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Top 40 Songs This Week – May 21, 1988: Songs 40-31

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!!!!

Top 40 Songs This Week ā€“ March 25, 1989: Songs 20-11

Hi Everybody! Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous posts, you can check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. Once again, we have a crazy diverse day. We have hair bands, R&B, and pop. And, we also have a Long Distance Dedication! So, let’s Return to the week ending March 25, 1989, and continue the countdown.

20. “Your Mama Don’t Dance” by Poison

We begin today with Poison’s cover of the Loggins and Messina hit, “Your Mama Don’t Dance”. The Loggins and Messina version reached all the way up to #4 in 1972. While Poison didn’t go as high with the song, they did manage to reach #10. This song was kind of a let down for me. But, next year, Poison would release what I feel was their best album – Flesh and Blood.

“Your Mama Don’t Dance” by Poison on Amazon

19. “I Beg Your Pardon” by Kon Kan

This is one of those songs that I didn’t recognize by the title, but remembered it when I heard it. This has that classic late-80s New Wavey synthpop sound. This song was a worldwide hit for the Canadian synthpop band.

“I Beg Your Pardon” by Kon Kan on Amazon

18. “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids On The Block

Oh Good Lord!!! I forgot that we are now in a point in time where the New Kids were white hot. Well, I was never a part of their target audience, so this is not my thing. They are local to me, so I am happy for their success. Donnie is awesome in Blue Bloods, and I actually do enjoy the A&E show, Wahlburgers. I still haven’t been to one of those restaurants yet. By the way, who would have thought that 26 years after this song, New Kids On the Block would still be touring?!?

“You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids On The Block on Amazon

17. “Superwoman” by Karyn White

“Superwoman” is the second single from R&B singer Karyn White’s self-titled debut album, Karyn White (1988). It became her second U.S. top ten hit and second U.S. R&B number-one hit.

Here is a nice R&B song by Karyn White. She had a nice string of hits in the late ’80s through early ’90s. She then left the music business to start a family. In 2012, she released her first studio album in 17 years – Carpe Diem.

“Superwoman” by Karyn White on Amazon

16. “You Got It” by Roy Orbison

Here is the second song, of this list, titled “You Got It” (minus “The Right Stuff”). I remember this song very well, but thought this was an older song from the ’60s. This song reached #9, and was Orbison’s first Top 10 hit in 25 years. Unfortunately, Orbison never saw this return to the charts, as he died of a heart attack the previous December at the age of 52. A couple of his Traveling Wilburys played on this song – Jeff Lynne on backing vocals and electric guitar, and Tom Petty on backing vocals and acoustic guitar.

“You Got It” by Roy Orbison on Amazon

15. “Just Because” by Anita Baker

Here is another really good R&B hit. This is my favorite song so far today. Anita Baker won a Grammy with this song for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

“Just Because” by Anita Baker on Amazon

14. “Stand” by R.E.M.

Ugh, I can’t “Stand” this song! I don’t know what it is about R.E.M., but they just irritate me. This song just sounds like an annoying children’s song. I will give them credit for having a unique sound.

“Stand” by R.E.M. on Amazon

Now we’re up to our Long Distance Dedication. This is the feature that reminds us what popular music is all about…songs helping us to express important feelings. Here is a letter from Robert from Nebraska:

