Hot 100 Of All Time, 1989 Volume 1
# Title Artist Time Year Country
1 Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division 3:28 1980 England
2 Throw Your Arms Around Me Hunters & Collectors 3:53 1986 Australia
3 Uncertain Smile The The 6:52 1982 England
4 That's Entertainment The Jam 3:37 1980 England
5 Blue Monday New Order 7:28 1983 England
6 Holiday In Cambodia Dead Kennedys 3:44 1980 USA
7 How Soon Is Now? The Smiths 6:49 1985 England
8 Talking To A Stranger Hunters & Collectors 7:31 1982 Australia
9 Birthday The Sugarcubes 3:59 1987 Iceland
10 A Forest The Cure 5:55 1980 England
11 Cattle And Cane The Go-Betweens 4:23 1983 Australia
12 Shivers The Boys Next Door 4:34 1979 Australia
13 This Charming Man The Smiths 2:45 1983 England
14 Rock Lobster The B-52's 4:54 1978 USA
15 Song To The Siren This Mortal Coil 3:31 1983 England
16 Alison Elvis Costello 3:26 1977 England
17 Anarchy In The U.K. Sex Pistols 3:31 1976 England
18 London Calling The Clash 3:20 1979 England
19 Primary The Cure 3:40 1981 England
20 Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards Billy Bragg 4:37 1988 England
21 Respect Aretha Franklin 2:29 1967 USA
22 It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) R.E.M. 4:07 1987 USA
23 Aloha Steve And Danno Radio Birdman 3:58 1978 Australia
24 Kiss (feat. Tom Jones) Art Of Noise 3:32 1988 England
25 Average Inadequacy Machinations 4:15 1981 Australia
26 Another Girl, Another Planet The Only Ones 3:03 1978 England
27 Bigmouth Strikes Again The Smiths 3:13 1986 England
28 Know Your Product The Saints 3:15 1978 Australia
29 Boys Don't Cry The Cure 2:35 1979 England
30 Stairway To Heaven Led Zeppelin 8:03 1971 England
31 Imagine John Lennon 3:02 1971 England
32 Psycho Killer Talking Heads 4:22 1977 USA
33 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd 5:35 1975 England
34 Kiss Prince & The Revolution 3:38 1986 USA
35 She Sells Sanctuary The Cult 4:23 1985 England
36 Love Song Simple Minds 3:53 1981 Scotland
37 Sign O' The Times Prince 4:57 1987 USA
38 Greetings To The New Brunette Billy Bragg 3:32 1986 England
39 Heroes David Bowie 6:10 1977 England
40 L.A. Woman The Doors 8:00 1971 USA
41 Troy Sinéad O'Connor 6:35 1987 Ireland
42 The Unguarded Moment The Church 4:14 1981 Australia
43 Wuthering Heights Kate Bush 4:30 1978 England
44 Smash It Up (Part 2) The Damned 2:52 1979 England
45 The One I Love R.E.M. 3:18 1987 USA
46 Blister In The Sun Violent Femmes 2:24 1983 USA
47 Lust For Life Iggy Pop 5:14 1977 USA
48 Orinoco Flow Enya 4:26 1988 Ireland
49 All Along The Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience 4:01 1968 England
50 The End The Doors 11:39 1967 USA
51 (I'm) Stranded The Saints 3:31 1976 Australia
52 Teardrops Womack And Womack 3:54 1988 USA
53 God Save The Queen Sex Pistols 3:18 1977 England
54 The Cutter Echo & The Bunnymen 3:54 1983 England
55 Marquee Moon Televison 10:40 1977 USA
56 Alone With You Sunnyboys 3:59 1981 Australia
57 Wedding Cake Island Midnight Oil 3:15 1980 Australia
58 I Want You Elvis Costello & The Attractions 6:45 1986 England
59 Moments In Love Art Of Noise 10:16 1983 England
60 Forbidden Colours Ryuichi Sakamoto & David Sylvian 4:43 1983 Japan
61 Buffalo Stance Neneh Cherry 5:42 1988 Sweden
62 Sexual Healing Marvin Gaye 4:00 1982 USA
63 Sympathy For The Devil The Rolling Stones 6:18 1968 England
64 There Is A Light That Never Goes Out The Smiths 4:05 1986 England
65 Pretty Vacant Sex Pistols 3:16 1977 England
66 Close To Me The Cure 3:41 1985 England
67 Bizarre Love Triangle New Order 3:45 1986 England
68 Wide Open Road The Triffids 4:09 1986 Australia
69 A Day In The Life The Beatles 5:38 1967 England
70 Deanna Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 3:46 1988 Australia
71 Pump It Up Elvis Costello & The Attractions 3:18 1978 England
72 Bachelor Kisses The Go-Betweens 3:32 1984 Australia
73 Watching The Detectives Elvis Costello 3:46 1977 England
74 Duel Propaganda 5:20 1985 Germany
75 Going Underground The Jam 2:56 1980 England
76 Layla Derek And The Dominos 7:07 1970 USA
77 Walk On The Wild Side Lou Reed 4:15 1972 USA
78 Ghost Ships The Saints 3:42 1984 Australia
79 My Island Home Warumpi Band 4:58 1987 Australia
80 Blue Bell Knoll Cocteau Twins 3:23 1988 Scotland
81 Making Plans For Nigel XTC 4:14 1979 England
82 Golden Brown The Stranglers 3:25 1981 England
83 Betty's Worry Or The Slab Hunters & Collectors 3:59 1984 Australia
84 Burning Down The House Talking Heads 4:02 1983 USA
85 The Message Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five 6:32 1982 USA
86 Riders On The Storm The Doors 7:09 1971 USA
87 Down In The Tube Station At Midnight The Jam 4:02 1978 England
88 Power And The Passion Midnight Oil 5:39 1982 Australia
89 Bye Bye Pride The Go-Betweens 4:08 1987 Australia
90 Eagle Rock Daddy Cool 4:11 1971 Australia
91 Suspicious Minds Elvis Presley 4:23 1969 USA
92 I Say A Little Prayer Aretha Franklin 3:36 1968 USA
93 Slave Girl The Lime Spiders 2:52 1984 Australia
94 Heart Of Glass Blondie 5:50 1978 USA
95 Khe Sanh Cold Chisel 4:13 1978 Australia
96 O Superman (For Massenet) Laurie Anderson 8:28 1981 USA
97 Say Goodbye Hunters & Collectors 3:51 1986 Australia
98 Man Overboard Do-Ré-Mi 4:11 1985 Australia
99 The Cicada (That Ate Five Dock) Outline 4:22 1981 Australia
100 The Mercy Seat Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 7:18 1988 Australia

