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Top 40 Songs This Week – August 11, 1990: Songs 20-11

Welcome back to this week’s Top 40 Countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. While there have been really good songs scattered throughout this countdown, there have been a lot of songs that I’m not too crazy about. See, we’re only in 1990, with grunge being a little ways away, and I’m already missing the ’80s! Let’s battle though, and Return to the week ending August 11, 1990, and continue the countdown.

20. “When I’m Back On My Feet Again” by Michael Bolton

In the ’90s, Michael Bolton became a punchline in the music world. But early on, he had some pretty good songs – especially on his Soul Provider album. I like this one a lot. It doesn’t hurt that it was written by Diane Warren.

19. “Hold On” by En Vogue

En Vogue was formed in Oakland in 1989 – the same time I was there! They wasted no time on hitting it big, as their debut single (from their debut album, Born to Sing) shot all the way up to #2 on the Billboard charts, and was a #1 hit on the Hot Black Singles chart and the U.S. Dance chart. It was also #1 on the Billboard Year-End chart for 1990.

18. “Girls Nite Out” by Tyler Collins

Here’s another R&B song. I had never heard of this song or of Tyler Collins. She has a good voice. I like this song. I’m not blown away, but it is pretty good.

[Not available on iTunes]

17. “Release Me” by Wilson Philips

This is another band (along with Nelson) that blew up just before I left for the Gulf War. I loved every song on their debut album. But, when I got home from the Gulf, just like Nelson, everybody was trashing them, and they had the reputation of being a “mall band”. I still liked them. The music is nice, and their harmonies are incredible. I highly recommend their 2004 album, California. It is an album of some pretty good covers. As far as “Release Me” goes, it was one of my favorite songs on their debut album, and spent 2 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

And now, it’s time for our Long Distance Dedication. This week, we received a letter from Robert. It says,
Dear Casey,

My long distance dedication is for someone who has always been one of the most important parts of my life. I grew up on army bases my whole life. My father was an army sergeant and we were forced to move around many times. Soon after high school and completing basic training, my father was sent sent overseas to Fountainbleu, France. After just a few months of my father’s arrival, the French government removed all U.S. troops and he was sent to Holland. This was lucky for me because this was where he met the woman he would marry and would become my mother. Shortly after I was born in Heerlen, the Netherlands. This was the beginning of what would become many moves. I have lived in New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Texas and Frankfurt, Germany. When I was 8, my father was sent to Korea for a year without us. This was when I started to realize how important he was to me. We were close and always made the best of any place we were living. We stayed in Germany for six years. Because my mother was Dutch, the military allowed my father to extend our stay overseas. We were supposed to move back to the States after my junior year of high school, but my father applied for and was granted one more extension – he knew how difficult it would be for me to go to a new school for just my senior year. I did not ask for this, he just did it. Eventually, we all moved back. I went to college in Nebraska as the rest of my family moved to central Missouri, Fort Leonard Wood. Things were going well for all of us: my father retired from the Army after 26 years of service, I finished my degree in education and started to teach high school English. Then tragedy struck. One night I received a call that my father had a heart attack and passed away instantly- he was only 50 years old. I still miss him. He was always an important part of my life. I have had to move on without him, but I have never forgotten him. Casey, would you please play “The Living Years” by Mike + Mechanics for my father Ron. This song captures how I feel about him and how much I miss him.

Robert, here is your long distance dedication…

That was “The Living Years” by Mike + The Mechanics from their 1988 album, Living Years. Thanks Robert.
Now, on with the countdown…

16. “Could This Be Love” by Seduction

Time for some freestyle. I had never heard of this song or group before. This is a nice ballad.

15. “Epic” by Faith No More

I always thought this song came out in the mid-nineties. It definitely has more of that ’90s rap/rock vibe than ’80s rock. This song would peak at #9, and be Faith No More’s biggest hit. I like this song, but can quickly get sick of it if I listen to it too often.

14. “Make You Sweat” by Keith Sweat

When I first saw this song title, even though I know who Keith Sweat is, I was expecting “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C + C Music Factory. Man, was I disappointed! I do like Keith Sweat’s voice, but I’m not crazy about this song.

13. “Blaze of Glory” by Jon Bon Jovi

This was the theme song from Young Guns II. I bought the soundtrack just before I left for the Gulf, and liked every song on the album. This song got kind of played out though. Supposedly, Jon Bon Jovi recorded this song because Young Guns II star, Emilio Estevez, requested that Bon Jovi’s song “Wanted Dead or Alive” be on the soundtrack. But, Bon Jovi did not think the lyrics, about the band constantly touring, fit the theme of the Western movie. However, the request inspired him to write “Blaze of Glory” with lyrics relevant for the movie.

