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The 1989 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll

Albums

1. De La Soul: 3 Feet High and Rising (Tommy Boy) 1050 (89)
2. Neil Young: Freedom (Reprise) 790 (68)
3. Lou Reed: New York (Sire) 754 (65)
4. The Neville Brothers: Yellow Moon (A&M) 621 (57)
5. Neneh Cherry: Raw Like Sushi (Virgin) 594 (57)
6. N.W.A.: Straight Outta Compton (Ruthless) 594 (44)
7. Elvis Costello: Spike (Warner Bros.) 521 (47)
8. The Mekons: The Mekons Rock 'n Roll (A&M) 501 (45)
9. Soul II Soul: Keep On Movin' (Virgin) 460 (39)
10. Pixies: Doolittle (4AD/Elektra) 416 (38)
11. Tom Petty: Full Moon Fever (MCA) 381 (35)
12. Beastie Boys: Paul's Boutique (Capitol) 347 (32)
13. Fine Young Cannibals: The Raw and The Cooked (I.R.S.) 332 (36)
14. Bob Mould: Workbook (Virgin) 311 (26)
15. Bob Dylan: Oh Mercy (Columbia) 295 (31)
16. The Replacements: Don't Tell a Soul (Sire) 290 (24)
17. Pere Ubu: Cloudland (Fontana) 283 (24)
18. Madonna: Like A Prayer (Sire) 235 (22)
19. Bonnie Raitt: Nick of Time (Capitol) 225 (24)
20. Boogie Down Productions: Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip-Hop (Jive) 203 (19)
21. XTC: Oranges and Lemons (Geffen) 203 (18)
22. Jungle Brothers: Done By the Forces of Nature (Warner Bros.) 201 (21)
23. Queen Latifah: All Hail the Queen (Tommy Boy) 173 (18)
24. Roy Orbison: Mystery Girl (Virgin) 152 (15)
25. Terence Trent D'Arby: Neither Fish Nor Flesh (Columbia) 142 (15)
26. Kate Bush: The Sensual World (Columbia) 141 (15)
27. Caetano Veloso: Estrangeiro (Elektra/Musician) 139 (12)
28. Lyle Lovett: Lyle Lovett and His Large Band (MCA) 138 (10)
29. Rolling Stones: Steel Wheels (Rolling Stones) 137 (16)
30. Janet Jackson: Rhythm Nation 1814 (A&M) 137 (15)
31. Galaxie 500: On Fire (Rough Trade) 136 (16)
32. Batman (Warner Bros.) 124 (14)
33. The Jesus and Mary Chain: Automatic (Warner Bros.) 123 (14)
34. Aerosmith: Pump (Geffen) 122 (14)
35. Don Henley: The End of Innocence (Geffen) 121 (10)
36. Daniel Lanois: Acadie (Opal/Warner Bros.) 120 (13)
37. Tracy Chapman: Crossroads (Elektra) 118 (11)
38. Quincy Jones: Back on the Block (Qwest) 113 (10)
39. The Cure: Disintegration (Elektra) 107 (12)
40. NRBQ: Wild Weekend (Virgin) 107 (10)

This poll compiles ballots from 255 critics, who divided 100 points among 10 1989 LPs. Points determined placement, with total mentions (indicated in parentheses) used for tie-breaking. Maximum per album: 30. Minimum: 5.

Singles

1. Public Enemy: "Fight the Power" (Motown) 75
2. Neneh Cherry: "Buffalo Stance" (Virgin) 74
3. Soul II Soul: "Keep on Movin'" (Virgin) 51
4. Fine Young Cannibals: "She Drives Me Crazy" (I.R.S.) 48
5. Tone-Loc: "Wild Thing" (Delicious Vinyl) 41 *
6. Young M.C.: "Bust a Move" (Delicious Vinyl) 38
7. Madonna: "Like a Prayer" (Sire) 37
8. The B-52s: "Love Shack" (Warner Bros.) 36
9. Tom Petty: "Free Fallin'" (MCA) 30
10. Rolling Stones: "Mixed Emotions" (Rolling Stones) 28
11. Aerosmith: "Janie's Got a Gun" (Geffen) 27
Neil Young: "Rockin' in the Free World" (Reprise) 27
13. XTC: "The Mayor of Simpleton" (Geffen) 26
14. Prince: "Batdance" (Warner Bros.) 23
Tone-Loc: "Funky Cold Medina" (Delicious Vinyl) 25
16. Elvis Costello: "Veronica" (Warner Bros.) 23
17. Soul II Soul: "Back To Life" (Virgin) 22
18. Digital Underground: "Doowutchyalike" (Tommy Boy) 20
The Replacements: "I'll Be You" (Sire) 20
20. De La Soul: "Me Myself and I" (Tommy Boy) 18
Living Colour: "Cult of Personality" (Epic) 18 *
The Stop the Violence Movement: "Self-Destruction" (Jive) 18 *
23. Paula Abdul: "Straight Up" (Virgin) 15
24. Inner City: "Good Life" (Virgin) 14 *
Pixies: "Monkey Gone To Heaven" (4AD/Elektra) 14

*Includes 1988 votes: Tone-Loc 11, Living Colour 10, Stop the Violence Movement 1, Inner City 2.

Reissues

1. Muddy Waters: The Chess Box (Chess) 65
2. David Bowie: Sound & Vision (Rykodisc) 31
3. Willie Dixon: The Chess Box (Chess) 26
4. The Allman Brothers: Dreams (Polydor CD) 17
5. Buzzcocks: Product (Restless Retro cassette/CD) 16
Hillbilly Music--Thank God! Volume 1 (Bug) 16
7. The Band: To Kingdom Come (Capitol CD) 14
8. Flamin' Groovies: Greatest Grooves (Sire CD) 13
9. Funkadelic: Maggot Breain (Westbound import) 12
Rolling Stones: Singles Collection: The London Years (Abkco CD) 12

*Includes 1988 votes: 16

EPs

1. Lucinda Williams: Passionate Kisses (Rough Trade) 17
2. Fugazi: Margin Walker (Dischord) 16
3. Dinosaur Jr: Just Like Heaven (SST) 11
4. Lush: Scar (4AD) 10
5. John Wesley Harding: God Made Me Do It--The Christmas EP (Sire/Reprise) 9

Village Voice, Feb. 27, 1990


1988 Essay | Dean's List 1990