1989 Hottest 100 Of All Time Release Dates

This list compiles the dates for when each track that appeared in the Hottest 100 was released, and the name of the accompanying album or other applicable media format it was released on. It should be noted that the release dates listed are the earliest date at which the track in question was first released. This may mean it differs from the official release date of its accompanying album. In many cases, a track can be released months, or even years prior to its accompanying album. This may be due to a song being released as a single first, or being picked up and popularised by a radio station prior to an official release. Regardless, every date listed here has been thoroughly researched and checked to ensure its accuracy.


Release Dates In Countdown Order

This list simply shows the original order of the Hottest 100 with its release date and album information added alongside.

Release Dates In Countdown Order
# Title Artist Date Album
1 Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division 18/04/1980 Single Only
2 Throw Your Arms Around Me Hunters & Collectors 7/04/1986 Human Frailty
3 Uncertain Smile The The 12/08/1982 Soul Mining
4 That's Entertainment The Jam 28/11/1980 Sound Affects
5 Blue Monday New Order 7/03/1983 Single Only
6 Holiday In Cambodia Dead Kennedys May 1980 Single Only
7 How Soon Is Now? The Smiths 28/01/1985 Single Only
8 Talking To A Stranger Hunters & Collectors 26/07/1982 Hunters & Collectors
9 Birthday The Sugarcubes 19/10/1987 Life's Too Good
10 A Forest The Cure 28/03/1980 Seventeen Seconds
11 Cattle And Cane The Go-Betweens February 1983 Before Hollywood
12 Shivers The Boys Next Door May 1979 Door, Door
13 This Charming Man The Smiths 31/10/1983 Single Only
14 Rock Lobster The B-52's April 1978 The B-52's
15 Song To The Siren This Mortal Coil 1/09/1983 It'll End In Tears
16 Alison Elvis Costello 21/05/1977 My Aim Is True
17 Anarchy In The U.K. Sex Pistols 26/11/1976 Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols
18 London Calling The Clash 7/12/1979 London Calling
19 Primary The Cure 20/03/1981 Faith
20 Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards Billy Bragg 20/09/1988 Workers Playtime
21 Respect Aretha Franklin 10/03/1967 I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You
22 It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) R.E.M. 1/09/1987 Document
23 Aloha Steve And Danno Radio Birdman 1978 Single Only
24 Kiss (feat. Tom Jones) Art Of Noise 28/10/1988 The Best Of Art Of Noise
25 Average Inadequacy Machinations 26/08/1981 Machinations EP
26 Another Girl, Another Planet The Only Ones April 1978 The Only Ones
27 Bigmouth Strikes Again The Smiths 19/05/1986 The Queen Is Dead
28 Know Your Product The Saints April 1978 Eternally Yours
29 Boys Don't Cry The Cure 15/06/1979 Single Only
30 Stairway To Heaven Led Zeppelin 8/11/1971 Led Zeppelin IV
31 Imagine John Lennon 9/09/1971 Imagine
32 Psycho Killer Talking Heads 16/09/1977 Talking Heads: 77
33 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd 12/09/1975 Wish You Were Here
34 Kiss Prince And The Revolution 5/02/1986 Parade
35 She Sells Sanctuary (Long Version) The Cult 17/05/1985 Single Only
36 Love Song Simple Minds 1/08/1981 Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call
37 Sign O' The Times Prince 18/02/1987 Sign "☮" The Times
38 Greetings To The New Brunette Billy Bragg September 1986 Talking With The Taxman About Poetry
39 'Heroes' David Bowie 23/09/1977 "Heroes"
40 L.A. Woman The Doors 19/04/1971 L.A. Woman
41 Troy Sinéad O'Connor 4/11/1987 The Lion And The Cobra
42 The Unguarded Moment The Church 13/04/1981 Of Skins And Heart
43 Wuthering Heights Kate Bush 6/01/1978 The Kick Inside
