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Slicing Up Eyeballs’ Best of the ’80s Redux: Vote for your favorite songs of 1989

We’re very near the end of our Best of the ’80s Redux series of year-by-year song polls as we finally reach the year 1989, giving Slicing Up Eyeballs readers the chance to vote for their 25 favorites so that we can rank the 100 best songs released that year.

The Best of the ’80s Redux polls launched in 2015 and covered 1980 and 1981 before fizzling out (the site went on hiatus for almost two years). But in 2018 we resurrected the series, and relaunched it with polls over the last two years that ranked the best songs of 19821983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988.

VOTING: For the album polls (and our subsequent artist discography polls), we presented a list, sometimes hundreds of titles long, to choose from, plus the ability to offer write-ins. We inevitably missed titles, and some argued this skewed the results. So for the song polls, it’s a (mostly) free-for-all. You may vote for any songs you’d like — singles, B-sides, album cuts, etc. It’s all fill-in-the-blanks, not multiple choice.

A few important things to note:

  • To be eligible, songs must have been released in some format — whether it be on an album, EP or a single — somewhere in the world for the first time during the year 1989. For example, Electronic’s “Getting Away With It” was released as a single in the U.K. in December 1989, but not in the U.S. until early 1990. That makes it eligible for the 1989 poll.
  • But wait! There’s an exception. The so-called “Radio Free Europe” rule. Just as we allowed R.E.M.’s twice-released debut single to be voted on in two different years, we’ll let people vote twice for songs that are re-released in re-recorded versions — such as a-ha’s “Take On Me” and Pet Shop Boys’ “West End Girls,” which made the 1984 and 1985 lists.
  • With the album polls, acknowledging the theme of this website, we limited voting to artists that fall under the very loose and ill-defined “alternative” banner, generally acts from the punk, post-punk, goth, college rock, indie, synthpop, industrial, New Wave and related genres. Not the case anymore — although that’s still likely how the results will skew. For the song polls, vote for whatever you want.
  • Well, there is one limit. To prevent one-note fans from, say, simply listing every track off Disintegration, you may only vote for a maximum of two songs by the same artist when filling out your Top 25. Any ballots submitted with more than two songs by the same artist will be disqualified.

DEADLINE: Voting will be open through 5 p.m. Eastern on Friday, Jan. 8, and results will be posted at some point thereafter — after which we’ll launch the monster full-decade Best of the ’80s song poll with a ballot featuring the Top 100 of each year of the decade.

Sound good? Then vote away via the survey widget posted below. And if you have trouble with that embedded widget, you may vote directly on Crowdsignal’s site.

And because there’s not a pre-set list to choose from, we encourage you to lobby for your picks (list your whole ballot if you want), and maybe sway some votes, in the comments below.

Finally, if you’re drawing a blank on what came out that year, take a look back at our Top 100 albums of 1989 poll results, or check out these other resources:






  1. TOP 25 SONGS OF 1989

    Morrissey – The Last of the Famous International Playboys
    Pixies – Here Comes Your Man
    Kate Bush – The Sensual World
    Madonna – Oh Father
    2 Live Crew – Me So Horny
    Elvis Costello – Veronica
    XTC – Mayor of Simpleton
    B-52’s – Roam
    Eric Clapton – Pretending
    Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus
    Tom Petty – I Won’t Back Down
    The Smithereens – A Girl Like You
    Prince – Batdance
    Tina Turner – The Best
    Stone Roses – She Bangs the Drums
    Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time
    Deborah Harry – I Want That Man
    The Cure – Lullaby
    Black Sabbath – Headless Cross
    Chris Isaak – Wicked Game
    Sugarcubes – Speed Is the Key
    Great White – Once Bitten, Twice Shy
    Alice Cooper – Poison
    Enuff Z’Nuff – New Thing
    Peter Murphy – Deep Ocean, Vast Sea

    BONUS 10

    Jesus + Mary Chain – Head On
    Technotronic – Pump Up the Jam
    Queen – I Want It All
    Phil Collins – Another Day In Paradise
    Creatures – Standing There
    Ocean Blue – Drifting, Falling
    Camper Van Beethoven – Pictures of Matchstick Men
    Julee Cruise – Floating
    Throwing Muses – Dizzy
    Roxette – The Look

    • I asked about “Head On” on the ’88 list. It is technically an ’89 release, except for a promo released in’88… does that disqualify it for ’89 (is a promo an actual release?)

      Just wondering, as that could find its way on to my list, if qualified.

  2. My first pass… one song per artist, tried to verify via Discogs that they were from 1989. Looking forward to reading everyone else’s list. I’ll wait to vote until I see what I might have forgotten to include.

    25. Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Higher Ground”
    24. Public Enemy, “Fight the Power”
    23. 10,000 Maniacs, “Trouble Me”
    22. Peter Murphy, “Cuts You Up”
    21. Tears for Fears, “Year of the Knife”
    20. King Swamp, “The Mirror”
    19. The Pixies, “Monkey Gone to Heaven”
    18. New Model Army, “Stupid Questions”
    17. Todd Rundgren, “For the Want of a Nail”
    16. Michael Penn, “This & That”
    15. A Different Drum, “Peter Gabriel”
    14. Concrete Blonde, “God is a Bullet”
    13. Throwing Muses, “Dizzy”
    12. The The, “Beyond Love”
    11. Chris Isaak, “Wrong to Love You”
    10. The Cure, “Lovesong”
    9. Nine Inch Nails, “Sanctified”
    8. Pop Will Eat Itself, “Can U Dig It?”
    7. Hoodoo Gurus, “Come Any Time”
    6. Kate Bush, “Love and Anger”
    5. The Blue Nile, “Downtown Lights”
    4. Stone Roses, “I Wanna Be Adored”
    3. Depeche Mode, “Personal Jesus”
    2. Bob Mould, “Heartbreak a Stranger”
    1. An Emotional Fish, “Celebrate”

    • Nearly made the list, and worthy of inclusion…

      The Tragically Hip, “Blow at High Dough”
      Roy Orbison, “You Got It”
      Poi Dog Pondering, “Postcard from a Dream (Toast & Jelly)”
      The Ocean Blue, “Between Something and Nothing”
      Guadalcanal Diary, “…Vista”
      The Beautiful South, “Song for Whoever”
      Sarah McLachlan, “Vox”
      The Alarm, “Sold Me Down the River”
      The Sundays, “Can’t Be Sure”
      Elvis Costello, “Veronica”
      Love and Rockets, “So Alive”
      Public Image Ltd., “Disappointed”
      Tom Petty, “Free Fallin’”
      Bruce Cockburn, “If a Tree Falls”
      Soul II Soul, “Keep on Movin’”
      Johnny Clegg & Savuka, “Talk to the People”
      The B-52s, “Deadbeat Club”
      Beastie Boys, “The Sounds of Science”
      Blake Babies, “Rain”
      De La Soul, “Me Myself And I”
      Joe Jackson, “Nineteen Forever”
      Laurie Anderson, “Strange Angels”
      Michelle Shocked, “(Don’t You Mess Around With” My Little Sister”
      Ministry, “Burning Inside”
      Tim Finn, “Show a Little Mercy”
      The BoDeans, “You Don’t Get Much”
      Faith No More, “Epic”
      The Godfathers, “She Gives Me Love”
      The Lightning Seeds, “Pure”
      The Primitives, “Sick of It”
      The Smithereens, “A Girl Like You”

    • Well NC, that was quite a nugget you put at number one!!! Completely forgot about that track and what a great track that is!!! I remember seeing that video and immediately went out and bought the album/CD. Some great Can-Con in your secondary list as well.