Dear Casey,

This dedication is for the most important person in my life. I had the great experience of growing up in Frankfurt, Germany. I was part of military family and we moved quite a few times. I was a quiet, shy boy and I had a few good friends, but always had difficulty being comfortable in groups, especially if girls were present. I never really dated much – until the beginning of my senior year when I met Diana. I had signed up for the bus to take us to an away football game. The buses were crowded and I was forced to sit next to one of the most beautiful girls I had ever seen. Naturally, I was nervous and had trouble even looking as her- not to mention talking to her. During the football game we gave each other side glances and on the trip home we again sat together- not because we had to this time. When we got back to the school, I somehow summoned enough courage to ask for her phone number. The rest, as they say, is history. We became inseparable and did everything together. Eventually, the time came to return to the U.S. for college. We decided to go to school in Nebraska – I just could not imagine being without her. I was leaving the first week of July and she would leave at the end of August. We spent every day until that week in June. These were the best days I had ever had. I was worried that things would not work out while we were apart and these could be the last days I would ever see her. Casey, would you please play “Endless Summer Nights” by Richard Marx. This song reminds me of the great times I spent with Diana and how much she meant to me. Thank you.

P.S. Casey, everything did work out. This summer we will celebrate our 25th anniversary with our four wonderful children. Even today this song reminds me of her and that summer after our senior year.

Robert. Here is your long distance dedication

From 1987, that was “Endless Summer Nights” by Richard Marx, a long distance dedication from Robert in Nebraska, to his wife Diana.

Now. On with the countdown.

“Endless Summer Nights” by Richard Marx on Amazon

13. “Don’t Tell Me Lies” by Breathe


I had never heard this song before. I do like some songs by Breathe, so I was hoping this would be a pleasant surprise. It’s not bad. Not great either, but far from the worst on this countdown.

“Don’t Tell Me Lies” by Breathe on Amazon

12. “Dreamin'” by Vanessa Williams


This is the third R&B song today, and it is another winner! This was Vanessa’s first top 40 hit, and first #1 R&B hit.

“Dreamin'” by Vanessa Williams on Amazon

11. “Paradise City” by Guns Nā€™ Roses

This is, by far, my favorite Guns N’ Roses tune! It is such a perfect rock song. From Steven Adler’s awesome drumming to Slash’s classic guitar sound, to Axl’s voice, which is perfect for this song. They are just firing on all cylinders at this point. I think that if they all got along, kept their s*!t together, they would have survived through the grunge era. Everybody has been waiting for the original lineup to get back together for years. And after Eddie Trunk’s recent interview with Steven Adler, there is a buzz about this happening. I’m not holding my breathe though.

“Paradise City” by Guns Nā€™ Roses on Amazon

Remember That Song: 1/26/15

Can you name the artist and song:

You say, I cannot get there from here, baby
Then I don’t care where I’m goin’
Here’s to your thin red line
Mmm, I’m stepping over


Last Song: “I Want Action” by Poison from Look What the Cat Dragged In (1986)

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish) and Frida (@carrjam94)!!!

Now I’m a sucker for a pretty face
I don’t care if she’s in leather or lace
Cause I’m just lookin’ for a little kiss

Remember That Song: 8/11/14

Can you name the artist and song:

I run a comb through my hair
and step out in the street
And the city’s the color of flame
in the mid-summer heat


Last Song: “Fallen Angel” by Poison from Open Up and Say… Ahh! (1988)

Great job Frida (@carrjam94) and Robert (@mishouenglish)!!!

And the work seemed harder
The days seemed longer
Than she ever thought they’d be

Remember That Song – 4/21/14

Can you name the artist and song:

A second once in a lifetime
May be too much to ask
But I swear from now on


Last Song: “Talk Dirty to Me” by Poison from Look What the Cat Dragged In (1986)

Great job Frida (@carrjam94)

You know that I can hardly wait
Just to see you
And I know you cannot wait
Wait to see me too

Albums of the ’80s: Poison – Open Up and Say… Ahh!

Glam rock band, Poison, was formed in 1983 in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania by lead singer Bret Michaels, guitarist Matt Smith, bassist Bobby Dall and drummer Rikki Rockett. In 1984, the band moved to Los Angeles. They made their rounds in the area’s famous clubs. Then Matt Smith was about to become a father. He was unsure of the band’s future, so he left the band and moved back to Pennsylvania. Poison auditioned for a replacement guitarist, eventually narrowing down the field to three candidates: Slash, who would later join Guns N’ Roses, Steve Silva from The Joe Perry Project, and New York-born guitarist C.C. DeVille, although Michaels and Dall did not initially get along with him, the band eventually agreed that DeVille’s “fire” made him the best choice.

