Well, here we are, after another excessively long wait, back with the 10th installment of our Best of the ’80s Redux series, the very sporadic Slicing Up Eyeballs poll in which our readers have now ranked the Top 100 songs of 1989.

A quick refresher: The Best of the ’80s Redux song polls were launched five years ago following our wildly popular Best of the ’80s year-by-year album polls, but slowly petered out after we conducted the Top 100 songs of 1980 and 1981 surveys. (This whole site went dormant for nearly two years.)

RELATED: Slicing Up Eyeballs’ Top 100 songs of 1988 playlist on Spotify

We resurrected the polls in 2018, and have since completed balloting on the 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988 surveys. Now comes the results for 1989.

For the ’89 poll, readers were asked to vote for up to 25 of their favorite songs that first were released in some form — as a single, B-side, on an album, etc. — during that calendar year.

We received 5,473 total votes, and, after weeding out songs from the wrong year — including a few that got a good number of votes despite having appeared on the 1988 list, including Fine Young Cannibals’ “She Drives Me Crazy,” Neneh Cherry’s “Buffalo Stance” and Living Colour’s “Cult of Personality” — and flipping a coin to break ties, we created this list.

This year’s heavy on repeat artists, with The Cure taking a whopping seven places with tracks off Disintegration, and the Pixies’ Doolittle and New Order’s Technique — which claimed the top spot in the last poll with the 1988-released “Fine Time” — each taking five apiece. The Stone Roses’ self-titled debut earned four slots.

So thank you all for voting and sharing your thoughts. Take a look at the Top 100 list below — and feel free to offer your own take on the results, good or bad, in the comments below.

And what’s next?

As we did with the year-by-year album polls, there’ll be a grand finale poll for best overall songs of the ’80s.




1. The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Head On”
2. The Stone Roses, “I Wanna Be Adored”
3. New Order, “Round & Round”
4. Love and Rockets, “So Alive”
5. The Cure, “Pictures of You”
6. Electronic, “Getting Away With It”
7. Depeche Mode, “Personal Jesus”
8. Peter Murphy, “Cuts You Up”
9. Pixies, “Debaser”
10. The Ocean Blue, “Between Something and Nothing”


11. The Lightning Seeds, “Pure”
12. The Cult, “Fire Woman”
13. Pixies, “Monkey Gone to Heaven”
14. Nine Inch Nails, “Head Like a Hole”
15. The Stone Roses, “Fools Gold”
16. The Sugarcubes, “Regina”
17. XTC, “Mayor of Simpleton”
18. The Cure, “Fascination Street”
19. New Order, “Vanishing Point”
20. Pixies, “Wave of Mutilation”


21. Beastie Boys, “Hey Ladies”
22. Pixies, “Here Comes Your Man”
23. Public Enemy, “Fight the Power”
24. Throwing Muses, “Dizzy”
25. Tears For Fears, “Sowing the Seeds of Love”
26. Indigo Girls, “Closer to Fine”
27. The Replacements, “Achin’ to Be”
28. The Cure, “Lovesong”
29. The B-52s, “Roam”
30. Bob Mould, “See a Little Light”


31. The Cure, “Plainsong”
32. Elvis Costello, “Veronica”
33. Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Higher Ground”
34. 10,000 Maniacs, “Trouble Me”
35. The Stone Roses, “She Bangs the Drums”
36. Xymox, “Obsession”
37. The Wonder Stuff, “Don’t Let Me Down, Gently”
38. The B-52s, “Love Shack”
39. Nine Inch Nails, “Down In It”
40. Michael Penn, “No Myth”


41. De La Soul, “Me, Myself and I”
42. Ministry, “Burning Inside”
43. The Smithereens, “A Girl Like You”
44. Morrissey, “The Last of the Famous International Playboys”
45. The Mighty Lemon Drops, “Where Do We Go From Heaven?”
46. Lou Reed, “Dirty Blvd.”
47. Madonna, “Like a Prayer”
48. The Cure, “Lullaby”
49. 808 State, “Pacific State”
50. Morrissey, “Interesting Drug”


51. Hoodoo Gurus, “Come Anytime”
52. Erasure, “Blue Savannah”
53. New Order, “Run”
54. The The, “The Beat(en) Generation”
55. Chris Isaak, “Wicked Game”
56. Faith No More, “Epic”
57. Public Image Ltd., “Disappointed”
58. The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Blues From a Gun”
59. Nirvana, “About a Girl”
60. The Cure, “Disintegration”


61. Kate Bush, “Love and Anger”
62. Nine Inch Nails, “Sin”
63. Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Knock Me Down”
64. Ramones, “Pet Sematary”
65. The Stone Roses, “I Am the Resurrection”
66. XTC, “King for a Day”
67. Front 242, “Never Stop”
68. The Ocean Blue, “Drifting, Falling”
69. Peter Murphy, “A Strange Kind of Love”
70. The Replacements, “I’ll Be You”


71. Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians, “Madonna of the Wasps”
72. Ian McCulloch, “Proud to Fall”
73. The House of Love, “I Don’t Know Why I Love You”
74. Lenny Kravitz, “Let Love Rule”
75. Ministry, “Thieves”
76. The B-52s, “Channel Z”
77. The Sundays, “Can’t Be Sure”
78. Tom Petty, “Free Fallin’”
79. Camper Van Beethoven, “Pictures of Matchstick Men”
80. New Order, “Mr. Disco”


81. James, “Sit Down”
82. Revenge, “7 Reasons”
83. Neil Young, “Rockin’ in the Free World”
84. Erasure, “Drama”
85. Ministry, “So What”
86. Pixies, “Gouge Away”
87. Prince, “Batdance”
88. Concrete Blonde, “God is a Bullet”
89. Soul II Soul, “Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)”
90. Kate Bush, “The Sensual World”


91. The Creatures, “Standing There”
92. Kirsty MacColl, “Days’
93. The Cure, “Untitled”
94. The Blue Nile, “The Downtown Lights”
95. Wire, “Eardrum Buzz”
96. Madonna, “Express Yourself”
97. New Order, “Dream Attack”
98. Morrissey, “Ouija Board, Ouija Board”
99. Love and Rockets, “No Big Deal”
100. The Call, “Let the Day Begin”