      • And Bruce Cockburn’s If Tree Falls is from 1988, Big Circumstance album.

        • Neil Carver

          re: Tree Falls… so it is. Thanks for noting that, but it hadn’t made the ballot anyway.

          Great that somebody else remembers An Emotional Fish! Their debut is in my Top 10 for the decade.

  3. Neil Carver, i’d hope they count promo release if it got a ton of airplay. to me, the spirit of these polls is the year many people remember hearing them for the first time.

    • Well, I’d agree, but songs like “Under the Milky Way” and “Birthday” and “Man with a Gun” were all disallowed in ’88, despite that being the big year they were known… due to earlier in releases in ’87 and before. So, the spirit has been sacrificed to specificity before… just checking this time around.

  4. Haunted when the minutes drag

    Very important question: does fool’s gold by The Stone Roses count as a 1989 released?

    If so, I expect every reasonable minded voter to vote it as number one. Alternatively, we can just call the best song of the decade. Either way is fine by me.

  5. Just what I felt when I went through 1989 the first time.

  6. For Your Consideration:

    The woefully underrated 9and forgotten) Simple Minds album “Street Fighting Years.”

    So many gems, many should make the final cut, but “This Is Your Land” especially so.

    • And just a few others that had eligible music in 1989 to remind you of (it has been 31 years!):

      The Beautiful South
      Kirsty MacColl
      The Pogues
      Maria McKee
      Michael Penn
      The Connells

      1989. Moving on after college. The big Nirvana breakthrough that would bring much of the music we loved into the mainstream (and leave so much of it behind as well) was still 2 full years away. As I look over the list I have made to sort though (there are more than 25 songs) I see lots of great stuff, but no obvious standout for my #1. I’m glad I’ve got a couple of weeks before the deadline to finish this process.

      • Funny… I considered myself a pretty big Simple Minds fan, having everything from Life in a Day to Once Upon a Time, but I never owned Street Fighting Years. Even though I do have Real Life and Good News… I remember being horribly disappointed with Street when I checked it out on one of those new-fangled Listening Stations back in ’89… and never listened to it again.

        Maybe I should give it another try.

        • I’ll admit it wasn’t an album I latched onto immediately — it took a few spins.

          I bought it shortly after its release and while I loved the single “This Is Your Land” (with guest vocal on the bridge from Lou Reed) but the rest struck me a just sort of being there. Time and patience turned it into a major favorite. It certainly halted their career momentum in the US at the time, but it’s beautiful and heartfelt.

          • I just spent the afternoon listening to Street Fighting Years (hey… season days and COVID… what else am I going to do?) It was very rich, musically, with some wonderful soundscapes… but there is nothing that grabs me. The one song that actually had some oomph, “Kick It In” was great and then half-way through they drop the beat into this soupy, mellow droning line.

            I don’t mind sonically challenging listens, but this was rather ponderous… and the cover of Biko… bleh!

            What Simple Minds would go on to with Real Life and Good News… I rather enjoyed… and some of their later stuff… Cry and Big Music… were quite good. Oh well, all a matter of taste, after all.

          • Yeah, it really is all a matter of tastes. Thanks for giving it another chance.

            I will agree with you thought that the cover of “Biko” was totally unnecessary and pointless.

  7. My list…
    01 The Stone Roses “Fools Gold”
    02 The Cure “Pictures Of You”
    03 Public Enemy “Fight The Power”
    04 Love And Rockets “So Alive”
    05 The Stone Roses “She Bangs The Drums”
    06 Nine Inch Nails “Head Like A Hole”
    07 Depeche Mode “Personal Jesus”
    08 The Cure “Fascination Street”
    09 Janet Jackson “Love Will Never Do (Without You)”
    10 N.W.A. “Express Yourself”
    11 Pixies “Gouge Away”
    12 Peter Murphy “Cuts You Up”
    13 Madonna “Express Yourself”
    14 Michael Penn “No Myth”
    15 Tears For Fears “Sowing The Seeds Of Love”
    16 Beastie Boys “Shadrach”
    17 Neil Young “Rockin’ In The Free World”
    18 The Jesus And Mary Chain “Head On”
    19 Lou Reed “Dirty Blvd.”
    20 The Tragically Hip “Blow At High Dough”
    21 The Adventures Of Stevie V “Dirty Cash (Money Talks)”
    22 Technotronic “Pump Up The Jam”
    23 808 State “Pacific”
    24 Chris Isaak “Wicked Game”
    25 Soul II Soul f. Caron Wheeler “Keep On Movin’”

  8. In no particular order . . .
    The Cure, “Fascination Street”
    Bob Mould, “Lonely Afternoon”
    Bob Mould, “Whichever Way the Wind Blows”
    Pixies, “Debaser”
    Pixies, “Monkey Gone to Heaven”
    B-52’s, “Channel Z”
    B-52’s, “Roam”
    Lou Reed, “Dirty Blvd.”
    Lou Reed, “There Is No Time”
    Beastie Boys, “Hey Ladies”
    Replacements, “Achin’ to Be”
    Replacements, “I’ll Be You”
    XTC, “The Mayor of Simpleton”
    XTC, “King for a Day”
    The The, “The Beat(en) Generation”
    The The, “Armageddon Days are Here (Again)”
    Public Image Ltd., “Disappointed”
    The Smithereens, “A Girl Like You”
    The Sugarcubes, “Regina”
    Robyn Hitchcock, “One Long Pair of Eyes”
    Ramones, “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)”
    The Alarm, “Sold Me Down the River”
    Tone-Loc, “Wild Thing”
    Nirvana, “About a Girl”
    Peter Murphy, “Cuts You Up”

    • Jay Montgomery

      Ramones “Merry Christmas” was first released as the “I Wanna Live” single B-side in 1987, but the 1989 “Brain Drain” album version might be different. Can we get a ruling?

