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1987 Start of School Year September U Got the Look Prince
U Got the Look
CD Source: The Hits/The B-Sides (1978-1993)(3)
Time: 3:58
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Paper in Fire John Cougar Mellencamp
Paper in Fire
CD Source: Greatest Hits (1978-2004) (2) (bonus DVD)
Time: 3:53
Sequenced by: The Lonesome Jubilee album
Honored by:
 

 
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Like The Weather 10,000 Maniacs
Like The Weather
CD Source: In My Tribe
Time: 3:57
Sequenced by: In My Tribe album
Honored by:
 
"In My Tribe" hardly dented the charts when it was first released. It reached its peak in May 1988 when "Like The Weather" was released as a single.
 
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Way Down In The Hole Tom Waits
Way Down In The Hole
CD Source: Beautiful Maladies (1983-93)
Time: 3:31
Sequenced by: Frank`s Wild Years album
Honored by:
 

 
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Innocent When You Dream (78) Tom Waits
Innocent When You Dream (78)
CD Source: Beautiful Maladies (1983-93)
Time: 3:10
Sequenced by: Frank`s Wild Years album
Honored by:
 

 
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I Know You Got Soul Eric B. & Rakim
I Know You Got Soul
CD Source: Paid in Full (bonus tracks)
Time: 4:44
Sequenced by: Paid in Full album
Honored by:
 

 
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Where The Streets Have No Name U2
Where The Streets Have No Name
CD Source: The Joshua Tree (20th anniv remaster)
Time: 5:38
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DG
 

 
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October Brilliant Disguise Bruce Springsteen
Brilliant Disguise
CD Source: The Essential (1972-2002) (bonus CD) (3)
Time: 4:15
Sequenced by: Tunnel of Love album
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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The One I Love R.E.M.
The One I Love
CD Source: Part Lies Part Heart Part Truth Part Garbage 1982-2011 (2)
Time: 3:16
Sequenced by: Document album
Honored by: DG
 

 
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November If You Let Me Stay Terence Trent D`Arby
If You Let Me Stay
CD Source:
Time: 3:14
Sequenced by: Introducing The Hardline album
Honored by:
 

 
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December Push It Salt-N-Pepa
Push It
CD Source:
Time: 4:29
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS
 

 
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I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man Prince
I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
CD Source: Ultimate Prince (1979-1993) (2)
Time: 3:41
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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1988 January Pump Up the Volume M/A/R/R/S
Pump Up the Volume
CD Source:
Time: 3:58
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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February I Couldn`t Leave You If I Tried Rodney Crowell
I Couldn`t Leave You If I Tried
CD Source: Diamonds & Dirt (extended)
Time: 3:19
Sequenced by: Diamonds & Dirt album
Honored by:
 
Diamonds & Dirt contained five (!) singles that topped the country charts but neither the singles nor the album ever charted pop. The first single was released in January, and I`m slotting the album early in February. If anyone knows the release date more precisely, please let me know.
 
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She`s Crazy For Leaving Rodney Crowell
She`s Crazy For Leaving
CD Source: Diamonds & Dirt (extended)
Time: 3:17
Sequenced by: Diamonds & Dirt album
Honored by:
 
Diamonds & Dirt contained five (!) singles that topped the country charts but neither the singles nor the album ever charted pop. The first single was released in January, and I`m slotting the album early in February. If anyone knows the release date more precisely, please let me know.
 
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March Wishing Well Terence Trent D`Arby
Wishing Well
CD Source:
Time: 3:30
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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(Nothing But) Flowers Talking Heads
(Nothing But) Flowers
CD Source: Once in a Lifetime (76-92)(3)(+DVD of videos)
Time: 5:34
Sequenced by: Naked album
Honored by:
 

 
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April Beds Are Burning Midnight Oil
Beds Are Burning
CD Source: 20,000 watt R.S.L. (1979-97)
Time: 4:18
Sequenced by: Diesel and Dust album
Honored by:
 

 
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June Fast Car Tracy Chapman
Fast Car
CD Source: Tracy Chapman (debut)
Time: 4:57
Sequenced by: Tracy Chapman album
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Talkin` Bout A Revolution Tracy Chapman
Talkin` Bout A Revolution
CD Source: Tracy Chapman (debut)
Time: 2:40
Sequenced by: Tracy Chapman album
Honored by:
 

 
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July Roll With It Steve Winwood
Roll With It
CD Source: the finer things (1964-90) (4)
Time: 4:33
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DG
 

 
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Bring the Noise Public Enemy
Bring the Noise
CD Source: Power to the People and the Beats (1987-91+)
Time: 3:46
Sequenced by: It Takes A Nation of Millions album
Honored by: RS DG
 
"Bring the Noise" was released as a single six months earlier than the album (charted R&B on 2/6/88).
 
