Rock Rock Rock, Rock Till You Drop ...

Blame Damian Penny for this one.

At this site - scroll down a bit, and you should find it - you can track down the "Top 100 Hits" for a whole series of years. Damian decided to post the Top 100 for the year he graduated from High School, way back in '91.

So I figured in lieu of original thought or content, why not bore all my regular readers (both of you) with the Top 20 of the Top 100 - with some editorial commentary, just so I can completely rip off Damian's idea, instead of half-as*ing it - from even way-er back in 1990, the year I graduated from high school. Here we go:

1.. Hold On, Wilson Phillips - Utter dreck at #1 - that figures.
2. It Must Have Been Love, Roxette - Not getting much better ...
3. Nothing Compares 2 U, Sinead O'Connor - Ok, not that bad, despite my personal dislike of SO'C.
4. Poison, Bell Biv Devoe - ... the *hell* is *this* crap?
5. Vogue, Madonna - Prior to her faux-Brit accent
6. Vision Of Love, Mariah Carey - Nice to see she's progressed so much as an "artiste" in 15 years, eh?
7. Another Day In Paradise, Phil Collins - Whatever happened to this guy?
8. Hold On, En Vogue - Back to the suck ...
9. Cradle Of Love, Billy Idol - 'Cos it aint a "Top 100" list w/o Billy Idol ...
10. Blaze Of Glory, Jon Bon Jovi - Actually, this one is a guilty pleasure kind of song for me
11. Do Me!, Bell Biv Devoe - These losers again ....
12. How Am I Supposed To Live Without You, Michael Bolton - Ah, just what was needed to perk this list up: MICHAEL BOLTON! It can't get worse ...
13. Pump Up The Jam, Technotronic - ... oh wait, yes it could get worse.
14. Opposites Attract, Paula Abdul - But not like American Idol contestants attract, it appears ...
15. Escapade, Janet Jackson - Better days would be ahead for Janet, Justin notwithstanding. Heck, she's the *normal* "Jackson", though when you're competition is Michael and LaToya, well ...
16. All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You, Heart - Again, whatever happened to this band?
17. Close To You, Maxi Priest - I can't remembr this tune for love or money. I doubt I'm missing much.
18. Black Velvet, Alannah Myles - Ah, there's some classic CanCon for you ...
19. Release Me, Wilson Phillips - Huh?
20. Don't Know Much, Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville - Wha?

... And I'm not going to bore you further with all of the other 80, but here's some (ahem) "highlights":

33. Unskinny Bop, Poison - The world needs more hair bands!
34. Step By Step, New Kids On The Block - Thank God, I thought NKOTB might be a little too "highbrow" for this list.
36. We Didn't Start The Fire, Billy Joel - Actually, this was a pretty neat video ...
41. Roam, B-52's - ... and this was a pretty neat tune.
46. Ice Ice Baby, Vanilla Ice - Speaks for itself.
56. U Can't Touch This, M.C. Hammer - STOP - Hammer Time!
65. Free Fallin', Tom Petty - Man, Tom Petty deserves to be in much better company ...
77. Just Like Jesse James, Cher - Cher recorded this between her 28th & 29th "Retirement Tours", if I recall correctly. Who'd have thought Sonny Bono (RIP) would be the *respected* one of that duo?
96. Without You, Motley Crue - You mean they finished *behind* Poison?
100. Tic-Tac-Toe, Kyper - How did this one *only* get to 100?

Anyway, sorry for the enforced trip down my memory lane, but it's actually quite funny how some of these "hits" - even the ones by one-hit-wonders - still remain lodged in the ol' cranium, 15 years after.

More later.


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