Top 40 Songs This Week – August 27, 1988: Songs 20-11

Welcome back to this week’s countdown. If you missed the previous songs, you can check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. Let’s just jump right into it, and Return to the week ending August 27, 1988, and continue the countdown.

20. “It Would Take a Strong Strong Man” by Rick Astley

I didn’t remember this song. This is from the same album (Whenever You Need Somebody) as “Never Gonna Give You Up” and “Together Forever”.

“It Would Take a Strong Strong Man” was actually a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

19. “All Fired Up” by Pat Benatar

This is a great rocker by Pat Benatar. This was originally performed by the Australian band, Rattling Sabres in 1987. But, Benatar’s version that became a smashing success.

18. “Nobody’s Fool” by Kenny Loggins

This is my favorite Kenny Loggins tune, and it was the best thing about the movie Caddyshack II.

17. “Another Part of Me” by Michael Jackson

This was the sixth single released from Michael Jackson’s Bad album. It was also featured in the 3D movie, Captain EO in the Disney parks.

16. “I’ll Always Love You” by Taylor Dayne

Time for a slow dance! This is a nice ballad from Taylor Dayne’s debut album, Tell It to My Heart.

15. “If It Isn’t Love” by New Edition

This is one of those songs that I had forgotten about, but remembered when it got to the chorus. This was the post-Bobby Brown New Edition. Ironically, this song was kept out of the #1 spot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts by Bobby Brown’s “Don’t Be Cruel.”

14. “Sign Your Name” by Terence Trent D’Arby

This was a song that I didn’t like when it was first released, but I like it a little more now.

13. “When It’s Love” by Van Halen

This is a good ballad from Van Halen’s OU812 album, which was a follow-up of 5150. This was probably the most successful song from the album.

12. “Hands to Heaven” by Breathe

I love this song. This was Breathe’s breakthrough hit in the U.S. and U.K.

11. “Make Me Lose Control” by Eric Carmen

I had been sick of Eric Carmen by now after “Hungry Eyes,” from Dirty Dancing, got played to death. But, he won me back over with this song. I still like this one.

Well, that wraps up the countdown for today. Are you liking this countdown so far? What are your favorite and least favorites so far? We will finish the countdown on Friday.

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3 thoughts on “Top 40 Songs This Week – August 27, 1988: Songs 20-11”

  1. I love that Eric Carmen song! I didn’t like it as much back then as I do now, because I thought it was cheesy, but man, if I had known how much worse music was going to get I would have bought ten Eric Carmen albums in 1988!

  2. Now the countdown is starting to improve! I don’t know if the top ten’s going to top this list.

    I actually had (have?) the cassette single for that Rick Astley song.

    Forgot about both the Kenny Loggins and Michael Jackson songs. I love surprises like that.

    Wasn’t a Breathe fan back then, but that song has grown on me.

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