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The A Lists: 1989 (70)

  • The Mekons: The Mekons Rock 'n' Roll (A&M)
  • Neil Young: Freedom (Reprise)
  • Laurie Anderson: Strange Angels (Warner Bros.)
  • Beastie Boys: Paul's Boutique (Capitol)
  • Remmy Ongala and Orchestre Super Matimila: Songs for the Poor Man (Real World)
  • Jungle Brothers: Done by the Forces of Nature (Warner Bros.)
  • Mekons: Original Sin (Twin/Tone)
  • Pere Ubu: Cloudland (Fontana)
  • The Neville Brothers: Yellow Moon (A&M)
  • Wire: On Returning (1977-1979) (Restless Retro)
  • De La Soul: 3 Feet High and Rising (Tommy Boy)
  • The Kampala Sound (Original Music)
  • George Clinton: The Cinderella Theory (Paisley Park/Warner Bros.)
  • Marshall Crenshaw: Good Evening (Warner Bros.)
  • Los Van Van: Songo (Mango)
  • Cheb Khaled/Safy Boutella: Kutché (Capitol/Intuition)
  • Boulevard of Broken Dreams: It's the Talk of the Town and Other Sad Songs (Hannibal)
  • Terence Trent D'Arby: Neither Fish Nor Flesh (Columbia)
  • Pylon: Hits (DB)
  • The Roches: Speak (MCA)
  • Neneh Cherry: Raw Like Sushi (Virgin)
  • Rosanne Cash: Hits 1979-1989 (Columbia)
  • Negativland: Helter Stupid (SST)
  • Lounge Lizards: Voice of Chunk (1-800-44CHUNK)
  • Alexander O'Neal: All Mixed Up (Tabu)
  • E.U.: Livin' Large (Virgin)
  • 3rd Bass: The Cactus Album (Def Jam)
  • Van Morrison: Avalon Sunset (Mercury)
  • Chaba Fadela: You Are Mine (Mango)
  • Janet Jackson: Rhythm Nation 1814 (A&M)
  • Yo! MTV Raps (Jive)
  • Fine Young Cannibals: The Raw and the Cooked (I.R.S.)
  • Diblo: Super Soukous (Shanachie)
  • Al Green: Love Ritual: Rare and Previously Unreleased 1968-1976 (MCA)
  • Nick Lowe: Basher: The Best of Nick Lowe (Columbia)
  • Black Havana (Capitol)
  • Konbit!: Burning Rhythms of Haiti (A&M)
  • L.L. Cool J: Walking with a Panther (Def Jam)
  • Baaba Maal and Mansour Seck: Djam Leelii (Mango)
  • Nuestras Mejores Cumbias (Globo)
  • Roxanne Shanté: Bad Sister (Cold Chillin')
  • Royal Crescent Mob: Spin the World (Sire)
  • Culture: Cumbolo (Shanachie)
  • Technotronic: Pump Up the Jam: The Album (SBK)
  • Yo La Tengo: President Yo La Tengo (Coyote)
  • The African Typic Collection (Virgin)
  • Luther Vandross: The Best of Luther Vandross . . . The Best of Love (Epic)
  • Jimmie Dale Gilmore: Jimmie Dale Gilmore (Hightone)
  • Thomas Mapfumo: Corruption (Mango)
  • Thelonious Monster: Stormy Weather (Relativity)
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: In Step (Epic)
  • Dwight Yoakam: Just Lookin' for a Hit (Reprise)
  • Alpha Blondy: Revolution (Shanachie)
  • Daniel Owino Misiani and Shirati Band: Benga Blast! (Virgin)
  • Keith Whitley: I Wonder Do You Think of Me (RCA)
  • Queen Latifah: All Hail the Queen (Tommy Boy)
  • The Jayhawks: Blue Earth (Twin/Tone)
  • Pointer Sisters: Greatest Hits (RCA)
  • Ice-T: The Iceberg: Freedom of Speech . . . Just Watch What You Say (Sire)
  • Jerry Lee Lewis: Rockin' My Life Away (Tomato)
  • Meat Puppets: Monsters (SST)
  • Lou Reed: New York (Sire)
  • Zetrospective: Dancing in the Face of Adversity (ZE)
  • Mofungo: Work (SST)
  • Ernest Tubb: Live, 1965 (Rhino)
  • Dancehall Stylee: The Best of Reggae Dancehall Music Vol. 1 (Profile)
  • Clint Black: Killin' Time (RCA)
  • Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper: Root Hog or Die (Enigma)

Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s, 1990

The A Lists: 1988 Glossary