Top 40 Songs This Week – August 11, 1990: Songs 10-1

Welcome back to this week’s Top 40 Countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out songs 40-31, 30-21 and songs 20-11. Thanks for hanging in there, even though this isn’t ’80s. As I mentioned before this week’s countdown, this week was a pivotal point in my life, 25 years ago. While I remember about half the songs on this countdown, I also DON’T remember about half of them. I must have already been starting to move away from the radio, and just listening to the tapes I bought. So, it has been an intersting week. Now, let’s Return to the week ending August 11, 1990, and see what the rest of the countdown has in store for us.

10. “Do Me!” by Bell Biv Devoe

Bobby Brown wasn’t the only one to have success after New Edition. Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe branched off from New Edition, and formed Bell Biv Devoe. They pioneered the new jack swing movement, which is basically a combination of hip-hop, funk, soul, and pop music. Their debut album, Poison, was a number 1 hit on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart.

9. “She Ain’t Worth It” by Glenn Medeiros & Bobby Brown

Well, speaking of New Edition, here is Bobby Brown along with Glenn Medeiros. This is actually a Glenn Medeiros song, with Bobby Brown performing a rap verse in the middle. I didn’t remember this song, and it had actually been a #1 hit.

8. “King of Wishful Thinking” by Go West

Here is a smash hit from the underrated British pop duo, Go West. They had some very good songs in the ’80s. However, they did not do very well in the U.S. for some reason. This was their biggest hit in the U.S. It’s a great song, but it may have been big over here because it was featured in the movie Pretty Woman.

7. “Unskinny Bop” by Poison

Poison was already one of my favorite groups, back in the day. My roommates and I were at home in our apartment when this song debuted on MTV. At first, we were thinking, “what the hell is up with the name of the song?!” But, once it started playing, we were hooting and hollering. What a fun, rockin’ song! It would become their second biggest hit (after “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn“). This song was off of my favorite Poison album, Flesh & Blood.

6. “Come Back to Me” by Janet Jackson

This is a great ballad from Ms. Jackson’s huge album, Rhythm Nation 1814.

5. “If Wishes Came True” by Sweet Sensation

Here is another great power ballad. This one is by the freestyle group, Sweet Sensation. I loved everything they did in the late ’80s/early ’90s. The guitar in this song really gives this a rock power ballad feel to it. This song would become a #1 hit on September 1, replacing the song that is #1 this week.

4. “Cradle of Love” by Billy Idol

Billy Idol was still going strong, heading into the ’90s. This song would be one of his biggest hits in the U.S. It’s not one of my favorites by him, but it’s not bad. This song was also featured in the Andrew Dice Clay movie, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane.

3. “Rub You the Right Way” by Johnny Gill

This was a great week for former New Edition members! This was Johnny Gill’s debut single as a solo artist. Gill had been brought into New Edition after Bobby Brown was kicked out, and Ralph Tresvant was leaving to pursue a solo career. This is a good song. It has the same sound as the other former New Edition member’s songs.

2. “The Power” by Snap

“I’ve got the power!” I hadn’t realized this song was so early in the ’90s. I love this one. It’s a good workout song.


Before our number one song, let’s see what was topping some of the other charts this week:

The number one country song was “Good Times” by Dan Seals.

Topping the rock charts was “Good Clean Fun” by The Allman Brothers Band.

The number one dance tune was “Dirty Cash (Money Talks)” by The Adventures of Stevie V

The best album in the country, this week, was MC Hammer’s Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em

And topping the R&B and the Adult Contemporary charts is our number 1 song on the pop charts this week:

1. “Vision of Love” by Mariah Carey

Here is another song that I had not realized was so early in the ’90s. This was Mariah’s debut. And what a debut! This song would spend 4 weeks at the top of the charts. She may have a reputation of being crazy now, but what a voice! Well, I could do without the high pitch dog-whistle sound she does in a lot of her songs. But, if anybody is going to come close to the same league as Whitney Houston, it’s Mariah Carey.


That wraps up this week’s countdown. We will Return to the ’80s next time! Until then, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

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