After taking an inappropriately long time to tabulate the most recent round of voting,  we’re back with the ninth installment of our Best of the ’80s Redux series, the sporadic Slicing Up Eyeballs poll in which our readers have now ranked the Top 100 songs of 1988.

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 and 1987 surveys. Now comes the results for 1988.

For the ’88 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 5,550 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 1987 list, including Camouflage’s “The Great Commandment,” Midnight Oil’s “Beds Are Burning” and The Sugarcubes’ “Birthday,” and a couple that should have appeared on the ’87 list (When in Rome’s “The Promise” and Depeche Mode’s cover of “Route 66”) — and flipping a coin to break ties, we created this list.

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.





1. New Order, “Fine Time”
2. Sonic Youth, “Teen Age Riot”
3. The Primitives, “Crash”
4. Morrissey, “Everyday is like Sunday”
5. Cocteau Twins, “Carolyn’s Fingers”
6. Ministry, “Stigmata”
7. Jane’s Addiction, “Jane Says”
8. Pixies, “Gigantic”
9. Siouxsie and the Banshees, “Peek-a-Boo”
10. R.E.M., “Orange Crush”


11. The Mighty Lemon Drops, “Inside Out”
12. Front 242, “Headhunter”
13. Pixies, “Where Is My Mind?”
14. Morrissey, “Suedehead”
15. Jane’s Addiction, “Mountain Song”
16. The La’s, “There She Goes”
17. The Church, “Reptile”
18. The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Sidewalking”
19. Camper Van Beethoven, “Eye Of Fatima”
20. Erasure, “A Little Respect”


21. Peter Murphy, “All Night Long”
22. The Psychedelic Furs, “All That Money Wants”
23. Soul Asylum, “Sometime to Return”
24. Cowboy Junkies, “Sweet Jane”
25. They Might Be Giants, “Ana Ng”
26. Billy Bragg, “Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards”
27. The Fall, “Victoria”
28. The Proclaimers, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”
29. Erasure, “Chains of Love”
30. Living Colour, “Cult of Personality”


31. The Sugarcubes, “Motorcrash”
32. Dinosaur Jr, “Freak Scene”
33. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, “The Mercy Seat”
34. Talking Heads, “(Nothing But) Flowers”
35. Tracy Chapman, “Fast Car”
36. Information Society, “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)”
37. Michelle Shocked, “Anchorage”
38. Duran Duran, “All She Wants Is”
39. U2, “All I Want is You”
40. The Wonder Stuff, “Give, Give, Give Me More, More, More”


41. Siouxsie and the Banshees “The Killing Jar”
42. The Dead Milkmen, “Punk Rock Girl”
43. U2, “Desire”
44. The House of Love, “Christine”
45. The Mission, “Tower of Strength”
46. Siouxsie and the Banshees, “The Last Beat of My Heart”
47. Duran Duran, “I Don’t Want Your Love”
48. Hothouse Flowers, “Don’t Go”
49. Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians, “Balloon Man”
50. Pet Shop Boys, “Left To My Own Devices”


51. The Smithereens, “Only a Memory”
52. Peter Murphy, “Indigo Eyes”
53. Pet Shop Boys, “Domino Dancing”
54. The Sugarcubes, “Deus”
55. The Go-Betweens, “Streets of Your Town”
56. Big Audio Dynamite, “Just Play Music!”
57. Prince, “Alphabet St.”
58. The Sugarcubes, “Delicious Demon”
59. R.E.M., “World Leader Pretend”
60. Billy Bragg, “She’s Got a New Spell”


61. Neneh Cherry, “Buffalo Stance”
62. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, “Dreaming”
63. The Waterboys, “Fisherman’s Blues”
64. Fugazi, “Waiting Room”
65. Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, “What I Am”
66. My Bloody Valentine, “You Made Me Realise”
67. Pixies, “Bone Machine”
68. Public Enemy, “Don’t Believe the Hype”
69. Marc Almond, “Tears Run Rings”
70. Tracy Chapman, “Talkin’ Bout A Revolution”


71. Wire, “Kidney Bingos”
72. Julian Cope, “Charlotte Anne”
73. N.W.A., “Straight Outta Compton”
74. Morrissey, “Hairdresser on Fire”
75. R.E.M., “Pop Song 89”
76. Billy Bragg, “The Price I Pay”
77. Book of Love, “Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls”
78. The Pogues, “If I Should Fall From Grace With God”
79. Happy Mondays, “Wrote for Luck”
80. The Sugarcubes, “Coldsweat”


81. The Stone Roses “Elephant Stone”
82. The Wonder Stuff, “A Wish Away”
83. Fine Young Cannibals, “She Drives Me Crazy”
84. Cocteau Twins, “Blue Bell Knoll”
85. Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, “Tomorrow People”
86. A Guy Called Gerald, “Voodoo Ray”
87. Galaxie 500, “Tugboat”
88. Crowded House, “Better Be Home Soon”
89. Danzig, “Twist of Cain”
90. Talk Talk, “I Believe In You”


91. Tanita Tikaram, “Twist In My Sobriety”
92. R.E.M., “Stand”
93. Sonic Youth, “Silver Rocket”
94. Jane’s Addiction, “Ocean Size”
95. Metallica, “One”
96. Prefab Sprout, “The King of Rock and Roll”
97. Talk Talk, “Desire”
98. The Go-Betweens, “Was There Anything I Could Do?”
99. Kate Bush, “This Woman’s Work”
100. Transvision Vamp, “Tell That Girl To Shut Up”