1989 in music

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List of years in music (table)

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

Specific locations[edit]

Specific genres[edit]

Events[edit]

Also in 1989[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 -
Skeletons in the Closet Oingo Boingo Compilation
18 The Whitey Album Ciccone Youth -
23 Hunkpapa Throwing Muses -
Lōc-ed After Dark Tone Lōc -
Oh Yes I Can David Crosby -
24 Electric Youth Debbie Gibson -
Skid Row Skid Row Debut
25 After the War Gary Moore -
30 Fabulous Disaster Exodus US version (originally released in Europe in 1988)[2]
Technique New Order -
31 Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich Warrant -
Life Is...Too Short Too Short -
Triumphant Return Whitecross -
? Snakes 'n' Ladders Nazareth -
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1 Don't Tell a Soul The Replacements -
The Great Radio Controversy Tesla -
3 Meshuggah Meshuggah EP
6 Beyond the Blue Neon George Strait -
Dylan & the Dead Bob Dylan and Grateful Dead Live album
7 As Nasty As They Wanna Be 2 Live Crew -
Blessing in Disguise Metal Church -
Mystery Girl Roy Orbison -
Spike Elvis Costello -
20 Animotion Animotion -
The Raw and the Cooked Fine Young Cannibals -
Storm the Studio Meat Beat Manifesto -
22 Jed Goo Goo Dolls -
27 Oranges & Lemons XTC -
28 Indigo Girls Indigo Girls -
? 3 Violent Femmes -
Force Majeure Doro -
A New Flame Simply Red -
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3 3 Feet High and Rising De La Soul -
6 When Dream and Day Unite Dream Theater Debut
7 Girl You Know It's True Milli Vanilli U.S. version of All or Nothing
10 Mr. Jordan Julian Lennon -
12 Grip It! On That Other Level Geto Boys -
13 101 Depeche Mode Live double album
14 Extreme Extreme Debut
Road to the Riches Kool G Rap & DJ Polo -
Spell Deon Estus -
20 Another Place and Time Donna Summer -
Saraya Saraya -
Shine Mother Love Bone EP
21 Like a Prayer Madonna -
Nick of Time Bonnie Raitt -
Something Real Phoebe Snow
Somewhere Between Suzy Bogguss Debut
22 Make Them Die Slowly White Zombie -
23 Brain Drain Ramones -
24 Wide-Eyed Wonder The Choir -
27 Larger than Life Jody Watley -
28 Alannah Myles Alannah Myles -
? Energy Operation Ivy -

April–June[edit]

