Hi Everybody! At long last, we have a new Top 40 Countdown!!! This week, we will Return to 1988. This week in 1988, I was getting ready to graduate high school. Graduation was in early June, so we were probably getting ready for final exams. Also at this time, I managed to score a temporary full-time job at the U.S Post Office. They would hire people for 89 days. At 90 days you would get Federal benefits, so they only hired you for 89 days. Then you could get hired back for another 89 days if you wanted to go back. After a week of orientation, we were placed into different jobs – mainly some kind of mail sorting. I was already going to be making a lot more money than I ever had. But, I found out that you would make even more if you worked the overnight shift. Works for me! I worked the overnight shift, sorting mail from 11:00pm to 7:00am. Most times, I would sort mail while listening to my Walkman. After 89 days I didn’t return to that job. I was starting college, so I didn’t have time to both work full time, and fall flat on my face at college. I only had time to fll flat on my face at college. A lot of the songs on this week’s countdown really brings me back to those Post Office days. So, let’s Return to the week ending May 21, 1988, and begin the Countdown.
40. “Promise Me” by The Cover Girls
We’ll begin the countdown this week with a really good freestyle ballad. I was mainly into rock, but I always had a soft spot for freestyle music. I don’t remember this song, though. This song was off of The Cover Girls’ 1986 debut album, Show Me.
39. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard
If you don’t know this song, I have no idea why you’re on this web site – not that I’m complaining! This is Def Leppard’s signature song, and reached all the way up to #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It was kept out of the #1 spot by Richard Marx’s “Hold On to the Nights“. As often as “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, I still love this song each time I hear it. This is one of the rare heavily played songs that does not get old with me. Now, Step inside, walk this way, you and me babe, Hey, hey!
38. “Beds Are Burning” by Midnight Oil
Two rock songs in a row! This one is by the Australian rock band, Midnight Oil. This was the signature hit in the U.S. I feel like I should like this song more than I actually do. I love how the song starts, but get bored about halfway through, even though it rocks.
37. “Nothin’ But a Good Time” by Poison
Three rock songs in a row!!! This is a fun one from Poison’s Open Up and Say… Ahh! album. At the beginning of the video, that is Poison performing the Kiss classic, “Rock and Roll All Nite“. The Poison version is on the Less Than Zero soundtrack.
36. “Nightime” by Pretty Poison
Back to some more freestyle! I had never heard this song before. I’m more familiar with Pretty Poison’s hit “Catch Me (I’m Falling)“. This isn’t bad, but I like Catch Me better.
35. “Da’Butt” by E.U.
Yeah, yeah! Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah! I forgot about this one. Before Baby got back, we were doing Da’Butt. This was the biggest hit for Experience Unlimited (aka E.U.), peaking right here at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100.
34. “Get Out Of My Dreams, Get Into My Car” by Billy Ocean
This was a huge hit for Billy Ocean, topping the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot Black Singles chart. Ringo Starr’s “You’re Sixteen (You’re Beautiful You’re Mine)” was the inspiration for this song, which has the line “You walked out of my dreams, into my car”. Billy Ocean also had a knack for scoring big hits with long titles: “Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run),” “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)“, and “When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going“, along with this song.
33. “The Flame” by Cheap Trick
This was a huge comeback hit for Cheap Trick. I still love this ballad so much. Although Cheap Trick had been around since the ’70s, this was the first song I heard by them. This was a song that constantly came on when I was working at the Post Office.
32. “Nite and Day” by Al B.Sure!
I had forgotten about this song. I like Al B. Sure!, but I don’t own anything by him. I’ll B Sure rectify that.
31. “I’m Still Searching” by Glass Tiger
When Glass Tiger released “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)“, I hope they weren’t talking about this song, because I did forget it. Well, maybe they thought that “Someday“, some goofy blogger would play this on his web site. I actually do like this – even if it does sound like something that would have been from the mid-to-late ’90s.
Well, that wraps up today’s list of songs. We’ll be back to continue the countdown tomorrow. What do you think so far? What are your memories from 1988. Any other members of the greatest class ever out there – the Class of ’88, Baby!!!!Follow @returntothe80s
8 thoughts on “Top 40 Songs This Week – May 21, 1988: Songs 40-31”
Took a while for this list to get me going. Billy Ocean and the last three did the trick.
“The Flame” was my first production project at my campus radio station. I was supposed to record it onto a music cartridge, which should take just a tad longer than the actual song. My production director came in an hour later wondering why I still wasn’t done. I was a bit of a perfectionist and trying to keep the sound levels at an impossibly even level. Once he set me straight I was good to go.
Overnight shift rules! Except when the rest of your family wants to do something during the day and forgets that you need to sleep…
That’s cool that you did a production project. I wish I went into that field. I loved that overnight shift! But, it was during the summer, and I had a very active social life. I went to bed at 8:00. And some of my high maintenance friends often woke me up at noon. Good times, though.
I kind of feel the same way about “Beds Are Burning.” I know it’s a good song, but I don’t like it that much. The video was cool though iirc, with the people dancing by jumping really high.
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I’m so glad that I’m not alone! Great minds think alike! I feel like that this is the type of song that if it came on in a bar, people would immediately get into it. Then after about a minute, they would continue whatever conversation they were already having before that song came on.
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1988 for me as well! Turned 45 in March.
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Awesome! I have until September before I turn 45 myself.