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The look of success

Roxette – The look

“The look” is probably Roxette’s most famous song across their whole career. They released it in mid January 1989, and things immediately started going great. It is true that many songs enter the charts, and may stay some weeks in high places. In this case, this hit reached the highest position,

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Play your chances!

Roxette – Chances

“Chances” saw the light at the end of 1988. A period of beautiful songs, even if it was clear thar the 80s were opening the door to the 90s. Yet, a lot of artists and groups really could have found a great place even 5 or 6 years before!

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The cherry on top of the cake

Neneh Cherry – Buffalo stance

“Buffalo stance” introduces in December 1988 a new star in the world of hip-hop and pop. We can say she is really a citizen of the world! Daughter to a Sierra Leone drummer and a Swedish artist, with an American stepfather. Of course she grows up in England and in the UK 🙂 .

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Angels of the 80s

U2 – Angel of Harlem

“Angel of Harlem” is one of their songs, but I am not sure we can define U2 as “angels” 🙂 . And in fact they dedicated the song to the singer Billie Holiday. I did not remember this video, honestly. I thought it was different.

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The saddest story

Milli Vanilli – Girl you know it’s true

“Girl you know it’s true” tells probably the saddest page in the history of the 80s. The story begins with a producer, Frank Farian, who knew what success looked like. In fact he was the producer, in 1976, of the great Boney M!

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On the top of the world

U2 – Desire

“Desire” definitely marks one of the most prolific periods for 80s pop music, October 1988. U2 released “Rattle and Hum”, their sixth album, on October 10, 1988. Actually they released the first single, “Desire”, some weeks earlier. People had great expectations for this album. And it continued the pattern of the previous album,

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Around the world from Ireland

Enya – Orinoco flow

No doubt “Orinoco flow” is one of the most famous songs of the late 80s. Many dinosaurs like us remember perfectly the face of the girl who sang it in October 1988. And we remember even her name, Enya. Before releasing this song she was not so famous outside of her Ireland.

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A stylish farewell

Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé – Barcelona

“Barcelona” raised great expections even before being released, in October 1988. For many reasons, people talked a lot about it. Maybe it wasn’t really a wonderful song. They mixed world class elements, but the outcome in my opinion didn’t meet the expectations.

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The voice of the heart

Roxette – Listen to your heart

“Listen to your heart” marked the first worldwide success of a group who really joined the 80s and the 90s, Roxette! Their first album in 1986 gathered some success only in Sweden. And also their single “Dressed for success” in June 1988 did not leave an unerasable mark.

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