  9. In no particular order…
    1. Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
    2. Fine Young Cannibals – Good Thing
    3. The B-52s – Love Shack
    4. Love and Rockets – So Alive
    5. Tears for Fears – Sowing the Seeds of love
    6. The Cure – Love Song
    7. REM – Stand
    8. Enya – Orinoco Flow
    9. XTC – King for a Day
    10. Tom Petty – Free Fallin
    11. Smithereends – Girl Like You
    12. Pixies – This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven
    13. Living Colour – Cult of Personality
    14. Indigo Girls – Closer to Fine
    15. Pixies – Here Comes Your Man
    16. 10,000 Maniacs – Trouble Me
    17. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Higher Ground
    18. Elvis Costello – Veronica
    19. Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus
    20. Kate Bush – Sensual World
    21. Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World
    22. Chris Isaac – Wicked Game
    23. Peter Murphy – Cuts You Up
    24. Pop Will Eat Itself – Can U Dig It?
    25. They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse in your Soul

  10. Here we go again, another list. These are my favorites:
    1 – Camouflage – Love is a Shield
    2 – Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus
    3 – Madonna – Like a Prayer
    4 – Soul II Soul – Back to Life
    5 – New Order – Vanishing Point
    6 – New Order – Mr. Disco
    7 – The Cure – Lullaby
    8 – Erasure – Drama
    9 – Electronic – Getting Away With It
    10 – Pixies – Here Comes Your Man
    11 – Indochine – More
    12 – Chris Isaak – Wicked Game
    13 – Inspiral Carpets – Joe
    14 – Fine Young Cannibals – Good Thing
    15 – Erasure – Brothers and Sisters
    16 – Throwing Muses – Dizzy
    17 – Tears for Fears – Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams
    18 – Simple Minds – This is Your Land
    19 – Transvision Vamp – Baby I Don’t Care
    20 – The Beloved – The Sun Rising
    21 – The B-52’s – Channel Z
    22 – The Cure – Fascination Street
    23 – Indochine – Le Baiser
    24 – Kon Kan – I Beg Your Pardon
    25 – Peter Murphy – Cuts You Up

    Pixies – Monkey Gone to Heaven
    The B-52’s – Roam”
    The Sugarcubes – Regina”
    The Cure – Pictures Of You
    Love And Rockets – So Alive
    The Stone Roses – She Bangs The Drums
    Madonna – Express Yourself
    Tears For Fears – Sowing The Seeds Of Love
    Depeche Moode – Dangerous
    New Order – Round & Round

  11. Patrick W Moriarity

    1. The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored
    2. The Cure – Fascination Street
    3. The The – Beat(en) Generation
    4. Pixies – Monkey Gone to Heaven
    5. Dramarama – Last Cigarette
    6. The Stone Roses – Waterfall
    7 The Cure – The Same Deep Water As You
    8. The Sundays – Can’t Be Sure
    9. The Beautiful South – Song For Whoever
    10. XTC – Mayor of Simpleton
    11. Peter Murphy ‎– Cuts You Up
    12. Tears Run Rings – Marc Almond
    13. The Ocean Blue – Between Something and Nothing
    14. The Replacements – I’ll Be You
    15. Jesus And Mary Chain – Head On
    16. New Model Army – Stupid Questions
    17. The Cult – Edie (Ciao Baby)
    18. Galaxie 500 – Strange
    19. Robyn Hitchcock – Madonna Of The Wasps
    20. Pixies – Here Comes Your Man
    21. Kirsty MacColl‎ – Days
    22. Morrissey – Interesting Drug
    23. Peter Murphy – Strange Kind of Love
    24. The Lightning Seeds – Pure
    25. Vagabonds – New Model Army

  12. Goddamn this was hard. I had to leave out a ton of good stuff. In no particular order:

    Tears for Fears, “Sowing the Seeds of Love”
    Janet Jackson, “Miss You Much”
    B-52’s, “Deadbeat Club”
    The Cure, “Lovesong”
    Peter Murphy, “Cuts You Up”
    De La Soul, “Me, Myself and I”
    Electronic, “Getting Away with It”
    Elvis Costello, “Veronica”
    Lightning Seeds, “Pure”
    Pixies, “Debaser” (this should be the default number 1 for obvious reasons)
    Pixies, “Here Comes Your Man”
    Indigo Girls, “Closer to Fine”
    New Order, “Round and Round”
    808 State, “Pacific State”
    Beastie Boys, “Hey Ladies”
    Bob Mould, “See a Little Light”
    Stone Roses, “I Wanna Be Adored”
    NIN, “Something I Can Never Have”
    10,000 Maniacs, “Trouble Me”
    Faith No More, “Epic”
    Lenny Kravitz, “Let Love Rule”
    Neneh Cherry, “Manchild”
    Michael Penn, “No Myth”
    XTC, “Mayor of Simpleton”
    TMBG, “Birdhouse in Your Soul”

  13. Let us not forget Lush and Pale Saints, both making their first appearance in 1989 with EP’s.

  14. I agree with an earlier comment about Simple Minds’ Street Fighting Years….great CD from start to finish. Here are my 25 in no order:

    P.I.L. – Disappointed, Warrior
    The Cure – Fascination Street, Pictures Of You
    Simple Minds – Belfast Child
    Rush – Presto, Show Don’t Tell
    The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored, Fools Gold
    Peter Murphy – Cuts You Up, Crystal Wrists
    The Ocean Blue – Between Something And Nothing
    10,000 Maniacs – Headstrong
    The Blue Nile – Headlights On The Parade
    Kate Bush – Love And Anger
    Hoodoo Gurus – Come Anytime
    The B-52’s – Channel Z
    The Mighty Lemon Drops – At Midnight, Into The Heart Of Love
    Wire – Eardrum Buzz
    Midge Ure – Dear God
    Flesh For Lulu – Time And Space
    Pop Will Eat Itself – Def Con One, Can U Dig It
    The Cult – Fire Woman

  15. In no particular order
    Chris Isaak “Wicked Game”
    Pixies “Monkey Gone To Heaven”
    Pixies “Gouge Away”
    The Cure “Love Song’
    The Cure “Fascination Street”
    The Stone Roses “I Wanna Be Adored”
    The Stone Roses “Fools Gold”
    New Order “Fine Time”
    New Order “Round and Round”
    Beastie Boys “Hey Ladies”
    Peter Murphy “Cuts You Up”
    Love And Rockets “So Alive”
    The Cult “Sun King”
    The Cult “Sweet Soul Sister”
    Michael Penn “No Myth”
    The Replacements “I’ll Be You”
    Red Hot Chili Peppers “Higher Ground”
    Soundgarden “Hands All Over”
    Soundgarden “Loud Love”
    Prince “Batdance”
    Depeche Mode “Personal Jesus”
    Tears For Fears “Sowing The Seeds Of Love”
    Fine Young Cannibals “Good Thing”
    Morrisey “The Last Of The Famous International Playboys”
    Electronic “Getting Away With It”