Facts for 1989

The 1989 Hot 100 of All Time was the first annual Hottest 100 of All Time countdown. At the time, it was still called the Hot 100, although it has been retroactively renamed the Hottest 100 in recent years.

The Countdown

The countdown took place on Sunday, March 5th in 1989 and featured a mixture of 69 different artists.

At #16, The Sugarcubes charted with their track 'Birthday'. The song was an English version of their song 'Ammæli', which translates as 'Birthday' in Icelandic. The original version was released the year before in Iceland only, and as such, is credited to 'Sykurmolarnir'; the English equivalent of 'The Sugarcubes'

At #61, Neneh Cherry charted with her song 'Buffalo Stance'. The song was a reworking of an earlier remix of the Morgan-McVey song 'Looking Good Diving' by The Wild Bunch entitled 'Looking Good Diving With The Wild Bunch'. Neneh Cherry recruited Tim Simenon, better known as Bomb The Bass, to help with the reworking of the song. Bomb The Bass would later feature at #13 in the 1994 countdown with the song 'Bug Powder Dust', 13 positions higher than Cherry's collaboration with Youssou N'Dour entitled '7 Seconds'.

The 1989 countdown is so far the only All Time countdown to feature two versions of the same song. Art Of Noise's cover of 'Kiss' by Prince reached #24, while the original reached #34. This feat also occurred in yearly countdowns when Jebediah and Something For Kate charted with 'Harpoon' in 1998, Franz Ferdinand and Scissor Sisters charted with 'Take Me Out' in 2004 and, most recently, Daft Punk and San Cisco charted with 'Get Lucky' in 2013.
Incidentally, the Art Of Noise version of 'Kiss' was the most recent track to make the list, being released on October 28th, 1988, 4 months and 5 days before the countdown.

