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The Radio 5 Top 150 Hits of the Decade

Broadcast sometime after 26. December 1989, Neil Johnson started this countdown at 06:03 and Phil Wright reached the no. 1 song at 19:05 that evening. Tracks by South African artists are highlighted.

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Neil Johnson150Nothing's Gonna Stop Us NowStarship
149The Winner Takes It AllABBA
148Stand And DeliverAdam And The Ants
147Cruel SummerBananarama
146Ashes To AshesDavid Bowie
145HyperactiveThomas Dolby
144Being With YouSmokey Robinson
143Dancing In The StreetMick Jagger & David Bowie
142RelaxFrankie Goes To Hollywood
141Dear GodMidge Ure
06:56140The Whole Of The MoonThe Waterboys
139Under PressureQueen + David Bowie
138Wind Beneath My WingsBette Midler
137Angel Of HarlemU2
136Heaven Is A Place On EarthBelinda Carlisle
135The Great PretenderFreddie Mercury
134Wishing WellTerence Trent D'Arby
133Purple RainPrince
132FrankieSister Sledge
131You're The VoiceJohn Farnham
07:56130There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)Eurythmics
129Harlem ShuffleThe Rolling Stones
128Every Little Thing She Does Is MagicThe Police
127Don't Know MuchLinda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville
126FameIrene Cara
125Kyrie Mr. Mister
124ImaginationBelouis Some
123Never Been To MeCharlene
122Johnny Called The ChemistFalling Mirror
12199 Red BalloonsNena
08:43120Don't Leave Me This WayThe Communards
119Come On EileenDexys Midnight Runners
Martin Bailie118Something's Gotten Hold Of My HeartMarc Almond & Gene Pitney
117Do You Really (Want To Hurt Me)?Culture Club
116Song For WhoeverThe Beautiful South
115The Wild BoysDuran Duran
114Pump Up The VolumeM/A/R/R/S
113In The Air TonightPhil Collins
112Uptown GirlBilly Joel
111I Should Be So LuckyKylie Minogue
09:38110Should've Known BetterJim Diamond
109I Knew You Were WaitingAretha Franklin & George Michael
108TrueSpandau Ballet
107I Don't Wanna DanceEddy Grant
106Jealous GuyBryan Ferry
105Addicted To LoveRobert Palmer
104Caravan Of LoveThe Housemartins
103The Future's So Bright (I Gotta Wear Shades)Timbuk3
102Stray Cat StrutStray Cats
101LukaSuzanne Vega
10:25100Rock Me AmadeusFalco
99We Built This CityStarship
98Pipes Of PeacePaul McCartney
97Take My Breath AwayBerlin
95Total Eclipse Of The HeartBonnie Tyler
94Big In Japan Alphaville
93Dancing On The CeilingLionel Ritchie
92GracelandPaul Simon
91Blue JeanDavid Bowie
11:1790Lessons In LoveLevel 42
89Orinoco FlowEnya
88Baby JaneRod Stewart
87You Win AgainBee Gees
86Walk Like An EgyptianBangles
85Easy LoverPhil Collins & Philip Bailey
84Private DanceTina Turner
83Don't You Want MeThe Human League
Robin Clark82Papa Don't PreachMadonna
81Wild HorsesGino Vanelli
12:0780Alive And KickingSimple Minds
79One Night In BangkokMurray Head
78Tainted LoveSoft Cell
77Do They Know It's Christmas?Band Aid
7619Paul Hardcastle
75Where The Streets Have No NameU2
74SacrificeElton John
73PerfectFairground Attraction
72I Want To Break FreeQueen
71AvalonRoxy Music
12:5570The ReflexDuran Duran
69Two TribesFrankie Goes To Hollywood
68Can't Fight This FeelingREO Speedwagon
67Harvest For The WorldThe Christians
66When The Going Gets ToughBilly Ocean
64Everybody Wants To Rule The WorldTears For Fears
63Start Me UpThe Rolling Stones
62Never Gonna Give You UpRick Astley
61Dance Sum MoreMango Groove
13:4560Girls Just Wanna Have FunCyndi Lauper
59How Am I Supposed To Live Without You?Michael Bolton
58Money For NothingDire Straits
57Father FigureGeorge Michael
56ImagineJohn Lennon
55I've Had The Time Of My LifeBill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
54White WeddingBilly Idol
53Ebony And IvoryPaul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
52Let's DanceDavid Bowie
51Sowing The Seeds Of LoveTears For Fears
14:4550WeepingBright Blue
48That's What Friends Are ForDionne Warwick And Friends
Phil Wright47Up Where We BelongJoe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
46WomanJohn Lennon
45Wake Me Up Before You Go-goWham!
44Nothing Compares 2 USinéad O'Connor
43HelloLionel Ritchie
42He Ain't Heavy, He's My BrotherThe Hollies
41I Wanna Dance With SomebodyWhitney Houston
15:3840Dirty DianaMichael Jackson
39NikitaElton John
38Don't Stand So Close To MeThe Police
37She Drives Me CrazyFine Young Cannibals
36Eternal FlameBangles
35Sunday Bloody SundayU2
34BadMichael Jackson
33SledgehammerPeter Gabriel
32Born In The USABruce Springsteen
31Pride (In The Name Of Love)U2
16:3430ThrillerMichael Jackson
29Brass In PocketThe Pretenders
28Eye Of The TigerSurvivor
27Hip To Be SquareHuey Lewis And The News
26Fast CarTracey Chapman
25Faith George Michael
24Karma ChameleonCulture Club
23The Power Of LoveJennifer Rush
22Groovy Kind Of LovePhil Collins
21You Can Call Me AlPaul Simon
17:2620We Are The WorldUSA For Africa
19I Just Called To Say I Love YouStevie Wonder
18Every Breath You TakeThe Police
17I Just Can't Stop Loving YouMichael Jackson
16The Sun Always Shines On TVA-ha
15With Or Without YouU2
14The Final CountdownEurope
13Don't Worry, Be HappyBobby McFerrin
12Say You, Say MeLionel Ritchie
11Vienna Ultravox
18:2210Another Day In ParadisePhil Collins
9Dancing In The DarkBruce Springsteen
8Lady In RedChris de Burgh
7I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking ForU2
6Careless WhisperGeorge Michael
5Simply The BestTina Turner
4I Want To Know What Love IsForeigner
3Red Red WineUB40
2The Living YearsMike And The Mechanics
1Beds Are BurningMidnight Oil

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