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Rebel Without A Pause Public Enemy
Rebel Without A Pause
CD Source: Power to the People and the Beats (1987-91+)
Time: 4:18
Sequenced by: It Takes A Nation of Millions album
Honored by: DG
 

 
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Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos Public Enemy
Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos
CD Source: Power to the People and the Beats (1987-91+)
Time: 3:43
Sequenced by: It Takes A Nation of Millions album
Honored by:
 
Running time of 3:43 is for the single edit on their Greatest Beats CD.
 
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People Have the Power Patti Smith
People Have the Power
CD Source: LAND (1975-2002) (2)
Time: 5:09
Sequenced by: Dream of Life album
Honored by:
 

 
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August Follow the Leader Eric B. & Rakim
Follow the Leader
CD Source: The Hip Hop Box (1979-2003) (4)
Time: 5:35
Sequenced by: Follow the Leader album
Honored by: DG
 

 
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Passionate Kisses Lucinda Williams
Passionate Kisses
CD Source: Lucinda Williams (3rd album)(extended)
Time: 2:37
Sequenced by: album recorded & mixed 6/88
Honored by: DG
 
We can`t identify a precise release date for "Lucinda Williams." The CD booklet credits say recorded and mixed in June 1988. Other sources are less specific. Any personal story to help date this album better would be appreciated.
 
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I Just Wanted to See You So Bad Lucinda Williams
I Just Wanted to See You So Bad
CD Source: Lucinda Williams (3rd album)(extended)
Time: 2:27
Sequenced by: album recorded & mixed 6/88
Honored by:
 
We can`t identify a precise release date for "Lucinda Williams." The CD booklet credits say recorded and mixed in June 1988. Other sources are less specific. Any personal story to help date this album better would be appreciated.
 
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Start of School Year September Anchorage Michelle Shocked
Anchorage
CD Source: Short Sharp Shocked (deluxe edition) (2)
Time: 3:24
Sequenced by: Short Sharp Shocked album
Honored by:
 

 
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If Love Was A Train Michelle Shocked
If Love Was A Train
CD Source: Short Sharp Shocked (deluxe edition) (2)
Time: 4:07
Sequenced by: Short Sharp Shocked album
Honored by:
 

 
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When I Grow Up Michelle Shocked
When I Grow Up
CD Source: Short Sharp Shocked (deluxe edition) (2)
Time: 3:31
Sequenced by: Short Sharp Shocked album
Honored by:
 

 
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October Teen Age Riot Sonic Youth
Teen Age Riot
CD Source: Daydream Nation
Time: 6:58
Sequenced by: Daydream Nation album
Honored by:
 
According to the AllMusic database, the album was recorded over the summer and done by August. If anyone has a better clue as to when "Daydream Nation" was released, please let me know!
 
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Take It So Hard Keith Richards
Take It So Hard
CD Source: Talk is Cheap
Time: 3:17
Sequenced by: Talk Is Cheap album
Honored by:
 

 
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Desire U2
Desire
CD Source: The Best of 1980-1990/The B-sides (2)
Time: 3:00
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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November Handle With Care Traveling Wilburys
Handle With Care
CD Source: Collection (1988-90) (2 CDs + DVD)
Time: 3:20
Sequenced by: Volume One album
Honored by:
 

 
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Not Alone Any More Traveling Wilburys
Not Alone Any More
CD Source: Collection (1988-90) (2 CDs + DVD)
Time: 3:25
Sequenced by: Volume One album
Honored by:
 

 
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1989 January Wild Thing Tone Loc
Wild Thing
CD Source:
Time: 4:25
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Open Letter To A Landlord Liviing Colour
Open Letter To A Landlord
CD Source: Pride (1988-94)
Time: 5:32
Sequenced by: Vivid album
Honored by:
 

