Ranking Billboard top tens, 1990

More black voices: say hello to En Vogue, Tony Toni Tone, and the emboldened former members of New Edition (“Poison” gross — the characters dismiss as “Poison” the girl they all took turns fucking). The year when freestyle went soft: The Cover Girls, Sweet Sensation, and Stevie B. Oddities too: Sinead O’Connor topped the singles and album chart in a chart fluke; I often wonder how she would’ve fared in the Soundscan era. Think too of Bette Midler’s “From a Distance,” which, as Bob Christgau pointed out at the time, sneaked deism into the top ten (note the chorus).1990 also boasted material lost in the dustbin of history: Tyler Collins’ “Girls Nite Out,” Exposé’s “Tell Me Why,” and Glenn Medeiros featuring Bobby Brown’s #1 “She Ain’t Worth It.” Perfect Gentlemen’s “Ooh La La (I Can’t Get Over You)” I hadn’t heard at all.

The Hague

Michael Bolton – How Am I Supposed to Live Without You
Alannah Myles – Black Velvet
Kiss – Forever
Mariah Carey – Love Takes Time
Warrant – Cherry Pie
Chicago – What Kind of Man Would I Be?
Heart – All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You
Billy Joel – I Go to Extremes
MC Hammer – Pray
Alias – More Than Words Can Say
Maxi Priest – Close to You
After 7 – Ready or Not
Jon Bon Jovi – Blaze of Glory
MC Hammer – Have You Seen Her
Damn Yankees – High Enough
Sweet Sensation – If Wishes Came True
Wilson Phillips – Release Me
James Ingram – I Don’t Have the Heart
Taylor Dayne – Love Will Lead You Back
Calloway – I Wanna Be Rich
Mötley Crüe – Without You
Michael Bolton – When I’m Back on My Feet Again
Wilson Phillips – Hold On

Meh

Phil Collins – I Wish It Would Rain
Milli Vanilli – All or Nothing
Michael Bolton – How Can We Be Lovers
Bell Biv Devoe – Poison
Dino – Romeo
Exposé – Tell Me Why
Roxette – It Must Have Been Love
Bad English – Price of Love
Nelson – (Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection
Glenn Medeiros featuring Bobby Brown – She Ain’t Worth It
Poison – Unskinny Bop
Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby
Perfect Gentlemen – Ooh La La (I Can’t Get Over You)
UB40 – The Way You Do the Things You Do
Tommy Page – I’ll Be Your Everything
Paula Abdul and the Wild Pair – Opposites Attract
Tyler Collins – Girls Night Out
Bell Biv Devoe – Do Me!
The Cover Girls – We Can’t Go Wrong
Phil Collins – Something Happened on the Way to Heaven
Stevie B – Because I Love You (The Postman Song)
Gloria Estefan – Here We Are

Sound, Solid Entertainments

Seduction – Two to Make It Right
The Time – Jerk Out
Aerosmith – What It Takes
Madonna – Justify My Love
Prince – Thieves in the Temple
Cathy Dennis – Just Another Dream
Babyface – Whip Appeal
MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This
Go West – King of Wishful Thinking
Billy Idol – Cradle of Love
Whitney Houston – I’m Your Baby Tonight
Technotronic – Get Up! (Before the Night Is Over)
Ralph Tresvant – Sensitivity
Madonna – Keep It Together
Linear – Sending All My Love
Snap – The Power!
Paul Young – Oh Girl
D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis – C’mon and Get Your Love
Bette Midler – From a Distance
Rod Stewart with Ronald Isley – This Old Heart of Mine
Roxette – Dangerous
Wilson Phillips – Impulsive
Janet Jackson – Come Back to Me
New Kids on the Block – Step By Step
Phil Collins – Do You Remember?
Janet Jackson – Black Cat
Madonna – Hanky Panky

Good to Great

Biz Markie – Just a Friend
The B-52s – Roam
Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence
Deee-Lite – Groove is in the Heart
Taylor Dayne – I’ll Be Your Shelter
George Michael – Freedom ’90
Janet Jackson – Alright
Tony! Toni! Toné! – Feels Good
Mariah Carey – Vision of Love
En Vogue – Hold On
INXS – Suicide Blonde
Jane Child – Don’t Wanna Fall in Love
Pebbles – Giving You the Benefit
Johnny Gill – Rub You the Right Way
Madonna – Vogue
Candyman – Knockin’ Boots
Janet Jackson – Escapade
Sinead O’ Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U
Faith No More – Epic
Michel’le – No More Lies
DNA featuring Suzanne Vega – Tom’s Diner
Black Box – Everybody Everybody
George Michael – Praying For Time
Aerosmith – Janie’s Got a Gun

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