Hits of 1988 – Horrible and Great

On 6/25/10, Stuck in the 80s released their Horrible Hits of 1987 podcast. Here is their list:

10. Red Red Wine – UB40
9. Wild Wild West – The Escape Club
8. I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That – Elton John
7. Dirty Diana – Michael Jackson
6. Don’t Be Cruel – Cheap Trick
5. Pink Cadillac – Natalie Cole
4. A Groovy Kind of Love – Phil Collins
3. Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
2. Wishing Well – Terence Trent d’Arby
1. Kokomo – Beach Boys

You can see the top 100 hits from Billboard that year.

Here is my list of Horrible Hits:

10. Mercedes Boy – Pebbles

Ho-hum. Boring. You tell me which Pebbles song is better:

Alright, I’ll call it a draw!

9. Wishing Well – Terence Trent d’Arby

There’s a reason he was a one-hit wonder:

8. Hungry Eyes – Eric Carmen
7. She’s Like the Wind – Patrick Swayze

Didn’t Dirty Dancing take place in the ’60s? They should have kept only ’60s songs on the soundtrack. I loved Patrick Swayze the actor – but not the singer. It didn’t help that these songs seemed to play on an endless loop on MTV and on the radio.

Hungry Eyes
She’s Like the Wind

6. I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That – Elton John

Here he goes again. The legendary Elton John came out with another crappy ’80s song. So disappointing, and so overrated and overplayed.

5. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses

I loved ’80s rock, so you would think that this would be in my wheelhouse. But, this song just grated on me. I could not stand this song and “Welcome to the Jungle” – the 2 songs that they were best known for. Give me “Paradise City”, “Mr. Brownstone”, and later on, “November Rain” any day.

4. Pink Cadillac – Natalie Cole

I don’t like this song at all. I don’t like Bruce Springsteen’s version either. Every time this comes on, I confuse Natalie Cole with Patti LaBelle. At least this is better that that creepy, spine-tingling “duet” Cole did with her dead father.

3. A Groovy Kind of Love – Phil Collins

I may have liked this song the very first time I heard it. But after it was on the radio for the 50th time on the first day, I was already sick of it. And it kept coming on the radio and on MTV for what seemd like a few times an hour for at least a few months. It made me want to stay away from any electronic devices, or else I would go insane. Then “Two Hearts” came out, and made me long for this one.

2. Red Red Wine – UB40

Neil Diamond was a great songwriter. But, this was not one of his better songs, that’s for sure! I don’t know why it was remade, and I don’t understand why this was a hit. This is another song that comes on, and I can’t change the station fast enough.

1. Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

How can I be happy when this crap comes on the radio!? Don’t tell me what to do, Bobby McFerrin! I was perfectly happy until this song came on and annoyed the crap out of me. Ooooooo! There’s no instruments. He makes all the sound effects with his mouth! Impressive! If I want that, I don’t have to subject myself to this dreck. I’ll just put on some Police Academy to watch Michael Winslow.

There were also some great hits that year:

10.Wait – White Lion

I loved White Lion when I first heard them. They set themselves apart from most of the rock bands at the time. The lead singer, Mike Tramp, had a unique voice, and Vito Bratta was an awesome guitarist.

9. Faith – George Michael

This is probably my favorite George Michael song. It is a nice simple song that has a great beat.

8. Heaven Is a Place On Earth – Belinda Carlisle

The Go-Go’s were great, but Belinda Carlisle did not have a shabby solo career. She was in her prime with this song. I love it.

7. One Good Woman – Peter Cetera

Peter Cetera’s best known solo song was “Glory of Love”, but I really liked this one a lot. I always felt that this song was underrated.

6. Man In the Mirror – Michael Jackson

Great, inspiring song from the “King of Pop”. It proves that he could pull of a beautiful song just as well as a dance or pop song.

5. Could’ve Been – Tiffany

Tiffany is probably best known for her remakes of “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “Saw Him Standing There”. But, “Could’ve Been” was a great ballad that reached #1 on the U.S. charts. She showed great emotional depth in this song. Especially considering it was on her debut album.