44 Smash It Up (Part 2) The Damned 28/09/1979 Machine Gun Etiquette
45 The One I Love  R.E.M. 1/09/1987 Document
46 Blister In The Sun Violent Femmes April 1983 Violent Femmes
47 Lust For Life Iggy Pop 29/08/1977 Lust For Life
48 Orinoco Flow Enya 19/09/1988 Watermark
49 All Along The Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience 21/09/1968 Electric Ladyland
50 The End The Doors 4/01/1967 The Doors
51 (I'm) Stranded The Saints September 1976 (I'm) Stranded
52 Teardrops Womack And Womack 13/06/1988 Conscience
53 God Save The Queen Sex Pistols 27/05/1977 Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols
54 The Cutter Echo & The Bunnymen 14/01/1983 Porcupine
55 Marquee Moon Televison 8/02/1977 Marquee Moon
56 Alone With You Sunnyboys September 1981 Sunnyboys
57 Wedding Cake Island Midnight Oil 4/01/1980 Bird Noises EP
58 I Want You Elvis Costello & The Attractions 15/09/1986 Blood & Chocolate
59 Moments In Love Art Of Noise 26/09/1983 Into Battle With The Art Of Noise EP
60 Forbidden Colours Ryuichi Sakamoto & David Sylvian 2/09/1983 Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (Soundtrack)
61 Buffalo Stance Neneh Cherry 28/11/88 Raw Like Sushi
62 Sexual Healing Marvin Gaye 30/09/1982 Midnight Love
63 Sympathy For The Devil The Rolling Stones 6/12/1968 Beggars Banquet
64 There Is A Light That Never Goes Out The Smiths 16/06/1986 The Queen Is Dead
65 Pretty Vacant Sex Pistols 1/07/1977 Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols
66 Close To Me The Cure 26/08/1985 The Head On The Door
67 Bizarre Love Triangle New Order 29/09/1986 Brotherhood
68 Wide Open Road The Triffids February 1986 Born Sandy Devotional
69 A Day In The Life The Beatles 1/06/1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
70 Deanna Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 5/09/1988 Tender Prey
71 Pump It Up Elvis Costello & The Attractions 17/03/1978 This Year's Model
72 Bachelor Kisses The Go-Betweens August 1984 Spring Hill Fair
73 Watching The Detectives Elvis Costello 14/10/1977 Single Only
74 Duel Propaganda 7/04/1985 A Secret Wish
75 Going Underground The Jam 10/03/1980 Single Only
76 Layla Derek And The Dominos November 1970 Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs
77 Walk On The Wild Side Lou Reed 8/11/1972 Transformer
78 Ghost Ships The Saints July 1984 A Little Madness To Be Free
79 My Island Home Warumpi Band February 1987 Go Bush
80 Blue Bell Knoll Cocteau Twins 19/09/1988 Blue Bell Knoll
81 Making Plans For Nigel XTC 17/08/1979 Drums And Wires
82 Golden Brown The Stranglers 9/11/1981 La Folie
83 Betty's Worry Or The Slab Hunters & Collectors 6/08/1984 The Jaws Of Life
84 Burning Down The House Talking Heads 31/05/1983 Speaking In Tongues
85 The Message Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five 1/07/1982 The Message
86 Riders On The Storm The Doors 19/04/1971 L.A. Woman
87 Down In The Tube Station At Midnight The Jam 21/10/1978 All Mod Cons
88 Power And The Passion Midnight Oil November 1982 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
89 Bye Bye Pride The Go-Betweens June 1987 Tallulah
90 Eagle Rock Daddy Cool May 1971 Daddy Who? Daddy Cool
91 Suspicious Minds Elvis Presley 26/08/1969 Single Only
92 I Say A Little Prayer Aretha Franklin 14/06/1968 Aretha Now
93 Slave Girl The Lime Spiders 1984 Slave Girl EP
94 Heart Of Glass Blondie 23/09/1978 Parallel Lines
95 Khe Sanh Cold Chisel 24/04/1978 Cold Chisel
96 O Superman (For Massenet) Laurie Anderson 30/11/1981 Big Science
97 Say Goodbye Hunters & Collectors 7/04/1986 Human Frailty
98 Man Overboard Do-Ré-Mi 23/08/1985 Domestic Harmony
99 The Cicada (That Ate Five Dock) Outline 1981 Maybe It's A Game
100 The Mercy Seat Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 23/05/1988 Tender Prey