  16. Concrete Blonde, “Happy Birthday”
    10,000 Maniacs, “Trouble Me”
    Throwing Muses, “Dizzy”
    Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Knock Me Down”
    Rickie Lee Jones, “Satellites”
    Sugarcubes, “Regina”
    PIL, “Disappointed”
    Neneh Cherry, “Kisses On The Wind”
    808 State, “Pacific State”
    Indigo Girls, “Closer To Fine”
    Madonna, “Like A Prayer”
    REM, “Get Up”
    Adrian Belew, “Oh Daddy”
    B-52s, “Channel Z”
    Innocence Mission, “Black Sheep Wall”
    New Order, “Round & Round”
    10,000 Maniacs, “Eat For Two”
    Creatures, “Standing There”
    Squeeze, “If It’s Love”
    XTC, “Mayor Of Simpleton”
    Psychedelic Furs, “House”
    The Cure, “Fascination Street”
    Morrissey, “Interesting Drug”
    The The, “The Beat(en) Generation”
    Pixies, “Here Comes Your Man”

  17. Enjoyed sifting through the memory banks to come up with this list. Several of these were among the first CDs I ever bought. Limiting myself to one song per artist and in vaguely alphabetical order:

    The Cure, “Lullaby”
    Depeche Mode, “Personal Jesus”
    Electronic, “Getting Away With It”
    Erasure, “Blue Savannah”
    Ian McCulloch, “Proud To Fall”
    Indigo Girls, “Closer To Fine”
    KMFDM, “Virus”
    Love and Rockets, “Motorcycle”
    Lush, “Etheriel”
    Martin L. Gore, “Compulsion”
    Ministry, “So What”
    Morrissey, “The Last Of The Famous International Playboys”
    New Order, “Love Less”
    Nine Inch Nails, “Sin”
    Nirvana, “About A Girl”
    Nitzer Ebb, “Control I’m Here”
    The Orb, “A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld – Loving You (Orbital Mix)”
    Peter Murphy, “Cuts You Up”
    Pixies, “Debaser”
    Public Enemy, “Fight The Power”
    The Replacements, “Anywhere’s Better than Here”
    Skinny Puppy, “Worlock”
    The Smithereens, “A Girl Like You”
    The Stone Roses, “I Wanna Be Adored”
    The Wonder Stuff, “Don’t Let Me Down Gently”

  18. Wondering if INXS Mystify counts? It was released as a single in 1989, but from a 1987 album.

    • That would be no according to the rules. To be eligible, a song has to be released “for the first time” in the year we are voting on. So Mystify would have been eligible on the ’87 poll, not ’89. (It was on that list, at #88, in fact.)

  19. I am gobsmacked that ‘I Wanna Be Adored’ isn’t on everyone’s list so far! #StoneRoses

  20. This was the hardest list. I felt like I was leaving out some bangers:

    1. Depeche Mode “Personal Jesus”
    2. The Cure “Pictures of You”
    3. Skinny Puppy “Rodent”
    4. Ministry “Thieves”
    5. New Order “Round and Round”
    6. KMFDM “More and Faster”
    7. The Cure “Disintegration”
    8. Nine Inch Nails “Down In It”
    9. Pixies “Debaser”
    10. Pixies “Wave of Mutilation”
    11. Madonna “Like a Prayer”
    12. Nine Inch Nails “Sin”
    13. Faith No More “Epic”
    14. Meat Beat Manifesto “Storm in the Studio, Pt. 2”
    15. Skinny Puppy “Hexonxonx”
    16. New Order “Mr. Disco”
    17. Jesus and Mary Chain “Head On”
    18. The Sugarcubes “Regina”
    19. Nitzer Ebb “Control I’m Here”
    20. Kate Bush “Love and Anger”
    21. Xymox “Imagination”
    22. Tears for Fears “Sowing the Seeds of Love”
    23. The House of Love “I Don’t Know Why I Love You”
    24. Front Line Assembly “Digital Tension Dementia”
    25. B52’s “Roam”

  21. It was so hard to narrow this down to 25.

    10,000 Maniacs – Trouble Me
    The B-52’s – Cosmic Thing
    Baby Ford – Children of the Revolution
    Bel Canto – A Shoulder to the Wheel
    The Beloved – Your Love Takes Me Higher
    Concrete Blonde – Little Conversations
    The Creatures – Standing There
    The Cure – Plainsong
    Death in June – Giddy Giddy Carousel
    Electronic – Getting Away with It
    Erasure – Brother and Sister
    Erasure – Drama!
    Eurythmics – Don’t Ask Me Why
    Fuzzbox – Fast Forward Futurama
    The Lightning Seeds – All I Want
    Lush – Etheriel
    Madonna – Like a Prayer
    Ian McCulloch – Faith and Healing
    Michael Penn – No Myth
    Red Flag – I Don’t Know Why
    Severed Heads – All Saints Day
    Stacey Q – Incognito
    The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored
    Xymox – Evelyn
    Xymox – Imagination

  22. What an incredible year – this one was too hard to break down to only 25 songs.

    Decided to go with some under the radar faves, one per artist, at the expense of some truly massive faves. Truth is 1989 was a major return to form with so many great songs that 25 can never do it justice (nor can a top 100 either)

    New Order – Vanishing Point
    The Cure – Untitled
    Love & Rockets – So Alive
    Electronic – Getting Away With It
    XTC – King For A Day
    Martin Gore – Compulsion
    Morrissey – Interesting Drug
    Tears For Fears – Sowing The Seeds Of Love
    China Crisis – St Saviour Square
    The Blue Nile – The Downtown Lights
    Mighty Lemon Drops – Into The Heart Of Love
    Beastie Boys – Hey Ladies
    De La Soul – Me Myself & I
    Wire – Eardrum Buzz
    Stone Roses – She Bangs The Drums
    The Sundays – Can’t Be Sure
    Ocean Blue – Between Something & Nothing
    808 State – Pacific State
    Bob Mould – See A Little Light
    The Fixx – Driven Out
    Xymox – Blind Hearts
    Pixies – Monkey Gone To Heaven
    The Snake Corps – Calling You
    Howard Jones – Everlasting Love
    Level 42 – Take Care Of Yourself

    Some others:

    Psychedelic Furs – House
    New Order – Round & Round
    Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored
    De La Soul – The Magic Number
    Morrissey – The Last Of Famous International Playboy
    The The & Sinead O’Connor – Kingdom Of Rain
    The Cure – Disintegration
    The Cure – Love Song
    Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus
    Love & Rockets – Motorcycle
    Public Image Ltd – Disappointed
    XTC – Mayor Of Simpleton
    Pixies – Here Comes Your Man
    Pixies – Debaser

  23. I usually try to verify all my choices on these, but I believe I have been wrong a couple of times. It would be a nice feature of the polls to add 2 or 3 “backup” choices after the main 25 that would not count if the original 25 all worked but could substitue otherwise.

