"1989/The number, another summer." So said Chuck D in Public Enemy's epoch-defining single "Fight the Power," but 1989 was not just another summer and it was not just another year. The last year of the '80s was one of the best of the decade, seeing the culmination of many of the past decade's trends and the beginning of sounds that would later define the '90s. One major place where the two decades intersected was at the Golden Age of Sampling, vividly heard on De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising and Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique. In '89, these albums seemed to usher in an era of boundless re-contextualizing but lawsuits soon reined in sampling, leaving these two albums as the high-water mark of sample-heavy hip-hop. Elsewhere, dance met rock in invigorating ways, particularly in Manchester where the Stone Roses' debut straddled the '60s and '80s with ease. As some of the '80s college rock icons cleaned up in an attempt to crossover -- the Replacements sounded slicker than ever, Bob Mould turned down the amps, the Cure scored a genuine hit single with "Lovesong," as did Love and Rockets with "So Alive" -- Nirvana and Nine Inch Nails delivered their debuts and Pixies released their monumental Doolittle. As '60s veterans Neil Young and Bob Dylan delivered evocative, muscular new work, XTC, Lenny Kravitz, and Tears for Fears delivered psychedelic pastiche, while Tom Petty cannily collaborated with Jeff Lynne on his first solo album, which hearkened back to the '60s while sounding like the '80s. But if you really want to know what 1989 sounded like, turn to the Top 40 charts, ruled by the new jack swing of Bobby Brown, the surging ambition of Madonna's Like a Prayer, and a ton of pop-rap crossovers, led by Young MC's "Bust a Move" and Biz Markie's "Just a Friend." Then again, any one of these paths -- and many more -- give you plenty of reasons to Love 1989.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine [Spotify]
Typical disclaimer for a year where I found it impossible the list down to a reasonable size: singles from records on the Best Albums list did not make my singles list. However, many of them do show up on my accompanying Spotify playlist.

Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
Pixies - Doolittle
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
Soul II Soul - Club Classics, Vol. 1
XTC - Oranges & Lemons
3rd Bass - The Cactus Album
Neneh Cherry – Raw Like Sushi
Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever
Bob Mould - Workbook
Prince - Batman
Madonna - Like a Prayer
Nirvana - Bleach
The Replacements - Don't Tell a Soul
The Cure - Disintegration
Elvis Costello - Spike
Lyle Lovett - Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
Terence Trent D'Arby - Neither Fish nor Flesh
The Smithereens - 11
Lenny Kravitz - Let Love Rule
Bob Dylan - Oh Mercy

Public Enemy - "Fight the Power"
Young MC - "Bust a Move"
Love and Rockets - "So Alive"
Pogues - "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah"
Clint Black - "Killin' Time"
Julian Lennon - "Now You're in Heaven"
Happy Mondays - "WFL [Remix]"
Robyn Hitchcock - "Madonna of the Wasps"
Fine Young Cannibals - "She Drives Me Crazy"
Lisa Stansfield - "All Around the World"
Roxette - "The Look"
Biz Markie - "Just a Friend"
Paula Abdul - "Straight Up"
Morrissey - "Last of the Famous International Playboys"
Bobby Brown - "Every Little Step"
Pet Shop Boys - "Left to My Own Devices"
Janet Jackson - "Miss You Much"
Todd Rundgren - "The Want of a Nail"
Roachford - "Cuddly Toy (Feel for Me)"
The Pursuit of Happiness - "I'm an Adult Now"

John Bush
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
New Order - Technique
Pixies - Doolittle
The Wedding Present - Bizarro
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
Galaxie 500 - On Fire
The Ocean Blue - The Ocean Blue
Big Audio Dynamite - Megatop Phoenix
The Cult - Sonic Temple
Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine
The Sugarcubes - Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week!
De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
Hoodoo Gurus - Magnum Cum Louder
Kitchens of Distinction - Love Is Hell
Blake Babies - Earwig
XTC - Oranges & Lemons
Eleventh Dream Day - Beet
Peter Murphy - Deep
The The - Mind Bomb
Love and Rockets - Love and Rockets

New Order - "Fine Time"
Beastie Boys - "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun"
Big Audio Dynamite - "Contact"
Electronic - "Getting Away with It"
808 State - "Pacific"
Janet Jackson - "Escapade"
Gang Starr - "DJ Premier in Deep Concentration"
Galaxie 500 - "Strange"
The Wedding Present - "Brassneck"
The Ocean Blue - "Drifting, Falling"
Morrissey - "The Last of the Famous International Playboys"
Lush - "Scarlet"
The Field Mice - "Sensitive"
Hoodoo Gurus - "Come Anytime"
The Smithereens - "A Girl Like You"
Pixies - "Debaser"
Skinny Puppy - "Worlock"
The Stone Roses - "I Am the Resurrection"
The Orb - "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld"

