“Rag Doll” is a song by American hard rock band Aerosmith. It is from the 1987 album Permanent Vacation. It was released as the final single from the album in 1988. It was written by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Jim Vallance, and Holly Knight.
The song’s lyrics were primarily written by Tyler and Vallance, Perry originating the guitar riff, and Vallance writing the bass line. The song was originally titled “Rag Time” but John Kalodner didn’t like that, so Holly Knight was called in to help change that lyric. She suggested “Rag Doll”, which was actually another title Steven and Jim thought of, but Holly ended up getting credits just for two words. Steven was horrified about this and often complained to his manager.
It peaked at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100, #12 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and #42 on the UK charts.
“Man in the Mirror” is a song by Michael Jackson. It peaked at number one in the United States when released as a single in early 1988 off his seventh solo album, Bad. It is one of Jackson’s most critically acclaimed songs and it was nominated for Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. It was only a moderate hit in the UK at the time of its release, peaking at number 21 and becoming the only single from Bad not to reach the UK Top 20 on first release. However, in 2009, following the news of Jackson’s death, the song peaked at number two in the official UK Singles Chart, behind Cascada‘s “Evacuate the Dancefloor,” having re-entered the chart at 11 the previous week.
“People Are People” is Depeche Mode‘s tenth UK single (released on March 12, 1984) it was their first hit single in the US and the first single for the Some Great Reward album.
“People Are People” was written by Martin Gore, but the dancy poppy feel of the song may actually be credited to Alan Wilder.
Despite “People Are People”‘s success, Martin Gore considers it to be one of his least favourite songs. He prefers his songs to have subtle meanings so that people can find their own meanings to it, and feels “People Are People” does not fit that description . It was not played again live after 1988.
The US got a compilation called People Are People with various songs not available in the US prior to it. The single itself was released in the USA on July 11, 1984 (though it did not reach the Billboard Hot 100 chart until May 1985, and initially was played only on modern rock and college radio). The single would eventually peak at #13. In the UK, the single reached #4, which was at the time the band’s highest singles chart position in their homeland. Since then, “Barrel of a Gun” (1997) and “Precious” (2005) have also reached #4 in the UK. In West Germany the song was a #1 hit and was used as the theme to West German TV’s coverage of the 1984 Olympics, alluding to East Germany’s participation in the Soviet-led boycott of the Games. It was also used as the theme tune of the 1990s BBC Children’s factual TV series, It’ll Never Work.
“(If There Was) Any Other Way” is a song from Céline Dion‘s English debut album Unison. It was released as the first single in Canada (March 19, 1990) and second in the United States (March 18, 1991) and the rest of the world (June 6, 1991). In the United Kingdom it became a promotional release only.The song reached number 24 in Canada and number 35 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (number 56 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay). “(If There Was) Any Other Way” was more successful on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart peaking at number 8.
“Tubthumping” is a 1997 song by the English band Chumbawamba. The single release went to #2 on the UK Singles Chart, #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and #1 on the Italian Singles Chart. The cover art for the single is based on the logo for the manufacturing company of Arm & Hammer. The song is often misnamed as “I Get Knocked Down”, since the word “Tubthumping” is never said in the song.
“You Better Wait” is a song by Steve Perry from his album For the Love of Strange Medicine. It was Perry’s first single from the album, the first following his official departure from his former band, Journey. The song peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1994.
“I Go to Extremes” is the fourth track on Billy Joel‘s 1989 album, Storm Front. It was released as the second single from the album in 1990. It peaked at the number six position on the Billboard Hot 100, and at #70 on the UK chart. The song was also a top ten hit on both the Adult Contemporary chart, as well as the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The song was also a top 40 hit in Germany, peaking at #36 on the German charts.
“Hangin’ Tough” is a 1989 single from New Kids on the Block. The fourth single from the group’s second album of the same name, it peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart on September 9, 1989. It also topped the UK singles chart and the song also became the first number one single of the 1990s.
“I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” was a song performed by Aretha Franklin and George Michael in a duet in 1987. It was written by Simon Climie and Dennis Morgan.The song was a one-off project that helped Michael achieve his ambition to sing with one of his favourite artists, and it reached number one in both the UK Singles Chart and Billboard‘s Hot 100. The song was, remarkably, Franklin’s first and only UK number-one hit, and only her fourth top ten achievement in the country since “I Say a Little Prayer“, nearly two decades earlier. This was also the last of Franklin’s eighteen Top 10 hits in the Billboard Hot 100.
The single was the first Michael had recorded (as a lead artist) which he had not written himself. The co-writer, Simon Climie, was unknown at the time, although he later had success as a performer with Climie Fisher in 1988.
The continuous run of UK chart-toppers ended for Michael thereafter, with his next number-one coming in 1991 – again as part of a duet (this time with Elton John) – while his next entirely solo number-one in the UK didn’t appear until 1996.
On the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” debuted at #59, the week of February 21, 1987, reaching #1 in its ninth week, April 18, 1987, and remaining there for two consecutive weeks.
“Disappear” was a single by INXS, the second single taken from their album X in 1990. It peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band’s seventh and last top 10 single. It was a lesser hit in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at #21, which was still quite an achievement for the band, since, by this point, their hit output was starting to slow considerably.
The song was written by Jon Farriss and Michael Hutchence while they were living together in Hong Kong in 1989.