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 carryover 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.
ArtistTitleMade Number 1Belinda CarlisleHeaven Is A Place On EarthJanuary 16 1988TiffanyI Think We’re Alone NowJanuary 30 1988Kylie MinogueI Should Be So LuckyFebruary 20 1988AswadDon’t Turn AroundMarch 26 1988Pet Shop BoysHeartApril 9 1988S’ExpressTheme from S’ExpressApril 30 1988Fairground AttractionPerfectMay 14 1988Wet Wet Wet / Billy Bragg with Cara TiveyWith a Little Help from My Friends / She’s Leaving HomeMay 21 1988TimelordsDoctorin’ The TardisJune 18 1988BrosI Owe You NothingJune 25 1988Glenn MedeirosNothing’s Gonna Change My Love for YouJuly 9 1988Yazz and the Plastic PopulationThe Only Way Is UpAugust 6 1988Phil CollinsA Groovy Kind of LoveSeptember 10 1988HolliesHe Ain’t Heavy, He’s My BrotherSeptember 24 1988U2DesireOctober 8 1988Whitney HoustonOne Moment in TimeOctober 15 1988EnyaOrinoco FlowOctober 29 1988Robin BeckThe First TimeNovember 19 1988Cliff RichardMistletoe and WineDecember 10 1988