Notes

  • #2: 'Throw Your Arms Around Me' - Hunters & Collectors: Originally released as a live single in 1984, but re-recorded for their 1986 album 'Human Frailty'.
  • #6: 'Holiday In Cambodia' - Dead Kennedys: Originally released in May 1980 as a single, but re-recorded for the album 'Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables' later in the year.
  • #24: 'Kiss (feat. Tom Jones)' - Art Of Noise: Released as a new song that was included with their compilation album 'The Best Of Art Of Noise '.
  • #35: 'She Sells Sanctuary (Long Version)' - The Cult: Originally released as a B-side to the song 'She Sells Sanctuary'. The original version was released on the album 'Love' that same year.
  • #73: 'Watching The Detectives' - Elvis Costello: Originally released as a single in October of 1977, the song was also later released on US editions of Elvis Costello's debut album 'My Aim Is True'.


Release Dates By Date

This list sorts all the tracks that reached the Hottest 100 in order of their release dates.

1967

1967 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
50 The End The Doors 4/01/1967 The Doors
1967 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
21 Respect Aretha Franklin 10/03/1967 I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You
1967 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
69 A Day In The Life The Beatles 1/06/1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
1968

1968 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
92 I Say A Little Prayer Aretha Franklin 14/06/1968 Aretha Now
1968 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
49 All Along The Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience 21/09/1968 Electric Ladyland
1968 - December
# Title Artist Date Album
63 Sympathy For The Devil The Rolling Stones 6/12/1968 Beggars Banquet
1969

1969 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
91 Suspicious Minds Elvis Presley 26/08/1969 Single Only
1970

1970 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
76 Layla Derek And The Dominos November 1970 Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs
1971

1971 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
40 L.A. Woman The Doors 19/04/1971 L.A. Woman
86 Riders On The Storm The Doors 19/04/1971 L.A. Woman
1971 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
90 Eagle Rock Daddy Cool May 1971 Daddy Who? Daddy Cool
1971 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
31 Imagine John Lennon 9/09/1971 Imagine
1971 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
30 Stairway To Heaven Led Zeppelin 8/11/1971 Led Zeppelin IV
1972

1972 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
77 Walk On The Wild Side Lou Reed 8/11/1972 Transformer
1975

1975 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
33 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd 12/09/1975 Wish You Were Here
1976

1976 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
51 (I'm) Stranded The Saints September 1976 (I'm) Stranded
1976 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
17 Anarchy In The U.K. Sex Pistols 26/11/1976 Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols
1977

1977 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
55 Marquee Moon Televison 8/02/1977 Marquee Moon
1977 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
16 Alison Elvis Costello 21/05/1977 My Aim Is True
53 God Save The Queen Sex Pistols 27/05/1977 Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols
1977 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
65 Pretty Vacant Sex Pistols 1/07/1977 Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols
1977 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
47 Lust For Life Iggy Pop 29/08/1977 Lust For Life
1977 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
32 Psycho Killer Talking Heads 16/09/1977 Talking Heads: 77
39 'Heroes' David Bowie 23/09/1977 "Heroes"
1977 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
73 Watching The Detectives Elvis Costello 14/10/1977 Single Only

Notes

  • #73: 'Watching The Detectives' - Elvis Costello: Originally released as a single in October of 1977, the song was also later released on US editions of Elvis Costello's debut album 'My Aim Is True'.
1978