Heather Phares
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
Julee Cruise - Floating into the Night
The Cure - Disintegration
De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
Galaxie 500 - On Fire
New Order - Technique
Pere Ubu - Cloudland
Pixies - Doolittle
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
XTC - Oranges & Lemons

Bangles - "Eternal Flame"
Black Box - "Ride on Time"
Neneh Cherry - "Buffalo Stance"
Elvis Costello - "Veronica"
Faith No More - "Epic"
Fine Young Cannibals - "She Drives Me Crazy"
Billy Joel - "We Didn't Start the Fire"
L'Trimm - "Cuttie Pie"
Living Colour - "Cult of Personality"
Love and Rockets - "So Alive"
Madonna - "Like a Prayer"
Michael Penn - "No Myth"
Tom Petty - "Free Fallin'"
Pixies - "Here Comes Your Man"
Lou Reed - "Dirty Blvd."
The Replacements - "I'll Be You"
Roxette - "The Look"
Technotronic f/ Felly - “Pump Up the Jam”
Tone-Loc - "Wild Thing"
Young MC - "Bust a Move"

Tim Sendra
A.R. Kane - "i"
De La Soul - Three Feet High and Rising
Felt - Me and a Monkey on the Moon
The Field Mice - Snowball
Galaxie 500 - On Fire
Inner City - Big Fun
New Order - Technique
The Orchids - Lyceum
The Pastels - Sittin' Pretty
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses

Jonathan Ball [Spotify]
Love and Rockets - Love and Rockets
Bob Mould - Workbook
Masters of Reality - Masters of Reality
XTC - Oranges & Lemons
Tin Machine - Tin Machine
King Swamp - King Swamp
The B-52's - Cosmic Thing
Chris Isaak - Heart Shaped World
David Bowie - Sound + Vision
Wire - It's Beginning to and Back Again
Grant Hart - Intolerance
Screaming Trees - Buzz Factory
The Ocean Blue - The Ocean Blue
Hugo Largo - Mettle
The Screaming Blue Messiahs - Totally Religious
Peter Gabriel - Passion
Blake Babies - Earwig
Andy Summers - The Golden Wire
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions - 1984-1989
The Replacements - Don't Tell a Soul
Nick Cave - Ghosts...Of the Civil Dead

Tears for Fears - "Sowing the Seeds of Love"
Hoodoo Gurus - "Come Anytime"
The B-52's - "Love Shack"
R.E.M. - "Pop Song 89"
Morrissey - "The Last of the Famous International Playboys"
Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus"
The Replacements - "I'll Be You"
808 State - "Pacific State"
Fine Young Cannibals - "She Drives Me Crazy"
XTC - "King for a Day"
Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians - "Madonna of the Wasps"
Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Knock Me Down"
Enuff Z'nuff - "New Thing"
The Rolling Stones - 'Mixed Emotions"
Motley Crue - "Kickstart My Heart"
Smithereens - "A Girl Like You"
Eric Clapton - "Pretending"
The Lightening Seeds - "Pure"
Young MC - "Bust a Move"
Julian Lennon - "Now You're in Heaven"

Thom Jurek
A.R. Kane - "i"
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
Big Daddy Kane - It's a Big Daddy Thing
De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
Godflesh - Streetcleaner
A Guy Called Gerald - Automanikk
The Ex - Joggers & Smoggers
The Blue Nile - Hats
Ministry - The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste
Kate Bush - The Sensual World
Baaba Maal - Djaam Leelii
Peter Gabriel - Passion
Bob Dylan - Oh Mercy
Pogues - Peace and Love
Inner City - Big Fun
Madonna - Like a Prayer
Barry Adamson - Moss Side Story
Mekons - Mekons Rock 'N' Roll
Joe Strummer - Earthquake Weather
Dwight Yoakam - Buenos Noches from a Lonely Room

Rhythim Is Rhythim - "Beyond the Dance"
Neneh Cherry - "Buffalo Stance"
Model 500 - "The Chase"
Depeche Mode - "Personal Jesus"/"Dangerous"
Fine Young Cannibals - "She Drives Me Crazy"
The Gap Band - "I'm Gonna Get You Sucka"
Heavy D & the Boyz - "We Got Our Own Thang"
Young MC - "Bust a Move"
Was (Not Was) - "Walk the Dinosaur"
A Guy Called Gerald - "Specific Hate"
Public Enemy - "Black Steel in the Hour Of Chaos"
Public Enemy - "Fight the Power"
Wendy & Lisa - "Are You My Baby"
Tone-Loc - "Funky Cold Medina"
Love and Rockets - "Motorcycle'
Sonic Youth - "Teenage Riot"
The Waterboys - "Fisherman's Blues"
Fairground Attraction - "Perfect"
Soul II Soul - "Keep on Movin'"
Love and Money - "Hallelujah Man"

