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Re: Forum Poll: The Best Albums and Songs of 1988

Maybe the best year for songs since 1979

50 Eternal Flame The Bangles
49 Doctorin' The Tardis The Timelords
48 Plug Tunin De La Soul
47 Jane Says Jane's Addiction
46 Handle with Care Traveling Wilburys
45 I'm Your Man Leonard Cohen
44 Joe Le Taxi Vanessa Paradis
43 Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now? The Wedding Present
42 The King of Rock 'n' Roll Prefab Sprout
41 Streets of Your Town The Go-Betweens
40 Destroy the Heart The House of Love
39 It's Ya Money I'm After Baby The Wonder Stuff
38 What I Am Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians
37 Orange Crush R.E.M.
36 The Rainbow Talk Talk
35 Suedehead Morrissey
34 F*** Tha Police N.W.A.
33 Victoria The Fall
32 Bone Machine Pixies
31 Heart Pet Shop Boys
30 Buffalo Stance Neneh Cherry
29 A Little Respect Erasure
28 Slow My Bloody Valentine
27 11 R.E.M.
26 Alphabet Street Prince
25 Theme from S'Express S'Express
24 It Takes Two Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
23 Big Fun Inner City
22 Express Yourself N.W.A.
21 Lose My Breath My Bloody Valentine
20 First We Take Manhattan Leonard Cohen
19 Straight Outta Compton N.W.A.
18 Run's House (What's It All About?) Run-D.M.C.
17 Where Is My Mind? Pixies
16 The Mercy Seat Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
15 Touch Me, I'm Sick Mudhoney
14 Follow the Leader Eric B. & Rakim
13 Sidewalking The Jesus and Mary Chain
12 Christine The House of Love
11 Don't Believe the Hype Public Enemy
10 Inheritance Talk Talk
9 Bring The Noise Public Enemy
8 WFL (Wrote for Luck) Happy Mondays
7 Crash The Primitives
6 Under the Milky Way The Church
5 Freak Scene Dinosaur Jr.
4 Voodoo Ray A Guy Called Gerald
3 You Made Me Realize My Bloody Valentine
2 Everyday Is Like Sunday Morrissey
1 Gigantic Pixies

Re: Forum Poll: The Best Albums and Songs of 1988

In time I hope

1) Public Enemy – Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos
2) Sonic Youth – Teenage Riot
3) Tracy Chapman – Fast Car
4) R.E.M. – Orange Crush
5) U2 – Desire
6) Public Enemy – She Watch Channel Zero
7) Living Colour – Cult of Personality
8) Public Enemy – Don’t Believe the Hype
9) Prince – Alphabet Street
10) NWA – Express Yourself
11) Jane’s Addiction – Jane Says
12) Tracy Chapman – Revolution
13) The Traveling Wilburys – Handle With Care
14) Sonic Youth – Silver Rocket
15) Michelle Shocked – Anchorage
16) The Pixies – Gigantic
17) Was Not Was – Walk the Dinosaur
18) Prince – Dance On
19) NWA – Fuck tha Police
20) Pere Ubu – Something’s Gotta Give

Re: Forum Poll: The Best Albums and Songs of 1988

Only 8 days late this time, here are the results:

1) Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
2) Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
3) Pixies - Surfer Rosa
4) R.E.M. - Green
5) The Pogues - If I Should Fall From Grace With God
6) Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man
7) Talk Talk - Spirit Of Eden
N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton
9) My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything
10) Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman

1) Sonic Youth - Teen Age Riot
2) Pixies - Where Is My Mind?
3) Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
4) Pixies - Gigantic
5) Public Enemy - Don't Believe The Hype
6) R.E.M. - World Leader Pretend
7) Metallica - One
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Mercy Seat
9) Public Enemy - Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos
10) The Church - Under The Milky Way

For the complete list, check

Once again feel free to notify me of any mistakes. There shouldn't be as many this time since I took the time to check the list, but some could still have slipped through.

Re: Forum Poll: The Best Albums and Songs of 1988

Hey Stephan, you appear to have left off my 50 points for Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.

Re: Forum Poll: The Best Albums and Songs of 1988

They were counted, they just ended up in John's list for some reason. Updated the file.

Re: Forum Poll: The Best Albums and Songs of 1988

Nick Caves Mercy Seat should be higher. It's twice in the list (# 8 and also # 37 (with my 50 points and Midaso's 14 points)).

Re: Forum Poll: The Best Albums and Songs of 1988

"You know it!" was just a comment from me, Stephan! Roxette's awesome 1988 album is simply called Look Sharp!

I like how Prince's Lovesexy made the top 20. It's his most underrated album, in my opinion, and definitely my second favorite.

I'm also happy to see "Anna Stesia" claim the top song of '88 for Prince. I think if more people heard it, it would definitely crack the top 10- its power is unrelenting.

Re: Forum Poll: The Best Albums and Songs of 1988

Here's my favorite live performance of "Anna Stesia". The most prevalent messages of Prince's music are all encapsulated in this brilliant song, in which he struggles with the internal battle of flesh vs. spirit, culminating with the acknowledgment that closeness to God is the path to his ultimate happiness. It really resonates, particularly given a cursory glance at what was happening in his life at the time. An all-embracing, all-encompassing message of the triumph of spirituality over dejected solitude.

Anyway, enjoy!

Prince - Anna Stesia Live Dortmund 88 -

Re: Forum Poll: The Best Albums and Songs of 1988

Here's the studio version: http://www.imeem.com/people/j3uvKH/music/jjq3uKF7/prince_anna_stesia/

Re: Forum Poll: The Best Albums and Songs of 1988

Sorry Stephan but I’ve found that the 9 points that I gave to “Songhai” ended in John Hiatt’s “Slow Turning”. So John Hiatt goes from position #29 to #35 and Ketama goes from #78 (tied with other 5) to #57 (tied with other 5 too). I’ve tried to correct it myself but I couldn’t save the changes (and I don’t know why).

Re: Forum Poll: The Best Albums and Songs of 1988

I'm really surprised Jane's Addiction and Nick Cave didn't make it.

Anything in the top 17 probably would have made it in any other year in the 80s.

Kind of like how there are going to be a lot of albums that make it in 1976 that wouldn't have even made top 20 in 1971, 1975, or 1977.