  24. 808 State – Cobra Bora
    Adventures Of Stevie V – Dirty Cash
    B-52s – Roam
    The Cure – Love Song
    The Cure – Pictures Of You
    Faith No More – From Out Of Nowhere
    Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie – The Rattler
    The House Of Love – I Don’t Know Why I Love You
    Invincible Spirit – Devil Dance
    The Jesus & Mary Chain – Blues From A Gun
    The Jesus & Mary Chain – Head On
    Morrissey – Last Of The Famous Int. Playboys
    New Model Army – I Love The World
    New Model Army – Vagabonds
    N.I.N – Head Like A Hole
    Pale Saints – Sight Of You
    Peter Murphy – Cuts You Up
    Peter Murphy – Strange Kind Of Love
    Pixies – Monkey Gone To Heaven
    Psyche – Misery
    The Snake Corps – Calling You
    The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored
    The Stone Roses – Made Of Stone
    Technotronic – Pump Up The Jam
    Transvision Vamp – Baby I Don’t Care

  25. 25. “Your Friend is Insane”- Urge Overkill
    24.”Waiting for the Winter”- Popguns
    23. “Love and Anger”- Kate Bush
    22. “The World Spins”- Julee Cruise
    21. “Birthday”- Sugarcubes
    20. “Lament”- Blake Babies
    19. “Cult of Personality”- Living Colour
    18. “Batdance”- Prince
    17. “From Out of Nowhere”- Faith No More
    16. “About a Girl”- Nirvana
    15. “Lovesong”- The Cure
    14.”Dizzy”- Throwing Muses
    13. “Sowing the Seeds of Love”- Tears for Fears
    12.”Into the Night”- Julee Cruise
    11. “Tramp the Dirt Down”- Elvis Costello
    10. “No Myth”- Michael Penn
    9. “Santa Claus”- Throwing Muses
    8. “Veronica”-Elvis Costello
    7. “Chief Barrel Belly”- Guided by Voices
    6. “Abysmal Popcorn Wall”- Shudder to Think
    5. “Lovecraft”- The Vaselines
    4. “Navigating Flood Regions”- Guided by Voices
    3. “Hey”- The Pixies
    2. “Madonna of the Wasps”-Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians
    1. “Debaser”-The Pixies

    • Neil Carver

      Birthday and Cult of Personality were from earlier years than 1989… so you could replace them with other songs if you want.

  26. Troy Heiner

    1989 was one of my favorite years for music. It’s the year I graduated college, and started earning real money, so I bought a lot f CDs. I also bought my first guitar, so I learned how to fumble my way through many of these songs, so they still have a special place in my heart to this day.

    Here is my list, in not exactly priority order, though the first song on the list might be my favorite song, depending on my mood.

    XTC, “The Mayor Of Simpleton”
    Tears For Fears, “Sowing The Seeds Of Love”
    The Call, “Let The Day Begin”
    Tom Petty, “Runnin’ Down A Dream”
    Indigo Girls, “Closer To Fine”
    Bonnie Raitt, “Thing Called Love”
    Todd Rundgren, “Can’t Stop Running”
    Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, “Brother Of Mine”
    Tom Petty, “Free Fallin”
    The B-52’s, “Love Shack”
    Elvis Costello, “Veronica”
    Van Morrison, “Have I Told You Lately”
    The Smithereens, “A Girl Like You”
    Michael Penn, “No Myth”
    Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble, “Crossfire”
    The Stone Roses, “Fools Gold”
    The Pixies, “Here Comes Your Man”
    Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Higher Ground”
    The Pixies, “Monkey Gone To Heaven”
    Beastie Boys, ‘Hey Ladies”
    The Replacements, “I’ll Be You”
    Todd Rundgren, “The Want Of A Nail”
    Neil Young, “Rockin In The Free World”
    Rush, “The Pass”
    Eric Clapton, Bad Love”

    • Troy Heiner

      And I could have easily gone 50 deep for this year. So much great music. The 80s went out with a BANG!

      • Neil Carver

        We are the same age (same year graduating college at least)… and so I have a very wistful feeling for most of these songs… as it was a great loss, leaving college, and so much of this music was there during the horrible transition from college to the real world, loss of friends, trying to find work during a recession, general anxiety about “What the hell am I going to do now?”

        Great music, but it stirs up a lot of conflicting emotions for me.

  27. Alannah Myles, “Black Velvet”
    Alice Cooper, “Poison”
    Chris Isaak, “Wicked Game”
    Chris Rea, “The Road to Hell”
    Depeche Mode, “Personal Jesus”
    Faith No More, “Epic”
    Fine Young Cannibal, “She Drives Me Crazy”
    Madonna, “Like A Prayer”
    Ministry, “Breathe”
    New Model Army, “I Love The World”
    New Model Army, “Vagabonds”
    Nine Inch Nails, “Terrible Lie”
    Nine Inch Nails, “Sin”
    Nirvana, “About a Girl”
    Pixies, “Wave Of Mutilation”
    Pixies, “Monkey Gone To Heaven”
    Queen, “I Want It All”
    Ramones, “Pet Sematary”
    Tears for Fears, “Sowing the Seeds of Love”
    Texas, “I Don’t Want A Lover”
    The B-52’s, “Love Shack”
    The Cure, “Fascination Street”
    The Cure, “Prayers For Rain”
    The Jesus And Mary Chain “Head On”

  28. Here’s my list, in sort of an alphabetical order, trying to pick one track from each artist (just couldn’t do it for The The though, my kryptonite!!):
    An Emotional Fish – Celebrate
    The B-52’s – Roam
    Concrete Blonde – Scene Of A Perfect Crime
    The Cult – Fire Woman
    The Cure – Fascination Street
    Del Amitri – Stone Cold Sober
    Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus
    Chris Isaak – Wicked Game
    James – Sit Down
    Paul Kelly & The Messengers – Careless
    Love & Rockets – So Alive
    Morrissey – Interesting Drug
    Peter Murphy – Cut You Up
    New Order – Fine Time
    Pixies – Here Comes Your Man
    Psychedelic Furs – House
    Red Hot Chili Peppers – Higher Ground
    Replacements – Achin’ To Be
    Soundgarden – Hands All Over
    Stone Roses – Fools Gold
    The The – Kingdom Of Rain
    The The – Violence of Truth
    Tragically Hip – When the Weight Comes Down
    Wonder Stuff – Don’t Let Me Down, gently
    XTC – Mayor Of Simpleton

    Tough ones to miss the cut:
    54-40 – MIss You
    The Cure – a bunch from Distinegration
    The Cult – Edie (Ciao Baby)
    Eat – Mr & Mrs Smack
    Tin Machine – Amazing
    XTC – King For A Day
    B-52’s – Love Shack
    Elvis Costello – Veronica
    PiL – Happy?
    Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored
    James – Come Home
    Simple Minds – Mandela Day
    Smithereens – A Girl Like You
    Ministry – So What, Thieves, Burning Inside
    New Order – Round & Round, Vanishing Point
    Pixies – all of Doolittle
    Replacements – Talent Show, Back To Back, I’ll Be You
    The The – rest of Mind Bomb
    10,000 Maniacs – Eat For Two, Trouble Me
    Tin Machine – Amazing
    Tragically Hip – New Orleans is Sinking, Blow At High Dough
    Ian McCulloch – Proud To Fall
    Hoodoo Gurus – Come Anytime

    • Neil Carver

      Nice to see another vote for An Emotional Fish. One of my all time favorite albums, but I never find anyone else who has heard of them!

