Global Charts
National Charts

Global Single Chart
30 years ago
the most popular tracks worldwide
according to the national single charts
dated to May 6, 1989
compiled and provided by

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1 / 1
week 8
Like A Prayer - Madonna
Sire - 7 weeks at No.1
2 / 2
week 11
She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals
London / MCA
3 / 4
week 7
The Look - Roxette
4 / 3
week 8
Eternal Flame - Bangles
CBS / Columbia
6 / 9
week 3
I'll Be There For You - Bon Jovi
Vertigo / Mercury
10 / -
week 2
Real Love - Jody Watley
5 / 5
week 14
Straight Up - Paula Abdul
8 / 7
week 3
Funky Cold Medina - Tone Loc
Delicious Vinyl / Island
7 / 6
week 14
You Got It - Roy Orbison
new.JPG (991 bytes) This Time I Know It's For Real - Donna Summer
Atlantic / Warner Bros.

Madonna is known for her blatant style- and taboo breaks. With the release of the lead single 'Like A Prayer' for the album of the same name, she came with really heavy guns: a 180 ° image turn-around from the blonde beast to a meekly brunette ... her music changed into an exalted, hymn-like and danceable sound with religious-controversial and provocative texts. But the big bone of contention was the music video, directed by Mary Lambert. It portrays Madonna as a witness to the murder of a girl by white supremacists. While a black man is arrested for the murder, Madonna hides in a church for safety seeking strength to go forth as a witness. The clip depicts a church and Catholic symbols such as stigmata. It also features a Ku Klux Klan-style cross burning, and a dream about kissing a black saint. The Vatican condemned the video, while family and religious groups protested against its broadcast. They boycotted products by soft drink manufacturer Pepsi, who had used the song in their commercial. The company canceled their sponsorship contract with Madonna, but allowed her to retain the fee. 'Like A Prayer' became, not least because of this rather unintentionally publicity through the condemnation of parent associations and church representatives, the world's biggest hit in 1989.

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