Andy Kellman [Spotify]
A.R. Kane - "i"
De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation 1814
Soul II Soul - Club Classics, Vol. 1
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
Mr. Fingers - Ammnesia
The Blue Nile - Hats
Jungle Brothers - Done by the Forces of Nature
The D.O.C. - No One Can Do It Better
New Order - Technique
Big Daddy Kane - It's a Big Daddy Thing
Neneh Cherry - Raw Like Sushi
Galaxie 500 - On Fire
3rd Bass - The Cactus Album
Kitchens of Distinction - Love Is Hell
EPMD - Unfinished Business
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo - Road to the Riches
Inner City - Big Fun
Kate Bush - The Sensual World
Virgo - Virgo

Soul II Soul - "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)"
Neneh Cherry - "Buffalo Stance"
Public Enemy - "Fight the Power"
Janet Jackson - "Rhythm Nation"
R-Tyme - "R-Theme"
Lil Louis - "French Kiss"
The D.O.C. - "It's Funky Enough"
EPMD - "So Wat Cha Sayin'"
Paris - "Break the Grip of Shame"
Digital Underground - "Doowutchyalike"
Slick Rick - "Children's Story"
Steve Poindexter - "Work That Motherfucker"
Mr. Fingers - "What About This Love"
808 State - "Pacific State"
The Stone Roses - "I Wanna Be Adored"
Satoshi Tomiie - "Tears"
Depeche Mode - "Personal Jesus"
The Black Dog - "Virtual"
Bobby Brown - "Every Little Step"
Special Ed - "I Got It Made"

James Christopher Monger
Camper Van Beethoven - Key Lime Pie
Michael Penn - March
Mary My Hope - Museum
Daniel Lanois - Acadie
The Pogues - Peace & Love
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians - Queen Elvis
Pixies - Doolittle
XTC - Oranges & Lemons
David Byrne - Rei Momo
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
Trip Shakespeare - Are You Shakespearienced?
Material - Seven Souls
Chris Isaak - Heart Shaped World
Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine
Jonathan Richman - Jonathan Richman
Lou Reed - New York
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
Love and Rockets - Love and Rockets
Steeleye Span - Tempted & Tried
Julian Cope - Skellington

Shopping Trolley - "Bring Back the Mary Hopkins Days"
Eleventh Dream Day - "Axle"
Faith No More - "Epic"
Roy Orbison - "Mystery Girl"
Nirvana - "About a Girl"
Tears for Fears - "Sowing the Seeds of Love"
Gavin Friday & the Man Seezer - "Each Man Kills the Thing He Loves"
The Jesus and Mary Chain - "Head On"
Motley Crue - "Doctor Feelgood"
The Smithereens - "A Girl Like You"
The B-52's - "Roam"
Elvis Costello - "Veronica"
Tom Petty - "Running Down a Dream"
Julee Cruise - "Falling"
New Model Army - "Vagabonds"
Kate Bush - "Love & Anger"
Joe Jackson - "Evil Empire"
Jesus Jones - "Never Enough"
The Grapes of Wrath - "All the Things I Wasn't"
Toy Dolls - "Blaze of the Borough"

Sean Westergaard
Les 4 Guitaristes de l'Apocalypso Bar - Fin de Siècle
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
Bootstrappers - Bootstrappers
Camper Van Beethoven - Key Lime Pie
Camper Van Chadbourne - 69th Sinfunny
Carlos Actis Dato - Ankara Twist
De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
Eleventh Dream Day - Wayne EP
Bill Frisell - Is That You?
John Zorn/George Lewis/Bill Frisell - More News for Lulu
The President - Bring Yr Camera
Henry Kaiser - Those Who Know History Are Doomed to Repeat It
Killdozer - For Ladies Only
Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80 - Beasts of No Nation
Last Exit - Headfirst into the Flames: Live in Europe
The Ordinaires - One
Ivo Papasov & His Orchestra - Orpheus Ascending
The Persons - World Surf Music
Sun Ra - Purple Night
Hal Russell NRG Ensemble - Hal on Earth
Nicky Skopelitis - Next to Nothing
John Zorn - Naked City