Their debut album, Look What the Cat Dragged In (1986), put them on the map. Initially, the only single was “Cry Tough“. However, Poison became popular when they released the next three songs which would become big hits: “Talk Dirty to Me“, “I Want Action“, and the ballad “I Won’t Forget You“.

In 1988 Poison’s second album, Open Up and Say…Ahh!, was released and brought them up to the stratosphere. The album would go on to sell over 8 million copies, and spawned four hit singles. It peaked at number 2 on the charts as it had the misfortune of being out at the same time as Bon Jovi’s New Jersey, Guns N’ Roses’ debut record, Appetite for Destruction and Def Leppard’s most successful album, Hysteria.
But it held it’s own, and I think it is a very solid album.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Rock ‘n’ Roll if there wasn’t any controversy! When the album was first released, the cover art featured a demonic female figure with an obscenely long tongue. Or maybe it was Gene Simmons? I don’t know. After all, the year before (1987), they did cover “Rock and Roll All Nite” for the soundtrack to Less Than Zero. So maybe they had to return the favor by featuring Gene Simmons on their cover. Anyway, after being bombarded with complaints, the cover changed to only show the figure’s eyes.

While some of the songs from the album were overplayed (well, at least one of them anyway, which is still overplayed to this day, and you know which one I mean), There are some really good songs on this album.

So lets go back 25 years, Return to 1988, and Open Up and Say…Ahh!

Love on the Rocks

Great way to start the album. A rocker that features the band’s signature sound.

Nothin’ but a Good Time

This was the first single released off of the album. It reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #19 on the Mainstream rock charts. This is a fun party song.

Back to the Rocking Horse

Another fun, rockin’ song.

Good Love

Great combination of blues and rock. This is another fun, underrated song.

Tearin’ Down the Walls

I like this song alot too. This is a pretty good album so far!

Look But You Can’t Touch

This is one of my favorite Poison songs that was not released as a single. It probably should have been. This is my second favorite song of the album.

Fallen Angel

And this is my favorite Poison song. It reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #32 on the Mainstream rock charts. The song is about a young girl who grew up in a small town and goes to Los Angeles, just like a certain band we know.

Every Rose Has Its Thorn

This is a little deep track that you may or may not have heard of. Ugh! One of the most overplayed songs in the history of music! I loved this when it first came out. I even had this on a 45. This came out at a time when I was going to a lot of dances. This would be the designated “slow” song, so it does bring back some great memories. But, it doesn’t help that Bret Michaels can’t go 5 minutes in any part of his day without mentioning this song. I imagine that he’s brushing his teeth, and says, “If it wasn’t for Every Rose Has It’s Thorn, I wouldn’t be brushing my teeth with this solod gold toothbrush right now”!

It is the band’s only number-one hit in the U.S., reaching the top spot on Christmas Eve in 1988 for three weeks (carrying over into 1989) and it also charted at #11 on the Mainstream Rock charts.

Here is the song just in case you have somehow been able to avoid it.

And here’s a Country version if you want to hear a slightly different take on it.

Your Mama Don’t Dance

This was the fourth, and final single released from the album. It reached number 10 on the Billboard hot 100 and #39 on the Mainstream rock charts.
It was a cover of the 1972 hit song by Loggins and Messina. I was never a fan of this song. But I must be in the minority since it was a pretty big hit.

Here is the original Loggins and Messina version:

Bad to Be Good

This is a pretty good song. It sounds a little heavier than some of their other rockin’ songs. I like this a lot.

