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Top 1988 Songs

Hustler Magazine v. Falwell. Dukakis v. Bush. Poison v. Def Leppard. 1988 was one explosive year, not just politically, but also on the radio. The hair was big and the music was bigger, making it not just an eventful year for George H.W. Bush and Dan Quayle, but just as much for Perry Farrell and Bret Michaels. Without further ado, we give you the Top 1988 Songs as voted by AOL Radio listeners.
'Jane Says'
Despite never being released as a single, the song is so popular among fans that it's almost always played as their concert's closing number.
Jane's Addiction Nothing's Shocking
'Everyday Is Like Sunday'
False rumors circulated that a young Drew Barrymore is featured in the video.
Morrissey Everyday Is Like Sunday
'Blue Monday (88)'
The music video features sketches by famed artist William Wegman and clips of his Weimaraner dog.
New Order Blue Monday
'Under the Milky Way
Readers of an Australian magazine voted it the best song to come out of their continent since its 1988 debut.
The Church Under the Milky Way
On Oct. 8 of 1988, the band held the top spot on both the singles and album charts with 'Love Bites' and 'Hysteria,' respectively. An acoustic version of 'Hysteria' was performed by frontman Joe Elliott and guitarist Phil Collen on VH1 Classic.
Def Leppard Hysteria
'Man in the Mirror'
Shortly after MJ's death on June 25, 2009, U2 started performing a portion of 'Man In the Mirror' at the end of their song 'Angel of Harlem' on their 360° Tour (at the Barcelona, Milan, Paris, and Berlin concerts).
Michael Jackson Man In The Mirror
'The Promise'
Keyboardist Michael Floreale now composes music for film and television.
When In Rome The Promise
'Sweet Child O' Mine'
Guitarist Slash considered the 1988 song a mere "string skipping" exercise, originally having played the guitar riff as a joke during a jam session.
Guns N Roses Sweet Child O Mine
'Every Rose Has Its Thorn'
'N Sync's Joey Fatone covered this tune in 'On the Line,' a film that featured both him and fellow bopper Lance Bass.
Poison Every Rose Has Its Thorn
'Pour Some Sugar On Me'
The 1988 song allegedly "came to" producer Mutt Lange during a coffee break. The song reached No.2 on the Hot Billboard 100 and had two music videos: the first debuted in the U.K., with the band playing the song in a run-down home being demolished by wrecking-balls. The U.S. (Def Leppard preferred) version -- with the band playing the song live -- was the No. 1 request on 'Dial MTV' for 68 days.
Def Leppard Pour Some Sugar On Me
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