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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.
No.
Song
Artist

Fight The Power single cover
Like A Prayer single cover
Free Fallin' single cover
Pump Up The Jam single cover
Love Shack single cover
Back To Life single cover
Bust A Move single cover
Personal Jesus single cover
Me, Myself, and I single cover
Fool's Gold single cover
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-52's
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
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 Out
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
Jeff's Choice:
*
Yo Mister
Patti LaBelle
Lew's Choice:
*
The Road To Hell (Part Two)
Chris Rea
Bruce's Choice:
*
Charlene
Carl Perkins
Brett's Choice:
*
Slaughtered, Gutted, And Heartbroken
Squeeze
Ryan's Choice:
*
Drifting, Falling
The Ocean Blue





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