  29. David McCormack

    Here’s my list in no particular order:

    The Beloved – The Sun Rising
    The Blue Nile – Downtown Lights
    Kate Bush – Sensual World
    Elvis Costello – Veronica
    The Cure – Lullaby
    De La Soul – Eye No
    Electronic – Getting Away With It
    Happy Mondays – Hallelujah (club mix)
    House of Love – I don’t know why I love you
    Indigo girls – Closer to fine
    Lightning Seeds – Pure
    Kirsty MacColl – Free World
    Morrissey – Last of the Famous International Playboys
    New Order – Vanishing Point
    Pixies – Monkey Gone To Heaven
    Public Enemy – Fight The Power
    Lou Reed – Romeo Had Juliette
    Stone Roses – Fools Gold
    Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection
    The Sundays – Can’t Be Sure
    The The – The Beat(en) Generation
    The Wedding Present -Kennedy
    XTC – Mayor of Simpleton
    Neil Young – Rockin’ In The Free World
    808 State – Pacific State

  30. Jim Turoczy

    Just a first draft… gotta find out what I’ve overlooked.

    Alphaville, “Mysteries Of Love ”
    Cyndi Lauper, “I Drove All Night ”
    Depeche Mode, “Personal Jesus”
    Morrissey, “Ouija Board, Ouija Board”
    Morrissey, “The Last of the Famous International Playboys”
    New Order, “”Round And Round
    Peter Murphy, “Cuts You Up”
    Stan Ridgway, “Goin’ Southbound”
    The B-52’s, “Channel Z”
    The B-52’s, “Roam”
    The Beautiful South, “Song For Whoever”
    The Beautiful South, “Woman In The Wall”
    The Lightning Seeds, “Pure”
    The Ocean Blue, “Drifting, Falling”
    The Ocean Blue, “Vanity Fair”
    The Smithereens, “A Girl Like You”
    The Sugarcubes, “Regina”
    The The, “Armageddon Days are Here (Again)”
    The The, “Kingdom Of Rain”
    They Might Be Giants, “Birdhouse In Your Soul”
    Wire, “Eardrum Buzz”
    XTC, “King for a Day”
    XTC, “The Mayor of Simpleton”
    Xymox, “Imagination”
    Yello, “Of Course I’m Lying”

    • Jim Turoczy

      Just noticed that New Order, “”Round And Round is 1988. Replaced with House Of Love, “I Don’t Know Why I Love You”, but considering Hoodoo Gurus, “Come Anytime”.

  31. My List, countdown style. If anyone can verify if all qualify for the list before I formally vote it would be appreciated.

    25. All I Want – The Lightning Seeds
    24. The Big Parade – 10,000 Maniacs
    23. Love and Anger – Kate Bush
    22. See A Little Light – Bob Mould
    21. Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty
    20. Sista Rosa – The Neville Brothers
    19. Breathe – Maria McKee
    18. Young Ned Of The Hill – The Pogues
    17. Pictures Of You – The Cure
    16. Song For Whoever – The Beautiful South
    15. Marlene Dietrich’s Favorite Poem – Peter Murphy
    14. Closer To Fine – Indigo Girls
    13. Belfast Child – Simple Minds
    12. Upside Down – The Connells
    11. Hold On – Lou Reed
    10. Man In The Long Black Coat – Bob Dylan
    9. Panic Beach – Maria McKee
    8. Veronica – Elvis Costello
    7. The Sensual World – Kate Bush
    6. Homesick – The Cure
    5. No Myth – Michael Penn
    4. Free World – Kirsty MacColl
    3. Cuts You Up – Peter Murphy
    2. This Is Your Land – Simple Minds
    1. Dirty Blvd. – Lou Reed

    Just missed the cut, or eliminated due to the nor more than two songs per artist rule (in no particular order):

    Mandela Day – Simple Minds
    Street Fighting Years – Simple Minds
    Soul Crying Out – Simple Minds
    Kick It In – Simple Minds
    Here Comes Your Man- The Pixies
    The Fog – Kate Bush
    Pure – The Lightning Seeds
    Strange Kind of Love – Peter Murphy
    Deep Ocean, Vast Sea – Peter Murphy
    Love Shack – The B-52s
    Roan – The B-52s
    Deadbeat Club – The B52s
    Eat For Two – 10,000 Maniacs
    Trouble Me – 10,000 Maniacs
    Madonna Of The Wasps – Robyn Hitchcock
    Misty Morning Albert Bridge – The Pogues
    London You’re a Lady – The Pogues
    Hey Wow – The Connells
    Don’t Come The Cowboy With Me Sonny Jim – Kirsty Macoll
    Into The Heart of Love – Mighty Lemon Drops
    Under a Stormy Sky – Daniel Lanois
    Jolie Louise – Daniel Lanois
    Thing Called Love – Bonnie Raitt
    Nobody’s Girl – Bonnie Raitt

    • Michael Reed

      Respect for including The Beautiful South. They are criminally overlooked in America and probably one of the finest bands ever to come out of England. Their first five albums are masterpieces.

  32. The Cure – Plainsong
    The Cure – Lullaby
    Since The Church are ineligible for this year their members’ solo releases were worthy of mention.
    Steve Kilbey – Like A Ghost
    Marty Willson-Piper – Questions Without Answers
    Pixies – Gouge Away
    New Order – Run
    Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored
    Nine Inch Nails – Sin
    Nine Inch Nails – Get Down Make Love
    REM – I Remember California
    REM – World Leader Pretend
    The Go Betweens – Love Goes On
    The Go Betweens – Streets of Your Town
    The Go Betweens are widely regarded as the most influential indie band from Australia. The two songs listed were re-issued in 1989 as a single after the band broke up making them eligible in this list. I strongly urge that at least on of their songs make the final cut because their legacy is great.

    • Michael Reed

      The Go Betweens are indeed an amazing band. However, unless the versions on the single are different versions than previous, I don’t think they qualify for this list.

