The end of the 1980s brought a rock band to the top of the charts as Poison got the number one spot with the song Every Rose Has Its Thorn.
A single from the rock band’s second album Open Up and Say…Ahh!, the band had released the album in May 1988 with Capitol Records.
This single, written by lead singer Bret Michaels with help from bandmates C.C. DeVille, Bobby Dall and Rikki Rockett, was inspired after calling his girlfriend and realizing she was cheating on him.
Released in October 1988, the power ballad steadily climbed the Billboard Hot 100 and hit the number one spot on December 24 1988, where it would stay for three weeks. The song also did well on Billboard’s mainstream rock chart.
Thanks to rock radio and MTV, the song and accompanying music video of Michaels and out takes from the band’s tour, was popular on playlists with DJs and VJs.
Every Rose Has Its Thorn became the only number one single for Poison, and was voted one of the Top 100 Greatest Songs of the ’80s and 100 Greatest Love Songs by VH1.