15 Songs You Can't Believe Are 25 Years Old

Rolling Stone

Jody Watley's appearance on Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve '88 was a promotional jackpot for her debut album. But it also foreshadowed an increasing shift in American music. Rock & roll, which had dominated the charts the previous three decades, was suddenly facing serious competition – not only from hip-hop, which used rock & roll (the Run-D.M.C./Aerosmith collaboration) to reach the mainstream, but also from dance music made popular by artists like Janet Jackson, Madonna and Watley.

Today, the charts are dominated by hip-hop and dance acts. But as grunge was slowly emerging 25 years ago, rock music was still hanging on. Here are 15 songs you won't believe were popular a quarter of a century ago.

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