIN' ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
3        BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
4        DON'T WORRY Kim Appleby
5        ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
6        HANDFUL OF PROMISES Big Fun
7        STEP BACK IN TIME Kylie Minogue
8        VOGUE Madonna
9        GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
10      MAKE IT EASY ON ME Sybil
11      INSECT Boxcar
12      ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER Yell!
13      SO HARD Pet Shop Boys
14      OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul (Duet with The Wild Pair)
15      WORLD IN MOTION... England New Order
16      BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
17      ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
18      LOVE WILL NEVER DO (WITHOUT YOU) Janet Jackson
19      IF I HAVE TO STAND ALONE Lonnie Gordon
20      I WANNA MAKE LOVE Colours
21      ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
22      FASCINATING RHYTHM Bass-o-matic
23      HANG ONTO YOUR LOVE Jason Donovan
24      GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
25      KILLER Adamski
26      I CAN'T SAY GOODBYE Kim Wilde
27      I DON'T KNOW ANYBODY ELSE Black Box
28      KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
29      TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
30      I NEED YOUR BODY Tina Arena
31      LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
32      SUMMER RAIN Belinda Carlisle
33      HOLD ON Wilson Phillips            
34      THINK Information Society
35      WORLD IN MY EYES Depeche Mode
36      GIVING YOU THE BENEFIT Pebbles
37      THAT'S WHAT I CALL LOVE Kate Ceberano
38      I'M YOUR BABY TONIGHT / YVONNE TURNER MIX Whitney Houston
39      FANTASY Black Box
40      VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
41      GAS STOP (WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?) Boxcar
42      MADLY IN LOVE Bros
43      HELLO The Beloved
44      POLICY OF TRUTH Depeche Mode
45      ANOTHER NIGHT Jason Donovan
46      CAN'T STOP After 7
47      GET UP! (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
48      LOVE CHILD Sweet Sensation
49      TIME Kim Wilde
50      RUB YOU THE RIGHT WAY Johnny Gill   
51      DON'T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
52      BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
53      YOUR LOVE TAKES ME HIGHER The Beloved
54      I'M NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP The Brat Pack
55      MILES AND MILES Noiseworks
56      DANCING IN THE STORM / MOUNTAIN OF STRENGTH Boom Crash Opera
57      ESCAPING Margaret Urlich
58      ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant
59      SHE AIN'T WORTH IT Glenn Medeiros featuring Bobby Brown
60      WORLD IN PERFECT HARMONY Kim Wilde
61      RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
62      THE ONLY ONE I KNOW The Charlatans
63      ROAM The B-52's
64      GOOD LOVE Klymaxx
65      THAT MAN (HE’S ALL MINE) Inner City
66      STEP BY STEP New Kids On The Block
67      ROMEO Dino
68      YOU'RE THE ONLY WOMAN The Brat Pack
69      NUMBER ONE (REMEMBER WHEN WE DANCED ALL NIGHT) Margaret Urlich
70      TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
71      TENDER LOVER Babyface featuring Bobby Brown
72      I'M NOT GONNA STAND FOR THIS (NO MORE) Johnnie O
73      INFINITY (1990s… TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
74      CAN'T GET ENOUGH (OF YOUR LOVE) Kim Wilde
75      FEELS GOOD Tony Toni Tone
76      DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International featuring Lindy Layton
77      BEING BORING Pet Shop Boys
78      SHOW ME HEAVEN Maria McKee
79      EACH AND EVERY TIME Sweet Sensation
80      THE GIRL I USED TO KNOW Brother Beyond
81      I DON'T HAVE THE HEART James Ingram
82      NOTHING TO LOSE S'Express
83      24 HOURS Betty Boo
84      (YOU'RE MY ONE AND ONLY) TRUE LOVE Seduction
85      EVERYBODY EVERYBODY Black Box
86      HEARTBEAT Seduction
87      POWER OF LOVE Deee-Lite
88      IT'S HERE Kim Wilde
89      IF WISHES CAME TRUE Sweet Sensation
90      WHERE ARE YOU BABY? Betty Boo
91      ALL I'M MISSING IS YOU Glenn Medeiros
92      TALK ABOUT IT Boom Crash Opera
93      HOLD ON En Vogue
94      I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR The Chimes
95      ROCK THE BOAT Delage
96      DOIN' THE DO Betty Boo
97      STAR Erasure
98      PRAY MC Hammer
99      MY KINDA GIRL Babyface
100    FAIRWEATHER FRIEND Johnny Gill
101    STRONG AS STEEL Tina Arena
