1989 in music

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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1989.

Events[edit]

Bands formed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Bands reformed[edit]

Albums released[edit]

All releases are an LP record unless otherwise stated.
Multiple entries for the same day are arranged alphabetically by the album's name.
Release dates may vary in different countries.

January – March[edit]

Release Album Artist Notes
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9 A Show of Hands Rush Live album
10 New York Lou Reed
The Best of Oingo Boingo: Skeletons in the Closet Oingo Boingo
13 Fabulous Disaster Exodus US version (originally released in Europe in 1988)[2]
23 Oh Yes I Can David Crosby
Lōc-ed After Dark Tone Lōc
24 Electric Youth Debbie Gibson
Skid Row Skid Row Debut
25 Touch Sarah McLachlan Arista Records re-release
After the War Gary Moore
30 Dylan & the Dead Bob Dylan and Grateful Dead Live album
Technique New Order
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1 Don't Tell a Soul The Replacements
The Great Radio Controversy Tesla
6 Beyond the Blue Neon George Strait
7 Mystery Girl Roy Orbison
As Nasty As They Wanna Be 2 Live Crew
14 Spike Elvis Costello
15 Fabulous Disaster Exodus
20 The Raw and the Cooked Fine Young Cannibals
22 Blessing in Disguise Metal Church
27 Oranges & Lemons XTC
28 Indigo Girls Indigo Girls
Force majeure Doro
Jed Goo Goo Dolls
A New Flame Simply Red
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6 When Dream and Day Unite Dream Theater
7 Girl You Know It's True Milli Vanilli U.S. version of All or Nothing
10 Mr. Jordan Julian Lennon
11 101 Depeche Mode Live double album
12 Grip It! On That Other Level Geto Boys
14 3 Feet High and Rising De La Soul
Extreme Extreme Debut
Road to the Riches Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
Spell Deon Estus
Yellow Moon The Neville Brothers
20 Shine Mother Love Bone
21 Like a Prayer Madonna
Nick of Time Bonnie Raitt
22 Make Them Die Slowly White Zombie
28 Alannah Myles Alannah Myles
Larger than Life Jody Watley
Energy Operation Ivy

April – June[edit]

Release Album Artist Notes
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1 Stuck in Wonderamaland Dramarama -
4 The Breathtaking Blue Alphaville -
10 Sonic Temple The Cult -
12 Garth Brooks Garth Brooks -
...Twice Shy Great White -
15 The Headless Children W.A.S.P. -
16 Spanking Machine Babes in Toyland -
18 Doolittle Pixies -
19 Good to Be Back Natalie Cole -
21 Blue Blood X Japan -
24 Headless Cross Black Sabbath -
Another Place and Time Donna Summer -
25 Blue Murder Blue Murder -
Full Moon Fever Tom Petty -
28 Mr. Music Head Adrian Belew -
Follow the Blind Blind Guardian -
When the World Knows Your Name Deacon Blue -
1,000 Hours Green Day -
City Streets Carole King -
Kite Kirsty MacColl -
Club Classics Vol. One Soul II Soul UK
The Black Swan The Triffids -
Blaze of Glory Joe Jackson -
Raging Silence Uriah Heep -
Slippery When Ill The Vandals -
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2 Killin' Time Clint Black -
Raw Like Sushi Neneh Cherry -
Disintegration The Cure -
Barry Manilow Barry Manilow -
The Stone Roses The Stone Roses -
Yo Frankie Dion -
Through the Storm Aretha Franklin -
6 Repeat Offender Richard Marx -
8 Junta Phish sold at concerts in 1988
Street Fighting Years Simple Minds -
9 Dangerous Toys Dangerous Toys -
A Night to Remember Cyndi Lauper -
Big Daddy John Mellencamp -
Kaleidoscope World Swing Out Sister -
11 Badlands Badlands -
The Other Side of the Mirror Stevie Nicks -
12 Altars of Madness Morbid Angel Debut.
DRESS TM NETWORK Remix album
13 I Enjoy Being a Girl Phranc -
15 Ten Good Reasons Jason Donovan -
16 Blind Man's Zoo 10,000 Maniacs -
The Warmer Side of Cool Wang Chung -
17 Cycles The Doobie Brothers -
18 Nearly Human Todd Rundgren -
19 Avalon Sunset Van Morrison UK
21 A Peacetime Boom The Boom -
22 The Miracle Queen -
Tin Machine Tin Machine -
23 Brain Drain Ramones -
24 Workin' Overtime Diana Ross -
25 Broadway the Hard Way Frank Zappa -
26 Eat the Heat Accept -
Ghostbusters II Soundtrack Various Artists Soundtrack
29 2300 Jackson Street Jacksons -
30 White Limozeen Dolly Parton -
Invasion Live Magnum Live
Beneath the Remains Sepultura -
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5 Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ Peter Gabriel -
Flowers in the Dirt Paul McCartney -
6 World in Motion Jackson Browne -
In Step Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble -
8 Nights Like This Stacey Q -
13 What You Don't Know Exposé -
Big Game White Lion -
Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe -
DC Talk DC Talk -
14 Slowly We Rot Obituary -
15 Bleach Nirvana Debut
The Offspring The Offspring Debut; re-released in 1995
16 No One Can Do It Better The D.O.C. Debut
19 Soul Provider Michael Bolton -
Heart of Stone Cher -
Extreme Aggression Kreator -
Riders go Commercial Riders in the Sky -
Mr. Big Mr. Big -
20 The Joke's on You Excel -
The Real Thing Faith No More -
Life Is a Dance – The Remix Project Chaka Khan Remix album
Batman Prince Soundtrack
21 Looking for Freedom David Hasselhoff -
26 All or Nothing: The U.S. Remix album Milli Vanilli Remix
Bad English Bad English -
27 Cosmic Thing The B-52s -
Danger Danger Danger Danger -
The End of the Innocence Don Henley -
Heart Shaped World Chris Isaak -
Gretchen Goes to Nebraska King's X -
The Iron Man: The Musical by Pete Townshend Pete Townshend -
28 Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop Boogie Down Productions -
Magnum Cum Louder Hoodoo Gurus -
Seminal Live The Fall Live
Margin Walker Fugazi EP
Two Highways Alison Krauss & Union Station -