 
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Cult of Personality Liviing Colour
Cult of Personality
CD Source: Pride (1988-94)
Time: 4:54
Sequenced by: Vivid album
Honored by:
 

 
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February I`ll Be You The Replacements
I`ll Be You
CD Source: All for Nothing (1985-90) (2)
Time: 3:29
Sequenced by: Don`t Tell A Soul album
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Achin` To Be The Replacements
Achin` To Be
CD Source: All for Nothing (1985-90) (2)
Time: 3:41
Sequenced by: Don`t Tell A Soul album
Honored by:
 

 
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Dirty Boulevard Lou Reed
Dirty Boulevard
CD Source: NYC Man: The Collection (1967-2002) (2)
Time: 3:31
Sequenced by: New York album
Honored by: DG
 

 
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Busload of Faith Lou Reed
Busload of Faith
CD Source: New York
Time: 4:50
Sequenced by: New York album
Honored by:
 

 
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Fuck Tha Police N.W.A.
Fuck Tha Police
CD Source: Straight Outta Compton (extended)
Time: 5:46
Sequenced by: Straight Outta Compton album
Honored by: RS DM
 

 
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March You Got It Roy Orbison
You Got It
CD Source: The Soul of Rock and Roll (1955-88) (4)
Time: 3:31
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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She Drives Me Crazy Fine Young Cannibals
She Drives Me Crazy
CD Source:
Time: 3:36
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Like A Prayer Madonna
Like A Prayer
CD Source: Celebration (1982-2009) (2)
Time: 5:43
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS
 

 
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April Yellow Moon The Neville Brothers
Yellow Moon
CD Source: Uptown Rulin`: Best of (on A & M 1981-96)
Time: 4:04
Sequenced by: Yellow Moon album
Honored by:
 

 
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Sister Rosa The Neville Brothers
Sister Rosa
CD Source: Uptown Rulin`: Best of (on A & M 1981-96)
Time: 3:32
Sequenced by: Yellow Moon album
Honored by:
 

 
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Me Myself And I De La Soul
Me Myself And I
CD Source: Classic Cuts (1982-98)
Time: 3:45
Sequenced by: 3 Feet High And Rising album
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Say No Go De La Soul
Say No Go
CD Source: 3 Feet High and Rising
Time: 4:20
Sequenced by: 3 Feet High And Rising album
Honored by:
 

 
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Monkey Gone to Heaven Pixies
Monkey Gone to Heaven
CD Source: Doolittle
Time: 2:57
Sequenced by: Doolittle album
Honored by: RS
 

 
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May Nick of Time Bonnie Raitt
Nick of Time
CD Source: Nick of Time
Time: 3:54
Sequenced by: Nick of Time album
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Thing Called Love Bonnie Raitt
Thing Called Love
CD Source: Nick of Time
Time: 3:54
Sequenced by: Nick of Time album
Honored by:
 

 
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Buffalo Stance Neneh Cherry
Buffalo Stance
CD Source: Raw Like Sushi
Time: 5:42
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Free Fallin` Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Free Fallin`
CD Source: Anthology (1976-93+) (2)
Time: 4:18
Sequenced by: Full Moon Fever album
Honored by: RS
 

 
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June Good Thing Fine Young Cannibals
Good Thing
CD Source:
Time: 3:23
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Kisses on the Wind Neneh Cherry
Kisses on the Wind
CD Source: Raw Like Sushi
Time: 3:57
Sequenced by: Raw Like Sushi album
Honored by:
 

 
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July The Heart of the Matter Don Henley
The Heart of the Matter
CD Source:
Time: 5:22
Sequenced by: The End of the Innocence album
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Fight the Power Public Enemy
Fight the Power
CD Source: The Hip Hop Box (1979-2003) (4)
Time: 5:23
Sequenced by: Do The Right Thing Soundtrack album
Honored by: RS DG
 
"Fight The Power" is censored on the "Fear Of A Black Planet" album, but not on the single version available on the Soundtrack CD and the Hip-Hop box set. The single was released at the end of June, two weeks before the Soundtrack was released in July 1989. The song`s rhythm track incorporates Clyde Stubblefield`s drum solo from James Brown`s "Funky Drummer," claimed to be the most-sampled musical element in all of hip-hop. About 12 seconds into the excerpt of "Fight The Power" Chuck D. says "sound of the Funky Drummer." Once you`ve listened to the drum solo a few times it`s easier to isolate it from the other elements of "Fight The Power`s" rhythm track.
 