102    ROCKIN' OVER THE BEAT Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
103    DON'T YOU LOVE ME 49ers
104    HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
105    HOW LONG Information Society
106    REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
107    LOVE AND EMOTION Stevie B
108    READ MY LIPS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Jimmy Somerville
109    WHOLE WIDE WORLD A’me Lorain
110    VIOLENCE OF SUMMER (LOVE'S TAKING OVER) Duran Duran
111    DON'T CHA THINK After 7
112    UNBELIEVEABLE E.M.F.
113    I'VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT YOU Londonbeat
114    CRAZY The Boys
115    AFTER THE RAIN Titiyo
116    NOT THRU BEING WITH YOU Michael Jeffries with Karyn White
117    U CAN'T TOUCH THIS MC Hammer
118    POISON Bell Biv Devoe
119    SENSITIVITY Ralph Tresvant
120    HOW LONGER 49ers
121    HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
122    SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO HEAVEN Phil Collins
123    I PROMISED MYSELF Nick Kamen
124    LIVIN’ IN THE LIGHT Caron Wheeler
125    FREEDOM '90 George Michael
126    TAKE YOUR TIME Mantronix featuring Wondress
127    FOLLOW MY HEARTBEAT A’me Lorain
128    DISAPPEAR INXS
129    EVERYTHING Jody Watley
130    LOVE TAKES TIME Mariah Carey
131    COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
132    WATER Martika
133    BREAKAWAY (REMIX) Donna Summer
134    BEYOND YOUR WILDEST DREAMS Lonnie Gordon
135    ONLY MY HEART CALLING Margaret Urlich
136    DANGEROUS Roxette
137    HEAVEN GIVE ME WORDS Propaganda
138    NEVER GONNA STOP Indecent Obsession
139    BAD OF THE HEART George Lammond
140    HIDE AND SEEK Pajama Party
141    SECOND CHANCE Tyler Collins
142    IMPULSIVE Wilson Phillips
143    GROOVY TRAIN The Farm
144    LET'S HANG ON Shooting Party
145    LITTLE BROTHER Blue Pearl
146    TOMORROW Tongue ‘n’ Cheek
147    LIES En Vogue
148    DIRTY CASH The Adventures of Stevie V
149    NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
150    INNOCENT The Whispers
151    I CALL YOUR NAME a-ha
152    I'M FREE Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
153    CLOSE TO YOU Maxi Priest
154    WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
155    YOU CAN'T DENY IT Lisa Stansfield
156    PEOPLE Soul II Soul
157    REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
158    SITTIN IN THE LAP OF LUXURY Louie Louie
159    GHETTO HEAVEN Family Stand
160    WHAT TIME IS LOVE? The KLF
161    (WE WANT) THE SAME THING Belinda Carlisle
162    PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
163    LOVE COMES TO MIND The Chimes
164    COULD HAVE TOLD YOU SO Halo James
165    RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Jesus Jones
166    CRAZY FOR YOU Sybil featuring Salt 'n' Pepa
167    SAY A PRAYER Breathe
168    KEEP IT TOGETHER Madonna
169    LOVE MAKES THINGS HAPPEN Pebbles / Babyface
170    MISSING YOU Soul II Soul
171    LOVE SAW IT Karyn White / Babyface
172    TINGLES (EP) Ratcat
173    TONIGHT New Kids On The Block
174    THING CALLED LOVE The Boys
175    GIRLS NITE OUT Tyler Collins
176    SERIOUS Duran Duran
177    IT’S A SHAME (MY SISTER) Monie Love featuring True Image
178    HEAR THE DRUMMER (GET WICKED) Chad Jackson
179    SHINE ON House Of Love
180    THIS IS HOW IT FEELS Inspiral Carpets
181    WHIPAPPEAL Babyface
182    WHAT DID I DO TO YOU Lisa Stansfield
183    LET’S PUSH IT Innocence
184    MAKE YOU SWEAT Keith Sweat
185    ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt / Aaron Neville
186    IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
187    NATURAL THING Innocence
188    READY OR NOT After 7
189    FOUR BACHERACH AND DAVID SONGS (EP) Deacon Blue
190    THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
191    DO ME Bell Biv Devoe
192    HEAT OF THE MOMENT After 7
193    NOBODY Tongue ‘n’ Cheek
194    SILENT VOICE Innocence
195    COUNTING EVERY MINUTE Sonia
196    THE MASTERPLAN Diana Brown & Barry K Sharpe
197    ELEVATE MY MIND Stereo MCs
198    DON'T MISS THE PARTY LINE Bizz Nizz
199    WAITING FOR THAT DAY George Michael
200    COULD THIS BE LOVE Seduction


On Thursday, we return to 1988 for my ARIA chart recap, and we'll be taking a look at the singles and albums chart from 25 years ago this week.


MY YEAR-END CHARTS
1979 II 1980 II 1981 II 1982 II 1983 II 1984 II 1985 II 1986 II 1987 II 1988 II 1989
1990 II 1991 II 1992 II 1993 II 1994 II 1995 II 1996 II 1997 II 1998 II 1999
2000 II 2001 II 2002 II 2003 II 2004 II 2005 II 2006 II 2007 II 2008 II 2009
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