1990 flashback!

I lifted this from Ani’s site. This is the list of the top 100 songs in 1990, the year I graduated Cherry Hill High School East. (And although I didn’t have this teacher, I knew who he was.)

To play, go to musicoutfitters.com, search for the year you graduated, and get the list.

  • Bold the songs you like
  • Underline your favorite
  • Strike out the ones you don’t like, and
  • leave alone the songs you don’t remember or don’t care about.

I was your typical 17 year old in 1990. Except I wasn’t popular, didn’t like to drive, didn’t have a boyfriend, loved school, etc. But I did like all the popular songs. No rock, punk, or metal for me! No way. I listened to Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 every weekend and faithfully taped the songs I liked from my stereo.

Oh, and I was a big New Kids on the Block fan. HUGE. (Brian can testify to this fact.) Step by Step was released on June 5, 1990. Yes, I remembered the date. In fact, I have a few boxes of their merchandise somewhere. Dolls, pillowcases, posters, pinups, pins, you name it.

Years pass and teen crushes usually disappear — though Jason Bateman is still yummy. I’ll never mock a teen girl for having a crush on a boy band. It’s a rite of passage. No matter how cheesy the songs or how pathetic the dance moves or how manufactured the members are (This one’s the “Bad Boy.” This one’s the “Talented One.” This one’s the “Sharp Dresser.” etc etc etc) boy bands and their fans will always make me smile.

Now…on with the list.

1. Hold On, Wilson Phillips
2. It Must Have Been Love, Roxette
3. Nothing Compares 2 U, Sinead O’Connor
4. Poison, Bell Biv Devoe (never trust a big butt and a smile)
5. Vogue, Madonna (My best friend at the time called me Vogue)
6. Vision Of Love, Mariah Carey
7. Another Day In Paradise, Phil Collins
8. Hold On, En Vogue
9. Cradle Of Love, Billy Idol

10. Blaze Of Glory, Jon Bon Jovi

SING! “Shot down (dowwwwwwwwwwn) in a blayyyyze of gloryyy! Take me now (nowwwwwww) but know the truth…”

11. Do Me!, Bell Biv Devoe
12. How Am I Supposed To Live Without You, Michael Bolton
13. Pump Up The Jam, Technotronic
14. Opposites Attract, Paula Abdul

15. Escapade, Janet Jackson
16. All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You, Heart
17. Close To You, Maxi Priest

18. Black Velvet, Alannah Myles
19. Release Me, Wilson Phillips
20. Don’t Know Much, Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
21. All Around The World, Lisa Stansfield
22. l Wanna Be Rich, Calloway (La la la lalala laaaaa)
23. I Remember You, Skid Row
24. Rub You The Right Way, Johnny Gill
25. She Ain’t Worth It, Glenn Medeiros Featuring Bobby Brown

26. If Wishes Came True, Sweet Sensation
27. The Power, Snap
28. (Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection, Nelson
29. Love Will Lead You Back, Taylor Dayne
30. Don’t Wanna Fall In Love, Jane Child
31. Two To Make It Right, Seduction

32. Sending All My Love, Linear
33. Unskinny Bop, Poison
34. Step By Step, New Kids On The Block
(at one point in time I could dance almost the entire NKOTB repetoire. Jon was my favorite. )
35. Dangerous, Roxette
36. We Didn’t Start The Fire, Billy Joel
37. I Don’t Have The Heart, James Ingram
38. Downtown Train, Rod Stewart
39. Rhythm Nation, Janet Jackson
40. I’ll Be Your Everything, Tommy Page
41. Roam, B-52’s
42. Everything, Jody Watley
43. Back To Life, Soul II Soul
44. Here and Now, Luther Vandross
45. Alright, Janet Jackson
46. Ice Ice Baby, Vanilla Ice
47. Blame It On The Rain, Milli Vanilli (I was the only one of my group who didn’t like these guys)
48. Have You Seen Her, M.C. Hammer
49. With Every Beat Of My Heart, Taylor Dayne
50. Come Back To Me, Janet Jackson
51. No More Lies, Michel’le
52. Praying For Time, George Michael
(Mmm…another fave)
53. How Can We Be Lovers, Michael Bolton
54. Do You Remember, Phil Collins
55. Ready Or Not, After 7
56. U Can’t Touch This, M.C. Hammer (To this day, I hear the beginnings of “Super Freak” on the radio and expect to hear The Hammer.)
57. I Wish It Would Rain Down, Phil Collins (Me no like Phil Collins…can you tell?)
58. Just Between You and Me, Lou Gramm
59. Something Happened On The Way To Heaven, Phil Collins
60. Black Cat, Janet Jackson
61. Can’t Stop, After 7
62. Janie’s Got A Gun, Aerosmith
63. The Humpty Dance, Digital Underground

