33 Best Songs From 1989

Were you alive in 1989? If you were, or you came to be a few years later, you grew up listening to these classic songs.

Here is some of the best songs from 1989!

“Like a Prayer” by Madonna

Song Year: 1989

Who doesn’t remember this classic by Madonna? This 1989 hit caused quite a controversy in the Catholic church due to the explicit and suggestive use of religious symbols in the music video. Despite all that, it’s still a highly enjoyed song all these years later.

“If I Could Turn Back Time” by Cher


This apologetic 1989 anthem from Cher is one everyone in relationships can relate to; sometimes things go the wrong way, and you wish you could take them back. Cher’s pleas in her music video make us all root for her and for her lover to take her back.

“Love Shack” by B-52’s

Song Year: 1989

Everyone knows “Love Shack!” Even just by reading the title of this 1989 classic, you can hear it in your head. And the music video makes it even more fun. You just want to be part of the fun going on at the Love Shack, but at least you still have the tune to help you.

“Angel Eyes” by the Jeff Healey Band

Song Year: 1989

“Angel Eyes” is a cute 1989 love song where the singer can hardly believe he’s gotten the girl of his dreams on his arm. He asks the stars and everyone else how the relationship came to be; no one knows how or why. So he sings in the video, happy about his good fortune.

“Stand” by R.E.M.

Song Year: 1989

“Stand” is another classic 80’s gem. Released near the end of 1989, this fun tune talks about making decisions in life and how one has to make them instead of just standing there and letting them pass by. Don’t just stand there; dance to this catchy tune.

“Paradise City” by Guns N Roses

Song Year: 1989

Released in January 1989, “Paradise City” by Guns N Roses seemed to rush in promises of a better life, of an Eden in what they call “Paradise City.” If your paradise features palm trees or beautiful women, or whatever makes you happy, this song is for you.

Check out this song to relive the wistfulness of what it would be like to visit your very own “Paradise City.”

“Poison” by Alice Cooper

Song Year: 1989

This 1989 hit by Alice Cooper was the first glimpse of singing about toxic relationships and how tricky they can be. We’ve all had feelings or a relationship unhealthy for us; “Poison” addresses it head-on and talks about how difficult it can be to move on.

Check out this electrifying song to get pumped up for your day.

“The End of Innocence” by Don Henley

Song Year: 1989

Don Henley’s “The End of Innocence” is a fantastic song with a bittersweet message; all good things must end someday. No matter how much we try or want to stay in a happy place, that’s just not the reality of the world.

The music video helps hammer that long, wistful feeling in black and white, reminding us that the end of innocence happens at any time and to everyone.

“Here Comes Your Man” by the Pixies

Song Year: 1989

This 1989 hymn by the Pixies has been in its fair share in the background of movies and tv shows, with good reason. It’s catchy and easy to dance to. See for yourself by checking out the music video.

“Free Fallin’” by Tom Petty

Song Year: 1989

“Free Fallin’” is a classic Tom Petty song. Even if you don’t listen to Tom Petty, you’ve still heard this iconic tune as part of Petty’s first solo released album. The emotions are poignant, which makes it such a memorable song.

“Through the Storm” by Aretha Franklin

Song Year: 1989

Aretha Franklin’s 1989 hit “Through the Storm” reminds us about the work it takes to be in a relationship. It’s not all love and games; there are fights and problems that you have to work through to keep the relationship. It’s emotional, but the love is always worth it.

The song was featured in the movie The Pursuit of Happyness.

“Pictures of You” by the Cure

Song Year: 1989

The Cure created several love songs, and 1989’s “Pictures of You” is especially sweet. Well, it is until you remember it’s a breakup song. It’s a good tune to help you heal, especially if you’re going through a breakup or something a little more difficult, like a divorce.

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