The Ten Best Albums From 1989, The Last Year Of Vinyl Recordings Before Recent Revival

An earthquake postponed the World Series between the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants. The primary access to the Internet came through something called dial-up, and the main phone contacts were made via land line.

That year, which was 1989, also marked the last time a popular record company made its last vinyl edition. Now, nearly thirty years later, it once again has begun pressing albums on vinyl.

As fans look forward to once again enjoying music made to be played on turntables, we can look back at the best albums released during the year that marked the end of the eighties and of the vinyl record.

Spike by Elvis Costello

After more than ten years of recording excellent albums, Costello finally hit number one on the charts with “Veronica” from this LP.

Oranges and Lemons by XTC

“Mayor of Simpleton” is the most well known hit from this disc, but several other tracks such as “King For a Day” have become fan favorites.

The Miracle by Queen

Freddie Mercury would sadly pass away two years later, but his vocals are as powerful here as they were on The Game at the beginning of the decade.

The End of the Innocence by Don Henley

Drumming for the Eagles had ceased almost a decade earlier, but Henley again struck gold with hits like “The Heart of the Matter” and the title track.

Oh Mercy by Bob Dylan

Several preceding records had been considered disappointments, but with hits like “Everything’s Broken”, “Political World” and “Ring Them Bells” this album served as yet another comeback for the legendary artist.

Freedom by Neil Young

He was not only rocking in the free world on this record, but Young was also making tunes such as “Wrecking Ball” and “No More.”

Storm Front by Billy Joel

Two huge hits, “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and “I Go To Extremes”, resulted in this record hitting number one on the album chart.

Therapy by Loudon Wainwright

The folk singer’s characteristic sense of irony was in full view on this album, as evidenced by his making a video for the track called “This Song Don’t Have a Video.”

This One’s For the Ladies by Young Fresh Fellows

Even though one of the original members had left the group, Scott McCaughey and gang soldiered on to see “Carrothead” become their most successful hit.

Frank by Squeeze

Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook still demonstrated their catchy, clever songwriting on this disc, highlighted by “She Doesn’t Have To Shave.”