My favorite songs of 1988

Posted: November 21, 2016 in Rankings

More great classic slow songs, plus we’re getting into the heart of my hip hop phase. But as with most 80s songs, nearly half of the ones worth noting are merely “not bad”. I’m curious to see how the 90s do when I go through those. Because at the start of all this, I felt that the 90s was my favorite decade for music. Soon we shall see.

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because I know better than anybody that on some days, some songs kick more ass than other songs. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow, if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment and I start singing along. You understand. So I group them instead of presenting a hard-and-fast order:

Awesome
Great
Pretty Good
Not Bad
…with inter-group splitting.

 

Awesome – 1 – Beds Are Burning  – Midnight Oil
Awesome – 1 – Every Rose Has Its Thorn  – Poison
Awesome – 1 – Patience  – Guns N’ Roses
Awesome – 4 – Coming Home  – Cinderella
Awesome – 4 – Eternal Flame  – Bangles
Awesome – 4 – Just Like Paradise  – David Lee Roth
Awesome – 4 – Stand  – R.E.M.
Awesome – 4 – Straight Outta Compton  – N.W.A
Awesome – 4 – What I Am  – Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
Great – 10 – Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)  – Cinderella
Great – 10 – End Of The Line  – The Traveling Wilburys
Great – 10 – Jane Says  – Jane’s Addiction
Great – 10 – The Flame  – Cheap Trick
Great – 14 – All I Want Is You  – U2
Great – 14 – American Dream  – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Great – 14 – Handle With Care  – The Traveling Wilburys
Great – 14 – Gypsy Road  – Cinderella
Great – 14 – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)  – The Proclaimers
Great – 14 – Orange Crush  – R.E.M.
Great – 14 – The Look  – Roxette
Great – 14 – Used To Love Her  – Guns N’ Roses
Pretty Good – 22 – Copperhead Road  – Steve Earle
Pretty Good – 22 – Angel Eyes  – The Jeff Healey Band
Pretty Good – 22 – Angel Of Harlem  – U2
Pretty Good – 22 – Bad Medicine  – Bon Jovi
Pretty Good – 22 – Cult of Personality  – Living Colour
Pretty Good – 22 – Desire  – U2
Pretty Good – 22 – Pop Song ’89  – R.E.M.
Pretty Good – 22 – There She Goes  – The La’s
Pretty Good – 30 – A Little Respect  – Erasure
Pretty Good – 30 – Funky Cold Medina  – Tone-Loc
Pretty Good – 30 – Big League  – Tom Cochrane & Red Rider
Pretty Good – 30 – Chains of Love  – Erasure
Pretty Good – 30 – Devil Inside  – INXS
Pretty Good – 30 – Finest Worksong  – R.E.M.
Pretty Good – 30 – Kokomo  – The Beach Boys
Pretty Good – 30 – Lay Your Hands On Me  – Bon Jovi
Pretty Good – 30 – Never Tear Us Apart  – INXS
Pretty Good – 30 – One  – Metallica
Pretty Good – 30 – Tall Cool One  – Robert Plant
Pretty Good – 30 – When It’s Love  – Van Halen
Pretty Good – 30 – Five Long Years – Colin James
Pretty Good – 30 – Fuck the Police – N.W.A
Not Bad – 44 – Fast Car  – Tracy Chapman
Not Bad – 44 – Don’t Worry Be Happy  – Bobby McFerrin
Not Bad – 44 – Fat  – Weird Al Yankovic
Not Bad – 44 – I Hate Myself For Loving You  – Joan Jett
Not Bad – 44 – Kissing A Fool  – George Michael
Not Bad – 44 – Make Me Lose Control  – Eric Carmen
Not Bad – 44 – Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)  – Enya
Not Bad – 44 – Roni  – Bobby Brown
Not Bad – 44 – Simply Irresistible  – Robert Palmer
Not Bad – 44 – Where Is My Mind?  – Pixies
Not Bad – 44 – Hands Up – Sway
Not Bad – 44 – My Song – Glass Tiger
Not Bad – 44 – Voodoo Thing – Colin James
Not Bad – 44 – Chick and Cars (and the Third World War) – Colin James
Not Bad – 44 – I’m Your Pusher – Ice T
Not Bad- 59 – Colors – Ice T
Not Bad- 59 – Bring Me Some Water  – Melissa Etheridge
Not Bad- 59 – Doctorin’ The Tardis  – The Timelords
Not Bad- 59 – Don’t Be Cruel  – Bobby Brown
Not Bad- 59 – Every Little Step  – Bobby Brown
Not Bad- 59 – Forever Young  – Rod Stewart
Not Bad- 59 – Gimme Hope Jo’anna  – Eddy Grant
Not Bad- 59 – Helter Skelter  – U2
Not Bad- 59 – I Know You’re Out There Somewhere  – The Moody Blues
Not Bad- 59 – I’m Your Man  – Leonard Cohen
Not Bad- 59 – In Your Room  – Bangles
Not Bad- 59 – It Takes Two  – Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
Not Bad- 59 – Like the Way I Do  – Melissa Etheridge
Not Bad- 59 – Look Away  – Chicago
Not Bad- 59 – My Prerogative  – Bobby Brown
Not Bad- 59 – Nothin’ But a Good Time  – Poison
Not Bad- 59 – Parents Just Don’t Understand  – DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
Not Bad- 59 – Perfect World  – Huey Lewis & the News
Not Bad- 59 – Plug Tunin’  – De La Soul
Not Bad- 59 – Potholes in My Lawn  – De La Soul
Not Bad- 59 – Roll With It  – Steve Winwood
Not Bad- 59 – Straight Up  – Paula Abdul
Not Bad- 59 – The Living Years  – Mike + the Mechanics
Not Bad- 59 – Two Hearts  – Phil Collins
Not Bad- 59 – What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)  – Information Society
Not Bad- 59 – Wild Thing  – Tone-Loc
Not Bad- 59 – Wild Wild West  – The Escape Club
Not Bad- 59 – I’m Still Searching – Glass Tiger
Not Bad- 59 – Love Changes Everything – Honeymoon Suite

 

 

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