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Position  Artist Song Title
« 1988 1989 1990 »
1 Chicago Look Away
2 Bobby Brown My Prerogative
3 Poison Every Rose Has Its Thorn
4 Paula Abdul Straight Up
5 Janet Jackson Miss You Much
6 Paula Abdul Cold Hearted
7 Bette Midler Wind Beneath My Wings
8 Milli Vanilli Girl You Know Its True
9 Will To Power Baby, I Love Your Way-Freebird
10 Anita Baker Giving You the Best That I Got
11 Richard Marx Right Here Waiting
12 Boy Meets Girl Waiting for a Star to Fall
13 Debbie Gibson Lost in Your Eyes
14 Gloria Estefan Don't Wanna Lose You
15 Warrant Heaven
16 Milli Vanilli Girl I'm Gonna Miss You
17 Roxette The Look
18 Fine Young Cannibals She Drives Me Crazy
19 Bobby Brown On Our Own
20 Phil Collins Two Hearts
21 Milli Vanilli Blame It on the Rain
22 Roxette Listen to Your Heart
23 Bon Jovi I'll Be There for You
24 Simply Red If You Don't Know Be by Now
25 Madonna Like a Prayer
26 New Kids On The Block I'll Be Loving You (Forever)
27 Breathe How Can I Fall?
28 Milli Vanilli Baby Don't Forget My Number
29 Martika Toy Solider
30 Paula Abdul Forever Your Girl
31 Mike and The Mechanics The Living Years
32 The Bangles Eternal Flame
33 Tone Loc Wild Thing
34 Bad English When I See You Smile
35 Cher If I Could Turn Back Time
36 Neneh Cherry Buffalo Stance
37 Sheriff When I'm With You
38 Taylor Dayne Don't Rush Me
39 Bon Jovi Born to Be My Baby
40 Fine Young Cannibals Good Thing
41 Sheena Easton The Lover in Me
42 Young M.C. Bust a Move
43 Great White Once Bitten, Twice Shy
44 Prince Batdance
45 Michael Damian Rock On
46 Jody Watley Real Love
47 B-52's Love Shack
48 Bobby Brown Every Little Step
49 New Kids On The Block Hangin' Tough
50 Rod Stewart My Heart Can't Tell You No
51 Love and Rockets So Alive
52 New Kids On The Block You Got It (The Right Stuff)
53 Def Leppard Armageddon It
54 Richard Marx Satisfied
55 Madonna Express Yourself
56 Dino I Like It
57 Donny Osmond Soldier of Love
58 Tears For Fears Sowing the Seeds of Love
59 Madonna Cherish
60 White Lion When the Children Cry
61 Skid Row 18 and Life
62 Duran Duran I Don't Want Your Love
63 .38 Special Second Chances
64 Karyn White The Way You Love Me
65 Tone Loc Funky Cold Medina
66 Bangles In Your Room
67 Natalie Cole Miss You Like Crazy
68 Cure Love Song
69 Karyn White Secret Rendesvous
70 Jeff Healey Band Angel Eyes
71 Guns N' Roses Patience
72 Eddie Money Walk on Water
73 New Kids On The Block Cover Girl
74 Guns N' Roses Welcom to the Jungle
75 Surface Shower Me With Your Love
76 R.E.M. Stand
77 Lita Ford Close My Eyes Forever
78 Tiffany All This Time
79 Cher and Peter Cetera After All
80 Bobby Brown Roni
81 Aerosmith Love in an Elevator
82 Bon Jovi Lay Your Hands on Me
83 When In Rome This Promise
84 Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians What I Am
85 Boys Club I Remember Holding You
86 Guns N' Roses Paradise City
87 Samantha Fox Iwanna Have Some Fun
88 Rick Astley She Wants to Dance With Me
89 Vanessa Williams Dreamin'
90 Babyface It's No Crime
91 Alice Cooper Poison
92 Donna Summer This Time I Know It's for Real
93 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal
94 Deon Estus Heavan Help Me
95 Bobby Brown Rock Wit'cha
96 Sa-fire Thinking of You
97 Expose What You Don't Know
98 Ann Wilson and Robin Zander Surrender to Me
99 Don Henley The End of the Innocence
100 Soul II Soul Keep on Movin'

Billboard Hot 100 Year-End Top 100 Singles of 1989