Top 40 Songs This Week – April 23, 1988: Songs 30-21

Welcome back as we continue this week’s Top-40 Countdown! If you missed yesterday’s list, you can catch songs 40-31. Today’s songs do not disappoint! There are quite a few R&B songs that I really like a lot. Most of the songs for today are very good, and you don’t hear very many of them on the radio anymore. Let’s Return to the week ending April 23, 1988, and continue the countdown.

30. “I Want Her” by Keith Sweat

This was the first single from Keith Sweat’s debut album, Make It Last Forever. In addition to making it all the way to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, “I Want Her” topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for three weeks, and became the most successful number one single of 1988 on the Billboard Hot R&B chart.

29. “Piano In the Dark” by Brenda Russell

This is a really good song that became Brenda Russell’s biggest hit, peaking at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 8 on the R&B Chart and number 3 on the Adult Contemporary Chart. This song got heavy airplay at the time it came out, but I didn’t mind it.

28. “Check It Out” by John Cougar Mellencamp

This song is OK. I much prefer his earlier work. In other words – John Cougar > John Cougar Mellencamp

27. “Pamela” by Toto

I had not remembered this song. I like most of Toto’s songs, including this one.

26. “You Don’t Know” by Scarlett & Black

Scarlett and Black were a pop duo of Robin Hild and Sue West who are from the U.K. They had been backing vocalists for Doctor and the Medics (“Spirit in the Sky”). In 1987, they released their self-titled debut album. “You Don’t Know” was the first single off of that album and peaked at #20. They weren’t able to capitalize on this hit, as their next single, “Let Yourself Go-Go” did not do well at all. The duo was short lived as they broke up after that.

Sue West went on to play with Sparkle Jet UK from the mid 90’s to early 2000’s, and Robin Hild continues to work as a songwriter.

25. “I Wish I Had a Girl” by Henry Lee Summer

I did not know anything about this song. I really like it. In this song Henry Lee Summer sounds like a mashup of John Fogerty and John Cougar doing “Hurts So Good”. After reading about him, this makes sense. Like John Cougar, Henry Lee Summer is from Indiana.

24. “Endless Summer Nights” by Richard Marx

After years of making a career as a backup singer, and writing songs for other artists, Richard Marx finally burst into public conciousness in 1987 with his smash, self-titled debut album. This was the third single released from that album. He went on a huge hot streak becoming the first solo artist to have his first seven singles hit the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. This song is a perfect song to lead into the summer.

23. “Fishnet” by Morris Day

This is another song that did not look familiar when I saw the title, but remembered it as soon as I heard it. This song was Morris Day’s most successful solo hit.

22. “Two Occasions” by The Deele

This is the second song in a row that did not look familiar when I saw the title. But I remembered this one at the chorus. The Deele had a couple of famous members in their group – Babyface and L.A. Reid. This is another really good song that I like.

21. “Wait” by White Lion

I loved this song when it came out. There weren’t any other rock songs that sounded like it. I like most White Lion songs. This is a very good way to wrap up today’s list of songs.

So, did you enjoy today’s songs as much as I did? It may not be the 1983 list, but this one is holding it’s own. There are going to be some more good songs this week as well.

2 thoughts on “Top 40 Songs This Week – April 23, 1988: Songs 30-21”

  1. You can still hear “Piano In The Dark” on smooth jazz radio occasionally, at least around here.

    Forgot “Check It Out,” “You Don’t Know” and “Wish I Had A Girl.” Those songs need to be played at least once a month on the radio for variety.

    “Pamela”!!! One of Toto’s best songs ever. I need to go back and seriously correct my 1988 top ten list. I somehow left this song off…it should be at least #2. I used to have a VHS tape with about an hour’s worth of VH1 videos, and “Pamela” was one of them. Wish I wouldn’t have taped over it!

    Big Richard Marx and Morris Day fan, so I enjoyed their songs.

    Can’t believe I left “Two Occasions” of my ’88 list as well! I could write an entire blog post about that song, but long story short, that was the first song we danced to at our wedding reception. Speaking of the Mrs., White Lion is more up her alley, but I kind of like “Wait.”


    1. I know a lot of Richard Marx’s songs got way overplayed when they came out, but I still liked them, and I still listen to them. I didn’t know about Morris Day, but I think this is the second week in a row I posted something by him. I’m really liking him.


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