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100 Greatest Songs From 1988

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.
Edited By:
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.
No.
Song
Artist

Fast Car single cover
One single cover
She Drives Me Crazy single cover
Straight Up single cover
My Prerogative single cover
It Takes Two single cover
Every Rose Has Its Thorn single cover
Wild Thing single cover
Parents Just Don't Understand single cover
Fuck Tha Police single cover
Teen Age Riot single cover
1
Fast Car
Tracy Chapman
2
One
Metallica
3
She Drives Me Crazy
Fine Young Cannibals
4
Straight Up
Paula Abdul
5
My Prerogative
Bobby Brown
6
It Takes Two
Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
7
Every Rose Has Its Thorn
Poison
8
Wild Thing
Tone-Loc
9
Parents Just Don't Understand
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
10
Fuck Tha Police
N.W.A
11
Teen Age Riot
Sonic Youth
12
Follow The Leader
Eric B. & Rakim
13
Touch Me I'm Sick
Mudhoney
14
Wind Beneath My Wings
Bette Midler
15
The Living Years
Mike + The Mechanics
16
Cult Of Personality
Living Colour
17
Desire
U2
18
Bad Medicine
Bon Jovi
19
Patience
Guns N' Roses
20
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Proclaimers
21
Where Is My Mind?
Pixies
22
Don't Believe The Hype
Public Enemy
23
Straight Outta Compton
N.W.A
24
What I Am
Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians
25
Buffalo Stance
Neneh Cherry
26
Opposites Attract
Paula Abdul with The Wild Pair
27
Nite And Day
Al B. Sure!
28
Kokomo
Beach Boys
29
Don't Worry, Be Happy
Bobby McFerrin
30
Giving You The Best That I Got
Anita Baker
31
Eternal Flame
Bangles
32
Don't Be Cruel
Bobby Brown
33
Stand
R.E.M.
34
Simply Irresistible
Robert Palmer
35
There She Goes
La's
36
Under The Milky Way
Church
37
A Little Respect
Erasure
38
Mother
Danzig
39
What's On Your Mind? (Pure Energy)
Information Society
40
Listen To Your Heart
Roxette
41
The Mercy Seat
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
42
Angel Eyes
Jeff Healey Band
43
I'll House You
Jungle Brothers
44
Every Little Step
Bobby Brown
45
Wild, Wild West
Escape Club
46
Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley
Will To Power
47
Angel Of Harlem
U2
48
One Moment In Time
Whitney Houston
49
Good Thing
Fine Young Cannibals
50
Everybody Knows
Leonard Cohen
51
Strictly Business
EPMD
52
Freak Scene
Dinosaur Jr.
53
Ain't No Half Steppin'
Big Daddy Kane
54
Nothin' But A Good Time
Poison
55
Cold Hearted
Paula Abdul
56
Roll With It
Steve Winwood
57
Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)
Cinderella
58
I Hate Myself For Loving You
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
59
Superwoman
Karyn White
60
When Love Comes To Town
U2 with B.B. King
61
All I Want Is You
U2
62
Handle With Care
Traveling Wilburys
63
Everyday Is Like Sunday
Morrissey
64
The Flame
Cheap Trick
65
The Valley Road
Bruce Hornsby & The Range
66
Orange Crush
R.E.M.
67
Children's Story
Slick Rick
68
This Woman's Work
Kate Bush
69
My Philosophy
Boogie Down Productions
70
Piano In The Dark
Brenda Russell
71
Like The Way I Do
Melissa Etheridge
72
Heaven
Warrant
73
When It's Love
Van Halen
74
Copperhead Road
Steve Earle
75
Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos
Public Enemy
76
A Groovy Kind Of Love
Phil Collins
77
I'll Be There For You
Bon Jovi
78
Two Hearts
Phil Collins
79
Twist In My Sobriety
Tanita Tikarim
80
Any Love
Luther Vandross
81
If It Isn't Love
New Edition
82
Ana Ng
They Might Be Giants
83
Tomorrow People
Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
84
Can I Play With Madness?
Iron Maiden
85
Bring Me Some Water
Melissa Etheridge
86
Finish What Ya Started
Van Halen
87
What Time Is Love?
KLF
88
Crash
Primitives
89
You Got It (The Right Stuff)
New Kids On the Block
90
Orinoco Flow
Enya
91
Express Yourself
N.W.A
92
Colors
Ice-T
93
Gigantic
Pixies
94
Dreamin'
Vanessa Williams
95
Theme From S-Express
S-Express
96
Waiting Room
Fugazi
97
You Made Me Realise
My Bloody Valentine
98
Tall Cool One
Robert Plant
99
Alphabet St.
Prince
100
End Of The Line
Traveling Wilburys
20 more worth mentioning.
101
Teardrops
Womack & Womack
102
Stigmata
Ministry
103
Suedehead
Morrissey
104
Domino Dancing
Pet Shop Boys
105
Toy Soldiers
Martika
106
I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That
Elton John
107
Roni
Bobby Brown
108
Edge Of A Broken Heart
Vixen
109
Can You Stand The Rain?
New Edition
110
Headed For A Heartbreak
Winger
111
Baby Can I Hold You?
Tracy Chapman
112
Let The River Run
Carly Simon
113
Little Walter
Tony! Toni! Tone!
114
Dirty Blvd
Lou Reed
115
Passionate Kisses
Lucinda Williams
116
Punk Rock Girl
Dead Milkmen
117
Fisherman's Blues
Waterboys
118
Microphone Fiend
Eric B. & Rakim
119
Close My Eyes Forever
Lita Ford with Ozzy Osbourne
120
Girl You Know It's True
Milli Vanilli
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1988
Jeff's Choice - Greatest Single Re-Entry
*
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother (#1 UK 2 weeks)
Hollies
Jeff's Choice - An unheralded great record from 1988
*
Headhunter
Front 242
Lew's Choice:
*
Only A Memory
Smithereens
Bruce's Choice:
*
Da' Butt
E.U.
Brett's Choice:
*
Plug Tunin'
De La Soul
Ryan's Choice:
*
Chinese Bones
Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians




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