This week 28 years ago, U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop warned that nicotine was as addictive as heroin and cocaine; Risen Star won the 113th Preakness; TV shows "Cagney & Lacey" and "St. Elsewhere" ended their long series runs; "Willow" 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. "Two Occasions," The Deele
Somehow, I missed this chapter in my pop culture book of knowledge on Babyface.
9. "Everything Your Heart Desires," Hall & Oates
Some late-era Hall & Oates (it was their last top-10 hit to date). Maybe the lack of uber-popularity with this one is because around this time they started to professionally call themselves "Daryl Hall John Oates." Because, what?
8. "Wait," White Lion
While White Lion has gone the way of so many '80s hair metal bands, lead singer and "Wait" co-writer Mike Tramp is still going strong — in Denmark. He released an album last year that was among the best-sellers in his native country.
7. "Electric Blue," Icehouse
Hall had all the fun writing "Everything Your Heart Desires," but Oates co-wrote this one. So, good for you, Oates.
6. "I Don't Want to Live Without You," Foreigner
Like, this was totally rad at 1988 prom.
5. "Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)," Samantha Fox
Like, this was probably totally not rad to play at 1988 prom.
4. "Always on My Mind," Pet Shop Boys
If any year would produce a synthpop version of a beloved country song, it would be 1988.
3. "Shattered Dreams," Johnny Hates Jazz
Weird Beatles connection: Johnny Hates Jazz lead singer-songwriter Clark Datchler's father sang with British vocal groups in the 1950s and sang backing vocals for the Beatles.
2. "One More Try," George Michael
Off of Michael's phenomenally successful "Faith" album (this was the follow-up single to the slightly different "Father Figure"), "One More Try" remains popular. Mariah Carey recorded a version for her latest album.
1. "Anything For You," Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
Topping the Hot 100 chart for two weeks, "Anything For You," written by Estefan, was her first No. 1 song. But she wouldn't rest on her ballad-y laurels. Her follow-up single: The slightly more spirited "1-2-3."