      • Neil Carver

        And R.E.M.’s Green came out in ’88 as well.

      • Michael – So I went through all of the guidelines listed, going back to previous lists.
        The versions do NOT have to be different to be included.

        Based on the rules in the website, if an album or single was released in 1988. But also released for the “first time” in another part of the world in 1989 that still makes it eligible.

        So in that case Michael, “Streets of Your Town is ineligible. However the 7” single for “Love Goes On” was released by Beggars Banquet for the FIRST TIME in 1989. So that submission is still valid.
        I would amend my submission of Streets of Your Town and replace with my favorite song “Was There Anything I could Do?” which was the b-side, however voting is closed. So I concede, but at least Love Goes On is valid.

        REMs Green (released in the US in 1988) was released in 1989 by Warner Brothers Record for the first time in Brazil.

        So the Green submissions, I hope still remain valid.


  33. Morrissey – The Last of the Famous International Playboys
    Pixies – Here Comes Your Man
    B-52’s – Roam
    Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus
    The Smithereens – A Girl Like You
    The Cure – Lullaby
    Chris Isaak – Wicked Game
    Jesus and The Mary Chain – Head On
    Technotronic – Pump Up the Jam
    Public Enemy – Fight the Power
    Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored
    Love and Rockets – So Alive
    Tom Petty -Free Fallin
    Faith No More – Epic
    The Lightning Seeds – Pure
    The Cure – Pictures Of You
    Nine Inch Nails – Head Like A Hole
    The Cure – Fascination Street
    Tears For Fears – Sowing The Seeds Of Love
    Neil Young – Rockin’ In The Free World
    Living Colour – Cult of Personality
    The Ocean Blue – Between Something and Nothing
    Galaxie 500 – Strange
    Bob Mould – See a Little Light
    The Cult – Fire Woman

    • Neil Carver

      Living Colour was ’88… “Cult of Personality” is #30 on that list. Opens up a spot, if you haven’t voted yet.

  34. 1 – The Wedding Present – Bewitched
    2 – The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored
    3 – The Jesus and Mary Chain – Between Planets
    4 – The Wedding Present – Kennedy
    5 – The Cure – Prayers for Rain
    6 – The Stone Roses – This Is the One
    7 – The Cure – Pictures of You
    8 – The Jesus and Mary Chain – Head On
    9 – Fugazi – Margin Walker
    10 – Soundgarden – Hands All Over
    11 – The Primitives – All the Way Down
    12 – The Ocean Blue – Between Something and Nothing
    13 – The Replacements – Achin’ To Be
    14 – Fugazi – Provisional
    15 – Pixies – Debaser
    16 – Soundgarden – Loud Love
    17 – The House of Love- I Don’t Know Why I Love You
    18 – Morrissey – The Last of the Famous International Playboys
    19 – The Replacements – Talent Show
    20 – Ministry – Thieves
    21 – Morrissey – Interesting Drug
    22 – Nine Inch Nails – Sanctified
    23 – Pixies – Here Comes Your Man
    24 – Psychedelic Furs. – House
    25 – Ian McCulloch – Proud to Fall

  35. I try not to use covers in these lists, but the Shangri-La Kinks tribute is just too good to ignore, was tempted to include something from the Shonen Knife tribute too. Oh well, here are your 25:

    Tragically Hip “Blow At High Dough”
    The Wedding Present, “Be Honest”
    Guadalcanal Diary, “The Likes Of You”
    Stan Ridgway, “The Last Honest Man”
    Wire, “In Vivo”
    Chris Rea, “Texas”
    Television Personalities, “Salvador Dali’s Garden Party”
    Robyn Hitchcock, “One Long Pair Of Eyes”
    New Model Army, “225”
    Treat Her Right, “Hank”
    Cud, “Lola”
    Tin Machine, “Baby Can Dance”
    Evan John’s and the H Bombs, “Tired Of Trash”
    Julian Cope, “Great White Wonder”
    Psychedelic Furs, “Entertain Me”
    Joe Jackson, “Blaze Of Glory”
    Jason and the Scorchers, “Bible and a Gun”
    Dramarama, “70s TV”
    The Jazz Butcher, “Bicycle Kid”
    Peter Murphy, “Cuts You Up”
    The Dragsters, “Surfing With The Godz”
    The House Of Love, “I Don’t Know Why I Love You”
    The Godfathers, “Those Days Are Over”
    Pere Ubu, “Wine Dark Sparks”
    Screaming and Messiahs, “Four Engines Burning Over The USA”

  36. 225 is my favorite NMA song.

  37. Still need to re-listen to The Creatures and Shudder to Think, but this is my list right now. Anything on here that isn’t eligible?

    All About Eve – Scarlet
    The Blue Nile – From a Late Night Train
    The Blue Nile – The Downtown Lights
    Breathless – Here by Chance
    Breathless – Smash Palace
    Chris Isaak – Wicked Game
    The Cure – Disintegration
    The Cure – Fascination Street
    Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus
    The Field Mice – Sensitive
    Fields of the Nephilim – Psychonaut
    Galaxie 500 – Decomposing Trees
    Galaxie 500 – Plastic Bird
    Gigi Masin – Clouds
    Innocence Mission – Black Sheep Wall
    Julee Cruise – Falling
    Love and Rockets – Motorcycle
    Lush – Scarlet
    Pixies – Debaser
    Pixies – Monkey Gone to Heaven
    The Stone Roses – Fools Gold
    The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored
    The Sundays – Can’t Be Sure
    The Wedding Present – Brassneck
    XTC – Across This Antheap

  38. Late to the Party, but I’ll give it a go.. During this timeframe I was all over the place musicwise so my list reflects that:
    Information Society, “Repetition”
    The Replacements, “I’ll Be You”
    BOBBY BROWN, “My Prerogative”
    De La Soul, “Me Myself and I”
    Fugazi, “Margin Walker”
    Skinny Puppy, “Worlock”
    XYMOX ,”Imagination”
    The Cult, “Fire Woman”
    CAMOUFLAGE, “Love is a shield”
    Nitzer Ebb, “Control, I’m Here” – Still one of my Favs!
    New Order, “Round and Round”
    Skid Row, “18 and Life” – I have history with this one.
    Peter Murphy, “Cuts You Up”
    Nine Inch Nails, “Head Like a Hole”
    Soundgarden, “Loud Love” – Thanks KTRU radio for this one!
    Beastie Boys, “Shadrach”
    Nirvana, “Love Buzz” – See Soundgarden
    When In Rome, “The Promise” – Memories of Astroworld
    King’s X, “Over My Head” – Houston guys so yeah
    Bad Religion, “No Control”
    Nine Inch Nails, “Sanctified”
    Ministry, “Burning Inside”
    CONCRETE BLONDE, “God is a Bullet”
    LIVING COLOUR, “Cult of Personality” – CM Punk anyone?
    The Cure, “Love Song”