Release Album Artist Notes
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1 City Streets Carole King -
Gashed Senses & Crossfire Front Line Assembly -
Stuck in Wonderamaland Dramarama -
4 The Breathtaking Blue Alphaville -
7 Beneath the Remains Sepultura -
10 Club Classics Vol. One Soul II Soul UK
Sonic Temple The Cult -
12 Garth Brooks Garth Brooks -
...Twice Shy Great White -
18 Doolittle Pixies -
19 Buzz Factory Screaming Trees -
Good to Be Back Natalie Cole -
21 Blue Blood X Japan -
22 No More Mr. Nice Guy Gang Starr Debut
24 Full Moon Fever Tom Petty -
Headless Cross Black Sabbath -
25 Blue Murder Blue Murder -
26 Best Wishes Cro-Mags -
Repeat Offender Richard Marx -
27 Through the Storm Aretha Franklin -
28 Mr. Music Head Adrian Belew -
? 1,000 Hours Green Day EP
The Black Swan The Triffids -
Blaze of Glory Joe Jackson -
Counterpoint In the Nursery Compilation
The Headless Children W.A.S.P. -
Slippery When Ill The Vandals -
When the World Knows Your Name Deacon Blue -
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1 This Is the Day...This Is the Hour...This Is This! Pop Will Eat Itself -
Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Volume Two Nitty Gritty Dirt Band -
2 Barry Manilow Barry Manilow -
Disintegration The Cure -
Killin' Time Clint Black -
On Land and in the Sea Cardiacs -
Raw Like Sushi Neneh Cherry -
The Stone Roses The Stone Roses -
Sweet Sixteen Reba McEntire -
Yo Frankie Dion -
8 In a Sentimental Mood Dr. John -
Junta Phish sold at concerts in 1988
Kite Kirsty MacColl -
Street Fighting Years Simple Minds -
9 Big Daddy John Mellencamp -
Dangerous Toys Dangerous Toys -
Kaleidoscope World Swing Out Sister -
A Night To Remember Cyndi Lauper -
11 Badlands Badlands -
Eat the Heat Accept -
The Other Side of the Mirror Stevie Nicks -
White Limozeen Dolly Parton -
12 Altars of Madness Morbid Angel Debut
Dress TM Network Remix album
13 Free Concrete Blonde -
I Enjoy Being a Girl Phranc -
15 Ten Good Reasons Jason Donovan -
16 Blind Man's Zoo 10,000 Maniacs -
Slowly We Rot Obituary -
Youngest in Charge Special Ed -
17 Cycles The Doobie Brothers -
18 Nearly Human Todd Rundgren -
21 A Peacetime Boom The Boom -
22 The Miracle Queen -
Tin Machine Tin Machine -
The Works Nik Kershaw -
23 The Warmer Side of Cool Wang Chung -
25 Broadway the Hard Way Frank Zappa -
28 2300 Jackson Street Jacksons -
29 Hope and Despair Edwyn Collins Debut solo
? Cloudland Pere Ubu -
Invasion Live Magnum Live
It's Beginning To And Back Again Wire -
Raging Silence Uriah Heep -
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1 Agent Orange Sodom -
5 Babeti Soukous Tabu Ley Seigneur Rochereau and Afrisa International Orchestra -
Flowers in the Dirt Paul McCartney -
Passion Peter Gabriel -
6 In Step Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble -
Workin' Overtime Diana Ross -
World in Motion Jackson Browne -
8 Nights Like This Stacey Q -
12 Big Tyme Heavy D & The Boyz -
Trouble in Angel City Lion -
13 DC Talk DC Talk -
What You Don't Know Exposé -
15 Bleach Nirvana Debut
Life Is a Dance: The Remix Project Chaka Khan Remix album
The Offspring The Offspring Debut; re-released in 1995
16 No One Can Do It Better The D.O.C. Debut
19 Extreme Aggression Kreator -
Heart of Stone Cher -
Riders go Commercial Riders in the Sky -
Soul Provider Michael Bolton -
20 Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe -
Batman Prince Soundtrack
The Joke's on You Excel -
Mr. Big Mr. Big -
The Real Thing Faith No More -
21 Looking for Freedom David Hasselhoff -
26 Bad English Bad English -
Be Yourself Patti Labelle -
27 Cosmic Thing The B-52s -
Danger Danger Danger Danger -
The End of the Innocence Don Henley -
Gretchen Goes to Nebraska King's X -
Heart Shaped World Chris Isaak -
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 -
One Night of Sin Joe Cocker -
? Dum-Dum The Vaselines -
Margin Walker Fugazi
Seminal Live The Fall
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
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 -
Trash Alice Cooper -
Unfinished Business EPMD -
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 -
Self-Inflicted Aerial Nostalgia Guided by Voices -
2 The Cinderella Theory George Clinton -
4 Practice What You Preach Testament -
8 Storms Nanci Griffith -
10 Big Game White Lion -
11 Trouble in Angel City Lion -
14 Kix Brooks Kix Brooks -
Now That's What I Call Music 15 (UK series) Various Artists -
15 Love Among the Cannibals Starship -
No Blue Thing Ray Lynch -
16 Mother's Milk Red Hot Chili Peppers -
Perfect Symmetry Fates Warning -
17 The Death of a Dictionary Public Affection band changed name to Live
18 Dig? Bill Bruford's Earthworks -
21 Conspiracy King Diamond -
Rock Island Jethro Tull -
22 After 7 After 7 -
Cocked & Loaded L.A. Guns -
Devil's Night Out The Mighty Mighty Bosstones -
Enuff Z'nuff Enuff Z'nuff -
Jefferson Airplane Jefferson Airplane -
24 The Man Is Back! Barry White -
28 Adeva! Adeva -
Still Cruisin' The Beach Boys -
29 Last of the Runaways Giant -
Lukather Steve Lukather
Sleeping with the Past Elton John
Steel Wheels The Rolling Stones -
30 Escape from Havana Mellow Man Ace Debut
? 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 -
Key Lime Pie Camper Van Beethoven -
Louder Than Love Soundgarden -
Megatop Phoenix Big Audio Dynamite -
Mick Jones Mick Jones -
S&M Airlines NOFX -
Stone Cold Rhymin' Young MC -
Up to Here The Tragically Hip -
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 -
Heart Like a Sky Spandau Ballet -
Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 Janet Jackson US
No More Color Coroner -
Oh Mercy Bob Dylan -
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 -
25 Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! The Sugarcubes -
Seasons End Marillion -
The Seeds of Love Tears for Fears -
26 Big Trash Thompson Twins -
Def, Dumb and Blonde Deborah Harry US
Flying Cowboys Rickie Lee Jones -
Laughter The Mighty Lemon Drops -
No Holdin' Back Randy Travis -
? 13 Songs Fugazi Compilation
The Healer John Lee Hooker -
Tempted and Tried Steeleye Span -

