1989

1989 Top Artists

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Artists with multiple tracks in the 1989 countdown.

Artist Track Score
The SmithsHow Soon Is Now94
This Charming Man88
Bigmouth Strikes Again74
There Is A Light?37
Artist Total Score:293
The CureA Forest91
Primary82
Boys Don't Cry72
Close To Me35
Artist Total Score:280
Hunters & CollectorsThrow Your Arms Around Me99
Talking To A Stranger93
The Slab18
Say Goodbye4
Artist Total Score:214
Elvis CostelloAlison85
I Want You43
Pump It Up30
Watching The Detectives28
Artist Total Score:186
The Sex PistolsAnarchy In The UK84
God Save The Queen48
Pretty Vacant36
Artist Total Score:168
The SaintsKnow Your Product73
(I'm) Stranded50
Ghost Ships23
Artist Total Score:146
The JamThat's Entertainment97
Going Underground26
Down In The Tube Station?14
Artist Total Score:137
Go BetweensCattle And Cane90
Bachelor Kisses29
Bye Bye Pride12
Artist Total Score:131
The DoorsL A Woman61
The End51
Riders On The Storm15
Artist Total Score:127

What's the "Score"?

By giving each track in the Hottest 100 a score based on the inverse of it's position number (ie. the track at 10th place gets a score of 90) a combination of all track scores gives an artist a Hot Score.

This doesn't mean that artist is "better" than another, it's just another interesting way of looking at the poll.

1989 Hottest 100 Countdown

  1. 1 Joy Division Love Will Tear Us Apart
  2. 2 Hunters & Collectors Throw Your Arms Around Me
  3. 3 The The Uncertain Smile
  4. 4 The Jam That's Entertainment
  5. 5 New Order Blue Monday
  6. 6 Dead Kennedys Holiday In Cambodia
  7. 7 The Smiths How Soon Is Now
  8. 8 Hunters & Collectors Talking To A Stranger
  9. 9 Sugarcubes Birthday
  10. 10 The Cure A Forest
  11. 11 Go Betweens Cattle And Cane
  12. 12 Boys Next Door Shivers
  13. 13 The Smiths This Charming Man
  14. 14 B52s Rock Lobster
  15. 15 This Mortal Coil Song To The Siren
  16. 16 Elvis Costello Alison
  17. 17 The Sex Pistols Anarchy In The UK
  18. 18 The Clash London Calling
  19. 19 The Cure Primary
  20. 20 Billy Bragg Waiting For The Great Leap Forward
  21. 21 Aretha Franklin Respect
  22. 22 REM It's The End Of The World
  23. 23 Radio Birdman Aloha Steve And Danno
  24. 24 Art Of Noise Kiss (feat Tom Jones)
  25. 25 Machinations Average Inadequacy
  26. 26 The Only Ones Another Girl From Another Planet
  27. 27 The Smiths Bigmouth Strikes Again
  28. 28 The Saints Know Your Product
  29. 29 The Cure Boys Don't Cry
  30. 30 Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven
  31. 31 John Lennon Imagine
  32. 32 Talking Heads Psycho Killer
  33. 33 Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
  34. 34 Prince Kiss
  35. 35 The Cult She Sells Sanctuary
  36. 36 Simple Minds Love Song
  37. 37 Prince Sign Of The Times
  38. 38 Billy Bragg Greetings To The New Brunette
  39. 39 David Bowie Heroes
  40. 40 The Doors L A Woman
  41. 41 Sinead O'Connor Troy
  42. 42 The Church Unguarded Moment
  43. 43 Kate Bush Wuthering Heights
  44. 44 The Damned Smash It Up
  45. 45 REM The One I Love
  46. 46 Violent Femmes Blister In The Sun
  47. 47 Iggy Pop Lust For Life
  48. 48 Enya Orinoco Flow
  49. 49 Jimi Hendrix All Along The Watchtower
  50. 50 The Doors The End
  51. 51 The Saints (I'm) Stranded
  52. 52 Womack And Womack Teardrops
  53. 53 The Sex Pistols God Save The Queen
  54. 54 Echo And The Bunnymen The Cutter
  55. 55 Television Marquee Moon
  56. 56 Sunnyboys Alone With You
  57. 57 Midnight Oil Wedding Cake Island
  58. 58 Elvis Costello I Want You
  59. 59 Art Of Noise Moments In Love
  60. 60 Sakamoto And Sylvian Forbidden Colours
  61. 61 Neneh Cherry Buffalo Stance
  62. 62 Marvin Gaye Sexual Healing
  63. 63 Rolling Stones Sympathy For The Devil
  64. 64 The Smiths There Is A Light?
  65. 65 The Sex Pistols Pretty Vacant
  66. 66 The Cure Close To Me
  67. 67 New Order Bizarre Love Triangle
  68. 68 The Triffids Wide Open Road
  69. 69 The Beastles A Day In The Life
  70. 70 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Deanna
  71. 71 Elvis Costello Pump It Up
  72. 72 Go Betweens Bachelor Kisses
  73. 73 Elvis Costello Watching The Detectives
  74. 74 Propaganda Duel
  75. 75 The Jam Going Underground
  76. 76 Derek And The Dominos Layla
  77. 77 Lou Reed Walk On The Wild Side
  78. 78 The Saints Ghost Ships
  79. 79 Warumpi Band My Island Home
  80. 80 Cocteau Twins Blue Bell Knoll
  81. 81 XTC Making Plans For Nigel
  82. 82 The Stranglers Golden Brown
  83. 83 Hunters & Collectors The Slab
  84. 84 Talking Heads Burning Down The House
  85. 85 Gandmaster Flash The Message
  86. 86 The Doors Riders On The Storm
  87. 87 The Jam Down In The Tube Station?
  88. 88 Midnight Oil Power And The Passion
  89. 89 Go Betweens Bye Bye Pride
  90. 90 Daddy Cool Eagle Rock
  91. 91 Elvis Presley Suspicious Minds
  92. 92 Aretha Franklin I Say A Little Prayer
  93. 93 Lime Spiders Slave Girl
  94. 94 Blondie Heart Of Glass
  95. 95 Cold Chisel Khe Sahn
  96. 96 Laurie Anderson Oh Superman
  97. 97 Hunters & Collectors Say Goodbye
  98. 98 Do Re Mi Man Overboard
  99. 99 Outline Cicada That Ate Five Dock
  100. 100 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds The Mercy Seat