By Jack Sharkey, August 7, 2017

 

1988

Although there were some tremendous hits by female artists, it was the guys' turn in 1988.   

 

Faith - George Michael Proving the super-sugary pop he produced with Wham! was just a temporary diversion of talent, George Michael released his debut solo album in late 1987 and basically ran the show for the next year or so.

 

Pour Some Sugar On Me -Def Leppard Mutt Lange produced Def Leppard's mega-hit album Hysteria with such legendary persnicketiness and obsessive attention to detail that many people thought the record was just dull and  lifeless. But the sound was perfect for radio and Hysteria became inescapable.  

 

Don't Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin McFerrin gave us a break from all of the torn-jean and perfect hair swagger (and that was just the guys) with his infectious Don't Worry, Be Happy. The production is flawless (and lively) and each of the instruments/voices are all McFerrin.

 

Wishing Well - Terrence Trent D'Arby Speaking of swagger, D'Arby announced that his debut record The Hardline According To Terrence Trent D'Arby was the "most important album since Sgt. Peppers." He did win a Grammy for Best Male Vocal, but his follow up albums never quite reached the level Sgt. Pepper's follow-up records did.  

 

New Sensation - INXS D'Arby's good buddy Michael Hutchence was the rock star in the late 80s, and his band was about as top-notch as they come.  

 

 

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