Welcome back to this week’s Top 40 Countdown! We will be wrapping up the countdown today. If you missed the previous songs you can go back and listen to songs 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11. Let’s Return to the week ending April 29, 1989, and go through the top 10 songs this week.
10. “Forever Your Girl” by Paula Abdul
Before she became known as a flaky judge on American Idol, Paula Abdul was the sweetheart of the pop music industry. This title track was the second song released from her debut album, and would become a #1 hit, just as “Straight Up” had. There would be a total of four #1 hits from that album.
9. “After All” by Cher & Peter Cetera
This is one of my favorite duets of the decade. These two unique voices made a great combination. This song was the love theme for the movie Chances Are and was nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards 1989. I love this song, and I kind of liked the movie, which starred Cybill Shepherd, Robert Downey, Jr., Ryan O’Neal, and Mary Stuart Masterson (who I had a bit of a crush on).
8. “Real Love” by Jody Watley
This is a good dance and R&B song. The video, directed by David Fincher, was nominated for six MTV Video Music Awards including Breakthrough Video, Best Art Direction, Best Dance Video, and Best Female Video at the 1989 award show. That record was held until Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson’s video “Scream” received eleven VMA nominations in 1995.
7. “Second Chance” by .38 Special
This is a nice ballad by .38 Special, who usually had really good, fun rock songs. This song would go on to be the band’s highest-charting song in the United States, peaking at #6.
6. “The Look” by Roxette
I love, love, love Roxette!! This was released as a single from their Look Sharp! album, and became a breakthrough hit for the band. Before this, Roxette was unknown outside of their native Sweden. This song would give them international fame, becoming a #1 hit in the U.S. and 24 other countries.
5. “Heaven Help Me” by Deon Estus
I love this song by Deon Estus. He had been the bass player for Wham! and played bass on George Michael’s first two solo albums. I have a soft spot for Deon because he was one of the first celebrities to follow me on Twitter. If you happen to read this article, Deon, Rock on buddy!!
4. “She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals
Not one of my favorite songs on the countdown. But, I think I like this more now then when it came out.
3. “Funky Cold Medina” by Ton Loc
For some reason, I like this song. It is basically the same thing as his other song, “Wild Thing“, but I still like it.
2. “I’ll Be There For You” by Bon Jovi
I love this ballad by Bon Jovi. It’s one of their best. Jon Bon Jovi put a lot of feeling into this. Classic.
1. “Like a Prayer” by Madonna
And now we have reached the #1 song. This is one of my favorite Madonna songs. There were a lot of great songs on the Like a Prayer album, but this was my favorite. Again, like I said in a previous post, I’m a sucker for songs that feature a choir.
Well that wraps up this week’s countdown. Did you like this year? I have some mixed feelings. This was a transitional time in my life. I had some good times, and some of these songs bring me back to that. On the other hand, even at that time, you could feel our awesome decade was coming to an end.
That’s OK though. there is one year I haven’t done a countdown for yet – 1980 – the dawn of the decade! So, we will be back next week with a top 40 from 1980. Until then, Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.