12. “Have You Seen Her” by M.C. Hammer

It may be hard to believe, but at one time, M.C. Hammer was king of the rap world. He was very well respected. Then he had mainstream success with his huge album, Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em, which featured “U Can’t Touch This“. Then there was a shift in the rap world. It became more gritty and vulgar thanks to the likes of NWA and 2 Live Crew. M.C. Hammer’s clean lyrics and image was not cool anymore. But he did have a pretty good run for a while.
He followed the smash hit, “U Can’t Touch This”, with this cover of the Chi-Lites 1971 hit song, “Have You Seen Her”. I had forgotten about this song. But, it was another big hit for him, reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #8 on the UK Singles Chart.

11. “Jerk Out” by The Time

Time to get your funk on! This debut single from The Time’s album Pandemonium would go on to be a #1 R&B hit, and reach #9 on the Hot 100. This song was written by Prince, and you can hear him in this song.

Well, that wraps up today’s list of songs. We’ll be back to wrap up the countdown on Friday.

Top 40 Songs This Week – August 11, 1990: Songs 30-21

Welcome back to this week’s Top 40 Countdown! Yesterday’s countdown had quite the variety of music. Today is no different. A lot of these songs are new to me. So, let’s Return to the week ending August 11, 1990, and continue the countdown.

30. “Tonight” by New Kids On The Block

Even though the New Kids are local to me, I never paid much attention to them. I do love Donnie Wahlberg in the television show, Blue Bloods. And the show, Wahlburgers is a guilty pleasure for me. But, I am not the target audience for the group. That being said, I actually like this song a little. It reminds me of the pre-disco Bee Gees. I’m not going to hurry up and buy the Step by Step album, from which this song came from, but I don’t mind this song.

29. “Mentirosa” by Mellow Man Ace

Ugh! It’s songs like this that make me regret dabbling into 1990! This song, which samples Santana’s “No One To Depend On“, and “Evil Ways“, was Mellow Man Ace’s only hit (I’m shocked). It reached all the way up to #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 (I’m shocked).
[The first “I’m shocked” was sarcastic. The second one was not sarcastic]

28. “Tic-Tac-Toe” by Kyper

You can’t see me, but I am beating my head against my desk as I listen to this. Oh my God, this song is so stupid! And it doesn’t help that he samples “Owner of a Lonely Heart” by Yes. Blasphemous! It’s slightly better than the last song, but it’s so stupid! Let’s put this in perspective – this song could probably be a hit today. So, if you like the music of today, you might like this song.

27. “Love & Emotion” by Stevie B

OK, this is a little better. Like I’ve said before, I’m a sucker for the Freestyle music of this period. I had never heard this song before. I don’t know if it’s because of the two crap songs before this, but, I’m liking this song.

26. “The Other Side” by Aerosmith

FINALLY!!! Now, this is the music I was really into back then. I love Aerosmith’s album Pump way more than Permanent Vacation. There were so many great songs on that album, and this was one of my favorites. I remember buying Pump the day it came out. When my roomates and I were listening to the album, and this song came on, I told them that this would be released as a single, and would be a hit. I was right.

25. “I Didn’t Want to Need You” by Heart

Brigade was another great album that I owned. Heart was on a hot streak from the mid-’80s through the early ’90s. This song was the second single released from Brigade. It was written by Diane Warren, who was one of the most successful writers of the ’80s and ’90s.

24. “Hanky Panky” by Madonna

Madonna was indeed ahead of her time. Two decades before the Fifty Shades of Grey craze, Madonna was singing about spanking. This isn’t one of my favorite songs by her, but it is a fun song from the Dick Tracy soundtrack album, I’m Breathless.

23. “Possession” by Bad English

Today’s list of songs is turning out to be a pretty good! This is a ballad by the supergroup (and Journey spinoff) Bad English, that is not “The Price of Love” or “When I See You Smile“. If your tired of hearing those other two songs, then “Possession” is a good alternative. If you want to know more about Bad English, and their debut album, check out the article that Robert wrote on it.

Just as they do on Casey’s American Top 40 station on iHeart Radio, let’s listen to a bonus song. I love the band Vixen. Every song, on each of their albums, is great. This week, their song “How Much Love” debuted on the Hot 100, charting at #95.

22. “Across the River” by Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Oh man, this band was still around at this time?! Ugh! Not a fan. This would be Hornsby’s last significant hit single. It was off of the third and final album by Bruce Hornsby and the Range. Bruce Hornsby went solo after that. Well, this song isn’t as horrible as some of his other songs. I kind of like the chorus.

21. “Banned in the U.S.A.” by Luke Featuring The 2 Live Crew

This is the third rap song today. And it is the third rap song that samples another song. This time, it is “Born in the U.S.A.” Bruce Springsteen actually gave the 2 Live Crew permission to use his song. Unlike the first two rap songs from today, I actually like this one. The song title refers to the decision in a court case that 2 Live Crew’s album, As Nasty As They Wanna Be, was obscene. Record store owners would actually be arrested for selling the album. The decision was eventually overturned on appeal. With all the social issues going on in the world today, I think it would be nice if some artists had the guts to sing and protest. Listening to this song makes me feel that it is nice and refreshing to hear somebody standing up for themselves and speaking out in a very cool way.