SING! “Okay stop what you’re doin’, cause I’m about to ruin…the image and the style that you’re used to. ” This song’s on my iPod.

64. I’ll Be Your Shelter, Taylor Dayne
65. Free Fallin’, Tom Petty (my least fave on the list)
66. Giving You The Benefit, Pebbles
67. Enjoy The Silence, Depeche Mode
68. Love Song, Tesla
69. Price Of Love, Bad English
70. Girls Nite Out, Tyler Collins
71. King Of Wishful Thinking, Go West
72. What Kind Of Man Would I Be?, Chicago
73. Get Up! (Before The Night Is Over), Technotroic
74. Here We Are, Gloria Estefan
75. Epic, Faith No More
76. Love Takes Time, Mariah Carey
77. Just Like Jesse James, Cher
78. Love Shack, B-52’s (This song was the soundtrack to my driving lessons.)
79. All Or Nothing, Milli Vanilli
80. Romeo, Dino
81. Everybody Everybody, Black Box
82. I Go To Extremes, Billy Joel
83. Whip Appeal, Babyface
84. Oh Girl, Paul Young
85. C’mon and Get My Love, D-Mob With Cathy Dennis
85. (It’s Just) The Way That You Love Me, Paula Abdul
87. We Can’t Go Wrong, Cover Girls
88. When I’m Back On My Feet Again, Michael Bolton
89. Make You Sweat, Keith Sweat
90. This One’s For The Children, New Kids On The Block My least fave NKOTB song. Which still puts it way above anything by Phil Collins.
91. What It Takes, Aerosmith
92. Forever, Kiss
93. Jerk Out, Time
94. Just A Friend, Biz Markie

Everybody sing! “Oh baby yooooooooou…you got what I neeeeeeed…But you say he’s just a fwend…but you say he’s just a fwend OH BAAYYBEEEE YOUUUUU!”

95. Whole Wide World, A’me Lorain
96. Without You, Motley Crue
97. Swing The Mood, Jive Bunny and The Mastermixers
98. Thieves In The Temple, Prince
99. Mentirosa, Mellow Man Ace
100. Tic-Tac-Toe, Kyper

5 Comments

  • I too loved school, didn’t enjoy driving, wasn’t popular and didn’t have a boyfriend. But I did like all types of music. Man your year had some good songs!

  • I’m shocked that Phil Collins’ Something Happened on the Way to Heaven and George Michael’s Freedom ’90 aren’t even listed. Whether you like or hate these artists, these were still big hits. I probably lean toward Freedom ’90 as being the best record of that year. People may knock George Michael now, but he did a good job with that record.

  • Nice site! I checked out ’91 and stayed up til midnight listening to music first from the list and then just to the songs it lead me to.

    Oh, Freedom ’90 was on the ’91 list.

  • When I wasn’t a NKOTB fan, I was a George Michael fan. I vehemently denied any insinuation that he played for the other team. Then he was arrested 3 days after my first anniversary. O George! (sniffle)

    I will look up “Swing The Mood, Jive Bunny and The Mastermixers.” I don’t remember it all, but just by the title I think I’ll like it. 🙂

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