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Pop Song ’89: Classic Cuts From the Eighties’ Final Year

R.E.M., Janet Jackson and more

Fine Young Cannibals were 1989 hitmakers.Fine Young Cannibals were 1989 hitmakers.

Hear 25 songs from 27 years ago, including Fine Young Cannibals, R.E.M., Janet Jackson, They Might Be Giants and more.

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In those years between Hysteria and Nevermind, alt-rock was having a slow rise, new jack swing was making R&B funkier and hip-hop was celebrating its golden age. Inspired by Freeform's upcoming horror series Dead of Summer, which takes place at a summer camp in the late Eighties, here are 25 songs that helped define 1989.


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