Well, another week has gone by. We have reached the end of our countdown. I like last week’s 1983 Top-10 way more. But, there are some good songs here. If you need to catch up, you can catch songs 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11. Now, lets Return to the week ending April 23, 1988, and wrap up the countdown.
10. “Prove Your Love” by Taylor Dayne
Taylor Dayne burst on to the music scene in 1988 with “Tell It To My Heart“. She followed up that smash hit with another high energy dance track – “Prove Your Love”. A great way to jump into the top 10.
9. “Pink Cadillac” by Natalie Cole
However, this song was more successful when Natalie Cole covered it. I like Natalie Cole’s version better, even though I often confused it with Aretha Franklin’s “Freeway of Love“.
8. “Anything For You” by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
This is a nice ballad by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine. It would go on to become their first #1 hit.
7. “I Saw Him Standing There” by Tiffany
This is the second cover song in the top 10 this week. And in both cases, the original was written and performed by males, and remade by females.
“I Saw Her Standing There” is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and is the opening track on the Beatles’ debut album, Please Please Me in 1963.
Tiffany recorded this song for her huge debut album, and reworded the title to “I Saw Him Standing There.”
At the time that this song came out, Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now” (another cover song – this one from Tommy James and the Shondells) was being played to death. So this song was a little refreshing, until it got overplayed as well. I love Tiffany’s original songs better, but this wasn’t bad.
6. “Angel” by Aerosmith
Like every Aerosmith single that was released between the mid ’80s through the mid ’90s, this song got way way way overplayed. If you want to hear a good song from the Permanent Vacation album, check out “Hangman Jury” or their Beatles remake of “I’m Down“.
5. “Girlfriend” by Pebbles
This is a very good R&B song by Pebbles. This song was originally written for Vanessa Williams’ debut album, by Antonio “L.A.” Reid (Pebbles’ boyfriend at the time) and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, who were then currently still in their band, The Deele. They also provided the background vocals in the song.
Pebbles also had a hit with the song “Mercedes Boy” and sang the background vocals of Paula Abdul’s “Forever Your Girl“. Pebbles would eventually become a Christian minister under the name of Sister Perri.
4. “Wishing Well” by Terence Trent D’Arby
Meh. Not a huge fan of this song. What else is on?
3. “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” by Billy Ocean
Now we’re talking! I love Billy Ocean, and this is a good, fun song.
2. “Devil Inside” by INXS
Another really good song. I love the riff in this. This is one of INXS’s best known songs.
1. “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” by Whitney Houston
And we finish up this week’s countdown on a downer. I’m not saying this is a bad song. It’s actually a great song. What I mean by a downer is that it’s kind of a sad song, and I always feel heartbroken when I hear a Whitney song. So much talent thrown/snorted away.
But, instead of focusing on the negative, let’s enjoy this incredible voice.
I know last week’s countdown was better – at least the Top-10, anyway. But, I hope you enjoyed this week’s countdown. And don’t forget, you can send your Long Distance Dedications to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com. They can be serious or made up and fun.
We’ll be back next week with a brand new countdown. Until then, “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”