Welcome back as we conclude this week’s countdown. If you missed the previous songs, can go back and take a listen to songs 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. Honestly, the songs this week have had their ups and downs with me. And today is no different. So, let’s Return to the week ending August 27, 1988, and wrap up the countdown.
10. “1-2-3” by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
Not a bad way to start of the top 10. This is a noice, upbeat song. I kind of like the guitar solo in it too.
9. “Love Will Save the Day” by Whitney Houston
This is the song that ended Whitney’s string of #1 hits, ending it at 7. It still cracked the top 10 anyway – and that’s without a music video.
8. “Perfect World” by Huey Lewis & The News
Not a perfect song, but not bad either. This was the first single released off of their Small World album.
7. “Roll With It” by Steve Winwood
This Steve Winwood smash hit rolled into the #1 spot on the charts for four straight weeks.
6. “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman
This was Tracy Chapman’s breakthrough hit. It doesn’t have that classic ’80s sound, but I still like it. It was the beginning of the female singer/songriter sound of the ’90s.
5. “Simply Irresistible” by Robert Palmer
Robert Palmer and the ladies are back in the top 10. I like this song better than most of his others. But, do you think his songs would have been as popular if it wasn’t for the videos?
4. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
And Rock is still alive in this countdown! I did get sick of this song not long after it was released. But, I like more now than I did then.
3. “I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love” by Chicago
With their Chicago 18 album, Chicago proved that they could still be successful without Peter Cetera. Their follow-up, Chicago 19, was even better. This was the first single released from that album.
2. “I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That” by Elton John
There are quite a few Elton John songs from the ’80s that I don’t like. But, this isn’t one of them. It’s not my favorite, but I like it a lot. This was Elton John’s biggest hit of the ’80s peaking right here at #2.
I Don’t Wanna…I’m sorry, we had a trend going with songs with long titles beginning with I Don’t Wanna Monkey” by George Michael
George Michael was riding sky high at this point. This was his eighth #1 song in the U.S., and it was his fourth straight #1 from his awesome Faith album.
Well that wraps up this week’s countdown. We had some good times, didn’t we? We’ll be back with a new week and year next week. Until then Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.Follow @returntothe80s