July – September[edit]

Release Album Artist Notes
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1 Bulletproof Heart Grace Jones -
10 Earth Moving Mike Oldfield -
11 Cuts Both Ways Gloria Estefan US
Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich Warrant -
Mind Bomb The The -
12 Blood, Sweat and No Tears Sick of It All -
18 UHF - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff "Weird Al" Yankovic Soundtrack
25 Paul's Boutique Beastie Boys -
Unfinished Business EPMD -
Trash Alice Cooper -
27 Can't Look Away Trevor Rabin -
30 Tender Lover Babyface -
Peace and Love The Pogues -
Waking Hours Del Amitri -
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1 One Bee Gees -
2 The Cinderella Theory George Clinton -
4 Practice What You Preach Testament -
11 Trouble in Angel City Lion -
14 Now That's What I Call Music 15 (UK series) (UK series) Various Artists -
15 Love Among the Cannibals Starship -
16 Perfect Symmetry Fates Warning -
Mother's Milk Red Hot Chili Peppers -
17 The Death of a Dictionary Public Affection band changed name to Live
18 Dig? Bill Bruford's Earthworks -
21 Rock Island Jethro Tull -
Conspiracy King Diamond -
22 After 7 After 7 -
Enuff Z'nuff Enuff Z'nuff -
Cocked & Loaded L.A. Guns -
24 The Man Is Back! Barry White -
28 Adeva! Adeva -
Still Cruisin' The Beach Boys -
29 Sleeping with the Past Elton John US
Steel Wheels The Rolling Stones -
30 Escape from Havana Mellow Man Ace Debut
Up to Here The Tragically Hip -
Penikufesin Anthrax EP
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1 Dr. Feelgood Mötley Crüe -
Water in Time and Space Susumu Hirasawa Debut
4 Love and Rockets Love and Rockets -
5 Alice in Hell Annihilator -
Megatop Phoenix Big Audio Dynamite -
Key Lime Pie Camper Van Beethoven -
Mick Jones Mick Jones -
S&M Airlines NOFX -
Louder Than Love Soundgarden -
Stone Cold Rhymin' Young MC -
6 Wake Me When It's Over Faster Pussycat -
11 We Too Are One Eurythmics UK
Results Liza Minnelli -
Brave and Crazy Melissa Etheridge -
12 Pump Aerosmith -
Bound By the Beauty Jane Siberry -
13 Foreign Affair Tina Turner -
14 Quickness Bad Brains -
17 Soldier of Fortune Loudness -
18 Allroy's Revenge ALL -
Oh Mercy Bob Dylan -
Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 Janet Jackson US
19 Sound + Vision David Bowie Box Set
Let Love Rule Lenny Kravitz -
Merry, Merry Christmas New Kids on the Block Christmas
20 Velveteen Transvision Vamp -
24 Heart Like a Sky Spandau Ballet -
25 Seasons End Marillion -
Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! The Sugarcubes -
26 Def, Dumb and Blonde Deborah Harry US
Flying Cowboys Rickie Lee Jones -
Big Trash Thompson Twins -
No Holdin' Back Randy Travis -
27 The Seeds of Love Tears for Fears -
Automatic The Jesus and Mary Chain -
The Healer John Lee Hooker -