4. Shake Your Love – Debbie Gibson

Even though my taste in music leaned more towards rock music, I really liked Debbie Gibson. Not only was she cute, but she was extremely talented. She could play piano, write her own songs, and had a great voice. This was a fun song.

3. Hold On to the Nights – Richard Marx

Richard Marx had some really good uptempo songs from his debut album.
But his first ballad from that album was a knockout. I still like it.

2. One Moment In Time – Whitney Houston

I wish Whitney could have this one moment in time back. An incredible song, and perfect for the 1988 Olympics, for which it was written for.

And kids this is what drugs do to you. You go from that incredible song to this:

1. Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard

A perfect rock anthem. This is a fun song, that really rocks, and is still popular today. With all the great smash hits that Def Leppard has, this is one of the best.

5 thoughts on “Hits of 1988 – Horrible and Great”

  1. Hey, I liked Mercedes Boy! The video sure wasn’t boring….even if you turned down the sound…
    I wrote a parody of that song called Corolla Boy. A friend of mine got a Corolla but was having a hard time learning to use the stick shift. For some reason that amused and inspired me enough to knock out the lyrics in five minutes. I even got a girl to sing it for me, so it’s on a CD somewhere around here. First line: “Baby let me tell you…I got a new car…but I don’t know how to drive it, haven’t gotten very far.”

    Anyway, did the music world mail it in this year or what? 1988 was the hardest year I had for picking a Top Ten.

    Horrible Hits:
    5. Shattered Dreams – Johnny Hates Jazz
    4. Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
    3. Nothin’ But A Good Time – Poison
    2. Wild Wild West – Escape Club
    1. Red Red Wine – UB40

    Top Ten:
    10. Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin (at least I have it at #10…)
    9. What Have I Done to Deserve This? – Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield
    8. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley (it’s even good when mixed with Nirvana)

    7. The Flame – Cheap Trick
    6. The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
    5. Say You Will – Foreigner
    4. Don’t You Want Me? – Jody Watley
    3. Mercedes Boy – Pebbles
    2. If It Isn’t Love – New Edition
    1. Kissing A Fool – George Michael (his best post-Wham! song of all)

    Made these lists ahead of time, so I’ll have to go back and find a 6-10 for the Horrible Hits.


    1. Oh Man! If only you let Weird Al listen to your parody, maybe he would have ran with it. Then maybe I would have liked it more. Johnny Hates Jazz was on the cusp of making my worst list. That’s also not one of my favorite Poison songs. I loved Fallen Angel, and then every song on the Flesh and Blood album. But, I could take or leave a lot of their earlier songs. And I couldn’t stand Wild Wild West when it was out. But a few months ago, I was listening to my ’80s on 8′ station on XM, which irritates my wife. But that song came on, and she really got into it, and was singing all the words. So there was a bit of an 80s breakthrough. Wow she likes an 80s song other than Bon Jovi or Billy Joel!

      I don’t remember “Kissing a Fool”. I’ll have to refresh my memory. I really like that Foreigner song. Good Michael Jackson tune. And I really like “The Flame” a lot. It was on the cusp of my great hits. I liked that Rick Astley song. I have to admit that a few years ago, I loved it when people got Rick-Rolled. If he was the lead singer of Nirvana, I might have been able to stomach them!


      1. “Kissing A Fool” was such a departure from George’s stuff that it really stood out for me. Why I haven’t gotten it on iTunes yet is beyond me. Just a great, slow song that really flows. If I could sing I’d do that on karaoke nights.

        Debbie Gibson and Richard Marx almost made my Top Ten. So did The Bangles’ “Hazy Shade Of Winter” and Icehouse’s “Electric Blue.” Just couldn’t decide which of Debbie or Richard’s songs to pick.

        As for more Horrible Hits:
        10. Rocket 2 U – The Jets
        9. Sign Your Name – Terence Trent d’Arby (“Wishing Well” I could handle)
        8. Love Bites – Def Leppard (I did like “Pour Some Sugar” though)
        7. Naughty Girls (Need Love Too) – Samantha Fox
        6. I Hate Myself for Loving You – Joan Jett and The Blackhearts


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