10- INXS, X
9- George Michael, Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1
8- Bette Midler, Some People’s Lives
7- Wilson Phillips, Wilson Phillips
6- ZZ Top, Recycler
5- AC/DC, The Razor’s Edge
4- Paul Simon, Rhythm of the Saints
3- Mariah Carey, Mariah Carey
2- M.C. Hammer, Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em
1- Vanilla Ice, To the Extreme
Funny enough, three of the acts — Vanilla Ice (left), MC Hammer, and INXS — have all gone the reality TV route, appearing on Hit Me Baby One More Time, The Surreal Life, and Rock Star: INXS respectively. And only one, Carey, is currently in the top 50, as The Emancipation of Mimi hangs tough at No. 15. (To be fair, though, Midler’s latest, Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook, just falls short, as it sits at No. 51).
What I want to know, though, is whether any of the above discs ever make the rotation in your CD (or tape!) player? If I’m being honest, I think my copy of Please, Hammer got tossed sometime in the mid-’90s, but I’ll be darned if ”Freedom ’90” doesn’t sound as good today as it did back when I was a college freshman.
addCredit(“Vanilla Ice: Richard Drew/AP”)