100 Greatest Songs From 1989

Criteria: Songs listed are from Rock 'n' Roll and related sub-genres. Rankings are based on initial and lasting popularity and on acclaim received from critics and musicians.

Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release). Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.

  1. Fight the Power - Public Enemy
  2. Like a Prayer - Madonna
  3. Free Fallin' - Tom Petty
  4. The Humpty Dance - Digital Underground
  5. Pump Up the Jam - Technotronic (feat. Felly)
  6. Love Shack - B-52s
  7. Back to Life - Soul II Soul (feat. Caron Wheeler)
  8. Bust a Move - Young MC
  9. All Around the World - Lisa Stansfield
10. The Power - Snap!
11. Me, Myself, and I - De La Soul
12. Wicked Game - Chris Isaak
13. Rhythm Nation - Janet Jackson
14. Express Yourself - Madonna
15. Epic - Faith No More
16. Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode
17. Black Velvet - Alannah Myles
18. Love Will Never Do (Without You) - Janet Jackson
19. This Time I Know It's for Real - Donna Summer
20. Funky Cold Medina - Tone-Loc
21. Don't Wanna Fall in Love - Jane Child
22. Love Will Lead You Back - Taylor Dayne
23. Here and Now - Luther Vandross
24. I Won't Back Down - Tom Petty
25. If You Don't Know Me By Now - Simply Red
26. Rockin' In the Free World - Neil Young
27. Fools Gold - Stone Roses
28. Head Like a Hole - Nine Inch Nails
29. Another Day in Paradise - Phil Collins
30. Miss You Much - Janet Jackson
31. Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx
32. Roam - B-52s
33. Ride on Time - Black Box
34. We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel
35. Janie's Got a Gun - Aerosmith
36. Just a Friend - Biz Markie
37. Monkey Gone to Heaven - Pixies
38. Lovesong - The Cure
39. Electric Boogie ('89 version) - Marcia Griffiths
40. Keep On Movin' - Soul II Soul
41. On Our Own - Bobby Brown
42. Whip Appeal - Babyface
43. Dr. Feelgood - Mötley Crüe
44. Black Cat - Janet Jackson
45. Two To Make It Right - Seduction
46. Move This - Technotronic (feat. Ya Kid K)
47. Once Bitten, Twice Shy - Great White
48. No More Lies - Michel'le
49. Shower Me With Your Love - Surface
50. Me So Horny - 2 Live Crew
51. Escapade - Janet Jackson
52. 18 and Life - Skid Row
53. Real Love - Jody Watley
54. I Drove All Night - Cyndi Lauper
55. 911 Is a Joke - Public Enemy
56. Youth Gone Wild - Skid Row
57. Love Song - Tesla
58. Miss You Like Crazy - Natalie Cole
59. Something Happened On the Way To Heaven - Phil Collins
60. I Wanna Be Rich - Calloway
61. If I Could Turn Back Time - Cher
62. About a Girl - Nirvana
63. I'm Free - Soup Dragons
64. I Want It All - Queen
65. Lullaby - Cure
66. Alright - Janet Jackson
67. Hey Ladies - Beastie Boys
68. Ladies First - Queen Latifah & Monie Love
69. Birdhouse In Your Soul - They Might Be Giants
70. Stop the Violence Movement - Self Destruction
71. Jingling Baby - LL Cool J
72. She Bangs the Drums - Stone Roses
73. The Best - Tina Turner
74. French Kiss - Lil' Louis
75. Higher Ground - Red Hot Chili Peppers
76. Come Back to Me - Janet Jackson
77. You Got It - Roy Orbison
78. Poison - Alice Cooper
79. Here Comes Your Man - Pixies
80. I Go to Extremes - Billy Joel
81. Love in an Elevator - Aerosmith
82. Kickstart My Heart - Mötley Crüe
83. Everything - Jody Watley
84. Everlasting Love - Howard Jones
85. Pictures of You - The Cure
86. The Dance - Garth Brooks
87. Dirty Cash (Money Talks) - The Adventures of Stevie V
88. C'mon and Get My Love - D Mob (feat. Cathy Dennis)
89. Blame It On the Rain - Milli Vanilli
90. Don't Know Much - Linda Ronstadt (feat. Aaron Neville)
91. People Hold On - Coldcut (feat. Lisa Stansfield)
92. It's No Crime - Babyface
93. How Am I Supposed To Live Without You? - Michael Bolton
94. All My Life - Linda Ronstadt (feat. Aaron Neville)
95. It's Funky Enough - The D.O.C.
96. Falling - Julee Cruise
97. I Get the Job Done - Big Daddy Kane
98. When I See You Smile - Bad English
99. Forever - KISS
100. Get Up! (Before the Night Is Over) - Technotronic (feat. Ya Kid K)
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Rock and a Hard Place - Rolling Stones
102. Welcome to the Terrordome - Public Enemy
103. Pacific State - 808 State
104. Kiss This Thing Goodbye - Del Amitri
105. I'll Be You - Replacements
106. Fire Woman - Cult
107. I Remember You - Skid Row
108. What It Takes - Aerosmith
109. Girls Nite Ou - Tyler Collins
110. Debaser - Pixies
111. Chime - Orbital
112. Have I Told You Lately? - Van Morrison
113. I Wish It Would Rain Down - Phil Collins
114. Batdance - Prince
115. Veronica - Elvis Costello
116. We Got Our Own Thang - Heavy D & The Boyz
117. Cuts You Up - Peter Murphy
118. Belfast Child - Simple Minds
119. Head On - Jesus & Mary Chain
120. So Alive - Love & Rockets
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1989
An unheralded great record from 1989
Jeff's choice -
* Yo Mister - Patti LaBelle
Lew's choice -
* The Road To Hell (Part Two) - Chris Rea
Bruce's choice -
* Charlene - Carl Perkins
Ryan's choice -
* Drifting, Falling - The Ocean Blue
Brett 's choice -
* Slaughtered, Gutted, And Heartbroken - Squeeze

Last Updated: 2018-05-15