Sample 1: Fight The Power
 
Sample 2: Funky Drummer sampled part
 
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August Shake Your Rump The Beastie Boys
Shake Your Rump
CD Source: Anthology: The Sounds of Science (1985-99)(2)
Time: 3:19
Sequenced by: Paul`s Boutique album
Honored by:
 

 
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Start of School Year September Bust A Move Young MC
Bust A Move
CD Source:
Time: 4:26
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Everything is Broken Bob Dylan
Everything is Broken
CD Source: Oh Mercy
Time: 3:15
Sequenced by: Oh Mercy album
Honored by:
 

 
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October Me So Horny The 2 Live Crew
Me So Horny
CD Source: The Hip Hop Box (1979-2003) (4)
Time: 4:37
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Rockin` in the Free World Neil Young
Rockin` in the Free World
CD Source: Greatest Hits (1969-79+)
Time: 4:41
Sequenced by: Freedom album
Honored by: RS DG
 

 
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Crime in the City Neil Young
Crime in the City
CD Source: Freedom
Time: 8:45
Sequenced by: Freedom album
Honored by:
 

 
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Don`t Cry Neil Young
Don`t Cry
CD Source: Freedom
Time: 4:16
Sequenced by: Freedom album
Honored by:
 

 
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Love Shack The B-52s
Love Shack
CD Source:
Time: 5:21
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS
 

 
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November Back to Life Soul II Soul
Back to Life
CD Source:
Time: 3:29
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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1990 January Ladies First Queen Latifah Feat. Monie Love
Ladies First
CD Source: Classic Cuts (1982-98)
Time: 3:56
Sequenced by: All Hail The Queen album
Honored by:
 

 
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Buddy (Native Tongue Decision version) De La Soul Feat. J Bros, Q-Tip, Q Lat & M Love
Buddy (Native Tongue Decision version)
CD Source: Classic Cuts (1982-98)
Time: 7:17
Sequenced by: 12-inch single on R&B chart
Honored by:
 
Full artist credit is De La Soul featuring The Jungle Brothers & Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah & Monie Love.
 
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March Blue Sky Mine Midnight Oil
Blue Sky Mine
CD Source: 20,000 watt R.S.L. (1979-97)
Time: 4:20
Sequenced by: Blue Sky Mining album
Honored by:
 

 
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Forgotten Years Midnight Oil
Forgotten Years
CD Source: 20,000 watt R.S.L. (1979-97)
Time: 4:21
Sequenced by: Blue Sky Mining album
Honored by:
 

 
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Nothing Compares 2 U Sinead O`Connor
Nothing Compares 2 U
CD Source: I do not want what I haven`t got
Time: 5:11
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 
written by Prince
 
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April Vogue Madonna
Vogue
CD Source: Celebration (1982-2009) (2)
Time: 5:17
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DG
 

 
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Welcome to the Terrordome Public Enemy
Welcome to the Terrordome
CD Source: Power to the People and the Beats (1987-91+)
Time: 5:26
Sequenced by: Fear of a Black Planet album
Honored by: DG
 

 
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911 Is A Joke Public Enemy
911 Is A Joke
CD Source: Power to the People and the Beats (1987-91+)
Time: 3:18
Sequenced by: Fear of a Black Planet album
Honored by:
 

 
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The Humpty Dance Digital Underground
The Humpty Dance
CD Source: Classic Cuts (1982-98)
Time: 4:38
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 
"The Humpty Dance" single clocked at 4:40, edited down from the full 6:31 album length
 
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I Left My Wallet in El Segundo A Tribe Called Quest
I Left My Wallet in El Segundo
CD Source: The Anthology (1990-99)
Time: 4:06
Sequenced by: People`s Instinctive Travels album
Honored by:
 