James Wilkinson
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
Neil Young - Freedom
Felt - Me and a Monkey on the Moon
Inspiral Carpets - Dung 4
Spaceman 3 - Playing with Fire
New Order - Technique
Bob Dylan - Oh Mercy
James - One Man Clapping
The Jayhawks - Blue Earth
Pixies - Doolittle
Nirvana - Bleach
The Blue Nile - Hats
The Wedding Present - Bizarro
Galaxie 500 - On Fire
XTC - Oranges & Lemons
Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever
808 State - 90
The Lilac Time - Paradise Circus
The Pastels - Sittin' Pretty
Rolling Stones - Steel Wheels

The Stone Roses - "Fools Gold"/"What the World Is Waiting For"
Inspiral Carpets - Trainsurfing
R.E.M. - "Get Up"
Inspiral Carpets - "Move"
Inspiral Carpets - "Joe"
808 State - "Pacific State"
The Sundays - "Can't Be Sure"
R.E.M. - "Pop Song 89"
Happy Mondays - Madchester Rave On
Television Personalities - "Salvador Dali's Garden Party"
Morrissey - "Last of the International Playboys"
New Order - "Round and Round"
James - "Sit Down"
Electronic - "Getting Away with It"
Morrissey - "Ouija Board, Ouija Board"
The Rainkings - Sictransitgloriaswanson
Morrissey - "Interesting Drug"
The Mock Turtles - "And Then She Smiles"
Soul II Soul - "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)"
Jesus Jones - "Info Freako"

Matthew Garbutt [Spotify]
808 State – 90
Barry Adamson – Moss Side Story
Chris Isaak – Heart Shaped World
De La Soul – 3 Feet High and Rising
Fine Young Cannibals – The Raw and the Cooked
Inner City – Paradise
Les Negresses Vertes – Mlah
Mr. Fingers – Ammnesia
Neneh Cherry – Raw Like Sushi
New Order – Technique
Pixies – Doolittle
Renegade Soundwave – Soundclash
S'Express – Original Soundtrack
Soul II Soul – Club Classics, Vol. 1
Sound Iration – Sound Iration in Dub
The Beautiful South – Welcome to the Beautiful South
The Fall – Seminal Live
The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
Thee Headcoats – Headcoats Down!
Thee Mighty Caesars – John Lennon's Corpse Revisited

A Guy Called Gerald - "Voodoo Ray"
Debbie Malone - "Rescue Me"
Electribe 101 - "Tell Me When the Fever Ended"
Forgemasters - "Track with No Name"
Humanoid - "Slam"
Inner City - "Whatcha Gonna Do with My Lovin'"
Inspiral Carpets - Joe
Man Machine/Forgemasters - "Man Machine"
Model 500 - "The Chase"
Nightmares on Wax - "Dextrous"
Orbital - "Chime"
Pisces - "Take Me Higher"
S'Express - "Mantra for a State of Mind"
Sha-Lor - "I'm in Love"
Silver Bullet - "Bring Forth the Guillotine"
Tackhead - "Ticking Time Bomb"
The Beatmasters - "Warm Love"
The Beloved - "The Sun Rising"
The Black Dog - "Virtual"
The Stone Roses - "Fool's Gold"

Richard Wilson [Spotify]
Bad Religion - No Control
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
The Cure - Disintegration
Galaxie 500 - On Fire
Gorilla Biscuits - Start Today
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Automatic
Ministry - The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste
Mudhoney - Mudhoney
New Model Army - Thunder & Constellation
Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine
Nirvana - Bleach
NoMeansNo - Wrong
Operation Ivy - Energy
Pixies - Doolittle
Sebadoh - The Freed Man
Senseless Things - Postcard C.V.
Snuff - Snuff Said...
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
Treepeople - Guilt, Regret and Embarrassment
The Wedding Present - Bizarro

The Afghan Whigs - "I Am the Sticks"
Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine - "Sheriff Fatman"
Chunk - "What Do I"
Dinosaur Jr. - "Just Like Heaven"
Fudge Tunnel - Fudge Tunnel
Inspiral Carpets - "Joe"
James - "Come Home"
Mega City Four - "Less Than Senseless"
Pale Saints - Barging into the Presence of God
Pavement - Slay Tracks: 1933-1969
Pixies - "Monkey Gone to Heaven"
Pop Will Eat Itself - "Can U Dig It?"
Public Enemy - "Fight the Power"
Senseless Things - "Too Much Kissing"
Silver Bullet - "Bring Forth the Guillotine"
Silverfish - T.F.A. E.P.
Snuff - "Not Listening"
The Stone Roses - "Fools Gold"
The Wedding Present - "Kennedy"
The Wonder Stuff - "Don't Let Me Down, Gently"

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