At the end of July, 26 years ago, Michael Dukakis began campaigning as the official Democratic nominee for president, the last of the Playboy clubs in the United States closed and these songs were the most popular on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
10. "I Don't Wanna to Go On With You Like That," Elton John
John's biggest hit of the 1980s eventually hit No. 2 on the charts.
9. "Rush Hour," Jane Wiedlin
Remember when the Go Go's guitarist had a burgeoning solo career? This was her biggest song of that period and was feature, appropriately, in the film "License to Drive."
8. "1-2-3," Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
I wonder what the Miami Sound Machine is doing right at this moment.
7. "New Sensation," INXS
6. "Sign Your Name," Terence Trent D'Arby
AKA: The song he released before his big hit, "Wishing Well."
5. "Make Me Lose Control," Eric Carmen
Exhibit No. 4567 why Eric Carmen deserves a comeback.
4. "Pour Some Sugar on Me," Def Leppard
It's about exactly what you think it is.
3. "Hands to Heaven" Breathe
For every Def Leppard in 1988 there was an Eric Carmen, or, even more softly, a Breathe.
2. "Hold on to the Nights," Richard Marx
Yes, it's oddly "Nights" ... not "Night." 1980s power ballads are quirky like that.
1. "Roll With It," Steve Winwood
"Roll With It" was No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart for a solid month. Winwood wrote it with Will Jennings, but Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland were later added as co-songwriters because of the song's similarities to the 1966 tack "(I'm a) Road Runner."