Exact Dates Unknown
# Title Artist Date Album
23 Aloha Steve And Danno Radio Birdman 1978 Single Only
1978 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
43 Wuthering Heights Kate Bush 6/01/1978 The Kick Inside
1978 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
71 Pump It Up Elvis Costello & The Attractions 17/03/1978 This Year's Model
1978 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
14 Rock Lobster The B-52's April 1978 The B-52's
26 Another Girl, Another Planet The Only Ones April 1978 The Only Ones
28 Know Your Product The Saints April 1978 Eternally Yours
95 Khe Sanh Cold Chisel 24/04/1978 Cold Chisel
1978 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
94 Heart Of Glass Blondie 23/09/1978 Parallel Lines
1978 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
87 Down In The Tube Station At Midnight The Jam 21/10/1978 All Mod Cons
1979

1979 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
12 Shivers The Boys Next Door May 1979 Door, Door
1979 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
29 Boys Don't Cry The Cure 15/06/1979 Single Only
1979 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
81 Making Plans For Nigel XTC 17/08/1979 Drums And Wires
1979 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
44 Smash It Up (Part 2) The Damned 28/09/1979 Machine Gun Etiquette
1979 - December
# Title Artist Date Album
18 London Calling The Clash 7/12/1979 London Calling
1980

1980 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
57 Wedding Cake Island Midnight Oil 4/01/1980 Bird Noises EP
1980 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
75 Going Underground The Jam 10/03/1980 Single Only
10 A Forest The Cure 28/03/1980 Seventeen Seconds
1980 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
1 Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division 18/04/1980 Single Only
1980 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
6 Holiday In Cambodia Dead Kennedys May 1980 Single Only

Notes

  • #6: 'Holiday In Cambodia' - Dead Kennedys: Originally released in May 1980 as a single, but re-recorded for the album 'Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables' later in the year.
1980 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
4 That's Entertainment The Jam 28/11/1980 Sound Affects
1981

Exact Dates Unknown
# Title Artist Date Album
99 The Cicada (That Ate Five Dock) Outline 1981 Maybe It's A Game
1981 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
19 Primary The Cure 20/03/1981 Faith
1981 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
42 The Unguarded Moment The Church 13/04/1981 Of Skins And Heart
1981 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
36 Love Song Simple Minds 1/08/1981 Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call
25 Average Inadequacy Machinations 26/08/1981 Machinations EP
1981 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
56 Alone With You Sunnyboys September 1981 Sunnyboys
1981 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
82 Golden Brown The Stranglers 9/11/1981 La Folie
96 O Superman (For Massenet) Laurie Anderson 30/11/1981 Big Science
1982

1982 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
85 The Message Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five 1/07/1982 The Message
8 Talking To A Stranger Hunters & Collectors 26/07/1982 Hunters & Collectors
1982 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
3 Uncertain Smile The The 12/08/1982 Soul Mining
1982 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
62 Sexual Healing Marvin Gaye 30/09/1982 Midnight Love
1982 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
88 Power And The Passion Midnight Oil November 1982 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
1983

1983 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
54 The Cutter Echo & The Bunnymen 14/01/1983 Porcupine
1983 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
11 Cattle And Cane The Go-Betweens February 1983 Before Hollywood
1983 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
5 Blue Monday New Order 7/03/1983 Single Only
1983 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
46 Blister In The Sun Violent Femmes April 1983 Violent Femmes
1983 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
84 Burning Down The House Talking Heads 31/05/1983 Speaking In Tongues
1983 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
15 Song To The Siren This Mortal Coil 1/09/1983 It'll End In Tears
60 Forbidden Colours Ryuichi Sakamoto & David Sylvian 2/09/1983 Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (Soundtrack)
59 Moments In Love Art Of Noise 26/09/1983 Into Battle With The Art Of Noise EP
1983 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
13 This Charming Man The Smiths 31/10/1983 Single Only
1984

Exact Dates Unknown
# Title Artist Date Album
93 Slave Girl The Lime Spiders 1984 Slave Girl EP
1984 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
78 Ghost Ships The Saints July 1984 A Little Madness To Be Free
1984 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
72 Bachelor Kisses The Go-Betweens August 1984 Spring Hill Fair
83 Betty's Worry Or The Slab Hunters & Collectors 6/08/1984 The Jaws Of Life
1985

