Charlie's 80s Blog

This Day In Music, January 6th

Each year Billboard freezes their weekly charts at the very end of the year/beginning of the new year (including in the 1980s) so there isn’t a lot of “music news” from the 80s to report at the end of the year/very beginning of the year as far as songs/albums going to #1, etc. So for the next few days as we begin 2021, we’ll be going back to one specific year of the 80s per day and showing you the Top 40 songs for that year. Today, we visit 1988. These are the Top 40 songs of 1988 as ranked by Billboard Magazine:

1FaithGeorge Michael
2Need You TonightINXS
3Got My Mind Set on YouGeorge Harrison
4Never Gonna Give You UpRick Astley
5Sweet Child o’ MineGuns N’ Roses
6So EmotionalWhitney Houston
7Heaven Is a Place on EarthBelinda Carlisle
8Could’ve BeenTiffany
9Hands to HeavenBreathe
10Roll with ItSteve Winwood
11One More TryGeorge Michael
12Wishing WellTerence Trent D’Arby
13Anything for YouGloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
14The FlameCheap Trick
15Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My CarBilly Ocean
16Seasons ChangeExposé
17Is This LoveWhitesnake
18Wild, Wild WestThe Escape Club
19Pour Some Sugar on MeDef Leppard
20I’ll Always Love YouTaylor Dayne
21Man in the MirrorMichael Jackson
22Shake Your LoveDebbie Gibson
23Simply IrresistibleRobert Palmer
24Hold On to the NightsRichard Marx
25Hungry EyesEric Carmen
26Shattered DreamsJohnny Hates Jazz
27Father FigureGeorge Michael
28Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)Samantha Fox
29A Groovy Kind of LovePhil Collins
30Love BitesDef Leppard
31Endless Summer NightsRichard Marx
32Foolish BeatDebbie Gibson
33Where Do Broken Hearts GoWhitney Houston
34AngelAerosmith
35A Hazy Shade of WinterThe Bangles
36The Way You Make Me FeelMichael Jackson
37Don’t Worry, Be HappyBobby McFerrin
38Make Me Lose ControlEric Carmen
39Red Red WineUB40
40She’s Like the WindPatrick Swayze featuring Wendy Fraser
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