If the countdown had followed the rules of later, yearly countdowns, and allowed only songs released in that year, no songs from the countdown would have made the list.

Artists Featured

Johnny Marr was the best performing artist of the countdown, appearing 5 times, his best reaching #7. Marr appeared four times with his band The Smiths, and once as a guitarist with Billy Bragg.
The Cure, Elvis Costello, Hunters & Collectors and The Smiths all reached 4 tracks, with Hunters & Collectors' best reaching #2.
The Doors, The Go-Betweens, The Jam, The Saints and The Sex Pistols all reached 3 tracks, while 9 other artists reached 2 tracks each.

Artists With Multiple Entries

5 Tracks
  • Johnny Marr (7, 13, 27, 38, 64)
    (Four times with The Smiths and once with Billy Bragg)
4 Tracks
  • The Cure (10, 19, 29, 66)
  • Elvis Costello (16, 58, 71, 73)
  • Hunters & Collectors (2, 8, 83, 97)
  • The Smiths (7, 13, 27, 64)
3 Tracks
  • The Doors (40, 50, 86)
  • The Go-Betweens (11, 72, 89)
  • The Jam (4, 75, 87)
  • The Saints (28, 51, 78)
  • The Sex Pistols (17, 53, 65)

  • Peter Hook (1, 5, 67)
    (Once with Joy Division and twice with New Order)
  • Stephen Morris (1, 5, 67)
    (Once with Joy Division and twice with New Order)
  • Bernard Sumner (1, 5, 67)
    (Once with Joy Division and twice with New Order)
2 Tracks
  • Aretha Franklin (21, 92)
  • Art Of Noise (24, 59)
  • Billy Bragg (20, 38)
  • Midnight Oil (57, 88)
  • New Order (5, 67)
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (70, 100)
  • Prince (34, 37)
  • R.E.M. (22, 45)
  • Talking Heads (32, 84)

  • Elizabeth Fraser (15, 80)
  • Robin Guthrie (15, 80)
    (Both featured once as This Mortal Coil and once with Cocteau Twins)

Countries Featured


The 1989 Hottest 100 of All Time featured artists from 9 countries, including 42 from England, 36 from Australia and 24 from the USA.

A Couple Of Notes

‘Kiss', at #24, was a collaboration between Art Of Noise and Tom Jones, who are English and Welsh, respectively. However, the track is counted as an English entry for simplicity.

‘Forbidden Colours', at #60, was a collaboration between Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Sylvian, who are Japanese and English, respectively. However, the track is counted as a Japanese entry for simplicity.

It should also be noted that The Jimi Hendrix Experience, who appear at #49 are listed as an English band. While many people would cite them as American band due to Hendrix's nationality, they are listed as English due to forming in London, and the fact that the other two-thirds of the band were English citizens.


Countries Represented in the 1989 Countdown


Flag Country Entries
Australia 26
England 42
Germany 1
Iceland 1
Ireland 2
Japan 1
Scotland 2
Sweden 1
USA 24

Years Of Song Release

The 1989 Hottest 100 of All Time featured tracks from 1967 until 1988, with 1978, 1983 and 1986 reaching 9 tracks each.

Entries By Year

1960s - 7 Tracks
  • 1967: (3 tracks)
  • 1968: (3 tracks)
  • 1969: (1 track)
1970s - 32 Tracks
  • 1970: (1 track)
  • 1971: (5 tracks)
  • 1972: (1 track)
  • 1973: -
  • 1974: -
  • 1975: (1 track)
  • 1976: (2 track)
  • 1977: (8 tracks)
  • 1978: (9 tracks)
  • 1979: (5 tracks)
1980s - 61 Tracks
  • 1980: (6 tracks)
  • 1981: (8 tracks)
  • 1982: (5 tracks)
  • 1983: (9 tracks)
  • 1984: (4 tracks)
  • 1985: (5 tracks)
  • 1986: (9 tracks)
  • 1987: (7 tracks)
  • 1988: (8 tracks)
  • 1989: -




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