 
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June Way Down Now World Party
Way Down Now
CD Source:
Time: 3:46
Sequenced by: Goodbye Jumbo album
Honored by:
 

 
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July Angel From Montgomery (live) Bonnie Raitt with John Prine
Angel From Montgomery (live)
CD Source: The Bonnie Raitt Collection (1971-86)
Time: 4:01:
Sequenced by: The Bonnie Raitt Collection album
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"Angel From Montgomery" was written by John Prine and first recorded by Bonnie Raitt on her "Streetlight" album from 1974. This version was performed as a duet in 1985 at a tribute concert for Steve Goodman, which was released on a small label at the time and therefore not widely circulated until 1990, now, on The Bonnie Raitt Collection.
 
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Joey Concrete Blonde
Joey
CD Source: Recollection (1986-93)
Time: 4:08
Sequenced by: Bloodletting album
Honored by:
 

 
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August Thieves In The Temple Prince
Thieves In The Temple
CD Source: Ultimate Prince (1979-1993) (2)
Time: 3:21
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Start of School Year September Type Liviing Colour
Type
CD Source: Pride (1988-94)
Time: 6:26
Sequenced by: Time`s Up album
Honored by:
 

 
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I Walk Alone Los Lobos
I Walk Alone
CD Source: Mas y Mas (+1983-99) (4)
Time: 3:01
Sequenced by: The Neighborhood album
Honored by:
 

 
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Mansion on the Hill Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Mansion on the Hill
CD Source: Ragged Glory
Time: 4:46
Sequenced by: Ragged Glory album
Honored by:
 

 
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Country Home Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Country Home
CD Source: Ragged Glory
Time: 7:04
Sequenced by: Ragged Glory album
Honored by: DG
 

 
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Mama Said Knock You Out LL Cool J
Mama Said Knock You Out
CD Source: All World (1985-96)
Time: 4:49
Sequenced by: Mama Said Knock You Out album
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Around The Way Girl LL Cool J
Around The Way Girl
CD Source: All World (1985-96)
Time: 4:06
Sequenced by: Mama Said Knock You Out album
Honored by:
 

 
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October Groove Is In The Heart Deee-Lite
Groove Is In The Heart
CD Source:
Time: 3:55
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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November What We Really Want Rosanne Cash
What We Really Want
CD Source: The Essential (1978-2009) (2)
Time: 3:30
Sequenced by: Interiors album
Honored by:
 

 
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1991 February All This Time Sting
All This Time
CD Source: Fields of Gold: The Best of 1984-1994
Time: 4:55
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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April Losing My Religion R.E.M.
Losing My Religion
CD Source: Part Lies Part Heart Part Truth Part Garbage 1982-2011 (2)
Time: 4:27
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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May I Wanna Sex You Up Color Me Badd
I Wanna Sex You Up
CD Source:
Time: 4:04
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 
From the movie "New Jack City"
 
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New Jack Hustler Ice-T
New Jack Hustler
CD Source: O.G. Original Gangster
Time: 4:43
Sequenced by: O.G. Original Gangster album
Honored by:
 

 
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June Something to Talk About Bonnie Raitt
Something to Talk About
CD Source: Luck of the Draw
Time: 3:48
Sequenced by: Luck of the Draw album
Honored by:
 

 
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I Can`t Make You Love Me Bonnie Raitt
I Can`t Make You Love Me
CD Source: Luck of the Draw
Time: 5:34
Sequenced by: Luck of the Draw album
Honored by: RS DM
 

 
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July Summertime D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Summertime
CD Source: The Hip Hop Box (1979-2003) (4)
Time: 4:30
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Mind Playing Tricks on Me The Geto Boys
Mind Playing Tricks on Me
CD Source:
Time: 5:11
Sequenced by: We Can`t Be Stopped album
Honored by: DM
 

 
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1952 Vincent Black Lightning Richard Thompson
1952 Vincent Black Lightning
CD Source: Walking On A Wire (1968-2009) (4)
Time: 4:42
Sequenced by: Rumor and Sigh album released May 1991
Honored by:
 
Although the "Rumor and Sigh" album never charted, "I Feel So Good" was an MTV hit that spent two months on the Modern Rock radio chart and "1952 Vincent" remains a popular radio request song into the 21st century.
 
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