Top 40 Songs This Week – April 23, 1988: Songs 10-1

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

Pink Cadillac” is a Bruce Springsteen song that was recorded during the Born in the U.S.A. sessions. This song did not make it on the album, but it did appear on the B-side of “Dancing in the Dark.”

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 returntothe80s@gmail.com and/or returntothe80s@yahoo.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.”

One thought on “Top 40 Songs This Week – April 23, 1988: Songs 10-1”

  1. I share your sentiments about this week’s list. There were some winners today, though…I liked Taylor Dayne, Pebbles (see, I told you she dressed better than Jody Watley!) and Billy Ocean.

    I used to have “Wishing Well” on cassette, but got tired of it or something.

    I’m afraid when you do ’89 it’s going to be worse. But there will still be some songs to make it worth the effort, so I’m looking forward to it.

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