This week 27 years ago, the first computer worm distributed via the Internet (and the first to get mainstream attention) was launched; Philip Morris bought Kraft Foods for $13.1 billion, President Ronald Reagan signed a credit-card disclosure bill; Geraldo Rivera's nose was broken during a brawl on his TV show; "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers" topped the box office; and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)," Information Society
I feel as though if you were a teenager in 1988, you were pretty much required by law to like this song (and it's Leonard Nimoy/DeForest Kelley spoken-word samples!), and dance to it until the strobe lights blinded you.
9. "Red Red Wine," UB40
It never ceases to amaze me that "Red Red Wine" was written by Neil Diamond. Neil. Freaking. Diamond.
8. "Desire," U2
1988 was a big year for U2, following up its mega-hit album "The Joshua Tree," with another biggie, "Rattle and Hum." "Desire" was the lead single (and the biggest hit) from the album. And, you know, one of the band's most harmonica-y tracks.
7. "Never Tear Us Apart," INXS
Oh, to have been able to dance to this song at a prom in 1988. This was also played when lead singer Michael Hutchence's coffin was carried out of the church during his funeral.
6. "One Moment in Time," Whitney Houston
"One Moment in Time" was inescapable in 1988 — it was written and recorded for the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
5. "Bad Medicine," Bon Jovi
Also written for the 1988 Summer Olympics. JK.
4. "The Loco-Motion," Kylie Minogue
This was the third time "The Loco-Motion" was a top-five hit (though Minogue's take ranks as the most hairspray-induced). Carole King and Gerry Coffin wrote it in 1962 and it became a No. 1 hit for Eva "Little Eva" Boyd (who was King's babysitter). Grand Funk Railroad also hit No. 1 with it in 1974.
3. "A Groovy Kind of Love," Phil Collins
Apparently, 1988 was jonesin' for Phil Collins to do a soft-rockish, downbeat-tempo version of a 1960s song. And who is Phil Collins to deny anyone of something like that?
2. "Wild, Wild West," The Escape Club
Of the three popular songs released with this title, this one is, uh ... the one that uses a comma.
1. "Kokomo," the Beach Boys
A (Brian Wilson-less) Beach Boys scored No. 1 for a week with this song from the soundtrack to Tom Cruise-as-a-smiley-cockey-bartender movie "Cocktail." It's also full of lies: There's is no "Kokomo" off the Florida Keys. Thanks a lot, Beach Boys.