  39. Sébastien Caron

    Here’s my list:

    The B-52’s, Channel Z
    The B-52’s, Deadbeat Club
    Beastie Boys, “Hey Ladies”
    The Creatures, “Standing There”
    The Cure, “Fascination Street”
    The Cure, “Plainsong”
    Electronic, “Getting Away With It”
    Erasure, “Drama!”
    Earsure, “Blue Savannah”
    The Jesus ans Mary Chain, “Head On”
    Love and Rockets, “So Alive”
    Love and Rockets, “No Big Deal”
    Lush, “Thoughtforms”
    Madonna, “Like a Prayer”
    Ministry, “Thieves”
    Mylène Farmer, “À quoi je sers…”
    Nine Inch Nails, “Head Like a Hole”
    Nine Inch Nails, “Sin”
    Peter Murphy, “A Strange Kind Of Love”
    Pixies, “Debaser”
    Pixies, “Here Comes Your Man”
    Pop Will Eat Itself, ” Wise Up! Sucker”
    The Pursuit Of Happiness, “I’m An Adult Now”
    The Stone Roses, “I Wanna Be Adored”
    Tears For Fears, “Sowing the Seeds of Love”
    Xymox, “Evelyn”
    Xymox, “Imagination”

  40. My list in ABC order;

    Kate Bush – Love and Anger
    David Byrne – Make Believe Mambo
    Elvis Costello – Veronica
    The Creatures – Standing There
    Dinosaur Jr. – Just Like Heaven
    Guadalcanal Diary – Always Saturday
    Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians – Madonna of the Wasps
    Indigo Girls – Closet to Fine
    The Jesus and Mary Chain – Head On
    Ian McCulloch – Proud to Fall
    Ministry – So What?
    Bob Mould – See a Little Light
    Peter Murphy – Cuts You Up
    My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult – Kooler Than Jesus
    Nine Inch Nails – Head Like a Hole
    Nirvana – About a Girl
    Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper – Debbie Gibson is Pregnant with My Two-Headed Love Child
    Michael Penn – No Myth
    Pixies – Gouge Away
    Pop Will Eat Itself – Can U Dig It?
    Ramones – Pet Sematary
    Lou Reed – Dirty Blvd.
    The Replacements – Back to Back
    They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse in Your Soul
    XTC – King for a Day

    • “closet I am to find! yeah!” – sorry couldn’t resist. great song. Hey it beats “stain in the place where you lived,” OK? thanks for picking the better XTC single too and not forgetting robyn hitchcock.

      • Dang it. I posted that list from my phone when I was 1/2 asleep. I pored over irt before I posted and didn’t realize that I typed (or the autocorrect changed it) to “Closet”. I guess it is a slight bit humorous for the Indigo Girls. Thanks about Robyn Hitchcock. Always loved that song. King for a Day is far better than Mayor of Simpleton. Never cared for that one.

  41. The Wedding Present – “Kennedy”
    The Pogues – “White City”
    XTC – “Mayor Of Simpleton”
    Pixies – “Debaser”
    The Triffids – “Goodbye Little Boy”
    Joe Strummer – “Gangsterville”
    Big Audio Dynamite – “Contact”
    Simple Minds – “Mandela Day”
    Elvis Costello – “Veronica”
    Nirvana – “About a Girl”
    Pop Will Eat Itself – “Def Con One”
    Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine – “Sheriff Fatman”
    Throwing Muses – “Dizzy”
    McCarthy – “Keep an Open Mind or Else”
    The The – “Armageddon Days (Are Here Again)”
    Ramones – “Pet Sematary”
    The Cure – “Lullaby”
    Prefab Sprout – “Life Of Surprises”
    The Wonder Stuff – “30 Years In The Bathroom”
    The Godfathers – “She Gives Me Love”
    Public Image Ltd. – “Disappointed”
    Jesus Jones – “Never Enough”
    Kitchens of Distinction – “The 3rd Time We Opened the Capsule”
    Public Enemy – “Fight The Power”
    Kirsty MacColl – “Free World”

    • I see a lot of votes for Pop Will Eat Itself’s Def Con One. The album it’s on came out in ’89, but it was released as a single in ’88.

  42. Ward Crittendon

    01 Fight The Power – Public Enemy
    02 Memphis, Egypt – The Mekons
    03 What “U” Waitin’ “4”? – Jungle Brothers
    04 Rockin’ in the Free World – Neil Young
    05 Me Myself and I – De La Soul
    06 3AM Eternal – The KLF
    07 Madonna of the Wasps – Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians
    08 Hey Ladies – Beastie Boys
    09 Kid Fears – Indigo Girls
    10 Compulsion – Martin Gore
    11 Blue Thunder – Galaxie 500
    12 Prisoner of Love – Tin Machine
    13 Getting Away With It – Electronic
    14 Deeper Shade of Soul – Urban Dance Squad
    15 Flower Web – Screaming Trees
    16 White Coats – New Model Army
    17 Floating – Julee Cruise
    18 18 and Life – Skid Row
    19 Saved – Swans
    20 Truth Is Out Of Style – MC 900 Ft. Jesus and DJ Zero
    21 Back to Life (However Do You Want Me) – Soul II Soul
    22 You Keep It All In – The Beautiful South
    23 So Alive – Love & Rockets
    24 No Myth – Michael Penn
    25 Debaser – Pixies

  43. The Jesus And Mary Chain “Blues from a Gun”
    The Cure “Lullaby”
    10,000 Maniacs “Trouble Me”
    The Connells “Something To Say”
    Peter Murphy “Cuts You Up”
    The Cult “Edie (Ciao Baby)”
    New Order “Round and Round”
    Indigo Girls “Closer To Fine”
    The House of Love “I Don’t Know Why I Love You”
    Morrissey “The Last of the Famous International Playboys”
    The Smithereens “A Girl Like You”
    Indigo Girls “Land of Canaan”
    Dramarama “Last Cigarette”
    Camper Van Beethoven “Pictures of Matchstick Men”
    They Might Be Giants “Birdhouse in Your Soul”
    Love and Rockets “So Alive”
    Nine Inch Nails “Head Like A Hole”
    Kirsty MacColl “Days”
    The Lightning Seeds “Pure”
    Lou Reed “Dirty Boulevard”
    The Ocean Blue “Between Something and Nothing”
    The Stone Roses “I Wanna Be Adored”
    The Stone Roses “Fools Gold”
    Peter Murphy “Crystal Wrists”
    Enya “Orinoco Flow”

  44. Any chance of following this with a survey for 1990? Not the 80s, obviously, but many of the songs will have been written in the 80s.

  45. Erban Arroyo

    Hi there @ slicingupeyeballs:

    Wondering when this list is going to be posted….

  46. Neil Carver



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