Guess who had the best-selling single on February 23, 1989? Paula Abdul with "Straight Up."
Twenty years later, Paula is #1 again with American Idol, the highest rated television show of the past week.
So, who were Paula's music competitors back in '89, when hair was big and music was questionable? None other than stalwarts like Debbie Gibson ("Lost In Your Eyes"), Tone Loc ("Wild Thing"), Sheena Easton ("The Lover In Me"), Rick Astley ("She Wants to Dance With Me"), Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians ("What I Am"), Mike and the Mechanics ("The Living Years") and Information Society ("Walking Away.")
The one act in the top 10 in 1989 that has hung on quite well is Bon Jovi, who had the #5 single with "Born to Be My Baby."