Top Ten Tuesday: 1988, The Next 10

Counting down the #11 thru 20 hits for 1988!

20 – Taylor Dayne, "I’ll Always Love You": The third single from her debut album, Tell It To My Heart. She received a Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal and the song was nominated for Record of the Year. It reached #3 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

19 – Def Leppard, "Pour Some Sugar On Me": From tgheir 1987 album Hysteria, this song reached #2 on the Hot 100 behind Richard Marx’s "Hold On To The Nights." This is considered Def Leppard’s signature song.

18 – The Escape Club, "Wild Wild West": Title track from their 1988 debut album, it reached #1 on the Hot 100 but failed to chart in the UK, which had never happened before.

17 – Whitesnake, "Is This Love": My favorite video with Tawny Kitaen in it. It was released in October 1987 from Whitesnake’s eponymous album. It did very well, reaching #2 on the Hot 100 and #1 in the UK.

16 – Expose, "Seasons Change": From their 1987 debut album Exposure, a song by producer Lewis Martineé. It’s their biggest hit to date, reaching #1 in the US and Canada.

15 – Billy Ocean, "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car": A song based on a line from the Sherman Brothers’ "You’re Sixteen," which has been covered by Johnny Burnette and Ringo Starr (the same Sherman Brothers that wrote all those songs for Disney). It reached #1 in the US, Canada, and Australia and #3 in the UK.

14 – Cheap Trick, "The Flame": From beautiful Rockford, Illinois, this song came from Cheap Trick’s tenth studio album Lap of Luxury. It reached #1 in the US, Canada, and Australia.

13 – Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine, "Anything For You": This was Gloria Estefan’s breakthrough single with Miami Sound Machine, reaching #1 on the Hot 100 for two weeks in May 1988. It reached #10 in the UK, again a breakthrough for them, and #11 in Australia.

12 – Terence Trent d’Arby, "Wishing Well": From the 1987 album Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent d’Arby, this reached #1 on the Hot 100 and R&B chart, #1 in Canada, #4 in the UK, and #9 in Australia.

11 – George Michael, "One More Try": From George’s debut album Faith, it reached #1 in the US and Canada and #8 in the UK.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for November 9, 2021.

11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 1988, The Next 10

  1. Funny, 1988 was the best of times and the worst of times as that was the year my dad died but my summer was so much fun. I don’t recall most of these songs but I do like the Whitesnake song, Cheap Trick and the last 2 mostly.


  2. Hmm, hard to pick my fave so the best I can go on is which song/s are still in my head after reading the list. That would be Billy Ocean and The Escape Club.


    1. I actually knew a couple of these without having to listen to them first: Taylor Dayne (which is a beautiful song, BTW), Whitesnake, Billy Ocean, Terence Trent d’Arby. For this point in the ’80’s that’s pretty good for me.


    1. I’m not that into hair metal bands like Whitesnake (I’m not sure that’s the correct designation for them, but it works for me), but that song is one I’ve always liked (it doesn’t hurt that Tawny Kitaen is in the video, either…)

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