Remember That Song – 6/13/12

Name the Artist and Song:

More days to come
New places to go
I’ve got to leave
It’s time for a show


Last Song: “Nothin’ But a Good Time” by Poison:

I need a chance just to get away
If you could hear me think this is what I’d say
Don’t Need Nothin’ But a Good Time

Poison: A little history and my top 5 Poison songs

Since our minds are on Bret Michaels right now, I will do a little article on Poison – one of the best glam rock bands of the ’80s.
Bret Michaels may be known for the reality shows such as the Rock of Love series as well as the current season of Celebrity Apprentice. But, his best work by far was being the front man for Poison.
Their first album was Look What the Cat Dragged In, and it peaked at #3 on the charts. There were 3 hit singles from that album: “Talk Dirty to Me”, “I Want Action”, and the ballad “I Won’t Forget You”.

On the heels of that albums success, they recorded their own version of Kiss’ “Rock and Roll All Nite” for the soundtrack to Less Than Zero. I personally think they did a great job on that song, and the soundtrack is very good.

On May 21, 1988, Poison released their second studio album – Open Up and Say…Ahh!. This was their most successful album, selling over 10 million copies. It contained their only #1 hit “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn”, as well as three other hit singles – “Nothin’ but a Good Time”, “Your Mama Don’t Dance”, “Fallen Angel”. The original front cover was controversial as it had a model dressed as a demon with an extremely long “Gene Simmons” tongue. The cover was later changed to only show the eyes.

On June 21, 1990, the band released their 3rd album, Flesh & Blood, which was also very successful. It peaked at #2 on the charts. The album spawned two top 10 singles: “Unskinny Bop” and “Something to Believe In”, as well as three other hit singles: “Ride The Wind”, “Life Goes On”, and “(Flesh & Blood) Sacrifice”. This was my personal favorite album by Poison.
This was another album with a cover controversy. The front cover of the album featured the Poison logo and album title as a tattoo on Rikki Rockett’s arm. The controversy was that it was a picture of the tattoo freshly inked, and the skin was inflamed and dripping with either blood or ink that looked like blood. The cover was pulled, and then released with the cleaned up tattoo.

Then the band began to fall apart after that. Lead guitarist C.C. DeVille was addicted to cocaine and alcohol. He and Bret Michaels got in a backstage fistfight at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards. DeVille was fired and replaced by guitarist Richie Kotzen.

Then the fun party rock was disappearing – thanks to grunge music rise in the early ’90s. Poison released the album Native Tongue on April 21, 1993. It was more blues and funk than Rock & Roll. “Stand” was about the only song that I liked from that album.

They began working on another album called Crack a Smile. But they had to stop when Michaels was involved in a car accident where he lost control of his Ferrari. He suffered a broken nose, ribs, jaw, and fingers and lost four teeth. After he recovered, the band got back to work, but their label, Capitol Records, offered little support for it since hair metal was almost completely gone. Instead, they had to release a Greatest Hits album, which was released on November 26, 1996.

Poison celebrated their 20th anniversary with a “20 Years Of Rock” tour in the summer of 2006, with fellow rockers Cinderella and Endeverafter opening. The tour swiftly became one of the most successful tours of 2006 in the U.S., averaging about 10,000 people per night.

Here is my list of favorite Poison songs:

5. “Talk Dirty to Me” – Where it all began. This was their first hit, and is a fun rock song.

4. “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” – This was their biggest hit. It was a great ballad. It would probably by higher on my list, but it kind of got a little too overplayed for me.

3. “Unskinny Bop” – This was the first song off of Flesh & Blood. What a great start. It seemed silly at first, but it is a fun song that grows on you.

2. “(Flesh & Blood) Sacrifice” – I could probably pick any song from Flesh & Blood, and insert it here. This one is just a great hard rock song.

1. “Fallen Angel” – This has been my favorite Poison song since I first heard it. Great video and great song. The vocals and instruments are awesome.

What is your list of favorite Poison songs or albums? Do you have any memories of the band or music that you would like to share?