Wednesday, May 30, 2007


The exuberant Turnbaby of And As the World Turns tagged me with this meme. Here's how it goes.

1. Go to
2. Pick the year you turned 18
3. Get yourself nostalgic over the songs of the year
4. Write something about how the songs affected you

I'm not tagging anyone today (sighs of relief all around) but feel free to play along. So here are the top songs of 1989 according to popculturemadness:

December 24, 1988-January 13, 1989: Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison
January 14-January 20: My Prerogative- Bobby Brown
January 21-February 3: Two Hearts - Phil Collins
February 4-February 10: When I'm With You - Sheriff
February 11-March 3: Straight Up Paula Abdul
March 4-March 24: Lost In Your Eyes - Debbie Gibson
March 25-March 31: The Living Years - Mike & The Mechanics
April 1-April 7: Eternal Flame - The Bangles
April 8-April 14: The Look - Roxette
April 15-April 21: She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals
April 22-May 12: Like a Prayer - Madonna
May 13-May 19: I'll Be There for You - Bon Jovi
May 20-June 2: Forever Your Girl - Paula Abdul
June 3-June 9:Rock On - Michael Damian
June 10-June 16: Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
June 17-June 23: I'll Be Loving You (Forever) - New Kids On The Block
June 24-June 30: Satisfied - Richard Marx
July 1-July 7: Baby Don't Forget My Number - Milli Vanilli
July 8-July 14: Good Thing - Fine Young Cannibals
July 15-July 21: If You Don't Know Me By Now - Simply Red
July 22-August 4: Toy Soldiers - Martika
August 5-August 11: Batdance - Prince
August 12-September 1: Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx
September 2-September 8: Cold Hearted - Paula Abdul
September 9-September 15: Hangin' Tough - New Kids On The Block
September 16-September 22: Don't Wanna Lose You - Gloria Estefan
September 23-October 6: Girl I'm Gonna Miss You - Milli Vanilli
October 7-November 3: Miss You Much - Janet Jackson
November 4-November 10: Listen to Your Heart - Roxette
November 11-November 24: When I See You Smile - Bad English
November 25-December 9: Blame It On the Rain - Milli Vanilli
December 9-December 22: We Didn't Start The Fire - Billy Joel
December 23, 1989-January 13, 1990: Another Day In Paradise - Phil Collins

Hmmm. Those two fakes Milli Vanilli sure were popular back then, I see. I liked some of the songs and artists above: Poison, Martika, Simply Red, Roxette, Madonna, Fine Young Cannibals, Janet Jackson, Billy Joel, Bad English, Bon Jovi. But I wasn't listening to much Top 40 music back in those days; I much preferred the so-called New Wave kind of stuff. So my collection of tapes (tapes! haha) featured musicians like The Cure, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, The Colour Field, etc.

Also, even though I grooved to alternative music, I never went for the alternative look. At least I don't think my hair was ever this big. Nope, I was just your average 18-year-old next door who hung out with friends, enjoyed music, went on dates, and generally took everything easy. Like all years, 1989 had its ups and downs, but it was a particularly sad one for my family because it was then that my dad died. He passed away on July 7 and I see that the top song during that period was Baby Don't Forget My Number. We never did, Daddy, we never did.


~*SilverNeurotic*~ said...

I would have dug your tape collection. :)

I'm sorry about your father passing away. I can't imagine how hard that was for you and your family.

Michael C said...

Wow those song titles bring back memoires. How goofy would the 'Batdance' be if I heard it again today.

Travis said...

My radio was off during this time. I did spot a few names I liked though.

Lizza said...

Silverneurotic: Thanks. :-)

I had lots of tapes back then; only a handful survived.

Michael: Haha, yes! And I love the way Kim Basinger screams in that song (and in the movie). It's so...girly. :-)

Lizza said...

Hi, Trav. So you didn't like much of the radio music back then too. :-D

zeroimpact said...

New Kids, Poison,
I don't think I'm into what year they got popular, I like them till now
Good songs will be my popular ones

Kiyotoe said...

aww man, i was 13 and just hitting that "i know everything" stage...

a lot...and i mean a LOT of these songs bring back some crazy memories.

man, i should write a book or somethin'.

kyels said...

Bon Jovi and Richard Marx rock!


Maryanne Moll said...

Ah, the eighties! I looove eighties music, though not the fashion.

Do you remember who sang "Rumors?" As in, "Look at all these rumors / Surrounding me everyday / I just need some time / Some time to get away."

Daddy Papersurfer said...

All before my time I'm afraid. Ouch, I just bit my tongue.

Mustafa Şenalp said...


Matt-Man said...

Call me crazy but I was always a big fan of Roxette. Cheers Lizza...

Natalie said...

those are some pretty great pop songs. I was just the right age to care about top 40s stuff in 89 and I was (and still am) a huge fan of the Girl You Know It's True tape. Sometimes I still listen. It's awesome.

houseband00 said...

Maryanne: Timex Social Club (I just couldn't resist!)

Great tunes, Liz! =)

I just took a look at the list of hits the year I was 18 and found myself grinning ear to ear.

I'm really sorry about your Dad. Though it SEEMS you turned out ok. =)

Turnbaby said...

So funny to look at those pop songs that were FUN then but now -oh my.

So sorry about your Dad sugar-so hard at any age but 18 --tougher.

Love your post. Knew you'd have a good one ;-)

Hey sugar--I emailed you an invite to my private blog--it hasn't been picked up--do you have a different email addy?--Tell me at

lizza said...

ZI: Rock on, you music lover you!

Kiyotoe: Yes, you should. Hop to it! And then I'll forgive you for reminding me just how old I am.

Kyels: I like some of their songs too.

Maryanne: HB answered for me. Haha! But you know, I never did set foot in the club named after that song. Dunno why, it was one of the places to be back then, wasn't it?

DaddyP: Serves you right. :-D

Mustafa: I don't speak Turkish, but thank you for stopping by.

Matt: Ooohh, I like their sad songs.

Natalie: Milli Vanilli sure did have lots of catchy tunes.

HB: I sure hope I did. :-D Siguro tambay ka ng Where Else nung 18 ka ano?

Turnbaby: Oohh, hot hot hot stuff you got there. ;-)

Odat said...

Wow Lizza, Nice post and so heartfelt about "dad"....

nursemyra said...

The Smiths, The Cure... good taste Lizza!

hey did you know you can get ringtones of The Smiths?

Debo Blue said...

I'm officially older than you, ha! Ha!

Thanks for giving me an idea about a post. Hope you don't mind that I steal, I mean I guess you can say I'm tagging myself, right?

Lizza said...

Odat: Thank you. :-) But I bet you could dance to some of these tunes, eh?

Nursemyra: Yep. But the knowledge doesn't do me any good now because my freaking phone's broken!

Debo: Ooooo, go ahead! Hope you have fun with it.