Hi Everybody, welcome back as we wrap up this week’s countdown. You can go back and check out songs 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11 if you missed them. This has been a solid week so far. This top 10 is going to be pretty good. A lot of times when you get to the top 10, there are a lot of songs that have been overplayed throughout the years. But, that is not the case with these ten songs. There is one that was overplayed at the time, but I don’t hear it too often anymore. So let’ss jump into it, and Return to the week ending August 5, 1989, and wrap up the countdown.
10. “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” by Simply Red
This is one of those songs that I did not really like when I first heard it. I had been into rock and dance music at this point, so this song had bored me. However now that I’m older, I love this song. I also love the original version by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes from 1972.
9. “Cold Hearted” by Paula Abdul
This song is just the opposite of the last song. I loved Paula Abdul at the time. She was red hot (in more ways than one). But, now I can’t really listen to too many of her songs all the way through.
8. “I Like It” by Dino
When I first saw this title and artist, I had no idea what this song was.The only Dinos I have heard of was Fred Flinstone’s pet and Dino Bravo from the WWF. I pulled the video up on YouTube, and before I played the song, I saw Dino had long hair, so I thought, “Cool! Maybe this is another rock song that I’ll like.” Then the music started. Definitely not rock! And then I totally remembered this song! I always thought Bobby Brown did this song! And just as the title of the song states, I Like It. I had totally forgotten about this one.
7. “Lay Your Hands On Me” by Bon Jovi
Great, great Bon Jovi tune from their best album, New Jersey. I love the music leading up to the beginning of the song, and then it leads in to the keyboards and vocals. This song just rocks!
6. “Once Bitten Twice Shy” by Great White
This is a bit of a sensitive topic for me. Many of you probably know that I am from Rhode Island. Most people know about the tragic fire, involving Great White, at The Station night club in West Warwick, RI on February 20, 2003. 100 people died after Great White set off some pyrotechnics to start off the show, which caused the cheap soundproofing foam to catch fire, which then engulfed the whole club within minutes. In addition to the 100 who died, there were 230 more people that were injured/burned. Being from a small state, if you didn’t know one of the victims, you know somebody who did.
It took me a long time to be able to listen to Great White again. But, they did lose a member of the band themselves in that fire – guitarist Ty Longley. I mainly blame the cheap-ass owners of the club for the tragedy. They put in that cheap foam instead of using something better. And they allowed way too many people in that club at one time – probably just so they could pull in more money.
OK, enough of being downer. Let’s get to the music. This is a fun bluesy rock song.
5. “Toy Soldiers” by Martika
I love Martika, and I still love this song by the Kids Incorporated alum.
4. “Right Here Waiting” by Richard Marx
This song got way overplayed when it was released. But, what a great song! I still like it. I can’t listen to it too often, but I do enjoy it when I hear it.
3. “So Alive” by Love and Rockets
By the late ’80s, New Wave was fading away. I guess you couldn’t call it “New” Wave anymore since it was no longer new. Maybe this is when it was transitioning over to that dreaded Alternative music. I don’t remember this song from back in the day. I have heard it more recently. I would not have liked it back then. It’s not bad. Not great either.
2. “On Our Own” by Bobby Brown
Ghostbusters in the hoooouuuuse!!!! This was when Bobby Brown was talented. And this was probably the best thing about the movie Ghostbusters II.
1. “Batdance” by Prince
Well that wraps up the countdown for this week. I hope you enjoyed it. I’m sorry that Prince won’t let us watch his videos. But, that video I showed was probably more entertaining anyway. Especially since “Prince” was not followed by “and the Revolution.”
We’ll be back with another countdown soon. In the meantime, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.
2 thoughts on “Top 40 Songs This Week – August 5, 1989: Songs 10-1”
“Batdance” made it all the way to #1? Doesn’t say much for this year in music. And I like the video you showed much better.
“Right Here Waiting” was the only song I really liked in the top ten. “I Like It” was OK.
I don’t even remember how that Prince song sounded. I do remember it because Batman had just come out. But, I am 100% sure that I didn’t like that song. I can’t believe that one went to #1!.
I really like “Right Here Waiting” a lot. I like most of his songs, but especially this one and “Hold On to the Nights.”