The song that immediately pops into my head for the most forgotten song of 1988 is "Don't Worry Be Happy". Other than when it was an extra on one of the 1988 shows, I haven't heard it on the radio since it came out.
"Don't Worry Be Happy" isn't much heard on the radio, but it was quite memorable, if annoying to many. From 1988, I rarely hear "Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird" by Will to Power (though last week Rick Dees put up a countdown with it at #1), or "Groovy Kind of Love" by Phil Collins; you're probably more likely to hear the Mindbenders' original from 1966 nowadays.
And even though it's Michael Jackson, "Dirty Diana" hardly ever seems to get played even when looking back on his career. It shot to the top on momentum, made history by giving him a 5th #1 in a row from the same album, then almost instantly seemed to fade from consciousness. Compare that to the still much-heard "The Way You Make Me Feel" and "Man in the Mirror", which also topped the chart that year.
Post by bottlerocket on Dec 11, 2012 13:23:24 GMT -5
Receiving 33% of the vote, "Baby, I Love Your Way/Free Bird" by Will To Power, the most forgotten number one of 1988.
We end this on quite of doozy of year. I can see why someone might pick any of a half dozen of these. I have a hard time choosing remakes like 1988's most forgotten song because the song itself may have some familiarity due to the original so I'm not going with "Rock On" or the Simply Red remake. Any Milli Vanilli song would be ripe for this list, especially their slower "Girl I'm Gonna Miss You" which was always my favorite of theirs. I'm really torn between three other songs I never hear anywhere. I can't imagine any station playing "Batdance" without commenting "What were they thinking back then?". Richard Marx's "Satisfied" may be his most forgettable. But both of these artists are much more visible than my third choice which I feel I must go with despite loving the song. It has to be "When I'm With You" by Sheriff.
Post by tpanther775 on Dec 11, 2012 14:16:34 GMT -5
Sheriff basically got shunned twice. Understandably for the first time it entered the chart. I guess since it had a short stay back in 1983 when it made its comeback in 1988 it was easily forgotten the second time around even if it did hit the top spot. The 80's in today's music sense is basically summed up as 1982 through early 1987. Then from 1980 through 1981 and late 87 until end of 89 only a handful of songs are played. Even Sirius 80s on 8 practices that same philosophy.
Since you can't even go to a Prince concert and hear, "Batdance", I'm sticking with Batdance as well. Like with Huey, if you gave someone 15 Prince Top 10 hits and tell them to name the five that went to number one, I'd be willing to say most people would pick "Batdance" 15th.
Though tpanther is correct as well about Sheriff. "When I'm With You suffers from "Amanda" syndrome. Old song (Amanda was written in 1980 and it sounds like it), no video...easily forgettable.
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Post by tpanther775 on Dec 11, 2012 15:12:10 GMT -5
Woolebull I didn't think about Sheriff not having a video for the song. Definitely a killer that's for sure. There was no hope in that either since Sheriff disbanded back in 1983. Does anybody know the reason why the song was rereleased. I always wondered that.
Does anybody know the reason why the song was rereleased. I always wondered that.
I think it was one of those songs that, like "Red Red Wine", was played by a radio station and then it spread throughout the country. Those two songs led to an uncanny amount of re-released songs or in Real Life's case, just remaking their old hit even though it sounded like the same song. In '89 alone you had Sheriff, Real Life, Moving Pictures, Benny Mardones taking their old hits back up the charts again.
One big difference between "Wine" and "When I'm With You" was that UB40 was still a group, whereas Sheriff was not...so another reason why the song just kind of went away. Of course, we did get Alias out of it ;D
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I think it was one of those songs that, like "Red Red Wine", was played by a radio station and then it spread throughout the country. Those two songs led to an uncanny amount of re-released songs or in Real Life's case, just remaking their old hit even though it sounded like the same song. In '89 alone you had Sheriff, Real Life, Moving Pictures, Benny Mardones taking their old hits back up the charts again.....
That's exactly how it went down. A DJ who thought it should have been a much bigger hit the first time around, put it on heavy rotation, spread the word and then it caught on and went to the top. But the band was long gone and there was no video.
The song is still commonly heard here north of the border, so I wouldn't classify it as forgotten, however I would agree with the other folks observation of Batdance. I have not heard that song in a couple of decades.
I remember on Dees show when "When I'm With You" went to number one, he teased throughout the show that he had the exclusive "next single" for Sheriff. When it came time for the song, the drum roll hit...and silence! I still smile at that memory.