1988 Number 1 Hits

Ooh wow! There certainly were some great UK number 1 records in 1988. Perhaps my favourite is Fairground Attraction’s Perfect. It’s got to be-e-e-e Perfect. Simply breathtaking really. The stomping, anthemic Heaven Is A Place On Earth from Belinda Carlisle (has she ever been there? – Earth, Heaven or Carlisle, you decide) was a carry over from Christmas 1987.

Perennial wedding favourite (well it’s been played at any wedding that I’ve been to since 1988), and a song that Dads the UK over get up and shake their funky stuff to, The Only Way Is Up, by Yazz and The Plastic Population was a UK number 1 from 1988.

Artist Title Topping out on
Belinda Carlisle Heaven Is A Place On Earth January 16 1988
Tiffany I Think We’re Alone Now January 30 1988
Kylie Minogue I Should Be So Lucky February 20 1988
Aswad Don’t Turn Around March 26 1988
Pet Shop Boys Heart April 9 1988
S’Express Theme from S’Express April 30 1988
Fairground Attraction Perfect May 14 1988
Wet Wet Wet / Billy Bragg with Cara Tivey With a Little Help from My Friends / She’s Leaving Home May 21 1988
Timelords Doctorin’ The Tardis June 18 1988
Bros I Owe You Nothing June 25 1988
Glenn Medeiros Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You July 9 1988
Yazz and the Plastic Population The Only Way Is Up August 6 1988
Phil Collins A Groovy Kind of Love September 10 1988
Hollies He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother September 24 1988
U2 Desire October 8 1988
Whitney Houston One Moment in Time October 15 1988
Enya Orinoco Flow October 29 1988
Robin Beck The First Time November 19 1988
Cliff Richard Mistletoe and Wine December 10 1988

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