That wraps up today’s list of songs. It definitely gets mixed reviews from me. But, now that we got past this hump, the countdown is going to get better. As usual, please feel free to leave your thoughts and memories from 1990.

Top 40 Songs This Week – August 11, 1990: Songs 40-31

Welcome back to a new Top 40 Countdown! You may have seen my article kicking off 1990-1991 Week. If not, then “Surprise!” It was this week in 1990 that I left Oakland Naval Hospital to go on to the hospital ship, USNS Mercy, and head to the Gulf War (Desert/Shield Desert Storm). This was a life changing event for me. And my grandmother dying at the same time also added some drama. I know a lot of ’80s music fans are not very fond of the music of this period. But, I have a real soft-spot for it. This music was my outlet as my life was totally changing, post-high school. So, let’s take a look back at what was on the countdown this week in 1990. Things were a little crazy that week, so I’m pretty sure I wasn’t listening to the radio. So come with me, and Return to the week ending August 11, 1990.

40. “Thieves in the Temple” by Prince

This song is from Prince’s soundtrack album, Graffiti Bridge. I had heard of this album, and knew it was a movie soundtrack. But, that was all I knew. I did not know that this was a sequel to Purple Rain. I suppose that shouldn’t be too surprising. The movie was a critical and commercial flop. It was also nominated for five Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Prince), Worst Director (Prince), Worst Screenplay (Prince), and Worst New Star (Ingrid Chavez).

As far as this song, “Thieves in the Temple” goes, I kind of remember this song – especially when it gets to the chrous. It’s actually not too bad. I’m not a big fan of Prince’s work post-Revolution. But, I don’t hate this song. It topped the R&B chart, and peaked at #6 on the Billboard chart.

39. “Close to You” by Maxi Priest

Maxi Priest. In the words of Obi-Wan Kenobi, “That’s a name I’ve not heard in a long time. A long time.” Maxi Priest is a British reggae singer. He would hit #1 with this song on October 6, 1990. This song was released just before I left for the Gulf, so I had no idea that it became a huge hit. Although I was heavy into rock music, I also loved R&B at the time. I liked this song, but not enough to run out and buy it.

38. “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” by Mötley Crüe

Now, this was in my wheelhouse back then! This was the fourth single from the great Dr. Feelgood album. In my opinion, this was their best album since Shout at the Devil. This is a fun, great kiss-off song.

37. “We’re All in the Same Gang” by West Coast Rap All-Stars

This is a collaboration of the who’s-who of the West Coast hip-hop artists at the time. It promoted anti-violence. Here is a list of the artists performing in this song:

King Tee
Body & Soul (including Dee Barnes)
Def Jef
Above the Law
Dr. Dre, MC Ren and Eazy-E of N.W.A
J.J. Fad
Young MC
Digital Underground (Money-B and Shock G)
Oaktown’s 3.5.7
MC Hammer

36. “The Girl I Used to Know” by Brother Beyond

Brother Beyond were a British boy band group, who only released two albums – Get Even in 1988, and Trust in 1989. This song, “The Girl I Used to Know”, was off of their Trust album, and would be their last hit song. They broke up in 1991.

35. “Pure” by Lightning Seeds

This song, is from the British band’s debut album, Cloudcuckooland. I’m not a huge New Wave fan, so I was not exactly blown away by this song. I probably like it more now than I would have back then. This was completely off my radar, and I never heard of the band or the song.

[Not on iTunes]

34. “Enjoy the Silence” by Depeche Mode

More New Wave. But, I do like some of Depeche Mode’s songs. This song isn’t bad, and it’s classic late-’80s Depeche Mode.

33. “It Must Have Been Love” by Roxette

For some reason, I thought this song was released a little bit later in the ’90s. They released this song in 1990, hot off their Look Sharp! album, for the Pretty Woman soundtrack. Roxette has quite a few great songs, but this is probably the one they are best known for. Here is a fact that I had not been aware of: This song was originally called “ It Must Have Been Love (Christmas for the Broken Hearted)“, and was released in 1987 as a Christmas single. It became a Top 10 hit in Sweden. You learn something new every day!

32. “(Can’t Live Without) Your Love and Affection” by Nelson

I bought Nelson’s After the Rain just before I left for the Gulf. I loved every sing song on that album, including this lead single. When I got back, it seemed like they had more of a boy band reputation instead of a rocker reputation. It doesn’t matter to me. I still love that album, and this song. I think it rocks, and the harmonies are incredible.

31. “My Kinda Girl” by Babyface

We wrap today’s list of songs with an R&B tune. I didn’t remember this song. It was the fourth and final single from Babyface’s album Tender Lover. Babyface has been very successful over the years, as he has written and produced over 26 No. 1 R&B hits and has won 11 Grammy Awards.

Well, that wraps up today’s list of songs. What a variety! We had R&B, Rock, Rap, and boy bands. So, there’s a little something for everyone. And tomorrow will be more of the same. I hope you’re enjoying your trip back to 1990 so far, and will come back to continue the countdown tomorrow.