1985 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
7 How Soon Is Now? The Smiths 28/01/1985 Single Only
1985 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
74 Duel Propaganda 7/04/1985 A Secret Wish
1985 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
35 She Sells Sanctuary (Long Version) The Cult 17/05/1985 Single Only

Notes

  • #35: 'She Sells Sanctuary (Long Version)' - The Cult: Originally released as a B-side to the song 'She Sells Sanctuary'. The original version was released on the album 'Love' that same year.
1985 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
98 Man Overboard Do-Ré-Mi 23/08/1985 Domestic Harmony
66 Close To Me The Cure 26/08/1985 The Head On The Door
1986

1986 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
68 Wide Open Road The Triffids February 1986 Born Sandy Devotional
34 Kiss Prince And The Revolution 5/02/1986 Parade
1986 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
2 Throw Your Arms Around Me Hunters & Collectors 7/04/1986 Human Frailty
97 Say Goodbye Hunters & Collectors 7/04/1986 Human Frailty

Notes

  • #2: 'Throw Your Arms Around Me' - Hunters & Collectors: Originally released as a live single in 1984, but re-recorded for their 1986 album 'Human Frailty'.
1986 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
27 Bigmouth Strikes Again The Smiths 19/05/1986 The Queen Is Dead
1986 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
64 There Is A Light That Never Goes Out The Smiths 16/06/1986 The Queen Is Dead
1986 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
38 Greetings To The New Brunette Billy Bragg September 1986 Talking With The Taxman About Poetry
58 I Want You Elvis Costello & The Attractions 15/09/1986 Blood & Chocolate
67 Bizarre Love Triangle New Order 29/09/1986 Brotherhood
1987

1987 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
79 My Island Home Warumpi Band February 1987 Go Bush
37 Sign O' The Times Prince 18/02/1987 Sign "☮" The Times
1987 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
89 Bye Bye Pride The Go-Betweens June 1987 Tallulah
1987 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
22 It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) R.E.M. 1/09/1987 Document
45 The One I Love  R.E.M. 1/09/1987 Document
1987 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
9 Birthday The Sugarcubes 19/10/1987 Life's Too Good
1987 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
41 Troy Sinéad O'Connor 4/11/1987 The Lion And The Cobra
1988

1988 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
100 The Mercy Seat Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 23/05/1988 Tender Prey
1988 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
52 Teardrops Womack And Womack 13/06/1988 Conscience
1988 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
70 Deanna Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 5/09/1988 Tender Prey
48 Orinoco Flow Enya 19/09/1988 Watermark
80 Blue Bell Knoll Cocteau Twins 19/09/1988 Blue Bell Knoll
20 Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards Billy Bragg 20/09/1988 Workers Playtime
1988 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
24 Kiss (feat. Tom Jones) Art Of Noise 28/10/1988 The Best Of Art Of Noise

Notes

  • #24: 'Kiss (feat. Tom Jones)' - Art Of Noise: Released as a new song that was included with their compilation album 'The Best Of Art Of Noise '.
1988 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
61 Buffalo Stance Neneh Cherry 28/11/88 Raw Like Sushi


Facts

  • 0 of the songs that charted in the Hottest 100 of All Time for 1989 were released within the year of the countdown. However, since it is an All Time countdown (and since the countdown was held in March of 1989), this is not particularly unusual.
  • The most common months for a song to be released were April 1978 and September 1988, which each had 4 songs enter the countdown.
  • The earlist track released was The Doors' 'The End', which was released on January 4th, 1967.
  • The most recent track to have made the countdown was Neneh Cherry's 'Buffalo Stance', which was released on November 28th, 1988.


Adjusted Countdown

Usually, this section would show an adjusted version of the countdown, whereby the countdown is is re-ordered to show what it would look like if only songs from the countdown year were included. However, no songs from 1989 were included in the 1989 All Time countdown.




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