October – December[edit]

Release Album Artist Notes
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2 Freedom Neil Young -
3 Crossroads Tracy Chapman -
Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind Linda Ronstadt featuring Aaron Neville
Hup The Wonder Stuff -
Runaway Horses Belinda Carlisle
7 UAIOE KMFDM -
9 Hats The Blue Nile -
Book of Days The Psychedelic Furs -
Enjoy Yourself Kylie Minogue -
10 The Biz Never Sleeps Biz Markie -
Thrash Zone D.R.I. -
The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech...Just Watch What You Say Ice-T -
13 Trouble Walkin' Ace Frehley -
The Years of Decay Overkill -
Nothingface Voivod -
Long Hard Look Lou Gramm -
16 Scarlet and Other Stories All About Eve -
Wild! Erasure -
17 The Sensual World Kate Bush -
Steady On Shawn Colvin -
Storm Front Billy Joel -
Hot in the Shade Kiss -
11 The Smithereens -
Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Déjà Vu Suicidal Tendencies Compilation
Trial by Fire: Live In Leningrad Yngwie Malmsteen Live
20 Pretty Hate Machine Nine Inch Nails -
22 Buzz Factory Screaming Trees -
23 Neither Fish Nor Flesh (A Soundtrack of Love, Faith, Hope & Destruction) Terence Trent D'Arby -
Best of Dark Horse 1976-1989 George Harrison -
25 Save Yourself McAuley Schenker Group -
26 Zig Zag The Hooters -
28 Realm of Chaos – Slaves to Darkness Bolt Thrower -
30 Flying in a Blue Dream Joe Satriani -
Holding Back the River Wet Wet Wet -
You, Me and the Alarm Clock John Bramwell (as Johnny Dangerously) -
31 Can't Fight Fate Taylor Dayne -
Built to Last Grateful Dead -
Speaking of Dreams Joan Baez -
The Road to Hell Chris Rea -
13 Songs Fugazi Compilation
The Time Bros -
Rite Time Can -
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2 No Control Bad Religion -
6 Boomerang The Creatures -
7 Best Shots Pat Benatar Greatest Hits
Journeyman Eric Clapton -
All Hail the Queen Queen Latifah -
Slip of the Tongue Whitesnake US
10 West Textures Robert Earl Keen -
13 Me and a Monkey on the Moon Felt -
Best of Rockers 'n' Ballads Scorpions Compilation
14 The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste Ministry -
Here in the Real World Alan Jackson Debut
17 The Incredible Base Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock -
20 Affection Lisa Stansfield Europe
...But Seriously Phil Collins -
Rabies Skinny Puppy -
21 Back on the Block Quincy Jones -
Kenny G Live Kenny G Live
Presto Rush -
28 Pump Up the Jam: The Album Technotronic -
23 A Black & White Night Live Roy Orbison and Friends Live
Suck on This Primus -
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1 Gutter Ballet Savatage -
Change the Weather Underworld -
2 Now That's What I Call Music 16 (UK series) (UK series) Various Artists -
9 Digitalian is eating breakfast Tetsuya Komuro Debut
11 Monty Python Sings Monty Python Compilation
12 Labour of Love II UB40
15 Consuming Impulse Pestilence -
Surprise Better Than Ezra cassette only