October–December[edit]

Release Album Artist Notes
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2 Freedom Neil Young -
Hup The Wonder Stuff -
3 Crossroads Tracy Chapman -
Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind Linda Ronstadt featuring Aaron Neville -
Petra Praise: The Rock Cries Out Petra -
Runaway Horses Belinda Carlisle -
Shocker various artists film soundtrack
5 More to This Life Steven Curtis Chapman -
7 Can't Fight Fate Taylor Dayne -
UAIOE KMFDM -
9 Automatic The Jesus and Mary Chain -
Book of Days The Psychedelic Furs -
Enjoy Yourself Kylie Minogue -
Hats The Blue Nile -
10 The Biz Never Sleeps Biz Markie -
The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech...Just Watch What You Say Ice-T -
Save Yourself McAuley Schenker Group -
Thrash Zone D.R.I. -
13 Long Hard Look Lou Gramm -
Nothingface Voivod -
Trouble Walkin' Ace Frehley -
The Years of Decay Overkill -
16 Hats The Blue Nile US
Scarlet and Other Stories All About Eve -
The Sensual World Kate Bush -
Wild! Erasure -
17 11 The Smithereens -
Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Déjà Vu Suicidal Tendencies Compilation
Hot in the Shade Kiss -
Selena Selena -
Simple Man Charlie Daniels -
Steady On Shawn Colvin -
Storm Front Billy Joel -
Trial by Fire: Live In Leningrad Yngwie Malmsteen Live
20 Pretty Hate Machine Nine Inch Nails -
23 Best of Dark Horse 1976–1989 George Harrison Compilation
Michel'le Michel'le -
Neither Fish nor Flesh Terence Trent D'Arby -
24 Follow the Blind Blind Guardian -
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 -
Rite Time Can -
Songs for the Poor Man Remmy Ongala & Orchestre Super Matimila -
You, Me and the Alarm Clock John Bramwell (as Johnny Dangerously) EP
31 Built to Last Grateful Dead -
? The Time Bros -
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2 No Control Bad Religion -
6 Boomerang The Creatures -
7 All Hail the Queen Queen Latifah -
Best Shots Pat Benatar Greatest Hits
Done by the Forces of Nature Jungle Brothers -
Journeyman Eric Clapton -
Slip of the Tongue Whitesnake US
10 West Textures Robert Earl Keen -
13 Best of Rockers 'n' Ballads Scorpions Compilation
Me and a Monkey on the Moon Felt -
Streetcleaner Godflesh Debut
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 3 Frank Zappa Live
14 The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste Ministry -
16 The Incredible Base Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock -
Perfect Remedy Status Quo -
20 Affection Lisa Stansfield Europe
...But Seriously Phil Collins -
Now That's What I Call Music 16 (UK series) Various Artists -
Rabies Skinny Puppy -
23 Back on the Block Quincy Jones -
Kenny G Live Kenny G Live
Presto Rush -
24 A Black & White Night Live Roy Orbison and Friends Live
26 Consuming Impulse Pestilence -
Labour of Love II UB40 -
27 Ghost Nation Hunters & Collectors -
Pump Up the Jam Technotronic -
? Speaking of Dreams Joan Baez -
Suck on This Primus Live
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1 Change the Weather Underworld -
Gutter Ballet Savatage -
4 Ninety 808 State -
Symphonies of Sickness Carcass -
9 Digitalian is eating breakfast Tetsuya Komuro Debut
11 Monty Python Sings Monty Python Compilation
19 Deep Peter Murphy US
? 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, Republic of Ireland 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, Republic of Ireland 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, Republic of Ireland 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

Top hits[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Jazz[edit]

Musical theatre[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

August 9 - Tainy, Puetro Rico record producer

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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