My Top 5 Albums of 1989

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11. Apr. 2010, 23:32

1989

5: Skid Row - Skid Row

This really was the year that I got more into rock bands, although most of my classmates probably still only thought of me as a New Kids teeny-bopper kinda gal. But as always, I have never liked just one kind of music. Skid Row debuted this year and really skyrocketed in popularity. Anyone that watched MTV back then remembers how often they played the videos for "18 and Life" and "I Remember You". I think I saw "Youth Gone Wild" a little less, but it's by far my favorite track. I also love "Sweet Little Sister", "Piece Of Me" and "Makin' A Mess", but every song on here is great. And I just love Sebastian Bach. He's truly just a fan himself, and knows what other fans like and want in rock music. I'd love to hang out with him someday.

4: Stevie Nicks - The Other Side of the Mirror

I still had not discovered Stevie yet by this point, but I wish I had. This is another magical album of hers, and I just adore the Alice In Wonderland theme. The big hit from this was the song "Rooms On Fire", and I think "Whole Lotta Trouble" got a little play. My personal favorite is "Fire Burning" although Stevie didn't write it, followed closely by "Ghosts" and "Ooh Ooh Baby". She also does a nice cover of Johnny Cash's "I Still Miss Someone" (though I still prefer Linda Ronstadt's version), as well as a song called "Cry Wolf" which Laura Branigan recorded for her album Touch. "Long Way To Go" and "Juliet" are also wonderful tunes worth checking out.

3: Warrant - Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich

When I first saw the video for Warrant's "Heaven", I quickly became a fan, and they are still one of my all-time favorite bands. Very underrated. Most people just group them in with the 80s "hair bands", but they are so much more. Jani Lane is one of the best songwriters of our time. It is really a shame that he doesn't get the recognition he deserves. I could really get upset thinking about it, but instead I'll focus on how great the songs are. Aside from "Heaven", the other hits were "Down Boys", "Big Talk", and "Sometimes She Cries", all worthy of praise. Other great tunes are "32 Pennies" and "So Damn Pretty (Should Be Against The Law)". Admittedly, this album is not their absolute best and does perfectly fit in with that 80s glam genre, but was still a very solid start. The best was yet to come...

2: Aerosmith - Pump

Although I had been aware of Aerosmith prior to this album, this really was when I first "discovered" them. Permanent Vacation may have been sort of their come-back album, but this was probably their biggest album of their career. It includes the massive hits "Love In An Elevator", "Janie's Got A Gun", "What It Takes" and "The Other Side". And the other tracks are just as good. I love "Young Lust", "F.I.N.E.", "Monkey On My Back" and "Don't Get Mad, Get Even". Great, great album that should be in everyone's collection.

1: Motley Crue - Dr. Feelgood

If you have read up to this point, you're probably thinking to yourself, "Wow! All of these came out the same year?" Yep! Wait till you read the honorable mentions. This really was a great year for music. This is my favorite Motley Crue album, and it's no surprise why. Check out the hits: "Dr. Feelgood", "Kickstart My Heart", "Without You", "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)", and "Same Ol' Situation". My other favorite is "Slice Of Your Pie", but all the other songs were worthy of being singles as well: "Time For Change", "Sticky Sweet", "She Goes Down" and "Rattlesnake Shake" (not to be confused with Skid Row's song of the same name). Perfect rock album from beginning to end.

Honorable mentions: Billy Joel - Storm Front, Debbie Gibson - Electric Youth, Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever, Garth Brooks - Garth Brooks, Madonna - Like A Prayer, Linda Ronstadt - Cry Like A Rainstorm and Howl Like The Wind, KISS - Hot In The Shade, Prince - Batman, Belinda Carlisle - Runaway Horses, Alan Jackson - Here In The Real World, Beaches Soundtrack, Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation 1814, Paul McCartney - Flowers In The Dirt, Guns N' Roses - GN'R Lies, Clint Black - Killin' Time, Don Henley - The End of The Innocence

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