Release Date Unknown[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1989.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Madonna Like a Prayer 1989 United States UK 1 – Mar 1989, US BB 1 – Mar 1989, US CashBox 1 of 1989, Sweden 1 – Mar 1989, Switzerland 1 – Mar 1989, Norway 1 – Mar 1989, Poland 1 – Apr 1989, Éire 1 – Mar 1989, New Zealand 1 for 2 weeks Apr 1989, Australia 1 for 1 weeks Sep 1989, Netherlands 2 – Mar 1989, Austria 2 – Apr 1989, Australia 2 of 1989, Germany 2 – Mar 1989, France 4 – Mar 1989, Italy 5 of 1989, POP 5 of 1989, RYM 13 of 1989, US BB 14 of 1989, Scrobulate 33 of pop, Europe 49 of the 1980s, Germany 96 of the 1980s, OzNet 161, Rolling Stone 300, Acclaimed 629
2 The Bangles Eternal Flame 1989 United States UK 1 – Feb 1989, US BB 1 – Feb 1989, Netherlands 1 – Mar 1989, Sweden 1 – Apr 1989, Norway 1 – May 1989, Australia 1 of 1989, Éire 1 – Apr 1989, Australia 1 for 1 weeks Oct 1989, Switzerland 2 – May 1989, Austria 3 – May 1989, Germany 5 – May 1989, US CashBox 7 of 1989, France 10 – Feb 1989, US BB 11 of 1989, POP 25 of 1989, Europe 27 of the 1980s, Scrobulate 70 of 80s, RYM 73 of 1989, OzNet 141, Germany 196 of the 1980s
3 Phil Collins Another Day in Paradise 1989 United Kingdom US BB 1 – Nov 1989, Sweden 1 – Nov 1989, Switzerland 1 – Nov 1989, Norway 1 – Nov 1989, Poland 1 – Nov 1989, Germany 1 – Jan 1990, Grammy in 1990, UK 2 – Nov 1989, Netherlands 2 – Oct 1989, Austria 2 – Dec 1989, Italy 3 of 1990, France 9 – Nov 1989, POP 21 of 1989, Europe 60 of the 1980s, Scrobulate 67 of ballad, RYM 133 of 1989, Germany 195 of the 1990s, OzNet 214
4 Roxette The Look 1989 Sweden US BB 1 – Feb 1989, Sweden 1 – Jan 1989, Switzerland 1 – Apr 1989, Norway 1 – Mar 1989, Germany 1 – Apr 1989, Australia 1 for 6 weeks Nov 1989, Netherlands 2 – Mar 1989, Austria 2 – May 1989, Australia 3 of 1989, France 4 – Apr 1989, US CashBox 6 of 1989, UK 7 – Apr 1989, Poland 8 – Apr 1989, Italy 9 of 1989, US BB 21 of 1989, Germany 30 of the 1980s, POP 39 of 1989, RYM 94 of 1989, OzNet 567
5 The B-52s Love Shack 1989 United States US BB 1 of 1989, Éire 1 – Mar 1990, New Zealand 1 for 4 weeks Jan 1990, Australia 1 for 8 weeks Mar 1990, POP 1 of 1989, UK 2 – Mar 1990, KROQ 2 of 1989, US BB 3 – Sep 1989, Party 3 of 2007, France 4 – Oct 1989, Australia 16 of 1990, Netherlands 18 – Dec 1989, Sweden 20 – Mar 1990, RYM 37 of 1989, Scrobulate 61 of 80s, TheQ 238, Rolling Stone 243, RIAA 243, OzNet 311, WXPN 498, Acclaimed 662

U.S. Best Selling Singles[edit]

The following singles achieved the highest chart positions in the U.S. of 1989.

Position Song Title Artist Highest Position weeks at #1
1 Look Away Chicago 1 2
2 My Prerogative Bobby Brown 1 1
3 Every Rose Has Its Thorn Poison 1 3
4 Straight Up Paula Abdul 1 3
5 Miss You Much Janet Jackson 1 4

Top hits[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theatre[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Awards[edit]

Charts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/ent/performingarts/stories/092009dngdmeyerson.1377582.html Dallas Morning News, September 20. 2009.
  2. ^ According to Encyclopaedia Metallum, Exodus' album Fabulous Disaster was released in Europe in 1988 by UK label Music for Nations, but not in the US until January 1989.

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