This week’s Flashback Friday music mix is dedicated to the year 1989. Twenty three years ago, I left Thailand to join my family in the States. These songs really shaped my first taste into American music, culture and most importantly, the language. A very special thank you goes to the music from Madonna, Janet Jackson, Chicago, Richard MarxPhil Collins and Sesame Street. You guys really helped out a lonely boy to feel less lonely through the power of music and Elmo because he didn’t speak English and had no friends. I still remember being glued to the TV watching the music videos for Madonna’sLike A Prayer” and Bobby Brown’sEvery Little Step.” I’ll always cherish the times when my mom and I would blast Chicago in the car while running errands. Those were the days.

Here are some fun music facts from 1989!

  • March 21 – Madonna‘s “Like a Prayer” music video, taped in late December 1988, attracts criticism for its use of Catholic Church iconography and for the use of cross-burning imagery, but also garners praise for its interpretation of discrimination, rape, and faith. Pepsi drops Madonna as a spokesperson out of fear the video will cause religious groups to boycott the company.
  • April 12 – Michael Jackson was named King of Pop after receiving the Soul Train Heritage Awards.
  • September 9 – Madonna gives a risqué performance at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards. Clad in baggy black sweatpants and a black bustier, she rocked the audience by simulating masturbation. The version of the song used in the show would later serve as the opening number of 1990’s “Blond Ambition World Tour”.

Flashback Fridays – 4/27/12 – Class of ’89 – Part 1 – SugarBang.com from kennygenius on 8tracks.

Complete track list include:

38 Special – Second Chance
Alannah Myles – Black Velvet
Biz Markie – Just A Friend
Bobby Brown – Every Little Step
Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time
Chicago – What Kind of Man Would I Be?
Chris Isaak – Wicked Games
Don Henley – The End of the Innocence
Exposé – What You Don’t Know
Fine Young Cannibal – She Drives Me Crazy
Gloria Estefan – Don’t Wanna Lose You
Howard Jones – Everlasting Love
Janet Jackson – Miss You Much
Jody Watley – Real Love
Madonna – Like A Prayer
Martika – Toy Soldiers
New Kids On The Block – I’ll Be Loving You Forever
Phil Collins – Another Day In Paradise
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Higher Ground
Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting
Roxette – Listen To Your Heart
Seduction – Two To Make It Right
Soul II Soul – Back to Life
Surface – Shower Me With Your Love
Tears for Fears – Sowing the Seeds of Love
The Bangles – Eternal Flame
The Cure – Lovesong
Tina Turner – I Don’t Wanna Lose You
Tom Petty Free Falling
Young MC – Bust A Move