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Rating the hits from this week in '89

How do 18-year-old hits by Bobby Brown, Milli Vanilli, and Richard Marx hold up today? Let’s give ’em another listen

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Michael Benabib / Retna Ltd.

Rating the hits from this week in ’89

Summer is here, Flashbackers, and so I’m gonna keep this one relatively short so I can get back to the sunshine. I know these Chart Flashbacks have been few and far between of late, but I promise you I will step up the pace in the coming weeks and months, because I miss them as much as you do.

So follow the link to begin reminiscing about Billboard‘s Top 10 Singles for the week ending June 24, 1989…

10. ”Cry,” Waterfront

Everyone’s favorite purveyor of junior prom ballads gets funky!! Yeah, I don’t buy Richard’s rough-n’-tumble party animal personality for a second — he is, after all, no Kenny Loggins — but hey, everybody’s workin’ for the weekend, people, and Mr. Marx is no different. I think he’s entitled to a little action. And I think… I think he just might want your sex. Can’t you hear the hunger in his declawed-cougar voice? It’s so cute. Now, personally, I’ve always taken this song’s message to mean, first of all, that even if I am an almost-32-year-old woman, I am allowed to keep ”Hold On to the Nights” on my iPod and sing along with it as loudly as I like, whenever I like, until I have had my fill. Because hey, I work hard and I party hard, Flashbackers. And if at the end of a long, hard week, I just want to cut loose, throw on a short skirt, tease my hair, and rock out to some faux-edgy guitars and an unnecessary key change? Well, that is… you guessed it! MY PREROGATIVE! Aw. Seriously, Richard is just too adorable to mock. Rowr! B

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